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The Saints plan to "lean on" DE Cameron Jordan to key their pass rush following Junior Galette's release.

On the first day of Saints camp, Jordan lined up as a "seven-technique" end, hinting he'll have the opportunity to rush the passer off the edge more. New Orleans appears to have scrapped its 3-4 defense and will use more four-man fronts. Beat writers have suggested the versatile, athletic Jordan could be used as a "Joker" who moves around the defense and wreaks havoc.
Jul 30 - 2:26 PM

ESPN Saints reporter Mike Triplett threw "cold water" on Josh Hill's "fantasy buzz" Wednesday, saying Hill won't be playing the old "Jimmy Graham role."

Coach Sean Payton has professed his love for Hill numerous times this offseason, but Triplett believes that's because Hill is simply a good football player with the ability to run, catch, block and contribute on special teams. He notes that before Graham was a Saint, Payton didn't feature the tight end as much. Triplett mentioned Jeremy Shockey's 48-569-3 receiving line in 2009 as "realistic" for Hill. The truth is much of Hill's past success came because he was left wide open.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 29 - 12:23 PM

ESPN Saints reporter Mike Triplett reports WR Brandon Coleman is "playing faster and more at ease" this summer after struggling as a rookie.

Coleman had a tough time adjusting to the speed of the NFL as a priority UDFA last year, dropping passes on a daily basis. He was part of the Saints' final cuts and spent his entire rookie year on the practice squad. Coleman is competing with Joe Morgan, Josh Morgan and Seantavius Jones for two roster spots. Triplett calls Coleman a player "on the rise" who could become a red-zone threat.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 28 - 8:42 PM

Saints placed FS Jairus Byrd (meniscus) on the active/PUP list.

Byrd was reportedly "full go" in OTAs, but the Saints are going to bring him along slowly nevertheless. With Byrd going on 29 and sporting an increasingly-long injury history, the Saints have zero reason to rush him. The Saints badly need a bounce-back campaign from their high-priced defensive back as they look to move on from last year's subpar safety play.
Jul 28 - 5:19 PM

Saints placed WR Marques Colston on the active/PUP list.

Colston's "injury" is undisclosed. He shouldn't be sidelined more than a couple of days. Colston is on the record as expecting his practice reps to be "managed" all season. The Saints don't need to push their 32-year-old wideout in camp and the preseason.
Jul 28 - 5:19 PM

Saints signed TE Kevin Brock, formerly of the Bengals.

29-year-old Brock is a blocking tight end with some special teams value. He was apparently the Saints' fallback option after whiffing on Jermaine Gresham.
Jul 27 - 5:06 PM

ESPN Saints reporter Mike Triplett said Anthony Spencer will "get the first crack" at replacing OLB/DE Junior Galette.

Triplett said rookie Hau'oli Kikaha "will also figure into the mix." Spencer is a steady pass rusher with 104 games of NFL experience but he hasn't been the same since suffering a knee injury in 2013. He spent his first eight years in Dallas before signing with the Saints this offseason.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 26 - 9:59 AM

Following the release of Junior Galette, the Saints will lean on second-round pick Hau'oli Kikaha and Anthony Spencer as their top outside linebackers.

Losing Galette was a big blow to New Orleans' defense, which will now have to lean on its secondary more due to diminished pass rush. Spencer is a 31-year-old rehab project who managed 0.5 sacks as a rotational player across 13 games in Dallas last season. Kikaha is a technically-sound, but athletically-deficient rookie out of the University of Washington. If the Saints are going to execute a ball-control offense this season, they'll need their talent-flawed defense to play well above its ahead.
Jul 24 - 3:51 PM

ESPN Saints reporter Mike Triplett believes second-year CB Stanley Jean-Baptiste is on the roster bubble.

"Redshirted" as a rookie, the No. 58 overall pick of last year's draft played all of eight snaps. Coach Sean Payton has insisted the team knew Jean-Baptiste was a developmental prospect, but he'll be on the spot in camp. At best, Jean-Baptiste will be the team's No. 3 or 4 corner, manning the outside in sub-packages. Jean-Baptiste has a massive 6-foot-3, 218-pound frame.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 23 - 5:09 PM

ESPN Saints reporter Mike Triplett expects C.J. Spiller to catch "60-plus passes" this season.

Josh Hill has generated more noise as "Jimmy Graham's replacement," but Spiller might end up inheriting most of Graham's production. Triplett foresees Spiller being used by Sean Payton "in the mold of Darren Sproles and Reggie Bush," who were both high-volume receivers in Payton's past offenses. In 2014, the Saints led the NFL in passes thrown to running backs. Departed Travaris Cadet and Pierre Thomas combined for 83 receptions.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 23 - 12:49 PM

Saints placed OLB Davis Tull (shoulder) on the active/NFI list.

Tull missed all of OTAs, but the Saints had been targeting training camp for his return. When healthy, he'll compete at strong-side linebacker. Seventh-round pick Marcus Murphy and OL Antonio Johnson have also been placed on NFI.
Jul 22 - 6:17 PM

The Times-Picayune confirms there's "little doubt" Brandin Cooks will be the top target in the Saints' passing game.

Cooks, who was fully healthy all offseason, watched Jimmy Graham and Kenny Stills get traded away. Beyond lumbering Marques Colston and satellite back C.J. Spiller, Drew Brees is going to struggle to find reliable targets. Cooks, who was on pace to catch 85 balls as a rookie last year when he got injured, is a candidate for 100 receptions this time around.
Jul 21 - 9:18 AM

ESPN Saints reporter Mike Triplett expects the team to utilize a "committee" approach to replacing Jimmy Graham.

Triplett continues to throw cold water on the notion of a breakout season for Josh Hill, which may be supported by the Saints' standing contract offer to Jermaine Gresham. Beyond Brandin Cooks and C.J. Spiller, Triplett foresees Drew Brees "spread(ing) it around to the open man," and perhaps leaning on Marques Colston to play the biggest role in replacing Graham's red-zone presence. 25-year-old Hill is an upside TE2 pick, but not a bankable TE1.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 19 - 12:21 PM

Saints LT Terron Armstead allowed just three sacks last season.

He was consistent in all areas, receiving positive grades from Pro Football Focus in both pass blocking and run blocking. The neck injury that bothered Armstead at the end of 2014 wasn't an issue at OTAs. New Orleans spent a first-round pick on Stanford tackle Andrus Peat but he isn't a threat to Armstead. The 23-year-old has two years remaining on his rookie contract.
Jul 8 - 8:59 AM

Coach Sean Payton said he thinks Nick Toon's snaps will go "way up" this season.

Toon appeared in just eight games last season, averaging 30.1 snaps per day in those. Now Kenny Stills, Jimmy Graham and Robert Meachem are all gone and Toon is penciled in as the primary "Z," a role that will get him on the field in all three-wide sets alongside focal point Brandin Cooks and slot man Marques Colston. Toon has the tools to excel with this opportunity, making Kenny Stills' 32-641-5 line from 2013 a real possibility.
Jul 7 - 12:59 PM


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