Position Preview: New Orleans Saints Training Camp

On August 5th, I will be traveling to West Virginia to watch the New Orleans Saints at training camp as they gear up for the regular season. Specifically, I will be watching the defensive line and special teams to see how the proven veterans are holding up, what players seem to be hitting their prime, and which rookies and undrafted free agents (UDFA) seem to stand out. Both units...
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1 day ago  |  Discuss

The Saints pass rush could see a mad dash in 2015

If you had to sum off this off-season in one word, you might use the word “shift.” The 2014 New Orleans Saints came into the season with high expectations. They were a popular pick to go to the Super Bowl by fans and pundits alike. They went into the off-season with momentum, coming off a bounce back year. Returning from his year long suspension, Sean Payton brought back consistency...
Via The Saints Nation
May 18, 2015  |  Discuss

Should the New Orleans Saints go after Arik Armstead at No. 13?

Don’t look now, but there may be another leader in the clubhouse for the New Orleans Saints with the No. 13 pick in next week’s NFL Draft. Brace yourselves, Saints fans, there will be a lot of those words spoken in the next 12 days. Figure that prognosticators and analysts will change picks more than they change their underwear. This time, while a pass rusher is expected to be...
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April 21, 2015  |  Discuss

Brian’s 3 round mock Draft

At this point I have covered pretty much every candidate that I think is likely and/or relevant for the Saints at 31. Before I attempt to look at some of the guys we might go at from the 31st pick through the second round (beyond that I’m not even going to attempt it) I figured I would share a couple of my own mock drafts.  I got the idea after taking a look at Andrew’s first...
Via The Saints Nation
March 24, 2015  |  Discuss

4 players to tour Middle East with USO

Browns center Alex Mack and Saints defensive tackle Akiem Hicks are among four NFL players who will visit U.S. troops in the Middle East. They will spend a week visiting military bases, part of an initiative between the league and the USO that began in 1966. Also traveling will be free agent Will Svitek and Brian Banks, who now works in the NFL's officiating department. Mack also...
Via AP on Fox
March 12, 2015  |  Discuss

Position Review: Defensive Line

Now at last we are getting to one of the three positions on the team that the Saints MUST address in the off-season in some shape or form if they want to even dream of winning the division…much less the Super Bowl.  The Saints Defensive Line took the biggest step back of any unit from 13′ to 14′. That’s right it fell further than the corners or the linebackers the two units...
Via The Saints Nation
January 30, 2015  |  Discuss

Saints promote WR Coleman and LB Franklin to active roster

Unlikely that either of these players will play on Sunday, but I’m sure they’re psyched to get the active roster promotion. #saints place Pierre Thomas and Akiem Hicks on injured reserve. They activate Jerry Franklin and Brandon Coleman from practice squad. — Ramon Antonio Vargas (@RVargasAdvocate) December 26, 2014
Via The Saints Nation
December 26, 2014  |  Discuss

Pierre Thomas and Akiem Hicks put on IR

IR sounds scary, but with one game left in the season… whatever. Pierre Thomas, Akiem Hicks placed on season-ending IR http://t.co/APVyYJnubG — New Orleans Saints (@Saints) December 26, 2014
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December 26, 2014  |  Discuss

Season over for Saints RB Thomas, DL Hicks

METAIRIE, La. (AP) The Saints have placed running back Pierre Thomas and defensive lineman Akiem Hicks on injured reserve, ending their season ahead of Sunday's finale at Tampa Bay. Thomas left New Orleans' game against Atlanta early last Sunday with an injury to his ribs. Hicks has been limited in practice prior to this week with an ankle injury. Thomas is third on the team with...
Via AP on Fox
December 26, 2014  |  Discuss

Saints Place RB Pierre Thomas & DL Akiem Hicks On Season-Ending I.R.

Saints HC Sean Payton announced that they are placing RB Pierre Thomas and DL Akiem Hicks on season-ending injured reserve Friday. New Orleans will add WR Brandon Coleman and LB Jerry Franklin to their active roster to fill the two open roster spots. Thomas, 30, is dealing with a rib injury, so the Saints will move forward with Mark Ingram, Khiry Robinson and Travaris Cadet as...
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December 26, 2014  |  Discuss

Five things to look for in Falcons at Saints

Well this is as big as it gets in terms of NFL regular season games. Depending on how things go with the Browns at Panthers game, the outcome of this game in New Orleans could either clinch the NFC South for the Saints or eliminate them from any possibility of the playoffs. This is not necessarily a playoff clinching win or a elimination loss, though. I know that’s redundant based...
Via The Saints Nation
December 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Saints Nation Bold Predictions – Falcons – Week 16

Ok, I was a bit negative last week. Saints are not weak, Saints are weird. The comment on borderline still stands. Andrew was so nice to “correct” that to bipolar in last weeks post, while in fact he is making a common mistake. Read this and know that bipolar is something that has to do with an illness while borderline has to do with a personality disorder. I think it is a personality...
Via The Saints Nation
December 20, 2014  |  Discuss

WATCH: New Orleans Saints DT Akiem Hicks Sacks Jay Cutler With One Arm and Celebrates

Playing with a sizable lead is every defensive lineman's dream. That means you can count on the opposition passing the ball on almost every play so you can forget about defending the run and go all out for the quarterback. Saints defensive tackle Akiem Hicks did on this place and in the end notched the teams sixth sack of the game.So he did what every good big man should do and celebrated...
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December 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Self-Scouting the New Orleans Saints’ Front Seven

