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New Orleans Saints Pro Bowl guard Ben Grubbs talks about visiting Angola Prison Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On 04-20-2014 08:27 AM


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You, Mike Singletary and a few others made a very faith filled visit up to Angola Prison – talk about that trip?

“Our chaplain, Pastor Rob sent out a mass text to myself, Benjamin Watson, Luke McCown and a few other guys and I was the only one that was able to go. Benjamin Watson couldn’t make it. Luke actually agreed to go but his wife apparently surprised him with Men’s Final Four tickets so he ended up having to back out.

“So here I am by myself and it’s my first time going to a prison. I was scared. I didn’t know what to expect. Pastor Rob, our chaplain said that everything is going to be fine. He has done this often but never been to Angola before. He was like pretty much your job is to give your testimony. I never really have given my testimony.

“God has been really moving in my life here recently. Just going to the PAO and being baptized and embracing my walk quietly. I couldn’t turn it down. I wanted to be a support for him so that’s how it all happened. I went to Angola Prison here in Louisiana.”

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New Orleans Saints safety Jairus Byrd answers fans questions on Twitter Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On 04-20-2014 08:25 AM


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Who was the first player to welcome you? Via @Maximus7Mobley

“Keenan Lewis”

What are your goals for this season? Via @OliverRoot


"To win every game"

What game are you looking forward to playing most this season? Via @SaintsTruth

"First game in the Dome"

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2014 NFL draft projections for New Orleans Saints | Ohio State linebacker Ryan Shazier would fill niche, says Jeff Duncan Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On 04-20-2014 08:21 AM


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In my initial mock drafts, I've projected a trade-down scenario for the New Orleans Saints in and still believe a deal is a possibility at No. 27. With so many quarterback-needy teams reportedly cooling on "first-tier" prospects Blake Bortles, Johnny Manziel and Teddy Bridgewater, it's possible they elect to address other positions at the top of the first round then deal back into the bottom of the round to snag a quarterback. That scenario could be tempting for the Saints, especially if no top target is on the board at No. 27.

But for the sake of argument, I'll assume the Saints stick at No. 27 and take the best player available. They can go in a number of directions. I still see cornerback as the greatest position of need but I don't see many can't-miss prospects on the board at No. 27 so I'll go in a different direction with Ohio State linebacker Ryan Shazier.

By Jeff Duncan / Times-Picayune

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First Round Projections -- Mike Detillier Posted By: Dan in Lafayette Posted On 04-19-2014 11:47 PM


First Round Projections

By Mike Detillier


With the May 8th NFL draft approaching quickly here is my take at Round One.

