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Date: Team: Pos:

ESPN Saints reporter Mike Triplett expects WR Brandon Coleman to make the 53-man roster.

Coleman needs to translate his impressive practices to preseason games, but it's appearing increasingly likely he'll be among Sean Payton's 53. That means the question becomes if he'll beat out Nick Toon for No. 3 duties. It will be a battle to watch during exhibition action.
Source: ESPN.com
Aug 4 - 6:10 PM

Former CFL player Delvin Breaux has emerged as the favorite to cover the slot for the Saints.

Breaux will play inside with Keenan Lewis at left corner and Brandon Browner at his usual right cornerback post. Breaux was one of the most impressive players at Saints spring practices, and has maintained a significant lead on Kyle Wilson and rookie P.J. Williams early in training camp. The Saints will also mix SS Kenny Vaccaro into slot corner duty in sub-packages.
Aug 3 - 4:21 PM

Dustin Hopkins is outperforming Zach Hocker early in camp.

Hopkins is showing a stronger leg and has been more accurate. It's a fantasy situation to watch as the winner of this battle will be playing 10 games in a dome this season. It's also likely that Drew Brees' red-zone efficiency will wane without Jimmy Graham.
Aug 3 - 10:20 AM

The Saints will play SS Kenny Vaccaro in the box more this season.

He's also frequently aligned at slot corner during OTAs, which should increase Vaccaro's field time. With ballhawking FS Jairus Byrd on his way back, the Saints can afford to use Vaccaro closer to the line of scrimmage. Vaccaro is coming off a miserable 2014, but is a bounce-back candidate in IDP leagues.
Aug 2 - 2:23 PM

Saints second-year WR Brandon Coleman has "consistently looked good" early in camp, and is reportedly "separating himself from the pack."

The "pack" consists of Seantavius Jones, Josh Morgan, Joe Morgan, and others. A mammoth target at 6-foot-6, 225, Coleman has been likened to Marques Colston by coach Sean Payton. Colston is being eased into training camp, so Coleman has handled some first-team reps. We'll be keeping an eye on Coleman and whether he's able to challenge Nick Toon for the No. 3 receiver job.
Aug 1 - 8:55 PM

Saints DE Akiem Hicks lost 20 pounds over the offseason.

Hicks reported to camp at 325 pounds after playing at 345 last season. Hicks recorded just two sacks after a breakout five-sack campaign in 2013. The lost weight should help Hicks find the quarterback more consistently.
Source: ESPN.com
Aug 1 - 11:00 AM

NFL suspended Saints TE Orson Charles one game for violating the league's personal conduct policy.

Charles was arrested last April for a road rage incident. He won't count against the Week 1 roster if he makes the team. 24-year-old Charles is competing for a role behind Josh Hill and Ben Watson.
Jul 31 - 5:24 PM

Saints activated WR Marques Colston from the active/PUP list.

Colston's injury was never disclosed. The Saints intend to take it easy on their declining 32-year-old slot receiver, probably for most of camp. "We have to be smart with where Marques is at," coach Sean Payton acknowledged. "The reps are one thing, but making sure he’s getting into football shape. ... I think we’ll do a good job with some veteran players, he being one of them."
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 31 - 3:33 PM

Saints WR Brandon Coleman has seen "a lot of throws" early in training camp, while mixing in with both the starters and backups.

Beat writer Mike Triplett hints Coleman has pulled ahead of Seantavius Jones in their battle for snaps. Coleman still needs to gain ground on Nick Toon and/or Marques Colston to become a 2015 fantasy factor, however. Coming out of Rutgers in 2014, Coleman ran a 4.56 forty at 6-foot-6 and 225 pounds.
Jul 31 - 1:46 PM

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


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