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8/13 @Balt. 6:30
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9/13 @Arizona 3:05
9/20 TAMPA 12:00
9/27 @Carolina 12:00
10/4 DALLAS 7:30
10/11 @Eagles 12:00
10/15 ATLANTA 7:25
10/25 @Colts 12:00
11/1 GIANTS 12:00
11/8 TITANS 12:00
11/15 @Wash. 12:00
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11/29 @Texans 7:30
12/6 CAROLINA 12:00
12/13 @Tampa 12:00
12/21 DETROIT 7:30
12/27 JAGUARS 12:00
1/3 @Atlanta 12:00
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2015 Saints Draft
Rd  Pick Player/Pos.
1 (12)  Andrus Peat OT
1 (31)  Stephone Anthony LB
2 (12)  Hau'Oli Kikaha LB
3 (11)  Garrett Grayson QB
4 (14)  P.J. Williams CB
5 (12)  Davis Tull LB
5 (18) Tyeler Davison DT
5 (31) Damian Swann CB
7 (13) Marcus Murphy RB
2015 Rookie Free Agents Signings: DL - Tavaris Barnes, Kaleb Eulls, Ashaad Mabry, Bobby Richardson, G - Doniel Gambrell, Cyril Lemon, WR - R.J. Harris, Malcolme Kennedy, OT- Sean Hickey, LB Marcus Pierce-Brewster, Stephon Sanders, TE - Harold Spears, Jack Tabb, LB Henry Coley, OL Antonio Johnson, K Zach Hocker and WR Kyle Prater.
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2014 Saints Draft
Rd  Pick Player/Pos.
1 (20)  Brandin Cooks WR
2 (58)  Stan Jean-Baptiste CB
4 (126)  Kahri Fortt ILB
5 (167)  Vinnie Sunseri SS
5 (169)  Ronald Powell DE
6 (202)  Tavon Rooks OT


2013 Saints Draft
Rd  Pick Player/Pos.
1 (15)  Kenny Vaccaro S
3 (75)  Terron Armstead T
3 (82)  John Jenkins DT
5 (144)  Kenny Stills WR
6 (183)  Rufus Johnson DE
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Drew Brees wearing wristband designed to help New Orleans Saints save time Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On Yesterday 11:49 AM

Full Story – Nola.Com

For the last two weeks, New Orleans Saints quarterbacks have been sporting a new accessory on their wrists.

Luke McCown had one at Carolina. On Sunday, Drew Brees was wearing one against the Dallas Cowboys.

It's a wristband listing certain plays and Saints quarterbacks using it regularly for the first time in coach Sean Payton's tenure to shave just a second or two off the time needed to communicate long plays.

By Evan Woodbery / Times-Picayune

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The fun for Saints' Hau'oli Kikaha has just begun Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On Yesterday 11:47 AM

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No one will accuse Hau'oli Kikaha of riding the Big Kahuna.

The post-sack celebration by the New Orleans Saints rookie linebacker after taking down Brandon Weeden in the Cowboys win in Week 4 looked more like he couldn't hang on the surfboard even on the kiddie waves. And he heard about it.

"I've got to practice. I was thinking maybe it wasn't meant to be," Kikaha said.

I suggested he simply ride the halfpipe a little longer.

By Larry Holder / Times-Picayune

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2 New Orleans Saints earned veteran rest day, Sean Payton says Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On Yesterday 11:45 AM

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New Orleans Saints receiver Marques Colston and defensive tackle Kevin Williams sat out Wednesday's practice, but they weren't hurt.

Head coach Sean Payton said it was akin to rest day for two veterans who had earned it.

"We were talking about it the other day, we were watching the tape. Kevin had some good plays on film. I know it's something we've talked about doing and we've done before," Payton said. "Being able to back off a day like that lets their bodies recover one more day and then begin today."

By Evan Woodbery / Times-Picayune

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John DeShazier: Drew Brees turned in vintage performance vs. Cowboys Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On Yesterday 11:41 AM

Full Story – NewOrleansSaints.Com

Don’t call it a comeback.

First, Drew Brees only missed one game – albeit his first one due to injury (bruised right rotator cuff) in his 10 seasons as a New Orleans Saint. And second, Brees putting up great numbers in prime time and winning NFC Offensive Player of the Week because of them is somewhat common.