1st Round Projections

1. Houston Texans, Jadeveon Clowney, DE, South Carolina

2. St. Louis Rams (from Wash. R.), Greg Robinson, OT, Auburn

3. Jacksonville Jaguars, Khalil Mack, OLB, Buffalo

4. Cleveland Browns, Sammy Watkins, WR, Clemson

5. Oakland Raiders, Johnny Manziel, QB, Texas A&M

6. Atlanta Falcons, Jake Matthews, OT, Texas A&M

7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Mike Evans, WR, Texas A&M

8. Minnesota Vikings, Blake Bortles, QB, Central Florida

9. Buffalo Bills, Anthony Barr, OLB, UCLA

10. Detroit Lions, Taylor Lewan, OT, Michigan

11. Tennessee Titans, Justin Gilbert, CB, Oklahoma State

12. New York Giants, Eric Ebron, TE, North Carolina

13. St. Louis Rams, Odell Beckham, WR, LSU

14. Chicago Bears, Aaron Donald, DT, Pittsburgh

15. Pittsburgh Steelers, Darqueze Dennard, CB, Michigan State

16. Dallas Cowboys, Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, FS, Alabama

17. Baltimore Ravens, Zack Martin, OT, Notre Dame

18. New York Jets, Brandin Cooks, WR, Oregon State

19. Miami Dolphins, Timmy Jernigan, DT, Florida State

20. Arizona Cardinals, Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Louisville

21. Green Bay Packers, Louis Nix III, DT, Notre Dame

22. Philadelphia Eagles, Marqise Lee, WR, USC

23. Kansas City Chiefs, Calvin Pryor, FS, Louisville

24. Cincinnati Bengals, Bradley Roby, CB, Ohio State

25. San Diego Chargers, Dee Ford, DE/OLB, Auburn

26. Cleveland Browns(from Indy Colts)- Derek Carr, QB, Fresno State

27. New Orleans Saints, C.J. Mosley, ILB, Alabama

28. Carolina Panthers, Kyle Fuller, CB, Virginia Tech

29. New England Patriots, Kelvin Benjamin, WR, Florida State

30. San Francisco 49ers, Jason Verrett, CB, TCU

31. Denver Broncos, Ryan Shazier, OLB, Ohio State

32. Seattle Seahawks, Austin Seferian-Jenkins, TE, Washington


Buddy D Tales

For the past few weeks I have shared some past New Orleans Saints memories as told to me by legendary sports broadcaster Buddy Diliberto and his writings and commentaries at that time.

The response from the stories has been terrific and so here is another Buddy D draft day story.

"In 1972 the Saints finished 2-11-1 and John Mecom,...
New Orleans Saints re-sign WR Robert Meachem to a one-year deal Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On 04-18-2014 12:18 PM


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New Orleans Saints Executive Vice President/General Manager Mickey Loomis announced Friday that the club has re-signed veteran free agent wide receiver Robert Meachem to a one-year contract.

Meachem is a seven-year NFL veteran who was originally the club’s first round draft pick (27th overall) in 2007. The 6-foot-2, 215-pound former Tennessee standout has played in 92 regular season games with 33 starts and has posted career totals of 171 receptions for 2,800 yards (16.4 avg.) with 27 touchdowns.

Spending the 2012 season in San Diego, all but 14 of the catches and two of the touchdowns have occurred in a Saints uniform. His 16.5 yards per catch average in a Saints uniform is ranked second all-time in club record books. In eight playoff games with one start for the Black and Gold, Meachem has posted 17 receptions for 293 yards (17.2 avg.) with one touchdown.

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New Orleans Saints fans vote Odell Beckham Jr. as LSU Tiger they want the Saints to draft Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On 04-14-2014 11:58 AM


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LSU WR Odell Beckham Jr. was voted as the LSU player that New Orleans Saints fans would want the team to draft the most in a poll on NewOrleansSaints.com last week.

Beckham Jr. earned 58 percent of the 2,719 votes. Along with Beckham Jr., WR Jarvis Landry (18%) and RB Jeremy Hill (8%) rounded out the top three.

Beckham Jr. claimed the 2013 Hornung Award as college football’s most versatile player. He earned first-team All-America honors as a junior in 2013 as both a kick returner (Football Writers Association of America) and return specialist (CBSSports.com).

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49ers' Aldon Smith busted at LA airport after making bomb threat, police say Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On 04-14-2014 11:54 AM


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LOS ANGELES -- San Francisco 49ers linebacker Aldon Smith was arrested Sunday at Los Angeles International Airport after authorities said he became belligerent during a security screening and threatened that he had a bomb.

The 24-year-old player was randomly selected for a secondary screening at Terminal 1 and became uncooperative with the process, airport police Sgt. Karla Ortiz said. She said he told a TSA agent that he had a bomb before walking to the gate. When airport police officers caught up with him, Ortiz said Smith became uncooperative and was taken into custody.

A witness video posted on TMZ.com shows Smith exchanging words with an officer as he was being handcuffed and escorted out of the gate area.

By Associated Press / Times-Picayune

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USC's Marcus Martin meets with Panthers, Saints, Eagles Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On 04-14-2014 11:49 AM


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USC center Marcus Martin, considered one of the top two players at his position in the draft, has met with Carolina, New Orleans and Philadelphia.

The National Football Post reported on Martin's visits. He and Colorado State's Weston Richburg are vying to be the first center selected.

