Saints Offseason Grades – very serious stuff

You know me, I can’t stand going too long without grading something… so here are some grades for the offseason so far: Jimmy Graham: A Give the dude some credit, he gets traded to the Seahawks… after all the “I’m Jimmy” shenanigans. No parting shots at the Saints, no immature public statements. The guy deserves credit for taking the high road. And the anxiety that his...
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Podcast: The Worst Saints Fantasy Football Team of All Time

The boys discuss Saints resigning Shayne Graham, assemble the worst fantasy team built of only Saints players, Mardi Gras king cakes, and your Twitter questions. PS: Donate and the audio quality stays awesome and don’t forget to download our Iphone app!Itunes.
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February 17, 2015  |  Discuss

New Orleans Saints prospect meetings worth noting

Monday, February 16, 2015 is here and gears are turning in the New Orleans Saints’ offseason. The team hired seven new coaches recently including former defensive backs coach Dennis Allen and an experienced linebackers assistant coach in James Willis. Veterans Parys Haralson and Shayne Graham have been brought back on one-year contracts. Team scouts led by former Miami Dolphins...
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February 16, 2015  |  Discuss

Saints Keeping Shayne Graham and Parys Haralson

Thursday, New Orleans agreed to bring back kicker Shayne Graham and outside linebacker Parys Haralson on one year contracts. Both players performed well last season, so what should we expect of them in 2015?Haralson had an average year, hauling in 35 tackles and three sacks. This was his second season with the Saints and the fifth of his career, playing for San Francisco for three...
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February 14, 2015  |  Discuss

Saints re-sign Shayne Graham to 1 year deal

Kicker Shayne Graham is back for another season with the Saints. He’ll be the favorite in camp going up against youngster Dustin Hopkins. I noticed some of you have complained about him coming back but I see it like this. Graham is as cheap as you’re going to get for a “good” kicker. And with cap woes the Saints can’t really spend on a kicker when they have so many needs...
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February 13, 2015  |  Discuss

Saints agree to one-year deals with K Graham, LB Haralson

NEW ORLEANS -- The New Orleans Saints have agreed on one-year contracts with veteran linebacker Parys Haralson and veteran place kicker Shayne Graham. The 6-foot, 255-pound Haralson played in all 16 games for New Orleans last season, starting 12, and was credited with 35 solo or assisted tackles, including three sacks and six tackles for losses. The 31-year-old also recovered a fumble...
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February 12, 2015  |  Discuss

Saints re-sign kicker Shayne Graham

The Saints have re-signed kicker Shayne Graham to a one-year contract. Graham, 37, was 19-of-22 on field goal attempts this last year and will enter the offseason apparently set for a roster spot. In the league since 2001, Graham has made 85.5-percent of his kicks in his career.
February 12, 2015  |  Discuss

Saints Re-Sign K Shayne Graham

Mike Garafolo of FOX Sports reports that the New Orleans Saints have re-signed veteran K Shayne Graham to a one-year contract. Graham, 37, was set to be to be an unrestricted free agent, but it appears as though the Saints are willing to at least give him the opportunity to compete for a job this summer. New Orleans signed Graham to a contract at the end of the 2013 season and later...
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February 12, 2015  |  Discuss

Final 2014 Saints Nation Player Grades

With the season officially over, I’ve included below all the player GPAs for the season in order of best to worst. I will be announcing my player awards for the season soon but before I do that you’ll get a good sense of who will win what based on these final grades. The GPAs were worse than last year, you’ll see the difference between a 7-9 team and an 11-5 one below. Of...
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December 31, 2014  |  Discuss

Saints sign new kicker to practice squad, Shayne Graham on notice?

Hard to envision the newest practice squad member, kicker Dustin Hopkins, being much of a threat to Shayne Graham before the end of the season/playoffs. But it looks like he’ll be in 2015 training camp to give Graham some competition. And with Graham in a mini slump as of late, this kid seems like a threat. From my friend Ramon Vargas of the Advocate: Hopkins worked out for the...
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December 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Kick against the Saints and become a Hall of Famer!

I’ve been asking this question for months now and no one every gives me an answer on twitter. The question is “who is the last kicker to miss against the Saints”? We always joke that it was some time in the 80s, or even the 70s, but seriously it’s starting to get ridiculous. What prompted this again was the Panthers-Falcons game. Watching Graham Gano, a usually solid kicker...
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November 20, 2014  |  Discuss

Saints Nation Grades 2014 Midseason Report Card

The Saints are 4-4 at the half way point and we’ve got 8 games of grades to go with now. Overall the grades are pretty good in some cases, but of course the offense is up compared to last year and the defense is way down. As a general point of reference: Above 3.00 is excellent Above 2.70 is good Above 2.50 is considered better than average Below 2.40 is below average Below 2...
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November 02, 2014  |  Discuss

New Orleans Saints march into bye week with noticeable limp

On Friday we learned that Safety Jairus Byrd was being put on season-ending IR. Mark Ingram was, and still is, out indefinitely with a broken hand. Ramon Humber left the game on Sunday. And somehow an even more newsworthy injury occurred. On a reception in the second quarter, Jimmy Graham bulldozed his way down the field, careening his right shoulder perfectly into a defender’s...
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October 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Saints escape with improbable 37-31 overtime comeback win over Bucs

