Seattle Seahawks position review: Tight end’s edition

The Seattle Seahawks made a big move in the NFL last year when they traded their star center Max Unger and a mid-round draft pick for New Orleans Saints elite tight end Jimmy Graham. Fans were excited, coaches were excited, Graham was excited, but did it really pan out as everyone thought it would? The Seahawks thought giving Russell Wilson an established big body receiver would...
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Which offseason moves do the Saints need to make?

Despite the overall cramped nature of the NFC playoff picture, let’s be clear on one thing, the Saints season has effectively ended. They are almost certain to lose to Carolina on Sunday which will give them twice as many losses as wins. It’s no fun to be in this position for New Orleans as the painful reality has to be acknowledged, the Saints went all in to try to win another...
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December 03, 2015  |  Discuss

Sizing Up the Saints Offense Ahead of Week 8

View image | It is again time for some power rankings.  In this post, find out where NFL Writer John Miceli ranks the New Orleans Saints offense, led by Drew Brees, Max Unger, and Mark Ingram. For this post, our writer evaluated the 32 NFL offenses and sized them up in comparison to one another, in true power rankings style.  To check it out, click on the link...
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November 01, 2015  |  Discuss

Saints tie turnaround to improvement by younger players

METAIRIE, La. (AP) When Sean Payton reflects on the Saints' recent resurgence, he recalls being struck by how many players earlier this year needed directions to the charter terminal at Louis Armstrong International Airport. Seven weeks into the season, the newest and youngest Saints know exactly where to go to catch flights for road games. They know where to park, as well as how...
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October 26, 2015  |  Discuss

REPORT: The New Orleans Saints make a trade for a “big-name” tight end

The New Orleans Saints made the biggest trade of the offseason, jettisoning Jimmy Graham off to Seattle in exchange for center Max Unger, but it looks like they may be having a little buyer’s remorse. After three weeks of anemic offensive production, now it’s the Saints making a trade for a big-name tight end — literally. AROUND COVER32 QB Rankings: Who’s at the top after...
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September 30, 2015  |  Discuss

Saints offensive player grades vs. Bucs

For the second consecutive week the Saints failed to break the 20 point barrier on offense. This was despite two takeaways in Bucs territory and a missed 52 yard field goal that gave them great field position. The fact that the Saints ran for 104 yards is shocking because of how bad they were on the ground prior to the fourth quarter. Ball security remains a big issue against the...
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September 21, 2015  |  Discuss

New Orleans Saints Tickets On Secondary Market See Similar Pricing For Two Remaining September Games

When the New Orleans Saints traded tight end Jimmy Graham to the Seattle Seahawks for a first-round pick and center Max Unger, all indications were that New Orleans was trying to create a more balanced offense, and perhaps rely a little more on the running game to help quarterback Drew Brees. After Week 1, it seems not much has changed for Sean Payton and the Saints offense. Brees...
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September 19, 2015  |  Discuss

New Orleans Saints: five keys to the game

On Sunday, the New Orleans Saints will take on the Arizona Cardinals. This game will be no cake walk, for sure. Last year, the Cardinals managed to end the season at 11-5. Keep in mind, the Cardinals managed this after losing two of their quarterbacks. Below are my five keys of the game for the New Orleans Saints. Mark Ingram Five: avoid turnovers Last year, turnovers plagued...
September 11, 2015  |  Discuss

Report: Saints rework Max Unger's contract, free up cap space

Center Max Unger has been a welcomed addition to the New Orleans Saints offensive line. Apparently, he's agreed to do a bit more to help out the team off the football field as well. According to a report from Field Yates of ESPN, Unger has restructured his current deal. It's been widely known that the Saints have had their backs against the wall this offseason when it comes to their...
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September 10, 2015  |  Discuss

Saints Free Up $1.5M In Cap Space By Reworking C Max Unger’s Deal

Field Yates of ESPN reports that the Saints have restructured the contract of C Max Unger in recent days and created an additional $1.5 million in cap space. According to Yates, the Saints converted $3 million of Unger‘s $4.5 million base salary into a signing bonus that will be prorated over the remainder of the agreement. As things stand ... The post...
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September 09, 2015  |  Discuss

Who are the Saints other impact players heading into Week 1?

Preseason exhibition games didn't turn out so well for the Saints, who finished 0-4. However that is the same pre-season record New Orleans sported before winning their first Super Bowl, so the Crescent City is brimming with cautious optimism heading into Sunday's season opener with the Arizona Cardinals.   It may not have produced an abundance of confidence, but the exhibition...
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September 08, 2015  |  Discuss

Who are the Saints other impact players heading into Week 1?

