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Drew Brees to help Odell Beckham Jr. attempt to set record for most one-handed catches, ESPN reports

You can watch it all happen on ESPN at 4:30 EST on Thursday
Via The Times Picayune - LSU
37 minutes ago

Saints Nation’s 10 Worst Plays of 2014: #5 Entire game of the 41-10 loss at home to the Panthers

A lot of games were really awful this year. I’d put at Dallas and hosting Atlanta as two of the most difficult to stick with all the way through. But not even those top the dismal performance that was the Panthers home game which ended in a 41-10 loss. This one was over before it began and never amounted to anything remotely close to positive. This was as big of a beating as a...
Via The Saints Nation
11 hours ago  |  Discuss

Saints, Pelicans owner asks judge to dismiss heirs' lawsuit

  New Orleans Saints and Pelicans owner Tom Benson is asking a judge to dismiss a lawsuit filed by recently estranged heirs who are seeking control of his NFL and NBA teams. Benson, whose lawyers filed an answer to the lawsuit in civil district court in New Orleans on Tuesday, says he made a ''deliberate, reasoned and difficult decision'' to change his succession plan so that Gayle...
Via AP on Fox
17 hours ago  |  Discuss

Hearing for former NFL star Darren Sharper set for Feb. 17

LOS ANGELES (AP) A preliminary hearing for former NFL All-Pro safety Darren Sharper on charges that he drugged and raped two women he met at a West Hollywood nightclub has been tentatively set for Feb. 17. A Los Angeles Superior Court judge set the new hearing date Tuesday after meeting privately with prosecutors and defense lawyers. Sharper says he agrees with the delay. Judge...
Via AP on Fox
22 hours ago  |  Discuss

PODCAST: Bensons at War for Saints and Pelicans

The boys discuss Who Dat say Gonna Own Dem Saints? Are you on Team Gayle or Team Rita? PICK A SIDE YOU COWARD Ralph breaks down accusations against Tom Benson being senile Saints Delvin Breaux, CFL’s Deion Sanders! Kevin discusses Tom Brady’s balls Your Twitter Questions Super Bowl Picks PS: Donate and the audio quality stays awesome and don’t forget to download our Iphone app!Itunes.
Via The Saints Nation
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Positional review: Wide Receiver

If I were ranking these positions purely on talent and maximum potential, then the Saints Wide receivers might be at the very top for the team. There is more receiving talent on this team than at any point in the Brees/Payton era. However, there is also a lot of young and (as of yet) unproven talent that is still developing. Football is a game that requires a lot more than the raw...
Via The Saints Nation
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Grade Day: New Orleans Saints show out at 2015 Pro Bowl

The New Orleans Saints couldn’t seem to put it all together during the 2014 season, but bless their hearts they showed up at the 2015 Pro Bowl. Tight end Jimmy Graham played a key role in Team Irvin’s victory, catching three passes for 30 yards and two touchdowns (including the winning score). Running back Mark Ingram churned out a game-high 72 yards on 11 carries, and quarterback...
Via cover32 - Saints
1 day ago  |  Discuss

New Orleans Saints TE Jimmy Graham Dunks Over Goal Posts as Promised

Prior to the Pro Bowl New Orleans Saints tight end Jimmy Graham pledged to dunk the ball over the goal post should he score a touchdown during the game. That touchdown came courtesy of a Mathew Stafford pass in the second quarter and gave Team Irvin a 16-13 lead at the time.As promised, after the touchdown he dunked the ball over the goal post, but somehow did not get penalized for it.Read more »
Via FatManWriting
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Drew Brees: An Aging Star, A Lost Season

Good piece by Greg A. Bedard below on Monday Morning Quarterback. This touches on the reasons for 2014 demise we’ve all already discussed, but it’s worth repeating because the quote by Brees is poignant. This quote is still indirect, but reading between the line it’s clear he thinks that while the team may be talented, lack of maturity and leadership doomed the Saints from...
Via The Saints Nation
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Saints Review: Offensive and Defensive Line Positions

While researching offensive line statistics, I expected to find not-so good stats, which would explain the struggles of the offense this season. Don’t get me wrong, there are some that explain the struggles, but there were some surprises.Let’s dig into the numbers.First, the Saints’ offensive line was the most experienced in the NFL. They had a combined 459 starts between Zach...
Via Pro Football Spot
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Saints have good showing in Pro Bowl

If you missed the Pro Bowl last night, first of all congratulations. That’s what I’m here for. I suffered through it to give you a little recap since some of our boys were playing for the last time this season. Team Irvin won the game 32-28 meaning Jimmy Graham and Mark Ingram were on the winning side, while Drew Brees suffered through defeat. The winners walk away with $55,000...
Via The Saints Nation
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Was Keeping Ryan a Good Move for New Orleans?

