Team Notebook: New Orleans Saints

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Saints | Keenan Lewis will be ready
Sat, 23 Jul 2016 10:41:49 -0700

New Orleans Saints CB Keenan Lewis (hip) said he will be ready to practice on the first day of training camp, but he may not be participating in everything right away.


Saints | No talks between Saints, Drew Brees
Sat, 23 Jul 2016 08:46:24 -0700

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
Wed, 20 Jul 2016 16:21:45 -0700

New Orleans Saints FS Jairus Byrd (knee) should be able to participate in most of training camp and the preseason games. He missed a majority of the offseason workouts because of his injury.


Saints | Two Saints rookies sidelined
Wed, 20 Jul 2016 15:49:54 -0700

New Orleans Saints DE D.J. Pettway (undisclosed) was placed on the Physically Unable to Perform list Wednesday, July 20. OT Avery Young (undisclosed) was placed on the Non-Football Injury list.


Saints | Michael Thomas to work as starter?
Tue, 19 Jul 2016 22:59:14 -0700

New Orleans Saints WR Michael Thomas has a big body and could be a stud receiver in the red zone. Many project him to be the team's No. 2 wideout behind WR Brandin Cooks.


Saints | Erik Harris turning heads in NOLA
Tue, 19 Jul 2016 19:03:15 -0700

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?
Sun, 17 Jul 2016 17:13:12 -0700

New Orleans Saints RB Tim Hightower is the best bet to serve as the primary backup for RB Mark Ingram, according to beat writer Nick Underhill.


Saints | Running backs fighting for roster spots
Sun, 17 Jul 2016 10:42:52 -0700

New Orleans Saints RBs Travaris Cadet, Daniel Lasco and Marcus Murphy will all be battling for a spot on the final roster, with Cadet being the most likely to make the team.


Saints | Sheldon Rankins may play every down
Fri, 15 Jul 2016 13:52:42 -0700

New Orleans Saints DT Sheldon Rankins performed well during the team's minicamp this offseason and should have a chance to be on the field for all three downs in 2016.


Saints | New Orleans not pushing for Anquan Boldin
Fri, 15 Jul 2016 12:15:49 -0700

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
Thu, 14 Jul 2016 13:08:37 -0700

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
Wed, 13 Jul 2016 10:32:03 -0700

New Orleans Saints TE Coby Fleener could be the second option in the passing game behind WR Brandin Cooks.


Saints | Willie Snead high on totem pole
Tue, 12 Jul 2016 20:06:43 -0700

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
Tue, 12 Jul 2016 20:05:54 -0700

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
Tue, 12 Jul 2016 06:41:20 -0700

Free-agent RB Reggie Bush (49ers) has no interest from the New Orleans Saints, according to head coach Sean Payton.


Saints | Nick Fairley contract has incentives
Sun, 10 Jul 2016 04:25:44 -0700

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
Fri, 08 Jul 2016 21:55:48 -0700

New Orleans Saints DT Nick Fairley was graded higher than any defensive linemen on the roster last season, according to Pro Football Focus.


Saints | One-year deal for Darryl Tapp
Wed, 06 Jul 2016 16:18:05 -0700

Updating a previous report, New Orleans Saints DE Darryl Tapp's deal is one year in length. Financial terms were not disclosed.


Saints | Jack Tabb waived
Wed, 06 Jul 2016 07:44:35 -0700

New Orleans Saints TE Jack Tabb was waived Wednesday, July 6.


Saints | Darryl Tapp joins Saints
Wed, 06 Jul 2016 07:12:51 -0700

Free-agent DE/LB Darryl Tapp (Lions) signed an undisclosed deal with the New Orleans Saints Wednesday, July 6.


Saints | Mark Ingram wants to show versatility
Mon, 04 Jul 2016 19:29:29 -0700

New Orleans Saints RB Mark Ingram said his goal this year is to remain a factor in the passing game and force opposing defenses to account for him on every snap.