Neither is seen as a first-rounder, though there always is a possibility that one could sneak into the first round.

There have been just nine centers drafted in the first round this century. Wisconsin's Travis Frederick was a surprise first-rounder last season, by Dallas, and played well as a rookie.

By Mike Huguenin / NFL.Com

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CBA change may stagnate extensions Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On 04-14-2014 11:34 AM


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Q: At what point do the New Orleans Saints draft a highly ranked QB as a future starter? Drew Brees is on the downside of his career, and didn't the Colts teach everyone the dangers of not having a capable, future starting QB if your Hall of Fame QB suddenly goes down or retires?

Is this the year for the Saints to draft a future starter such as Jimmy Garoppolo, Aaron Murray or AJ McCarron in the second to fourth rounds?

Rusty in Mandeville, La.

By John Clayton / ESPN

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Loomis: Saints' offseason going as planned Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On 04-14-2014 11:30 AM


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From the outside looking in, the New Orleans Saints’ offseason has probably seemed a bit hectic.

The Saints have been full of surprises, from the big-name acquisitions of Jairus Byrd and Champ Bailey to the big-name departures of Darren Sproles and others.

And based on reactions from fans and national analysts alike, the biggest head-scratcher of all has been the fact that the Saints keep adding ammo to the roster despite a tight squeeze against the salary cap.

But none of these moves have been made on the fly.

By Mike Triplett / ESPN

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What Happens in Round One for the Saints - Mike Detillier Posted By: Dan in Lafayette Posted On 04-13-2014 04:26 AM


What Happens in Round One for the Saints


By Mike Detillier

It is less than a month before the NFL draft and for at least one team what they do in the three-day event in May will lead them to a Super Bowl title.

For the 2014 New Orleans Saints the reach is close. The Saints, along with the Seattle Seahawks, San Francisco 49ers, Green Bay Packers, Carolina Panthers, Denver Broncos, New England Patriots, Kansas City Chiefs and the Indianapolis Colts, are the clear-cut top teams in the league today and the right choices in May could well be the catalyst to put them in the Big Show.

The Saints have addressed some obvious needs in free agency in acquiring one of the elite free safeties in the game in Jairus Byrd, one of the all-time great cornerbacks in Champ Bailey-who at 36 years old will most likely be the #3 or nickel cornerback for the squad and a heavy duty lead blocker/H-back in Eric Lorig.

The holes on this football team are depth at the center spot with second-year center/guard Tim Lelito the likely starter, a “stretch the field” wide receiver, another cover cornerback or two and another starter type at linebacker, if he were available,

In Round One most would love to see LSU’s Odell Beckham, USC’s Marqise Lee or Oregon State’s Brandin Cooks on the board for the Saints, but it is highly unlikely any of the three will be there.

There is no center in this draft class that will be picked in Round One.

So that could well mean that the Saints go the route of a linebacker or cornerback in the opening round, if they stay pat at #27 spot.

With five receivers likely off the board in Sammy Watkins, Mike Evans, Beckham, Cooks and Lee and tight end Eric Ebron that means a defensive player will be pushed to late first round pick status.

On the opening night of the draft watch what happens to one of the three players in Ohio State outside linebacker Ryan Shazier, Alabama inside linebacker C.J. Mosley and Virginia Tech cornerback Kyle Fuller.

Cornerback is still a high need area for the Saints, but on paper you might not put linebacker high on the list, but with contracts due for outside linebackers Victor Butler and Junior Galette and inside linebacker David Hawthorne with a rich financial deal, linebacker is indeed a...
Saints rank as both most, least aggressive Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On 04-11-2014 02:58 PM


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With the first month of free agency now in the books, ESPN Stats & Information put together some league-wide numbers. And it was interesting to note that the New Orleans Saints were among the most and least aggressive teams at the same time.

The Saints only added three players from other NFL teams in free agency (Jairus Byrd, Champ Bailey and Erik Lorig). That tied for the lowest number in the league, along with the Green Bay Packers and St. Louis Rams.

