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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
(All Times CDT)
Date Opponent Time
9/11 RAIDERS 12:00
9/18 @Giants 12:00
9/26 FALCONS 7:30
10/2 @Chargers 3.25
-- Bye --
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
Post Season
(All Times CDT)
Date Opponent Time
TBA TBA TBA
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2016 Saints Draft
Rd  Pick Player/Pos.
1 (12)  Sheldon Rankins DT
2 (47)  Michael Thomas WR
2 (61)  Von Bell FS
4 (120)  David Oneyemata DT
7 (237)  Daniel Lasco RB
2016 Rookie Free Agents Signings:
Jack Allen, OL, Michigan State
Joseph Cheek, OL, Texas A&M
Ken Crawley, DB, Colorado
Jared Dangerfield, WR, WKU
Trae Elston, DB, Ole Miss
De'Vante Harris, CB, Texas A&M
Marcus Henry, C, Boise State
Sione Houma, FB, Michigan
Dillon Lee, LB, Alabama
Tommylee Lewis, WR, N. Ill.
Ryker Matthews, OT, BYU
DJ Pettway, DL, Alabama
Jeff Schoettmer, S, UNC
Dominique Tovell, LB, UL-Laf.
Landon Turner, G, UNC
John Walker, DB, Colorado
Jordan Williams, WR, Ball St.
Avery Young, OL, Auburn
Jake Lampman WR Ferris St.
Jimmy Pruitt CB San Jose St.
2015 Saints Draft
Rd  Pick Player/Pos.
1 (12)  Andrus Peat OT
1 (31)  Stephone Anthony LB
2 (12)  Hau'Oli Kikaha LB
3 (11)  Garrett Grayson QB
4 (14)  P.J. Williams CB
5 (12)  Davis Tull LB
5 (18) Tyeler Davison DT
5 (31) Damian Swann CB
7 (13) Marcus Murphy RB
2015 Rookie Free Agents Signings: DL - Tavaris Barnes, Kaleb Eulls, Ashaad Mabry, Bobby Richardson, G - Doniel Gambrell, Cyril Lemon, WR - R.J. Harris, Malcolme Kennedy, OT- Sean Hickey, LB Marcus Pierce-Brewster, Stephon Sanders, TE - Harold Spears, Jack Tabb, LB Henry Coley, OL Antonio Johnson, K Zach Hocker and WR Kyle Prater.
2014 Saints Draft
Rd  Pick Player/Pos.
1 (20)  Brandin Cooks WR
2 (58)  Stan Jean-Baptiste CB
4 (126)  Kahri Fortt ILB
5 (167)  Vinnie Sunseri SS
5 (169)  Ronald Powell DE
6 (202)  Tavon Rooks OT

2014 UDFA SIGNINGS

2013 Saints Draft
Rd  Pick Player/Pos.
1 (15)  Kenny Vaccaro S
3 (75)  Terron Armstead T
3 (82)  John Jenkins DT
5 (144)  Kenny Stills WR
6 (183)  Rufus Johnson DE
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Former NFL coach Dennis Green dies at age 67 Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On Yesterday 12:15 PM


Full Story – Nola.Com


Dennis Green, who coached the Minnesota Vikings and Arizona Cardinals, over 13 NFL seasons, died Thursday night at the age of 67.

"Dennis passed away last night from complications of cardiac arrest," Green's family said in a statement. "His family was by his side and he fought hard."

Green was the second African-American head coach in the NFL's modern era; the Vikings hired Green three years after Art Shell became the Raiders' head coach, according to ESPN.

By Times-Picayune

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Travaris Cadet welcomes Saints' running back competition after year of adversity Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On 07-17-2016 02:16 PM


Full Story – NewOrleansAdvocate.Com


Travaris Cadet has been in this position before.

Primed for training camp, ready for a battle on a New Orleans Saints roster loaded with talented running backs. Every other back on the roster — Mark Ingram, Tim Hightower, C.J. Spiller, Marcus Murphy and Daniel Lasco — required a key investment from the Saints, whether it was a free-agent contract or a draft pick.

Cadet is far from deterred. Back in New Orleans after a trying year that forced him through false starts in New England and San Francisco, Cadet flashed his potential as a satellite back at the end of the season, only to land in one of the most heavily-contested spots on the team.

