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2017 Saints Draft
Rd  Pick Player/Pos.
1 (11)  Marshon Lattimore  CB
1 (32)  Ryan Ramczyk OT
2 (42)  Marcus Williams  FS
3 (67)  Alvin Kamara RB
3 (76)  Alex Anzalone LB
3 (103)  Trey  Hendrickson DE
6 (196)  Al-Quadin  Muhammed DE

2017 Undrafted Rookie Free Agent Signings:
Devoroe Lawrence -DT, Aub.
Andrew Lauderdale-OT, NH
Sae Tautu -LB, BYU
Travin Dural -WR, LSU
Cameron Lee -G, Ill. St.
Arthur Maulet -CB, Memphis
Colin Buchanon-G/T, Mia.(Oh)
Cameron Tom-C, S. Miss.
Ahmad Fullwood -WR, Fla.
Joseph Robinson -Woodgett -FB,UMass
Chase Dominguez -LS, Utah
Clint Van Horn -T, Marshall

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2016 Saints Draft
Rd  Pick Player/Pos.
1 (12)  Sheldon Rankins DT
2 (47)  Michael Thomas WR
2 (61)  Von Bell FS
4 (120)  David Oneyemata DT
7 (237)  Daniel Lasco RB
2016 Rookie Free Agents Signings:
Jack Allen, OL, Michigan State
Joseph Cheek, OL, Texas A&M
Ken Crawley, DB, Colorado
Jared Dangerfield, WR, WKU
Trae Elston, DB, Ole Miss
De'Vante Harris, CB, Texas A&M
Marcus Henry, C, Boise State
Sione Houma, FB, Michigan
Dillon Lee, LB, Alabama
Tommylee Lewis, WR, N. Ill.
Ryker Matthews, OT, BYU
DJ Pettway, DL, Alabama
Jeff Schoettmer, S, UNC
Dominique Tovell, LB, UL-Laf.
Landon Turner, G, UNC
John Walker, DB, Colorado
Jordan Williams, WR, Ball St.
Avery Young, OL, Auburn
Jake Lampman WR Ferris St.
Jimmy Pruitt CB San Jose St.
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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1 Watch the Saints offensive line Posted By: Dan in Lafayette Posted On Today 02:42 AM


Watch the Saints offensive line

By Mike Detillier / Sports Correspondent -- Houma Courier

Much-deserved respect has been given to the New Orleans Saints defense the past three weeks in what has become a dramatic turnaround from what we saw earlier in the season versus the Minnesota Vikings and New England Patriots.

But one area that should be a major part of the present and future success for the Saints is the team’s offensive line.

The Saints have had injury issues up front with Zach Strief, Terron Armstead and Max Unger, but when healthy that group of Armstead, a talented rookie in tackle Ryan Ramczyk, offensive guards Andrus Peat and Larry Warford and Unger give the Saints a unit that should be strong for a long time.

Armstead, Ramczyk, Peat and Warford are all 26 or younger.

If doesn’t matter if it is Drew Brees or his successor at quarterback, if healthy, the building blocks are set for the Saints at a position that continues to degrade yearly league-wide.

One NFC veteran scout I spoke to after the Saints-Lions game told me he agrees that the Saints offensive line has a chance to be one of the best in the NFL once it gets healthy.

“I am a firm believer that a healthy Terron Armstead is one of the Top 5 left tackles in the league, and I thought playing injured and with a harness he did a great job versus the Lions,” the scout said. “Armstead is a stud player. You would be clueless football wise not knowing just how good Armstead is and I also was impressed with the play of Peat.”

The scout went on.

“Andrus (Peat) looked so uncomfortable as a right guard or tackle, but he has found a spot at left guard and he looks pretty stout there,” the scout said. ”(Max) Unger is such a good and steady guy at center as a run blocker and pass blocker. You can’t measure grit and toughness and Unger has it. Our team had Ryan Ramczyk as the best tackle prospect in the draft in the spring. He’s mature, tough and technically sound and I am a firm believer that one day soon Ramczyk will be a Pro Bowl guy. Watching the Saints early on Larry Warford didn’t play as well as I have seen him in the past, but he is a huge man upfront and a roadgrader as a run blocker and good pass protector. You can’t really predict the draft and free agency and so you can say this build-up was by design, but really it is part design and part football luck to have that many good young players on the offensive line. Sean (Payton) has a strong unit. Now he has to keep them healthy.”