The 2014 season left Saints fans in complete confusion when it comes to the defense side of the field. Without any doubt, the biggest letdown of the year was the playing and coaching under Rob Ryan. Losing consecutive games by less than three points, while having the lead, is nothing but pure disappointment. After many teams losing head coaches, players, and other personnel, the...
Via Pro Football Spot
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Saints Nation’s 10 Worst Plays of 2014: #6 Colston’s fumble at Falcons

The season started off with such promise as the Saints raced to an early lead in Atlanta while Jairus Byrd quickly created his first takeaway. But Matt Ryan would end up throwing for a career high in yards, the Falcons would march down in the final seconds to send the game to overtime with a 50+ yard field goal, and then Marques Colston would cough up the game with this fumble which...
Via The Saints Nation
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Saints sign CFL cornerback Delvin Breaux

I guess it’s a good sign that Breaux was so high in demand for a workout, but we’ll need him to turn out better than Marcus Ball if it’s going to help the Saints’ cover abilities at all.   Delvin Breaux, a standout CFL CB who worked out for 13 NFL teams, has reached agreement with the New Orleans Saints. — Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) January 24, 2015 You can also...
Via The Saints Nation
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Saints Draft Analysis: Tight Ends

During the Sean Payton era in New Orleans, there has been perhaps no position on the field as crucial to the success of Drew Brees and this offense than that of the tight end position. And Jimmy Graham has matured into one of the best in the league. But last season, with Graham's production down significantly early on, the Saints discovered that they not only had depth at the position...
Via Pro Football Spot
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Saints Want RB Mark Ingram Back Next Season

According to impending free agent RB Mark Ingram, the Saints want to re-sign their former first-round selection this offseason. “They said they want me back, for sure,” Ingram said, via Katherine Terrell of the Times-Picayune. “I was their draft pick, so they said they definitely want me to come back.” Ingram made it clear that he too would like to get a deal in place that...
Via NFL Trade Rumors
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Jimmy Graham plans to dunk at the Pro Bowl

Dunking the goal post in official NFL games is a violation that has earned the term “The Jimmy Graham Rule.” New Orleans Saints’ tight end Jimmy Graham, who is known for making some awesome and sometimes goalpost bending dunks, was fined $30,000 in the preseason for violating his namesake rule. Now that Graham is on free range at the Pro Bowl, he was asked if he planned to...
Via Sportsnaut
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Free Agency: Who will join the Saints: Part 2 Defense

So I continue right where I left off from last post. The Defense. Just like the previous post, please leave your thoughts on these guys I suggest and who do you like to see in the Saints uniform. A complete list of FA’s leaving teams can be found here. I have listed the positions below in standard order, not showing the positions on which I think no change is needed. For instance...
Via The Saints Nation
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Saints owner Tom Benson cuts ties with kids, grandkids

The New Orleans Saints picked the perfect time to drop the ball.   While DeflateGate was dominating every sports headline this week, Saints and New Orleans Pelicans owner Tom Benson fired his grandaughter, Rita Benson LeBlanc, as owner and vice chairperson. He also cut ties with Benson LeBlanc, his daughter Renee LeBlanc and his grandson Ryan LeBlanc, sending them this letter...
Via NESN.com
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Saints Owner Tom Benson Pens Cold-Blooded Letter To Daughter And Grandchildren

The transfer of ownership power of the New Orleans Saints and New Orleans Pelicans just got nasty — really nasty. Tom Benson, the 87-year-old philanthropist who owns both franchises — whose health has deteriorated over the past year — has pulled an audible and plans to bequeath control of the franchises to his third wife, Article found on: Next Impulse Sports
Via Next Impulse Sports
5 days ago  |  Discuss

NFL Notes: 49ers, Bengals, Packers, Saints, & Texans

49ers ESPN’s Adam Schefter first reported that the 49ers have hired former Raiders interim HC Tony Sparano as TEs coach. Bengals ESPN’s Adam Schefter mentioned on Thursday’s NFL Insiders that he doesn’t expect Vance Joseph to be coaching with the Bengals next year, even though the team prevented him from taking the Broncos’ DC job. Packers Former Packers QB B...
Via NFL Trade Rumors
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Tom Benson’s Family Files Suit Claiming He’s Incompetent as Owner of the Saints, Pelicans

In a story that could almost literally be ripped from a day-time soap opera plot, the family of New Orleans Saints and New Orleans Pelicans owner Tom Benson has filed suit indicating that he’s incompetent as owner of the two professional sports franchises. It’s a rather long story, so we will refer to Nola.com for some of the in-depth information here. Apparently, Benson recently...
Via Sportsnaut
5 days ago  |  Discuss

New Orleans Saints Free Agency Departures

As we approach the beginning of the 2015 offseason the New Orleans Saints must take a good hard look at their roster if they hope to not have a repeat of their disappointing 2014 season. The first stop on every team’s offseason is their pending free agents. A team’s roster is constantly turning over each season and new spots must be opened up so it can be critical that the team...
Via isportsweb.com
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Wednesday New Orleans Saints News & Senior Bowl Practice Items

If yesterday was about the defensive side of the ball, today is about the offensive side of the ball. It’s easy to blame the New Orleans Saints’ lack of success in 2014 entirely on the defense. And it deserves a lot of the blame. But not all of it. The offense was rugged and at times downright offensive (pun very much intended). The offense had its own troubles. Drew Brees...
Via cover32 - Saints
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Drew Brees on “Team Carter”, Graham and Ingram on “Team Irvin”

If you’re curious about the Pro Bowl rosters you can check out Team Carter and Team Irvin. Brees won’t be throwing a touchdown pass to Jimmy Graham this year because they are on opposing teams. Ingram is on Graham’s team as well, drafted by Michael Irvin.
Via The Saints Nation
6 days ago  |  Discuss
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