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The 2015 Saints are a ‘Barrel of Monkeys’

The 2015 Saints need to be a ‘Barrel of Monkeys’. If you are wondering what the heck I am talking about that’s understandable. I am of course referring to the children’s game where you take a large number of monkey shaped figurines and use their hooked arms to create a long linked chain of ‘monkeys’.  The purpose of the game is to use one monkey to pick up another, and...
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History and Opportunity Led to the Drafting of Andrus Peat

Every team has their weaknesses, but there’s usually one in particular each season that does them in. The challenge for coaching staffs and personnel departments is addressing current needs while making sure other positions don’t go to pot. While you always want to fill immediate needs, the latter is just as important as the former. An area of strength can soon turn into an area...
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Podcast: Heath Evans Interview

Former Saint and current NFL Network Analyst, Heath Evans, stops by to talk bad coaching, bad locker rooms, what makes Sean Payton so good, and why Eagles fans hate him so much. The boys then talk Saints Hall of Fame, movies, Joe Horn ripping Goodell, and your Twitter questions. PS: Donate and the audio quality stays awesome and we have a podcast. Don’t forget to download our...
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Post Draft Analysis: Linebackers

I saved the Linebackers for last because it is in my opinion without question the group that both needed, and got, the most attention in the offseason.  I have actually found it a little disturbing how little attention the Saints horrendous linebacker position has gotten over the last few seasons. A solid group of linebackers is every bit as important to a defense as a QB is to...
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Saints Work out Wide Receiver Kris Durham

The Saints worked out Wide Receiver Kris Durham recently. The Georgia product was drafted by the Seahawks in 2011 in the 4th round. He’s also played for the Lions and the Titans. He’s an interesting physical specimen at 6’6” and 216 lbs, running a 4.46 40.
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The Saints Look to Shrink the Field in 2015

The Saints had nine picks heading into the draft and surprised everyone by using all nine. Payton stated that the picks acquired during the off-season would be used to shore up the defense. He was true to his word, and the team picked 6 defensive players and 2 offensive players going into the 7th round. During the later rounds in the draft teams are usually looking for raw physical...
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Intel on Mike McGlynn

Here’s a little tidbit I got from Arrowhead Pride on McGlynn via twitter. If Lelito or Kelemete (or both) don’t beat him out, that might not be a good thing.   @SaintsNationBlg rough year w/ the Chiefs. He was signed like a week before the season so it was a tough situation — Arrowhead Pride (@ArrowheadPride) May 22, 2015
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Saints kicker battle is Dustin Hopkins vs. Zach Hocker… for now

I don’t think many of us pictured the Saints carrying Dustin Hopkins and Zach Hocker as their two kickers on the 90 man roster right now, and yet here we are. What’s most surprising about this is that Sean Payton has never not had a veteran battling it out in camp before. Whether it was John Carney, Olindo Mare, Martin Grammatica, John Kasay or Shayne Graham, there has always...
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6 days ago  |  Discuss

Why an Undefined Vaccaro isn’t a Bad Thing

When Kenny Vaccaro was drafted 15th overall, most of the fan-base hated the pick. Many, including myself, were crying out for a pass rusher. “How could you pick a safety with Jarvis Jones on the board?” It’s worth pointing out that the much lauded pass rusher has managed only 3 sacks in two seasons in Pittsburgh. Perceptions changed once Vaccaro suited up. The rookie was feisty...
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Saints sign Andrus Peat to rookie contract

He was the last one left, now all 9 drafted rookies are under contract.   OT Andrus Peat has agreed to terms with the #Saints, per a league source. — Rand Getlin (@Rand_Getlin) May 21, 2015
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Where does the Saints roster stand post draft?

Now that the draft is over I’ve been meaning to run through the position groups and give my thoughts on where things stand. Where the Saints are deep and where they are vulnerable. Kudos to Brian Pavek, who’s been going through positions groups and outlining both the changes and the expectations moving forward. There’s naturally some overlap with this post here but here I...
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Saints sign G Mike McGlynn, release WR Andy Tanner

Tanner was never making the team and McGlynn will compete with Lelito and Kelemete for a starting spot. He’s been a starter in the NFL the last five seasons. This move is a no brainer. But read my tweet below. Yikes. Mike McGlynn, per @PFF, was rated dead last of 78 qualifying guards last year with a -32.6 grade. And the Chiefs replaced him w/ Grubbs — Saints Nation Blog (@SaintsNationBlg...
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Post Draft analysis: Safety, Wr, Coaches

