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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
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11/27 RAMS 12:00
12/4 LIONS 12:00
12/11 @Bucs 3:25
12/18 @Cards 3:05
12/24 BUCS 12:00
1/1 @Atlanta 3:25
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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.
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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


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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New Orleans Saints: Inadequate Synergy Posted By: Andrus Posted On 01-16-2017 04:09 PM

By Dean Mullen/FanSided via Who Dat Dish

Watching the 2017 playoffs reminds all of Who Dat Nation what’s missing. It’s the simple lack of any evidence of synergy.

So what is synergy?

Synergy is the creation of a whole that is greater than the sum of its parts- Ray French, Charlotte, Rayner, Gary Rees, Sally Rumbles- Organizational Behavior (2008)

In other words, there is no “I” in team. There is something to say about the teams left in the playoffs as of Sunday night. Each one has its own specialty and character. There are teams that been there before, and some newer teams that have one similar character. That is synergy.

To demonstrate an example, this example may help to make it clearer. Synergy in sports teams is:

“Synergy is the sum of the team being more than the total sum of its individual parts and the unique situation where the best individual performance on the team, does not outperform the team’s performance”

So how does this relate to the NFL and the New Orleans Saints? It’s quite simple. Bo Hanson provides insight in a little more depth in that article that was linked above. For the Saints though, in order to reach their maximize potential, the team must play as one. Not one quarterback and one receiver or a kicker and a long snapper.

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Chiefs might have borrowed a play from the Saints to set up a touchdown against the Steelers Posted By: Andrus Posted On 01-16-2017 04:06 PM

By Nick Underhill

The New Orleans Saints have assembled a devastating cast of weapons for Drew Brees, arguably the best collection of weapons he's ever had.

At running back, Mark Ingram and Tim Hightower combined for 1,591 yards – 1,043 for Ingram, Hightower for 548 – the most for any Saints duo since Deuce McAllister and Reggie Bush ran for 1,622 in 2006, Sean Payton's first year.

Three wide receivers – Michael Thomas, Brandin Cooks and Willie Snead – all caught more than 70 passes for the first time in franchise history, and they flirted with becoming only the fifth group in NFL history to have three receivers with more than 1,000 yards.

With all of those weapons, and an impressive performance from an offensive line that was much-maligned entering the season, the Saints' offensive numbers were almost all higher than they have been in the past four years.

Normally, that puts a team in the playoffs, but New Orleans took a slight step back in one key statistic: turnovers, specifically interceptions. As good as Drew Brees was, his interceptions came in bunches: three apiece in key games against Detroit and Tampa Bay, two early against Denver.

Full Story - The Advocate
Statistically Speaking: Nearly all of Saints' offensive numbers better, with one key exception Posted By: Andrus Posted On 01-16-2017 04:03 PM

By Joel A. Erickson

The New Orleans Saints have assembled a devastating cast of weapons for Drew Brees, arguably the best collection of weapons he's ever had.

At running back, Mark Ingram and Tim Hightower combined for 1,591 yards – 1,043 for Ingram, Hightower for 548 – the most for any Saints duo since Deuce McAllister and Reggie Bush ran for 1,622 in 2006, Sean Payton's first year.

Three wide receivers – Michael Thomas, Brandin Cooks and Willie Snead – all caught more than 70 passes for the first time in franchise history, and they flirted with becoming only the fifth group in NFL history to have three receivers with more than 1,000 yards.

With all of those weapons, and an impressive performance from an offensive line that was much-maligned entering the season, the Saints' offensive numbers were almost all higher than they have been in the past four years.

Normally, that puts a team in the playoffs, but New Orleans took a slight step back in one key statistic: turnovers, specifically interceptions. As good as Drew Brees was, his interceptions came in bunches: three apiece in key games against Detroit and Tampa Bay, two early against Denver.