Full Article -- Courier

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Saints face challenge against Packers team that defends home turf well Posted By: Dan in Lafayette Posted On Today 02:35 AM


By Herbie Teope -- Picayune

The New Orleans Saints look to extend a three-game winning streak Sunday when the team takes on the Green Bay Packers (4-2) at Lambeau Field.

A formidable obstacle on the road awaits the Saints, however, as the Packers (4-2) have taken full advantage of playing at home, where the Packers are 22-5 since 2014 for a league-best .815 winning percentage in that span.

There is also an aura about Lambeau Field, which represents hallowed ground among NFL venues.

"There are certain places there there's just a little extra and Lambeau is one of them places like Arrowhead Stadium," quarterback Drew Brees said. "And there are a few others where I mean there's just so much history, so much tradition that goes back to really the start of what is our professional football game today. Some of the great playes, coaches to have every played this game."

Full Article -- Picayune
New Orleans Saints at Green Bay Packers: 3 key matchups Posted By: Dan in Lafayette Posted On Today 02:32 AM


By Josh Katzenstein -- Picayune

Green Bay Packers quarterback Brett Hundley will make his first start on Sunday when the New Orleans Saints visit Lambeau Field.

A matchup against an inexperienced signal caller seems like a great opportunity for the Saints defense to continue its recent hot streak, but players this week said there are plenty of reasons to think Hundley can be effective, even if his play isn't to the level of injured starter Aaron Rodgers.

It's tough to project how the Packers offense will change with Hundley. His strengths are fairly similar to Rodgers, but Green Bay might choose to run more Sunday to take pressure off Hundley.

But, there has already been plenty of chatter about Hundley this week, so let's look at three other matchups that could determine the outcome of the game:

Full Article -- Picayune
New Orleans Saints players bond over Polynesian heritage, culture Posted By: Dan in Lafayette Posted On Today 02:30 AM


By Herbie Teope -- Picayune

Offensive lineman Senio Kelemete remembers soaking in the New Orleans Saints' locker room when he arrived in 2013.

Kelemete, who joined the Saints practice squad after entering the league in 2012 as a fifth-round pick out of Washington with the Arizona Cardinals, felt a sense of belonging with his new teammates.

But there was a missing piece of home for the player of Samoan descent.

"There's nothing wrong with having everybody else there, but I grew up always having a Polynesian teammate or someone I went to school with," said Kelemete, who was born and raised in Seattle. "That's what I was used to. Even in college, I played with Polys, and then when I got drafted to my first team, there's another Poly.

Full Article -- Picayune
Mark Ingram, Alvin Kamara both providing thunder and lightning for Saints Posted By: Dan in Lafayette Posted On Today 02:27 AM


By Josh Katzenstein -- Picayune

The versatility of New Orleans Saints running backs Mark Ingram and Alvin Kamara has the duo on pace to accomplish something just one other backfield tandem has done in NFL history.

In 2013, the Detroit Lions became the first team with two running backs that each compiled 500 rushing yards and 500 receiving yards. Reggie Bush finished with 1,006 yards rushing and 506 yards receiving while Joique Bell had 650 yards rushing and 547 yards receiving.

So far this season, Ingram has 284 yards rushing and 161 yards receiving, and Kamara has 158 yards rushing and 159 yards receiving. Multiply those numbers out for a 16-game season, and Ingram is on pace for 908 yards rushing and 515 yards receiving while Kamara projects to have 505 yards rushing and 508 yards receiving.

It's obviously too soon to tell if Ingram and Kamara will hit those historic benchmarks set by two former Saints running backs, Bush and Bell, but five games into the season, it's clear the New Orleans offense is relying heavily on its top two running backs.