In the 19 times as a Saint that Brees has been named Offensive Player of the Week, 10 have been for performances in prime-time games, an even split between Monday and Sunday night football.

By John DeShazier / New Orleans Saints.Com

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Drew Brees earns NFC Offensive Player of the Week award Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On 10-07-2015 10:29 AM

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New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees has been named the NFC's Offensive Player of the Week, the NFL announced on Wednesday.

Brees has won 19 NFC Player of Week awards since 2006, which is the most in NFL during that timespan and a franchise record.

He has won 21 Player of the Week awards in his career.

By Katherine Terrell / Times-Picayune

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New Orleans Saints will place 'strong emphasis' on field goals this week Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On 10-07-2015 10:27 AM

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When Zach Hocker missed a potential game-winning 30-yard field goal at the end of regulation on Sunday night, the first-year kicker called it "unacceptable."

New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton agreed, and he left open the possibility of replacing Hocker with one of the free-agent kickers the team is expected to work out on Wednesday.

"We'll see. We'll see how it unfolds," Payton said.

By Evan Woodbery / Times-Picayune

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Saints signed Brandon Fields in case Thomas Morstead can't play Sunday, Sean Payton says Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On 10-07-2015 10:20 AM

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New Orleans Saints punter Thomas Morstead will be back "sooner than later," said Saints coach Sean Payton.

How soon that is, isn't clear.

The Saints signed punter Brandon Fields on Tuesday with Morstead temporarily out with a strained quad.

By Katherine Terrell / Times-Picayune

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"Young" Saints Are Growing Up Right Before Our Eyes Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On 10-05-2015 12:43 PM

Full Story – BigEasyBeliever.Com

We’ve been saying for weeks how “young” this Saints team is, and how they continue to improve each week in spite of the team’s current record.

Last night, we really got to see the Saints youth movement start to begin taking shape — and then some.

It was evident on defense in particular, as four Saints rookies — LB’s Stephone Anthony and Hau’oli Kikaha and DE’s Bobby Richardson and Tyeler Davison — came up big for New Orleans.

By Barry Hirstius / Big Easy Believer

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Drew Brees, Saints players on win over Cowboys Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On 10-05-2015 08:53 AM

Full Story – NewOrleansSaints.Com

On confusing the defense on the last play:

“We had gone through this play several times before. We had thrown the ball to C.J. [Spiller] just out in the flat when they had guys who were late getting lined up, and that was one where we had a vertical route called to C.J., and I felt like, if we caught them in man [defense] again, and there was any confusion, we could have a big play, and sure enough, we did. I just tried to get to the middle of field, get it to C.J., and let him do the rest. You know this, if C.J. gets behind anybody, he’s the fastest guy on the field, so there’s nobody who’s going to catch him.”

On that play being in the back pocket if they needed it:

“Yes. We had a lot of plays in the plan that put him in different positions to run or catch the ball whether it was short or vertical. Obviously, he’s only been healthy for us for two or three games so, just the opportunity to kind of work him into the offense now and see what he can do is great.”

By New Orleans Saints.Com

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Saints Coach Sean Payton talks about win against Cowboys Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On 10-05-2015 07:56 AM

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"Obviously, it was a back and forth game. I thought when you get the two-minute drive and you move yourself in position and are not able to hit the field goal, that can take the wind out of your sails. I am proud of our guys for the win. It wasn’t a perfect or a clean game by any means and yet, we made enough plays. I’m sure when we look at this film tomorrow there will be a lot of things that we have to improve on. I thought the third-down numbers were good for us defensively, we got off the field, and we got some good stops tonight. I thought we played with good energy.”

On having said that he wanted to get C.J. Spiller more involved with the offense during this week:

“One of the challenges with their defense is that they do a good job of getting into a down safety defense, we caught them in man-to-man on the last play. I think the way it looked they just struggled getting aligned and Drew (Brees) was smart enough to snap it quickly. We were kind of in a four vertical route and it is kind of a play that stems off of the one we had run earlier. I think the tackle he breaks against the safety was huge. I believe he used a stiff arm. It was a great play.”

