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8/10 @Browns Loss
8/20 @Chargers Win
8/26 TEXANS Win
8/31 BALTIMORE Loss
Regular Season
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Date Opponent Time
9/11 @Vikings Loss
9/17 PATRIOTS Loss
9/24 @Panthers Win
10/2 @Dolphins Win
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10/15 LIONS Win
10/22 @Packers Win
10/29 BEARS Win
11/5 BUCS Win
11/12 @Bills Win
11/19 REDSKINS 12:00
11/26 @Rams 3:25
12/3 PANTHERS 3:25
12/7 @Falcons 7:25
12/17 JETS 12:00
12/24 FALCONS 12:00
12/31 @Bucs 12:00
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NFC South W L   PF PA Div
N.O. 7 2 0 268 165 2-0
Car. 7 3 0 213 180 2-1
Atl. 5 4 0 197 179 0-1
T.B. 3 6 0 173 208 0-2

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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
The Latest News
1 Mike Detillier’s column: Saints finally made the draft work Posted By: Dan in Lafayette Posted On Yesterday 10:01 PM


Mike Detillier’s column: Saints finally made the draft work

By Mike Detillier -- Thibodaux Comet

The NFL draft is essential for success for teams in the National Football League.

If you fail to add talented players to your respective roster, it shows each Sunday.

For the New Orleans Saints, since raising the Lombardi Trophy for winning the Super Bowl in the 2009 season, the NFL draft has been a graveyard of bad selections.

From 2010-2015, six draft classes produced a grand total of eight players in defensive end Cam Jordan, halfback Mark Ingram, strong safety Kenny Vaccaro, offensive tackle Terron Armstead, along with the 2015 draft choices of offensive guard Andrus Peat, defensive end Hau’oli Kikaha, cornerback P.J. Williams and defensive tackle Tyeler Davison.

The Saints did trade tight end Jimmy Graham to the Seattle Seahawks for starting center Max Unger, but eight players via the draft in six years is just not very good no matter how you evaluate it, and the major reason the Saints went 7-9 three straight seasons.

But in 2016, the Saints started to look at things differently and with the help of assistant general manager/college scouting director Jeff Ireland. Changes were made and Ireland’s influence on Sean Payton has put the Saints on the fast track with a 7-2 mark in 2017.

In 2016, the Saints used their draft choices on defensive tackle Sheldon Rankins, wide receiver Michael Thomas, safety Vonn Bell, defensive tackle David Onyemata and halfback Daniel Lasco, who is on injured reserve after suffering a neck injury versus the Buffalo Bills.

Full Article -- Comet


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1 All Saints defensive end Alex Okafor needed was a chance to play full-time, and he's making the most of it Posted By: Dan in Lafayette Posted On Yesterday 09:05 PM


By Joel Erickson -- Advocate

A rookie in the NFL needs a role model.

Somebody to emulate, somebody who can show a young player how to navigate the learning curve from a bachelor's degree in football to the Ph.D. required to succeed at the professional level.

The locker room Alex Okafor joined in Arizona in 2013 was full of options.

Larry Fitzgerald, the legendary wide receiver and likely a future Hall of Famer, is respected as much as anybody in the league. Cornerback Patrick Peterson was coming into his own as a superstar; veterans such as defensive end Calais Campbell, linebacker Karlos Dansby and edge rusher John Abraham were epitomes of sustained success.

But Okafor found himself drawn to a player who had spent most of his career on special teams. Lorenzo Alexander was on the verge of his big break; after seven seasons as a backup in Washington and one Pro Bowl berth as a special teamer, Alexander was on track to start at outside linebacker ahead of Okafor.

Full Article -- Picayune
Saints winning ways need to continue given the top-heavy NFC standings Posted By: Dan in Lafayette Posted On Yesterday 08:20 PM


By Larry Holder -- Picayune

Any observer of the New Orleans Saints*the last three seasons understands how amazing this year's turnaround has been in just about every phase of the game.

What's more amazing is how the Saints have needed a seven-game winning streak to remain atop the NFC South, much less the NFC standings overall.

Philadelphia is riding a seven-game winning streak to lead Minnesota, New Orleans and Los Angeles by one game in the overall standings. The Vikings have won five in a row. The Rams are riding a four-game winning streak.

Every division leader is either heating up or on fire. All four divisions leaders missed the playoffs last season. In fact, the top five teams in the NFC after Week 10 missed the postseason with the surging Panthers now 7-3 and in the fifth seed.

