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New Orleans Saints pre-training camp 53-man roster projections Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On Yesterday 12:40 PM


Full Story – Nola.Com


Consider this the roughest of rough drafts.

The New Orleans Saints will eventually whittle their roster down to 53 players by the end of training camp. They've already made significant subtractions this week by cutting ties with Junior Galette and Brodrick Bunkley.

So some new faces will be added to the roster come Week 1. But for now, roster spots across the board are up for grabs with training camp beginning Thursday at The Greenbrier.

By Larry Holder / Times-Picayune

Full Story – Nola.Com
Brodrick Bunkley released by New Orleans Saints Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On Yesterday 12:38 PM


Full Story –NFL.Com


Junior Galette isn't the only former Saints starter on defense to lose his job this week.

The Saints announced Tuesday that they have released defensive tackle Brodrick Bunkley on a failed physical designation.

Bunkley started 11 games for New Orleans last season before suffering a torn quad that ended his season in November. The roster designation indicates Bunkley has yet to fully recover from the injury. He did not take part in any of the team's offseason workouts.

By Dan Hanzus / NFL.Com

Full Story –NFL.Com
New Orleans Saints training camp at the Greenbrier: Schedule and fan guidelines Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On 07-28-2015 11:23 AM


Full Story – Nola.Com


WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W. Va. -- Most New Orleans Saints players will fly into the Greenbrier Valley Airport Tuesday afternoon on a team-chartered flight.

On Wednesday, they will go through the official reporting protocol. A day later, the Saints will be on the practice fields for the first time.

Here's some information if you're planning to attend any of the practices in West Virginia:

By Evan Woodbery / Times-Picayune

Full Story – Nola.Com
New Orleans Saints are the 13th-hottest ticket of 2015 NFL Season, per report Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On 07-28-2015 11:21 AM


Full Story – Nola.Com


The New Orleans Saints are in the middle of the NFL pack when it comes to best-selling tickets.

According to Vivid Seats, which just released its NFL Ticket Prices Report for 2015, the Saints have the 13th-hottest ticket in the league with a median price of $195.

The Saints' most expensive home game is on "Sunday Night Football" in Week 4 when the Dallas Cowboys travel to the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, which has a median ticket price of $352.

By Julie Boudwin / Times-Picayune

Full Story – Nola.Com
Junior Had to Go -- Mike Detillier Posted By: Dan in Lafayette Posted On 07-27-2015 12:19 AM


Junior Had to Go

By Mike Detillier

It was inevitable, the New Orleans Saints would have to part ways with outside linebacker Junior Galette and in quick fashion. Most of us thought that due to the salary cap implications Galette would be a 2015 one-year stay, but Saints head coach Sean Payton had enough of Galette's immaturity off the field and his lack of high level production and focus on the field.

I have written and spoken about this often after the Saints gave Galette a 4-year, $41.5 million dollar deal last year that it was a huge mistake to give Galette this mega-deal.

Numerous players and some coaches on the squad were quick to point out in private that Galette stayed focused just long enough to get paid and he would be a "problem child" for the team.

When you are given that type of deal you can't be an average or good player, but a high level one and Galette was not that type football player.

Was he the best pass rusher the Saints had? Yes, he was, but he was not going up against any heavyweight champions in that category for the Black and Gold. But over the past two seasons Galette has registered 22 quarterback sacks and those are good numbers, but not great ones.

On this personnel decision the Saints, Sean Payton and general manager Mickey Loomis blew it. But Galette made the mortal mistake to really get under the skin of "The Boss" with the Saints and that is Sean Payton and he was not letting him back in the locker-room.

Like some pro athletes today Galette seemed miffed about the money others were making and he became a locker-room distraction with his antics with teammates and his off the field issues. Those issues mounted after he was arrested in January on a domestic violence charge and then a video pops up with Galette striking a woman with a belt.

But the issues had started long before those incidents and the Saints were trying to trade him, but no team in their right mind would take that contract the Saints gave him and put it in their budget.