Full Story - The Advocate
Saints position evaluation: Three-safety package a defensive foundation in 2016 Posted By: Andrus Posted On 01-16-2017 04:02 PM

By Herbie Teope, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune

Depth and versatility allowed the New Orleans Saints to utilize a three-safety personnel grouping on defense throughout the 2016 regular season.

2016 FINAL ROSTER: Jairus Byrd, Vonn Bell, Roman Harper, Shiloh Keo, Chris Banjo, Robenson Therezie
INJURED RESERVE: Erik Harris (knee)
2017 FREE AGENTS: Roman Harper, Shiloh Keo, Chris Banjo


Citing a desire to have the best players on the field, the Saints coaching staff found a solution to the early-season shuffling at the linebacker position and an injury-riddled cornerback corps by rolling with a three-safety package outside of the 4-3 base defense.

Kenny Vaccaro, Jairus Byrd, rookie Vonn Bell and Roman Harper provided versatility for the Saints to start 12 games with three safeties on the field in lieu of the strong side linebacker or a third cornerback.

The emergence of Bell, in particular, justified the Saints' comfort level in the safety package.

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New Orleans Saints 2016 season recap: Michael Thomas Posted By: Andrus Posted On 01-15-2017 03:09 PM

By John DeShazier | Senior Writer - NewOrleansSaints.com

First he brought the talk, by virtue of owning a Twitter handle (@cantguardMike) that welcomed a bull's-eye.

Then he brought the walk, producing highlight catch after highlight catch in training camp while announcing – without actually having to say the words – that he would be a force. Immediately.

Rookie Michael Thomas never slowed down this season while submitting the most productive year ever by a New Orleans Saints rookie receiver. He led the team with a franchise rookie-record 92 catches, and also set rookie marks for receiving yards (1,137) and touchdowns (nine).

The characteristics and mental and physical skills that the Saints coveted when they made him a second-round draft pick (No. 47 overall) were on full display last season, as Thomas showed no fear while quickly acclimating to the NFL from Ohio State.

BEST GAME: Thomas possibly saved his best for last: The season finale against Atlanta. Needing 19 yards to become the Saints’ first 1,000-yard rookie since Marques Colston in 2006, Thomas tied his season high of 10 catches, for a career-high 156 yards and a touchdown. In two games against the Falcons he caught 17 passes for 227 yards and two scores...

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Roy’s Way-Too-Early 2017 Saints Mock Draft Posted By: Andrus Posted On 01-15-2017 03:06 PM

By Roy Anderson

It’s that time of year again, New Orleans Saints fans. In the lead-up to the real thing in late April you’ll see daily doses of mock draft after mock draft. We at WhoDatDish are no different and will be throwing these around like crazy over the next few months.

The New Orleans Saints have a decent core group of players heading into the 2017 Season. But there are several holes that need to be filled, either in free agency or in the NFL Draft. A pass rusher opposite Cameron Jordan, a cornerback, an offensive guard and a middle linebacker are what most analysts agree to be the primary needs in New Orleans.

Hopefully, the Saints will begin to meet those needs in free agency. We’ll write more about that in upcoming articles. But it will also be necessary to bring in an infusion of new talent from the college ranks to develop for the future. Even if they don’t start immediately.

The Black and Gold have a steady history of hits and misses from the draft during the Sean Payton era. But Sheldon Rankins and Michael Thomas appear to be bona fide and legit additions to the future of the franchise. We’ll hope that 2017 brings at least that number of success stories...

Full Story - WhoDatDish
New Orleans Saints 2016 season recap: Kenny Vaccaro Posted By: Andrus Posted On 01-15-2017 03:02 PM

By John DeShazier | Senior Writer - NewOrleansSaints.com

There will be an asterisk next to Kenny Vaccaro’s 2016 season, one in which the New Orleans Saints’ safety missed the final four games due to a violation of the league’s performance-enhancing drugs policy.

