Saints sign NT Tyrone Ezell and LB Marcus Thompson

The Saints made a couple of roster moves to their 90 man team yesterday as they prepare for camp, which starts tomorrow. The new additions are nose tackle Tyrone Ezell and linebacker Marcus Thompson, and they released NT Moses McCray and LB Cheta Ozougwu. All four players are undrafted rookie free agents, so the odds for the two newest guys to make the squad are long. The Saints...
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3 days ago  |  Discuss

Which position can the Saints least afford an injury besides quarterback?

Maybe it’s the cynic in me but every time training camp starts I immediately worry about the starters that won’t make it through and healthy coming into week 1 of the regular season. Kenyon Coleman, Will Smith, Victor Butler and Joseph Morgan were a few that had things end for them in 2013 before they ever got started and unfortunately the team had big plans for each of those...
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3 days ago  |  Discuss

Camp Preview: New Orleans Saints have athletic enigma at linebacker

Thanks to the NBA Finals/Free Agency and the World Cup the summer sporting doldrums have seemed to fly by, and we’re about two days away from Training Camps kicking off across the NFL. To catch you up to speed on all things Saints, each day we’ll preview a different position and give you an idea of what to keep an eye on while you watch reports coming out of The Greenbrier in...
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3 days ago  |  Discuss

Five Saints players with the biggest question marks surrounding them going into camp

Going into camp we already have a good feel for the Saints’ roster and the role most players will have. This is a mature team with an established track record and along with that comes proven commodity players that are known entities. The identity of the team is largely formed from a tenured coaching staff and talent, and so they’re just building on top of the foundation that’s...
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25 days ago  |  Discuss

Breaking Down the Saints Rookie Class: Ronald Powell

Header image courtesy of discoloredcurrenc of The New Orleans Saints field an effective pass rush unit in 2013, finishing tenth in the NFL in pressuring the quarterback per Pro Football Focus.  Led by the double-digit sack seasons of Cameron Jordan and Junior Galette, they were ranked fourth in the NFL in sacks.  However, with several outside linebackers approaching...
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June 09, 2014  |  Discuss

Exciting Players to Watch for in 2014

Today I’m going to be discussing what I’m most excited to see coming into the 2014 season. I will be discussing one or two things on each side of the ball. When it comes to special teams, It won’t necessarily be me being “excited” for it due to the kickoff rules as they stand, but more curiosity; but we’ll get to that. First things first; In New Orleans, it all starts...
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June 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Things To Look Forward To: The Saints Defense, Part 1

  New Orleans Saints outside linebacker Parys Haralson (98) walks away from the pile after denying a Tampa Bay Buccaneers attempt for a first down.  Haralson led all Saints linebackers in stop percentage with 70.37% of his tackles coming for loss or no gain.  He signed a one-year deal with the Saints to compete for a roster spot with other veterans Victor Butler and Keyunta Dawson...
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June 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Cowboys 2009 Draft Class. Where Are They Now?

Depending on who you ask, but many draft gurus have stated that the 2009 draft class as a whole was one of the weakest in recent years. The coach at the time was Wade Phillips, and this bad class surely didn’t help him add a single playmaker. The Dallas Cowboys know that all too well, as none of the players the Cowboys drafted are on the team, and most are out of football all together...
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May 31, 2014  |  Discuss

Can Victor Butler revive his career in 2014?

When Victor Butler signed a contract with the Saints I think there was a bit of disappointment for him in how the free agency period went. Despite being an up and coming player that was previously a reserve with great promise he just didn’t garner much interest on an open market with starter’s money. After some waiting and numerous visits, Butler re-joined his defensive coordinator...
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May 30, 2014  |  Discuss

New Orleans Saints add explosive depth at linebacker

In the fourth round of the 2014 NFL Draft the Saints selected Khairi Fortt, outside linebacker from Cal. Khairi (pronounced KY-REE) is a fantastic athlete with a great frame to play outside linebacker in the NFL; however, he’s just about maxed out that frame from a musculature standpoint. He did manage 30 reps at the combine, which is exceedingly impressive, but he’s one of those...
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May 10, 2014  |  Discuss

New Orleans Saints don’t need immediate producers, but must have a successful 2014 draft

The New Orleans Saints do not need to force this draft. I repeat: The New Orleans Saints do not need to force this draft! It would be a far more egregious mistake to take a huge risk for a player the team believes can contribute immediately in 2014 than to let the draft come to them and take whoever the best player available on their draft board is at pick number 27. That’s because...
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May 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Saints' recent moves signify strong commitment to a three-safety scheme

The three-safety alignment in the New Orleans Saints' defensive playbook originally served as a wrinkle. The team installed its 4-2-5 formation figuring there would be a time and a place to toss the odd twist at an opposing offense. Season-ending injuries to outside linebackers like Victor Butler and Will Smith last offseason pushed the Saints to morph from its planned 3-4 scheme...
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April 09, 2014  |  Discuss

New Orleans Saints: State of the outside linebacker position

New Orleans Saints: State of the outside linebacker positionAfter exploring the outlook of every other position, we conclude our analysis of the New Orleans Saints with a look at the outside linebacker position. Outside linebacker was one of the more questionable positions as the Saints tried to transition to the 3-4. However, things were looking up after they had signed Victor Butler...
March 09, 2014  |  Discuss