Galette can play and he is a good pass rusher, but when opposing teams needed yardage when rushing the football they targeted Galette's side.

...
Analysis: Revamped roster should give Saints fans hope after that frustrating 2014 season Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On 07-26-2015 12:41 PM


Full Story – NewOrleansAdvocate.Com


Take a look at the Saints’ roster. There’s reason for optimism entering training camp, which kicks off with the team’s first practice Thursday at The Greenbrier in West Virginia.

This isn’t the same team that gradually cut off its own limbs last season and staggered to a 7-9 finish. The defense should be better, there are still enough weapons in the passing game to move the ball and the running game could be something special.

This edition of the Saints looks better — on paper, at least.

The only problem is reality doesn’t often follow the script as it’s written in July. New Orleans found that out last year when the season opened with dreams of diamonds and rings and ended with a tattered box full of disappointment. Very rarely do things play out as expected.

By Nick Underhill / New Orleans Advocate

Full Story – NewOrleansAdvocate.Com
New Orleans Saints training camp 2015: Fortunes of the team lie among a series of what-ifs Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On 07-26-2015 11:15 AM


Full Story – NewOrleansAdvocate.Com


Last summer, the Saints headed to West Virginia with dreams of reaching the Super Bowl. They didn’t even make the playoffs. Now, after an offseason full of turnover, they begin training camp with new objectives, new faces ... and many questions.

IF Nick Toon, Seantavius Jones or Brandon Coleman emerge into viable playmakers, the Saints will have a solid corps of receivers who can help gloss over the losses of Jimmy Graham and Kenny Stills. Coach Sean Payton has been bullish about the potential of these players. You have to believe there’s a reason for that confidence.

IF NOT, well ... it’s hard to imagine that everyone from this group will disappoint or fail to step up to the challenge. But if that happens, then it’s the doomsday scenario in which Drew Brees has few viable options and the offense will stall to some degree.

By Nick Underhill / New Orleans Advocate

Full Story – NewOrleansAdvocate.Com
Saints to release LB Junior Galette Posted By: Andrus Posted On 07-24-2015 02:52 PM


Full Story - ESPN.com

Deciding his character issues outweighed his enormous talent and salary-cap hit, the New Orleans Saints will release outside linebacker Junior Galette, sources confirmed to ESPN on Friday.

Galette, 27, signed a four-year, $41.5 million contract extension last September. But he has since been involved in two high-profile allegations of violence that could also have him facing a league suspension.

A source told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter that Galette must still take -- and pass -- a physical with the Saints this weekend before he can be released. He had suffered a torn pectoral muscle in the weight room this summer but learned he would not require surgery and was hoping to resume practice during training camp.

By Mike Triplett - ESPN.com

Full Story - ESPN.com
Saints release Junior Galette Posted By: Andrus Posted On 07-24-2015 02:49 PM


Full Story - ProFootballTalk.com


The Saints have made a big change to their defense just before the start of training camp.

According to multiple reports, the Saints have released linebacker Junior Galette. Galette signed a six-year deal with the team last September that has already paid him more than $17 million, but he’s gone after turning in 10 sacks in 16 games for the team last season.

This probably isn’t about Galette’s ability to produce on the field, however. Galette was arrested this offseason on domestic violence charges, which were later dropped, and then a video surfaced that appeared to show Galette hitting a woman twice. He said last month that he was scheduled to talk to the NFL about off-field troubles, but the league wouldn’t confirm whether a meeting took place or say if Galette will be disciplined earlier this week.

By Josh Alper

Full Story - ProFootballTalk.com
New Orleans Saints will release Junior Galette Posted By: Andrus Posted On 07-24-2015 02:26 PM


Full Story - NFL.com

The New Orleans Saints are getting rid of their best pass rusher.

NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reports that the Saints have released Junior Galette, according to a source informed of the situation. Galette recorded 22 sacks over the last two seasons, and was handed a four-year extension worth $41.3 million in September of last year. He received $17.95 million in the last year alone.

