Team Notebook: New Orleans Saints
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Saints | Keenan Lewis will be ready
Saints | No talks between Saints, Drew Brees
New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees said he has not had contract extension talks with the Saints in the past three months. Brees said he would like to sign an extension at some point before the start of the regular season.
Saints | Jairus Byrd should be healthy for camp
Saints | Two Saints rookies sidelined
Saints | Michael Thomas to work as starter?
Saints | Erik Harris turning heads in NOLA
New Orleans Saints S Erik Harris was working in a potato chip factory four years ago, but after landing a job with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats of the Canadian Football League he met Saints CB Delvin Breaux. The latter talked up Harris to everyone in the organization, and the team liked what they saw enough to sign Harris. Now, he has played both safety spots while rotating in with the first-team defense during organized team activities (OTAs) and minicamp. "He's been a pleasant surprise," head coach Sean Payton said.
Saints | Tim Hightower the backup?
Saints | Running backs fighting for roster spots
Saints | Sheldon Rankins may play every down
Saints | New Orleans not pushing for Anquan Boldin
Updating a previous report, free-agent WR Anquan Boldin (49ers) received some interest from the New Orleans Saints earlier in the offseason, but the team never made him an offer and are not pushing to sign him at this point, according to a source.
Saints | Anquan Boldin of interest to Saints
Free-agent WR Anquan Boldin (49ers) has been pursued the strongest by the New Orleans Saints, according to a source. Boldin thinks highly of Saints wide receivers coach John Morton, who coached him with the San Francisco 49ers.
Saints | Coby Fleener could be second option
Saints | Willie Snead high on totem pole
New Orleans Saints WR Willie Snead had a big season in 2015, and the big question heading into 2016 is whether he loses snaps in two-receiver sets to WR Michael Thomas or another player. Beat writer Nick Underhill feels if Snead gets the same opportunities as last season he could have an even better season.
Saints | Brandin Cooks in line for big year
New Orleans Saints WR Brandin Cooks managed 1,138 receiving yards last season, and beat writer Nick Underhill sets the floor at 1,200 yards heading into 2016, with Cooks possibly flirting with 1,500 yards if he can stay healthy and post a few big games.
Saints | Reggie Bush won't land with Saints
Saints | Nick Fairley contract has incentives
New Orleans Saints DT Nick Fairley has $1.75 million in incentives for 2016 that were recently disclosed. There are three 'playing time thresholds' that Fairley could reach, each carrying a $250,000 bonus. There are also three 'sack thresholds' worth $250,000 each. Finally, if Fairley manages to play 35 percent of his team's snaps and record at least four sacks, he'll make another $250,000.
Saints | Nick Fairley should make an impact
Saints | One-year deal for Darryl Tapp
Saints | Jack Tabb waived
Saints | Darryl Tapp joins Saints
Saints | Mark Ingram wants to show versatility
Saints | Mark Ingram the go-to back when healthy
Saints | New Orleans had interest in Connor Shaw
Saints | Drew Brees confident in young receivers
New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees has confidence in his young corps of wide receivers led by WR Brandin Cooks and WR Willie Snead.
Saints | Kyle Wilson has torn labrum
Saints | Kyle Wilson placed on IR
New Orleans Saints CB Kyle Wilson (undisclosed) was placed on the Reserve/Injured list Friday, June 24. The team also signed free-agent DE C.J. Wilson (Lions). Terms of the contract were not disclosed.
Saints | Brandon Coleman has stiff competition
Saints | Austin Johnson's job security unclear
New Orleans Saints FB Austin Johnson is the only fullback on the roster currently. He has been on and off the roster recently, and his status heading into the season hinges on whether the team decides they need a fullback.
Saints | NOLA backup RB spots up for grabs
New Orleans Saints RBs Travaris Cadet, Daniel Lasco, Marcus Murphy are likely to jockey for the spots behind RBs Mark Ingram, Tim Hightower and C.J. Spiller. Murphy and Lasco benefit special teams, with Murphy as a return man and Lasco for coverage. Cadet might also crack the roster as a runner, receiver and return man, and the final spot might come down to Cadet and Murphy and who is hotter in training camp and the preseason.
Saints | Garrett Grayson needs to show progress
New Orleans Saints QB Garrett Grayson will have to earn the No. 3 job and show some real progress to keep him roster spot. He will be slotted behind QBs Drew Brees and Luke McCown. Since the team invested a third-round pick on Grayson last year as a developmental project, he is likely to stick around.
Saints | Dannell Ellerbe will be ready for camp
Saints | Drew Brees likes Coby Fleener
New Orleans Saints TE Coby Fleener has an uncanny ability to separate and get open, according to QB Drew Brees. "There's always a place to throw the ball where he can get it," Brees said. Fleener was targeted eight times during 7-on-7 drills and 11-on-11 drills this week -- the same number of targets as WRs Brandin Cooks and Willie Snead.
Saints | New Orleans makes two roster moves
Saints | Garrett Grayson set for steady reps
Saints | New Orleans to have battle at LG
Saints | Michael Thomas impressive during workouts
Saints | Obum Gwacham worked with starters
Saints | New Orleans backfield taking shape
New Orleans Saints RB Mark Ingram is the lead running back for the Saints, while RB Tim Hightower appears to be the backup, according to Larry Holder of The New Orleans Times-Picayune. RB C.J. Spiller holds the No. 3 spot.
Saints | P.J. Williams playing with confidence
New Orleans Saints CB P.J. Williams took snaps with the first-team defense in team drills Wednesday, June 15, and head coach Sean Payton said Williams is playing with confidence. Williams is healthy after missing last year with an injury and has impressed in practices. The New Orleans Times-Picayune's Larry Holder says that Williams is playing more physical.
Saints | Hau'oli Kikaha has third ACL tear
Saints | Coach talks C.J. Spiller
New Orleans Saints RB C.J. Spiller's "health and movement skills" were noticeably different, and he was a pleasant surprise during organized team activities, head coach Sean Payton said. "He worked his butt off in the offseason to get the strength back in that knee. That's been really encouraging."
Saints | C.J. Spiller believes he fits offense
Saints | Surgery hindered C.J. Spiller
New Orleans Saints RB C.J. Spiller (knee) said knee surgery during training camp last season played a big role in his disappointing season. Spiller said he wasn't able to cut and stop like he normally would and he lacked the explosion that he's known for. Spiller said last season is behind him now and that the road to recovery is looking bright.
Saints | New Orleans have some options at pass rusher
New Orleans Saints DEs Kasim Edebali, Obum Gwacham and Davis Tull are candidates to replace LB Hau'oli Kikaha (knee) as a pass rusher on defense. Edebali (undisclosed) appears to be the most likely candidate for the job since he recorded five sacks in 2015, but he missed all of the offseason workouts because of an undisclosed injury. Gwacham worked with the first-team defense during practice Thursday, June 9. The team could also look to add a veteran before the start of the season.
Saints | Roman Harper should make team
New Orleans Saints SS Roman Harper will have a role on the Saints' defense this season, according to head coach Sean Payton. Harper played with the Saints from 2006 to 2013 and returned to New Orleans Tuesday, June 7.
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