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2016 Schedule
Date Opponent Time
8/11 @N.E. 6:30
8/20 @Texans 7:30
8/26 STEELERS 7:00
9/1 RAVENS 7:00
Regular Season
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9/11 RAIDERS 12:00
9/18 @Giants 12:00
9/26 FALCONS 7:30
10/2 @Chargers 3.25
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10/16 PANTHERS 12:00
10/23 @Chiefs 12:00
10/30 SEAHAWKS 12:00
11/6 @49ers 3:05
11/13 BRONCOS. 12:00
11/17 @Panthers 7:25
11/27 RAMS 12:00
12/4 LIONS 12:00
12/11 @Bucs 12:00
12/18 @Cards 3:05
12/24 BUCS 12:00
1/1 @Atlanta 12:00
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TBA TBA TBA
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.
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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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Saints' Willie Snead declares himself a 'game-time decision' for Week 3 Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On 09-24-2016 09:06 PM


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The New Orleans Saints officially list wide receiver Willie Snead (toe) as questionable for Monday night's game against the Atlanta Falcons at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

The decision on his availability, however, will occur just before kickoff.

"It's going to be a game-time decision," Snead said Saturday. "Hopefully, I can go. If I can't, I'll be on the sidelines cheering my butt off."

Snead said he plans to arrive early at the stadium and get taped before hitting the field to test how he feels before the team goes through organized pregame warmups.

By Herbie Teope / Times-Picayune

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Andrus Peat 'just an offensive lineman' willing to play any spot for Saints against Falcons Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On 09-24-2016 09:04 PM


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About the only concession Andrus Peat offers in terms of a preferred position on the offensive line is that he feels more comfortable in a stance used on the left side.

That stance, one in which he places his left hand in the turf and with his left foot positioned slightly behind the right, was how he played four seasons at Stanford, before the New Orleans Saints selected him at No. 13 overall in the 2015 NFL Draft.

He since has been put outside his comfort zone by working on the right side at the tackle and guard spots -- he spent time at both during training camp and in the preseason -- before a move to left guard for the start of the regular season.

By Christopher Dabe / Times-Picayune

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Against Julio Jones, Saints CBs face another challenging task Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On 09-24-2016 09:01 PM


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Amari Cooper in Week 1. Odell Beckham Jr. in Week 2. And Julio Jones is coming to town for Week 3.

The New Orleans Saints knew they would have to be ready for some of the top receivers in the NFL this year, but they had no idea how snake-bitten they would be at cornerback as they faced each challenge.

Delvin Breaux (fibula) is likely out for at least another month. P.J. Williams (concussion) just went on injured reserve, joining Damian Swann and Kyle Wilson, and projected starter Keenan Lewis was cut in August when he couldn't shake a nagging hip injury.

By Josh Katzenstein / Times-Picayune

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Saints didn't submit pass interference penalties from Week 2 to league, Sean Payton says Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On 09-22-2016 12:05 PM


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New Orleans Saints cornerback Sterling Moore was vocal earlier in the week after drawing two penalties for pass interference against New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr., in Week 2's 16-13 loss.

The first call arrived in the first quarter, resulting in a 23-yard penalty. The second 13-yard infraction occurred on the second play of the Giants' game-winning drive.

While teams are allowed to submit an official's call during a game or a specific play to the league for review, the Saints elected to move forward.

"I didn't submit any," coach Sean Payton said Thursday in a conference call with reporters.

By Herbie Teope / Times-Picayune

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New Orleans Saints seeking more balance on offense Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On 09-22-2016 12:02 PM


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Sean Payton didn't like the balance of the New Orleans Saints offense in the Week 2 loss to the New York Giants.

Despite the Saints being within a one-score margin for the duration of the game, they ran the ball just 13 times compared to their 46 pass plays. Two weeks into the season, the Saints have just 35 rushing attempts, and Washington is the only team with fewer attempts (29).

For running back Mark Ingram, the solution to the lack of running plays sounds simple enough in theory.

"I feel like the offensive line has been doing a great job in the run game," he said after the game. "We just have to call them and execute them, give the coaches confidence where we can go out there and be effective in the run game."

By Josh Katzenstein / Times-Picayune

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Saints DB PJ Williams out for the season after concussion Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On 09-22-2016 11:59 AM


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The Saints have placed DB PJ Williams on injured reserve, ending his season. Williams sustained a concussion in last weeks road loss to the Giants.