Mailbag: Grading the defensive position groupings

In this week’s mailbag, we go to part two of grading the New Orleans Saints position groupings. Our very own Travis Dauro gives us the season-long grade on the defensive side of the ball this week. 1. Defensive Lineman: A To me the defensive line was the best overall group on the Saints’ team this year. The Saints finished 4th overall in the NFL in sacks with 49; Cam Jordan...
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January 29, 2014  |  Discuss

Saints' Victor Butler looks to make impact after lost season

An offseason of promise almost became an offseason of panic for the New Orleans Saints last summer. By the time the dust had settled on the preseason, veterans Will Smith (ACL) and Jonathan Vilma (knee) were both placed on injured reserve, as was veteran free-agent defensive end Kenyon Coleman (chest). But perhaps the biggest blow on defense came in the form of Victor Butler'...
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January 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Saints Mailbag: Who are the Saints MVPs, more

We fielded questions through Twitter, Facebook and a few from our editors, combining them all for this week’s Saints mailbag. cover32 Saints columnist Travis Dauro gives us the straight talking look at some of the burning questions surrounding the Saints in the this week’s mailbag. There were pretty high expectations for the Saints coming into the 2013 season. How do you think...
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January 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Saints won't activate Victor Butler in 2013

The Saints have announced that linebacker Victor Butler will remain on the physically unable to perform list for the remainder of the 2013 season. Butler has been placed on the season-ending injured reserve list.Payton on Victor Butler: said rehab has gone well but he won't return this year, on reserve/PUP— New Orleans Saints (@Saints) December 11, 2013Butler has been rehabbing...
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December 12, 2013  |  Discuss

Victor Butler will not return to the Saints active roster this season

    During the final week of Saints OTAs LB Victor Butler suffered a torn ACL and was placed on the Physically Unable to Preform list. Coach Sean Payton said Wednesday that Butler, who injured his knee during the last week of organized team activities, will remain on the reserve/physically-unable-to-perform Players who start the season...
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December 12, 2013  |  Discuss

Saints OLB Butler officials done for season

Saints coach Sean Payton says outside linebacker Victor Butler won't be returning for the Saints' playoff push. The chances of Butler returning appeared remote since he tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee and had surgery in June. Yet New Orleans kept the possibility of Butler's return alive by placing him on the club's physically-unable-to-perform...
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December 11, 2013  |  Discuss

Saints LB Victor Butler resumes practice ‘super limited’

Linebacker Victor Butler joined the Saints in practice for the first time since tearing his ACL back in June. But according to Butler, he understands he has a long way to go before he can think of playing again, per ESPN’s Mike Triplett. “It was fun. I was super limited, but just to get out there and get in the linebacker individuals and feel like you’re a part of a team again...
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November 20, 2013  |  Discuss

2013 NFL Team Previews: New Orleans Saints

Key Additions QB Luke McCown, TE Ben Watson, OT Jason Smith, DE/OLB Victor Butler, CB Keenan Lewis, CB Chris Carr, S Jim Leonard, S Kenny Vaccaro (draft), OT Terron Armstead (draft), NT John Jenkins (draft), WR Kenny Stills (draft) Key Losses QB Chase Daniel, RB Chris Ivory, WR Devery Henderson, OT Jermon Bushrod, DE Turk McBride, DT Sedrick Ellis, OLB Jonathan Casillas...
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August 31, 2013  |  Discuss

Saints hoping Victor Butler can return this season

As mentioned yesterday, the New Orleans Saints are struggling to find answers on defense.  In the past week the Saints have acquired Parys Hamilton from San Francisco and claimed defensive back Jumal Rolle off waivers from the Bills just to fill the holes left from injury.  New Orleans is holding out hope that outside linebacker Victor Butler will be able to step in and help...
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August 28, 2013  |  Discuss

Saints use IR, PUP to help trim roster to 75

The New Orleans Saints have placed linebackers Will Smith and Chris Chamberlain and receiver Joseph Morgan on injured reserve, designated linebacker Victor Butler as physically unable to perform and cut three players. The Saints have also added two players - trading with San Francisco for linebacker Parys Haralson and claiming cornerback Jumal Rolle off waivers - to put their roster...
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August 27, 2013  |  Discuss

Saints linebacker Will Smith will miss the 2013 season with knee injury

The New Orleans Saints have reportedly suffered another major blow to their linebacker corp as veteran Will Smith sustained a season-ending knee injury in the team's preseason win over Houston on Sunday Pro Football Talk reports. It's the fourth significant injury at linebacker for the Saints this offseason. Victor Butler tore his ACL during mid-June at the end of organized...
Via Pro Sports Daily
August 26, 2013  |  Discuss

Saints Nation: 2013 53 Man Roster Prediction (Final Edition)

Ok here's my final stab at this. The big surprise I have is Jonathan Vilma on IR with the ability to come back later in the season, which means Victor Butler is done for the year. The Saints should cut a few guys by Tuesday to pare down to 75, and then they'll need to go to 53 after the Thursday night game by 6:30pm on 8/31 (Saturday). For me the toughest decision by far...
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August 26, 2013  |  Discuss
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