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Drew Brees not concerned about Saints’ inexperienced receivers

The Saints’ wide receiver depth chart is so full of young players that the experienced veteran of the group, Brandin Cooks, is 22 years old. But Saints quarterback Drew Brees is not concerned about that. Brees told the New Orleans Advocate that young receivers Willie Snead, Brandon Coleman and Michael Thomas are, along with Cooks,…
Via Pro Football Talk
1 hour ago

Sean Payton ranks high on NFL.com’s head coach power rankings

The New Orleans Saints franchise forever changed when Sean Payton was named head coach of the franchise in 2006. 10 years later, this team has three NFC South titles, two other wild-card appearances and a Super Bowl 44 championship. It’s safe to say his reign in Louisiana has been a major success. AROUND COVER32 Twitter Tuesday: The NFL says good-bye to Buddy Ryan Madden Monday...
Via cover32
6 hours ago  |  Discuss

Trial Date Set For Alleged Murderer Of Former Saints, Ohio State Star Will Smith

A trial date has been set for the alleged murder of former New Orleans Saints and Ohio State defensive lineman Will Smith, but the defense doesn’t approve of it.  Sept. 20 is the date set for the trial of Cardell Hayes, who has been charged with second-degree murder for shooting and killing 34-year-old Smith.  Hayes’ defense is wary of a Sept. 20 trial date because it occurs...
Via College Spun
23 hours ago  |  Discuss

Two Saints make Pro Football Focus’ Worst RB contracts list

Well, the New Orleans Saints sure have doubters to prove wrong. AROUND COVER32 Twitter Tuesday: The NFL says good-bye to Buddy Ryan Madden Monday: Drafting your connected franchise Fantasy Friday: Five players whose stock is rising Throwback Thursday: The great LaDainian Tomlinson Despite having a loaded depth chart at running back with Mark Ingram, Tim Hightower and C.J. Spiller...
Via cover32
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Why Saints can reach Super Bowl

The New Orleans Saints haven’t realistically been considered a Super Bowl contender for the past two seasons. They won it all in 2009, made the playoffs the following two years and made it in 2013. However, they missed out after miserable 7-9 seasons in 2012, 2014 and 2015. Their defense has held them back, and the Carolina Panthers arose as the NFC South’s powerhouse. The Seattle...
Via cover32
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Saints Happy Hour Podcast: Injuries in June are hurting Saints

The boys try to figure out if all the June injuries matter for the 2016 Saints season? Then they argue over Andrew’s 50 worst all time Saints players. Plus Twitter questions and marriage advice! Donate just $1 a month and become a Saints Happy Hour Patron for special benefits or make 1 time donation so the audio quality stays awesome and we have a podcast. Don’t forget...
Via The Saints Nation
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Saints to keep training camp in West Virginia despite floods

METAIRIE, La. (AP) The New Orleans Saints are planning to keep their training camp in West Virginia after recent flooding in the state killed at least 23 people. The team says in a statement it has been in contact with officials at the Greenbrier Resort in White Sulphur Springs and it still plans to hold training camp at the facility beginning on July 27. In Monday night's statement...
Via Associated Press
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Young players to watch part 4 of 5: Daniel Lasco

The Saints have quietly accumulated a lot of young talent the last couple of years, and it is now time for some of those seeds to bear fruit. Over the next week or so I’m going to go through a list of players who need to prove that they are more than just a roster spot for the Saints. There is no order or ranking here, but these are 5 guys who I believe will help determine if the...
Via The Saints Nation
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Kyle Wilson out for 2016

New Orleans Saints cornerback Kyle Wilson was placed on injured reserve on Friday, which will prevent him from ever suiting up in 2016. A former first-round pick of the New York Jets, Wilson has been a bit of a letdown as a pro player. The 29-year-old has never developed into the lockdown corner he was expected to be, and, now, Wilson’s career might be all but over. Early in his...
Via EndZoneScore
4 days ago  |  Discuss

The 50 best Saints players in the 50 years of the franchise

Back in 2014 I did a list of the 101 best Saints players of all time. I look back on that now and some things have changed, but I mostly question the order a good bit. So with some re-shuffling for the 50 year anniversary, I give you my 50 best Saints players of all time. 1 Drew Brees, QB, 2006-present This one is obvious. I could spend several paragraphs listing all his records...
Via The Saints Nation
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Brees sees himself in New Orleans for rest of his career

Entering the final year of his contract, New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees is confident that he will be able to work out an extension soon. Brees, 37, believes he has a few good years left before hanging up the cleats, and he wants to hang them up with the Saints, with whom he has been the signal caller since 2006. “I’ve been through that a few times, so you know...
Via The Comeback
7 days ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Saints QB Garrett Grayson says he's competing for the backup spot

