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Apr

29

Saints’ draft class is about depth, development and Marcus Davenport

The 2017 draft will go down in history as one of the best in New Orleans Saints history.

The seven-man haul featured five eventual starters, including the offensive and defensive rookies of the year in Alvin Kamara and Marshon Lattimore.

The class played a big role in the Saints’ vault from 7-9 to 11-5 and the NFC South championship last season. It’s already being compared to the Saints’ famed 2006 draft class, widely considered the best in club history.

It would be unfair to compare the Saints’ seven-man draft class this year with the 2017 bunch. It would be almost impossible for this year’s group to match its predecessor in terms of impact or production.

This draft was less about stars and starters than it was about depth and development.

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Apr

29

Brian W – on the draft !

Saints: My thoughts about the draft!

The two main positions the Saints are in need of are an Edge rusher, as well as another Offensive linemen. Whether we fill the holes through the draft, trades or a free agent those are two glaring holes. The edge rusher could even be a hybrid linebacker but we need more pressure on the QB from the edge.

Sure we can use better players in all positions but I believe we need to address them in this order.

Defense Edge Rusher, Offensive linemen, Tight End, Receiver, Defensive backs, Linebacker and then Running back.

As you can see I do not list the QB position. Everyone wants a QB to replace Drew. We possibly have a QB on the roster who could replace Drew. His name is Taysom Hill. I wish Taysom Hill could be converted to a Wide Receiver. He has the speed and strength to be an all pro. I’m not sure how his hands are but let him use the Jug machine since he already has talent and is a superior athlete.

I also think the way free agency works that there are QB’s every year which will be on the open market. I hope Drew plays three more years. Realistically we can address QB next year in the draft or free agency. Why waste a pick for someone who will sit the bench for two or three years.

Offense:

If we want to win a Superbowl this year then we shouldn’t draft a QB. We can use the first round pick for a Tight end or an Offensive linemen. We need another linemen who can protect Brees.

The Saints possibly will draft a late round or free agent for running back. Ingram could cost a lot next year when his contract is up. It wouldn’t surprise me to see the Saints trade him during the draft for a quality player and a draft pick. Mark is great but with Kamara and a young running back we will do better with the Cap space and it will help in the future for the Saints. Someone possibly would make a great offer for Mark after his awesome play last season.

Defense:

We can use depth at every position. The most glaring need is the edge rusher. Of course we have a lot of young talent and we will see how they play this year.
Although we have starters in the defensive back position we could use quality depth.

Special teams:

We are lucky to have two outstanding specialist at Kicker and the Punter position. Thomas Morestead finally handed off the kickoffs to a kicker. His has given him more rest and improved his leg strength.
If Will Lutz can continue to play at the level he has been playing he will rival Morten Anderson and one of the better kickers the Saints have ever had.

Schedule:

The Saints have the 2nd hardest schedule in the league but if we stay healthy we should be in contention to win our division.

The Season should be exciting especially with the amount of National exposure and big time TV games.

If could be harder to win our Division then it is to win a playoff game this year.

Mar

16

Second-line in honor of Tom Benson

Mar

16

Tom Benson, New Orleans Saints and Pelicans owner and self-made billionaire, dies at 90

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Mar

13

Deal is done !

The New Orleans Saints said they wanted Drew Brees to remain a New Orleans Saint.

Drew Brees will remain, and likely will finish his Hall of Fame career, as a New Orleans Saint.

Brees, the best player in franchise history, and the Saints agreed to a two-year contract Tuesday that will push Brees to 19 NFL seasons, 14 with the Saints. During the next two years, among the NFL records within Brees’ reach is passing yards (he has 70,445; Peyton Manning’s record is 71,940) and touchdown passes (Brees sits at 488; Manning’s record is 539).

“I think that provides, certainly, the team with the most flexibility when it comes to being able to anticipate the future and the ability to acquire free agents and re-sign players on our existing roster that will build a championship team,” Brees told ESPN.

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Mar

02

Sean Payton explains why Saints were surprised to get both Marcus Williams, Alvin Kamara

INDIANAPOLIS — The New Orleans Saints had an incredible 2017 draft class, and as the process played out, coach Sean Payton was surprised how the board fell in their favor.

Before the draft, Payton thought the 42nd overall pick in the second round would be a good spot to pick Tennessee running back Alvin Kamara. The expectation that Kamara or other talented players would be available was a reason the Saints didn’t want to trade the second-round pick away, perhaps in a potential Malcolm Butler deal.

However, when the Saints were on the clock, another player they’d given a first-round grade was still available, Utah safety Marcus Williams.

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Feb

27

What you should know about the Saints at the 2018 NFL Scouting Combine

From teams, agents to players, virtually the entire NFL universe converges on Indianapolis in the coming days for the 2018 Scouting Combine, which begins Wednesday and runs through the weekend.

The Combine remains an essential part of the predraft process for the scheduled 336 draft-eligible participants.

And the New Orleans Saints certainly made the most of time spent in Indianapolis last year by getting a good look at draft prospects and eventually turning weakness into strengths, especially on defense.

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Feb

06

Marshon Lattimore – Rookie of the year.

New Orleans Saints CB Marshon Lattimore has been selected as the Associated Press NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year, the first time that a Saint has won the award.

Lattimore, the 11th overall pick by the Saints out of Ohio State, enjoyed a standout season as he is the only the fourth cornerback in franchise history to be selected to the Pro Bowl and the first since Eric Allen in 1995 and joined fellow rookie, RB Alvin Kamara as one of only seven Saints rookie selected. The Cleveland, Ohio native started all 13 games he played in and posted 53 tackles (44 solo), a club-best five interception returns for 85 yards with one returned for a touchdown, a team-high 18 passes defensed, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery. Lattimore’s five picks were ranked first among NFL rookies and tied for fifth in the league overall.

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Feb

06

Alvin Kamara Rookie of the year !

Saints running back Alvin Kamara edged Chiefs running back Kareem Hunt as the NFL’s Offensive Rookie of the Year.

The award was announced during Saturday’s NFL Honors program in Minneapolis.

Kamara, a third-round pick from Tennessee (67th overall), ran for 728 yards and caught 81 passes for 826 yards for 1,554 yards from scrimmage. That total was second among rookies behind Hunt, who led the NFL with 1,327 rushing yards. Kamara’s 14 total touchdowns — eight rushing, five receiving, one kick return — led all rookies.

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Jan

19

9 Saints issues (not Drew Brees) heading into the offseason

Defensive end