By New Orleans Saints.Com

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After rallying twice to get 1st win, New Orleans Saints see more growth ahead Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On 10-05-2015 07:34 AM

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When Zach Hocker booted a 30-yard field goal off the left uprights, the stunned murmurs that echoed through the Mercedes-Benz Superdome suggested that fans were too shocked to even be angry.

On the sidelines, however, New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees saw an opportunity.

"We've got to rally the troops again. We still have to go win this game," Brees said.

The Saints did just that in 13 seconds -- the quickest overtime period in NFL history -- when Brees found C.J. Speeler on a wheel route that he broke for an 80-yard touchdown against a disorganized defense.

By Evan Woodbery / Times-Picayune

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New Orleans Saints' Zach Hocker says missed FG will nag at him for a while Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On 10-05-2015 07:32 AM

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New Orleans Saints kicker Zach Hocker felt confident after he made tying field goals of 51 and 29 yards before his chance at a potential game-winner with 16 seconds left Sunday against the Dallas Cowboys.

What happened next elicited no excuse from the first-year NFL player.

"It's unacceptable," Hocker said of the 30-yard kick that clanged off he left upright to leave the score tied 20-20, before Drew Brees connected with C.J. Spiller for an 80-yard touchdown for a 26-20 win on the first possession of overtime.

By Christopher Dabe / Times-Picayune

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New Orleans Saints' Delvin Breaux gets what he wants in OT win vs. Cowboys Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On 10-05-2015 07:30 AM

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New Orleans Saints cornerback Delvin Breaux waited three games to get chances to make plays. He got what he wanted Sunday against the Dallas Cowboys. He took the bad with the good after the Saints' 26-20 overtime victory.

"I got to take advantage of those opportunities," Breaux said of what appeared to be a chance at a game-sealing interception on the play before the Cowboys tied the score with 1:51 left.

A touchdown pass from Brandon Weeden to Terrance Williams in the back right corner of the end zone sailed out of Breaux's reach and pulled the Cowboys even at 20-20.

By Christopher Dabe / Times-Picayune

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New Orleans Saints top Dallas Cowboys in overtime on Drew Brees' 400th TD Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On 10-04-2015 10:53 PM

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Drew Brees made a triumphant return Sunday night, hitting C.J. Spiller on a wheel route for an 80-yard touchdown on the second play in overtime, giving the New Orleans Saints a 26-20 victory over the Dallas Cowboys at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

The Saints (1-3) won their first game of the season, snapped a six-game losing streak at home and sent the Dome into a delirious celebration that it hasn't seen in a while.

The Cowboys (2-2) broke a 10-game road winning streak and lost their second consecutive game under backup quarterback Brandon Weeden.

By Evan Woodbery / Times-Picayune

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Drew Brees ready to lead Saints again after aggressive rehab of injured shoulder Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On 10-03-2015 11:58 AM

‘He looked crisp today’: Drew Brees planning to return to action for Sunday’s matchup with the Cowboys

Full Story – NewOrleansAdvocate.Com

The New Orleans Saints are getting their leader back.

Drew Brees plans to start against the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday night, ending the only injury-imposed absence that the face of the franchise has endured in his NFL career.

Brees, who tried to find a way to rehab his bruised rotator cuff in time to play against Carolina last week before succumbing to a lack of strength in his throwing shoulder, has spent this week taking most of the reps in practice, the way he normally would as the starting quarterback, and his arm responded.

“Each day you just pay attention to how he’s functioning. He looked crisp today, so I think he’s gonna end up starting,” coach Sean Payton said Friday. “Based on the way the week unfolded, each day I felt like he has made the progress we were looking for, deep balls and all that stuff.”

By Nick Underhill / New Orleans Advocate

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Saints report card: Did New Orleans stumble upon a formula for success last week? Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On 10-02-2015 11:41 PM

Forced into new game plan, Saints may have discovered something

Full Story – NewOrleansAdvocate.Com

The Saints entered the week not knowing who would be playing quarterback against the Carolina Panthers or how healthy their quarterback would be.

So when the team began game planning Tuesday, it had to come up with something that would work for both Luke McCown and Drew Brees and accommodate Brees’ injured shoulder, if he were able to find a way to play. What New Orleans ended up coming up with is one of its better game plans of the season.