Full Article -- Picayune
California Cool: Cameron Jordan's unorthodox pass-rushing style finally has him on brink of superstardom Posted By: Dan in Lafayette Posted On Today 02:23 AM


By Joel Erickson -- Advocate

The great pass rushers all have a signature move, an attack so distinctive and so devastating that offensive linemen know it's coming and remain powerless to stop it.

Deacon Jones had the head slap, a strike so vicious the NFL outlawed it in 1977, long before the current wave of player-safety legislation. Reggie White embarrassed tackles with the hump, a move that looked at first like a speed move outside and took a sudden turn to humiliation when White reached out with his right arm and flung a 300-pound man into the air like he was tossing a bag of trash into a dumpster.

Lawrence Taylor and Derrick Thomas beat tackles with pure speed. Bruce Smith and Dwight Freeney perfected the spin. Michael Strahan overpowered linemen with the bull rush.

Cameron Jordan has California Cool.

Or at least that's what former Saints defensive line coach Bill Johnson called Jordan's signature move, one that is all his own, even if he won't admit it.

"That's just my swim," Jordan said, referencing the typical freestyle stroke defensive linemen use to sweep their arm over the body of a blocker. "I don't know if it's all that different."

Full Article -- Advocate
Walker: With no Aaron Rodgers, Saints' chances better than ever to steal a win at Lambeau Posted By: Dan in Lafayette Posted On Today 02:20 AM


By Rod Walker -- Advocate

When the Saints' schedule was released and you went through game by game and predicted wins and losses, it's the one you mostly likely put an "L" beside.

At Lambeau Field.

With Aaron Rodgers.

Nah, you probably didn't like your chances.

Me either.

Then, as you were watching the Saints pile up 52 points last week against the Detroit Lions in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, word started spreading that 1,200 miles away in Minneapolis, Rodgers had suffered a shoulder injury.

All of a sudden, that "L" stood for "lucky."

Full Article -- Advocate[/B]
Saints have great respect for Packers' history of developing backup QBs, which bodes well for Brett Hundley Posted By: Dan in Lafayette Posted On Today 02:15 AM


By Joel Erickson -- Advocate

A backup quarterback will be waiting for the New Orleans Saints this week in Lambeau Field, a place that has seen far less than its fair share of backup quarterback play over a 25-year period dominated by a pair of Hall of Fame talents in Brett Favre and Aaron Rodgers.

But the Saints also know that few teams have been better at developing quarterbacks behind their starter than the Green Bay Packers.

Brett Hundley might end up being the latest in a long line of developmental backups who shined in their first opportunity to run a team of their own.

"It's a credit to Ron Wolf and Ted (Thompson) and that scouting department over the years," Saints coach Sean Payton said. "Mike and his staff, they develop that position well. It's just a philosophy and a belief, and I think that it's been good for them."

Full Article -- Advocate
NFL fines Saints defensive end Cameron Jordan $12,154 for touchdown celebration Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On Yesterday 10:55 AM


Full Story – Nola.Com


New Orleans Saints defensive end Cameron Jordan joked earlier in the week that he knew a fine was coming for his touchdown celebration against the Detroit Lions in Week Six.

"Game-ending tip ball, score, dunk, penalty, fine," Jordan joked Monday with reporters. "Anybody trying to help me out with this fine? Cool. Don't worry about it. I got it."

The Saints defensive end found out Friday how much the slam dunk cost, as the NFL fined Jordan $12,154 for the unsportsmanlike conduct penalty.

By Herbie Teope / Times-Picayune

Full Story – Nola.Com
Mark Ingram, Alvin Kamara both providing thunder and lightning for Saints Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On Yesterday 10:47 AM


Full Story – Nola.Com


The versatility of New Orleans Saints running backs Mark Ingram and Alvin Kamara has the duo on pace to accomplish something just one other backfield tandem has done in NFL history.

