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2015 Schedule
Pre-Season
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8/13 @Balt. 6:30
8/22 PATRIOTS 6:30
8/30 TEXANS 3:00
9/3 @Packers 6:00
Regular Season
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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.
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

2014 UDFA SIGNINGS

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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Hau'oli Kikaha now officially at 'edge' for New Orleans Saints Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On Yesterday 06:55 AM


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Hau'oli Kikaha began 2015 as a strong-side linebacker for the New Orleans Saints.

He said he'll start his second year in the NFL as an edge rusher in base packages, confirming speculation about his new role that grew out of earlier comments from coach Sean Payton.

"I play an edge person -- whatever you want to call it," Kikaha said Thursday. "Jack, Buck, weak end. Sometimes a strong end. I'm not playing SAM (strong-side linebacker) anymore. It's a little bit different. It's fun. It's definitely fun."

By Evan Woodbery / Times-Picayune

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Sean Payton: C.J. Spiller's health 'noticeably different' this year Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On Yesterday 06:53 AM


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New Orleans Saints running back C.J. Spiller was back on the field during OTAs on Thursday after being shut down at the end of last season with a recurring knee injury.

Spiller sustained his knee injury in training camp and had a knee scope procedure which caused him to miss one game. However, Payton said his health was an issue all season and he was inactive at the end of the season to recover.

"C.J.'s health and his movement skills look noticeably different," Payton said. "He worked his butt off in the offseason to get the strength back in that leg he had his injury. That's been real encouraging."

By Katherine Terrell / Times-Picayune

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New Orleans Saints DE Cam Jordan on track with rehab following offseason back surgery Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On Yesterday 06:51 AM


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New Orleans Saints defensive end Cam Jordan said he's on track with his rehab following offseason back surgery.

Jordan isn't currently participating in OTAs, but expects to be back by training camp.

"We're playing it safe," he said. "I can't give out a timetable for me coming back, but I do know that it will be well within camp season."

By Katherine Terrell / Times-Picayune

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John DeShazier: Landon Turner has big opportunity with Saints Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On 05-25-2016 12:58 PM


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The smile on Landon Turner’s face last week was a knowing one, the corners of his mouth upturned not due to a smug confidence, but because he has a full understanding of the situation in which he now finds himself.

Some opportunities created for free agent rookies appear to be more equal than others and Turner, a big man – 6 feet 4, 325 pounds – has a big one squarely staring back at him when he looks at the New Orleans Saints’ roster.

The Saints weren’t covert about their need to add an offensive lineman – specifically, a guard – this offseason. It was a desire that went unfilled in free agency and the NFL Draft.

By John DeShazier / New Orleans Saints.Com

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Dennis Allen: Saints' D gets to start at 'Ground Zero' Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On 05-25-2016 12:54 PM


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It hasn't been easy to keep up with all of the New Orleans Saints' changes at defensive coordinator over the years (they've used five in the last eight seasons).

But there's nothing too complicated about current DC Dennis Allen's philosophy:

"Don't let 'em score," Allen said.

Of course there is a little more to it than that. When Allen was asked about his philosophy during rookie minicamp, he also emphasized the need to create more turnovers, create more pressure on the quarterback and to tighten up in the red zone.

By Mike Triplett / ESPN

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Keyshawn Johnson: Nephew Michael Thomas is 'bigger, faster' Marques Colston Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On 05-25-2016 12:52 PM


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Keyshawn Johnson can’t take full credit for the New Orleans Saints drafting his nephew, wide receiver Michael Thomas.

But just in case Saints coach Sean Payton needed some extra prodding, Johnson provided it when he caught up with his former offensive coordinator from the Dallas Cowboys earlier this year at ESPN’s studios.

“Sean asked me what I think. I said he’s a bigger, faster Colston, to me,” Johnson said, referring to the Saints’ all-time leading receiver, Marques Colston.

“If you’re striving to be someone in the National Football League, Marques Colston is [somebody you want to be],” Johnson said. “So if you ask me, ‘Well, what is he?’ There you go, that’s what he is. Bigger and faster, and he’s Marques Colston 2.0 or whatever you want to call him.”