It's no wonder why Saints quarterback Drew Brees spoke in these terms after the team's 47-10 pummeling of Buffalo in Week 10.

"Every game is the next game and therefore the most important game," Brees said. "I think we've always prided ourselves on being able to go anywhere and give them a win. I think history will show that.

Full Article -- Picayune
Junior Galette focused on more pressure against Saints, not revenge Posted By: Dan in Lafayette Posted On Yesterday 07:14 PM


By John Keim -- ESPN Staff Writer

ASHBURN, Virginia -- Two years have passed since it happened, leaving Washington Redskins linebacker Junior Galette less focused on revenge and more focused on reps.

Yes, the New Orleans Saints released him less than a year after signing him to a big contract; no, he’s not focused on proving the Saints wrong. He just wants to show everyone what he can still do.

After missing the last two seasons with Achilles injuries -- hurting a different one each summer -- Galette hasn’t posted the numbers he desired. He has one sack in a reserve role.

“Honestly, I really look at it as another game,” Galette said of Sunday's matchup. “They’re 7-2; we’re trying to take care of business. That’s a really good team, Hall of Fame quarterback. We have to go in with the mindset that we have to get to him. Their [line] is playing extremely well right now. [They have] a real smart coach in Sean Peyton. They have a really good team. If we can play better than we did in Seattle, we can pull this one off.”

Full Article -- ESPN
Redskins Prepare For New-Look Saints Defense Posted By: Dan in Lafayette Posted On Yesterday 07:04 PM


What started as a nightmare for the Saints' defense quickly turned into a season of highlight-filled dominance.

By Brandon Hill -- Redskins.com

It was the NFL Week 1 debut. The New Orleans Saints looked poised to snap a three-year streak of finishing 7-9. Quarterback Drew Brees was back for his 12th season. The team added running back Adrian Peterson to beef up the backfield and used five out of its seven 2017 draft picks on defensive players.

Minnesota served as the first matchup for the new-look New Orleans Saints. The Vikings were still leaning on backup quarterback Sam Bradford and replaced Peterson with rookie Dalvin Cook. The game should have been, at the very least, competitive.

In reality, the Saints’ defense collapsed. Brees did his best to keep his team in the game, but Bradford’s 346 passing yards and three touchdowns, combined with Cook’s additional 127 yards on the ground, were enough to bury the Saints just hours into the 2017 season.

The New Orleans secondary, after spending its first game on its heels, was forced to try and stop Tom Brady just six days later. The outcome was as expected. New England’s future Hall of Famer threw for 447 yards and three touchdowns. The Patriots beat the Saints in almost every statistical category, from third down conversions to time of possession. A season that started with hope was quickly on the brink of doom just two weeks into the year.

Full Article -- Redskins.com
1 Washington defense presents challenges for Saints despite recent results Posted By: Dan in Lafayette Posted On Yesterday 06:22 PM


By Josh Katzenstein -- Picayune

Based on recent games, it looks like the New Orleans Saints*offense is drawing an easy matchup with the Washington defense on Sunday.

Washington has lost three of its past four games and allowed at least 33 points in each loss. The defense ranks 26th in points allowed per game and 20th overall.

The Saints, meanwhile, have the second-ranked offense and are third in scoring, rising the rankings after a 47-point output last Sunday against the Buffalo Bills. But, New Orleans is still leery of the Washington defense.

"I think when you watch the film, the overall cutups that you're watching, you see a very good defense, so we know we got a big challenge cut out for us this week," offensive coordinator Pete Carmichael said. "You see them flying around. You see them getting a handle on balls in the secondary. We expect their best."

Full Article -- Picayune
New Orleans Saints vs. Washington: 3 key matchups Posted By: Dan in Lafayette Posted On Yesterday 12:34 PM


By Herbie Teope -- Picayune

The New Orleans Saints (7-2) hope to continue the winning ways Sunday against Washington (4-5) at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

The Saints have won seven straight games because of complementary football on both sides of the line of scrimmage.

New Orleans' offense continues to rank among the NFL's best with the No. 5 passing game and No. 3 running attack, while the defense has emerged as a reason why the Saints win, not lose.

Nevertheless, Sunday's matchup could be dangerous for the Saints.

Washington has a very capable quarterback and the team desperately needs a win to stay in the postseason chase after dropping three of the last four games.