However, the New Orleans Saints were the biggest spenders on any one player. They gave Byrd more guaranteed money than any other free agent in the NFL this offseason.

By Mike Triplett / ESPN

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New Orleans Saints restructure defensive tackle Brodrick Bunkley's contract Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On 04-11-2014 02:55 PM


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The New Orleans Saints restructured the contract of defensive tackle Brodrick Bunkley to create $2.85 million in cap space, according to reports.

Bunkley cut his 2014 salary from $4.5 million to $1.65 million. His base salary in 2014 is now $1.3 million and he will receive a $300,000 roster bonus on April 10.

His base salary in 2015 and 2016 will remain at $4.4 million.

The Saints are now $4,839,141 under the salary cap according to the NFLPA, without taking into account the signing of cornerback Champ Bailey, whose deal was made official on Wednesday.

By Katherine Terrell / Times-Picayune

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New Orleans Saints target Missouri defensive end Kony Ealy at No. 27 | Larry Holder's NFL mock draft 4.0 Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On 04-08-2014 08:38 AM


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Free agency has begun to shake out, leaving the New Orleans Saints in a prime spot to continue their philosophy of selecting the best player available, regardless of position, on their draft board. It's especially paramount for the Saints to hold true to that strategy this time around as they pick No. 27 overall in May's draft.

I'll post my mock draft every Monday leading up to the NFL draft, which will take place May 8-10 in New York, and my draft projections will fluctuate (or not) depending on free-agent movement and other factors.

Here's my fourth mock draft with some changes from last week, but I'm sticking with a pass rusher at No. 27 for the Saints:

By Larry Holder/ Times-Picayune

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Safety Rafael Bush will remain with New Orleans Saints as team matches offer sheet from Atlanta Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On 04-08-2014 08:35 AM


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The New Orleans Saints didn't let safety Rafael Bush walk away to the Atlanta Falcons as the team matched the Falcons' restricted free agent offer sheet Monday, Bush confirmed via Twitter. Bush's agent Brian Anderson also confirmed the Saints matched Atlanta's offer.

Bush originally received a one-year, $1.4 million tender from the Saints on a no-compensation tender. Bush then signed an offer sheet with Atlanta last week on a two-year deal worth up to $4.5 million.

The Saints had until Tuesday to match the offer, and the team did so Monday.

By Larry Holder/ Times-Picayune

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New Orleans Saints free agent center Brian de la Puente agrees to terms with Bears Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On 04-07-2014 11:13 AM


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As of now, the starting center job for the New Orleans Saints belongs to second-year offensive lineman Tim Lelito. That's because three-year starter Brian de la Puente agreed to a one-year deal with the Chicago Bears on Sunday. The Bears announced the move.

De la Puente, who was an unrestricted free agent, will reportedly back up Bears starting center Roberto Garza. It's a bit of a surprise landing spot for de la Puente considering pundits tabbed him as one of the better centers on the free-agent market.
De la Puente will be re-united with former Saints offensive line coach Aaron Kromer, who's now the Bears' offensive coordinator and offensive line coach, and left tackle Jermon Bushrod, who left the Saints for Chicago last offseason.

By Larry Holder/ Times-Picayune

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First Round Projections -- Mike Detillier
Posted On 04-19-2014


First Round Projections

By Mike Detillier


With the May 8th NFL draft approaching quickly here is my take at Round One.