The suspension abbreviated a season that was shaping up to be one of Vaccaro’s most productive, in terms of his usage. Whether he was lining up in the box as a linebacker, deep as a safety or on the line as a rush end, the fourth-year player showed a level of versatility that he previously had exhibited, but hadn’t as often been on display since his rookie year. He finished with 68 tackles, two interceptions, five passes defensed, a sack, two forced fumbles and a fumble recovery.

As Vaccaro developed into more of a leader (his experience as a Saint now exceeds every member of the secondary), his ferocity hasn’t calmed and his knowledge of the defense has grown. Few are asked to fill all the roles he does; likely, few are capable of doing so.

The suspension was a setback; it didn’t lessen the Saints’ faith in Vaccaro, nor the belief that he will continue to be a play-maker in future seasons.

BEST GAME: Vaccaro had a handful of standout games in ’16, but none stood out more than the wreckage he caused against Denver in a 25-23 loss. He literally appeared to line up everywhere against the Broncos and finished with nine tackles (seven solo), a sack and an interception he returned for 30 yards...

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Grading the Saints’ Undrafted Rookies Posted By: Andrus Posted On 01-15-2017 02:57 PM

By Ty Anania

The New Orleans Saints have a history of finding gems in the UDFA pool. Whether that will hold true for 2016 remains to be seen.

From Lance Moore to Pierre Thomas to Chris Ivory and Junior Galette, the New Orleans Saints have consistently had success in the UDFA market. They’ve found players that have and will last years in the league. And that’s on top of the special teams contributors that they’ve added after the draft.

The team owes that success to Sean Payton’s doctrine on training camp and the offseason: it doesn’t matter how a player makes it to camp. All that matters is that they’re here, and competing. That’s what allowed standout players like Willie Snead to make the roster, and it’s what entices UDFAs to make their way to New Orleans.

When the team announced their UDFA crop in 2016, many outlets, including NFL.com, had it pegged as the best haul of the year. From a strong group of offensive lineman to some intriguing options at WR, the Saints seemed to have pulled together a promising group of guys...

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Saturday Evening Post: Behind the Benson, Privateers on the radar Posted By: Andrus Posted On 01-15-2017 02:55 PM

By Brian Allee-Walsh

NEW ORLEANS — I have made a New Year’s resolution, one I hope to keep in 2017. The operative word here is “hope.”

Beginning with today’s dispatch, I intend to pen a “Saturday Evening Post” on SportsNOLA.com, in addition to my usual random weekly offerings on this website. I already write a twice-weekly column (Wednesday and Sunday) for the Biloxi (MS.) Sun-Herald, so this just gives this grizzled ol’ sportswriter another deadline to meet.

Without further adieu, some notes, quotes and musings:

— Local business writer/journalist Kathy Finn has written an unauthorized biography of New Orleans Saints/Pelicans owner Tom Benson, entitled, “Tom Benson: A Billionaire’s Journey.” It details his pursuit of wealth, his ownership of our city’s NFL team and how said team made him extremely rich, New Orleans’ love/hate relationship with Benson and how his family relationships crumbled under the weight of his burgeoning sports empire.

What intrigues me most is this book was not written with Benson’s blessing.

“The publisher and I decided at the outset that it would be unauthorized, as I did not want to compromise the research in any way,” Finn told me. “I did, however, let Benson know early on that I was working on the book and repeatedly requested interviews or input from him, as well as his heirs. Not surprisingly, all declined (through their lawyers, etc.).”...

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Should Hau'oli Kikaha impact Saints' offseason plans, and other Twitter mailbag questions Posted By: Andrus Posted On 01-15-2017 02:51 PM

ByJosh Katzenstein, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune

With the New Orleans Saints failing to make the postseason, most fans are ready to turn the page to free agency and the draft.
Those two topics dominated this week's Twitter mailbag, but there were some unique questions in the bunch. Thanks to all who submitted questions.