By Joel A. Erickson / New Orleans Advocate

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'Going for 2' not as clear cut as it seems, Sean Payton says on radio Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On 07-14-2016 08:56 AM


Full Story – Nola.Com


A conventional thought when the NFL moved the extra-point kicking distance back to 33 yards for the 2015 season was that teams would go for two more often.

In some ways, that proved true.

The 93 two-point tries in 2015, according to Pro Football Reference, were a stark increase from the 58 attempts in 2014. Clearly, the longer kicking distance made the chance to put two points on the scoreboard a tad more alluring.

Most analysts cite the Pittsburgh Steelers' league-high 11 two-point tries in 2015 as evidence for a potential shift in this area. Furthermore, seven of those attempts came in the first half of games, a time when only two such attempts were made league-wide in 2014.

By Christopher Dabe / Times-Picayune

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Thibodaux/Nicholls State Football “Hub” Posted By: Dan in Lafayette Posted On 07-07-2016 02:06 AM


Thibodaux/Nicholls State Football “Hub”

By Mike Detillier


For eight days Thibodaux, Louisiana and Nicholls State University have been the centerpiece for off-season football. The Offensive/Defensive Line Camp which is the largest in America had a record turnout of 522 young men from across the nation.

One day after the Offensive/Defensive Line Camp finished the Manning Passing Academy with 1,200 young men from across the world came rolling into town.

The economic impact in south Louisiana for both camps is estimated to be $4.5 million dollars.

But it also puts the spotlight on the community and the school.

Legendary defensive line coach Pete Jenkins, who has run the camp for over 30 years, was overwhelmed with the turnout.

“It’s amazing on Father’s Day weekend we had the largest turnout ever,” Jenkins said. “Year #1 we had 48 kids come to the camp and for a few years it hovered in the 400’s, but last year we broke the 500 mark for the first time and this year 522. For an old coach it does my heart good to see these young men working here.

Playing along the offensive line or defensive line is not something easy or natural to do. It has to be taught. I have to thank the coaches from around the country, area coaches and even a few players who turn up to help out. We had 17 kids from Maryland have a fundraiser in order to come to Thibodaux. The area has been great to welcome us and Nicholls State is like another home for me. In this 90-degree heat we are so fortunate to have Thibodaux Regional Medical Center and their athletic trainers work this camp so well. None better in my opinion. And Coach Don Rodrigue does a great job helping coordinate the camp. It’s been a great joy to be here over 30 years.”

Former Southeastern University (LA.) head coach and San Francisco 49ers regional scout Oscar Lofton heaped high praise on the ability to organize these two major camps and attract counselors that really work the camp.

“I can remember when Pete (Jenkins) first started up this camp and they didn’t have 50 kids out on the practice field, “Lofton said who worked the camp as a counselor. “It’s important you have people who put their name on these camps like Jenkins, Kevin Mawae is here, Henry Thomas, Ed Orgeron has been involved in this...
Conque… The Flame-Thrower Posted By: Dan in Lafayette Posted On 07-07-2016 01:53 AM


Conque… The Flame-Thrower

By Mike Detillier


Last week at the Manning Passing Academy on the campus of Nicholls State University a very familiar name was on hand to be one of the college quarterback counselors.

Zach Conque, the youngest son of former Nicholls State All-American linebacker and current Stephen F. Austin head coach Clint Conque, was impressive throwing the ball during last Thursday’s college quarterback workout day and throughout the weekend as a counselor.

Clint Conque was a standout linebacker at Catholic High School in Baton Rouge before having a stellar college career with the Colonels and he was inducted into the school’s Hall of Fame.

While Clint excelled on the defensive side of the ball at Nicholls State his youngest son Zach is making a name for himself at the quarterback position.

Zach’s passing skills caught the eye of former NFL quarterback and patriarch of the Manning family, Archie Manning.

“Eli and Peyton wanted Zach here and they did some recruiting to get him to help out and he not only looks the part physically, he’s a really big young man, but I was impressed with his set-up skills and accuracy with the receivers here,” Manning said. “Every year there are about a dozen teams looking to upgrade the quarterback spot in the NFL and Zach’s an impressive young arm out there.”

The 6-5, 240 pounder who was born in Monroe, Louisiana, was glad to be back in Louisiana to see folks connected to his parents and his dad’s former school.