Full Article -- Picayune
To stop the Sunday slides, D.J. Swearinger points Redskins to Wednesday-Friday Posted By: Dan in Lafayette Posted On Yesterday 12:12 PM


By Liz Clarke -- Washington Post

In offices and workplaces across America, Friday is an unofficial day for downshifting—for dressing on the casual side and letting the mind wander to the weekend in store.

But there’s no place for “casual Fridays” in the NFL, at least not on teams that expect to make the playoffs. And that’s the alarm that Washington Redskins safety D.J. Swearinger has been sounding in recent weeks, troubled by what he describes as a lack of focus in the final full practice before game day.

In his view, it cost the Redskins in last week’s loss to the Minnesota Vikings. On a day when Washington’s offense scored 30 points (and should have scored more), its defense turned in its worst performance of the season, allowing Vikings backup quarterback Case Keenum to have a career day.

“Fridays have to be better here,” Swearinger said flatly in an interview this week, reflecting on the 38-30 defeat and the early-warning signs that, to him, pointed to a poor performance as clearly as a flashing neon sign.

Full Article -- Post
1 Dennis Allen coaching rumors soon to kick off Posted By: Dan in Lafayette Posted On Yesterday 11:57 AM


They were innocent questions during Dennis Allen’s Friday conference call. But when you’re successful, people want a part of it. Let the rumors begin.

by Roy Anderson -- Who Dat Dish

It’s way too early for this. But during Saints defensive coordinator Dennis Allen’s Friday conference call with the media, the first of many questions to come was asked.

The question was this: “The stakes are rising and the defense is performing very well. Do you have a plan for dealing with the buzz that your name could very well cause in the head coaching circles?”

Maybe it’s not too early. There are already plenty of names on the head coaching hot seat in the NFL and the feelers will be going out soon for replacements as vacancies happen. But we are just past the halfway point of the 2017 Season.

Dennis Allen has completely turned the New Orleans Saints defense around. From bottom of the barrel under Rob Ryan to their current standing as 6th in the NFL. Things like that get a coach noticed. And while Dennis Allen may not be a household name, he does have the resume to take the helm as a head coach somewhere.

Full Article -- Who Dat Dish
Carolina Panthers News: Cam Newton Resurgence Has Panthers Looking Like A Strong Super Bowl Contender Posted By: Dan in Lafayette Posted On Yesterday 11:48 AM


By Nathan Francis -- Inquisitr

Cam Newton has come roaring back this season, and suddenly many see the Carolina Panthers as a team poised to beat the red-hot New Orleans Saints for the NFC South — and now as a dark horse Super Bowl contender.

The Panthers suffered quite the dropoff in 2016, following their 15-1 season and Super Bowl loss in the 2015 season by stumbling to a 6-10 record. But behind Newton’s strong performance, the league’s top-rated defense, and a top-notch running game, the Panthers have bounced back to a 7-3 record, just a half-game behind the New Orleans Saints heading into the weekend.

Cam Newton was particularly sharp in last week’s win over the Miami Dolphins, throwing for 254 yards and four touchdowns to go with 95 yards rushing, earning him NFC offensive player of the week honors.

Newton said he thinks the team can still get better.

“We just want to keep it going,” Newton said (via USA Today).

Full Article -- Inquisitr
The Film Room: Mark Ingram and Alvin Kamara are carrying the Saints to a Super Bowl Posted By: Dan in Lafayette Posted On Yesterday 11:15 AM


SB Nation’s Brett Kollman breaks down how the dynamic duo of Mark Ingram and Alvin Kamara are wearing down defenses, and how that could help the Saints to another Super Bowl.

by John J. Hendrix -- CSC

SB Nation’s Brett Kollman put out another New Orleans Saints video you should check out, so set aside 10 minutes to watch his latest episode of The Film Room, which is all about Mark Ingram and Alvin Kamara and how they’re wreaking havoc on opposing defenses and helping Sean Payton’s team towards a Super Bowl. Kollman also put out that great video on Marshon Lattimore, so if you missed that, check it out here.

Currently, Ingram is 6th in the NFL with 672 rushing yards. His 4.7 yards per carry average is good for 9th in the league, and he’s tied for first overall with Dallas’ Ezekiel Elliott with 7 touchdowns - something tells me that’s going to change real quickly. Meanwhile, Kamara leads the NFL with a 6.5 yards per carry average, and his 417 rushing yards are good for 25th in the league. He’s also tied for 7th with 4 rushing touchdowns.

