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Sean Payton and Mickey Loomis will hold a press conference Thursday night to open camp Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On Yesterday 11:19 AM


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Sean Payton and Mickey Loomis will speak with the media Thursday night to open 2014 New Orleans Saints Training Camp presented by Verizon.

Loomis will speak at 4:45 pm CT and Payton will go at 5 pm CT.

Watch the press conferences live Here

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2014 NFL Training Camp Battles Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On Yesterday 11:13 AM


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NEW ORLEANS SAINTS
Key battle:
Champ Bailey vs. Patrick Robinson vs. Corey White vs. Stanley Jean-Baptiste, CB
Somehow there's only a single starting position of concern in the Saints secondary; 2012's disaster of a pass defense season feels like eons ago.

Now the Saints sport multiple talented bodies looking to earn the second cornerback position behind Keenan Lewis, the clear-cut No. 1 guy (and still one of the most undervalued free-agent signings in recent years) in Rob Ryan's defense.

Bailey's removed from his best years with the Broncos, but he's not that far away from playing cornerback at a high level. In a secondary with Lewis, Jairus Byrd and Kenny Vaccaro, Bailey won't be asked to do as much as he was in Denver.

By Larry Holder / CBS Sports

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New Orleans Saints Sophomore Spotlight: Glenn Foster Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On Yesterday 11:10 AM


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Rob Ryan treasures his pass rushers and the New Orleans Saints may have one on the verge of breaking out in 2014. Glenn Foster will be entering his second season with the Black and Gold in hopes of becoming a force on the defensive line.

A product of the University of Illinois, Foster played three years with the Fighting Illini, starting two at defensive tackle. During his collegiate career, the Chicago native totaled 73 tackles, 11 for a loss, four sacks and an interception.

Foster was signed as an undrafted free agent following the 2013 NFL Draft and was shifted over a spot to play defensive end for Sean Payton and the Saints. The 6-foot-4, 285-pound lineman ran a 4.79 40-yard dash at his pro day along with a 39-inch vertical jump and a 10-foot-9 broad jump. He was not invited to the NFL Scouting Combine, but would have been the top performer at his position in both the vertical and broad jumps.

By Andrew Schuster / Bleacher Report

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See what Jimmy Graham doesn't like about his dorm room at New Orleans Saints training camp Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On 07-23-2014 09:20 PM


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Maybe this is payback from the New Orleans Saints for the franchise-tag dispute that consumed much of the off-season. Whatever it is, Jimmy Graham wasn't completely happy Wednesday.

The tight end arrived with his teammates at the swanky Greenbrier resort in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia, for the start of training camp.

And when he arrived in his room, well, here's some of what he saw, from an Instagram video posting by Pierre Thomas:

By Christopher Dabe / Times-Picayune

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Fans welcome New Orleans Saints to West Virginia Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On 07-23-2014 09:18 PM


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Lewisburg, W. Va. -- When the Saints descended the airplane that took them from New Orleans to a small airport in Greenbrier County, West Virginia, three buses, a few luxury SUVS, a police escort and, appropriately, a brass band waited to greet them.

A few dozen fans and curious onlookers watched from behind a security fence at the airport. The crowds grew as the Saints' motorcade snaked through downtown Lewisburg, across some valleys and hills, and down Main Street in White Sulphur Springs, where a youth football team had lined up to see the Saints.

The journey ended at the gates of the Greenbrier resort, where players got their first look at their home for the next three weeks.

By Evan Woodbery / Times-Picayune

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John DeShazier: White Sulphur Springs ready for Saints to come marching in Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On 07-22-2014 08:47 AM


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White Sulphur Springs, W.Va. – Banners in windows and swaying from streetlights, the cases housing framed jerseys covering prominent locations on walls, air so layered with excitement that it’s almost visible.

White Sulphur Springs, W.Va., never has seen anything like it and never again will, because there only can be one first. And White Sulphur Springs’ first – as in, the first NFL team to pay an extended visit to the city of about 4,000 residents – will be the New Orleans Saints, who will pour into town en masse Wednesday to be the honored guests of a rolling tour, which is expected to be accompanied by resident-lined streets.

“This has been an exciting time for most of the people in the area,” White Sulphur Springs Mayor Lloyd Haynes said. “Nothing like this has ever been in the city of White Sulphur Springs, so naturally, the citizens are really up in the air with anticipation with such a big event occurring in our city. It’s new ground for us.