By Mike Triplett / ESPN

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Long-ago slight rankles New Orleans Saints' Tim Lelito: 'It kind of stuck with me' Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On 05-23-2016 06:24 PM


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Tim Lelito never forgot those words. Not after he finished high school with zero major college scholarship offers. And not after all 32 NFL teams bypassed him in the draft in 2012.

No, the insult Lelito remembered the most came as a high school freshman on the track and field team in his hometown of St. Clair, Michigan, where an athletic director observed practice one day and then told him he would never throw a discus farther than 150 feet.

"It kind of burned my (butt) a little bit that this person three years down the line didn't know what I was capable of," said Lelito, who as a senior far surpassed that distance with a throw of 189 feet, 11 inches. "It kind of stuck with me," he said.

By Christopher Dabe / Times-Picayune

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New Orleans Saints to sign WR Vincent Brown, source says Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On 05-23-2016 06:19 PM


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The New Orleans Saints are signing wide receiver Vincent Brown following a tryout last week, a league source told NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune.

The Saints were officially at 89 players prior to signing Brown, but that number doesn't include the contracts of several recently signed players, including kicker Connor Barth, which means the Saints will have to make another roster move to stay at the 90-man limit.

Brown, 27, has played for the Chargers and the Raiders.

He was a 2011 third-round draft pick by the Chargers and had 40 catches for 329 yards and two touchdowns his rookie season. He spent the 2012 season on IR with a broken ankle and was waived by the Chargers prior to the 2014 season following a training camp calf strain.

By Katherine Terrell / Times-Picayune

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Unfortunately for New Orleans, no one owes us a favor in fight for another Super Bowl Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On 05-22-2016 04:27 PM


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The group leading the charge of procuring Super Bowls for New Orleans learned the new name of the game two years ago in Atlanta. The city went from favorite to underdog in the blink of one vote.

I can't imagine anyone within the contingency heading up New Orleans' bid for Super Bowl 52 honestly and truly imagined losing the bid. You couldn't blame them for being confident.

NFL owners were set choose among New Orleans, Minneapolis and Indianapolis. New Orleans had beaten every other city in its path for its last 10 Super Bowl bids. In that sense, just about anyone with a pulse would figure New Orleans would pulverize.

By Larry Holder / Times-Picayune

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7th-round pick Daniel Lasco plans to give his all to New Orleans Saints Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On 05-22-2016 04:25 PM


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Former Cal running back Daniel Lasco, whom the New Orleans Saints took in the seventh and final round of the NFL Draft, was among several players participating in the team's rookie minicamp last weekend.

Lasco, a Houston native, has never been to New Orleans before and is hoping to eventually explore the city, but the 6-foot, 209-pounder said now isn't the time to do so.

"Right now is still an audition," he said at rookie minicamp. "We're trying out for a job and everything is straight focused on football and that's where my mind is right now."

By Julie Boudwin / Times-Picayune

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John DeShazier: New Orleans Saints Mailbag Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On 05-21-2016 12:33 PM


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@datwhodat1965: Where’s the stud fullback, the position the New Orleans Saints were known for drafting (Hokie Gajan, Craig Heyward, Lorenzo Neal)?

JD:
Austin Johnson has played 17 games, with two starts, for the Saints over the last two seasons. These Saints run the football less frequently than did the Saints teams associated with the aforementioned fullbacks, but these Saints also move the ball and score more prolifically than did any of those teams.

@mdye3755_dye: Will our defense get us in the playoffs this year?

JD: If the Saints reach the playoffs this year, it’ll be because the defense improved over the previous two seasons.

By John DeShazier / New Orleans Saints.Com

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New Orleans Saints likely to open OTAs with 2 veteran kickers once Connor Barth signs Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On 05-21-2016 12:29 PM


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The New Orleans Saints will likely open OTA offseason practices next week with two veteran kickers, a notable distinction after they went through the 2015 offseason with two young kickers with no regular season experience.

Barring another change to the 90-man roster, the Saints' expected signing of Connor Barth will pair him against returning kicker Kai Forbath, giving the Saints two experienced kickers to compete for a single job.

ESPN reported Thursday the Saints were expected to sign Barth after his three-day tryout at the team's rookie minicamp that ended Sunday.

The Saints on Tuesday released veteran kicker Josh Scobee. Scobee kicked 11 seasons for the Jacksonville Jaguars and struggled in a 2015 stint with the Pittsburgh Steelers.

