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Saints rookie Andrus Peat said he has not taken any snaps at guard this offseason.

Most of Peat's work has come behind Zach Strief at right tackle. There was some speculation either Peat or Strief would kick to left guard after the Saints traded Ben Grubbs, but it appears New Orleans is comfortable with Tim Lelito. Peat will need a strong training camp to unseat Strief at right tackle.
Source: NFL.com
Jun 27 - 12:18 PM

The Saints led the league in pass-game targets to running backs with 166 last season.

The stars are aligning for the season we'd been hoping for from C.J. Spiller since his breakout 2012. It never happened in Buffalo under Doug Marrone and Nathaniel Hackett, but Spiller will be a focal point in New Orleans with Sean Payton. He could catch 70-80 passes and be a PPR asset. The Lions (165), led by ex-Saints assistant Joe Lombardi, finished second to the Saints in running back targets. Rookie Ameer Abdullah should be Detroit's pass-down back.

ESPN Saints reporter Mike Triplett believes the team could opt to release embattled OLB Junior Galette.

The Saints were tired of Galette's act even before a video surfaced over the weekend that appeared to show him assaulting a woman, so it's not a surprise. Cutting Galette now would create $12.1 million in dead money for 2016, but the Saints may feel it's worth it as Galette continues to find trouble off the field. It would be a major blow for Rob Ryan's defense, as Galette has tallied 22 sacks over the past two seasons. He's currently rehabbing a partial pectoral tear.
Source: ESPN.com
Jun 22 - 2:45 PM

ESPN Saints reporter Mike Triplett does not see a "major breakthrough" happening for third-year TE Josh Hill.

Triplett notes that 34-year-old blocker Ben Watson "might have led the Saints in catches during the OTA and minicamp practices that were open to the media," and may actually be a superior 2015 fantasy option to Hill. Coach Sean Payton recently suggested Hill's playing time will be limited to the "sub" offense, which would indicate Hill is not going to become a full-time player this season.
Source: ESPN.com
Jun 21 - 4:12 PM

ESPN Saints reporter Mike Triplett expects Mark Ingram and C.J. Spiller to end up "very close" in 2015 yards from scrimmage.

Another Saints reporter previously suggested Spiller could even end up with more touches than Ingram. Triplett is confident Ingram will lead the Saints in touches -- primarily because he'll get so many more carries -- but it's clear New Orleans is planning on a split backfield. Ingram is still a good bet for 14-plus carries per game, and he'll gobble up all available goal-line work.
Source: ESPN.com
Jun 21 - 4:09 PM

The NFL is looking into a 2013 video that shows an assault allegedly committed by Saints OLB Junior Galette.

The video shows a man accused of being Galette throwing punches and swinging a belt during a South Beach brawl. He can be seen hitting at least one man and a woman during the incident. Galette was recently acquitted of domestic violence charges stemming from a January arrest.
Jun 20 - 4:02 PM

Saints coach Sean Payton said first-round ILB Stephone Anthony hasn’t had any issues picking up the playbook.

Anthony has been playing behind Dannell Ellerbe, but projects as the Week 1 starter next to David Hawthorne. "He’s done a good job of getting acclimated to our system quickly," Payton said. "When you’re around him and visit with him, he's ready for the opportunities. We've been encouraged."
Source: ESPN.com
Jun 19 - 6:31 PM

ESPN Saints reporter Mike Triplett doesn’t expect rookie Andrus Peat to beat out Zach Strief for the right tackle job.

Peat has dealt with conditioning issues after Stanford’s quarter-system forced him to miss the first two weeks of OTAs. He’s facing an uphill battle to unseat Strief before Week 1. Peat is at risk of falling behind.
Source: ESPN.com
Jun 19 - 6:24 PM

After undergoing three separate medical evaluations, Saints owner Tom Benson has been ruled mentally competent to run his businesses.

This is big news because estranged members of Benson's family were trying to sue the soon-to-be 79-year-old due to him wanting to leave the Saints and NBA's Pelicans to his wife of 10 years instead of daughter and grandchildren. Benson can do whatever he chooses with his $2 billion-plus stake.
Jun 18 - 4:02 PM

The New Orleans Times-Picayune's Jeff Duncan issued a fantasy alert on C.J. Spiller, advising to "draft Spiller on your fantasy football team."

"The Saints are going to get him the ball in a number of ways this season," writes Duncan. "If he can stay healthy, he could have a breakout year. It certainly won't be for lack of opportunity." The Spiller hype train has been full-steam ahead for weeks now, though his ADP has actually dropped from the top of the fourth round to the top of the fifth. Brandin Cooks is the favorite to lead New Orleans in targets, but Spiller could finish a close second. PPR drafters should be eyeballing him.
Jun 17 - 9:00 AM

Marques Colston expects to have his practice reps "managed" throughout the year.

Colston, 32, sat out all of OTAs and has been a spectator at minicamp. Coming off a down 2014 that "hurt him badly" mentally and physically, Colston returns rejuvenated and ready to lead a very inexperienced receiving corps. Colston is a solid bet to lead the Saints in receiving touchdowns. Even with a "capped ceiling," Colston is good value at his 11th-round ADP.
Jun 17 - 8:33 AM

Delvin Breaux operated as the Saints' first-team nickel cornerback at Tuesday's minicamp practice.

Breaux had previously been running as an outside cornerback with the ones and twos. He got a promotion on Tuesday, replacing veteran Kyle Wilson in the slot, after shining throughout the offseason. Breaux was a premium signing out of the CFL in January. He has the size (6-foot-1, 195) to play inside or outside.
Jun 16 - 7:39 PM

Coach Sean Payton reiterated that Josh Hill's playing time is set to increase.

Payton clearly likes Hill, but even he is tapping the breaks a bit. When asked how much Hill's snap count will rise, Payton said, "It just depends on how much two tight end sets we’re in, how much sub (packages). I couldn’t say specifically that he is going to have 25 percent more playing time but certainly his playing time will increase. ... A lot of it will be by game plan and what we are trying to do." We still like Hill as an 11th- or 12th-round upside pick thanks to athletic ability and opportunity, but a Jimmy Graham-like eruption isn't happening.
Jun 16 - 9:56 AM

Doctors have determined that Saints OLB Junior Galette's pectoral injury can heal through "rest and rehab."

The Saints caught a huge break here. Had Galette required surgery, he might have missed all of 2015. Instead, NFL Network's Ian Rapoport says Galette "may actually be ready for the season." Galette was New Orleans' 2014 sack leader, piling up ten with three forced fumbles. It does sound like Galette will miss a large chunk of training camp, and may not play this preseason.
Jun 16 - 12:17 AM

The Saints put in a waiver claim for TE Tim Wright.

The Saints don't want to be done at the tight end position. They've been linked to free agent Jermaine Gresham for a couple months and were among the 10 teams that bid on Wright (the Bucs landed him with the top waiver priority). Josh Hill's "F" role could have at least been threatened by Wright. Hill remains an upside pick in the 11th or 12th round of fantasy drafts, but beat writers have warned not to expect him to truly fill the Jimmy Graham role.
Jun 15 - 11:24 AM


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