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Garrett Grayson's new life with New Orleans Saints includes early-morning QB meetings Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On Yesterday 01:55 PM


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Garrett Grayson's typical day now starts before the sun rises.

The New Orleans Saints rookie quarterback is picked up by his new quarterbacks coach, Mike Neu, and arrives at the complex for a meeting at 6 a.m. that includes new teammates Drew Brees, Luke McCown and Ryan Griffin.

"(Neu) is kind of getting me used to swing of things, getting me in the rhtyhm of how it works in a given week," Grayson said earlier this week during an interview at the New Orleans Touchdown Club in Harahan. "I'm just trying to be around them and be around Drew as much as I possibly can. Obviously I'm trying to pick his brain as much as possible going into this next season."

By Evan Woodbery / Times-Picayune

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How the New Orleans Saints could get some 'Hard Knocks' screen time Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On Yesterday 01:53 PM


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An ESPN report that the Houston Texans are the favorites to be selected for the HBO "Hard Knocks" television series in 2015 makes sense considering the popularity of All-Pro defensive end J.J. Watt.

The selection of the Texans could also include a small amount of screen time for the New Orleans Saints. The two teams will hold a pair of joint practices in August leading into their preseason game Aug. 30 at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

Watt briefly appeared on "Hard Knocks" in 2014, when the Atlanta Falcons were featured on the show and held joint practices leading into a preseason game against the Texans.

By Christopher Dabe / Times-Picayune

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Best Players for the Saints in 2015 -- Mike Detillier Posted By: Dan in Lafayette Posted On Yesterday 01:41 AM


Best Players for the Saints in 2015

By Mike Detillier


In my NFL Draft Report each season I get the insights of a dozen people in the league on the top 100 players currently in the NFL. The list is interesting to see once they come in since these are coaches, scouts, scouting directors and one former coach who watch the same players weekly. In most cases the list from 1-25 is pretty close, but from 26-100, it is wide array of opinions.

This off-season I went back to the 12 NFL-related folks and got their opinions on the top veteran players on the 2015 roster for the New Orleans Saints. Below are the results and the selected comments on the top 12 players on the New Orleans Saints roster from one of the selected NFL minds.


1. Drew Brees - Quarterback

“Drew is still one of the elite players in this game. There are only a handful of top quarterbacks in the NFL today and he is one of them. Brees is smart, accurate, a timing guy with receivers and he has a certain degree of Riverboat gambler that I really admire and like. I hate to play against him because when the Saints offensive line protects him well he just carves up a defense. His talents as a player have taken this franchise to heights they never saw before.”

2. Jairus Byrd - Free Safety

“There is no Ed Reed in the NFL today. Earl Thomas (Seattle Seahawks) is the very best, no question about it, at free safety. We never saw the Byrd in New Orleans like he was in Buffalo. I am worried about the injuries (back and knee), but healthy, he is a difference-maker. Great in coverage, plays centerfield very well and he has excellent trackdown skills of the football. He is also very tough and physical against the run. Very few safeties can cover and then play the run well. If healthy, Jairus Byrd can.”

3. Max Unger - Offensive Center

“Top centers are like gold today in the NFL and Unger is one of them. The center spot is getting harder and harder to fill with a quality starter. Unger is a big center, very smart, fundamentally sound, tough, a really good pass protector and a stellar interior run blocker. He stops the funnel pressure you see more and more of today. You had to give up a great player (Jimmy Graham) to get Unger, but...
Report: Andrus Peat’s Saints contract worth $11.39 million guaranteed Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On 05-23-2015 02:21 PM


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Andrus Peat’s rookie contract with the Saints is fully guaranteed for $11.39 million, according to the NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport and the Baltimore Sun’s Aaron Wilson.

Peat, the 13th pick of the draft and the last of New Orleans’ nine picks to sign his contract, picked up a $6.55 million signing bonus.

Peat’s base salaries in his first four seasons, according to Wilson, will increase steadily over the life of the contract.

By Nick Underhill & Joel A Erickson / New Orleans Advocate

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John DeShazier's New Orleans Saints mailbag Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On 05-22-2015 09:24 AM


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Why did @Saints let Jimmy Graham go?

