Saints Training Camp’s top 10 booms and busts

Every year Saints training camp comes with surprises, reassurances, disappointment and moments of terror. This one so far as been no exception. Below are my top 10 booms and busts so far with two weeks remaining in preseason: BUSTS: 10. Josh Hill It’s not that his camp has been awful but he was hurt for a while and he just hasn’t lived up to the Jimmy Graham replacement hype...
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7 days ago  |  Discuss

Saints' Cooks dominates early, Patriots rally for win

NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- Saints receiver Brandon Cooks looks ready to fulfill the promise he showed as a rookie last season before smashing his hand on a helmet. Cooks caught all four passes thrown his way for 117 yards, including a 45-yard touchdown from Drew Brees, and the New Orleans Saints raced to a 21-0 lead before the New England Patriots rallied for a 26-24 preseason victory Saturday...
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12 days ago  |  Discuss

Saints' Cooks dominates early, Patriots rally for win

NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- Saints receiver Brandon Cooks looks ready to fulfill the promise he showed as a rookie last season before smashing his hand on a helmet. Cooks caught all four passes thrown his way for 117 yards, including a 45-yard touchdown from Drew Brees, and the New Orleans Saints raced to a 21-0 lead before the New England Patriots rallied for a 26-24 preseason victory Saturday...
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12 days ago  |  Discuss

Mike Bobo: The human element behind the head coach

A head coach is an enigma. He has public persona and one players see behind the scenes, as well. Every player that BSN has interviewed during Colorado State Rams fall camp has told a long tale about their coach, Mike Bobo. They don’t speak about his impressive record with the Georgia Bulldogs, the players he helped produce or how hard it is adjusting to a new coach. CSU players...
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12 days ago  |  Discuss

5 Things to Look for When the Saints Face the Patriots

The New Orleans Saints are looking to improve on their first two weeks of the preseason in their second game against the New England Patriots. The Saints are back home in their traditional setting for training camp for the rest of the preseason. Now that the irons have been sharpened according to Sean Payton, we will see how sharp that "iron" is. Here are several things we are looking...
Via Pro Football Spot
13 days ago  |  Discuss

New Orleans Saints List Ben Watson as Top Tight End for Preseason Opener

New Orleans Saints tight end Benjamin Watson (82) runs the ball in a scrimmage game during the team’s NFL football training camp in White Sulphur Springs, W. Va., Friday, Aug. 7, 2015. (AP Photo/Chris Tilley) The New Orleans Saints have released their unofficial depth chart for the first preseason game on Thursday against the Baltimore Ravens with Ben Watson put at the top of...
Via The Sports Journal
24 days ago  |  Discuss

Greenbrier update from 8/8

Saturday was a day off so not a ton to report until later today at 4pm when the Saints return to practice. I did run into a number of players around grounds and was able to ask general questions, but there was nothing too notable. I will point out that John Jenkins looked to have his weight down which is a positive sign. He’s a very nice and approachable guy. I talked to new CB...
Via The Saints Nation
25 days ago  |  Discuss

Saints scrimmage indicates Watson, Colston still productive

WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. (AP) Tight end Ben Watson and receiver Marques Colston looked more like enduring playmakers running downhill than aging veterans in decline. As Drew Brees drove the Saints to the end zone on the opening series of the club's annual preseason scrimmage Friday, his six completions included two to Watson and two to Colston, capped by Colston's touchdown...
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27 days ago  |  Discuss

How will Ben Watson replace Jimmy Graham? 'Go out and make some plays'

Benjamin Watson won't be Jimmy Graham in 2015. Fortunately for the New Orleans Saints, he's not expected to fill the void left after the Graham trade by himself. As Mike Triplett of ESPN reports, though, Watson is ready and willing to do whatever is asked of him, even if it's just making some plays. “Somebody has to go out and make some plays.” Watson told ESPN. “Jimmy is a...
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27 days ago  |  Discuss

Is Josh Hill a deep sleeper pick?

The New Orleans Saints have huge shoes to fill at the tight end position. Jimmy Graham’s production can not be replicated. Only one man could do that, and it’s Rob Gronkowski. Alas, the Saints do not have a Graham or a Gronkowski. They do however have a Josh Hill, and he could very well be a deep sleeper at the tight end position. Essentially the third tight end behind...
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July 25, 2015  |  Discuss

New Orleans Saints: five keys to a successful 2015 season

The New Orleans Saints will enter 2015 with many fresh faces on both sides of the ball. They do not have as explosive of an offense as most are used to, but an improved defense and the steady presence of Drew Brees may still be enough to lead the Saints to the playoffs in the weak NFC South. The five keys below will make or break this Saints’ team in transition this season. 1...
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July 16, 2015  |  Discuss

Ranking the NFC South Positional Groups: Tight Ends

A good tight end can be a match up nightmare, especially is you have one who runs in the 4.6’s or 4.5’s, a speed most linebackers can’t match. Secondary players usually match for speed, but often have trouble matching the size and physicality. Once a bright spot in the division, the pickings are slim. #1 Carolina: With the departure of Jimmy Graham, Greg Olson is now the top...
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July 16, 2015  |  Discuss

