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Hey everyone,

With camps set to start soon I wanted to jump in come in here and do a Q&A with you guys to help set the stage for the season. I'll pop in and out of here throughout the week and answer as many questions as I can as time permits.

As always, I see and appreciate the support you all show to me. Anyone who wants to sign up to the site can do so with the code that I set up awhile ago for you all. Just use SAINTSREPORTCOM at checkout to save $10 on an annual plan.
 
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Hey Nick, with all the Clowney and Jets showing interest and Griffen being looked at by Green Bay 🤮 what do you think about Saints looking at Clay Mathews and Logan Ryan possibly?
 
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Hey Nick, with all the Clowney and Jets showing interest and Griffen being looked at by Green Bay 🤮 what do you think about Saints looking at Clay Mathews and Logan Ryan possibly?

Haven't heard anything on either one but the market could open now that camps are opening. Everything was stalled out there for a little bit.

You'd have to have to have a vision for Logan Ryan. He's not a guy you want full-time at outside corner. He could fill in there, but he's better as a player you move around. He probably also wants real money.
 
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Hi Nick,

Do you think it could be beneficial to keep Brees on a snap count during the regular season?
 

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Hey everyone,

With camps set to start soon I wanted to jump in come in here and do a Q&A with you guys to help set the stage for the season. I'll pop in and out of here throughout the week and answer as many questions as I can as time permits.

As always, I see and appreciate the support you all show to me. Anyone who wants to sign up to the site can do so with the code that I set up awhile ago for you all. Just use SAINTSREPORTCOM at checkout to save $10 on an annual plan.
I just want to thank you again for doing this. We missed you last season. we are so thrilled to have you back.
 

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Nick, I heard you on Payton's conference call today.

Is it just me or does it seem like Payton is officially in his zone? This offseason he was being jolly, jovial, even tweeting jokes on Twitter frequently. On the call today it sounded like he was back to his "no nonsense" approach haha.

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Hi Nick,

Do you think it could be beneficial to keep Brees on a snap count during the regular season?
I don't think they should do it in games, but they should probably limit his throws as best possible during the season. Payton has mentioned a few times about dialing him back on Thursday as being a possibility (he already doesn't throw on Wednesday). I think that would be smart. This would also allow for more evaluation of Jameis and Taysom throughout the year.

Apologies for taking so long to get back in here today. Got tied up with work. I plan to keep this going through Friday if you guys are still firing off questions.
 
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Nick, I heard you on Payton's conference call today.

Is it just me or does it seem like Payton is officially in his zone? This offseason he was being jolly, jovial, even tweeting jokes on Twitter frequently. On the call today it sounded like he was back to his "no nonsense" approach haha.

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I thought he was definitely setting a tone. I wrote a column about it that is on NOF right now. He wasn't even biting on the philosophical stuff that he usually will entertain. I think there was a reason for that, which was to convey to everyone else that it is time for a singular focus.
 

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They have some contingency plans. We'll see what those look like if things get bad, but I'm not overly concerned yet. Football has stronger protocols than baseball. They aren't traveling for as many games. And if an outbreak happens for a specific team, the schedule sets up so that they'd only really have to be taken out of the mix for a week. I think the league could easily push back the playoffs a week or two if they had to make up some games.

I think the main thing is that we have to assume the virus is going to impact the league in some form or fashion. The hope has to be that it doesn't spread too far within a team before it is caught, but the idea that it isn't going to exist at all isn't realistic. You can probably expect for a couple hundred positive tests this week as players check in.
Being “only taken out for a week” when there are only 16 games, is significant. And I will bet, not if, but when teams start losing players to the virus, it will be more than 1 or 2. It will highly likely be 5-6. No way does this season play out fully. And players will need to go through a pretty rigorous physical exam after they have had it. In case you all have not been reading, a vast majority of people are showing to have heart damage after they have had the virus. No way are players only going to be out one week. That is a crazy thought, when you think about the league being unionized. They will shut it down in a heart beat.
 

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Hey Nick, looking waaaaay ahead, based off of current contract statuses and overall depth of each position, what do you foresee as needs/wants in next year's draft?

Thanks!
 

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Nick, appreciate the work and glad you're back.

What's the likelihood that we see a Kamara extension this season? Also curious about Ram and Lattimore, but Kamara seems to be more pressing given the lack of a 5th year option and free agency looming.
 

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I thought he was definitely setting a tone. I wrote a column about it that is on NOF right now. He wasn't even biting on the philosophical stuff that he usually will entertain. I think there was a reason for that, which was to convey to everyone else that it is time for a singular focus.
Interesting. I kinda wondered how he would approach things once camp opened after shutting down the idea of Pre-TC in-person meetings before any other coach.

I feel like this has been his plan all along: take time away to get energized, but come to camp ready to roll.
 
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Hey Nick, looking waaaaay ahead, based off of current contract statuses and overall depth of each position, what do you foresee as needs/wants in next year's draft?

Thanks!
QB -- depending on how they feel
RB -- depending on if there is a way to get with Alvin or not
LB -- depending on if Demario Davis is still around
CB -- probably a good idea regardless if Janoris Jenkins sticks or not
FS -- depending on if Marcus Williams is brought back
 
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Nick, appreciate the work and glad you're back.

What's the likelihood that we see a Kamara extension this season? Also curious about Ram and Lattimore, but Kamara seems to be more pressing given the lack of a 5th year option and free agency looming.
I think it is probably easier to look at it now with the financials picture for future seasons now in focus. The fascinating thing about it is I think he is worth more to the team if Taysom is the quarterback. If you're running everything off of the read option then I think you might value a versatile back like him a little more.

Couple of other things fascinate me about the situation. The first one being that I think he could have a 1,000/1,000 if fully healthy -- or something close to it. If you play the season out, you might be worth $2-4 million more than you are right now.

But do salaries keep going up? I believe CMac signed his deal when the cap was around $190 million. Are we looking back at salaries now when the cap was at $175? Do things deflate?
 

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