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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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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
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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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What New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton said after practice Friday at Yulman Stadium Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On 08-29-2015 10:11 AM

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Opening statement: "Overall, there was a little bit of an emphasis on the Houston game and then we had some periods of offense versus defense. It is the first time, for me, being in this stadium and I think it is a great setup. It's a good feel, especially on a Friday night."

What did you think of the overall tone of practice?

"I thought it was good. We'll look at the film. It is always better when you are working the competitive periods. The parted periods seem to be more of a teaching period where you are working on looks that you're going to see (or) that you don't necessarily run, offensively and defensively. I thought overall that it was pretty good."

By Christopher Dabe / Times-Picayune

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A message from the New Orleans Saints Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On 08-29-2015 09:53 AM

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A message from the New Orleans Saints on the 10-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina..

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John DeShazier; Keenan Lewis looks close to his old self Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On 08-28-2015 11:00 AM

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Anyone who saw Keenan Lewis’ left knee after the San Francisco game last season, when it appeared to be swollen to the size of a cabbage ball, and saw him play significant snaps after injuring his knee and start the next week, knew that whatever injury had him sidelined this preseason, it wouldn’t have him there for long.

As distorted as was Lewis’ knee last year, and as diligent as it forced him to rehab, he started against Cincinnati and was the only member of the New Orleans Saints’ secondary to start every game in 2014.

So unless hospitalized and bound by handcuffs, there wasn’t much doubt that “West Bank” would be back on the field before training camp concluded. Sunday, he rejoined his teammates for practice at the Saints’ training facility and Tuesday, he looked to be close to his old self.

By John DeShazier / New Orleans Saints.Com

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Delvin Breaux ready to make Superdome debut Sunday for Saints Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On 08-28-2015 07:56 AM

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He spent a portion of his time during pregame behind the New Orleans Saints’ bench near the wall and railing, talking to ushers and fans. They wanted to know his name, vowed to him that they’d be cheering for him.

But once the preseason game against New England began last Saturday in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, Delvin Breaux might as well have been a little boy looking outside the window, stuck inside as he watched his neighborhood buddies run and play and yell with glee.

He wanted to go out and play, was convinced that nothing would happen to him, knew he’d be fine because he felt strong and fast and as ready as he ever had been. But his parents – in this case, led by Saints Coach Sean Payton – wouldn’t let him.

So Breaux, a New Orleans native and former McDonogh 35 High star who was sidelined by an injury he sustained in the Saints’ preseason opener in Baltimore, helped as best he could, and bided his time. And barring a setback, this week – Sunday, against the Houston Texans in the Superdome will be his time.

By John DeShazier / New Orleans Saints.Com

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Kasim Edebali adjusting to new linebacker role on New Orleans Saints Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On 08-28-2015 07:54 AM

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Kasim Edebali spent 2014 as the New Orleans Saints' backup Jack linebacker, which probably shouldn't be considered a linebacker at all.

This month he formally converted to strong-side linebacker, which means he's going to be doing more actual...line-backing.

Edebali, a second-year player from Boston College, said he's doing things he hasn't done much before in the NFL or college.

"Not that much. Most of the time I was really just a true pass-rusher," he said Friday. "But I feel like at this level, you've got to be able to adjust. I always say, I'll do whatever the team needs me to do. The team wants me to drop in coverage, I'll do that to the best of my ability."

By Evan Woodbery / Times-Picayune

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What New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton said after practice Thursday Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On 08-28-2015 07:31 AM

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Opening statement: "Situationally, we got to some more red zone work today. We had a "move the ball" period and then some end of game, two-minute situations."

As far as the practice tomorrow night at Tulane; how did that come about?

"I think like a year ago we went over to Mandeville High School and (General Manager) Mickey (Loomis) and I, earlier in the week, were just talking about (having an evening practice at) Tulane. With the (Yulman) stadium being new and not having been there, it certainly, on a Friday night, gives a lot of people an opportunity, that are otherwise maybe working, to (be able to) come see a practice. The weather's been fantastic here this week so we should have good weather. Logistically, it's pretty easy to get over there. Those guys have been practicing in our fieldhouse for the last three years so I told (Tulane Football Head Coach) C.J. (Curtis Johnson) we can borrow your field for just one night. Those guys were great in accommodating us. I think it'll be good."

By Christopher Dabe / Times-Picayune

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Drew Brees is No. 2 quarterback in Pro Football Focus rankings Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On 08-27-2015 01:25 PM

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Pro Football Focus is cranking out top 10 lists for each position unit in the NFL, and the news is encouraging for the New Orleans Saints.

Not only does the website rank Drew Brees as the second-best quarterback in the league, it also puts the Saints' running back corps at No. 8 overall.

On Brees, the website said that "rumors of his demise have been greatly exaggerated...He faces some challenges this season, with Jimmy Graham now on the Seattle Seahawks, but if his pass to Brandin Cooks on Saturday night was anything to go by, he's in for another fine season in 2015."

