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Saints CB Brian Dixon is accusing police officers of racial bias following his Sunday arrest.

Dixon was booked in Miami Beach for resisting arrest without violence. Police say he was pulled over while riding a scooter for splitting lanes, swerving and traveling down the center of the roadway. Per the police report, Dixon said, "You’re seriously going to give me a ticket for that? I’m making a U-turn." The officer said that due to Dixon’s "imposing size, stature, and weight, as well as the defendant’s agitated state," Dixon was ordered to sit on the curb. When the officer approached, Dixon said, "Let me go. You’re just doing this because I’m a black man with dreads and I look like a criminal. I’m not a criminal."
Mar 30 - 9:43 AM

SI's Peter King suggests Saints DE Cameron Jordan and/or G Jahri Evans could be traded on draft day.

The Saints are trying to rebuild their identity on the fly, and the draft is an obvious spot to get active. Coming off a down year and entering the final year of his rookie deal, Jordan may be asking for more than GM Mickey Loomis is willing to give in an extension. Evans, previously mentioned as a candidate for release, could likely be had for a late-round pick. The Saints currently have an NFL-high five picks in the first three rounds.
Source: SI.com
Mar 30 - 8:10 AM

Saints CB Brian Dixon was arrested in Miami Beach for resisting arrest without violence.

Dixon played 166 snaps last season as an undrafted rookie out of Northwest Missouri State. Teams have been cracking down on off-field misbehavior in the wake of last season's highly publicized Ray Rice and Adrian Peterson scandals. Fringe players like Dixon can't afford missteps like this. It wouldn't be a surprise if the Saints cut him.
Mar 29 - 11:08 AM

The Buffalo News' Vic Carucci reports the Bills had interest in trading for Saints RG Jahri Evans.

Buffalo is looking for a bookend to Richie Incognito after Chris Williams was a 2014 free-agent flop. Williams is a questionable fit in OC Greg Roman's power scheme and would save the Bills $2.5 million as a post-June cut. The Saints were shopping both Evans and LG Ben Grubbs before dealing Grubbs to the Chiefs.
Mar 27 - 11:51 AM

Coach Sean Payton said the Saints knew second-year CB Stanley Jean-Baptiste was "going to be a developmental player" when they drafted him.

Payton confirmed the Saints still "like" last year's No. 58 overall pick. Jean-Baptiste started just 19 games at Nebraska and played just eight snaps as a deep-reserve rookie. He will compete with Delvin Breaux and Brian Dixon for the No. 3 corner job behind starters Keenan Lewis and Brandon Browner.
Source: ESPN.com
Mar 27 - 8:38 AM

Saints coach Sean Payton emphasized his "love" for third-year TE Josh Hill on Wednesday.

"This Josh Hill is another player that I love. I love," Payton said. "When you look at his runs, jumps, height, weight, speed, you look at his measurables — and he didn’t go to the Combine, thank God." Payton went on to say he believed Hill would be perceived much differently around the league had he not been an undrafted free agent. Hill is the kind of player whose fantasy hype train could spiral out of control, but he's definitely a candidate for a major step forward in 2015.
Source: ESPN.com
Mar 26 - 1:22 PM

Saints coach Sean Payton said at the NFL owners' meetings that C.J. Spiller and his agent prioritized fit first and foremost when pursuing a landing spot for Spiller.

Spiller was dreadfully mis-utilized by the post-Chan Gailey Bills. As opposed to prioritizing cash flow, Spiller went to the team he viewed could best put his talents to use. "To his agent’s credit, they looked at it from a ‘how he was going to be used’ standpoint, the system, the offense and wanting to be a part of it," Payton explained. "And we feel the same way." Payton called Spiller's highlight reel "unbelievable" on screens and sweeps. "When you watch his film you think of a lot of things he can do." Spiller should set a career high in catches with the Saints.
Source: ESPN.com
Mar 25 - 8:19 PM

The Saints plan to move WLB David Hawthorne to middle linebacker.

