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Dennis Allen: Saints defense has been “fine-tuning all the little details”

Saints defensive coordinator Dennis Allen hasn’t had to do a lot of teaching this offseason. The team has only parted ways with two of their starters from their final game of last season and they’ve had many of those starters on hand for multiple seasons, which has allowed Allen time to focus on other matters [more]

Taysom Hill comes in at No. 36 on the Simms top 40 QB list

He’s third on his team’s depth chart, but he’s got much greater standing in the league at large. Saints quarterback Taysom Hill comes in at No. 36 on Chris Simms’ annual top 40 quarterback countdown. Many would argue that Hill should be much lower, given that he has limited experience at the position. Some would [more]

Saints add line depth with James Hurst

The Saints have added some offensive line depth, at least for the final 12 weeks of the season. Per a tweet from agent Jack Bechta, the Saints have agreed to a one-year deal with veteran blocker James Hurst. Hurst started 44 games over six seasons with the Ravens, at both guard and tackle. He was [more]

Bryan Cox reflecting on his continued unemployment

Longtime NFL linebacker and assistant coach Bryan Cox has been unemployed for four years. He’s still not quite sure why, but he said he’s trying to focus on making himself better in case he gets another chance to coach. The 52-year-old Cox told D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution he’s willing to own his [more]

Anthony Chickillo excited for new opportunity with Saints

It took over two months of free agency after his release from the Pittsburgh Steelers for Anthony Chickillo to find a new home with the New Orleans Saints. But even after playing the waiting game, Chickillo is pleased with his new destination with the Saints. “Couldn’t ask for a better organization, with a better head [more]

Saints put Noah Spence on non-football injury list

The talented pass rusher Noah Spence has experienced another setback. The Saints put Spence on the non-football injury list today, according to multiple reports. That means he will not count toward the Saints’ 90-player roster limit. Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports that Spence suffered a torn ACL while working out recently. Spence was a [more]

NFL failed miserably with pass interference replay, Troy Vincent says

For the first time in 2019, pass interference was reviewable on replay. That worked so poorly that in 2020, it won’t be. And NFL Executive Vice President of Football Operations Troy Vincent says the NFL needs to learn from its mistake. Vincent told Peter King for Football Morning in America that the league has to [more]

Sean Payton didn’t want to overwork his veteran roster this offseason

The Saints have built a talented roster, and it skews older. That’s not just at quarterback, where 41-year-old Drew Brees is back for another push, but across the board. And all that experience, coupled with the obvious restraints created by the coronavirus pandemic have led coach Sean Payton (who knows about the virus too well, [more]

Saints preparing for normal training camp until told otherwise

The Saints aren’t having a virtual offseason program in what is a different offseason for players on every team. But New Orleans is planning on a normal training camp. The Saints are scheduled to hold training camp at their team training facility in Metairie. “There’s been a lot of discussion, both internally and externally, about [more]

Tom Brady texted Sean Payton about Week 1 game: “You’re the favorites”

Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady and Saints coach Sean Payton have exchanged texts about their teams’ Week One meeting. Payton said in an Instagram chat with Kay Adams that he and Brady have engaged in some friendly banter since Brady joined the NFC South. “Yeah, Tampa Week 1, though,” Payton said, via NOLA.com. “We want to [more]

Anthony Chickillo signs one-year deal with Saints

The Saints added some linebacker and special teams depth. Via agent Drew Rosenhaus, the Saints have agreed to a one-year deal with linebacker Anthony Chickillo. Chickillo, a former sixth-round pick from Miami, spent the last five seasons with the Steelers. He had 7.5 sacks and started nine games for them during that time. The Steelers released [more]

Glazer: Taysom Hill will be “the guy” after Drew Brees

Saints quarterback Taysom Hill has become an oddly polarizing figure in NFL circles. Naysayers point to a limited track record at quarterback. Supporters rely on the impact he has whenever he enters a game. The biggest question regarding Hill relates to whether he’ll succeed Drew Brees as the starting quarterback in New Orleans. Naysayers say [more]

Saints hire Shone Gipson as head athletic trainer

The Saints have changed athletic trainers for the first time since 2000. The team has hired Shone Gipson to replace long-time head athletic trainer Scottie Patton, Luke Johnson of NOLA.com reports. Gipson started with the Saints this month, arriving with almost 20 years experience as an athletic trainer at the NFL level. He was the [more]

Michael Thomas vows to be “more than ready” for start of season

Michael Thomas is the odds-on favorite to repeat as the league leader in receiving yards. The Caesars Sportsbook lists the Saints receiver with +350 odds. It seems a safe bet. Thomas led the NFL with 1,725 yards receiving in 2019, the seventh-best single-season mark in NFL history, while setting a league record with 149 receptions. [more]

Saints looking for new naming-rights sponsor

The NFC South is about to be down to one stadium named after a German luxury car. According to a report from WDSU, the Saints’ naming-rights deal for the Superdome with Mercedes-Benz will end in 2021, and the manufacturer will not renew its sponsorship. The Saints and Mercedes-Benz agreed to a 10-year deal in 2011 [more]

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