Scott Vierck II @scovie

@jkatzenstein Josh, for the mailbag, how early should the Saints draft a CB given their depth issues? PJ Williams have any bearing on this?
11:52 AM - 12 Jan 2017

Just to get this out of the way: I'm a big proponent of drafting best player available. It's impossible to project injuries and other factors that might turn a strong position into a weak one, so teams should simply try to find the most talented players each draft.

Having said that, the Saints would be wise to look for a cornerback early in the draft, assuming there are talented options available when they're on the clock. I think defensive end is the biggest need, but cornerback is probably second. Delvin Breaux has had one good year, and everyone at the position -- except De'Vante Harris -- under contract for 2017 will be coming off injury...

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Texans' struggles at quarterback an example of why the Saints should be proactive in finding a successor Posted By: Andrus Posted On 01-15-2017 02:45 PM


The Houston Texans should have beaten the New England Patriots.

Don’t be fooled by the score. Yeah, the Pats covered in a 34-16 victory. But New England didn't play well -- at least not well enough to deserve to win a playoff game. You can be certain the Patriots felt fortunate to walk away with the win and realize they'll need to play much better to make the Super Bowl.

“It doesn’t feel great,” Patriots quarterback Tom Brady said. “We worked pretty hard to play a lot better than we played.”

There were probably a few times New England was worried about things falling apart. But it didn't have to worry for long because the Texans lacked the quarterback to take advantage of the Patriots' sloppiness and quality defensive performance by Houston. Brock Osweiler simply couldn't take advantage of his opportunities.

Houston's situation at quarterback is what can happen when you struggle to find or develop a player at the position. Despite showing some of the same issues with the Broncos last season, Osweiler was signed to a four-year, $72 million contract last offseason. He never visited Houston as a free agent. In fact, Texans coach Bill O’Brien told Peter King that his only interaction with the quarterback before signing him was a 10-second meeting during a 2014 joint practice.

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Nick Underhill's Saints review: How did New Orleans' plan to improve its interior rush work out? Posted By: Andrus Posted On 01-14-2017 01:50 AM

By Nick Underhill

The Saints had a clearly defined goal last winter.

The defense needed several improvements — and could still use some upgrading — but the team set its sights on significantly upgrading the interior rush. To do so, New Orleans took a chance on Nick Fairley, signing him to a one-year deal rich with incentives, and drafted defensive tackle Sheldon Rankins in the first round.

You could dismiss the moves' impact on the defense by citing traditional stats. New Orleans finished with 30 sacks in 2016 — one fewer than in 2015 and four fewer than it had in the year before that. In an NFL where sacks are king and fans ignore the process, the quick take from viewing those numbers might look like nothing changed or the situation even deteriorated.

But those figures do not tell the real story. New Orleans logged 106 quarterback hits this season after posting 64 in 2015. That means the team was around the quarterback more often, speeding up throws and inducing mistakes. Perhaps the most telling part of that equation: The defensive tackles accounted for 33 of the QB hits after having nine the year before.

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Saints' offseason checklist: Start with upgrading defense, end with finding Drew Brees' successor Posted By: Andrus Posted On 01-14-2017 01:48 AM

By Larry Holder, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune

This brief offseason for the New Orleans Saints hasn't been for the faint of heart. There has been no sugarcoating from the brass on Airline Drive since the team wrapped up its third consecutive 7-9 season.

Coaches already have been on the chopping block. Tough decisions on players will be next. How to allocate the team's money in free agency will follow. Sifting through prospects to strike it rich in the NFL Draft will occur along the way.

Filling five assistant coaching positions will be first on the team's offseason checklist. Maybe a lower assistant will be promoted to one of the openings, but I would anticipate many of the positions being filled from outside the building.

More than anything else this offseason, how the Saints improve their personnel -- particularly on defense -- will be the most scrutinized.

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New Orleans Saints safety Kenny Vaccaro blames suspension on 'dumb mistake': report Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On 01-12-2017 03:34 PM

Full Story – Nola.Com

Kenny Vaccaro said the suspension that caused him to miss the final four games of the New Orleans Saints' season was the result of "a dumb mistake," he told ESPN in a story posted Thursday.

