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Saints Camp Report: Day 5 Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On Yesterday 09:35 AM

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Another day, another "wow" moment for rookie Saints receiver Brandin Cooks. At some point, I'm going to have to borrow a Sean Payton term and start "de-recruiting" Cooks instead of continuing to pump him up. But that's hard to do when he keeps making eye-popping plays. This time Cooks took a screen pass from Drew Brees and shot past a couple hapless defenders for a touchdown. Cooks also showed off some receiving skills on a nifty back-shoulder catch from Brees, among other highlights. "That was awesome. ... I think that just gives you a taste of what we have in him," Brees said of the screen play.

"(Some people) are straight-line fast but not real quick or they have long strides or short-area quickness but not long speed. This guy has it all. He's got short-area quickness, great transition ability and phenomenal straight-line speed."

By Mike Triplett / ESPN

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Pressure is on Jairus Byrd to reach lofty expectations, give New Orleans Saints return on investment Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On Yesterday 09:32 AM

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New Orleans Saints safety Jairus Byrd makes it sound like the pressure is off of him.

In his view, there's no added incentive to prove he deserved a six-year contract maxing out at $54 million with $26 million guaranteed. There's no added pressure to churn out turnovers for a Saints team desperately seeking takeaways. There's no added pressure to rush back to the field for training camp practices at The Greenbrier.

At least Byrd went 1-for-3 Tuesday morning.

He stepped foot off the physically unable to perform list and onto the practice field as an actual participating member of the Saints for the first time since signing the richest contract for a safety in NFL history in mid-March. Byrd has seemingly tackled the first hurdle as he practiced for the first time in a black-and-gold uniform Tuesday.

By Larry Holder / Times-Picayune

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Tim Lelito, Jonathan Goodwin with little separation in New Orleans Saints' center battle Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On Yesterday 09:30 AM

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A year ago, Tim Lelito was fighting to make the New Orleans Saints' roster.

Now he's trying to win a starting job at a new position against an 12-year veteran, Jonathan Goodwin.

Lelito said he's learned a lot from Goodwin, even if he hasn't been able to share much himself.

"I don't know if you can teach someone who has been in the league for thirteen years something. That's kind of hard to do," he said.

By Evan Woodbery / Times-Picayune

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New Orleans Saints safety Jairus Byrd returns to practice Tuesday Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On 07-29-2014 10:04 AM

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New Orleans Saints safety Jairus Byrd participated in his first practice of the summer on Tuesday. Byrd was dressed out in pads and took part in the walkthrough portion of practice.

Byrd, who began training camp on the physically unable to perform (PUP) list, has not participated in any offseason practices after undergoing back surgery. The former Buffalo Bills standout signed a six-year, $54 million deal with the Saints during free agency.

Offensive tackle Tavon Rooks and wide receiver Robert Meachem also returned to practice.

By Katherine Terrell / Times-Picayune

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Stay away from Keenan Lewis | 5 things that stood out from New Orleans Saints' practice Monday Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On 07-28-2014 02:25 PM

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Don't throw at New Orleans Saints cornerback Keenan Lewis. Not in walkthrough. Not in practice. Not in games.

The Algiers native, whom defensive coordinator Rob Ryan refers to as "West Bank," continues to show why he's becoming one of the better cover cornerbacks in the NFL. He came up with two pass breakups on Drew Brees during team drills in Monday's padded training camp session at The Greenbrier.

Lewis closed in on an out route intended for Andy Tanner and knocked the pass away with a diving stab at the ball. Only a few plays later, Lewis hovered over just in time, leaping to bat away a pass to Joe Morgan where it appeared Brees found a window to drop the pass into Morga

By Larry Holder / Times-Picayune

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Ben Grubbs misses New Orleans Saints' 4th practice; Payton says he'll be back soon Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On 07-28-2014 02:21 PM

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New Orleans Saints veteran offensive guard Ben Grubbs watched practice in shorts on Monday, but head coach Sean Payton said Grubbs should return in a day or two.

Payton did not disclose Grubbs' injury.

Payton also said that he expected receiver Robert Meachem (back) to be back soon.

On Sunday, Grubbs did not participate in team drills but was dressed out and did other limited work. Grubbs, 30, took similar rest days during organized team drills.

By Evan Woodbery / Times-Picayune

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New Orleans Saints receiver Joe Morgan showing progress in return from knee injury Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On 07-28-2014 02:18 PM

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Not all ACL tears are the same, and New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton said the one suffered by receiver Joe Morgan last August was particularly bad.

Morgan tore his meniscus and partially tore his ACL, forcing him to undergo season-ending knee surgery before camp was even finished.

That's why it wasn't a given that Morgan would be ready on the standard ACL recovery cycle.

"The progress from when we finished in the spring until today has been significant," Payton said last week.