1st Round Projections

1. Houston Texans, Jadeveon Clowney, DE, South Carolina

2. St. Louis Rams (from Wash. R.), Greg Robinson, OT, Auburn

3. Jacksonville Jaguars, Khalil Mack, OLB, Buffalo

4. Cleveland Browns, Sammy Watkins, WR, Clemson

5. Oakland Raiders, Johnny Manziel, QB, Texas A&M

6. Atlanta Falcons, Jake Matthews, OT, Texas A&M

7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Mike Evans, WR, Texas A&M

8. Minnesota Vikings, Blake Bortles, QB, Central Florida

9. Buffalo Bills, Anthony Barr, OLB, UCLA

10. Detroit Lions, Taylor Lewan, OT, Michigan

11. Tennessee Titans, Justin Gilbert, CB, Oklahoma State

12. New York Giants, Eric Ebron, TE, North Carolina

13. St. Louis Rams, Odell Beckham, WR, LSU

14. Chicago Bears, Aaron Donald, DT, Pittsburgh

15. Pittsburgh Steelers, Darqueze Dennard, CB, Michigan State

16. Dallas Cowboys, Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, FS, Alabama

17. Baltimore Ravens, Zack Martin, OT, Notre Dame

18. New York Jets, Brandin Cooks, WR, Oregon State

19. Miami Dolphins, Timmy Jernigan, DT, Florida State

20. Arizona Cardinals, Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Louisville

21. Green Bay Packers, Louis Nix III, DT, Notre Dame

22. Philadelphia Eagles, Marqise Lee, WR, USC

23. Kansas City Chiefs, Calvin Pryor, FS, Louisville

24. Cincinnati Bengals, Bradley Roby, CB, Ohio State

25. San Diego Chargers, Dee Ford, DE/OLB, Auburn

26. Cleveland Browns(from Indy Colts)- Derek Carr, QB, Fresno State

27. New Orleans Saints, C.J. Mosley, ILB, Alabama

28. Carolina Panthers, Kyle Fuller, CB, Virginia Tech

29. New England Patriots, Kelvin Benjamin, WR, Florida State

30. San Francisco 49ers, Jason Verrett, CB, TCU

31. Denver Broncos, Ryan Shazier, OLB, Ohio State

32. Seattle Seahawks, Austin Seferian-Jenkins, TE, Washington


Buddy D Tales

For the past few weeks I have shared some past New Orleans Saints memories as told to me by legendary sports broadcaster Buddy Diliberto and his writings and commentaries at that time.

The response from the stories has been terrific and so here is another Buddy D draft day story.

"In 1972 the Saints finished 2-11-1 and John Mecom,...
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What Happens in Round One for the Saints - Mike Detillier
Posted On 04-13-2014


What Happens in Round One for the Saints


By Mike Detillier

It is less than a month before the NFL draft and for at least one team what they do in the three-day event in May will lead them to a Super Bowl title.

For the 2014 New Orleans Saints the reach is close. The Saints, along with the Seattle Seahawks, San Francisco 49ers, Green Bay Packers, Carolina Panthers, Denver Broncos, New England Patriots, Kansas City Chiefs and the Indianapolis Colts, are the clear-cut top teams in the league today and the right choices in May could well be the catalyst to put them in the Big Show.

The Saints have addressed some obvious needs in free agency in acquiring one of the elite free safeties in the game in Jairus Byrd, one of the all-time great cornerbacks in Champ Bailey-who at 36 years old will most likely be the #3 or nickel cornerback for the squad and a heavy duty lead blocker/H-back in Eric Lorig.

The holes on this football team are depth at the center spot with second-year center/guard Tim Lelito the likely starter, a “stretch the field” wide receiver, another cover cornerback or two and another starter type at linebacker, if he were available,

In Round One most would love to see LSU’s Odell Beckham, USC’s Marqise Lee or Oregon State’s Brandin Cooks on the board for the Saints, but it is highly unlikely any of the three will be there.

There is no center in this draft class that will be picked in Round One.

So that could well mean that the Saints go the route of a linebacker or cornerback in the opening round, if they stay pat at #27 spot.

With five receivers likely off the board in Sammy Watkins, Mike Evans, Beckham, Cooks and Lee and tight end Eric Ebron that means a defensive player will be pushed to late first round pick status.

On the opening night of the draft watch what happens to one of the three players in Ohio State outside linebacker Ryan Shazier, Alabama inside linebacker C.J. Mosley and Virginia Tech cornerback Kyle Fuller.

Cornerback is still a high need area for the Saints, but on paper you might not put linebacker high on the list, but with contracts due for outside linebackers Victor Butler and Junior Galette and inside linebacker David Hawthorne with a rich financial deal, linebacker is indeed a...
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