By Christopher Dabe / Times-Picayune

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Bill Barnwell's offseason report cards: NFC South Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On 05-18-2016 11:23 AM


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New Orleans Saints
What Went Right

They upgraded their interior pass rush.
The Saints badly needed difference makers in their pass rush, given that Cameron Jordan had 20 quarterback knockdowns and nobody else in their lineup managed more than six. In free agency, they added Nick Fairley, who should serve as a useful rotation rusher, even if the Saints had to build two voided years into Fairley's deal to create cap space for his $2.2 million signing bonus, adding $1.5 million in dead money on their cap in 2016.

Sheldon Rankins, a penetrating Louisville defensive tackle, was a popular mock draft selection for the Saints, and it was a pleasant surprise that they went with him with the 12th overall pick. Rankins has drawn Aaron Donald comparisons, given his relative lack of size for a defensive tackle and violent nature on the interior, and those don't seem entirely unwarranted.

By Bill Barnwell / ESPN

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Michael Thomas, Vonn Bell bring championship swagger to Saints Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On 05-18-2016 11:20 AM


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Something struck me about New Orleans Saints second-round picks Michael Thomas and Vonn Bell at the team's rookie minicamp this past weekend.

It was confidence.

They weren't cocky, they simply possessed a level of confidence I can't recall from many rookies this early in the process.

Sure, Reggie Bush walked in with a swagger in 2006. Mark Ingram came to New Orleans with a more workmanlike demeanor in 2011. Both of these players won national championships for football powers USC and Alabama, respectively.

By Larry Holder / Times-Picayune

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With rookie minicamp over, New Orleans Saints begin making roster moves Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On 05-16-2016 02:50 PM


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The New Orleans Saints began making roster moves with rookie minicamp in the books on Sunday.

It could be a busy few days. Last year the Saints cut veteran kicker Shayne Graham after a successful tryout by Zach Hocker.

Here's a running list of Sunday's moves as they come out. It's likely the Saints will not release a full list of moves until Monday.

By Katherine Terrell / Times-Picayune

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How High Can Fournette Go in 2017 -- Mike Detillier Posted By: Dan in Lafayette Posted On 05-16-2016 02:16 PM


How High Can Fournette Go in 2017

By Mike Detillier

In back to back years NFL teams have picked a running back within the top 10 picks of the NFL draft. This certainly sets the stage for LSU halfback Leonard Fournette in 2017.

Since the Cincinnati Bengals selected Penn State running back Ki-Jana Carter with the top overall selection in 1995 no other running back has gone first overall.

On virtually every 2017 draft board set up today by respective NFL teams the very talented Tiger halfback sits at the very top, but based on recent draft classes that top spot will be occupied by a quarterback.

Fournette will likely battle Clemson star quarterback DeShaun Watson, Ole Miss gunslinger signal-caller Chad Kelly and Texas A&M standout pass rush defensive end Myles Garrett for the top overall spot in 2017, but the selection of Ezekiel Elliott by the Dallas Cowboys with the fourth overall selection in Round One, may open the door for Fournette to be the top overall selection.

The halfback position has been devalued due to running back methods adopted by virtually every NFL team (running back by committee). But I believe that the talent and production of 2015 first round pick Todd Gurley, who the St. Louis (now Los Angeles) Rams halfback picked with the tenth overall choice, and the player I expect to be the 2016 NFL rookie of the year in Ezekiel Elliott, will help the cause for Fournette.

In my thirty years scouting talent Fournette is the most physically gifted football player I have ever seen at LSU in that timeframe and if a team with a talented young quarterback would have the top overall choice he just may get that call with the top overall pick.

Fournette is just not a big back with power, but he has sprinter’s type speed, great field vision, he is a terrific receiver coming out of the backfield and a very good pass protector.

He is everything an NFL team would look for in a star halfback.

Since 1995 when the Bengals selected Ki-Jana Carter the halfback spot has come close to being selected just one time with the top overall slot, and that was in 2006.
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How High Can Fournette Go in 2017 -- Mike Detillier
Posted On 05-16-2016


How High Can Fournette Go in 2017

By Mike Detillier

In back to back years NFL teams have picked a running back within the top 10 picks of the NFL draft. This certainly sets the stage for LSU halfback Leonard Fournette in 2017.

