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Drew Brees has improved his downfield accuracy over the last few seasons.

According to ESPN Stats and Information, Brees completed just seven of 35 passes deeper than 40 yards with three touchdowns and five interceptions between 2009 and 2011. Over the last three seasons, he's gone 15-for-35 with seven touchdowns and no picks. With Jimmy Graham and Kenny Stills both gone, Brandin Cooks figures to be Brees' primary deep threat in 2015.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 5 - 9:55 AM

Saints CB Kyle Wilson is "on the outside looking in" for a roster spot.

Wilson was outplayed by Delvin Breaux throughout OTAs. The Saints aren’t expected to give up on Stanley Jean-Baptiste after one season, and don’t want to risk stashing fifth-round CB Damian Swann on the practice squad. Signed for the veteran minimum, Wilson needs to win slot duties to avoid getting cut.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 4 - 8:38 PM

The Saints expect Brandin Cooks to play faster this season.

"He’s in his second year with a lot more knowledge of what we’re doing," Coach Sean Payton said. "That allows [him] to play faster. He’s progressed well." The Saints are expected to throw less as they move to a run-balanced offense, but Cooks projects for high-volume targets as Drew Brees’s top option. Cooks is the No. 16 wideout in our early 2015 rankings.
Jul 3 - 4:57 PM

SI's Peter King mentioned that 2015 could be coach Sean Payton's last season with the Saints.

We doubt King has been told anything about Payton's seat being hot; it's simply common sense. The Saints are coming off their second 7-9 finish in three seasons, which sandwiched an 11-5 campaign that saw them lose in the Divisional Round. GM Mickey Loomis made sweeping changes to the roster and the team's identity this offseason, suggesting the Saints want to become tougher. Payton might need playoff success to secure his job for 2016, but it's hard to see the Saints actually firing the coach that pulled the franchise out of the gutter.
Jul 3 - 12:43 PM

Saints WR Josh Morgan rivaled Ben Watson for the most total catches during spring practices.

Take that with a grain of salt, as receivers always shine in the padless, non-contact practices. But Morgan has put himself in the mix behind Marques Colston. After catching just 30 total passes the previous two seasons with the Redskins and Bears, veteran Morgan has a chance to carve out a role in New Orleans thanks to his blocking prowess and short-to-intermediate catching ability.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 2 - 10:42 AM

Saints rookie Andrus Peat said he has not taken any snaps at guard this offseason.

Most of Peat's work has come behind Zach Strief at right tackle. There was some speculation either Peat or Strief would kick to left guard after the Saints traded Ben Grubbs, but it appears New Orleans is comfortable with Tim Lelito. Peat will need a strong training camp to unseat Strief at right tackle.
Source: NFL.com
Jun 27 - 12:18 PM

The Saints led the league in pass-game targets to running backs with 166 last season.

The stars are aligning for the season we'd been hoping for from C.J. Spiller since his breakout 2012. It never happened in Buffalo under Doug Marrone and Nathaniel Hackett, but Spiller will be a focal point in New Orleans with Sean Payton. He could catch 70-80 passes and be a PPR asset. The Lions (165), led by ex-Saints assistant Joe Lombardi, finished second to the Saints in running back targets. Rookie Ameer Abdullah should be Detroit's pass-down back.

ESPN Saints reporter Mike Triplett believes the team could opt to release embattled OLB Junior Galette.

The Saints were tired of Galette's act even before a video surfaced over the weekend that appeared to show him assaulting a woman, so it's not a surprise. Cutting Galette now would create $12.1 million in dead money for 2016, but the Saints may feel it's worth it as Galette continues to find trouble off the field. It would be a major blow for Rob Ryan's defense, as Galette has tallied 22 sacks over the past two seasons. He's currently rehabbing a partial pectoral tear.
Source: ESPN.com
Jun 22 - 2:45 PM

ESPN Saints reporter Mike Triplett does not see a "major breakthrough" happening for third-year TE Josh Hill.

Triplett notes that 34-year-old blocker Ben Watson "might have led the Saints in catches during the OTA and minicamp practices that were open to the media," and may actually be a superior 2015 fantasy option to Hill. Coach Sean Payton recently suggested Hill's playing time will be limited to the "sub" offense, which would indicate Hill is not going to become a full-time player this season.
Source: ESPN.com
Jun 21 - 4:12 PM

ESPN Saints reporter Mike Triplett expects Mark Ingram and C.J. Spiller to end up "very close" in 2015 yards from scrimmage.

Another Saints reporter previously suggested Spiller could even end up with more touches than Ingram. Triplett is confident Ingram will lead the Saints in touches -- primarily because he'll get so many more carries -- but it's clear New Orleans is planning on a split backfield. Ingram is still a good bet for 14-plus carries per game, and he'll gobble up all available goal-line work.
Source: ESPN.com
Jun 21 - 4:09 PM

The NFL is looking into a 2013 video that shows an assault allegedly committed by Saints OLB Junior Galette.

The video shows a man accused of being Galette throwing punches and swinging a belt during a South Beach brawl. He can be seen hitting at least one man and a woman during the incident. Galette was recently acquitted of domestic violence charges stemming from a January arrest.
Jun 20 - 4:02 PM

Saints coach Sean Payton said first-round ILB Stephone Anthony hasn’t had any issues picking up the playbook.

Anthony has been playing behind Dannell Ellerbe, but projects as the Week 1 starter next to David Hawthorne. "He’s done a good job of getting acclimated to our system quickly," Payton said. "When you’re around him and visit with him, he's ready for the opportunities. We've been encouraged."
Source: ESPN.com
Jun 19 - 6:31 PM

ESPN Saints reporter Mike Triplett doesn’t expect rookie Andrus Peat to beat out Zach Strief for the right tackle job.

Peat has dealt with conditioning issues after Stanford’s quarter-system forced him to miss the first two weeks of OTAs. He’s facing an uphill battle to unseat Strief before Week 1. Peat is at risk of falling behind.
Source: ESPN.com
Jun 19 - 6:24 PM

After undergoing three separate medical evaluations, Saints owner Tom Benson has been ruled mentally competent to run his businesses.

This is big news because estranged members of Benson's family were trying to sue the soon-to-be 79-year-old due to him wanting to leave the Saints and NBA's Pelicans to his wife of 10 years instead of daughter and grandchildren. Benson can do whatever he chooses with his $2 billion-plus stake.
Jun 18 - 4:02 PM

The New Orleans Times-Picayune's Jeff Duncan issued a fantasy alert on C.J. Spiller, advising to "draft Spiller on your fantasy football team."

"The Saints are going to get him the ball in a number of ways this season," writes Duncan. "If he can stay healthy, he could have a breakout year. It certainly won't be for lack of opportunity." The Spiller hype train has been full-steam ahead for weeks now, though his ADP has actually dropped from the top of the fourth round to the top of the fifth. Brandin Cooks is the favorite to lead New Orleans in targets, but Spiller could finish a close second. PPR drafters should be eyeballing him.
Jun 17 - 9:00 AM


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