Player News - Saints

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Saints CB Delvin Breaux (leg) has been medically cleared for football activities.

Breaux missed the entire season with a fractured fibula he suffered in training camp. He suffered multiple setbacks with the injury, and the Saints even fired some medical personnel as a result of the injury being misdiagnosed. Breaux has played in just six games since an impressive rookie 2015 season. He's set to be a restricted free agent, and it's unclear if he'll be back in NOLA.
Jan 17 - 10:29 AM

Impending free agent Drew Brees says he has no plans to test the market, and that he hopes to re-sign with the Saints before the start of the new league year.

"I'm not in the mood to make anything secretive," Brees said. "It's the same way I felt two days ago. It's the same way I felt 12 years ago. That is that I'll be here as long as they'll have me, hopefully." Brees, who turned 39 on Monday, cannot be franchise tagged, giving him a little leverage even if he insists he doesn't want to test the market. Brees' main goal could be some guaranteed money for 2019.
Source: ESPN.com
Jan 16 - 4:15 PM

Saints DE Hau'oli Kikaha (ankle) said he is back to full health.

Kikaha was specifically asked about his availability for OTAs, but he said he is "ready right now." A second-round pick in 2015, Kikaha has been plagued by injuries since entering the league including his third career ACL tear in 2016. He does have eight sacks in 27 career games, however, and would be an asset if he could stay healthy. Kikaha is owed $1.15 million in the final year of his rookie deal.
Jan 16 - 11:03 AM

ESPN's Mike Triplett believes it is "highly unlikely" Coby Fleener returns to the Saints on his current deal.

Coming off a season in which he caught just 22 passes in 11 games, Fleener is set to count $8 million against the cap with a $6.3 million salary. There is almost no chance he sticks around at those numbers, and while a pay cut is possible, it is more likely the Saints cut him outright. Doing so would save $3.2 million against the cap.
Source: ESPN
Jan 16 - 10:29 AM

Impending free agent Drew Brees expects to re-sign with the Saints.

Brees answered, "I do," when asked if he expects to stay, but the way he talked about the future was even more telling, saying the Saints are entering "a window of time here where we can really make a run at it." Brees set Saints' career-lows for yards and touchdowns as New Orleans transformed into a more balanced attack, but he still completed 72 percent of his throws and was spectacular in the Wild Card win. Even at 39, he has gas left in the tank.
Source: ESPN
Jan 15 - 9:08 AM

Josh Hill contributed three catches for 54 yards on six targets Sunday in the Saints’ Divisional Round loss to the Vikings.

His longest gain came in the second quarter on a 22-yard screen pass from Drew Brees. After catching just 16 balls during the regular season, Hill sprung to life with six grabs for 103 yards in his two postseason games. With Coby Fleener coming back from injury, Hill won't be an appealing fantasy option in 2018.
Jan 14 - 10:01 PM

Willie Snead delivered two catches for 18 yards on three targets Sunday in the Saints’ Divisional Round loss to the Vikings.

Snead played a season-high 46 snaps in the absence of slot receiver Brandon Coleman (neck). Though his counting stats weren't impressive, Snead saved the Saints' season (at least for another few minutes) with a clutch catch on fourth-and-10 late in the fourth quarter. That came a few minutes after Snead missed a golden opportunity by throwing an incomplete pass to a wide-open Alvin Kamara on a trick play. Snead was a trendy WR3 pick in fantasy last summer but never panned out while falling behind Ted Ginn and Coleman on the Saints' wide receiver depth chart. With New Orleans relying more and more on its ground game, we wouldn't count on Snead having a bounce-back year in 2018.
Jan 14 - 10:00 PM

Mark Ingram managed just 25 yards on 10 carries while catching his only target for a three-yard gain Sunday in the Saints’ Divisional Round loss to the Vikings.

Ingram never got anything going on Sunday, which was probably to be expected against Minnesota's top-tier run defense. It didn't help that New Orleans spent most of the day playing from behind and essentially abandoned the running game altogether after halftime. Ingram limped to the finish line, ending the year on a three-game touchdown drought while struggling to just 2.56 yards per carry during that span. It's not the finish Ingram was hoping for, but this was still by far his best season as the 28-year-old set career-highs in both rushing yards (1,124) and touchdowns (12). Even with Alvin Kamara playing a major role, Ingram should be in the RB1 conversation in 2018.
Jan 14 - 9:45 PM

Ted Ginn racked up eight catches for 72 yards on 11 targets Sunday in the Saints’ Divisional Round loss to the Vikings.

