Could defensive tackle be a position of emphasis for the New Orleans Saints?

It appears that the New Orleans Saints are going to be linked to any defensive talent expected to go in the middle or back half of the NFL Draft. Like Mike Triplett of, I am convinced the Saints will use one if not both of their picks on defense to help shore up a unit that finished 25th against the pass and 29th against the run. Those are the kinds of number that may have...
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April 14, 2015  |  Discuss

Saints' Bunkley restructures, Sanford agrees to 1-year deal

NEW ORLEANS (AP) The agents for Saints defensive tackle Brodrick Bunkley and safety Jamarca Sanford say the veterans have reached deals to return to New Orleans next season. Bunkley's agent, Williams Johnson, says his client agreed to lower his base salary by nearly $3 million from the $4.4 million he would have been due in 2015, giving the Saints more flexibility under the NFL...
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March 06, 2015  |  Discuss

Brodrick Bunkley takes pay cut to remain with Saints

The cap management continues. I thought Bunkley was a strong cut candidate, but kudos to him coming back at a pay cut for the second consecutive year. He’ll compete to start at NT on running downs.   #Saints also bringing back DT Brodrick Bunkley, per source. Not sure on the financial details — Mike Triplett (@MikeTriplett) March 6, 2015
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March 06, 2015  |  Discuss

Who are the most likely players to be taken at 13 by the Saints?

As you watch the combine, I thought I’d give you the 10 players most likely to be selected by the Saints at 13 right now, along with a write up. I firmly believe one of these ten guys will end up being in black and gold come mini camps. Here’s who we should all be paying closest attention to: 1. Dante Fowler Jr., DE/OLB, Florida His stock is rising by the minute but many mock...
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February 22, 2015  |  Discuss

2015 NFL Combine: Value of Athleticism Metrics And How We Should Use Them

With the NFL combine coming up for potential draftees, the inevitable debates on the relevance of the combine crop up, with arguments about who did well with what scores and why workout warriors like Mike Mamula or Yamon Figurs amounted to nothing in the NFL while slow players like Jerry Rice and Larry Fitzgerald have flourished. That’s all true; no amount of combine production...
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February 14, 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

2015 National Signing Day: Best & Worst FA Pickups in Saints History

Wednesday is the day that NCAA Football teams across the country unveil their most recent signing classes. Alabama, Ohio State and other big boys will inevitably haul in the most players which recruiting services label with four and five stars. Other programs will major in bringing in talented players. But there is a funny thing that can be comprehended about National Signing Day...
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February 04, 2015  |  Discuss

Saints Injury Report: LB Knox, RB Robinson Sit Out Again Thursday

The New Orleans Saints continue to prepare for their Sunday game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field and their injury report that was released Thursday is nearly identical to the one they released Wednesday. The Saints placed defensive tackle Brodrick Bunkley (quadricep) on injured reserve Thursday so he’s no longer listed on their injury […] Saints Injury Report...
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November 28, 2014  |  Discuss

Saints Place DT Brodrick Bunkley On Season-Ending Injured Reserve

The New Orleans Saints announced Thursday that they have placed DT Brodrick Bunkley on season-ending injured reserve. The #Saints have placed Brodrick Bunkley on injured reserve — New Orleans Saints (@Saints) November 27, 2014 Bunkley, 31, suffered a torn quad during Monday night’s loss to the Ravens, so this news shouldn’t come as much of a surprise given how serious this...
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November 27, 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...
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November 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Saints Injury Report: Grubbs, Lofton, Lewis, Goodwin All Limited Wednesday

The New Orleans Saints have now released their first injury report of the week as they prepare to play the Pittsburgh Steelers Sunday at Heinz Field and all four of their running backs are listed on it. Not practicing Wednesday were running back Khiry Robinson (forearm), linebacker Kyle Knox (hand) and defensive tackle Brodrick Bunkley […] Saints Injury Report: Grubbs, Lofton...
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November 26, 2014  |  Discuss

Report: Saints DT Brodrick Bunkley To Miss Steelers Game With Torn Quad

When the New Orleans Saints play the Pittsburgh Steelers Sunday at Heinz Field they will be without the services of starting defensive tackle Brodrick Bunkley. According to a report by Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network, Bunkley is believed to have suffered a torn quad in the first quarter of the Monday night loss to […] Report: Saints DT Brodrick Bunkley To Miss Steelers Game With...
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November 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Injury Notes: Chargers, Lions, Saints, & Titans