Hawthorne took a pay cut to remain in New Orleans and now could see his IDP value increase big time with former MLB Curtis Lofton gone to Oakland. Hawthorne was a tackle machine on the weak side and should rack up more statistics in the middle. Dannell Ellerbe will play weak-side linebacker in New Orleans, with Parys Haralson penciled in as the starter on the strong side.
Mar 25 - 11:41 AM

The Saints and LE Cameron Jordan have discussed a long-term contract.

After a dominant 2013 season that saw Jordan grade out as a top-four 3-4 end at Pro Football Focus, Jordan had a down year with the rest of the 2014 Saints. His sacks fell from 12.5 to 7.5, though Jordan remained a strong run defender. Jordan hasn't missed a game in his four NFL seasons and is entering the final year of his rookie deal. He's in the tier below J.J. Watt.
Mar 25 - 11:22 AM

Coach Sean Payton said third-year TE Josh Hill is a player "we value a lot."

Speaking Wednesday, Payton talked up both Hill and veteran TE Ben Watson as players whose roles are going to expand with Jimmy Graham out of the picture. Hill's ADP is skyrocketing by the day, as he's proven to be a touchdown-scorer in very limited opportunities during his first two seasons. He has TE1 upside, but is also a candidate to be overdrafted by the end of summer.
Mar 25 - 11:09 AM

Coach Sean Payton said the Saints are trying to "reduce the amount of points you may need to score to win a game."

The Saints are trying to shift their identity from a fastbreak, pass-happy, offensive juggernaut to more of a ball-control team. It's a massive schematic shift, but one that was probably necessary with Drew Brees showing signs of decline at age 36 and zero trips to the NFC title game since winning the Super Bowl in 2009. Expect the 2015 version of the Saints to lean heavily on power back Mark Ingram while placing an emphasis on major defensive improvement. Brees, who has lost Jimmy Graham and Kenny Stills this offseason, can't be counted on for the 650 attempts we're accustomed to.
Source: ESPN.com
Mar 24 - 8:38 AM

Saints GM Mickey Loomis insists Drew Brees isn't on the trade block.

There had been loose chatter that Brees could perhaps become the next Saint to go, but it's predictably not happening. "Anybody who thinks we're trading Drew Brees, that's just not true," Loomis said. Now 36, Brees has two seasons remaining on the five-year, $100 million deal he signed in July 2012.
Source: USA Today
Mar 23 - 1:13 PM

Khiry Robinson is expected to only get "occasional touches" as a "change-of-pace" back.

About a month ago, Robinson was penciled in atop the Saints depth chart at running back. Then Mark Ingram was re-signed to a $16M contract and C.J. Spiller was brought in on an $18M deal. The Saints have used committee approaches at the position before, but Robinson will be firmly behind Ingram as a big-back handcuff only. Last year, Sean Payton saddled up Ingram for 17.3 carries per game.
Source: ESPN.com
Mar 23 - 7:59 AM

Brandin Cooks was on pace for 85 catches, 997 yards from scrimmage, and over six touchdowns before succumbing to a year-ending thumb injury as a rookie.

Cooks was a hit-and-miss fantasy asset before going down, but these are pretty nice numbers for a rookie wideout who didn't turn 21 until his first NFL season was three weeks old. Cooks' fantasy outlook got a bump this offseason when the Saints traded away Jimmy Graham and Kenny Stills. See where Cooks lands in Evan Silva's Pre-Draft Top 150 Rankings, accessible at the link below.
Mar 22 - 10:54 PM

Saints re-signed OT Bryce Harris to a one-year contract.

26-year-old Harris has made four starts across three seasons, but is a liability when asked to handle significant snaps. The Saints originally declined to tender him as a restricted free agent. He'll battle for a roster spot.
Mar 20 - 1:42 PM


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