The Saints starting corners in August were Keenan Lewis, Delvin Breaux, PJ Williams, and Damian Swann. In week 3, it's Sterling Moore, Ken Crawley, De'Vante Harris and B.W. Webb.

The Saints signed OT Tony Hills as the corresponding roster move to Williams going on IR. Hills was with the team in training camp and the preseason but was let go in the final round of cuts on September 3rd. Right Tackle Zach Strief left last weeks game in the fourth quarter with a chest injury and did not return.

By Kristian Garic / WWL

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Saints-Giants film review: How New York's defense kept Saints in check Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On 09-21-2016 11:28 AM


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Teams usually have to pick their poison against the Saints. The team has too many weapons for someone to shut the whole thing down.

And even when a team is successful, it’s usually only a matter of time before something breaks and Drew Brees starts picking the defense apart. But that didn’t happen during Sunday’s 16-13 loss to the Giants. New York had a solid plan on defense, and the New Orleans offense was held in check.

A big portion of New York’s success was born from good coverage and a solid performance from its front seven. There were several times when Brees progressed through his reads, found no one open, and was forced to try and throw into a tight window or check down.

By Nick Underhill / The Advocate

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First look: Atlanta Falcons at New Orleans Saints Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On 09-21-2016 11:24 AM


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FALCONS BREAKDOWN

LAST WEEK:
Atlanta bounced back from a season-opening loss to Tampa Bay by pulling off what the Saints couldn't: holding off a late charge from the Oakland Raiders. Tevin Coleman's fourth-quarter touchdown put the game out of reach in a 35-28 win.

OFFENSE:
The old Matt Ryan has been back in the first two games of the 2016 season. Ryan, working heavily to his tight ends and running backs, has completed 72.6 percent of his passes for 730 yards, four touchdowns and one interception through the first two games. As always, the key Falcon to stop is wide receiver Julio Jones, who is reportedly dealing with a strained calf that is not considered to be serious. Jones has nine catches through the first two games for 172 yards and two touchdowns, averaging nearly 20 yards per reception.

By Joel A. Erickson / The Advocate

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Saints practice-squad QB Garrett Grayson reflects on costly preseason Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On 09-20-2016 02:37 PM


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The throws Garrett Grayson wished he could have back were easy to identify. One came in the preseason opener against the New England Patriots, another came a week later against the Houston Texans.

Then came the two "bonehead" -- his word choice -- decisions against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Each of those four plays had something in common: all were interceptions.

"There are a couple plays here and there I wish I had back," Grayson said last week as he stood by his locker stall at the New Orleans Saints practice facility. "Just kind of, in my mind, made me feel like I had a bad preseason."

By Christopher Dabe / Times-Picayune

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Saints safety Vonn Bell tried to show passion, swarming mentality in defensive debut Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On 09-20-2016 02:34 PM


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Two highly-drafted Ohio State rookies were definitely going to play a significant role in Sunday's game between the New Orleans Saints and New York Giants.

Giants cornerback Eli Apple was a first-round pick, Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas was a second-round pick, and both had impressive debuts in Week 1.

But, another former Buckeyes standout had a big impact in the game, too, as Saints safety Vonn Bell, also a second-round pick, made his defensive debut Sunday after playing only special teams in Week 1.

By Josh Katzenstein / Times-Picayune

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Kristian: Saints have moxie despite uninspiring start to season Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On 09-19-2016 06:38 PM


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What if I told you the Saints were going to force 3 turnovers, 2 sacks, and not allow a defensive touchdown? You would take that, right? Those numbers should result in a Saints win, and perhaps a convincing one. Unfortunately we’re talking about the 2016 Saints, not the Saints of '09,'10 or '11.

Back then, if a team committed 3 turnovers in a game against the Saints it was assuredly a blow-out loss. The Saints squandered all three turnovers, failing to cash in on a single point in the 16-13 to the New York Giants. The Saints offense was anemic on 3rd down, converting just 3 of 13.

