Player News - Saints

Date: Team: Pos:

Saints signed FB Zach Line.

Line spent the last two years as Adian Peterson's lead blocker in Minnesota. He had offseason hip surgery, but is fully recovered. With John Kuhn the favorite for fullback duties, Line is likely just training camp depth.
Aug 23 - 4:35 PM

Saints signed DE Bryan Braman, formerly of the Eagles.

An ace special teams player, 30-year-old Braman doesn't play defense.
Aug 23 - 2:46 PM

Saints LT Terron Armstead (shoulder) said he's "a little bit ahead" in his rehab.

Armstead is working his way back from June surgery to repair a torn labrum. He's currently on the PUP list and is expected to open the season there, which would cost him at least the first six games. In Armstead's absence, first-rounder Ryan Ramczyk has been filling in on Drew Brees' blind side.
Aug 22 - 8:13 PM

Saints coach Sean Payton said Willie Snead played into the fourth quarter Sunday because he wanted to get the receiver more reps after missing some practice time with injury in camp.

Payton told the same story about Coby Fleener. The reasoning makes sense, but it was still odd to see Snead playing at a time usually reserved for third stringers and camp bodies, especially after he was listed behind Ted Ginn on the unofficial depth chart. Snead remains the best fantasy bet behind Michael Thomas, but his usage Sunday raises at least some concern.
Aug 21 - 12:37 PM

ESPN Saints reporter Mike Triplett writes 2015 first-round LB Stephone Anthony's roster spot "appears to be in jeopardy."

Third-round pick Alex Anzalone looks set to win the weak-side linebacker job, and veteran Craig Robertson is the favorite for backup duties. That does not leave much room for Anthony, who is also dealing with an injury. A new start might be the best option for both sides.
Source: ESPN
Aug 21 - 9:50 AM

Saints third-rounder Alex Anzalone is in the lead for the team's weak-side linebacker job.

Craig Robertson and former first-round pick Stephone Anthony are still in the mix, but Anzalone is the frontrunner after starting and showing well in the second preseason game. Anzalone's career at Flordia was derailed by injury, but there has never been any question about his talent. He could end up being a massive value pick for the Saints.
Source: ESPN
Aug 21 - 9:43 AM

Saints rookie RB Alvin Kamara rushed five times for 61 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's preseason game against the Chargers.

Kamara's first carry of the game was an explosive 50-yard touchdown run. He looked great throughout, running decisively and exploding through the hole. He was also utilized in the passing game, catching a ball in the flat and scampering for a 20-yard gain. Kamara's success seems to have guaranteed him playing time in the regular season, but it's unclear how much.
Aug 20 - 9:24 PM

Manti Te'o is expected to be the Saints' starting middle linebacker.

Beat writer Nick Underhill anticipates Te'o starting in the Saints' base defense, then leaving the field on passing downs. Saints linebackers always offer theoretical IDP upside due to increased tackle opportunities, but Te'o's two-down role severely curbs his ceiling. He is also likely to be a liability enemy offenses attack with tight ends and running backs on early-down passes.
Aug 20 - 2:22 PM

Coach Sean Payton confirmed C Max Unger (foot) won't play in Sunday's preseason game.

Unger returned to practice this week, but was "extremely limited." The Saints plan on playing him in either the third or fourth preseason game. Barring a setback, Unger should be ready for Week 1.
Aug 19 - 2:21 PM

Saints CB Delvin Breaux has been diagnosed with a fractured fibula and will miss 4-6 weeks.

The team has fired its orthopedists after misdiagnosing Breaux weeks ago with a simple contusion. It's far more than that, and Breaux could have undergone surgery sooner. He's now likely to miss multiple regular-season games. It was reported earlier this week that the Saints were shopping Breaux, but the missed diagnosis has given Breaux a legit reason for missing practice.
Source: ESPN.com
Aug 16 - 9:35 AM

ESPN Saints reporter Mike Triplett reports DE Cameron Jordan has been "flashing more" than any other player in New Orleans' camp.

Snubbed from the Pro Bowl and Top 100 list last season, Jordan promised that a "sleeping giant" has been awoken. RT Zach Strief agrees, saying this is the "best camp" Jordan has "ever had." Jordan is a true every-down player who can play both end and rush from the interior. He was Pro Football Focus' No. 3-rated 4-3 end last season, playing well against the run and pass.
Source: ESPN.com
Aug 16 - 9:26 AM

The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports Saints CB Delvin Breaux underwent an X-ray on his left leg Monday.

Breaux has missed 9-of-15 training camp practices. He was originally believed to be dealing with a bruise, but the X-ray revealed a "more serious injury" that is nevertheless not considered a long-term issue. He's sporting a walking boot and crutches. Speaking Monday, coach Sean Payton couldn't hide his frustration with Breaux's lack of availability. It's beginning to look like Breaux is on his way out of New Orleans.
Aug 14 - 3:07 PM

Saints CB Delvin Breaux (undisclosed) has missed 9-of-15 training camp practices.

It sheds light on the Saints' reported interest in trading Breaux. It's fair to wonder if Breaux is sitting out practices coach Sean Payton believes he should be suited up for. Breaux missed 10 games with injury in 2016, ending the year on injured reserve with a shoulder issue.
Aug 14 - 2:41 PM

Saints coach Sean Payton said C Max Unger (foot) is "on schedule" for the third preseason game.

Unger returned to a limited practice Monday, and it sounds like he could ramp up activity even further in the near future. Unless he suffers a setback, he will be ready to go Week 1.
Aug 14 - 12:15 PM

Saints C Max Unger (foot) got in a limited practice Monday.

Unger was in pads and got in some work before leaving for a side field. The Saints will certainly take it slow with their starting center, but getting in work this early suggests he will be ready to go well before Week 1. With LT Terron Armstead out until at least October with a shoulder injury, that is a welcome development.
Aug 14 - 11:19 AM


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