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Saints signed DT Tyrunn Walker.

The Saints need an extra body up front after losing Sheldon Rankins to a torn Achilles' tendon. A Ram in 2017, Walker spent the regular season on the street.
Jan 15 - 2:19 PM

Impending free agent Mark Ingram wants to stay with the Saints.

"I was drafted here. I met my wife here. My children were born here," Ingram said. "I hope we win a Super Bowl and hopefully everything works out. It’s a business, and I hope everything works out. I love it here." It is a nice sentiment, but as Ingram points out, it is a business, and it is more likely a team which does not have Alvin Kamara atop the depth chart will be willing to pay this spring.
Jan 15 - 9:46 AM

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports Saints LG Andrus Peat is playing through a broken hand.

Peat suffered the injury in Week 17 then went under the knife during the Saints' Wild Card bye. Peat got positively dominated in New Orleans' Divisional Round win over the Eagles. Of course, that often happens even when he's healthy. It doesn't appear as if the Saints are planning any changes for the NFC Championship Game.
Jan 14 - 2:02 PM

An MRI has confirmed Saints DT Sheldon Rankins tore his Achilles' tendon in Sunday's Divisional Round win over the Eagles.

Brutal. The 2016 first-rounder was a huge presence, literally and figuratively, in the middle of the Saints' defense this season, gobbling up the run and generating pass-rushing heat to the tune of eight sacks. Now the 25-year-old (in April) will be questionable for Week 1. He will be a strong candidate to begin the year on the reserve/PUP list. Torn Achilles' tendons remain one of the toughest injuries for a football player to come back from.
Jan 14 - 1:35 PM

ESPN's Mike Triplett reports the Saints believe DT Sheldon Rankins suffered a torn Achilles' on Sunday.

Rankins was carted off the field during the first quarter of New Orleans' win over the Eagles. He will undergo an MRI on Monday to confirm, but it looks like Rankins is staring down a lengthy recovery which could stretch into next season. A first-round pick in 2016, Rankins had his best season as a pro this year, recording eight sacks and 15 quarterback hits. The Saints will have to decide whether to pick up his fifth-year option this spring.
Source: ESPN
Jan 14 - 9:29 AM

Ben Watson caught his lone target for 12 yards in the Saints' Divisional Round win over the Eagles.

Watson has long been off the fantasy map as the fifth or sixth option in this offense.
Jan 13 - 8:17 PM

Keith Kirkwood caught both of his targets for eight yards and one touchdown in the Saints' Divisional Round win over the Eagles.

Kirkwood got the Saints on the board with a two-yard touchdown catch after getting wide open in the end zone in the second quarter. Fighting for scraps behind Michael Thomas and Alvin Kamara in this offense as the No. 3 or 4 wideout, Kirkwood has to hit pay dirt to pay off as a DFS dart throw.
Jan 13 - 8:15 PM

Tre'Quan Smith caught his lone target for 15 yards in the Saints' Divisional Round win over the Eagles.

It was a strong-handed catch over the middle with the defensive back hanging all over him. Since Ted Ginn's return, Smith has been mostly a non-factor.
Jan 13 - 8:14 PM

Ted Ginn caught 3-of-7 targets for 44 yards in the Saints' Divisional Round win over the Eagles.

Ginn's seven looks were second on the team to Michael Thomas' 16, and Ginn very easily could have had a much bigger afternoon if Drew Brees hadn't badly underthrown him on a should-be long touchdown that was instead picked off on the first play of the game. It was clear Brees wanted to get Ginn the ball in this one, but it just didn't work out. Ginn will again be in play as a cheap DFS play next week in what should be a thrilling shootout with the Rams.
Jan 13 - 8:12 PM

Mark Ingram rushed nine times for 53 yards in the Saints' Divisional Round win over the Eagles.

He added nine yards on two catches in the pass game. Ingram was out-touched 20-11 by Alvin Kamara, who amassed 106 scoreless yards. Ingram only really accrues volume when the Saints are hammering teams. That's unlikely to be the case next week in the NFC Championship against the Rams. He touched the ball 10 times against L.A. in Week 9, totaling 36 scoreless yards.
Jan 13 - 8:11 PM

Alvin Kamara rushed 16 times for 71 yards and caught all four of his targets for 35 yards in the Saints' Divisional Round win over the Eagles.

The offense was still asleep for the entire first quarter, getting drilled by the Eagles 14-0, but things got cooking after a successful fake punt run by Taysom Hill. Kamara out-touched Mark Ingram 20-11 and out-gained him 106-62 while neither found the end zone, though Kamara had a long touchdown catch from Hill called back on a holding penalty. Kamara will get the Rams at the Superdome next Sunday. Kamara had 116 yards and three TDs against L.A. in Week 9.
Jan 13 - 8:06 PM

Drew Brees completed 28-of-38 passes for 301 yards, two touchdowns, and one interception in the Saints' 20-14, Divisional Round win over the Eagles.

Brees threw an interception of the first play of the game, a horribly underthrown deep ball to Ted Ginn that should have been a long touchdown. Brees later underthrew Taysom Hill on a deep ball again. The entire offense, including Brees, was off for the entire first quarter, not showing up until a converted fake punt seemed to give the team a jolt after the Eagles got a 14-0 lead. Brees threw short touchdowns to both Keith Kirkwood and Michael Thomas. New Orleans will host the Rams in the NFC Championship next week. Brees had 346 yards and four touchdowns against the Rams in Week 9.
Jan 13 - 8:01 PM

Michael Thomas caught 12-of-16 targets for 171 yards and one touchdown in the Saints' 20-14, Divisional Round win over the Eagles.

Thomas saw a whopping 42.1% target share in this one and was simply doing whatever he wanted, whether it was beating the defensive backs across their faces with quick slants, bullying them with size or just running by them. His long gain went for 42 yards, and Thomas' touchdown was a two-yard box-out play in the third quarter to give the Saints their first lead, and one they wouldn't relinquish. Thomas will get the Rams at home in the NFC Championship game next Sunday. When these teams met in Week 9, Thomas hung a 12-211-1 line on Marcus Peters.
Jan 13 - 7:49 PM

Saints declared TE Dan Arnold, WR Austin Carr, C Will Clapp, DE Trey Hendrickson, OT Derek Newton, LB Manti Te'o and RB Dwayne Washington inactive for Sunday's Divisional Round game against the Eagles.

All are healthy scratches. OT Terron Armstead (pectoral), S Chris Banjo (knee), OT Jermon Bushrod (hamstring), WR Ted Ginn (knee), DE Alex Okafor (knee), OG Andrus Peat (hand), OT Ryan Ramczyk (shoulder) and OG Larry Warford (knee) are good to go for the Saints' playoff opener.
Jan 13 - 3:27 PM

Saints LT Terron Armstead (shoulder) is expected to play in Sunday's Divisional Round game against the Eagles.

Armstead sat out the regular season finale but was removed from the injury report this week. He isn't 100 percent, but he's healthy enough to play. Armstead's blind-side presence is a boost for Drew Brees and the Saints' pass protection.
Jan 11 - 8:51 PM


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