Full Article -- CSC
Grading the Saints week 10: Defense Posted By: Dan in Lafayette Posted On Yesterday 05:52 AM


By Brian Pavek -- Sports Media 101

Grading the Saints week 10: Defense

Tell me if you’ve heard this one before, the Saints defense completely dominated an average offense from beginning to end, gave up one or two big runs, and didn’t allow double digits until garbage time. If that sounds familiar to you it should, that’s basically what they did last week against the Bucs and this past Sunday the Saints were up to their old tricks again. The Saints pressured Tyrod Taylor consistently, other than a 36 yard run shut down Lesean McCoy, and barely had to take the field because of how dominant the run game was, yet despite that the way they totally outclassed Buffalo’s offense was impressive and obvious.

Defensive Line: A

The Saints defensive line didn’t have a dominating performance on the stat sheet, but a big part of that had to do with Taylor’s ability to scramble. Tyrod Taylor was under constant pressure and it was from all sides. With the exception of one big run (which was really just a great cut by McCoy) the Saints defensive line had a great day. Taylor’s ability to avoid pressure helped reduce the sack total, but so did the fact that the defense simply wasn’t out there a lot. The Saints never punted in the game and only turned the ball over once which meant that the defense as a whole had limited snaps. The snaps they did have they dominated. That’s an A.

Full Article -- Sports Media 101
Jerry Jones vs. Roger Goodell: Direction of NFL at stake in epic power struggle Posted By: Dan in Lafayette Posted On Yesterday 05:17 AM


By Alex Marvez -- The Sporting News

No need to wait for Super Bowl 52.

The NFL's biggest showdown of the 2017 season already has kicked off. Jerry Jones vs. Roger Goodell.

And the stakes are much higher than the Lombardi Trophy. The winner essentially controls what direction a multibillion-dollar entity is heading during one of the most tumultuous periods the league has ever faced.

Goodell has handled this responsibility since he was elected to the position in September 2006. His tenure would continue through 2024 if the contract extension unanimously approved last May by team owners — including Jones himself — comes to pass.

Jones hasn't just gotten cold feet since casting that ballot. They're more frozen than those of the 1967 Cowboys that played in the Ice Bowl.

Full Article -- The Sporting News
Jerry Jones' first commissioner sabotage was Jim Finks! Posted By: Dan in Lafayette Posted On Yesterday 04:48 AM


by J.W. Miller -- J.W. Miller Sports

The NFL’s death spiral has turned inward. After the League has endured external disruptions over National Anthem player protests, lower TV ratings, unhappy sponsors, lower attendance and concerns about whether the game is unsafe, Dallas owner Jerry Jones is leading an insurgency from within. Jones’ stated purpose is to stop a lucrative contract extension for Commissioner Roger Goodell that in reality would result in Goodell’s ouster.

Owners elect a commissioner to do two things: Make Money and Handle Problems. There is no doubt that Goodell has made money for the owners as league revenue has surged to an estimated $14 billion. Goodell has been well compensated, pulling in more than $200 million in salary and bonuses since becoming commissioner in 2006. But the problems persist, and the popular perception is that*Goodell has done little to halt the slide. That's a good reason but not the real reason.

Jones’ motivation is purely personal after Goodell moved to suspend Cowboys star RB Ezekiel Elliott after a prolonged investigation of several domestic violence incidents. It wasn’t the first time Jones stood at the gates of the NFL commissioner’s office, waving pitchforks and torches. Barely eight months into his ownership of the Cowboys in 1989, Jones joined a cabal of insurgents who protested the selection of Saints President and GM Jim Finks to succeed Pete Rozelle as commissioner.

Full Article -- J.W. Miller Sports
Washington Redskins vs New Orleans Saints: Preview and prediction Posted By: Dan in Lafayette Posted On Yesterday 03:39 AM


by Treasure Washington -- isportsweb

As one of three red-hot NFC teams, the New Orleans Saints look to push their winning streak to eight against the Washington Redskins this Sunday.

The Saints have been so dominant this season to the point that they have scored 30 or more points in four of their seven wins. Since Adrian Peterson‘s departure for the Arizona Cardinals, the run game has significantly improved.

The Saints set a franchise record with their six rushing touchdowns last Sunday against the Buffalo Bills. Mark Ingram ran for half of the touchdowns, while Alvin Kamara, Trey Edmunds and even Drew Brees had one touchdown apiece.