In 2013, the Detroit Lions became the first team with two running backs that each compiled 500 rushing yards and 500 receiving yards. Reggie Bush finished with 1,006 yards rushing and 506 yards receiving while Joique Bell had 650 yards rushing and 547 yards receiving.

So far this season, Ingram has 284 yards rushing and 161 yards receiving, and Kamara has 158 yards rushing and 159 yards receiving. Multiply those numbers out for a 16-game season, and Ingram is on pace for 908 yards rushing and 515 yards receiving while Kamara projects to have 505 yards rushing and 508 yards receiving.

By Josh Katzenstein / Times-Picayune

Full Story – Nola.Com
Saints are extremely healthy headed to Green Bay Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On Yesterday 08:31 AM


Full Story – WWL.Com


I can't remember the last time the Saints had just two players on the injury report during the season. The Saints listed LT Terron Armstead (shoulder) and WR Willie Snead (hamstring) as questionable for Sunday's clash with the Packers. However, both players were listed as questionable last week and played significant snaps.

"I would expect both of them to play this week, they're a big part of your offense," said Saints color analyst Duece McAllister.

Armstead logged 64 snaps in his season debut last week.

By Kristian Garic / WWL

Full Story – WWL.Com
John DeShazier: Young Saints players getting their first taste of success Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On 10-19-2017 10:56 PM


Full Story – NewOrleansSaints.Com


The New Orleans Saints (3-2) will be looking to win their fourth straight game Sunday, against the Packers at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wis.

They hadn’t won three straight since Games 6-8 of the 2015 season, and haven’t won four straight since opening the ’13 season with five consecutive wins. So, for many of the young players on the roster, this is the longest run of success they’ve experienced in the NFL.

It’s evidence that winning is difficult, and satisfying to know that the work is paying dividends.

By John DeShazier / New Orleans Saints.Com

Full Story – NewOrleansSaints.Com
The underrated greatness of Drew Brees, and an unlikely Saints revival Posted By: Dan in Lafayette Posted On 10-19-2017 03:03 PM


By Bill Barnwell -- ESPN Staff Writer

No team has improved its playoff odds more over the past month than the New Orleans Saints, who the Football Power Index estimated to hold a 5.1 percent shot of hitting the postseason after an 0-2 start. After rolling off a pair of impressive victories before their bye and winning a rollicking encounter against the Lions in Week 6, the 3-2 Saints are now favorites to make their way back into the postseason, with a 62.9 percent chance of playing past Week 17.

Naturally, the player at the heart of the Saints is quarterback Drew Brees. In writing about the league's potential MVP candidates after Week 4, it felt as if we were almost taking Brees for granted, given that he had arguably the best numbers in football.

Full Article -- Picayune
Saints legend Jahri Evans has been stabilizing factor for banged-up Packers offensive line Posted By: Dan in Lafayette Posted On 10-19-2017 02:17 PM


By Joel Erickson -- Advocate

One of the best offensive linemen in the history of the New Orleans Saints will be lining up in green and gold on Sunday.

Jahri Evans, who spent 11 years in New Orleans and made six Pro Bowls, is now wearing his familiar No. 73 at right guard for the Packers.

And he's been crucial to an offensive line that hasn't started the same combination twice this season. Of the Packers' five starters on the offensive line, only Evans and center Corey Linsley have started every game.

Full Article -- Advocate
Ryan Ramczyk, lineman for Badgers and New Orleans Saints, started out as a QB Posted By: Dan in Lafayette Posted On 10-19-2017 01:49 PM


Editor's note: Stevens Point native Ryan Ramczyk will face the Green Bay Packers on Sunday as an offensive lineman for the New Orleans Saints. From 2002 to 2007, the Stevens Point Journal profiled four local youth football players, including Ramczyk, as they embarked on their football careers. This is the second article of a three-part series leading up to the Packers-Saints game with excerpts from the original series highlighting Ramczyk's progress.

By Scott A. Williams | Stevens Point Journal

Originally published Oct. 23, 2004 and Oct. 19, 2005


STEVENS POINT - Ryan Ramczyk, Seth Merrill, Zach Zaug and Jozef Wojciehoski are learning that studying isn't limited to the classroom.