By John DeShazier / New Orleans Saints.Com

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New Orleans Saints 2014 training camp battles | tight end Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On 07-22-2014 08:43 AM


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The New Orleans Saints like to say that every spot on the roster is up for grabs when training camp begins.

Realistically, that isn't the case.

When the first practice of training camp begins on Friday at the Greenbrier Resort in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia, 90 players will be competing for 53 spots.

However, while some positions such as wide receiver, have an open competition for a few starting spots, others like quarterback have only backup positions available.

We'll be breaking down some of the most intriguing position battles this week as the team prepares to fly up to training camp on Wednesday.

By Katherine Terrell / Times-Picayune

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New Orleans Saints nose tackle John Jenkins will begin training camp on physically unable to perform list Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On 07-22-2014 08:41 AM


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New Orleans Saints nose tackle John Jenkins, who missed OTAs after having pectoral surgery, has been placed on the physically unable to perform list to begin training camp. The first practice of camp is Friday at the Greenbrier Resort in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia.

Defensive end Cheta Ozougwu will also start training camp on the PUP list, while rookie offensive tackle Tavon Rooks will begin training camp on the non-football injury list.

Saints coach Sean Payton did not give a timetable on Jenkins' return when asked during OTAs last month, but players can come off the PUP list at any time. However, they cannot be placed on the preseason PUP list once they practice.

By Katherine Terrell / Times-Picayune

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Louisiana native, Chicago Bears OT Jordan Mills says playing against Drew Brees, Saints was a 'speechless' experience Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On 07-20-2014 05:52 PM


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Louisiana native and current Chicago Bears offensive tackle Jordan Mills is ready to begin his sophomore season in the NFL.

The Bears drafted Mills in the fifth round of the 2013 draft. He played high school football for Assumption High and college ball at Louisiana Tech.

Being from Louisiana, Mills grew up a New Orleans Saints fan, however things have slightly changed since being drafted last season.

"I was a Saints fan, but I'm a Bear now. Being a Saints fan still has a little spot in my heart but I'm a Bear now, Chicago Bears for the rest of my life and the rest of my career," the tackle said.

By Julie Boudwin / Times-Picayune

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New Orleans Saints defensive end Cameron Jordan: 'This is the year I get a Super Bowl' Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On 07-20-2014 05:50 PM


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New Orleans Saints defensive end Cameron Jordan offered an optimistic appraisal of the Saints' 2014 season during an appearance Friday on the NFL Network's Total Access.

"It doesn't matter about the Panthers or the Atlanta Falcons or the Tampa Bay Buccaneers -- what matters is about what we do in house and how we get back to our standard of excellence," Jordan said. "That's what we're doing, that's what we're always striving for is to go to a Super Bowl. That's where we should be this year."

Next question: Is this the year the Saints retake the NFC South?

"This is the year I get a Super Bowl," Jordan replied.

By Evan Woodbery / Times-Picayune

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Jimmy Graham: "I want to help bring another Lombardi Trophy to New Orleans" Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On 07-19-2014 09:26 PM


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Jimmy Graham’s offseason wasn’t short on debate.

A position-focused contract negotiation and a new NFL rule making his favorite post-touchdown celebration a penalty ignited much discussion about the two-time Pro Bowler.

The 27-week long offseason hoopla over Graham’s contract situation ended Tuesday morning, the final day to reach a long-term contract before the season, when the All-Pro and Saints agreed to terms on a multi-year deal.

“I’m beyond excited,” Graham said Tuesday night. “I didn’t get into to football to learn litigation. I got into football to win games with my teammates, friends and coaches. I am extremely happy to get back to what it’s really about.”

By New Orleans Saints.Com

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NFL's 'dead month' is about to come to an end Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On 07-17-2014 04:42 PM


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There aren't many breaks on the NFL calendar. The end of the Super Bowl only intensifies NFL draft scouting. The end of the draft brings a flurry of free agent signings and roster maneuvering.

Although it might not seem that way for the New Orleans Saints, who have been embroiled in contract negotiations with star tight end Jimmy Graham, the last few weeks have been part of what Monday Morning Quarterback reporter Andrew Brandt calls the "dead month."

"There are no practices, no workouts, no coaches meetings, no scouting meetings and now with the new CBA's predetermined wage scale, no rookie contract negotiations," Brandt wrote Thursday.

By Evan Woodbery / Times-Picayune

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New Orleans Saints valued at more than $1 billion by Forbes magazine Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On 07-17-2014 04:40 PM


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The New Orleans Saints have increased in value to more than $1 billion in the last year, and are the 36th most valuable sports team in the world, according to Forbes. The magazine included 30 NFL teams among its top 50.