Since the Cincinnati Bengals selected Penn State running back Ki-Jana Carter with the top overall selection in 1995 no other running back has gone first overall.

On virtually every 2017 draft board set up today by respective NFL teams the very talented Tiger halfback sits at the very top, but based on recent draft classes that top spot will be occupied by a quarterback.

Fournette will likely battle Clemson star quarterback DeShaun Watson, Ole Miss gunslinger signal-caller Chad Kelly and Texas A&M standout pass rush defensive end Myles Garrett for the top overall spot in 2017, but the selection of Ezekiel Elliott by the Dallas Cowboys with the fourth overall selection in Round One, may open the door for Fournette to be the top overall selection.

The halfback position has been devalued due to running back methods adopted by virtually every NFL team (running back by committee). But I believe that the talent and production of 2015 first round pick Todd Gurley, who the St. Louis (now Los Angeles) Rams halfback picked with the tenth overall choice, and the player I expect to be the 2016 NFL rookie of the year in Ezekiel Elliott, will help the cause for Fournette.

In my thirty years scouting talent Fournette is the most physically gifted football player I have ever seen at LSU in that timeframe and if a team with a talented young quarterback would have the top overall choice he just may get that call with the top overall pick.

Fournette is just not a big back with power, but he has sprinter’s type speed, great field vision, he is a terrific receiver coming out of the backfield and a very good pass protector.

He is everything an NFL team would look for in a star halfback.

Since 1995 when the Bengals selected Ki-Jana Carter the halfback spot has come close to being selected just one time with the top overall slot, and that was in 2006.
  • In 2006 the Houston Texans and then-general manager Charley Casserly made a last second decision to select North Carolina State defensive end Mario Williams over...
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Top Prospects for the 2017 NFL Draft -- Mike Detillier
Posted On 05-06-2016


Mike D’s Top Prospects for the 2017 NFL Draft

By Mike Detillier


1. DeShaun Watson, Quarterback, Clemson

2. Leonard Fournette, Halfback, LSU

3. Chad Kelly, Quarterback, Ole Miss

4. Myles Garrett, Defensive End, Texas A&M

5. JuJu Schuster, Wide Receiver, USC

6. Brad Kaaya, Quarterback, Miami (Fla.)

7. Jalen Tabor, Cornerback, Florida

8. Cam Robinson, Offensive Tackle, Alabama

9. Roderick Johnson, Offensive Tackle, Florida State

10. Malik McDowell, Defensive Tackle, Michigan State

11. Adoree’ Jackson, Cornerback, USC

12. Carl Lawson, Defensive End, Auburn

13. Malachi Dupre, Wide Receiver, LSU

14. Dalvin Cook, Halfback, Florida State

15. Jabrill Peppers, Free Safety/Cornerback, Michigan

16. Jamal Adams, Strong Safety, LSU

17. DeMarcus Walker, Defensive End, Florida State

18. Tim Williams, Outside Linebacker/Defensive End, Alabama

19. Jarrad Davis, Outside Linebacker, Florida

20. Raekwon McMillan, Inside Linebacker, Ohio State

21. Desmond King, Cornerback, Iowa

22. Conor McDermott, Offensive Tackle, UCLA

23. Zach Banner, Offensive Tackle, USC

24. Mike Williams, Wide Receiver, Clemson

25. Jonathan Allen, Defensive End, Alabama

26. Adam Bisnowaty, Offensive Tackle, Pittsburgh

27. Marquis Haynes, Defensive End/Outside Linebacker, Ole Miss

28. Ethan Pocic, Offensive Center/Guard, LSU

29. Christian McCaffrey, Halfback, Stanford

30. Tre’Davious White, Cornerback, LSU

31. Derek Barnett, Defensive End, Tennessee

32. Jake Butt, Tight End, Michigan

33. Charles Harris, Outside Linebacker, Missouri

34. Devonte Fields, Outside Linebacker/Defensive End, Louisville

35. Jeremy Cutrer, Cornerback, Middle Tennessee

36. Royce Freeman, Halfback, Oregon

37. Cordrea Tankersley, Cornerback, Clemson

38. Davon Godchaux, Defensive Tackle, LSU

39. Quin Blanding, Safety, Virginia

40. O.J. Howard, Tight End, Alabama



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