Player News - Saints

Date: Team: Pos:

Saints placed WLB Dannell Ellerbe on injured reserve with a foot injury, ending his season.

Per NFL.com's Ian Rapoport, Ellerbe will be released with an injury settlement once he's healthy. He hopes to be cleared in three weeks. Headed into his age-32 campaign, Ellerbe's recent career has been wrecked by injury. He's made just 16 appearances since 2013. His phone isn't going to be ringing off the hook, despite what his agent is telling some media members.
Jul 25 - 3:46 PM

Saints re-signed LB Michael Mauti to a one-year contract.

A seventh-round pick in the 2013 draft, Mauti has been unable to stay on the field due to health problems. He appeared in eight games for the Saints last season before undergoing surgery to fight ulcerative colitis in November.
Jul 24 - 5:48 PM

Saints placed LT Terron Armstead (shoulder surgery) on the active/PUP list.

Armstead tore his labrum in June and is expected to open the regular season on reserve/PUP, costing him at least the first six games. The Saints are giving first-round pick Ryan Ramczyk the first crack on Drew Brees' blind side. Armstead is a super-talented lineman, but he played under 40 percent of the Saints' 2016 snaps and they still fielded a strong offensive line.
Jul 24 - 5:12 PM

Saints re-signed exclusive rights free agent WR Willie Snead to a one-year, $615,000 contract.

As an exclusive rights free agent, Snead essentially had no real rights, and was forced to sign this minimum-salary tender in continued hopes the Saints will make a longer-term commitment in the future. Not yet 25 years old, Snead remains an underrated asset in Dynasty leagues. He has posted consecutive top-35 PPR receiver finishes and should see a potentially significant uptick in volume this year with Brandin Cooks gone to New England.
Jul 24 - 5:04 PM

Saints TE Josh Hill (leg) has passed his physical, and "did well" on his conditioning test.

Hill sat out OTAs, but has gotten healthy after breaking his fibula in December. Hill should be good for his usual 15-18 catches this season.
Jul 24 - 2:38 PM

Unsigned exclusive rights free agent Willie Snead will report to Saints camp on Thursday.

"No holdout," Snead said in a text. "I'll be on the practice field." Snead has little recourse but to sign his $615,000 tender, but has been holding out hope for a long-term deal. The Saints would certainly engender some goodwill by working out a compromise, but have little to fear, as Snead will be a restricted free agent next offseason. The Saints hold all the cards, but have hinted they might be willing to play ball.
Jul 24 - 1:26 PM

Saints placed C Max Unger (foot) and LT Terron Armstead (shoulder) on the active/PUP.

Neither move is a surprise. Armstead will open the season on the reserve/PUP after undergoing shoulder surgery in June, and he will likely be out until October. Unger is expected to be ready for Week 1.
Jul 24 - 1:06 PM

Josh Katzenstein of The Times-Picayune believes Saints first-round rookie Ryan Ramczyk is "the most likely candidate to replace" Terron Armstead (shoulder) at left tackle.

Armstead will be sidelined until at least October after undergoing shoulder surgery in June, opening up a massive hole along the offensive line. Ramczyk may be the early favorite for the job, but veterans Khalif Barnes and Bryce Harris will also get their shots. LG Andrus Peat could also kick out to tackle again like he did when Armstead was sidelined last year.
Jul 24 - 10:16 AM

Travaris Cadet isn't expected to make the Saints' 53-man roster.

After setting a career high with 40 catches last season, Cadet is on the outside looking in following the additions of Adrian Peterson and rookie Alvin Kamara. Daniel Lasco is considered the favorite for No. 4 duties. The Saints reportedly have been shopping Cadet for trade, but teams may simply just wait until he's released.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 21 - 9:59 AM

ESPN Saints reporter Mike Triplett believes third-year LB Stephone Anthony is on the roster bubble.

A first-round pick in 2015, Anthony fell into the dog house last season, playing just 133 snaps on defense. New LBs coach Mike Nolan said he was "excited about" working with Anthony, however, and thinks he can thrive as an inside linebacker. New Orleans will certainly keep him around if he matches Nolan's expectations, but Anthony needs to show well in camp.
Source: ESPN
Jul 20 - 10:24 AM

Adrian Peterson wants to surpass 500 receiving yards this season.

Peterson's best single-season total was 436 yards playing with Brett Favre in 2009, and he thinks getting to work with Drew Brees will allow him to set a new personal best. The problem is the Saints have two backs -- Mark Ingram and Alvin Kamara -- who are better in the passing game than Peterson and project to take on most of the receiving work. Peterson is full of confidence as usual, however, and coach Sean Payton said he does not think the veteran has lost a step. With Peterson sure to be the subject of many puff pieces in training camp, his ADP is likely to get out of control in the very near future.
Jul 11 - 10:42 AM

In games where Willie Snead played at least 70% of the Saints' offensive snaps last season, he averaged 8.7 targets, 6.4 catches, and 81.1 yards.

With the departure of Brandin Cooks, Snead figures to play in the slot in three-receiver sets and on the outside in two-receiver sets. Snead established himself as an elite route-runner in both the slot and outside his first two seasons. His current ADP is WR33, lower than his previous two finishes of WR30 and WR32. You can read more about Snead in Connor Allen's article "Your Need For Willie Snead" in the link below.
Jul 8 - 12:01 PM

ESPN Saints reporter Mike Triplett reports the team has been high on second-year DT David Onyemata this offseason.

That's convenient, as Onyemata is in line for a bigger role with DT Nick Fairley sidelined for the season. The No. 120 overall pick of last year's draft, Onyemata played 393 shaky rookie snaps. He turns 25 in November.
Source: ESPN.com
Jun 27 - 5:20 PM

Saints placed DT Nick Fairley (heart) on the reserve/NFI list.

Fairley is expected to miss all of 2017, and his career is in grave danger. Per the New Orleans Times-Picayune, the decision was made after consulting with "several doctors." Fairley has received at least three opinions on his heart condition. It's bitterly disappointing news after Fairley appeared in all 16 games for the first time in six NFL seasons last year, amassing career highs in tackles (43) and sacks (6.5). It's also a major blow to a Saints defense that remained woefully ineffective in 2016.
Jun 26 - 4:37 PM

Saints third round RB Alvin Kamara saw reps at receiver during OTAs.

Kamara split time practicing with both the running backs and wideouts. It confirms the Saints plan to use him in a pass-catching role. Coach Sean Payton says Kamara has been a "quick study."
Source: ESPN
Jun 24 - 4:04 PM


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