Chargers C Rich Ohrnberger will undergo back surgery and is expected to be placed on season-ending injured reserve. (Michael Gehlken) Lions The Lions got good news regarding LT Riley Reiff as it was revealed that he does not have a serious knee injury. (Dave Birkett) Detroit is expected to promote OL Rodney Austin from their practice squad at some point this week. Saints...
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November 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Saints' Bunkley leaves with leg injury vs. Ravens

METAIRIE, La. (AP) New Orleans nose tackle Brodrick Bunkley has limped to the locker room with a right leg injury during the first half of Monday night's game against the Baltimore Ravens. The Saints say he is questionable to return. Bunkley went down after a 2-yard run by Justin Forsett late in the first quarter. He remained down a couple minutes while being tended to by trainers...
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November 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Saints Defensive and Special Teams Player Grades vs. Packers

Bend but don’t break is a good way to describe the defensive effort. But turnovers have been hard to come by so getting three in one game was a really pleasant change. What’s hard to believe is that after giving up that 70 yard touchdown pass on the opening drive the Packers wouldn’t get in the end zone again until the fourth quarter. The red zone defense in particular was...
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October 27, 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...
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August 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Saints' Jenkins out until training camp after surgery

Throughout the first two weeks of OTAs, many questions surrounded second-year defensive tackle John Jenkins who had been absent at every practice. When given the chance to shed some light on the issue, at a charity basketball event last week, Jenkins declined to comment. As the New Orleans Saints opened their mandatory team minicamp today, Jenkins was absent from practice again,...
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June 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Saints DT Brodrick Bunkley Takes Pay Cut

  Saints DT Brodrick Bunkley accepted a pay cut from the New Orleans Saints, creating $2.85 million in cap savings for the team in 2014, according to Joel Corry. Corry adds that Bunkley’s 2014 salary will drop from $4.5 million to $1.65 million. In 2012, Bunkley signed with New Orleans for five years, $25 million, including $9.9 million guaranteed.  He already restructured...
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April 09, 2014  |  Discuss

2014 Saints Position Breakdowns: Defensive Line

This has been on the backburner recently with the flurry of activity, but needs for the roster still exist so let's get back to it. The defensive line is probably in better shape than almost any other position on the roster. Hard to believe after it was so poor in2012 that it's become one of the biggest strengths on the team. That said, depth and young talent is always something...
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March 15, 2014  |  Discuss

New Orleans Saints not done making moves in free agency

The New Orleans Saints need to release Brodrick Bunkley. There I said it. Come on! You were thinking it too! Between Akiem Hicks, John Jenkins and a potential later round draft pick, the Saints will have more than enough beef to hold up in the middle of the defensive line in 2014. Mickey Loomis is a cap wizard—and if we’re being honest, probably something closer to a thief. That...
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March 14, 2014  |  Discuss

Saints Nation: Defensive and Special Teams Player Grades vs. Bucs

You'd see the Saints give up under 20 points yet again (they've done that in 11 of 16 games) and assume they were great in this one, but honestly it was up and down. The second half was much better, but they didn't get the pass rush we're used to seeing and Mike Glennon kind of hung in there against them. That said, there was no way Tampa was going to keep up with what Drew Brees...
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January 01, 2014  |  Discuss

Austin inactive for Rams; Bunkley plays for Saints

Rookie wide receiver Tavon Austin is inactive for the St. Louis Rams after missing the practice week with a left ankle injury. Cornerback Janoris Jenkins, who like Austin had been questionable, will start against the New Orleans Saints. Saints defensive tackle Brodrick Bunkley was active Sunday after being questionable with a back injury. After the Rams drafted Austin in the first...
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December 15, 2013  |  Discuss

Saints injury report: Brodrick Bunkley, Glenn Foster

The Saints have gotten healthy in a big way after a tough stretch, as they prepare to take on the Rams in St. Louis this week. Six Saints players are questionable this week but the team is likely pleased to report that just one of those players is a starter.Starting nose tackle Brodrick Bunkley missed time in practice due to a back injury. Bunkley will be a game-time call on Sunday...
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December 14, 2013  |  Discuss

Saints injury report: Brodrick Bunkley, Zach Strief

The Saints return to the friendly confines of the Superdome, after a disastrous game in Seattle on Monday night. Another primetime matchup awaits, as the Saints prepare to host the Panthers on Sunday Night Football.The Saints have listed five players on the injury report this week and they will all be game-time decisions Sunday.Tackle Zach Strief (ankle) was able to return to practice...
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December 07, 2013  |  Discuss
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