Player News - Saints

Date: Team: Pos:

Saints placed WR Vincent Brown on injured reserve with a calf injury, ending his season.

Brown was placed on the active/PUP list Monday, but the Saints are simply ending this by booting him off the 90-man roster. Brown will likely be released with an injury settlement at some point. He was signed back in May after beating out Hakeem Nicks at a tryout, but was always a roster long shot.
Jul 26 - 8:31 PM

The New Orleans Times-Picayune is "not so sure" C.J. Spiller's roster spot is safe.

The paper reports it is possible the Saints try to trade Spiller during camp or cut him outright. Clearly behind Tim Hightower and with Travaris Cadet angling for work in the passing game, Spiller needs a strong and healthy camp to keep his job. Spiller has 776 total yards in the last two seasons.
Jul 26 - 12:45 PM

Saints placed LT Terron Armstead (soft-tissue injury) on the active/PUP list.

Armstead is dealing with an undisclosed soft-tissue injury. The issue is not believed to be serious, but it is possible he will miss the first couple weeks of camp. One of the best blindside protectors in the league, Armstead was rewarded with a five-year, $64.5-million extension in May.
Source: ESPN
Jul 26 - 10:54 AM

Saints placed CB Keenan Lewis (knee) on the active/PUP list.

Lewis is recovering from a number of issues, including knee surgery, hip surgery, and a sports-hernia operation. The Saints will bring him along slowly, so consider him more day-to-day. Lewis turned 30 earlier this offseason and is coming off a 2015 season where he played just 109 snaps across six games.
Jul 25 - 6:09 PM

Saints placed DE Hau'oli Kikaha (knee) on the active/PUP list.

Kikaha tore his left ACL last month and is expected to miss the entire season. Last year's No. 44 overall pick could open the year on reserve/PUP and spent the whole season there. Kikaha has torn his ACL three times now.
Jul 25 - 6:08 PM

Saints CB Keenan Lewis (knee, hip, sports hernia) expects to practice on the first day of camp.

Lewis cautioned he might not do everything right away, but any practice is a good sign coming off what amounts to a lost season. If -- and it is a big if -- Lewis can get and stay healthy, the Saints have the makings of a solid cornerback duo after Delvin Breaux established himself as a quality No. 1 last season.
Jul 23 - 12:46 PM

Walk-year QB Drew Brees said he and the Saints have not seriously discussed a contract extension since March.

Brees is set to count $30 million against the cap in the final year of his deal. With free agency all but wrapped up, the Saints do not have much incentive to lower his cap charge with an extension, and it does not appear they are terribly concerned about Brees bolting next spring. Brees has said he will not discuss a new deal during the season, giving the two sides around a month and a half to work something out. It would still be surprising if Brees entered the season without a new deal, but it is clearly not out of the question.
Source: ESPN
Jul 23 - 11:33 AM

Per ESPN Saints reporter Mike Triplett, Brandin Cooks "looks ready to explode" this season.

After a really slow start to last season, Cooks went nuts over the final nine games, catching eight touchdowns and topping 70 yards in six of those contests. Entering his third season, Cooks is still just 22 years old with plenty of room for growth. There's competition for targets in New Orleans, but playing half his games on the Superdome turf, Cooks is a good bet to finish with WR1 stats.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 20 - 1:17 PM

Saints coach Sean Payton has called first-year NFL player S Erik Harris a "pleasant surprise."

A 2012 UDFA, Harris spent three years in Canada, where he played alongside Saints CB Delvin Breaux. It was Breaux who brought Harris to the team's attention. "We had success with Breaux, and Delvin felt really strongly about (Harris)," Payton said. "He (runs) well and has good instincts. He’s receiving work at the free, he can play the strong, he’s versatile. That’s been a good add for us." Harris got some first-team reps in the offseason, but isn't in the mix to start with Kenny Vaccaro and Jairus Byrd entrenched. In a best-case scenario, Harris will springboard a strong camp into a role on special teams.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 19 - 6:21 PM

The New Orleans Advocate confirms Tim Hightower "seems like the best bet" to open the season as Mark Ingram's primary backup.

Signed off the street just one month before Ingram's year-ending shoulder injury last season, Hightower emerged as the Saints' every-down back and was a hero in the fantasy playoffs. The Advocate's Nick Underhill says C.J. Spiller "needs to prove he can still be productive" after a lost first season in New Orleans. Underhill even suggests Spiller's roster spot may not be assured. Ingram owners searching for a handcuff should look in Hightower's direction.
Jul 17 - 1:11 PM

The New Orleans Advocate expects Willie Snead and Coby Fleener to vie for the Saints' No. 2 pass-catching role.

Beat writer Nick Underhill is confident Brandin Cooks is the top option, setting his "floor" at 1,200 receiving yards with a ceiling of 1,500. Underhill indicated he wouldn't be shocked if Snead lost snaps in two-receiver sets to rookie Michael Thomas, who is ticketed for a big role in the red zone right away. Fleener's Average Draft Position has risen quickly over the last two months. Snead's has stayed roughly stagnant in the eighth to ninth rounds.
Jul 12 - 9:42 PM

The New Orleans Advocate's Nick Underhill believes Brandin Cooks' floor is 1,200 receiving yards.

That would represent a career high for the third-year receiver, who notched 1,138 yards and nine scores last season. 1,200 yards is certainly doable if Cooks takes on an even bigger role, but with Coby Fleener and Michael Thomas joining over the offseason, it is not a given he betters his 19.3-percent target share from a season ago. Even so, Cooks is a high-end WR2 with upside for more.
Jul 12 - 12:45 PM

Saints coach Sean Payton said he has not seen a drop off in play from Drew Brees.

"There's not a rep, a play where I've noticed something different," Payton told NFL Network's Total Access. Brees turned 37 in January, but he has thrown for at least 4,600 yards every season but one since 2008 and at least 32 scores every year over that span. That streak will come to an end at some point, but with Coby Fleener and Michael Thomas added to an already solid group of weapons, it is unlikely to be this season.
Source: NFL.com
Jul 12 - 10:57 AM

Saints signed DE Darryl Tapp.

Tapp, 32 in September, played 419 snaps as part of the Lions' defensive line rotation last season, notching a pair of sacks and receiving plus marks from Pro Football Focus for his run defense. He'll compete for a similar role in New Orleans. To make room for Tapp, the Saints waived TE Jack Tabb.
Jul 6 - 10:06 AM

Mark Ingram said he wants to retain his role in the passing game.

Ingram entered 2015 with just 53 catches total through four seasons, but he racked up 50 catches in just 12 games last year. "The last couple of years, I’ve had a lot more opportunities to show my abilities all-around," Ingram said. "I just want to be a guy who people look at me and say, ‘he’s one of the top backs in the league hands-down.Somebody that you have to respect and know where he’s at on every snap.'" With the added passing-game element he flashed last year, Ingram proved he has legit RB1 ability when healthy, but he has played in all 16 games just once in his career. Even with those injury concerns and C.J. Spiller a theoretical threat to his targets, Ingram is something of a value in the third round.
Jul 4 - 8:46 AM


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