Preseason exhibition games didn't turn out so well for the Saints, who finished 0-4. However that is the same pre-season record New Orleans sported before winning their first Super Bowl, so the Crescent City is brimming with cautious optimism heading into Sunday's season opener with the Arizona Cardinals.   It may not have produced an abundance of confidence, but the exhibition...
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September 08, 2015  |  Discuss

Grading every position on the New Orleans Saints final 53-man roster

It is officially Arizona Cardinals week for the Who Dat nation. With preseason in the rear view mirror and the regular season fast approaching, the 53 man roster is entering its final stages and looks to be complete aside from a few tweaks. AROUND COVER32 Heroes and Goats: Five players who missed the mark Power Rankings: Where does every team stand heading into Week 1? Heroes and...
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September 08, 2015  |  Discuss

OT Zach Strief raves for days about Saints' new C Max Unger

When the New Orleans Saints traded tight end Jimmy Graham for center Max Unger, it essentially sent shock waves through New Orleans. With the surprise of the big move from New Orleans now gone, the new center for the Saints has received rave reviews from both teammates and coaches. The most recent praise comes from offensive tackle Zach Strief, as Mike Triplett of ESPN explains....
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August 26, 2015  |  Discuss

Max Unger is the Center of Attention for New Orleans

Arguably, the biggest personnel move this offseason for the New Orleans Saints was the Jimmy Graham trade to the Seattle Seahawks. And in the minds of many of the Saints' diehard faithful, choosing to part ways with the Pro Bowl tight end was simply an act of lunacy.But in the grand scheme of things, consider this: I propose that when all is said and done, and we look back on this...
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August 26, 2015  |  Discuss

Seattle Seahawks position preview: Defensive Line

The Seattle Seahawks starting roster is relatively the same as last years team with the exception of Byron Maxwell who went to the Philadelphia Eagles, Max Unger who went to the Saints and Cary Williams who came to Seattle. Despite those big changes the starters on both sides of the ball are relatively the same. It is the backups that have been seeing some changes. Seattle’s defensive...
August 21, 2015  |  Discuss

New Orleans Saints position preview: Offensive Line

The New Orleans Saints offensive line has undergone a bit of a change this offseason. In this edition of the position preview, we take a look into what to expect from the offensive line this season. What we know Max Unger New Orleans has a different look for the guys that will protect Drew Brees this season. One of the biggest offseason issues New Orleans addressed was how they...
August 14, 2015  |  Discuss

Battle At Center Still Wide Open

Following the trade of center Max Unger to the New Orleans Saints and entering the preseason, the new starting center seemed like an obvious choice considering the team hadn't brought in any centers through the draft or free agency like Hroniss Grasu of Oregon or Stefen Wisniewski of the Oakland Raiders. Lemuel Jeanpierre has started three games in each of the past two seasons and...
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August 11, 2015  |  Discuss

New Saints center Unger seeing change in an optimistic light

WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. (AP) Saints center Max Unger was never going to be happy about being traded away from Super Bowl-contending Seattle, where he'd made good friends and become an established leader during his first six NFL seasons. He's even used the word ''bummed'' to describe his reaction to the offseason phone call informing him he'd been shipped to New Orleans, along...
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August 10, 2015  |  Discuss

Saints training camp update 8/9

The Saints significantly upped the tempo of their practice today in an effort to both challenge the players and intensify the concentration and focus. The results were good overall. The Saints had a much crisper practice today. Here are some tidbits from practice: Tyeler Davison was real impressive. He’s a very powerful player that seems to be a load to handle on the interior...
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August 09, 2015  |  Discuss

Saints rookie Anthony opening eyes at linebacker

WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. (AP) Max Unger wasn't the only player the New Orleans Saints acquired when they traded star tight end Jimmy Graham to Seattle in a deal that sent shockwaves throughout the NFL. The Saints also picked up a first-round draft pick, one they used on linebacker Stephone Anthony. The rookie out of Clemson may never have teamed with Graham, but they will be...
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August 03, 2015  |  Discuss

NFC South Off-Season grades: Saints

Since we are now approaching training camp I figure it’s time I get off my butt and start taking a look into the 2015-16 season. The first thing I want to do is to take a look at all of the teams from the NFC South and I’m going to grade their off-seasons. Now to be clear this isn’t necessarily a grade on the team overall, that will come later when I scout them, it’s just...
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July 05, 2015  |  Discuss

Are the New Orleans Saints revamping their offensive scheme?

To the outside observer, it may appear that the New Orleans Saints are formulating a new offensive plan for the 2015 season. After all, many of the Saints relatively recent moves could be taken as a sign of a new era in New Orleans. With a less than stellar 7-9 2014 season and having a 36 year old starting quarterback, some feel that it is time for change in the Big Easy. Will Payton...
June 12, 2015  |  Discuss

Ranking the NFC South’s interior offensive lines

If accurately ranking positions in the NFC South came down to name recognition only, the New Orleans Saints would be hands down winners in today’s rankings. The Saints have the most notable name along the interior of the offensive line within the division, in the person of right guard Jahri Evans—a six-time Pro Bowler. Likely the second name on said list would be center Max Unger...
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June 11, 2015  |  Discuss

Max Unger Over Being Upset about Trade to New Orleans Saints

The abrupt trade of tight end Jimmy Graham to the Seattle Seahawks rocked the football world. As one of the parties involved in the trade, center Max Unger wasn’t originally happy about the situation that landed him as a member of the New Orleans Saints. However, Unger appears to be changing his tune since spending some time in his new environment. “I’m over all of that,...
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May 28, 2015  |  Discuss
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