Player News - Saints

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Robert Meachem caught his lone target for 16 yards in the Saints' Week 17 win over the Bucs.

Active only 11 times this season, Meachem caught seven passes for 114 yards. Currently unsigned for 2015, Meachem turns 31 in September.
Dec 28 - 8:51 PM

Josh Hill wasn't targeted in the Saints' Week 17 win over the Bucs.

A second-year undrafted free agent out of Idaho State, Hill closes the book on his sophomore campaign the owner of a 14/176/5 line. He should have a roster spot for 2015.
Dec 28 - 8:49 PM

Ben Watson caught 2-of-2 targets for 18 yards in the Saints' Week 17 win over the Bucs.

Even with Jimmy Graham fighting through a shoulder injury for the majority of the season, Watson ended up with just 20 catches. Now 34, Waton's $1.2 million salary for 2015 makes him likely to be cut by a team with serious cap issues.
Dec 28 - 8:49 PM

Nick Toon caught 1-of-2 targets for 24 yards in the Saints' Week 17 win over the Bucs.

The No. 122 pick of the 2012 draft, Toon caught 17 passes for 215 yards this season after injuries helped limit him to four total grabs through his first two years in the league. Signed for an affordable $660,000, Toon should be back to close out his rookie contract in 2015, but there's no guarantee he'll be in for any sort of a role. Toon's outlook would brighten if the Saints decided to move on from Marques Colston's $6.9 million salary.
Dec 28 - 8:45 PM

With Pierre Thomas (ribs) inactive, Travaris Cadet caught 2-of-4 targets for nine yards in the Saints' Week 17 win over the Bucs.

Cadet was the Saints' primary pass-catching back, but was actually out-gained 22-9 by Khiry Robinson through the air. With Thomas signed affordably for 2015, Cadet should be returning as a reserve, even if Mark Ingram is allowed to walk in free agency.
Dec 28 - 8:43 PM

Khiry Robinson rushed seven times for 15 yards and a touchdown in New Orleans' Week 17 win over the Bucs, adding two catches for an additional 22 yards.

With Pierre Thomas sidelined, Robinson got his most run since Week 5. Robinson missed Weeks 8-13 with a broken arm. The second year undrafted free agent closes the book on his sophomore campaign with 76 rushes for 362 yards (4.76 YPC) and three touchdowns. He added an 8/63/0 line as a receiver. With Mark Ingram headed to the open market, it's possible Robinson could be returning to a much bigger role next season. He's a strong hold in dynasty leagues.
Dec 28 - 8:39 PM

Kenny Stills caught 5-of-7 targets for 82 yards in the Saints' Week 17 win over the Bucs.

There was a scary moment when Stills went down with a left-leg injury in the second half, but he ended up missing little, if any, time. A true deep threat as a fifth-round rookie in 2013, Stills displayed a more polished overall skill-set as a sophomore, catching 63 passes for a team-leading 931 yards. Still has the speed to gain consistent separation downfield, but is also a proficient enough route runner to do work at the short-to-intermediate levels. He'll offer WR2 upside in 2015.
Dec 28 - 6:18 PM

Marques Colston caught 2-of-7 targets for 51 yards and a touchdown in New Orleans' Week 17 win over the Bucs.

Colston's 36-yard touchdown came with just 1:57 remaining, giving the Saints a lead they would not relinquish. For the second-straight year, Colston heated up down the stretch of a disappointing season, but like 2013, finishes short of 1,000 yards. Colston closes the book on 2014 the owner of a 59/902/5 line. Both the yards and catches are his fewest since his injury-shortened 2008. Going on 32, Colston can remain an effective role player for the Saints' prolific offense, but he's fading to permanent WR3 status as a fantasy option. Even that may be optimistic with promising young wideouts Brandin Cooks and Kenny Stills both returning for 2015. Due $6.9 million for a cap-strapped team, Colston could be asked to take a pay cut.
Dec 28 - 6:01 PM

Mark Ingram rushed 14 times for 57 yards and a touchdown in the Saints' Week 17 win over the Bucs, adding two catches for an additional four yards.

Ingram finishes his breakout 2014 just 36 yards rushing shy of 1,000 despite missing three games with a broken hand. Ingram was a bright spot for an otherwise massively-disappointing team, averaging 4.26 yards per carry while racking up nine touchdowns. Still only 25, Ingram is headed for free agency. The Saints would undoubtedly love to keep him, but face a daunting cap crunch. It's quite possible Ingram has played his final down in New Orleans.
Dec 28 - 4:58 PM

Jimmy Graham caught 6-of-9 targets for 54 yards in New Orleans' Week 17 win over the Bucs.

The day was a microcosm of Graham's massively disappointing season, as he appeared to tweak his troublesome right shoulder, and failed to fight for what could have been 1-2 more catches in traffic. Graham admitted to the broadcast crew during the week that he simply hasn't been the same since getting injured in Week 5, and both his stats and on-the-field play support that. Now 28, there's a strong chance Graham will undergo offseason surgery. He closes the book on 2014 with 85 catches for 889 yards and 10 scores. The yards are his fewest since his rookie year in 2010. It's a tough pill to swallow for fantasy owners who made Graham a first-round pick, but he'll be an exceedingly obvious bounce-back candidate in 2015.
Dec 28 - 4:21 PM

Drew Brees completed 24-of-38 passes for 281 yards, one touchdown and three interceptions in New Orleans' 23-20, Week 17 win over the Bucs.

Had the Saints been facing any other opponent, they would have closed the book on their miserable 2014 with a defeat. As it is, Brees' three picks and lack of big plays was a microcosm of his season. Brees finishes with 4,952 yards, putting him below 5,000 for the first time since 2010. His 33 touchdowns tie for his fewest since 2007, while his 17 picks were his second most since 2010. All in all, it was not a bad season, but enough below Brees' lofty standards that concerns about him entering his decline phase will have to be put to rest on the field in 2015. Despite all that, Brees will enter next season as an obvious top-five fantasy quarterback.
Dec 28 - 4:15 PM

Saints S Kenny Vaccaro is a healthy scratch for Week 17.

Vaccaro wasn't on the injury report, so he's a healthy scratch for the Saints' meaningless finale. It's been quite a fall for Vaccaro after he was one of the league's best rookies in 2013. Also inactive for the Saints are WR Seantavius Jones, WR Brandon Coleman, CB Stanley Jean-Baptiste, LB Moises Fokou, LB Jerry Franklin and LT Terron Armstead (neck).
Dec 28 - 11:44 AM

Saints promoted QB Ryan Griffin from the practice squad.

Griffin has spent the entire year on the practice squad after failing to beat out Luke McCown for backup duties. He'll serve as the No. 3 quarterback for Sunday's regular season finale.
Dec 27 - 5:12 PM

Saints placed NT John Jenkins (abdomen) on injured reserve, ending his season.

Ryan Griffin was promoted in a corresponding move. Jenkins appeared in 12 games, starting the last four weeks with Brodrick Bunkley sidelined. The Saints will go with Brandon Deaderick at nose tackle in Week 17.
Dec 27 - 4:47 PM

Jimmy Graham (shoulder) will undergo an MRI next week.

Graham has been playing through his shoulder injury since Week 5, but it's been an issue for him all year. It's possible he could require an offseason procedure. Graham has averaged 41 yards per game with only one touchdown over the last month.
Dec 26 - 8:05 PM

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