Player News - Saints

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ESPN Saints reporter Mike Triplett believes third-year LB Stephone Anthony is on the roster bubble.

A first-round pick in 2015, Anthony fell into the dog house last season, playing just 133 snaps on defense. New LBs coach Mike Nolan said he was "excited about" working with Anthony, however, and thinks he can thrive as an inside linebacker. New Orleans will certainly keep him around if he matches Nolan's expectations, but Anthony needs to show well in camp.
Source: ESPN
Jul 20 - 10:24 AM

Adrian Peterson wants to surpass 500 receiving yards this season.

Peterson's best single-season total was 436 yards playing with Brett Favre in 2009, and he thinks getting to work with Drew Brees will allow him to set a new personal best. The problem is the Saints have two backs -- Mark Ingram and Alvin Kamara -- who are better in the passing game than Peterson and project to take on most of the receiving work. Peterson is full of confidence as usual, however, and coach Sean Payton said he does not think the veteran has lost a step. With Peterson sure to be the subject of many puff pieces in training camp, his ADP is likely to get out of control in the very near future.
Jul 11 - 10:42 AM

In games where Willie Snead played at least 70% of the Saints' offensive snaps last season, he averaged 8.7 targets, 6.4 catches, and 81.1 yards.

With the departure of Brandin Cooks, Snead figures to play in the slot in three-receiver sets and on the outside in two-receiver sets. Snead established himself as an elite route-runner in both the slot and outside his first two seasons. His current ADP is WR33, lower than his previous two finishes of WR30 and WR32. You can read more about Snead in Connor Allen's article "Your Need For Willie Snead" in the link below.
Jul 8 - 12:01 PM

ESPN Saints reporter Mike Triplett reports the team has been high on second-year DT David Onyemata this offseason.

That's convenient, as Onyemata is in line for a bigger role with DT Nick Fairley sidelined for the season. The No. 120 overall pick of last year's draft, Onyemata played 393 shaky rookie snaps. He turns 25 in November.
Source: ESPN.com
Jun 27 - 5:20 PM

Saints placed DT Nick Fairley (heart) on the reserve/NFI list.

Fairley is expected to miss all of 2017, and his career is in grave danger. Per the New Orleans Times-Picayune, the decision was made after consulting with "several doctors." Fairley has received at least three opinions on his heart condition. It's bitterly disappointing news after Fairley appeared in all 16 games for the first time in six NFL seasons last year, amassing career highs in tackles (43) and sacks (6.5). It's also a major blow to a Saints defense that remained woefully ineffective in 2016.
Jun 26 - 4:37 PM

Saints third round RB Alvin Kamara saw reps at receiver during OTAs.

Kamara split time practicing with both the running backs and wideouts. It confirms the Saints plan to use him in a pass-catching role. Coach Sean Payton says Kamara has been a "quick study."
Source: ESPN
Jun 24 - 4:04 PM

Saints signed first-round OT Ryan Ramczyk to a four-year, $8.891 million contract.

The deal includes $7.432 million with a $4.606 million signing bonus. The No. 32 overall pick of the draft was expected to compete with Zach Strief on the right side, but will instead have to man the blindside while Terron Armstead takes 4-6 months to recover from shoulder surgery. Standing in at 6-foot-6, 310 pounds, Ramczyk is a mauling run blocker, and has plus movement for his size. He could be the left tackle of the future in New Orleans. Ramczyk is in the final stages of his recovery from hip surgery.
Jun 22 - 4:02 PM

Saints signed C Chris Watt, formerly of the Chargers.

The 89th overall pick in the 2014 draft, Watt made eight starts his first two seasons before succumbing to injury problems. For a team dealing with injury concerns to C Max Unger, Watt is a worthy flier to bring to camp.
Jun 19 - 5:37 PM

Saints LT Terron Armstead will undergo surgery to repair a torn labrum on Monday.

Lions LT Taylor Decker suffered a similar injury last week. Both are expected to miss 4-6 months. Injuries have dogged Armstead throughout his career including last season when knee and hip ailments limited him to seven games. It's a big loss for Drew Brees and the entire Saints offense. First-round rookie Ryan Ramczyk is the leading in-house candidate to replace Armstead on the blind side.
Jun 16 - 1:17 PM

Saints signed DT Tony McDaniel.

A quality rotational player for the Seahawks last season, McDaniel is a good get this late in the offseason. He should fill a similar role with the Saints, who need depth with Nick Fairley's future up in the air.
Jun 15 - 1:21 PM

Saints LG Andrus Peat is expecting "a breakout year."

After moving all around the formation in his first two years, Peat has settled in at left guard. He thinks the certainty will help him be more comfortable moving forward. If Max Unger (foot) is able to make it back for Week 1 and Terron Armstead stays healthy, the Saints should have a dominant line this season.
Jun 15 - 12:37 PM

Willie Snead reiterated his hope of signing a long-term deal with the Saints before the regular season.

"I think the guys upstairs are working on it," he said. "I'm hopeful, and I just have to keep worrying about myself and staying healthy and doing all the right things." Snead is owed just $615,000 on his exclusive rights free agent tender. Without a long-term deal, he'd be a restricted free agent in 2018.
Jun 14 - 9:41 PM

Saints C Max Unger (Lisfranc) said he's aiming for a Week 1 return.

Unger required foot surgery in May and was initially billed questionable for the start of the season. That talk has quieted down considerably, with coach Sean Payton saying last month that he expects Unger to be back late in the preseason. Unger doesn't require preseason work as a ninth-year veteran, but it would be nice. Either way, it sounds like he'll be ready for real games.
Jun 14 - 3:09 PM

Free agent DT Tony McDaniel is participating in Saints minicamp on a tryout basis.

McDnaiel, 32, played 501 snaps for the Seahawks last season and received really strong marks from Pro Football Focus for his run defense. Despite that, McDaniel has drawn zero interest as a free agent until now.
Jun 14 - 1:02 PM

Adrian Peterson thinks playing with Drew Brees will give him a chance to showcase his skills in the passing game.

"A lot of people say, 'Well, he can't catch the ball,'" Peterson said. "I've been playing since I was 7 years old. I can catch a football. It's all about having a guy that's going to get the ball to you, and without a doubt I know Brees is going to. We'll be doing that." This backfield is hard to predict, but Peterson has drawn a ton of hype and expects to be used as a receiver more than he ever was in Minnesota, outside of two seasons with Brett Favre. After Favre left, Peterson averaged 2.0 catches per game across 61 healthy contests. He averaged 2.55 with Favre. Brees has always been a fan of throwing to his backs. The question is if the Saints will put Peterson in position to catch many balls by using him in pass situations. If so, Peterson's ceiling can be high-end RB2.
Jun 13 - 8:45 PM


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