Galette recently met with NFL officials, according to Rapoport. The league is looking into two off-the-field incidents by Galette and the Saints have grown increasingly frustrated with him. Galette was arrested on domestic violence and simple battery charges in January; the charges were eventually dropped. Galette was also dealing with a torn pectoral muscle this offseason. Doctors were split regarding whether Galette required surgery.

By Gregg Rosenthal | Around The NFL Editor

Full Story - NFL.com
New Orleans Saints release Junior Galette, according to source Posted By: Andrus Posted On 07-24-2015 02:22 PM


Full Story - NOLA.com


The New Orleans Saints released embattled outside linebacker Junior Galette on Friday, a source told NOLA.com's Larry Holder.

Galette's release comes less than one year after he signed a lucrative contract extension that was meant to ensure his long-term future in New Orleans.

"(It was) the worst call they've ever made," Galette told NOLA.com | The Times Picayune Friday afternoon. "It was a terrible call to kick me when I'm down."

Evan Woodbery, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune

Full Story - NOLA.com
Elias Camp Draws Attention -- Mike Detillier Posted By: Dan in Lafayette Posted On 07-20-2015 04:30 PM


Elias Camp Draws Attention

By Mike Detillier

Over the past few weeks Nicholls State University has been host to the Offensive/Defensive Line Camp, the Manning Passing Academy and last week The Pro Football Combine Camp.

Dr. David Elias, an orthopedic surgeon with his practice in Thibodaux is the leader of the Pro Football Combine Camp and has dedicated this camp to his brother Albert Elias.

“This is our eighth year and my brother Albert, who was a well respected sports agent, really pieced this camp together at the beginning and there was no way I would let this go after he passed away a few years back,” Elias said. “We have had some weather issues. The past couple of years it poured down rain, but God smiled on us today and gave us great weather. I know my brother would be so proud to see some 180 high school kids out here and getting work in with some of the best high school coaches in the area, we were able to bring in some former LSU Tiger standouts in Richard Dickson, Jarvis Green, Rohan Davey and Skyler Green, Phillip Livas, who was a superb football player at South Terrebonne High School and Louisiana Tech, and Elijah McGuire from Vandebilt and now at UL-Lafayette. Elijah is one of the most exciting players in college football today.

Tim Rebowe and his staff at Nicholls State are out here in force and we really appreciate their efforts in this camp so much and then we also have LSU middle linebacker Kendall Beckwith, cornerback Tre’Davious White and a guy that’s pretty good too in Leonard Fournette. You are talking about three possible All-SEC players and a possible Heisman Trophy winner. That’s just marvelous for this camp and for the kids and also I have to thank the many sponsors that help us along with Greg Stock and Thibodaux Regional Medical Center for their special help. Also Don Rodrigue and Laury Dupont, two former coaches from our area, for helping with the organization of the camp and making sure everything is done right. The connection with Thibodaux Regional Medical Center and the trainers who work the camp along with everyone at Nicholls State has made this day memorable.”

While the work done by the 180 camp participants was what the camp is all about there was no doubt who the star of the camp was and Leonard Fournette took...
NFL.com lists Sean Payton among the league’s best in-game coaches Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On 07-19-2015 05:41 PM


Full Story – NewOrleansSaints.Com


Brooks on Payton: “Defensive coaches around the NFL quickly cite Payton as one of the most difficult play callers to prepare for. He is not only a masterful play designer -- adept at attacking the vulnerable areas of coverage -- but he has a keen understanding of personnel and how to put his guys in favorable positions on the field. Payton will trot out a variety of exotic formations and unique personnel groupings throughout the course of a game to test the discipline and awareness of defenders, while also monitoring the opposing coach's reaction to his tactics. With a keen sense of timing and awareness, Payton will process that information and dial up a dagger when the moment is right.”