The four-year veteran safety said he used prescription Adderall once for an energy boost during the Saints' bye week while in Texas to watch his younger brother, Kevin, play for the University of Texas against Oklahoma.

Adderall is banned by the NFL without a proper prescription, which Vaccaro said was not entirely clear to him.

By Christopher Dabe / Times-Picayune

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Defining moments of Saints' season: Knowing the opponent Posted By: Andrus Posted On 01-11-2017 11:44 PM

By Herbie Teope, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune

With a two-game winning streak, the New Orleans Saints were on a high entering the season finale against the Atlanta Falcons and had an opportunity to finish the season at 8-8.

Led by quarterback Matt Ryan, however, the Falcons made it look simple through the first two quarters by cruising to a 35-13 halftime lead.

Ryan had his way with the Saints defense, completing 17 of 19 passes for 235 yards and four touchdowns for a remarkable 157.8 rating in the first half.

It was almost too easy for Ryan, and the Saints defense quickly discovered why.

"There were times out there when Matt Ryan kind of called out what we were going to be in," cornerback Sterling Moore said in the locker room after the game. "But at the end of the day like I told the guys, I don't care if they know what we're in, be better than the guy in front of you."

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Saints position evaluation: Cornerbacks wrecked by injuries Posted By: Andrus Posted On 01-11-2017 11:42 PM

By Herbie Teope, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune

The New Orleans Saints experienced numerous changes at cornerback during the regular season, but made the most of the turmoil with a pair of early-season signings.

2016 FINAL ROSTER: Sterling Moore, B.W. Webb, De'Vante Harris, Taveze Calhoun

INJURED RESERVE: Delvin Breaux (shoulder), P.J. Williams (concussion), CB Damian Swann (undisclosed), Kyle Wilson (shoulder), Ken Crawley (knee)

2017 FREE AGENTS: Sterling Moore, B.W. Webb, Kyle Wilson


The Saints finished last in the league against the pass, allowing 273.8 yards per game, but any look back at the cornerback position the past season must start with injuries.

From training camp to the end of the regular season, no position on the roster experienced a personnel turnover such as seen among this group...

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Early Saints 2017 NFL draft -- Mike Detillier
Posted On 12-26-2016

Early Saints 2017 NFL draft

By Mike Detillier

I know it is very early, but I have been asked about it dozens of times over the past few weeks, so I will give you an early opinion on who I think the Saints may select in the 2017 NFL draft.

Like going through our yearly Sean Payton is going somewhere else next year, I have to go through an early mock draft and with the Saints picking anywhere from 8-15 in Round One I give it my yearly shot.

After going hard after Josh Norman once he was released by the Carolina Panthers, and the Saints trying to deal for Cleveland Browns cornerback Joe Haden at the trade deadline, I feel the Saints will go hard after a veteran cornerback in free agency and that leads to the team going after a pass rusher in Round One.

The perfect fit for the hybrid defensive end/outside linebacker in Round One is Alabama outside linebacker Tim Williams.

The 6-4, 250 pounder, who prepped at University Lab in Baton Rouge, selected Alabama over his hometown school of LSU during the recruiting process.

As a junior Williams racked up 10½ quarterback sacks and 12½ tackles for losses.

In 2016 Williams was a second team All-American by the Associated Press and Sports Illustrated and he was in on 27 tackles, a team-best 8½ quarterback sacks, 15½ tackles for losses and 12 quarterback hurries.

Williams would give the Saints the edge pass rush skills they have long sought after to compliment Cam Jordan and he would be a perfect fit for the team.

His closing speed to the football and his ability to run the field are at the highest level. He has bettered his overall strength and become a pretty good pass cover linebacker when asked as well.

Williams does have an off-the-field incident in which he was arrested for carrying a pistol without a permit, but if that incident is clear with a team, his pass rush skills can’t be denied and he has the skills to be a dominant edge rusher at the next level.