Saints | Mark Ingram the go-to back when healthy
Sun, 03 Jul 2016 20:38:58 -0700

New Orleans Saints RB Mark Ingram was on the field for 62.6% of the offensive snaps, the highest percentage of any running back on the roster, in the games he played in last year.


Saints | New Orleans had interest in Connor Shaw
Sat, 02 Jul 2016 06:08:22 -0700

The New Orleans Saints placed a waiver claim on Chicago Bears QB Connor Shaw but he was awarded to the Bears.


Saints | Drew Brees confident in young receivers
Thu, 30 Jun 2016 09:19:08 -0700

New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees has confidence in his young corps of wide receivers led by WR Brandin Cooks and WR Willie Snead.

"I think when Drew is out there, he doesn't look at Brandin Cooks as a young player," head coach Sean Payton said. "I don't think he looks at Snead that way anymore because of the experience they've had. There's a combination there of guys that know what to do and how do they fit with the scheme that we're asking of them."


Saints | Kyle Wilson has torn labrum
Mon, 27 Jun 2016 09:57:54 -0700

New Orleans Saints CB Kyle Wilson (shoulder) was put on the Reserve/Injured list last week due to a torn labrum in his shoulder.


Saints | Kyle Wilson placed on IR
Fri, 24 Jun 2016 13:54:57 -0700

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
Wed, 22 Jun 2016 20:40:46 -0700

New Orleans Saints WR Brandon Coleman needs a strong training camp and preseason to secure his roster spot, as the team drafted a similar type of receiver in WR Michael Thomas.


Saints | Austin Johnson's job security unclear
Wed, 22 Jun 2016 20:40:16 -0700

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
Wed, 22 Jun 2016 20:39:35 -0700

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
Wed, 22 Jun 2016 20:38:09 -0700

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
Sun, 19 Jun 2016 14:32:36 -0700

New Orleans Saints LB Dannell Ellerbe (undisclosed) missed some practices this offseason because of undisclosed injuries but expects to be ready for the start of training camp.


Saints | Drew Brees likes Coby Fleener
Sat, 18 Jun 2016 12:47:04 -0700

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
Sat, 18 Jun 2016 10:57:03 -0700

New Orleans Saints SS Jamarca Sanford (undisclosed) was placed on the Reserve/Injured list Saturday, June 18. DL Lawrence Virgil was re-signed in a subsequent move.


Saints | Garrett Grayson set for steady reps
Fri, 17 Jun 2016 21:46:30 -0700

New Orleans Saints QB Garrett Grayson will continue to see the same amount of reps if the team decides to bring in a fourth quarterback before training camp, head coach Sean Payton said.


Saints | New Orleans to have battle at LG
Fri, 17 Jun 2016 13:41:11 -0700

New Orleans Saints OG Senio Kelemete and C Tim Lelito will compete for the starting left guard job during training camp. Kelemete and Lelito share reps at the position during offseason workouts.


Saints | Michael Thomas impressive during workouts
Fri, 17 Jun 2016 13:35:52 -0700

New Orleans Saints WR Michael Thomas made several impressive catches during offseason workouts and was willing to talk with QB Drew Brees after plays in order to learn things.


Saints | Obum Gwacham worked with starters
Fri, 17 Jun 2016 13:35:22 -0700

New Orleans Saints DE Obum Gwacham received most of the work at pass rusher with the first-team offense after DE Hau'oli Kikaha (knee) suffered his knee injury.


Saints | New Orleans backfield taking shape
Thu, 16 Jun 2016 16:45:13 -0700

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
Thu, 16 Jun 2016 10:28:51 -0700

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
Mon, 13 Jun 2016 23:08:41 -0700

Updating a previous report, New Orleans Saints LB Hau'oli Kikaha (knee) tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee, which he had repaired twice in college.


Saints | Coach talks C.J. Spiller
Mon, 13 Jun 2016 14:58:56 -0700

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
Sun, 12 Jun 2016 16:11:59 -0700

New Orleans Saints RB C.J. Spiller said his skill set is built for the Saints' offense, and he believes he can flourish now that he is 100% healthy.