Meanwhile for the Redskins, they will be without offensive stars Terrelle Pryor and Jordan Reed, as well as center Spencer Long. Pryor’s time with the Redskins has mainly been mixed so far, and Reed has struggled to stay on the field this season due to his lingering hamstring issues. Long and the offensive line have also dealt with their fair share of issues this season, as they constantly get shuffled to different positions week after week.

Full Article -- isportsweb
Back to Basics: How Sean Payton Learned from History and Resurrected the Saints Posted By: Dan in Lafayette Posted On Yesterday 02:46 AM


By Mike Freeman -- B/R

A few weeks ago, one of the best strategists in the history of football was talking to his young, upstart team about a rock-and-roll legend named Fats Domino.

Domino died last month, and as Saints coach Sean Payton likes to do on occasion with his younger group, he talked to it about history—appreciating it, learning about it, contextualizing it. In this case, he wanted to make sure his players knew about Domino's influence on music. That he was born in New Orleans and sold more than 65 million records.

"I knew I had to fill them in on his life," Payton told B/R.

Being a student of history isn't Payton's primary job, of course. Mostly, he spends his time being one of the NFL's great offensive minds, an innovator who helped Drew Brees become a prolific quarterback. Now in his 12th season under Payton, Brees is on track for his 12th consecutive 4,000-yard year, an NFL record.

Full Article -- B/R
Complete corner: Marshon Lattimore already among Saints' best tacklers Posted By: Dan in Lafayette Posted On 11-17-2017 10:24 PM


By Josh Katzenstein -- Picayune

New Orleans Saints cornerback Marshon Lattimore has quickly established himself as one of the top cornerbacks in the NFL, but his impact extends beyond his tight coverage.

Through nine games and even though he has missed one, Lattimore leads the Saints with 31 solo tackles, a surprising number considering how rarely opposing quarterbacks target him. He also hasn't missed a tackle this season, a claim he could also make for his final season at Ohio State.

"I just like tackling," Lattimore said.

Full Article -- Picayune
Saints sensational again, and not taking it for granted Posted By: Dan in Lafayette Posted On 11-17-2017 10:06 PM


Associated Press -- WWL

Saints coach Sean Payton downplays how dominant New Orleans has looked the past two months, preferring instead to tell his players to tune out the hype and focus on what they still need to fix.

"We talk about realities of today, each week, and the understanding of we're just past the midway point of the season," Payton said.

"The experts will be talking playoffs, Super Bowl. It's the craziest stuff ever. ... Tune it out and laugh at it, understand what it is, but there's so much more we have to do and accomplish."

Sure, the Saints have made mistakes during their seven-game winning streak — from fumbles to sporadic special teams gaffes — but those have been far outweighed by sensational plays across the roster by young players and veterans alike, producing a whopping 18.4-point average margin of victory.

Games routinely come down to the last possession in the NFL. Yet even when the Saints have won by as few as eight points, they've closed out games simply kneeling on the ball and running out the clock — seven games in a row.

Full Article -- WWL
The biggest NFC threats to the Eagles' Super Bowl hopes Posted By: Dan in Lafayette Posted On 11-17-2017 09:51 PM


by Bob Brookover -- Philly Inquirer

It’s all in front of the Eagles. Keep winning and the NFC road to the Super Bowl will go through Philadelphia. Keep winning and Lincoln Financial Field will be the site of the NFC championship game for the first time since 2005, which is the last time the Eagles reached the Super Bowl.

Sounds simple, but it will not be easy. The NFC is loaded with worthy Super Bowl contenders. The Eagles will see one of them Sunday night in Dallas and a couple of others – Seattle and the Los Angeles Rams on the road — following their home game against the Chicago Bears next Sunday.

In order, here’s a look at the NFC threats to the Eagles’ Super Bowl aspirations.

New Orleans Saints (7-2)

They appeared to be the same old Saints when they surrendered 65 points and more than 1,000 yards in season-opening losses to Minnesota and New England. Since then, they have won seven straight and allowed 14.3 points per game. With the continued brilliance of Drew Brees and the dynamic running combination of Mark Ingram and rookie Alvin Kamara, the Saints are the biggest postseason threat to the Eagles. Their offense is third in scoring and second in yards and their defense has allowed the fifth-fewest points and the eighth-fewest yards. Brees is 5-2 against the Eagles since joining the Saints in 2006, and two of the Eagles’ last five playoff appearances ended with losses to the Saints, including the last one at the Linc in 2013.

Full Article -- Inquirer
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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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