By Evan Woodbery / Times-Picayune

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New Orleans Saints' pass rush comes to life at Wednesday practice Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On 08-27-2015 01:23 PM

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Through all of the positivity from the first-team defense against New England last weekend, New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton snarled at the unit in his postgame press conference about the lack of pressure on either Tom Brady or Jimmy Garoppolo.

The defense heeded his message during Wednesday's practice session at the team's facility. The defensive front caused some havoc for Drew Brees and the offensive line with four-man rushes as well as a blitz here and there.

By Larry Holder / Times-Picayune

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What Saints coach Sean Payton said after Tuesday's practice Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On 08-26-2015 11:22 AM

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Opening Statement: "A couple transaction notes, we signed TE Chris Manhertz yesterday and waived TE Michael Egnew. Two players, DT Austin Brown and DT Lawrence Virgil were put on injured reserve.

(We) Probably (did) a little bit more third down work today, we will get some more redzone (work done) as the week progresses, but we have four pretty good days here. I thought obviously the weather cooperated and we got some good competitive team work. Any questions?"

By Amos Morale III / Times-Picayune

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So far, Saints' Max Unger has been 'a stud' on and off field Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On 08-26-2015 11:19 AM

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There are two situations this summer where center Max Unger has stood out most with his new team, the New Orleans Saints.

The first is the one-one-one pass-rush drills that take place every day in practice. They are actually designed to favor the defense, because the offensive linemen have to operate in open space without help from neighboring blockers or any type of blocking scheme. So it has been impressive to see the way Unger consistently stands up the bull-rushers coming at him -- which continued during joint practices with the New England Patriots last week.

The other came during receiver Brandin Cooks' dazzling 28-yard touchdown on a screen pass against the Baltimore Ravens in the Saints' preseason opener on Aug. 13. If you had eyes only on Cooks, then you missed the nimble 6-foot-5, 305-pound Unger shooting out ahead of the play and delivering a key block against a defensive back 15 yards downfield.

Individually, each of those skills is remarkable. Together, they’re rare.

By Mike Triplett / ESPN

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Saints' Brandin Cooks flashes brilliant potential, shows he's ready to be bona fide No.1 receiver Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On 08-25-2015 12:05 PM

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Brandin Cooks has been saddled with a heavy weight of expectation this offseason, by media and fans alike.

In the wake of trades that sent Jimmy Graham and Kenny Stills away, Cooks, coming off of a promising rookie year cut short by injury, has become the assumed heir to the role of the New Orleans Saints’ No. 1 receiver.

Two preseason games into his second season, Cooks has looked every bit the part of a bona fide No. 1 target. Working with Drew Brees for the first time Saturday night, Cooks caught four passes for 117 yards and a touchdown against the New England Patriots, showcasing the brilliant potential that has led to so many bold predictions.

By Joel A. Erickson / New Orleans Advocate

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A FEW MINUTES WITH: Akiem Hicks Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On 08-25-2015 11:49 AM

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Veteran Saints defensive end Akiem Hicks lost 20 pounds in the offseason, dropping to 325 pounds to improve his quickness. For the second time this camp, Hicks spoke at length about the weight loss Sunday, plus returning to the field after a minor injury last week.

Was it a game-time decision for you to play?

“We knew I was going to play all week. Just getting ready, warmed up and just getting back into this preseason, trying to move forward.”

Was (missing Thursday’s practice) precautionary?

“I wouldn’t even say precautionary. It was just taking care of what we’ve got to take care of on this end.”

By Joel A. Erickson / New Orleans Advocate

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New Orleans Saints' Drew Brees throws a sharper deep ball now than in 2014 Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On 08-25-2015 11:39 AM

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New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees said last week his oblique injury in 2014 impacted his throwing motion. So much, so that he spent part of the offseason refining his mechanics.

Chris Landry, a former NFL scout and now a consultant for several NFL and major college programs, said Brees has looked sharper during training camp and in his preseason debut Saturday than he did in 2014.

Here is more of what Landry said about Brees in our latest Scout's Take podcast:

By Larry Holder / Times-Picayune

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'Athlete' Mark Ingram excited to be getting more looks as pass-catcher Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On 08-25-2015 11:36 AM

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The New Orleans Saints' first offensive play in Saturday night's preseason game was a check-down pass to running back Mark Ingram that he turned into an 11-yard gain.

The very next play: A 29-yard pass to Ingram, who showed his wheels while sprinting out of the backfield and beating New England Patriots linebacker Jamie Collins down the right sideline.

I'm not quite ready to start referencing Ingram as a runner/receiver just yet. But based on what we've seen this summer, it's possib

By Mike Triplett / ESPN

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New Orleans Saints' receiver depth behind Brandin Cooks a concern Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On 08-24-2015 04:30 PM

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The New Orleans Saints have a clear No. 1 receiver in Brandin Cooks after his two touchdowns in two preseason games. Behind him, however, is a concern.