By Evan Woodbery / Times-Picayune

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Saints Camp Report: Day 3 Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On 07-28-2014 10:43 AM

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A daily review of the hot topics coming out of New Orleans Saints training camp:

The Saints held their first padded practice -- which always has a bit of that Christmas-morning feel for the linemen. Not surprisingly, no one was more exuberant than linebacker Junior Galette, who made several big plays. The first came just two plays into the first 9-on-7 contact drill, when Galette blew up a run play then trash-talked fullback Erik Lorig by yelling, "Block me!" Right tackle Zach Strief then gave Galette a shove as they walked back to the line. But that was the only time any real feistiness broke out.

Sunday also marked the debut of my favorite individual drill in camp -- 1-on-1 pass-rush. The drill is designed to favor pass-rushers, so it's often a "win" for the blockers just to hold their man at bay. The guys who stood out most to me were Strief (for holding strong against Cameron Jordan), end Akiem Hicks (for his raw power), linebacker Keyunta Dawson (who beat tackle Bryce Harris twice) and end Glenn Foster. But obviously that's a small sample size. … The battles between Strief-Jordan, Jahri Evans-Hicks and Terron Armstead-Galette were all pretty even. Continued...

By Mike Triplett / ESPN

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Saints’ Bailey shows he’s ‘still got it’ Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On 07-28-2014 10:38 AM

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The other day, Champ Bailey was talking about how he’s had to adjust to things like new teammates, coaches and playbook nuances with the New Orleans Saints after spending the past 10 years with the Denver Broncos.

“But as far as football, football is football,” Bailey said. “You either got it or you don’t. And I think I still got it.”

Bailey certainly demonstrated that on Sunday. The 12-time Pro Bowl cornerback showed off his veteran savvy and nose for the ball while teaming with safety Rafael Bush to make the play of the day during full-team drills.

By Mike Triplett / ESPN

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Rob Ryan has Saints defense thinking big Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On 07-28-2014 10:35 AM

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New Orleans Saints defensive coordinator Rob Ryan is already a cult hero in in the Big Easy after just one season. In 2013, he transformed a unit that was historically awful in 2012 under Steve Spagnuolo into the NFL's fourth-ranked defense.

Now imagine how much of a rock star/hot head-coaching candidate Ryan will be if he helps the Saints win a second Super Bowl.

He is the free spirit who after the Saints beat the Atlanta Falcons in last season's opener bought the house a round of drinks at a popular bar near his Uptown home in New Orleans.

By Jim Corbett / USA Today

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Saints receiver Cooks drawing rave reviews in training camp Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On 07-28-2014 10:32 AM

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Consider Cooks the Saints antithesis to Bigger is Better, the deviation to the American SUV craze. The latest NFL example of good things coming in 5-feet, 10-inch packages.

"I don't say this with any bias... we prefer bigger players," Saints coach Sean Payton said.

"If the player is shorter, then there has to be something that he does exceptionally different and well and that is run or get in and out of his cuts."

Sounds like Cooks.

By Gary Estwick / Sun Herald

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Drew Brees says he could play until 45, immediately gets drug tested by NFL Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On 07-28-2014 10:29 AM

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Drew Brees:
On Friday I said I thought I could play til age 45. I have been “randomly” selected for drug tests the last 2 days. What’s up with that! Lol

Brees’ sarcastic air quotes (the same ones Jimmy Graham use when he calls himself a “wide receiver”) and the “LOL” suggest he’s joking and that he knows this is merely a quirk of the testing regimen. If the NFL was situationally drug testing after players making frivolous statements, they’d have to test every cornerback who says they’re better than Richard Sherman and Darrelle Revis, not to mention all those players on sub-.500 teams who make Super Bowl guarantees.

By Chris Chase / USA Today

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Saints TE Graham returns in form, and with humor Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On 07-27-2014 11:16 AM

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Aside from the New Orleans Saints' fleur-de-lis symbol, star tight end Jimmy Graham never associated playing pro football with flowers.

That is, until this week, when he reported to training camp at The Greenbrier resort and found his room adorned in wallpaper heavy on a pink floral print.

The room choice for Graham was an apparent practical joke. Teammate Pierre Thomas captured Graham's reaction on video that was posted to social media, proclaiming, ''They got you so good.''

Graham can afford to have a sense of humor about it. After missing all of the Saints' offseason because of a protected contract holdout, Graham is finally back with the team, thanks to a four-year, $40 million deal struck between him and the club last week.

By Gary Fauber / Yahoo Sports

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In Rob they Trust: Saints defensive coordinator inspires unit to be the best Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On 07-27-2014 11:12 AM

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On the final day of practice before the Saints toss their “pajamas” (coach Sean Payton’s term for no pads) in favor of their typical attire on Sunday, the defense, which is expected to again be among the league’s best, wasn’t quite yet in top form.

“Yeah, I tell ya, today wasn’t our best. That offense was rolling,” defensive coordinator Rob Ryan said. "We looked at a few things today that didn’t look real good that were a little bit new, but our guys are working hard, they’re smart, they really want to be great."

However, it wasn’t exactly a bad performance by the defense so much as a strong one from the offense.

By Lyons Yellin - Sports Writer / WWLTV

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Saints look good on paper, and on the field, too Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On 07-27-2014 11:10 AM

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A look at the New Orleans roster and it’s easy to come to one conclusion: the Saints look good on paper.