5 Ascending Players: #5 Josh Hill

For this series I’ll be listing 5 players who are the upswing, with the caveat that the player is not a rookie and has spent at least a year with the team, so no Stephone Anthony or C.J. Spiller. #5: Josh Hill What he’s done so far: Hill will be entering his 3rd season and is being looked at as a potential break out player. After the Jimmy Graham trade, coach Payton gave unsolicited...
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June 26, 2015  |  Discuss

Drew Brees gives high praise to tight end Ben Watson

The New Orleans Saints may be without Jimmy Graham after trading him to the Seattle Seahawks this offseason, but that doesn't mean that Drew Brees isn't excited about the other playmakers on his team. When speaking in a recent interview with, Brees spoke specifically about tight end Ben Watson."Obviously, everybody wants to talk about the departure of Jimmy...
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June 26, 2015  |  Discuss

Drew Brees raves over tight end Ben Watson

One of the biggest topics of discussion over the past few months for the New Orleans Saints has been their tight end situation. After trading Jimmy Graham, one of the best tight ends in the league, to the Seattle Seahawks, the discussion started as to who would replace him as the starting tight end.  Great things have been said about both Josh Hill and Ben Watson, but neither have...
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June 24, 2015  |  Discuss

Ben Watson not changing approach with Saints

METAIRIE, La. (AP) Even with an opportunity at tight end, veteran Ben Watson has not changed his approach to summer practices with the New Orleans Saints. The Saints traded three-time Pro Bowler Jimmy Graham to Seattle in March, did not draft a tight end and have not signed a free agent to replace Graham through early June. That leaves Watson, who caught 20 passes in 2014 while...
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June 04, 2015  |  Discuss

MLS equivalent to English Championship, says Chicago Fire’s Shaun Maloney

Chicago Fire and Scotland international midfielder Shaun Maloney believes Major League Soccer is inferior to the leagues in the United Kingdom, but thinks MLS is equivalent to the brand of soccer played in the Championship. The former Celtic and Wigan player joined Chicago Fire for a £1 million fee in January, after rejecting a contract offer from Leicester City. Speaking to Sky...
Via World Soccer Talk
May 12, 2015  |  Discuss

Former NFL Tight End Asa Watson Making New Career On NASCAR Pit Crew

Former North Carolina State tight end Asa Watson had hoped to follow in his big brother's footsteps and become the next great NFL tight end. he had a pretty good mentor to help him on the journey in his brother, New Orleans Saints tight end Ben Watson (who made his name with the New England Patriots and also played for the Cleveland Browns).Things didn't quite work out for Asa in...
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April 25, 2015  |  Discuss

Top Belichick Draft Classes, 3: 2004

In 2004 the Patriots were coming off their second Super Bowl championship, and were looking to reload their roster. In the offseason they picked up one the best running backs in team history in Corey Dillon. In the draft they picked up some key members that would be essential members on the 2004 Super Bowl team, and beyond. Here are some of the more key members from the Patriots...
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April 15, 2015  |  Discuss

What are the New Orleans Saints' Plans at Tight End?

Since the beginning of the Sean Payton/Drew Brees era, the Saints have been a team that utilized the tight-end position extremely well; this has been a huge part of their offensive success. In 2014 the Saints tight ends were, like always, a huge part of the offense's scheme. So if New Orleans wants to keep this strategy heading into 2015, what changes need to made? Last season, the...
Via Pro Football Spot
February 27, 2015  |  Discuss

Saints Biggest Cut Candidates

The Saints are currently projected at roughly $23 million over the salary cap. Many of us know that’s just a technicality, though, and bonus, restructures and contract shifts will kick it to bring that number close to even. The Saints still need to re-sign their own players, sign free agents and draft picks, too. In order to do that they will need to create space. Brees restructuring...
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February 11, 2015  |  Discuss

Saints Position Review: Tight End

One of the positions at which the Saints are the most secure going into next season is the Tight End position.  It was a bit of an up and down season for the Saints simply because superstar all-world Tight End Jimmy Graham was dealing with an injury for the vast majority of the year. As he always does Jimmy fought through it, but it was obvious he just wasn’t the player we are...
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January 29, 2015  |  Discuss

Wigan fire sale sees Shaun Maloney and Ben Watson exit plus medical for Callum McManaman

With the news that Wigan midfielder Callum McManaman will have a medical tomorrow ahead of a move to West Bromwich Albion, the exodus from the 2013 FA Cup winning side has begun. In my weekly Good Buys/Bad Buys column, there are surprisingly no bad buys in the most recent transfer dealings, so here’s my review of the good signings made in the past 7 days:     Shaun Maloney,...
Via World Soccer Talk
January 26, 2015  |  Discuss

Saints Offensive Player Grades at Steelers

The offense put up 35 points on five touchdowns and they needed all of it as the Steelers’ total would end up being 32. This was quite possibly the unit’s best performance of the season, which is surprising when you consider how slow they started. If you look at all positions, quarterbacks, backs, receivers, tight ends, o-line… I thought it was a top to bottom fantastic performance...
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December 01, 2014  |  Discuss

Saints go on the road against all expectations and take out Steelers 35-32

The score make it look much closer than it really was, mostly thanks to horrific prevent defense and tackling down the stretch that allowed the Steelers to score 16 points in about 2 minutes, but the Saints went into Pittsburgh and completely outplayed the Steelers. I said the Saints would need a perfect performance by Brees to win this game and that is exactly what they got. Unbelievably...
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November 30, 2014  |  Discuss
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