By NFL.Com / New Orleans Saints.Com

Full Story – NewOrleansSaints.Com
Packers' Josh Sitton 'can't stand' playing in New Orleans Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On 07-15-2015 10:28 AM


Full Story – CBS Sports.Com


Every NFL player has their favorite and least favorite places to play in the NFL.

And it's very clear where New Orleans falls on that list for Packers guard Josh Sitton.

"I cannot stand Saints fans because they are so good," Sitton said to KLFY News while helping at a camp in New Orleans hosted by country music star Garth Brooks. "It's unbelievably tough to play here. Us, Seattle and New Orleans, I think, are the best fans in the NFL. It's very impressive to come and play down here and like I said, I can't stand playing down here."

By Bleacher Report / CBS Sports

Full Story – CBS Sports.Com
Will the New Orleans Saints run more in 2015? John DeShazier's weekly mailbag Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On 07-14-2015 10:04 PM


Full Story – NewOrleansSaints.Com


Will the team run more without Jimmy Graham as a steady target? Could Marques Colston's numbers jump up? (via ‏@King__Bias)


Short answer to both questions? Yes. First, it makes sense for the Saints to run more not only because Graham is gone as a premier receiving threat, but also because the team has been best offensively when it has been balanced. And after Mark Ingram had his best NFL season last year (964 rushing yards and nine touchdowns on 226 carries, all career highs), and with the continued improvement of Khiry Robinson and addition of C.J. Spiller, it makes all the sense in the world for the Saints to run a bit more often. Now, that doesn’t mean that game situations and defensive schemes won’t produce a few 45-pass, 20-run games. But for maximum offensive success, expect the pass-run ratio to be closer than that.

As for Colston, his numbers last year (59 catches, 902 yards, five touchdowns) actually were more than respectable by most standards. But we’re not accustomed to seeing less than 1,000 yards and we certainly weren’t accustomed to seeing the drops and a critical turnover or two. Colston is as prideful as any athlete you’ll find, and he wasn’t happy about last year. With a young receiving corps around him, it wouldn’t be surprising for Drew Brees to look in the direction of the franchise’s all-time leading receiver a bit more often.

By John DeShazier / New Orleans Saints.Com

Full Story – NewOrleansSaints.Com
Best of the Manning Camp 2015 -- Mike Detillier Posted By: Dan in Lafayette Posted On 07-11-2015 10:35 PM


Best of the Manning Camp 2015

By Mike Detillier

For the past 20 years the Manning Passing Academy has been the indicator that football is right around the corner and it has been a showcase for many of the top high school quarterbacks in the nation.

The camp has featured having Peyton, Eli and Archie Manning running the camp, but also some of the top college quarterbacks in the nation as camp counselors.

In the past few years Andrew Luck, Andy Dalton, Sam Bradford, Matt Stafford, Jameis Winston, Marcus Mariota, Ryan Tannehill and Russell Wilson have been just a few of the top college quarterbacks who went on to become top pro passers that have come to the Manning Passing Academy at Nicholls State University.

This year the list of quarterbacks were again very impressive, but two young men who really stood out as quarterbacks that will have pro scouts drooling are Penn State's Christian Hackenberg and University of California-Berkley's Jared Goff.

Matter of fact Hackenberg and Goff may well go one-two in the 2016 draft if they decide to declare early.

The 6-4, 235 pound Hackenberg is built more like a middle linebacker than a quarterback, but when you see how the ball comes off his hand with some real steam on it you know he is a signal-caller.

Hackenberg was rated the second best quarterback in the nation when he came out of Fork Union Military Academy and he committed to Penn State before the school had sanctions placed against them in the knowledge of former Penn State assistant coach Jerry Sandusky's child sex abuse scandal.

With the chance to basically name his school to attend, Hackendberg decided to keep the commitment and attend Penn State.