One NFL scout told me at the LSU-Alabama contest that Williams is the second best pure pass rusher in the draft class of 2017 only behind Texas A&M’s Myles Garrett.

In Round 2 the Saints must look to rebuild their offensive line with both Jahri Evans and Zach Strief both 33 years old.

In the 2nd round I have the Saints selecting University of Pittsburgh offensive guard Doran Johnson. The 6-4½, 312 pounder was one of the most highly recruited offensive linemen in the country coming out of high school, but he decided to stay in-state and play for the Panthers. He started three games as a true freshman and then became a 3-year starter at left guard for Pittsburgh.

In 2016 Johnson became the first Pittsburgh offensive lineman to be selected to a first-team All-American squad in 22 years. He did not surrender a single quarterback sack in 2016 and when the Panthers needed tough rushing yards they ran right behind Johnson. Some NFL draft boards will have Johnson as the best “pure” offensive guard available for the 2017 NFL draft.

Johnson’s strength is his ability to move his man at the point of attack on running plays and he is also a very good pass protector showing good adjustment skills.

In Round 3, I have the Saints going right back to aiding their offensive line and selecting Temple offensive tackle Dion Dawkins.

The 6-4¾, 325 pounder has started for Temple...
Hope Ellerbe is Healthy -- Mike Detillier
Posted On 10-02-2016

Hope Ellerbe is Healthy

By Mike Detillier

Right now the New Orleans Saints are in desperate need of play-makers on defense. Arguably two of their best defensive players in cornerback Delvin Breaux and defensive tackle Sheldon Rankins will not be back “active” for the team until mid-season or maybe even a little after that point due to injuries.

One good player for the Saints is outside linebacker Dannell Ellerbe. There is no questioning his talents, but right now the speedy outside linebacker just can’t stay healthy and he has not played a snap in the 2016 regular season.

That looks to be different today since the word is that Ellerbe looks like a “go” for the Saints and he is a difference-maker on defense.

Last season Ellerbe played in 6 games and started 4 and he was in on 39 tackles, he had 1 forced fumble and 1 pass deflection, but during training camp Ellerbe got nicked up again and he has seen no action for a defense that really needs his football field presence.

Since the start of the 2014 season Ellerbe has played in just 7 games in 35 possible games in the NFL. The Saints acquired Ellerbe and a third round pick from the Miami Dolphins in exchange for wide receiver Kenny Stills.

Saints coaches have praised the former Baltimore Ravens linebacker, but his absence due to injuries has created a huge hole at outside linebacker for the Saints.

A healthy Ellerbe will not cure all the defensive ills for the Saints, but he is a productive player, super instinctive to the football and the best cover linebacker the team has. If he does play watch what type impact Dannell Ellerbe makes for the Saints defense. Just hope and pray he can stay healthy.

Disturbing Saints stat

Last season the New Orleans Saints defense gave up a league-high 29.8 points per game. In the 3 games played in 2016 the Saints defense has given up an average of 32 points per game.

That is just not acceptable at any level of football and the Saints organization has spent a lot of money in free agency and used a number of high picks via the draft to cure this major ill, but there are still gaping holes on defense due to a lack of talent and serious injuries.

Injuries are not an excuse in the NFL. All teams have them, but that is what you do in the off-season. As an organization you try and project where a host of injuries could chip away at your football team. It’s not a question of if you will have injuries, but when you will have them.

That is where the dead-money issue has hit the Saints.

The Saints were players in free agency last spring and landed linebackers Nate Stupar, Craig Robertson and James Laurinitas, along with defensive tackle Nick Fairley and tight end Coby Fleener. But with $40 million dollars worth of dead money on the books owed to players no longer on the team, the Saints could not bulk up on defensive players or along the offensive line.

There has to be some sense of accountability on the movers and shakers in the Saints organization on why after three years of trying to build a defense you are still in need of a number of quality players on defense.

Davison, best Saints pick of 2015?

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