Player News - Saints

Date: Team: Pos:

Saints CB Brandon Browner will likely miss Sunday’s game against Houston, giving fellow CB Delvin Breaux a chance to start.

Breaux has turned in a solid offseason and will get a chance to shine on Sunday in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome as the Saints host the Houston Texans. The New Orleans D/ST had a rough 2014 season, but defensive coordinator Rob Ryan will look to turn things around in his third season as the leader of the Saints defense. The Saints D/ST can be safely ignored in fantasy drafts and also draws a rough Week 1 matchup on the road against Arizona.
Aug 30 - 2:17 AM

Khiry Robinson missed practice this week with an undisclosed injury.

The Saints don’t expect the injury to affect his Week 1 status. Robinson isn’t more than an early-down backup to Mark Ingram, though there are rumblings C.J. Spiller (knee scope) might not be ready for the opener. Robinson should go undrafted in 12-team leagues.
Source: ESPN.com
Aug 29 - 3:12 PM

Saints QB Luke McCown will get an extended look in the Saints' third preseason game.

Drew Brees is only expected to play "a handful" of snaps before ceding the reigns to McCown. The news suggests McCown is well ahead of Ryan Griffin for the team's No. 2 job. With rookie Garrett Grayson almost guaranteed a roster spot, Griffin's roster spot is in danger.
Aug 29 - 1:59 PM

Saints coach Sean Payton said WR Willie Snead has played his way into the wide receiver competition.

"I think he's done well," Payton said. ""He's right there in the thick of it, competing for playing time, competing for a roster spot." Brandin Cooks, Marques Colston and Brandon Coleman should occupy the top three spots on the depth chart, but it is wide open behind them. Snead needs to beat out at least one of Josh Morgan, Joe Morgan or Nick Toon to land a roster spot.
Aug 29 - 1:29 PM

Mark Ingram wants to be used more in the passing game.

"I know I'm a three-down back," said Ingram. "I take pride in being an every-down back, being a back that doesn't have to come off the field, being a back that can do everything that's asked of him within the scheme of the offense." Ingram has reportedly been "featured" in the passing game during practice and had three receptions in the second preseason game. C.J. Spiller will be the primary receiver out of the backfield when healthy, but Ingram has a decent shot to top 30 receptions for the first time in his career.
Source: ESPN
Aug 25 - 9:22 AM

Saints WR Nick Toon suffered a high ankle sprain in Saturday night's preseason game and will be shelved 2-3 weeks.

The injury effectively ends New Orleans' No. 3 wideout battle, where Brandon Coleman will open the season in three-receiver sets alongside Marques Colston and Brandin Cooks. Toon had been something of a disappointment in camp following a fast finish to the 2014 season. Toon finished the 2015 preseason with two catches for 11 yards. His roster spot should still be secure.
Source: FOX Sports
Aug 23 - 3:55 PM

Brandin Cooks caught 4-of-4 targets for 117 yards and a touchdown in Saturday's preseason game against the Patriots.

Cooks made the play of the game in the second quarter, putting a double move on S Duron Harmon as he got loose for a 45-yard touchdown. Cooks now has five catches for 145 yards and two touchdowns through two exhibition tilts. Set to soak up targets for an offense moving on from Jimmy Graham, Kenny Stills and Pierre Thomas, Cooks begins the year as a high-end WR2.
Aug 22 - 10:28 PM

Brandon Coleman drew only one target in Saturday's preseason game against the Patriots, and was held without a catch.

The buzzed-about wideout ran a nifty route to get open in the end zone, but couldn't make a tough catch against star Patriots S Devin McCourty. Members of the local media were branding it a drop, but that's harsh. With Nick Toon having a similarly invisible night, Coleman is still well on his way to No. 3 duties.
Aug 22 - 9:59 PM

The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports "there’s still a question" as to how much the Saints like Nick Toon.

Toon has been passed by Brandon Coleman on the depth chart. He's not a lock for a roster spot, and needs to hold off Joe Morgan, Seantavius Jones, and Josh Morgan for the No. 4 receiver job. Toon started and played 22 snaps in the Saints first preseason game, managing one catch for nine yards.
Aug 22 - 4:47 PM

ESPN Saints reporter Mike Triplett said LT Terron Armstead "has been arguably the most impressive player in Saints camp."

Armstead allowed just three sacks last season and finished as Pro Football Focus' 14th best left tackle. Entering his third year in the league, Armstead looks poised to take another step forward. With Max Unger at the pivot, the Saints' offensive line projects to be an improved unit this season.
Source: ESPN.com
Aug 22 - 9:32 AM

ESPN Saints reporter Mike Triplett said RB Mark Ingram has been "featured" in the passing game once or twice a practice.

With C.J. Spiller out, the Saints are giving Ingram a larger role in the passing offense. That will likely change once Spiller returns, but it is an important nugget to keep in mind if Spiller is forced to miss any time this year. Ingram had 36 of the 156 targets Saints' running backs saw last season.
Aug 20 - 12:50 PM

The Advocate's Nick Underhill believes Nick Toon has fallen to sixth on the Saints' wide receiver depth chart.

Toon has by all accounts been passed by Brandon Coleman, but Underhill believes he may have fallen behind Joe Morgan and Josh Morgan as well. If that is the case, Toon's roster chances are bleak. He is not worth a late-round flier.
Aug 20 - 9:20 AM

Saints coach Sean Payton singled out second-year WR Brandon Coleman as the player who's impressed him most in training camp.

It's to the point where Coleman is worth owning in pretty much every league. He has big-league size (6'6/225), adequate speed (4.56), and a place in three-receiver sets in a Drew Brees-quarterbacked offense that has lost well over 300 passing-game targets from 2014. With Jimmy Graham gone to Seattle, Coleman's target competition consists of diminutive Brandin Cooks, declining 32-year-old Marques Colston, 34-year-old Ben Watson, and injured C.J. Spiller.
Aug 19 - 8:29 PM

Drew Brees stated "adamantly" Wednesday that Ben Watson is the Saints' starting tight end.

Josh Hill will be a sub-package tight end who enters in 12 personnel. The Saints are primarily a three-receiver ("11") team, and have been working with Watson in those formations with Brandon Coleman, Brandin Cooks, and Marques Colston at wideout. Hill is going to have a tough time carving out meaningful fantasy value as a rotational player. Watson turns 35 later this year.
Aug 19 - 8:15 PM

The Saints expect FS Jairus Byrd (knee) to return before the end of preseason.

Byrd hasn’t been seen at training camp for over a week, but is making progress away from the team. He has an outside chance to see preseason action. Byrd is on track to be ready for Week 1.
Aug 19 - 6:20 PM


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