Saints | Surgery hindered C.J. Spiller
Sat, 11 Jun 2016 11:15:52 -0700

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
Fri, 10 Jun 2016 16:35:19 -0700

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
Thu, 09 Jun 2016 16:52:17 -0700

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.


New Orleans Saints

Allen Dennis DC
Allen Jack C
Allen RaShaun TE
Alston Shawne RB
Anderson James LB
Anderson Justin LB
Anthony Stephone LB
Armstead Terron OT
Baker Edwin RB
Barth Connor PK
Bell Reggie WR
Bell Vonn SS
Beyah Malcolm WR
Breaux Delvin CB
Brees Drew QB
Brock Kevin TE
Brown Vincent WR
Butler Ezra LB
Byrd Charles AC
Byrd Jairus FS
Cadet Travaris RB
Campbell Dan AC
Carmichael Pete OC
Carter Tony CB
Cheek Joseph OG
Coleman Brandon WR
Coley Henry LB
Cooks Brandin WR
Crawley Ken CB
Curry Ronald AC
Dalrymple Dan AC
Dangerfield Jared WR
Darby Alden S
Davison Tyeler DT
Dixon Brandon CB
Dixon Brian CB
Drescher Justin OL
Edebali Kasim DE
Egnew Michael TE
Ellerbe Dannell LB
Elston Trae FS
Eulls Kaleb DT
Fairley Nick DL
Fleener Coby TE
Flynn Matt QB
Forbath Kai PK
Foster Glenn DL
Giunta Peter AC
Glenn Aaron AC
Golic Mike OT
Grayson Garrett QB
Griffin Garrett TE
Grumbs Jose FS
Gunta Peter AC
Gwacham Obum DE
Harper Roman SS
Harris De'Vante CB
Harris Erik S
Harris R.J. WR
Hayes Tom AC
Henry Marcus C
Hightower Tim RB
Hill Josh TE
Hills Tony OT
Hobby Marion AC
Hoomanawanui Michael TE
Houma Sione FB
Hunter Kendall RB
Ingram Mark RB
Ireland Jeff TO
Jenkins John DL
Johnson Austin FB
Johnson Bill AC
Jordan Cameron DL
Kelemete Senio OT
Ketchum Mike AC
Kikaha Hau'oli LB
Kwan Stan AC
Lacy Ryan CB
Lampman Jake WR
Lasco Daniel RB
Laurinaitis James LB
Lee Dillon LB
Lelito Tim OG
Lemon Cyril OG
Leonard Brent WR
Lewis Keenan CB
Lewis Tommylee WR
Lombardi Joe OC
Loomis Mickey GM
Mabry Ashaad DL
Manhertz Chris TE
Mathews Ryker OT
Mauti Michael LB
McCown Luke QB
McGlynn Mike OG
McGriff Wesley AC
McMahon Greg AC
Morstead Thomas P
Morton John AC
Murphy Marcus RB
Neu Mike AC
Onyemata David DT
Orgeron Ed AC
Owens Christopher CB
Payton Sean HC
Pease John AC
Peat Andrus OT
Pettway D.J. DL
Prater Kyle WR
Pruitt Jimmy CB
Pyne Jim AC
Rankins Sheldon DL
Richardson Bobby DE
Robertson Craig LB
Robinson William OT
Romeus Greg DL
Roushar Dan AC
Sanford Jamarca SS
Schoettmer Jeff LB
Shanle Scott LB
Snead Willie WR
Spiller C.J. RB
Steward Tony LB
Strief Zach OT
Stupar Nathan LB
Swann Damian CB
Tapp Darryl LB
Thomas Joel AC
Thomas Michael WR
Thompson Tyrus OT
Tull Davis DE
Tupou Fenuki OT
Turner Landon OG
Unger Max C
Vaccaro Kenny FS
Virgil Lawrence DL
Vitt Joe AC
Walker Devon S
Williams Jordan WR
Williams Kevin DL
Williams P.J. CB
Wilson C.J. DL
Wilson Kyle CB
Young Avery OT