“It’s been a great experience to come back here to Thibodaux where my dad played college football,” Conque said. “Thibodaux is like another home to me with so many personal connections to my Mom (Angele) and dad (Clint). It’s fantastic to help work with the campers and also spend some time with the Mannings and see just how they stress the fundamental part of the game and it’s about doing the right things all the time and not just some of the time. Playing the quarterback position is so much about timing with your receivers, being ready mentally, helping win games and being a great teammate. When you think about the fact that Peyton Manning won 70% of his games in the pros that is just astounding. That...
New Orleans Saints Announce Roster Moves Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On 07-06-2016 06:22 PM


Full Story – NewOrleansSaints.Com


The New Orleans Saints announced today that they have signed DE Darryl Tapp and waived tight end Jack Tabb. The announcements were made by Saints’ Executive Vice President/General Manager Mickey Loomis.

Tapp, 6-1, 270, is a 10-year NFL veteran who was originally selected by the Seattle Seahawks in the second round (53rd overall) of the 2006 NFL Draft out of Virginia Tech and participated in the Saints' minicamp on a tryout basis in June. He’s enjoyed stints with the Seattle Seahawks, the Philadelphia Eagles, Washington Redskins and Detroit Lions, for whom he played from 2014-15.

By New Orleans Saints.Com

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Staying healthy may lead Saints' Ingram to stardom Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On 07-05-2016 05:02 PM


Full Story – HoumaToday.Com


The only thing that stands between New Orleans Saints running back Mark Ingram and the Pro Bowl might be his health.

Ingram is no longer the young first-round pick who struggled to make the transition from Heisman Trophy to the pros; he spent 12 weeks among the NFL's leaders in yards from scrimmage last fall. By almost any measure, he'd pushed his way onto the list of the league's most productive backs.

Then his old adversary reared his ugly head again. With four games left in the season, Ingram tore the rotator cuff in his shoulder, underwent surgery and landed on injured reserve.

By Joel A. Erickson- The Advocate / Houma Today

Full Story – HoumaToday.Com
Saints offseason report: Drew Brees and Co. should improve if defense stabilizes Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On 07-05-2016 04:59 PM


Full Story –USAToday.Com


As training camp approaches, a major piece of unfinished business continues to linger over the New Orleans Saints' offseason.

Quarterback Drew Brees is entering the final year of his contract, but he and the team have yet to agree to a new deal.

"Do I want to sign an extension? Yes, I do," said Brees, whose salary cap hit for 2016 is $30 million. "Do the Saints feel that way? Yes. Do the fans feel that way? Yes. So we all agree on that."

By Michael Stern / USA Today

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Saints look like geniuses for trading Jimmy Graham Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On 07-01-2016 01:57 PM


Full Story – Yahoo.Com


The New Orleans Saints missed the playoffs in their first season since trading Jimmy Graham. The Seattle Seahawks made the playoffs when they acquired him, even though he was injured in Week 12 and missed the rest of 2015.

But the Saints still won this trade. In 2014, they signed Graham to a four-year extension worth $40 million. He followed it up with a disappointing season in New Orleans, posting 85 receptions for just 889 yards and 10 touchdowns. Getting offensive lineman Max Unger and a first-round pick (Stephone Anthony,) worked out in year one.

Getting rid of Graham’s contract while acquiring two key pieces isn’t the only reason the Saints were geniuses for moving him. Just look at how their offense was without him: Drew Brees led all quarterbacks in passing yards. The Saints scored 25.5 points per game in 2015 (with Brees missing one game,) after scoring 25.1 in 2014.

By Alex Hoegler / Yahoo.Com

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Drew Brees confident Saints’ young receivers will play beyond years Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On 06-30-2016 12:24 PM


Full Story – NewOrleansAdvocate.Com


The old man in the New Orleans Saints’ receiver room is anything but. Brandin Cooks is still only 22 years old, a third-year receiver on the cusp of stardom.

But the 137 catches he’s made in the first two years of his career make Cooks the obvious bell cow of a Saints receiver group that has only one receiver older than the age of 24, and that’s veteran Vincent Brown, a 27-year-old who will have to fight hard for a roster spot in training camp. The top four receivers in New Orleans are Cooks, Willie Snead (23), Brandon Coleman (24) and newly minted draft pick Michael Thomas (23).

“I’ll continue to be who I am, continue to work hard and be a natural-born leader,” Cooks said. “I’m young, but it’s kind of funny, because in a sense, I have the most experience on the team.”