I’ll give a two-questions-for-one-answer deal here. Simply, the New Orleans Saints had to give up something good (Graham) in order to get something good (center Max Unger) that, likely, was more of a necessity than was Graham. The offensive line was in need of a serious upgrade and the only way to obtain a Pro Bowl center was to surrender a Pro Bowl tight end. From the team’s perspective, look at it this way: At the time when Jimmy Graham was better known as a basketball player, the Saints were first (in 2006), fourth (2007), first (2008) and first (2009) in the NFL in total offense. That isn’t meant to throw shade on Graham’s presence and performance; the Saints will miss his presence on the field, because of the mismatches he created and his play-making ability.

He’s the prototype of today’s NFL tight end and a red zone asset like few others. But also, let’s not forget two things: The Saints got along fine offensively before he arrived, and the Saints are the franchise that helped him refine his talents and provided the quarterback and gameplans that helped him become an All-Pro. New Orleans doesn’t have another Jimmy Graham on the roster to replace the Jimmy Graham it lost, but it does have a C.J. Spiller, a Brandin Cooks, a Josh Hill and others to help make up for the lost production.

By John DeShazier / New Orleans Saints.Com

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New Orleans Saints Spotlight | Get to know RB Marcus Murphy Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On 05-22-2015 09:20 AM


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When the New Orleans Saints drafted Missouri running back Marcus Murphy in the seventh round of the 2015 NFL Draft, the selection wasn't made with the intention of Murphy becoming an every down back.

The selection was made because of Murphy's return abilities, something he said he prides himself on.

"That's something I did in college and I made some big plays," Murphy said. "I just want to focus on just getting on the field any way I can. I just want to come out and contribute. Special teams is big. It's just like offense and defense. That's a big part of my game. I did it in college all five years. It's just something I have experience in. I knew it would play a big role."

By Andrew Lopez / Times-Picayune

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New Orleans Saints Spotlight | Get to know CB Damian Swann Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On 05-22-2015 09:18 AM


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New Orleans Saints cornerback Damian Swann is an "Atlanta guy," so he grew up a Falcons fan, but things have suddenly changed after the Saints drafted him in the fifth round.

"Well, I'm an Atlanta guy, so of course I was a Falcons fan until I ended up in New Orleans. I like Tom Brady. I like the Patriots," Swann said about his favorite NFL team. "I just like good coached teams, good teams with good players that win consistently and (New Orleans) is one of the programs and I want to keep it going here."

Swann added that he hasn't been able to get out and really see much of New Orleans, but he has been able to meet a lot of his teammates, get some "good work in" and get ready for football.

By Julie Boudwin / Times-Picayune

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Andrus Peat agrees to contract with New Orleans Saints Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On 05-21-2015 06:30 PM


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Offensive tackle Andrus Peat, the only unsigned player among the New Orleans Saints' nine draft picks, has agreed to terms with the team.

The Saints announced the move on Thursday afternoon. Yahoo Sports first reported the agreement.

Terms of the deal were not immediately available, but all the Saints signings have been consistent with predetermined salary and bonus slots.

By Evan Woodbery / Times-Picayune

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New Orleans Saints place WR Andy Tanner on injured reserve Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On 05-21-2015 06:27 PM


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Wide receiver Andy Tanner, who has been affiliated with the New Orleans Saints since 2010 but has never played in a game, is back with the squad.

Tanner was placed on the injured reserve on Thursday after clearing waivers.

Tanner was waived with an injury designation on Wednesday, although the details of his injury are unknown.

By Evan Woodbery / Times-Picayune

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Dustin Hopkins, Zach Hocker next up on Saints' kicking carousel Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On 05-19-2015 05:30 PM


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Another player has been booted from the New Orleans Saints' place-kicking carousel. There have been more patrons on this ride in recent years than the iconic one nestled behind Storyland in City Park.

On Monday, kicker Shayne Graham fielded questions about competing against Dustin Hopkins and Zach Hocker for the job. By Tuesday, Graham lost the competition before it started as the Saints released the well-traveled veteran.