Forbes magazine lists the Saints' value at $1.004 billion, an increase from the 2013 value of $971 million. In both years, the Saints ranked as 36th most valuable sports franchise in the world. In 2014, the Saints ranked 23rd among NFL franchises.

Spanish soccer club Real Madrid is No. 1 at $3.44 billion.

By Christopher Dabe / Times-Picayune

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New Orleans Saints players share their thoughts on Jimmy Graham's contract Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On 07-15-2014 10:39 AM


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New Orleans Saints tight end Jimmy Graham has publicly had the support of his teammates all year as his contract situation lingered into the final hours. And when he finally agreed to a new contract on Tuesday morning, they were quick to share their thoughts on their own social media accounts.

Graham broke the news on his own Twitter account around 8 a.m. Tuesday morning. His teammates quickly followed up with congratulations.

JuniorGSackman: Woke up to some Great news With Us Signing The Best TE IN DA GAME @TheJimmyGraham Congrats‼️ Lets Get dis Ring

By Katherine Terrell / Times-Picayune

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Jimmy Graham, New Orleans Saints both win in new deal | Jeff Duncan Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On 07-15-2014 10:28 AM


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The soap opera that was the Jimmy Graham contract negotiation finally concluded Tuesday morning and the ending was as predictable as anything on Days of Our Lives.

Like any soap opera, a lot of teeth gnashing, hair pulling and eye rolling occurred along the way. But in the end, it all worked out, just like we predicted it would six months ago.

The reported four-year, $40-million deal with $21 million guaranteed makes Graham the highest paid tight end in NFL history and compares favorably to the contracts of elite wide receivers in the NFL.

By Jeff Duncan / Times-Picayune

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Jimmy Graham, Saints Agree to New Contract: Latest Details, Comments, Reaction Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On 07-15-2014 10:24 AM


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The Saints and Graham agreement is likely to help both sides get through an at-times testy standoff. Graham's guaranteed money puts him in his rightful place alongside Rob Gronkowski and Jason Witten as the league's highest-paid tight ends.

The deal comes not long after league arbitrator Stephen Burbank ruled earlier in July that Graham was a tight end. The two-time Pro Bowler was challenging the Saints' ability to tag him as a tight end instead of a wide receiver, noting that he played a majority of his snaps in spots traditionally reserved for receivers.

Burbank's ruling set a different definition of the tight end position than is typical. The arbitrator said Graham was still acting as a tight end when starting out of the slot, writing, "at least if such alignment brought him within four yards of (the nearest offensive) lineman," per ESPN.com's Mike Triplett.

By Tyler Conway / Bleacher Report

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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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It’s Time for a Long Term Deal for Graham -- Mike Detillier
Posted On 07-05-2014


It’s Time for a Long Term Deal for Graham

By Mike Detillier


Every time I hear or read about the negotiations with Jimmy Graham and the New Orleans Saints I always think about a comment given to me from former Saints general manager and NFL Hall of Fame executive Jim Finks many years ago.

“I really love the give and take of negotiations,” Finks said. “It makes what I do meaningful and while there is always some discussion, some arguments and some heated, on what I think a player is worth and what he thinks or his counsel thinks he is worth and that part of the game is always changing and evolving, but truly it boils down to compromise on both sides. I understand his point, being a former player, and he understands my point in working for a team that has money boundaries. In the end we both give a little and we compromise. If both of us don’t give a little then it affects his trust with the team and it affects what I think of him as being a team player. “

Right now in the best interest of Jimmy Graham he has to compromise and cut a deal that is in his best interest and the Saints are willing to make him the most highly paid tight end in the history of the National Football League.

The ruling this week by Stephen Burbank that Graham was indeed considered and would be paid like a tight end affects Jimmy Graham and the Saints today, but what it really does is affect the negotiations of a host of a new breed of tight end/wide receiver that has hit the NFL in waves.

I really thought Graham had a pretty strong case and so did many legal scholars, but Burbank ruled on the letter of the new CBA agreement and to be honest I really think he didn’t want to cross a line in the football turf he would have to revisit time and time again on the new wave of “hybrid” players that have hit the NFL.

Outside linebackers that put their hands on the turf a certain amount of plays would maybe come to the arbitrator during their contract talks and want to be considered a defensive end. Safeties who play in the nickel and dime slots would want to be considered cornerbacks and running backs playing the slot receiver position would want to be considered a wide receiver, not halfback.

It’s a line Burbank would not...
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