By Joel A. Erickson / New Orleans Advocate

Full Story – NewOrleansAdvocate.Com
New Saints weapon Coby Fleener’s a self-proclaimed ‘nerd’ with an eye on the tech industry Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On 06-29-2016 01:58 PM


Full Story – NewOrleansAdvocate.Com


Nerds are no longer a stereotype, not in an age when comic-book movies dominate the box office and high-profile tech companies buy and sell each other for billions of dollars, all while racing to create the next gadget that will find its way into half the hands in the country.

Some stand 6-foot-6, weigh 251 pounds and have the kind of explosive athleticism capable of ripping off 40 yards in 4.51 seconds, blurring the line between jock and nerd into the Saints’ prize offensive acquisition in free agency this offseason.

Coby Fleener freely admits where he stands.

“I happily call myself a nerd,” Fleener said.

By Joel A. Erickson / New Orleans Advocate

Full Story – NewOrleansAdvocate.Com
Kasim Edebali has quietly become a potential answer at edge rusher for Saints defensive line Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On 06-26-2016 01:43 PM


‘Freakish’ German has ability to complement Saints Pro Bowler Jordan at other DE


Full Story – NewOrleansAdvocate.Com


The New Orleans Saints have been quietly confident in their stable of young edge rushers all offseason, leaving the spot untouched in both the draft and free agency, even after second-year starter Hau’oli Kikaha went down with a torn ACL during organized team activities.

Two of their options at the position remain largely unproven. Obum Gwacham and Davis Tull both possess freakish athletic capabilities, but the pair also have only 97 total NFL snaps between them, leaving their potential contribution more projection than production at this point.

Then there’s Kasim Edebali, the former undrafted defensive end from Boston College who has become a key staple of the Saints defensive line without much fanfare. Edebali finished second on the team with five sacks last season in just 361 defensive snaps, and heading into his third year, the Saints say he’s only getting better.

By Joel A. Erickson / New Orleans Advocate

Full Story – NewOrleansAdvocate.Com
Second-year Saints cornerback Damian Swann believes he’s put concussion problems behind him Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On 06-26-2016 01:40 PM


Full Story – NewOrleansAdvocate.Com


A lot of people have ideas about what’s best for Damian Swann.

Their ideas are rooted in good intentions. The Saints’ second-year cornerback saw his rookie season cut short by three concussions suffered in a span of nine weeks, a streak of injury that has left some wondering if the long-term implications of concussions could force Swann to think about taking off his helmet for good.

Swann gets it.

“A lot of people just want to see me healthy,” Swann said. “A lot of people want to see me do things and be OK beyond football. Everybody has their concerns, everybody has their worries, but at the end of the day, the decision is going to be pretty much my own.”

By Joel A. Erickson / New Orleans Advocate

Full Story – NewOrleansAdvocate.Com
Prized 'recruit' Dan Campbell makes presence felt as Saints assistant Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On 06-24-2016 04:05 PM


Full Story –ESPN.Com


Sean Payton didn’t exactly interview Dan Campbell for the roles of New Orleans Saints assistant head coach and tight ends coach.

“In his case, it was a little bit of a recruitment,” Payton said.

Campbell was in high demand after he raised his profile last year by serving as the Miami Dolphins' interim head coach. The Dallas Cowboys and Minnesota Vikings were also among teams reportedly interested in hiring the fiery assistant.

Fortunately for the Saints, Payton had a recruiting edge because as had coached Campbell for a total of eight years when he was a tight end with the New York Giants, Cowboys and briefly with the Saints.

By Mike Triplett / ESPN

Full Story –ESPN.Com
Saints Announce Roster Moves Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On 06-24-2016 03:59 PM


Full Story – NewOrleansSaints.Com


The New Orleans Saints announced today that they have placed CB Kyle Wilson on the reserve/injured list and have signed DT C.J. Wilson. The announcements were made by Saints’ Executive Vice President/General Manager Mickey Loomis.

Wilson, 6-3, 290, comes to New Orleans after splitting the 2015 season between the Oakland Raiders and Detroit Lions. He opened the year appearing in four games with one start for the Raiders and recorded five tackles (two solo). In eight games for Detroit, he posted eight tackles (six solo) and one sack.

