New Orleans Saints position preview: defensive line

This is part four of our New Orleans Saints football 2015 season preview series. This edition will take an in depth look at the defensive line, a group that is headlined by Cameron Jordan and Akiem Hicks. Cameron Jordan What we know We do know that 2015 will prove to be a pivotal transition year for the Saints on many fronts. Many of those changes were by choice (e.g. the...
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Final NFC South Prediction

#1 New Orleans The Saints have the divisions best offensive line and the divisions best quarterback, which is the reason I think they’ll finish on top. There’s still questions about their defensive line, particularly at defensive tackle and pass rusher, as Brodrick Bunkley (who could return if healthy) and Junior Galette are no longer with the team. However, the strength of...
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25 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Saints could invite Brodrick Bunkley back to team if healthy?

When the New Orleans Saints chose to release Brodrick Bunkley on Wednesday, it came with a bit of mixed emotions among the fanbase. Well, for those who wanted Bunkley to get another shot to prove himself, Katherine Terrell of explained that it's still a possibility. Obviously Bunkley's health will be a big question mark, but it's good to hear Sean Payton say that a return...
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July 29, 2015  |  Discuss

Report: New Orleans Saints choose to part ways with Brodrick Bunkley

The New Orleans Saints are still in the midst of making moves, it seems. The most recent move by the team came on Tuesday when they chose to part ways with defensive tackle Brodrick Bunkley, according to Dan Hanzus of As Hanzus explains, the Saints made the decision on a failed physical designation. While Bunkley played in 11 games for the Saints in 2014 before suffering...
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July 29, 2015  |  Discuss

Saints sign long snapper to compete with Justin Drescher

Brodrick Bunkley has been replaced with the following on the 90 man roster:   #Saints have filled roster vacancy by signing long-snapper Chris Highland, per his agent. — Evan Woodbery (@TheSaintsBeat) July 29, 2015
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July 29, 2015  |  Discuss

The Defensive Line is officially a major hole for the 2015 Saints

Yet another veteran has been sent packing in what has become a bloodbath of an offseason in terms of slashing the current roster. The latest victim is veteran starting nose tackle Brodrick Bunkley who was released after failing a physical. Bunkley was attempting to recover from a torn pectoral last season and clearly the rehab has not gone to the Saints’ satisfaction. In case you’re...
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July 29, 2015  |  Discuss

Saints release Brodick Bunkley, place 3 players on PUP

#Saints have terminated the contract of NT Brodrick Bunkley with a failed physical designation, per wire. — Evan Woodbery (@TheSaintsBeat) July 28, 2015 #Saints have also placed 3 players on PUP list: S Jairus Byrd, WR Marques Colston and DT Glenn Foster. — Evan Woodbery (@TheSaintsBeat) July 28, 2015
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July 28, 2015  |  Discuss

Saints cut Bunkley, place Colston, Byrd on PUP

WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. (AP) The New Orleans Saints have released veteran defensive tackle Brodrick Bunkley, citing a failed physical. The Saints, in moves made Tuesday, also have placed receiver Marques Colston, safety Jairus Byrd and defensive lineman Glenn Foster on the physically unable to perform list. Those three players remain on the active roster and could return to...
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July 28, 2015  |  Discuss

Saints Release Veteran DT Brodrick Bunkley

The New Orleans Saints have released veteran DT Brodrick Bunkley on Tuesday with a failed physical designation, according to Field Yates of ESPN. Bunkley, 31, had two years remaining on his five-year, $25 million contract that included $9.9 million guaranteed. He was set to make base salaries of $4.4 million for the 2015 and 2016 season. According ... The post Saints...
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July 28, 2015  |  Discuss

Ranking the NFC South Positional Groups: Defensive Line/Pass Rushers

Some of the players listed as outside linebackers don’t do very much in the way playing the linebacker position, so primary pass rushers will be grouped with the defensive line. #1 Carolina: A big reason for the success of the Panther’s defense has been the guys upfront. The combination of Star Lotulelei and Kawann Short is one of the best in the league. Charles Johnson is...
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July 24, 2015  |  Discuss

5 Descending Players: #2 Brodrick Bunkley

For this series I’ll be listing 5 players on the Saints roster that are on the downward slope of their careers. This is not to say that they are no longer assets to the team, or that they won’t contribute significantly this year. Rather these players are past their prime and successors will need to be addressed after the season if they’re not already in house. I’ll be ranking...
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June 21, 2015  |  Discuss

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
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