Player News - Saints

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The Saints have been working on Adrian Peterson's pass-catching ability in OTAs.

As the Minneapolis Star-Tribune's Matt Vensel points out, this was a common offseason storyline for Peterson with the Vikings. Peterson has topped 30 receptions just once since 2010, and the Saints have better receiving backs in Mark Ingram, Alvin Kamara and Travaris Cadet. Peterson's usage won't change much in New Orleans.
May 25 - 3:55 PM

Michael Thomas has bulked up from 210 pounds to 220.

By Pro Football Focus' count, Thomas broke 20 tackles as a rookie, fourth most amongst receivers. He will now be even harder to take down. The WR9 by total points last season, Thomas could explode to truly elite status in 2017 with Brandin Cooks out of the picture. Thomas led New Orleans in catches, targets and touchdowns last year.
May 25 - 3:42 PM

Saints signed OL Josh LeRibeus, formerly of the Eagles.

A 2012 third-round pick out of SMU, LeRibeus has failed to hang on with the Redskins and Eagles in previous stops. He's an offseason depth body.
May 15 - 5:41 PM

New Saints LBs coach Mike Nolan said he is "excited about" 2015 first-round LB Stephone Anthony.

Anthony fell deep into the doghouse last season, playing just 133 snaps after seeing 990 as a rookie. Nolan's arrival appears to have wiped the slate clean. "I've gotten to know Anthony on a personal level, as well as a football level in meetings, I like him," Nolan said. "Looking at tape of him, whether it was last year against Tampa Bay where he played the entire football game, whether it was the year before, he made a lot of plays." Nolan added he thinks Anthony is best suited to play inside. The Saints added both A.J. Klein and Manti Te'o, but they would probably prefer the former first-rounder earning the starting MLB job.
May 15 - 11:06 AM

Saints agreed to terms with TE Clay Harbor and T/G Khalif Barnes.

They're veteran depth additions for a team which already had solid depth at both tight end and offensive line. An athletic "move" tight end who has played with seemingly countless teams, Harbor turns 30 this July.
May 14 - 5:01 PM

The Saints are planning to have an open competition at defensive end opposite Cam Jordan.

"We're trying to find somebody that can hold down that other side opposite Cam," said DC Dennis Allen. "We've got a lot of good candidates, and we'll let the competition play out." Paul Kruger started opposite Jordan in 2016 but his contract wasn't renewed after the season. Alex Okafor, Obum Gwacham and third-round pick Trey Hendrickson are all in the conversation while Hau'oli Kikaha will also be a factor when he recovers from ACL surgery.
May 14 - 11:50 AM

Free agent TE Clay Harbor attended Saints' rookie minicamp as a tryout player this weekend.

Harbor was one of five veterans in attendance. The others were Khalif Barnes, Bryce Harris, Louis Murphy and Matt Simms. Harbor logged 95 underwhelming snaps for the Lions last year. The 29-year-old has suited up for four teams since arriving as a fourth-round pick in 2010.
May 14 - 10:03 AM

Saints rookie RT Ryan Ramczyk (hip) is 3-4 weeks from being fully cleared.

"He's in good shape. Getting a lot of work, but he's not getting the full team work," coach Sean Payton said. "He's picking things up very quickly." Ramczyk is ahead of schedule in his recovery from January surgery and will be ready for training camp. He's competing with Zach Strief for a starting job.
Source: ESPN
May 13 - 7:16 PM

Saints coach Sean Payton expects C Max Unger (foot surgery) to return by Week 3 of the preseason.

Pro Football Talk reported as much earlier in the week. The timeline gives him a couple week cushion to be ready for the start of the season even if he suffers a minor setback in camp. Senio Kelemete is expected to get the first-team work at center while Unger is sidelined.
May 13 - 1:42 PM

Philly Voice's Jimmy Kempski doesn't expect the Eagles to trade for Mark Ingram.

Since the Saints lost C Max Unger to foot surgery, rumors have surfaced of New Orleans pursuing Eagles C Jason Kelce, and Philly asking for Ingram. It makes sense from a need standpoint, but the Saints have shown no inclination to move Ingram, and they're not going to just give him away. More likely is the Eagles looking at Jeremy Hill or another back that gets cut.
May 10 - 1:00 PM

Pro Football Talk reports the Saints expect C Max Unger (foot surgery) to return during the preseason.

Unger underwent foot surgery over the weekend. NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reported Unger is doubtful for Week 1, but the Saints are apparently more optimistic. If New Orleans does expect him back during training camp, they are unlikely to seek out a short-term replacement option via trade.
May 9 - 11:19 AM

Saints C Max Unger underwent foot surgery this past weekend and remains questionable for the start of the season.

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport called Unger doubtful for Week 1, but Saints beat writers say it's too early to make that claim. Unger dealt with a foot issue last season and finally needed surgery to fix it. The Saints may explore outside options to replace Unger at the pivot. The Eagles have dangled C Jason Kelce in trade talks before.
May 8 - 11:42 AM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports Saints C Max Unger injured his foot and is expected to miss the start of the season.

The nature of the injury isn't yet known, but it sounds like Unger has a broken foot or Lisfranc injury. The Saints let top backup Tim Lelito walk as a free agent, so there isn't a clear replacement for Unger. Senio Kelemete may make the most sense, or the Saints could explore a trade. Veteran Nick Mangold is still on the free-agent market after his release by the Jets.
May 8 - 9:54 AM

Eagles released OL Josh LeRibeus.

LeRibeus was an 11-game starter for the Redskins in 2015, but spent last season on the street. LeRibeus is capable of playing anywhere on the line, but that versatility couldn't even keep him a spot on the Eagles' 90-man roster. LeRibeus turns 28 in July.
May 4 - 3:21 PM

Adrian Peterson said he feels like he has "a lot of years left."

Peterson is a 32-year-old back who was limited to three games last season by a meniscus tear, but he claims to be doing better than he was before the injury. Peterson has proven to be almost superhuman in the past, but even he cannot outrun time. That said, he could still be an impact contributor for the Saints this season.
May 2 - 1:50 PM


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