By New Orleans Saints.Com

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The Greenbrier, site of New Orleans Saints training camp, experiencing heavy flooding Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On 06-24-2016 03:56 PM


Full Story – Nola.Com


The Greenbrier Resort in White Sulphur Springs, W. Va is currently experiencing heavy flooding due to extreme rain in Greenbrier County.

The New Orleans Saints have held training camp at the resort for the last two seasons and are expected to fly to West Virginia on July 26 for a third year of training camp in the area.

There is no word on how the Saints facilities at the Greenbrier have fared during the flooding.

By Katherine Terrell / Times-Picayune

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Thibodaux/Nicholls State Football “Hub”
Posted On 07-07-2016


Thibodaux/Nicholls State Football “Hub”

By Mike Detillier


For eight days Thibodaux, Louisiana and Nicholls State University have been the centerpiece for off-season football. The Offensive/Defensive Line Camp which is the largest in America had a record turnout of 522 young men from across the nation.

One day after the Offensive/Defensive Line Camp finished the Manning Passing Academy with 1,200 young men from across the world came rolling into town.

The economic impact in south Louisiana for both camps is estimated to be $4.5 million dollars.

But it also puts the spotlight on the community and the school.

Legendary defensive line coach Pete Jenkins, who has run the camp for over 30 years, was overwhelmed with the turnout.

“It’s amazing on Father’s Day weekend we had the largest turnout ever,” Jenkins said. “Year #1 we had 48 kids come to the camp and for a few years it hovered in the 400’s, but last year we broke the 500 mark for the first time and this year 522. For an old coach it does my heart good to see these young men working here.

Playing along the offensive line or defensive line is not something easy or natural to do. It has to be taught. I have to thank the coaches from around the country, area coaches and even a few players who turn up to help out. We had 17 kids from Maryland have a fundraiser in order to come to Thibodaux. The area has been great to welcome us and Nicholls State is like another home for me. In this 90-degree heat we are so fortunate to have Thibodaux Regional Medical Center and their athletic trainers work this camp so well. None better in my opinion. And Coach Don Rodrigue does a great job helping coordinate the camp. It’s been a great joy to be here over 30 years.”

Former Southeastern University (LA.) head coach and San Francisco 49ers regional scout Oscar Lofton heaped high praise on the ability to organize these two major camps and attract counselors that really work the camp.

“I can remember when Pete (Jenkins) first started up this camp and they didn’t have 50 kids out on the practice field, “Lofton said who worked the camp as a counselor. “It’s important you have people who put their name on these camps like Jenkins, Kevin Mawae is here, Henry Thomas, Ed Orgeron has been involved in this...
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Conque… The Flame-Thrower
Posted On 07-07-2016


Conque… The Flame-Thrower

By Mike Detillier


Last week at the Manning Passing Academy on the campus of Nicholls State University a very familiar name was on hand to be one of the college quarterback counselors.

Zach Conque, the youngest son of former Nicholls State All-American linebacker and current Stephen F. Austin head coach Clint Conque, was impressive throwing the ball during last Thursday’s college quarterback workout day and throughout the weekend as a counselor.

Clint Conque was a standout linebacker at Catholic High School in Baton Rouge before having a stellar college career with the Colonels and he was inducted into the school’s Hall of Fame.

While Clint excelled on the defensive side of the ball at Nicholls State his youngest son Zach is making a name for himself at the quarterback position.

Zach’s passing skills caught the eye of former NFL quarterback and patriarch of the Manning family, Archie Manning.

“Eli and Peyton wanted Zach here and they did some recruiting to get him to help out and he not only looks the part physically, he’s a really big young man, but I was impressed with his set-up skills and accuracy with the receivers here,” Manning said. “Every year there are about a dozen teams looking to upgrade the quarterback spot in the NFL and Zach’s an impressive young arm out there.”

The 6-5, 240 pounder who was born in Monroe, Louisiana, was glad to be back in Louisiana to see folks connected to his parents and his dad’s former school.

“It’s been a great experience to come back here to Thibodaux where my dad played college football,” Conque said. “Thibodaux is like another home to me with so many personal connections to my Mom (Angele) and dad (Clint). It’s fantastic to help work with the campers and also spend some time with the Mannings and see just how they stress the fundamental part of the game and it’s about doing the right things all the time and not just some of the time. Playing the quarterback position is so much about timing with your receivers, being ready mentally, helping win games and being a great teammate. When you think about the fact that Peyton Manning won 70% of his games in the pros that is just astounding. That...
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