Player News - Saints

Date: Team: Pos:

Saints CB Keenan Lewis (knee surgery, hip surgery, sports-hernia surgery) has yet to resume practicing.

It's apparently the sports-hernia operation that's primarily keeping Lewis sidelined. Lewis' 2015 was an injury-ruined disaster, while he wasn't effective in a 16-game 2014. If healthy, Lewis will be a candidate to start opposite Delvin Breaux, but the Saints could opt to go with 2015 third-rounder P.J. Williams.
May 26 - 4:33 PM

The Saints have converted DT Kaleb Eulls to guard.

A 2015 undrafted free agent, Eulls stuck on the roster all season, but was active for only four games. The Saints are scrounging for depth on the interior, but transitions like these rarely pay off.
May 26 - 4:28 PM

Saints second-round WR Michael Thomas has seen a "slew" of snaps with the first-team offense during OTAs.

With Brandin Cooks battling a minor injury, Thomas is getting run opposite Willie Snead. It's not surprising, but notable because it's an indication the Saints won't be bashful about progressing Thomas past Brandon Coleman on the depth chart. There won't be artificial hoops to jump through. Thomas could have WR3/4 appeal in a potentially high-volume role this season.
May 26 - 4:25 PM

Saints OL Andrus Peat has been taking the first-team reps at right guard in OTAs.

Peat has been running with the second team at right tackle. Coach Sean Payton has proclaimed Peat will start in 2016, but it's beginning to look like it will be on the interior. Peat had a lost rookie year, struggling with his conditioning before being inconsistent at tackle.
May 26 - 1:55 PM

C.J. Spiller has been a full participant in the Saints' offseason program.

Spiller was supposedly slowed by a knee issue for all of 2015. "Supposedly" because coach Sean Payton — who, admittedly, has never been a paragon of honesty — proclaimed him 100 percent healthy in Week 4. You have to choose which narrative to believe in this instance. Spiller's disastrous 2015 numbers aren't up for debate. He touched the ball only 70 times all season, averaging a pathetic 3.1 yards per carry and anemic 7.0 yards per catch. Going on 29, Spiller still offers theoretical upside, but he's nothing more than a late-round lottery ticket in deeper leagues for fantasy purposes.
May 26 - 1:50 PM

Saints LE Cameron Jordan (back surgery) is sitting out OTAs, and without a timetable for a return.

Speaking Thursday, Jordan said the team is "just being safe," but made it sound as if he might not be ready for the start of training camp. "I can’t give out a timetable for me being back 100 percent, but I do know that we’ll be well within camp, season." It sounds like Week 1 is the target, which means Jordan could sit out the entire preseason. Coming off a 10-sack campaign, Jordan has yet to miss a game in five NFL seasons.
Source: ESPN.com
May 26 - 1:47 PM

Saints FS Jairus Byrd (knee soreness) is sitting out the offseason program, but expected to be ready for training camp.

It's far from good news, as Byrd is dealing with issues in the knee that's bothered him for his entire Saints career. We suppose he'll be ready for camp, but it's clearly a concern for his 2016. Going on 30, Byrd has been an injury-plagued disaster for the Saints, appearing in just 17 of a possible 32 games.
May 26 - 1:42 PM

Drew Brees said he and the Saints have not discussed a long-term contract extension in about two months.

Brees said he is "not stressing" over his contract, but he does not want negotiations to drag into the season. "I don't like to talk about contract during the season," Brees said. "So there's a deal to be done now, and then if it doesn't get done now, then there will be a different deal to get done at the end of the year." The reason Brees gives for the deadline is not wanting his contract to be a distraction during the season. That may be true, but this pronouncement has the added benefit of putting pressure on the Saints to get something done. It would be a shock if the two sides did not come to an agreement before the season.
Source: ESPN
May 26 - 8:54 AM

Saints signed WR Vincent Brown.

Brown continues to hang around and earned the contract after a workout, which also included Hakeem Nicks, for the Saints last week. Brown, 27, has caught 13 balls across eight games the past two seasons. The Saints were looking for a veteran mentor at receiver after releasing Marques Colston. Brown is an extreme long shot to make much of an impact if he makes the team.
May 23 - 10:45 AM

Saints signed K Connor Barth.

He will compete with Kai Forbath. That is, if Forbath keeps his roster spot. Neither player was particularly great in 2015, though Barth was better, converting 23-of-28 field goal attempts for the Bucs.
May 19 - 8:13 PM

Saints signed No. 120 overall pick DL David Onyemata to a four-year contract.

New Orleans now has their entire draft class under contract. A developmental prospect from Nigeria, Onyemata has only played football for four years, but he brings a tantalizing mix of explosion and power. It will take some time, but he has the potential to develop into a quality starter.
May 18 - 5:30 PM

Second-round WR Michael Thomas is expected to have an immediate role on offense.

Not groundbreaking news, but noteworthy. With the release of Marques Colston and drop-prone Brandon Coleman as the Saints' other "big" receiver, Thomas may not face much competition. Brandin Cooks and Willie Snead will provide the speed, while Thomas and Coby Fleener will be the tall towers for Drew Brees. Thomas also brings a run-after-catch element that Coleman lacks.
May 18 - 9:23 AM

Saints signed OT Tyrus Thompson, formerly of the Lions.

A 2015 sixth-round pick of the Vikings, Thompson is already on his third NFL team. He'll compete for a roster spot behind Terron Armstead, Zach Strief, and Andrus Peat.
May 15 - 3:12 PM

Saints coach Sean Payton has been impressed with first-round DT Sheldon Rankins' conditioning.

It's not uncommon for rookies to show up to minicamp out of shape but that hasn't been the case with Rankins. "The challenge when we bring this many guys in is the assumption that they're all in maybe the same shape as Sheldon or one of these other players," said Payton. "The fact of the matter is they're not." Rather than easing his rookies in, Payton has taken a hard-nosed approach to minicamp. Rankins should be able to carve a role for himself at defensive tackle right away.
Source: ESPN.com
May 15 - 10:21 AM

Saints signed No. 237 overall pick RB Daniel Lasco to a four-year, $2.41 million contract.

The deal comes with a $75,472 signing bonus. The seventh-round running back will earn a base salary of $450,000 as a rookie. Lasco underachieved at Cal, but the Saints liked his athleticism enough to spend a late-round flyer on him. Special teams might be Lasco's ticket to playing time as a rookie.
May 13 - 3:50 PM


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