By Kristian Garic / WWL

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John DeShazier: Quick takes on Coach Sean Payton's Monday press conference Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On 09-19-2016 01:29 PM


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Quick takes from New Orleans Saints Coach Sean Payton’s teleconference Monday:

1. News surrounding cornerback P.J. Williams, who left Sunday’s game with a concussion in the first quarter, is good. “He’ll be coming back (to New Orleans) this afternoon and all the news is positive, which is real encouraging,” Payton said. “It was the significance of the hit. I watched it in slow motion a couple of times, and it’s really the right knee of the tight end – as he’s running and as P.J. is beginning to tackle, hits the side of his helmet and causes the concussion.”

2. Though rookie kicker Wil Lutz blamed himself for Sunday’s blocked kick (low trajectory), Payton said it was more of a pressure issue. “It’s B-gap pressure and we’re not good (on that kick) at right guard, we’re not good at right tackle, too much penetration on that play and (Giants tackle Johnathan Hankins) ends up leveraging the B-gap and an outside hand knocking the ball down,” Payton said. “We’ve got to be better in our protection. (Lutz) is doing well. I think this: I think the protection needs to be better, and it’s that simple. There’s penetration and one of the D tackles is able to hit the B-gap, our right guard and right tackle aren’t able to stop the penetration, and that’s as simple as it gets.”

By John DeShazier / New Orleans Saints.Com

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Sean Payton on loss to Giants Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On 09-19-2016 01:18 PM


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Q: Opening Statement

A: It’s a disappointing game to lose. I thought, and I just told our team this, that we did a number of things really well with the plan coming in. I thought defensively to come away with the three takeaways, I thought there were a lot of good things. In a hard fought game like that, when it’s that close, when you have a blocked field goal that results in a touchdown, it’s a ten-point swing. That’s tough to overcome something like that when you’re playing a game that ended up being maybe a little bit different than many expected and yet it was the kind of game that we felt like we needed to play. Credit New York for making enough plays in the end and getting a win.

Q: Did the tempo of this game surprise you at all? [defense stepping up]

A: I think both teams defensively played much better than a year ago. Our third down numbers weren’t real good offensively. In the time of possession, there was a little bit of concern for me early because of the heat. I felt like our defense in that first half was getting quite a few snaps, but, yeah, it was an entirely different game.

By New Orleans Saints.Com

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Saints show resiliency but come up short in 16-13 loss to Giants Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On 09-18-2016 07:42 PM


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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- My observations from the New Orleans Saints' 16-13 loss to the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium on Sunday:

There are no moral victories in the NFL, but the Saints showed resiliency in defeat. Thanks to a strong defensive effort, they hung in there for four quarters and were actually tied in the final minutes with the ball but couldn't put together enough plays to win it.

Defensive coordinator Dennis Allen prefers to call them takeaways instead of turnovers, and that would be apt description of the three forced fumbles the Saints had in the first half. Each of the takeaways came as the result of a big hit or cagey play by Kenny Vaccaro, Ken Crawley and Michael Mauti. The Saints won the turnover battle 3-0 and still lost.

By Jeff Duncan / Times-Picayune

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Giants saw chance to exploit Saints' field-goal unit, Janoris Jenkins says Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On 09-18-2016 07:39 PM


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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — New York Giants defensive tackle Johnathan Hankins managed to squeeze between New Orleans Saints offensive linemen Terron Armstead and Andrus Peat just enough to make the biggest play of the game Sunday at MetLife Stadium.

Hankins blocked the 38-yard field-goal attempt by Saints kicker Wil Lutz, and Giants cornerback Janoris Jenkins grabbed the ball and raced 65 yards to the end zone.

It was New York's only touchdown, and in a 16-13 Giants win, the blocked kick was a huge swing for both teams.

By Josh Katzenstein / Times-Picayune

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Bobby: Shame the Saints wasted that defensive performance Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On 09-18-2016 07:34 PM


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The Saints lost to the Giants 16-13 on a walk-off field goal and now the Black and Gold sit at 0-2 on the year. Bobby Hebert sounded off on the loss in fine form on "The Point After."

"Well, so close but so far," he said, "No cigars, so to speak. If someone would have told me the Giants were gonna score 16 points, I would have said the Saints would blow them out of the water by double digits. It would be a convincing win! And that's what's so disappointing. Its a shame we wasted this defensive performance!"

Who does Bobby hold accountable for the L?