Barring another move (which could easily happen given Sean Payton's history with kickers), the competition will come down to two players who have never attempted an NFL field goal.

By Larry Holder / Times-Picayune

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NFL owners pass rule allowing longer PAT attempts in 2015 Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On 05-19-2015 05:28 PM


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The NFL has approved several rule changes regarding extra points, according to Dean Blandino, NFL's vice president of officiating.

Extra point attempts will be moved back from the 2-yard line to the 15-yard line, making it a 33-yard try.

The NFL experimented with longer PATS in the preseason, resulting in a miss for former New Orleans Saints kicker Shayne Graham at the longer distance.

By Katherine Terrell / Times-Picayune

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Saints quarterback Drew Brees makes first published comments on Garrett Grayson, says 'I’ve been impressed with what I’ve seen Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On 05-19-2015 05:25 PM


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One couldn’t blame Drew Brees if he decided to shun Garrett Grayson and treat him like a threat.

In some ways, that’s exactly what Grayson is. Right now, while he’s still at the top of his game, Brees has nothing to worry about. He is still one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL.

But what about in a year or two, when he’s a little bit older and a little bit farther removed from his prime?

When the Saints selected Grayson in the third round out of Colorado State, to some degree, the organization was admitting that day could eventually arrive, that there will be a future in New Orleans that no longer involves Brees. Depending on how things develop, it could be Grayson who pushes him out of the picture.

By Nick Underhill & Joel A. Erickson / New Orleans Advocate

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New Orleans Saints release Shayne Graham, create 2-way kicker battle Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On 05-19-2015 05:23 PM


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The three-way kicker battle is now a two-way competition.

The Saints announced Tuesday that they have released kicker Shayne Graham, leaving the team with Zach Hocker and Dustin Hopkins at the position.

Taking his place on the roster is wide receiver Lance Lewis.

The 6-foot-2, 207-pound receiver spent last season on the San Francisco 49ers’ practice squad after originally hooking on with the Washington Redskins as an undrafted free agent out of East Carolina in 2012. He also spent some time with the Dallas Cowboys.

Graham made 19-of-22 field goals last season and earned NFC Special Teams Player of the Month honors in October.

By Nick Underhill / New Orleans Advocate

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John DeShazier: Andrus Peat impressing with his size, athleticism Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On 05-18-2015 03:44 PM


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Don’t let the smooth delivery fool you.
Andrus Peat barely speaks above a whisper, and that isn’t exactly the volume emittance expected from a man who best can be described as mammoth – 6 feet 7, 313 pounds with calves the size of some men’s waists and thighs that rival the size of tree trunk.

But the first of New Orleans’ two first round picks, No. 13 overall, isn’t so mild on the field. You don’t rise to the level of second-team All-American, Outland Trophy semifinalist and starter in the final 27 games of your college career by tiptoeing around and asking politely.

So it should come as no surprise that the Saints, despite having Terron Armstead and Zach Strief returning as starters at left and right tackle, respectively, expect Peat to find his way and contribute after ending his college career as a standout left tackle at Stanford.

By John DeShazier / New Orleans Saints.Com

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Saints kicker Shayne Graham not sweating the competition this summer Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On 05-18-2015 03:37 PM


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New Orleans Saints kicker Shayne Graham wasn't hard to spot on the golf course Monday morning.

Graham, one of many Saints competing in the Saints Hall of Fame Celebrity Golf Classic at Chateau Country Club, was clad head to toe in maroon and orange—colors of his alma mater, Virginia Tech.

Graham was relaxed and cracking jokes, despite hearing the news that the Saints had signed kicker Zach Hocker the day before. The Saints now have three kickers on the roster, with Dustin Hopkins also in the mix.

By Katherine Terrell / Times-Picayune

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Saints tackle Zach Strief: Andrus Peat is taking my job eventually Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On 05-18-2015 03:35 PM


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Zach Strief knew what it meant when the New Orleans Saints took tackle Andrus Peat with the No. 13 overall pick in the 2015 draft.

Strief is a realist. He knew when he re-signed with the Saints in 2014 that it was his last chance at a big contract. He also knows now, at 31, that no player's career lasts as long as they want it to last.