The first part of moving forward with an NFL team is finding where the problem areas are.  So I’m going to look at the Saints’ starters in the first 13 weeks of 2014 to see what’s gone right and wrong.  The first entry in this series is a breakdown of the Saints’ front seven defenders; defensive line and linebackers.  I’ll look at the defensive secondary (cornerbacks...
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December 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Saints Defensive and Special Teams Player Grades vs. Ravens

I have to say I’m surprised the Saints held the Ravens to 34 points (7 of those weren’t even the defense’s fault) given how bad they played. This defensive performance could’ve easily resulted in a 50 point yielding. It was that bad. The team’s ability to stop the run has gone from marginal to incapable. After what Jeremy Hill (27 carries for 152 yards) and Justin Forsett...
Via The Saints Nation
November 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Scouting report for week 10: 49ers

Carolina was the first time all year that I claimed the Saints were playing an inferior opponent and should win handily… and they did. They have only played two other teams in their league through 8 games (Det, GB) and through the next 5 weeks they will play 4. Of all of those teams, not one of them has as much hype, history, or emotional baggage attached to it as the upcoming...
Via The Saints Nation
November 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Solving the New Orleans Saints’ secrets to rushing the quarterback

Perspective is a great thing to practice. We’re at the halfway point of the NFL season and there’s no better time than now (during a ten-day break in games) for the New Orleans Saints to slow down and evaluate where they stand. They are coming off of back-to-back victories and have an average scoring margin (points scored minus given up) of 12.7 since their bye week, fifth-best...
Via cover32 - Saints
November 07, 2014  |  Discuss

49ers-Saints Preview

A 4-4 record means something considerably different in the NFC South than it does in the West. The New Orleans Saints and San Francisco 49ers meet Sunday at the Superdome sharing the .500 mark, though their disposition probably couldn't be more different. The Saints have won back-to-back games and seem to be in good shape with five of their second-half games coming at home, including...
Via AP on Fox
November 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Saints defense playing best football of the season

The Saints' win over the Carolina Panthers on the road Thursday did more than move the team into the division lead and prove that the Black and Gold can win away from the Superdome: it also marked the best game so far for what's been a floundering defensive unit. "I feel like we definitely came out that way," defensive end Akiem Hicks said. "We were firing on all cylinders. As a...
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October 31, 2014  |  Discuss

Saints defense playing best football of the season

The Saints' win over the Carolina Panthers on the road Thursday did more than move the team into the division lead and prove that the Black and Gold can win away from the Superdome: it also marked the best game so far for what's been a floundering defensive unit. "I feel like we definitely came out that way," defensive end Akiem Hicks said. "We were firing on all cylinders. As a...
Via Fox Sports Southwest
October 31, 2014  |  Discuss

Saints Nation Guru – Week 9 – Panthers

A quick writeup this time because I do not have much time, just as the Saints only have 4 days to prepare themselves. So the answers were: 3 is the number of Tackles Hakeem Nicks… Oh wait I am not Ralph, Akiem Hicks has, Brees was sacked twice, Lewis had 0 defended passes and Hell Yes White definitely was involved in a turnover! (I will make a similar question this week just so...
Via The Saints Nation
October 29, 2014  |  Discuss

After the bye part two: how we can fix our issues

After five games the flaws in this team are pretty apparent; the defense is awful, the o-line can’t pass protect, the receivers can’t get open or can’t catch, and our coach needs to go full on Benjamin Button Stat! Is all lost at this point? Nope. We play in a disaster of a division and it is still entirely possible for the Saints to emerge from the ashes of their failures...
Via The Saints Nation
October 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Saints-Falcons Capsule

NEW ORLEANS (12-6) at ATLANTA (4-12) Sunday, 1 p.m. ET, Fox OPENING LINE - Saints by 1 1/2 RECORD VS. SPREAD - Saints 9-7-2, Falcons 7-9-0 SERIES RECORD - Falcons lead 47-43 LAST MEETING - Saints beat Falcons 17-13, Nov. 21, 2013 AP PRO32 RANKING - Saints No. 5, Falcons No. 20 SAINTS OFFENSE - OVERALL (4), RUSH (25), PASS (2) SAINTS DEFENSE - OVERALL (4), RUSH (19), PASS (2) FALCONS...
Via AP on Fox
September 04, 2014  |  Discuss

NFL Notes: Cowboys, Eagles, Jaguars, Saints, & Texans

  Cowboys S Ahmad Dixon was fined $22,050 for striking a defenseless player in the head and neck area. (Brandon George) Eagles Eagles placed WR Arrelious Benn on season-ending injured reserve. (Aaron Wilson) Jaguars The Jaguars waived undrafted QB Stephen Morris, but are hoping to sign him to their practice squad if he clears waivers. (Pro Football Talk) Saints DE Akiem...
Via NFL Trade Rumors
August 29, 2014  |  Discuss

Saints eager to see what Jenkins can do in Year 2

WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. (AP) Saints coaches don't sound too concerned about all the offseason practices second-year nose tackle John Jenkins' missed while rehabilitating an injured muscle in his chest. When Jenkins finally made his way back to the practice field on a limited basis last week, he looked leaner and fresher than he has been since entering the NFL. Because he was...
Via AP on Fox
August 13, 2014  |  Discuss
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