The Saints post-season analysis wouldn’t be complete without looking at the teams weakest area last year (linebacker), but I am going to dedicate an entire post to that after this one. Today I want to look at the Safety, Wide Receiver, and Coaching changes (or not) that the Saints made and I am going to attempt to assess how those changes stack up going into next year. SAFETY:...
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Saints release K Shayne Graham, sign WR Lance Lewis

This was very unexpected. The kicker battle for now is between Dustin Hopkins and Zach Hocker, but Graham could always be brought back… and any other vet out there is just as much in competition. #Saints release K Shayne Graham, Sign WR Lance Lewis: http://t.co/q05ep2Neg4 pic.twitter.com/QScUw2mnzP — New Orleans Saints (@Saints) May 19, 2015
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Saints induct KRs Tyrone Hughes and Michael “Beerman” Lewis into the Saints Hall of Fame

The latest two players added to the Saints Hall of Fame are both kick returners I’ve had the pleasure of watching in person. Both were pretty much the best returners in the league for a short time at their peak. Hughes made the Pro Bowl as a rookie in 1993 and Lewis also made it once in 2002. Hughes finished his career with 5 kick returns (kickoff or punt) for touchdowns as a Saint...
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Last Chance Andy

From what I gather, “Last Chance Harvey” was a 2008 Dustin Hoffman film about a man who’s sad and walks around a city with a woman to make himself feel better. But we’re not talking about Dustin Hoffman, and this ain’t no movie. This is real. Andy Tanner has managed to stick around with the Saints going on 5 years now. This might be the best chance he’ll ever have...
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Podcast: Kevin is on a date!

The boys break down the Saints rookie mini camp plus Ralph rips media for overlooking obvious situation at corner Kevin call in WHILE ON A DATE Josh Morgan signs! Will he catch a pass? Will Peet play guard in camp? Mad Men finale and Ralph rants at people getting pissed off at TV shows Twitter Questions PS: Donate and the audio quality stays awesome and we have a podcast. Don...
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Saints sign veteran WR Josh Morgan

#Saints sign 7-year NFL veteran WR Josh Morgan, according to league source http://t.co/FBMpt8sYSn — Evan Woodbery (@TheSaintsBeat) May 17, 2015
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Saints release G Andrew Miller, OL Doniel Gambrell and WR Malcolme Kennedy

Camp bodies galore!   #Saints announce several roster moves following 2015 Rookie Camp -> http://t.co/GfCjxFD0KN pic.twitter.com/GCouGzGWCf — New Orleans Saints (@Saints) May 18, 2015
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The Saints pass rush could see a mad dash in 2015

If you had to sum off this off-season in one word, you might use the word “shift.” The 2014 New Orleans Saints came into the season with high expectations. They were a popular pick to go to the Super Bowl by fans and pundits alike. They went into the off-season with momentum, coming off a bounce back year. Returning from his year long suspension, Sean Payton brought back consistency...
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11 days ago  |  Discuss

Saints sign Northwestern WR Kyle Prater

Source: Saints sign Northwestern wide receiver Kyle Prater http://t.co/nH9Hm2LOb4 — Joel A. Erickson (@JoelAErickson) May 17, 2015
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Saints sign North Texas OL Antonio Johnson

Source: Saints sign OL Antonio Johnson http://t.co/GXWqyV2Lkq — Nick Underhill (@nick_underhill) May 17, 2015
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Saints sign kicker Zach Hocker, release LB Stephon Sanders

Source: Saints sign kicker Zach Hocker; release linebacker Stephon Sanders http://t.co/0dpXPjajmy — Nick Underhill (@nick_underhill) May 17, 2015
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What is obvious after the off-season

After a whirlwind of an off-season, things on Airline Drive are starting to settle. While it’s been reported that Kevin Williams and Da’quan Bowers have visited the team, we’re pretty much looking at the players that will make up the Saints 2015 roster. For the inaugural post I thought I’d share what is obvious after the off-season.   The Saints will play a lot of...
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12 days ago  |  Discuss

Intel on Davis Tull from @genehenleytfp

With all the new drafted players on board for the Black and Gold I took the time to reach out to some of the most knowledgeable fans, beat writers and bloggers for information on what to expect from the newest crop of talent. Davis Tull may be from UT Chattanooga but small schools have never stopped Sean Payton from turning a relative “nobody” into a star. The examples of small...
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