While competing at the grade-school levels in Stevens Point Area Youth Football League, the quartet was enrolled in Football 101.

Players are catching on and starting to distinguish themselves as kids who have a chance to make an impact in football down the road.

Full Article -- USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin
Alvin Kamara could be Kareem Hunt good. Just wait. Posted By: Dan in Lafayette Posted On 10-19-2017 01:00 PM


By Christopher Harris -- Washington Post

Seven days after the fact, last week’s column about Adrian Peterson’s final ride doesn’t look very smart. Whereas he never played more than 14 snaps in his four games with the Saints, on Sunday AP played a whopping 45 snaps in Arizona, carried it 26 times for 134 yards and scored twice: once on a slashing 27-yard scamper in the first quarter, and once from the goal line in the fourth. Maybe I’ll quibble and say he still looks on the slow side to me, but power and agility were in abundance. I’m skeptical he’ll hold up to that kind of workload every week, but it was an awesome debut with the Cardinals, epitomized by a play on which he didn’t touch the ball: Brent Grimes intercepted Carson Palmer in the third quarter with AP nearby, and Grimes juked Peterson, who crumpled to the turf. Grimes sprinted all the way across the field evading would-be tacklers, and about ten seconds later the offensive player who downed him was … Adrian Peterson. He just wanted it so much.

But I won’t criticize the Saints for dealing away Peterson on the cheap, because I think they’re set up for the future with a true stud rookie: Alvin Kamara.

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Mike D's Very Early Look at the Top 52 Prospects for the 2018 NFL Draft
Posted On 06-08-2017