Typing up a postgame recap after surviving that 4 quarters + bonus of crazy football is brutal. This game had it all. Ineptitude on offense, defense and special teams by the Saints. Clutch plays on offense, defense and special teams, too. More than anything you can thank the Bucs for constantly shooting themselves in the foot with penalties, though I’m sure the home crowd had something...
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October 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Saints’ Offensive Player Grades @ Browns

The Saints’ offense had about as horrific of a first half as I’ve seen them have in the Sean Payton era. Only an incredible score on a one on one fade jumpball by Jimmy Graham saved what would have otherwise been a 30 minute disaster. The score gave the Saints 10 points with mere seconds left in the half. The second half saw more success, but one has to be left with major regrets...
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September 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Five Things to Look for in Saints at Falcons

We’ve waited a long time for this moment and it’s finally here, the start of the Saints’ 2014 regular season. We’re in for a great ride as always, I’m sure, and I can’t wait to see how it’s all going to unfold. The Saints are being thrown in the fire this year with a road game against the bitter divisional rival Falcons. You’ll remember the Saints opened the season...
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September 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Saints make Junior Galette a very rich man and bring back Robert Meachem

I step away from my computer and twitter for two hours and news blows up about the Saints. The first is that they will indeed carry 6 receivers on the roster after all. After signing Shayne Graham and releasing Ryan Griffin, the Saints designated rookie Khairi Fortt for IR with return and used the open roster spot to bring back Robert Meachem. That makes me wonder if Griffin and...
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September 03, 2014  |  Discuss

New Orleans Saints decide to roster a kicker, cut promising young QB

The Ryan Griffin era is over in New Orleans. Unfortunately a good preseason and fantastic camp weren’t enough to make the team, as the Saints waived Griffin on Tuesday to make room for kicker Shayne Graham. You’ll remember that the Saints cut Graham (along with kicker Derek Dimke) on Saturday. It’s unclear the reasoning behind the order in which the Saints executed these moves...
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September 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Understanding the Saints’ kicker maneuver

By now we know that Shayne Graham will be the Saints’ 2014 kicker, at least for now, as he’s been re-signed at the expense of quarterback Ryan Griffin. So why did the Saints cut Graham, along with Derek Dimke, temporarily leaving the roster kickerless? And why did they keep Griffin on their initial 53 man roster, only to waive him now? There’s a lot of factors at play, and...
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September 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Saints re-sign kicker Shayne Graham after cutting him

  The New Orleans Saints have re-signed place kicker Shayne Graham, who had been with the club since late last season and throughout training camp before being cut on Saturday. In a corresponding move to keep the roster at the regular season maximum of 53 players, the Saints have waived reserve quarterback Ryan Griffin. The Saints had two kickers on the roster throughout training...
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September 02, 2014  |  Discuss

New Orleans Saints re-sign kicker Shayne Graham

METAIRIE, La. (AP) The New Orleans Saints have re-signed place kicker Shayne Graham, who had been with the club since late last season and throughout training camp before being cut on Saturday. In a corresponding move to keep the roster at the regular season maximum of 53 players, the Saints have waived reserve quarterback Ryan Griffin. The Saints had two kickers on the roster throughout...
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September 02, 2014  |  Discuss

Saints Waive QB Ryan Griffin

  The New Orleans Saints have placed QB Ryan Griffin on waivers Tuesday, according to Field Yates of ESPN. This gives them the roster spot they needed to sign veteran K Shayne Graham. There was talk that Griffin could end up beating out veteran Luke McCown for the Saints’ backup job behind Drew Brees, so we’ll have to see if a quarterback-needy team decides to sign him...
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September 02, 2014  |  Discuss

Saints Re-Sign Veteran K Shayne Graham

  Nick Underhill of the New Orleans Advocate, citing a league source, reports that the Saints have signed veteran K Shayne Graham to a contract. Graham, 36, was among the Saints final roster cuts this past weekend, but the fact that they were without a kicker entering today suggested that there was at least a decent chance he could be re-signed this week. Last year, Graham appeared...
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September 02, 2014  |  Discuss

Five things we learned from the New Orleans Saints only preseason loss

There isn’t always much to be gained from preseason games, especially the last one of the campaign. However, we gave it the old college try and attempted to glean some information from the Saints sole preseason loss against Baltimore. 5.) They really didn’t like Shayne Graham or Derek Dimke I mean, how do you lead two guys along throughout the whole offseason only to cut both...
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September 01, 2014  |  Discuss

Grade Day: New Orleans Saints falter in final preseason game

The New Orleans Saints hit a small (and albeit insignificant) bump in their preseason road on Thursday, losing to the Ravens 22-13 in a game very few actual starters played in. There were tangible changes to come from this game, though. For example, the front office realized they didn’t like any of the kickers they had on-staff (or at the very least they liked someone else more...
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September 01, 2014  |  Discuss
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