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The Young Standouts in the NFL -- Mike Detillier
Posted On 08-06-2016


The Young Standouts in the NFL

By Mike Detillier


Here is my look at the top 45 players in the NFL 25 years old and younger


1. Khalil Mack - Defensive End/Outside Linebacker - (Oakland Raiders)

Mack is 25 years old and one of the three most dominating defensive players in the league along with J.J. Watt and Von Miller. His next contract will be the largest ever given to a defensive player. He posted 15 quarterback sacks in 2015.

2. Luke Kuechly - Middle Linebacker - (Carolina Panthers)

Simply put, Kuechly at 25 years old is the best middle linebacker in the NFL. Terrific versus the run and a superb pass cover linebacker.

3. Odell Beckham, Jr. - Wide Receiver - (New York Giants)

New age version of what Lynn Swann (Steelers) was in the 1970’s. OBJ’s eye-hand coordination is at the top rung of the ladder. He’s just 23 years old.

4. Tyron Smith - Offensive Tackle - (Dallas Cowboys)

25 years old and Smith is the best left tackle in the NFC.

5. Aaron Donald - Defensive Tackle - (Los Angeles Rams)

Aaron is undersized, but quick and dominating. The 25-year old was in on 11 quarterback sacks and 63 tackles in 2015. Donald is the most disruptive interior player in the NFL.

6. Todd Gurley - Halfback - (Los Angeles Rams)

Gurley is on the verge of being the best halfback in the NFL. If healthy the 22-year old Gurley is a workhorse back with great power and speed.

7. Fletcher Cox - Defensive End/Tackle - (Philadelphia Eagles)

Cox is the most underrated big man athlete in the pros. The 25 year old Cox can play end, tackle or on the nose.

8. Derek Carr - Quarterback - (Oakland Raiders)

Carr is a gunslinger QB. with a strong arm, excellent leadership skills and he is an accurate passer from the pocket. Carr is 25 years old and getting better each season.

9. Zack Martin - Offensive Guard - (Dallas Cowboys)

Zack is 25 years old, but he plays old-school. Martin is the best offensive guard in the NFC.

10. DeAndre Hopkins - Wide Receiver - (Houston Texans)

He’s just 24 years old and Hopkins has already caught 239 passes for 3,533 yards and 19 touchdowns.

11. Le’Veon Bell - Halfback - (Pittsburgh Steelers)

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What to Watch for -- Saints Training Camp 2016 -- Mike Detillier
Posted On 07-23-2016


What to Watch for -- Saints Training Camp 2016

By Mike Detillier


The 2016 training camp for the New Orleans Saints is right around the football corner and here are my observations on the “Watch” items during camp and in the preseason.


Finding a Pass Rush

When the 2015 NFL season ended the biggest need for the New Orleans Saints was to find a top edge pass rusher to compliment Cam Jordan.
Well, it is still the biggest need on the 2016 version of the New Orleans Saints.

What the Saints added this offseason to give them an edge rusher was signing journeyman veteran defensive end Daryl Tapp. The 11-year veteran has started just 4 games over the past 6 seasons in the NFL and over the past 3 seasons Tapp has recorded 3 ½ quarterback sacks.

At this stage they are hoping Tapp fills in as a role player defensively along the same lines of another veteran signee in safety Roman Harper.

The signing of Tapp is not likely to put fear in any opposing offense.

The loss of Hau’oli Kikaha to a torn ACL during the offseason workout sessions really put a dent into a position that is crying out for a signature player. What you have now on the roster are three “maybe” players in Obum Gwachum, Kasim Edebali and a player with potential in Davis Tull, if he can stay healthy.

Cam Jordan is the only “front seven” player the Saints have on the defensive roster at this time that would be a surefire “impact” player on any of the other 31 teams.

In the NFL it is all about having a signature player at the quarterback spot and defensive people who can put the opposing quarterback on his back and influence a throw.

Right now, the Saints have just one part of that winning combination. Expect to be in shootout games each week without that constant edge pressure.


Stopping the Run

In any level of football you better stop the run first or teams will just keeping pounding away at you. It doesn’t matter when you get the yardage you have to be able to slam the rushing door shut when needed.

For all the talk of a lack of a pass rush and it certainly was not there, what it masked was the fact that the Saints gave up a whopping 4.9 yards per rush to opposing running backs.

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