Seattle Seahawks: Rookie Preseason Grades

The Seattle Seahawks "drafted" a veteran in the first round by trading the 31st pick along with C Max Unger for TE Jimmy Graham from the New Orleans Saints and the 112th pick. This was a strong start to the 2015 draft but they still had 8 picks left, grabbing some potential stars along with some possible misses. Now with two weeks of preseason action behind us, we finally have...
Via Football Nation
2 days ago  |  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....
Via Fox Sports
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Jimmy Graham on offseason trade: 'It's my gain and their loss'

When the Seahawks acquired Jimmy Graham in the offseason, the news sent shockwaves across social media. The Saints parted with a three-time Pro Bowler, but the Seahawks gave up a key piece of their offensive line in center Max Unger. Graham appeared on 950 KJR Seattle to speak with Dick Fain and commented on the trade: "I have no idea why they traded me and at this point I could...
Via Fox Sports
2 days ago  |  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...
Via Pro Football Spot
3 days ago  |  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...
7 days ago  |  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...
14 days ago  |  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...
Via Pro Football Spot
17 days ago  |  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...
Via AP on Fox
18 days ago  |  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...
Via The Saints Nation
19 days ago  |  Discuss

New Orleans Saints’ Rookie Andrus Peat Remains a Work in Progress

( The New Orleans Saints selected Andrus Peat with the 13th overall selection in May’s Draft, adding another piece to a rebuilt offensive line, after the team also traded for former Seahawk center Max Unger this offseason. A standout performer at Stanford, Peat enters his first season in the NFL with some progress to be made despite his sky-high potential after being...
Via The Sports Journal
21 days ago  |  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...
Via AP on Fox
25 days ago  |  Discuss

New Orleans Saints Positional Roster Preview: Offensive Line

Over the past few months we have went over each position on the defensive side of the ball. Covering the defensive players in this series, after the pathetic 2014 season, was a very rough and emotional part of the series. Things should start to be a little more of a euphoric feeling while moving into the offensive side. Although the Saints didn’t have an impressive season, what...
Via Pro Football Spot
July 26, 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...
Via The Saints Nation
July 05, 2015  |  Discuss

What Will This Season Hold for Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints?

This may be a defining season for Drew Brees’ career, as he will look to bring the New Orleans Saints back to the postseason after a disappointing season (Mandatory Credit: Ronald Martinez/Getty Images).   With the 2015-2016 campaign just around the corner, the New Orleans Saints are putting a terrible season behind them and figuring out what they need to do to make it back to...
Via The Sports Journal
June 28, 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

Who has the best offensive tackles in the NFC South?

Last week, I started my player rankings for the four teams in the NFC South. It started with the quarterbacks—and even included the backup quarterbacks—before moving on to each team’s backfield. The New Orleans Saints still have the best starting quarterback in the NFC South, in the person of Drew Brees, and have the best running back situation in the division. But what about...
Via cover32
June 09, 2015  |  Discuss

Three offensive free agents that the Seattle Seahawks should take a look at

It’s that time of year.  We have a few more OTA practices and then mandatory minicamp.  After that the players take off for around a month, the last free month they’ll have until January at the earliest.  For the team though the process never stops.  This time of year it is about roster building and team evaluation. With the draft over and the top Undrafted Free Agents...
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June 01, 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,...
Via Sportsnaut
May 28, 2015  |  Discuss

Why the New Orleans Saints won’t make the playoffs in 2015

The New Orleans Saints will not reach the playoffs this upcoming 2015 season. The loss of key players have diminished the team’s potential. They have recently traded away their most valuable offensive weapon, tight end Jimmy Graham, to the Seattle Seahawks. In return they did upgrade their offensive line by receiving offensive tackle Max Unger although losing Graham is a major...
May 19, 2015  |  Discuss

Breaking down what Max Unger means for the New Orleans Saints

The Jimmy Graham trade is still fresh in the minds of the NFL community and beginning to come under fresh scrutiny now that the 2015 NFL Draft has concluded and teams prepare for rookie minicamps. It would be too easy to look at the trade in hindsight as swapping Jimmy Graham for the Saints’ newest linebacker, Stephone Anthony, who was drafted with the pick gained for sending Graham...
Via cover32
May 13, 2015  |  Discuss

Post Draft analysis: QB, O-Line, TE

Now that the Saints have finished drafting players and (presumably) bringing in free agents, I think it’s time to go back and take another look at the roster. I hope that many of you (like me) feel a lot better about this Saints team as a whole now, versus how you felt at the end of last season. With the exception of new players I’m not going to go player by player as I did before...
Via The Saints Nation
May 11, 2015  |  Discuss

Ex Saints still looking for jobs

When you look at the Saints roster you get the feeling it is close to complete but they could still round out some of their needs with some post draft pick ups. When the Saints start seeing some of these guys practice, too, they’ll get a better feel for whether or not they need to bring in certain veterans at a given position. And of course there’s still guys that were with the...
Via The Saints Nation
May 07, 2015  |  Discuss

Saints draft QB Garrett Grayson in third round

The New Orleans Saints selected Colorado State quarterback Garrett Grayson with the No. 75 overall pick in the NFL draft on Friday. From Grayson’s former coach: There it is! Wow-congrats, @gbg_18. You deserve it! @Saints just picked up a class act and a heck of a QB. #NFLDraft — Jim McElwain (@CoachMcElwain) May 2, 2015   Grayson was a full...
Via Sports-Glory
May 01, 2015  |  Discuss

Saints draft LB Hau’oli Kikaha with No. 44 pick

The New Orleans Saints drafted Washington linebacker Hau’oli Kikaha with the No. 44 overall pick in the NFL draft on Friday. Kikaha, 6-foot-2, 253 pounds, earned first-team All-American and first-team All-Pac-12 honors in 2014 and second-team All-Pac-12 honors in 2013. He combined to have 32 sacks, 40 tackles for loss and six forced fumbles during that stretch, starting all...
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May 01, 2015  |  Discuss
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