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New Orleans Saints
Since Sean Payton returned from his bounty ban in January, the Saints have steered clear of scandal or contract holdouts in a blissfully uneventful offseason. With the focus back on football, optimism abounds in the Big Easy.
''Here we are, really for the first time in four years, where you feel like this is a normal offseason,'' quarterback Drew Brees said recently. ''You come to work every day with no distractions other than just focusing on football and getting better.''
The 2010 offseason was unusual in that the Saints were defending champs. In 2011, there was a lockout. Then 2012 was overshadowed by the NFL's probe of the Saints' cash-for-hits bounty system, which resulted in suspensions, fines and lost draft picks. Further complicating matters was Brees' contract holdout, which ended a couple weeks before 2012 training camp.
Brees still passed for 5,177 yards last season while leading a unit ranked second in yards per game, but su...
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Who is playing left tackle? Though the New Orleans Saints defense was bad last season, the biggest and most important question comes on offense. No matter what improvement the defense sees, it will be all for naught if Drew Brees is on his back. As of now, it has become a three horse race between Charles Brown, free agent signee Jason Smith, and rookie 3rd rounder Terron Armstead...
The New Orleans Saints have placed safety Roman Harper, cornerback Patrick Robinson, and linebacker Victor Butler on the PUP list.
The #Saints have placed LB Victor Butler, S Roman Harper, and CB Patrick Robinson on PUP list, I'm told.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) July 23, 2013
The Saints can activate Harper, Butler and Robinson at any time during camp.
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When New Orleans Saints linebacker Curtis Lofton says the defense has something to prove, he’s not kidding.
After a historically bad 2012 season, new defensive coordinator Rob Ryan was hired to fix the problems that made the unit the worst in the NFL.
Lofton is penciled in to be an inside linebacker in Ryan's 3-4 scheme, but says he's has been working at outside linebacker...
New Orleans Saints Executive Vice President/General Manager Mickey Loomis is looking forward to 2013 after a really tough season last year.
Head coach Sean Payton returns and some neccessary changes have been made. Now it's time to forget all about the dismal showing in 2012 and show the league that the Saints still have a solid team and will find success again.
The Saints' defense is shouldering a lot of expectations: when training camp opens later this week, all eyes will be on Rob Ryan's fledgling Black and Gold version of the 3-4 scheme.
"When you start from the gutter, the only thing you can do is come up. They were in the gutter last year! They were pretty horrendous. They have nowhere to go but up," says former...
The New Orleans Saints have placed linebacker Victor Butler, safety Roman Harper and cornerback Patrick Robinson on the physically unable to perform list, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL.com.
Rapoport indicated that it's not surprising to see Butler hit the PUP list. He suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in June, and there's a chance he could miss the entire...
The most uncertain and unsettling position on the Saints' roster is linebacker. We're not entirely sure who the starters are, how the players will be used, and which guys will have prominent roles in this new defense. What we do know is there will probably be a decent amount of mixing and matching, with heavy rotation. The uncertainty is exciting, though, because with a new...
New Season, New Podcast! Now with better sound and Kick @#$ Open! Andrew Juge of the Saints Nation joins Ralph to preview training camp and wonders if they got Sean Payton drunk what would he say is the biggest worry heading into 2013. They also try to figure out what are the keys to the Saints offense returning to 2011 form. Andrew breaks down the running game struggles and...
If this secondary is going to show any improvement whatsoever, then the sacred cow of the offseason, Keenan Lewis, will have to live up to the investment. Last year was a dreadful performance from top to bottom beyond words. Besides Lewis and some back end additions at safety, the Saints really haven't done much to solidify the cornerback position in the offseason. Depth is still...
As training camp opens today, I'm excited to blog about what I view as the deepest and most intriguing tandem position on the roster. The Saints have a lot of veteran and young talent that all deserve to make this team. Traditionally the team has kept four or maybe five safeties. This year, I really think six should be kept. I'm surprised at the team's desire to stockpile...
A happy 22nd birthday to Saints rookie left tackle Terron Armstead - who says he's going after the job of protecting Drew Brees' blind side at full speed when training camp opens Thursday.
It's a tough task for a rookie - even though Armstead believes he's mature enough to step up.
In honor of his birthday - Armstead tweeted (@optimusprime_72) "The birth of...