But after two days of practice, it’s also clear that they look pretty good on the field.

It’s hard to know just how good this team can be until the pads go on Sunday. Nevertheless, here are a couple observations from Day 2 of training camp at the Greenbrier.

First, there are plenty of Saints looking to make an impression in camp. In fact, you could say they all are.

By Lyons Yellin - Sports Writer / WWLTV

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Saints RB Mark Ingram ready to strap on pads, battle for carries Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On 07-27-2014 11:08 AM

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WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W. Va. -- No one needs to tell New Orleans Saints running back Mark Ingram it’s a big year for him.

He’s fully aware of that fact.

He’s knows he’s competing for a job against a stable of talented running backs. He knows he’s fighting for his next contract.

Only Ingram, who has every reason to feel the weight of his circumstance, says he doesn’t.

By Lyons Yellin - Sports Writer / WWLTV

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Original Stories
New Orleans Saints Training Camp Battles - Mike Detillier
Posted On 07-26-2014

New Orleans Saints Training Camp Battles

By Mike Detillier

The 2014 Training Camp for the New Orleans Saints has already kicked off and while this is indeed the most talented New Orleans Saints football team, on paper, I have seen enter a training camp period, here is my take on the 3 biggest battles to watch for during the training camp period and also in preseason games.

The Offensive Center Battle - Tim Lelito vs. Jonathan Goodwin

The center battle is one to be observed closely in training camp, during the pre-season and regular season. In being involved with 7 different camps over the past 8 weeks it is obvious in listening and talking to NFL coaches, defensive coordinators and defensive position coaches, the objective of most this off-season is to generate more pressure on opposing NFL quarterbacks and virtually every one of those coaches pointed to getting more pressure from the middle via scheme and blitzing more from the interior.

Former LSU defensive lineman and current New York Jets defensive line coach Karl Dunbar put it best in saying that NFL teams want to blow up the launch pad¯ of quarterbacks in the NFL quickly and do it more from the middle.

With that being the case that pressure will be put squarely on getting better play from the center and guard spots for every NFL team.

The Saints are set at the guard spot with perennial All-Pro Jahri Evans and Ben Grubbs, but now the question mark is at center.

The Saints coaching staff early on in training camp 2013 raved about the progress of undrafted free agent center/guard Tim Lelito.

At 6-4, 315 Lelito, the former Grand Valley State standout offensive lineman, is a bigger, stronger and quicker version of what the Saints had starting at center in Brian de la Puente, but he has virtually no experience in NFL games, preseason or regular, at that critical position.

The Saints want him to be the starter and he has the potential to be a good one at center, but right now you are basing that on just that, potential.

The Saints brought in the insurance policy in veteran Jonathan Goodwin. The 35-year old center came to the Saints in 2006 in part due to him working with then New Orleans Saints offensive line coach Doug Marrone (now the head coach with the Buffalo Bills)...
News From the Manning Passing Academy -- Mike Detillier
Posted On 07-12-2014

News From the Manning Passing Academy

By Mike Detillier

Bennett Taking it to the Next Level

What a wild football ride it has been for Southeastern Louisiana University quarterback Bryan Bennett. Bennett was a highly recruited quarterback coming out of Crespi High School in California and he signed on to play football for Chip Kelly and the Oregon Ducks.

The 6-2 1/2, 215 pounder drew great praise for his quick feet and accurate passing skills at Oregon, but he played behind quarterbacks Darron Thomas in 2011 and Marcus Mariota in 2012.

Bennett had a difficult decision to make to either stay and play as a back-up to Mariota at Oregon, or transfer to another school.

The fleet-footed signal-caller knew that no quarterback in the Chip Kelly-era at Oregon had played a complete season, but he also knew he wanted to be "the guy" at quarterback and Bennett decided to transfer to Southeastern Louisiana.

Kelly left to take the head coaching job with the Philadelphia Eagles and Bennett headed to Hammond, Louisiana and Southeastern Louisiana.

Last season all Bennett did was become the Southland Conference Player of the Year, the Louisiana Offensive Player of the Year, and the Louisiana Newcomer of the Year after throwing for 3,165 yards and 21 touchdowns and rushing for 1,046 yards and 16 scores.

Bennett finished 8th in the voting for the Walter Payton Award and he became the Southland Conference's version of Johnny Manziel due to his quick feet and his accurate passing skills.

This past week Bennett spent time as a counselor for the Manning Passing Academy and he has worked hard in the off-season to upgrade his overall game.

"I went to the Jeff Garcia Quarterback Camp in California and I am thrilled to be here at the Manning Camp just soaking up as much knowledge of the game as I can," Bennett said. "I'm just trying to perfect my passing mechanics. I am trying to get better with my footwork, balance and working hard with my receivers on getting the timing down with routes and my throws. It's an exciting time for me and while we went deep into the playoffs at Southeastern it is a fire in us that there was more to accomplish. Nine of my teammates came to Nicholls State and Manning Camp to help out here and just to be around Peyton and Eli...

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