Now in his second year, Garrett Grayson isn't satisfied with settling for the No. 3 quarterback spot behind Luke McCown
Via NOLA.com
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Saints hoping new veteran linebackers solidify defense

METAIRIE, La. (AP) James Laurinaitis sees a theme in the type of players the Saints brought in to bolster their linebacker corps this offseason. They aren't particularly flashy or considered rising stars. But they are seen as gritty, experienced and fundamentally sound, which might be what New Orleans needs to bind together a defense that has ranked second-to-last in the NFL the...
Via Associated Press
13 days ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Meet the Die-Hards of Saints Mini-Camp

These are the fans who will sit for hours in the 90-degree heat, the pouring rain and travel from hours away or arrive in the wee hours of the morning just to cheer on their Saints. But why?
Via NOLA.com
13 days ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Saints WR R.J. Harris willing to play defense if it means he's on 53-man roster

Saints WR R.J. Harris willing to play defense if it means he's on 53-man roster
Via NOLA.com
13 days ago  |  Discuss

Drew Brees wants to go for two, attempt more fourth downs

New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees is jumping on the bandwagon of those who have recently claimed they want to go for more two-point conversions this season. Furthermore, Brees is advocating that the Saints go for it more on fourth downs as well this year. “Personally, I feel like if we went for two, we could make it more than 50 percent of the time, and I think fourth...
Via Sportsnaut
14 days ago  |  Discuss

Saints expect fierce competition in crowded backfield

METAIRIE, La. (AP) Tim Hightower figures that if the Saints are fortunate enough to keep all of their running backs healthy, they'll have a hard time keeping them all happy. ''I would be disappointed if somebody wasn't a little ticked off'' by a lack of playing time, Hightower said. ''I'm a competitor. I don't want to come off the football field.'' New Orleans' backfield looks...
Via Associated Press
15 days ago  |  Discuss

Roddy White will either sign with a contender or retire

Free agent Roddy White has narrowed his future down to two very specific options. The 34-year-old receiver says he’ll either sign with a Super Bowl contender or retire from the NFL altogether. Not other scenario interests a player with over 800 catches and 10,000 receiving yards. “When my agent and I went down the list and I saw the teams that really needed wide receivers...
Via The Sports Daily
20 days ago  |  Discuss

James Laurinaitis likes being where 7-9 isn’t ‘acceptable’

It sounds like James Laurinaitis senses a different vibe in New Orleans than he did in St. Louis. Laurinaitis was released after seven seasons with the Rams and signed with the Saints. He enjoys being on a team that has had recent success and is trying to get back to that level. He expressed that feeling while throwing some shade at his former team. Laurinaitis: Went to St...
Via The Sports Daily
27 days ago  |  Discuss

Akiem Hicks supports Rob Ryan in spat with Sean Payton over defense

Rob Ryan has a backer in his assertion that the New Orleans Saints stripped him of his power while defensive coordinator. Bears defensive lineman Akiem Hicks, who played for the Saints under Ryan from 2013 through 2015, believes that Ryan was telling the truth when he claimed that he wasn’t allowed to run his own defense during his final two seasons as Saints defensive coordinator...
Via Larry Brown Sports
27 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Will Smith’s blood alcohol level three times over limit when he was fatally shot

Former New Orleans Saints defensive end Will Smith had a blood alcohol level three times over the legal limit when he was shot and killed in April, according to the New Orleans Times-Picayune. Two different sources told the Times-Picayune that Smith’s blood alcohol content was 0.24. Louisiana’s legal limit is 0.08. The toxicology results from Smith’s case have yet to be...
Via The Comeback
29 days ago  |  Discuss

Browner on Saints: I 'took that few millions' and ran with it

The New Orleans Saints signed cornerback Brandon Browner to a three-year deal last offseason, and it turned out to be one of the worst contracts in the league. Browner was horrible all season, though he doesn’t regret how things went down. Why? Because he pocketed a whole bunch of cash. On Monday, Browner shared a photo of himself and Richard Sherman, who he has been reunited...
Via Larry Brown Sports
May 31, 2016  |  Discuss

Rob Ryan, Sean Payton differ on coordinator's time with Saints

The New Orleans Saints had one of the worst defenses in the NFL over the past two seasons, and Rob Ryan was the man who ultimately got blamed for it. He doesn’t feel that blame was warranted, to say the least. Rob Ryan and his twin brother Rex recently took part in a joint interview with Jenny Vrentas of The MMQB, and Rob described his last two seasons in New Orleans — during...
Via Larry Brown Sports
May 27, 2016  |  Discuss
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