With Xavier Rhodes glued to Michael Thomas, Ginn spent most of the afternoon tangling with Trae Waynes. That matchup worked to Ginn's advantage, especially in the second half when the veteran contributed six catches for 53 yards. Ginn had a touchdown called back on an illegal shift in the second quarter and was also the intended receiver on the first of Drew Brees' two interceptions. A gadget player in his early years, Ginn has enjoyed a career resurgence by topping 700 receiving yards in each of his last three seasons. He'll be someone to consider as a late-round dart throw in fantasy drafts next summer.
Jan 14 - 9:45 PM

Michael Thomas nabbed seven-of-13 targets for 85 yards and two touchdowns Sunday in the Saints' Divisional Round loss to the Vikings.

Thomas got off to an inauspicious start on Sunday. He caught just two passes in the first half and wasn't even targeted until the second quarter while being shadowed by All-Pro cornerback Xavier Rhodes. But Thomas would not be denied in the second half, burning Minnesota for 54 yards after halftime as the Saints erased a 17-point deficit, only to lose on the game's final play. He beat Rhodes on his first touchdown, a 14-yarder, before schooling Terence Newman on a three-yard slant for his second score of the game. Keyshawn Johnson's nephew only scored five touchdowns during the regular season but went over 1,000 yards for the second straight year while setting a team record with 104 catches. He should be one of the first receivers off the board in fantasy drafts next summer.
Jan 14 - 8:45 PM

Alvin Kamara produced 43 yards on 11 carries while adding four catches for 62 yards and a touchdown on seven targets Sunday in the Saints' Divisional Round loss to the Vikings.

He out-touched backfield-mate Mark Ingram 15-11 including 10-3 in the second half. Kamara looked like he was shot out of a cannon on every touch and made a sensational leaping catch over Eric Kendricks for a 14-yard touchdown with 3:01 remaining in the fourth quarter. That put New Orleans ahead by one, though the Vikings would eventually end the Saints' season on a walk-off touchdown by Stefon Diggs. The 22-year-old dominated in 2017, finishing the regular season with 13 touchdowns while leading all running backs in receiving yards. The likely Rookie of the Year should be a top-five running back option in fantasy drafts next summer.
Jan 14 - 8:43 PM

Drew Brees completed 25-of-40 passes for 294 yards with three touchdowns and two interceptions while adding one yard on two carries Sunday in the Saints’ Divisional Round loss to the Vikings.

Brees was sacked twice for a loss of 16 yards. The soon-to-be 39-year-old (his birthday is Monday) got off to a dreadful start, hurling a pair of first-half interceptions. Brees misfired on a pass intended for Ted Ginn on his first pick while the second interception came on a play where Everson Griffen tipped the ball at the line of scrimmage. Brees flipped the script after halftime, distributing three touchdown passes including two to second-year stud Michael Thomas. His 14-yard strike to Alvin Kamara gave New Orleans its first lead with 3:01 remaining, though the Saints would later lose on a walk-off touchdown by Stefon Diggs. Brees' counting stats were down this year as the Saints put a greater emphasis on running the ball, but he still led the league in completion percentage and was second behind Alex Smith in quarterback rating. The future Hall of Famer is headed for free agency, but should be back for a 13th season in New Orleans.
Jan 14 - 8:41 PM

Saints declared WR Brandon Coleman, TE John Phillips, DE Al-Quadin Muhammad, RB Jonathan Williams, OT Bryce Harris, DE Kasim Edebali, and OL Cameron Tom inactive for the Divisional Round against the Vikings.

There are no surprises in this group. With Coleman nursing a neck injury, Saints slot receiver duties will come down to some combination of Willie Snead, Tommylee Lewis, and Austin Carr, although Michael Thomas leads the Saints in slot targets on the season. Xavier Rhodes plays in the slot only 2% of the time.
Jan 14 - 3:19 PM

Brandon Coleman (neck) is out for Sunday's Divisional Round game against the Vikings.

He couldn't get the green light after missing practice all week. Coleman (6'6/225) would have had a distinct size advantage over Terence Newman (5'10/197) in the slot. His absence will open up snaps for Willie Snead.
Jan 12 - 4:33 PM

Saints placed LG Andrus Peat on injured reserve with a broken fibula and a high-ankle sprain, ending his season.

According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, the ligament damage in Peat's ankle isn't as bad as originally feared, and he'll make a full recovery. Expect the Saints to take it easy on Peat in spring work, but he should be 100% well before training camp. Senio Kelemete will handle left guard the rest of the way.
Jan 10 - 2:41 PM


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