Instead of relying on drawing up plays that required the quarterback to elevate the players around him and make several intermediate throws, as usual, this week’s plan was built around ball security and a short passing game. The players on the field propped up the quarterback instead of the other way around.

By Nick Underhill / New Orleans Advocate

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Saints In Transition, and not in a Slow Manner -- Mike Detillier
Posted On 09-13-2015

Saints In Transition, and not in a Slow Manner

By Mike Detillier

No coach in college or pro football likes the word "rebuild". Virtually every one of those coaches believes that if you rebuild you are doing it for the next coach, but the reality with the New Orleans Saints is that they are in transition.

It sounds better and to be honest this is the biggest "transition/rebuilding" year for Sean Payton and the Saints since 2006.

The NFL draft has produced the Black and Gold 7 players in offensive tackle Andrus Peat, outside linebacker Hau'oli Kikaha, inside linebacker Stephone Anthony, cornerback Damien Swann, defensive tackle Tyeler Davison, quarterback Garrett Grayson and running back/return man Marcus Murphy.

The two draft choices that didn't make the 53-man roster in cornerback P.J. Williams and outside linebacker Davis Tull were placed on Injured Reserve. Tull is the surprise because he played well in the preseason finale against the Green Bay Packers, but he showed up on the injured list during the week. Tull was coming off of off-season labrum surgery, but he was someone that flashed what this team is lacking and that is pass rush skills. Reports are that he injured the opposite shoulder that was operated on in the spring.

The Saints 53-man roster today has 3 undrafted free agent defensive linemen in defensive end Bobby Richardson, defensive end Tavaris Barnes and defensive tackle Kaleb Eulls.

New Orleans also picked up Seattle Seahawks 2015 sixth round pick defensive end Obum Gwacham off of waivers when the Seahawks tried to sneak him on to their practice squad. Gwacham was a high school track star excelling in the long jump and high jump. He was recruited to Oregon State as a wide receiver and was a reserve end and a special teams standout before being moved to defensive end as a senior. While he is still a football puppy at defensive end/outside linebacker, he has some speed and pass rush potential the Saints desperately need.

The Saints also picked up former Mandeville High School standout inside linebacker and special teams standout Michael Mauti. Mauti, the son of former Saints wide receiver Rich Mauti, was a terrific linebacker for Penn State, but he suffered three major...
Hope on D with Tull, Anthony and Kikaha -- Mike Detillier
Posted On 09-06-2015

Hope on D with Tull, Anthony and Kikaha

By Mike Detillier

Pre-season is finally over with, but it left you with no doubt that the 2015 version of the New Orleans Saints will struggle on defense. The Saints will be explosive on offense as long as Drew Brees is healthy, but the holes the Saints have on defense will not be cured during the regular season. Throw in the fact the second most important player on the Saints squad in cornerback Keenan Lewis will be lost for four to six weeks with either a hip/groin injury and the Saints defense is under fire.

I won’t even bring up the injury issue with former All-Pro safety Jairus Byrd, but he has had little impact on this football team since joining the squad in 2014. If you are hurt, there is nothing you can do about it, but show some leadership and be with your squad on the sidelines during games. Help the young players on the team with your knowledge on gameday and be a player/coach to your teammates. Byrd has always been praised for his knowledge of the game and his instinctive nature with the Buffalo Bills, so share that information with your own players on the sidelines.

We have seen nothing of this out of Byrd and that is not surprising, but shocking.

A big reason the Saints defense is in the trouble they are in today has been the talent evaluations done on drafts since winning the Super Bowl during the 2009 campaign and having very few impact players via veteran free agency.

In the countdown to the final roster spots for the New Orleans Saints the Saints have only four defensive players on the current 53-man roster that were drafted from 2009-2014 in defensive ends Cam Jordan and Akiem Hicks, strong safety Kenny Vaccaro and defensive tackle John Jenkins. Throw in the fact that the team was stripped of two second round choices because of the BountyGate issue and they have continued to live off the arm of Drew Brees from year to year. I am not saying they would have hit on those two picks, but you didn’t have the option to select those two players.

Some folks don’t like it being said and are ready to rebuild without Brees, but he is the main reason this team has rolled at a high level since that signature moment in early 2010 and with little help from the defense. This team has been...
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