"Growing up there it was always a dream to play for Penn State," Hackenberg said. "I never considered another school even when I could have left. It was really not an option for me. I wanted to be at Penn State. We went through some difficult moments as a school, as a team and a community, but it made us stronger. For the players we understood we had nothing to do with what went on, but we had a tradition to uphold for what was right. We had a young group of players and fought through a lot of...
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Junior Had to Go -- Mike Detillier
Posted On 07-27-2015


Junior Had to Go

By Mike Detillier

It was inevitable, the New Orleans Saints would have to part ways with outside linebacker Junior Galette and in quick fashion. Most of us thought that due to the salary cap implications Galette would be a 2015 one-year stay, but Saints head coach Sean Payton had enough of Galette's immaturity off the field and his lack of high level production and focus on the field.

I have written and spoken about this often after the Saints gave Galette a 4-year, $41.5 million dollar deal last year that it was a huge mistake to give Galette this mega-deal.

Numerous players and some coaches on the squad were quick to point out in private that Galette stayed focused just long enough to get paid and he would be a "problem child" for the team.

When you are given that type of deal you can't be an average or good player, but a high level one and Galette was not that type football player.

Was he the best pass rusher the Saints had? Yes, he was, but he was not going up against any heavyweight champions in that category for the Black and Gold. But over the past two seasons Galette has registered 22 quarterback sacks and those are good numbers, but not great ones.

On this personnel decision the Saints, Sean Payton and general manager Mickey Loomis blew it. But Galette made the mortal mistake to really get under the skin of "The Boss" with the Saints and that is Sean Payton and he was not letting him back in the locker-room.

Like some pro athletes today Galette seemed miffed about the money others were making and he became a locker-room distraction with his antics with teammates and his off the field issues. Those issues mounted after he was arrested in January on a domestic violence charge and then a video pops up with Galette striking a woman with a belt.

But the issues had started long before those incidents and the Saints were trying to trade him, but no team in their right mind would take that contract the Saints gave him and put it in their budget.

Galette can play and he is a good pass rusher, but when opposing teams needed yardage when rushing the football they targeted Galette's side.

...
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Elias Camp Draws Attention -- Mike Detillier
Posted On 07-20-2015


Elias Camp Draws Attention

By Mike Detillier

Over the past few weeks Nicholls State University has been host to the Offensive/Defensive Line Camp, the Manning Passing Academy and last week The Pro Football Combine Camp.

Dr. David Elias, an orthopedic surgeon with his practice in Thibodaux is the leader of the Pro Football Combine Camp and has dedicated this camp to his brother Albert Elias.

“This is our eighth year and my brother Albert, who was a well respected sports agent, really pieced this camp together at the beginning and there was no way I would let this go after he passed away a few years back,” Elias said. “We have had some weather issues. The past couple of years it poured down rain, but God smiled on us today and gave us great weather. I know my brother would be so proud to see some 180 high school kids out here and getting work in with some of the best high school coaches in the area, we were able to bring in some former LSU Tiger standouts in Richard Dickson, Jarvis Green, Rohan Davey and Skyler Green, Phillip Livas, who was a superb football player at South Terrebonne High School and Louisiana Tech, and Elijah McGuire from Vandebilt and now at UL-Lafayette. Elijah is one of the most exciting players in college football today.

Tim Rebowe and his staff at Nicholls State are out here in force and we really appreciate their efforts in this camp so much and then we also have LSU middle linebacker Kendall Beckwith, cornerback Tre’Davious White and a guy that’s pretty good too in Leonard Fournette. You are talking about three possible All-SEC players and a possible Heisman Trophy winner. That’s just marvelous for this camp and for the kids and also I have to thank the many sponsors that help us along with Greg Stock and Thibodaux Regional Medical Center for their special help. Also Don Rodrigue and Laury Dupont, two former coaches from our area, for helping with the organization of the camp and making sure everything is done right. The connection with Thibodaux Regional Medical Center and the trainers who work the camp along with everyone at Nicholls State has made this day memorable.”

While the work done by the 180 camp participants was what the camp is all about there was no doubt who the star of the camp was and Leonard Fournette took...
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