Chris Landry, a former NFL scout and now a consultant for several NFL and major college teams, said the position grouping is not as solid as it appeared before training camp.

Here is what Landry said in our latest Scout's Take podcast:

By Christopher Dabe / Times-Picayune

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Akiem Hicks: No injury worries, proud of 'physical' performance on Saturday Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On 08-24-2015 04:28 PM

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New Orleans Saints defensive lineman Akiem Hicks said there was never any doubt he would play in Saturday's second preseason game against the New England Patriots.

He missed a practice two days earlier and has also been out for four-day stretch earlier in the month.

"I couldn't even say it was precautionary," Hicks said Sunday after the Saints' first training camp practice at their headquarters in Metairie. "It was just taking care of what we had to take care of."

By Evan Woodbery / Times-Picayune

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2015 Preseason All-SEC Team -- Mike Detillier
Posted On 08-23-2015

Mike D’s 2015 Preseason All-SEC Team

By Mike Detillier

The SEC is loaded with great talent and there were some very tough decisions to make on who would make my first team All-SEC squad, but below are my selections.


Dak Prescott, Mississippi State

Prescott's arm, leadership and running skills have helped put Mississippi State football back on the college football map.


Leonard Fournette, LSU

Leonard Fournette is the most dominant offensive player in the SEC.

Nick Chubbs, Georgia

Chubbs is a hard-charging back with breakaway skills, outstanding field vision and one of the dominant players in college football.

Wide Recievers

Duke Williams, Auburn

Duke is not the most focused or the most detailed oriented, but his skillset is at the highest level as a receiver.

Laquon Treadwell, Ole Miss

Treadwell is coming back from a horrendous leg injury suffered late against Auburn, but he is a "playmaker" in both the short and deep areas of the field.

Tight End

Hunter Henry, Arkansas

Hunter Henry is one of the most underrated football players in America. Henry has excellent size, sure hands and a knack for finding the open areas in the secondary.

Offensive Tackles

Laremy Tunsil, Ole Miss

Tunsil, if healthy, is the best offensive lineman in the SEC, and arguably the college football world.

Cam Robinson, Alabama

Robinson has quickly developed into one of the elite offensive linemen in college football. He is a superstar talent.

Offensive Guards

Greg Pyke, Georgia

Pyke has great size, quick feet and when the Bulldogs need the tough conversion yards Chubbs and Company run behind Pyke.

Ethan Pocic, LSU

The second most valuable player on the Tiger team behind Fournette. Pocic can play guard, center and if he stays another season he will play left tackle for LSU.

Offensive Center

Evan Boehm, Missouri

Boehm is tough, smart, a leader and a very accomplished run blocker and pass protector.

All-Purpose Player

Preseason Reality -- Mike Detillier
Posted On 08-15-2015

Preseason Reality

By Mike Detillier

In many ways preseason football is the biggest mirage in pro sports, but there is some reality to preseason. What we saw Thursday night, when the New Orleans Saints first team defense went up against the first team offense of the Baltimore Ravens, the Ravens offense had their way with the Saints top defenders.

The 30-27 loss by the New Orleans Saints to the Ravens was no indication of the red flags that all of us saw in this contest. The (17-0) early jump-on by the Ravens was done methodically and it was helped some by injuries to cornerbacks Brandon Browner and Delvin Breaux and linebacker Dannell Ellerbe.

Other than an early pass rush by the only sure thing the Saints have in their front-seven in Cam Jordan, the Saints had less pressure on Joe Flacco than New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady had in the footballs in the first half against the Indianapolis Colts in the AFC Championship game.

I was impressed with the speed and football instincts in free agent defensive lineman Bobby Richardson, middle linebacker Stephone Anthony and outside linebacker Hau'oli Kikaha, but early on in the contest there was little to get excited about in the front seven.

Rookie cornerback Damian Swann from Georgia continues to impress with his ball skills and he looks like a "keeper" at a position where you have to keep strong numbers.

Other than the injuries and poor play upfront defensively, what really stood out was the fact that the Saints had 16 penalties in the game. That's right 16 penalties. The Ravens with the same practice time had 6. All this talk about first game nerves and don’t get overally excited about this element is horse-hockey.

This is a bit of a rerun of the preseason of 2014 when in two games the Saints drew the ire of head coach Sean Payton by committing more than a dozen penalties. You have spent weeks in practice sessions, the OTA workouts and a couple of weeks of training at the Greenbrier Resort and then 16 penalties?

That has to get the blood pressure of Payton higher than any other factor that happened Thursday night. While there are certainly "personnel" question marks along the front-seven defensively the discipline, or I should say football discipline, has to...
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