A Very Early Look at the Top 52 Prospects for the 2018 NFL Draft

By Mike Detillier


1. Sam Darnold, Quarterback, USC

2. Josh Allen, Quarterback, Wyoming

3. Arden Key, Defensive End/Outside Linebacker, LSU

4. Derwin James, Safety, Florida State

5. Saquon Barkley, Halfback, Penn State

6. Malik Jefferson, Middle/Outside Linebacker, Texas

7. Josh Rosen, Quarterback, UCLA

8. Minkah Fitzpatrick, Cornerback/Free Safety, Alabama

9. Christian Kirk, Wide Receiver, Texas A&M

10. Bradley Chubb, Defensive End, North Carolina State

11. Derrius Guice, Halfback, LSU

12. Courtland Sutton, Wide Receiver, SMU

13. Christian Wilkins, Defensive Tackle, Clemson

14. Tarvarus McFadden, Cornerback, Florida State

15. Harold Landry, Defensive End/OLB, Boston College

16. Sam Hubbard, Defensive End, Ohio State

17. Calvin Ridley, Wide Receiver, Alabama

18. Vita Vea, Defensive Tackle, Washington

19. Mike McGlinchey, Offensive Tackle, Notre Dame

20. Trey Adams, Offensive Tackle, Washington

21. Cameron Smith, Middle Linebacker, USC

22. Marquis Haynes, Outside Linebacker, Ole Miss

23. Mark Andrews, Tight End, Oklahoma

24. Mason Rudolph, Quarterback, Oklahoma State

25. Jaylon Ferguson, Defensive End, Louisiana Tech

26. Lamar Jackson, Quarterback, Louisville

27. James Washington, Wide Receiver, Oklahoma State

28. Clelin Ferrell, Defensive End, Clemson

29. Da'Shawn Hand, Defensive End, Alabama

30. Iman Marshall, Cornerback, USC

31. Tyquan Lewis, Defensive End, Ohio State

32. Martez Ivey, Offensive Tackle/Guard, Florida

33. Jaire Alexander, Cornerback, Louisville

34. Lowell Lotulelei, Defensive Tackle, Utah

35. Connor Williams, Offensive Tackle, Texas

36. Marcus Allen, Free/Strong Safety, Penn State

37. Bo Scarbrough, Halfback, Alabama

38. Deon Cain, Wide Receiver, Clemson

39. Martinas Rankin, Offensive Tackle, Mississippi State

40. Jerome Baker, Outside Linebacker, Ohio State

41. Royce Freeman, Halfback, Oregon

42. Derrick Nnadi, Defensive Tackle, Florida State

43. Da'Ron Payne, Defensive Tackle, Alabama

44. Orlando Brown, Offensive Tackle, Oklahoma

45. Baker Mayfield, Quarterback, Oklahoma

46. Troy Fumagalli, Tight End, Wisconsin

47. Quenton Nelson, Offensive Guard, Notre Dame

48. Dante Pettis, Wide Receiver, Washington

49. Quin Blanding, Strong Safety, Virginia

50. Armani Watts, Free Safety, Texas A&M

51. Larry Allen, Jr., Offensive Guard, Harvard

52. Micah Kiser, Inside Linebacker, Virginia


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Kamara’s Early Impact and Much More -- Mike Detillier
Posted On 05-07-2017


Kamara’s Early Impact and Much More

By Mike Detillier

Coming out of every NFL draft folks ask about immediate impact players for their respective teams. Every once in a while you get a signature player as a rookie as a pass rusher or defensive back, but most of those immediate first year impact guys are on offense at halfback or wide receiver.

Last season the San Diego Chargers got a big impact hit on defense with the selection of defensive end Joey Bosa and in 2015 the Kansas City Chiefs hit early gold in cornerback Marcus Peters, but in 2016 look at the impact wide receiver Michael Thomas made with the New Orleans Saints and the huge impact halfback Ezekiel Elliott had with the Dallas Cowboys.

Early contributions of wide receivers Odell Beckham, Jr., DeAndre Hopkins, Amari Cooper, Mike Evans and Jarvis Landry made them Year 1 impact players in the NFL.

While cornerback Marshon Lattimore and free safety Marcus Williams are talented players to add to the Saints defensive squad and it is so needed, I believe the Year 1 impact performer will be Tennessee halfback Alvin Kamara.

He fits the role that Reggie Bush and Darren Sproles played so well with the Black and Gold and his receiving skills will eat up some of the catches wide receiver Brandin Cooks had on the offensive side of the ball.

With Cooks now in New England, the combination of Kamara and the addition of veteran wideout Ted Ginn, Jr. should fill in that huge opening of catches out on the field.

As a rookie Reggie Bush split time with Deuce McAllister at the halfback spot, but the former USC Heisman Trophy winner was the ideal fit in Sean Payton’s offense as the back in the slot as a receiver, the receiver catching the swing pass, the edge runner and punt returner.

While McAllister was still considered the lead-dog runner Bush touched the ball 271 times in 2006 as a runner, receiver and return man and contributed 1,523 yards of all-purpose yards.

Sproles was an established performer when he came to the Saints after six seasons with the San Diego Chargers, but in his first season with New Orleans in 2011 he touched the ball 242 times for 2,696 yards as a runner, receiver, punt returner and kickoff return man which set a new NFL all-purpose yardage mark.

One AFC general manager told me his team tried to trade up into the 3rd round to draft the speedy Volunteer halfback.

“We had to go defense in Round #2 to fill a huge need spot, but when Alvin fell into Round #3 we started making calls,” the AFC general manager said. “We knew other teams were too and we had found a trade partner, but the Saints got him first. We thought he could be a “Jamaal Charles-Kansas City Chiefs” type edge back and receiver. Before the knee injuries settled in with Jamaal he was a really good back and we were willing to part with multiple picks to get Kamara. He’s a great fit for the Saints. It is part of the business you miss out on a player that really can boost an offense quickly in the league and Kamara could have done that with us and he will with New Orleans.”

With Mark Ingram still the heavy-duty rushing back and him being backed up by 32-year old and future NFL Hall of Fame halfback Adrian Peterson, the speedy Kamara may not get 271 or 242 touches in the 2017 season, but you can bet the bank Sean Payton has a specific and extensive role for him in the Saints... Read More...
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