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ESPN Saints reporter Mike Triplett expects the Saints to employ a "pretty even workload" split between their top three tailbacks this year.

Pierre Thomas is expected to man the "nickel/third-down role" vacated by Darren Sproles, while Mark Ingram and Khiry Robinson share most of the ball-carrying heavylifting. As usual, New Orleans' 2014 backfield will be tricky to evaluate from a fantasy perspective on a week-by-week basis. Thomas is the best PPR pick, while Ingram offers the best value in touchdown-heavy leagues at his 13th-/14th-round ADP. Robinson's ADP is in the middle of round nine.
Source: ESPN.com
Aug 1 - 3:54 PM

Kenny Stills (quad) remains sidelined at Saints camp.

Stills went down last Friday, so he's missed almost a week. His absence has led to more opportunities for overwhelmingly impressive rookie Brandin Cooks, and third-year WR Nick Toon, whom coach Sean Payton claims has been "terrific." Stills is fighting for Drew Brees' looks, so he needs to get back on there.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 31 - 10:30 PM

Second-year LT Terron Armstead has been standing out in Saints camp.

Armstead's starting job has been assured since May, but he's put on a show in camp. "You love everything you see," Drew Brees said. "Not only just his talent, but you see it in his eyes. ... What I see with him is intensity and confidence, and that is what you love to see in a left tackle, ready for any type of challenge." A strong 2014 will lock Armstead in on the blindside for years to come.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 31 - 4:17 PM

Khiry Robinson's blitz pickup skills have been "impressive" at Saints camp so far.

Improving in pass protection is crucial if Robinson wants to steal some snaps from Pierre Thomas. He's a far better receiver than ex-Saint Chris Ivory, even though he hasn't gotten to show it yet. If Robinson can take a nibble out of Thomas' passing-game work and a nibble out of Mark Ingram's power-game reps, he'll have a decent role. There's flier appeal here in deeper formats.
Jul 31 - 11:16 AM

The Times-Picayune has named Nick Toon one of the most impressive players at Saints camp so far.

Toon has "consistently come up with catches on nearly every pass pattern." It sounds like rapid improvement from last season, when he played on just 205 snaps and was active for just eight games, looking overmatched when asked to fill in for Lance Moore.
Jul 31 - 11:10 AM

Saints removed FS Jairus Byrd (back) from the active/PUP list.

Byrd underwent back surgery in May, shortly after inking a six-year, $54 million deal. Tuesday will be his first practice with the team. Byrd and sophomore Kenny Vaccaro will form one of the most imposing safety duos in the league.
Jul 29 - 9:28 AM

Mark Ingram opened Saints training camp as the first-team running back.

Coach Sean Payton referred to Ingram as "one of our starters," while Pierre Thomas ran with the twos. "He's a guy that we felt played very well in the last half of the season," Payton said of Ingram. "It's a position where we obviously carry depth, because it's a position that gets nicked up." Including playoffs, Ingram rushed 55 times for 374 yards (6.8 YPC) and two touchdowns in the four games he received at least ten carries last season. The Saints are likely to continue utilizing a three-man backfield, however. Ingram is an RB3/4.
Jul 27 - 5:22 PM

Drew Brees called first-round pick Brandin Cooks' work ethic and ability to retain information "pretty rare for a young guy."

"Here's a guy who's obviously extremely talented," Brees said. "But more so than that, very intelligent. You get this feeling that he wants to be great, he loves football, he wants to learn. Every time he comes up to me, it's eyes wide. Feed me, feed me information. He absorbs it very quickly and goes out and applies it." Brees has loved Cooks since the Saints drafted him. Cooks is a sleeper for 70 receptions and 15-25 rushing attempts as a rookie.
Jul 26 - 4:55 PM

Saints WR Kenny Stills is not practicing on Saturday after suffering a quad injury in Friday's practice.

Coach Sean Payton said Stills had felt similar tightness in the quad two weeks before. The injury seems minor, but there is no timetable for his return. Stills is expected to fill the No. 2 receiver role vacated by Lance Moore this season.
Jul 26 - 9:07 AM

Saints coach Sean Payton expects FS Jairus Byrd (back surgery) to be cleared "sooner (rather) than later."

Payton said Byrd's recovery has gone "much like we expected." Byrd went under the knife in late May, and was given a shot at being ready for camp. He should be considered week to week, and likely to see time in the preseason.
Jul 24 - 7:22 PM

Saints WR Joe Morgan (ACL) is "a go" for training camp.

The word comes straight from coach Sean Payton. Morgan went down last August. He'll compete for a role as a situational deep threat in the Saints' crowded receiver corps.
Jul 24 - 6:30 PM

Saints UDFA TE Je'Ron Hamm reportedly "stood out" at pre-training camp practices for his "athleticism and pass-catching skills."

Hamm, who just turned 22, goes 6'3/236 with 4.65 speed and a 37-inch vertical. He played college ball at Louisiana-Monroe, catching 62 passes for 915 yards (14.8 YPR) and six TDs as a 20-year-old junior before an injury-plagued senior season. Hamm could be a practice squad candidate in New Orleans.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 22 - 11:33 PM

Saints placed NT John Jenkins (pectoral) on the active/PUP list.

Jenkins underwent surgery on his pectorals over the offseason and missed all of spring. We'll consider him day-to-day for the time being. Jenkins is going to push Brodrick Bunkley for nose tackle spot in DC Rob Ryan's defense.
Jul 21 - 6:17 PM

Jairus Byrd's recovery from back surgery has reportedly gone as expected.

Byrd underwent a minor procedure in late May to correct a disc issue. He might be limited when camp opens later this week, but no one around the Saints is concerned with his Week 1 status. Byrd, who landed a $54 million contract in free agency, will pair with Kenny Vaccaro to form arguably the game's premier safety duo.
Jul 21 - 11:11 AM

Numerous teammates noted first-round pick Brandin Cooks playing at a "different speed" than the rest of the Saints' offense during spring workouts.

Saints CB Keenan Lewis nicknamed Cooks "lightning." Added TE Ben Watson, "everybody looked at each other like, 'Wow, this kid is definitely at a different speed.'" "I haven't seen that kind of speed in a while," chimed in OLB Junior Galette. "He can get into that last gear quick. His speed is obviously top tier in the league." Reporter Mike Triplett considers Cooks a prime OROY candidate, floating 70 receptions for 800 yards as a realistic expectation.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 18 - 4:18 PM


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