"I understand how it works. I also understand that I'm not playing forever. I never intended to," said Strief, who signed a five-year deal worth a reported $20 million.

By Katherine Terrell / Times-Picayune

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Best Players for the Saints in 2015 -- Mike Detillier
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Best Players for the Saints in 2015

By Mike Detillier


In my NFL Draft Report each season I get the insights of a dozen people in the league on the top 100 players currently in the NFL. The list is interesting to see once they come in since these are coaches, scouts, scouting directors and one former coach who watch the same players weekly. In most cases the list from 1-25 is pretty close, but from 26-100, it is wide array of opinions.

This off-season I went back to the 12 NFL-related folks and got their opinions on the top veteran players on the 2015 roster for the New Orleans Saints. Below are the results and the selected comments on the top 12 players on the New Orleans Saints roster from one of the selected NFL minds.


1. Drew Brees - Quarterback

“Drew is still one of the elite players in this game. There are only a handful of top quarterbacks in the NFL today and he is one of them. Brees is smart, accurate, a timing guy with receivers and he has a certain degree of Riverboat gambler that I really admire and like. I hate to play against him because when the Saints offensive line protects him well he just carves up a defense. His talents as a player have taken this franchise to heights they never saw before.”

2. Jairus Byrd - Free Safety

“There is no Ed Reed in the NFL today. Earl Thomas (Seattle Seahawks) is the very best, no question about it, at free safety. We never saw the Byrd in New Orleans like he was in Buffalo. I am worried about the injuries (back and knee), but healthy, he is a difference-maker. Great in coverage, plays centerfield very well and he has excellent trackdown skills of the football. He is also very tough and physical against the run. Very few safeties can cover and then play the run well. If healthy, Jairus Byrd can.”

3. Max Unger - Offensive Center

“Top centers are like gold today in the NFL and Unger is one of them. The center spot is getting harder and harder to fill with a quality starter. Unger is a big center, very smart, fundamentally sound, tough, a really good pass protector and a stellar interior run blocker. He stops the funnel pressure you see more and more of today. You had to give up a great player (Jimmy Graham) to get Unger, but...
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Back to the Past? -- Mike Detillier
Posted On 05-16-2015


Back to the Past?

By Mike Detillier


The rules in the NFL dictate that the league in the future will be heavily centered on the passing game, but more and more teams are paying attention to the fact that without a strong offensive line and running game you have zero chance of winning a Super Bowl. And you had better be able to match up downfield at the cornerback slots with bigger cover people due to the huge numbers of kingsize wide outs hitting the league.

I have written and spoken about this quite often that with all the "read-option" and "spread" offenses we all see in high school and college football it will affect the NFL in a negative manner. Just think about how the NFL will look in five years with no Drew Brees, no Peyton Manning, no Tom Brady, no Tony Romo and put five more years on Philip Rivers, Ben Roethlisberger and Eli Manning.

There are very few sure things in the league at quarterback from "star" quality young quarterbacks. Andrew Luck has that star feature and so does Russell Wilson, but from a sure thing standpoint, that is it.

We will not go back to 1960's or 1970's football in that teams will rely heavily on the ground game to move the ball, but we are inching in that direction due to the success of what the Seattle Seahawks and Dallas Cowboys have done the past few seasons.

And we saw some evidence of that feature on draft day. In 2015 there were 19 offensive linemen taken in the first 100 picks.

What we see coming out of the high school and college ranks are less quality defensive linemen and pass rush outside linebackers, but more quality offensive linemen and defensive backs.

The NFL has always put a premium on quarterbacks and pass rushers, but the colleges are just not supplying them in the numbers to fully supply 32 teams, but they are pumping out offensive linemen, defensive backs and wide receivers in huge numbers.

In the 2015 NFL draft there were 22 defensive backs selected in the first 100 selections and 14 wide receivers selected in the top 100. In the 2014 NFL draft there were 15 defensive backs selected in the first 100 picks and 15 wide receivers chosen in the top 100. And 22 offensive linemen were taken in the top 100 in 2014.

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