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Drew Brees (oblique) is expected to play about a half in Saturday night's preseason game against the Colts.

Brees took some time to rest a strain in his side, but it was never a concern. He's back at practice and looking sharp. A fourth straight 5,000-yard season is very realistic.
Source: ESPN.com
Aug 21 - 11:06 AM

Pierre Thomas expects his pass-game role to expand this season.

"I know my role is going to change a whole lot this year," he said. "I'm going to do more pass protection and route running." On paper, it makes sense as Darren Sproles and Lance Moore, who combined for 108 catches last year, are both gone. But Thomas already caught 77 balls last season, Khiry Robinson is underrated in the pass game and Brandin Cooks can do Sprolesian things. In reality, it's hard to see Thomas' box-score production making a significant leap, leaving him as a borderline RB2/3 in PPR formats. He'll turn 30 in December and averaged a career-low 6.7 yards per reception last year.
Aug 21 - 9:32 AM

FS Jairus Byrd (back) went through full-contact drills for the first time as a Saint Tuesday.

Byrd, who was signed to a $54 million deal on the first day of free agency, is coming off minor surgery to repair a disc issue. He's on track to be 100 percent for Week 1, as expected. Rob Ryan's Saints defense is loaded with talent and will also benefit from a relatively soft schedule. Their first five games are against Atlanta, Cleveland, Minnesota, Dallas and Tampa Bay.
Source: ESPN.com
Aug 20 - 8:01 AM

Mark Ingram says he wants to be more involved in the passing game this season.

The Saints are giving him an opportunity to do just that. Ingram caught a 23-yard touchdown in this past weekend's preseason game, and he also lined up with the Saints' two-minute nickel offense at Monday's practice. He's reeled in just 24 career passes across his first three seasons. Beat writer Mike Triplett expects Ingram to play a more versatile role in 2014. The Saints are still going to employ a three-man backfield, but Ingram has the most value at his 10th-round ADP.
Source: ESPN.com
Aug 19 - 12:26 PM

Marques Colston practiced Sunday.

Colston played 14 snaps in the preseason opener, catching two passes for 10 yards on four targets. He sat out Friday's second exhibition game, likely as a precaution. Colston, now in his ninth year with the Saints, certainly doesn't need any extra work. With his foot woes reportedly behind him, Colston has some appeal in the seventh round of drafts.
Aug 18 - 9:46 AM

Drew Brees (oblique) has resumed practicing fully at Saints camp.

The Saints got a number of key contributors back at Sunday's practice, including Brees and Kenny Stills (quad). With an absolutely loaded pass-catching corps and strong O-Line, Brees is a candidate to be this year's No. 1 fantasy QB.
Aug 17 - 6:43 PM

Kenny Stills (quad) returned to Saints practice Sunday.

Stills suffered the quad injury very early in camp, and the Saints were especially cautious about bringing him back. He missed each of the first two preseason games. Stills is currently going in the 11th round of standard drafts. Rookie teammate Brandin Cooks' ADP has meanwhile skyrocketed into the sixth.
Aug 17 - 5:47 PM

Saints coach Sean Payton said he was upset with Jimmy Graham's two 15-yard unsportsmanlike-conduct penalties for dunking over the goal posts in Friday's preseason game.

Graham and Payton got into an argument after the second penalty. "Yes, I was. I'm very upset," said Payton. "Would you be upset? I was, particularly." Dunking on the goal posts is Graham's signature move, but has been a generic touchdown celebration for years. It's surprisingly poor form by Graham to be showing up the NFL's offseason rule change. Graham should end his protest in Week 1.
Aug 16 - 2:56 PM

Saints WR Joe Morgan caught three balls for 108 yards in Friday night's preseason game against the Titans.

He was targeted four times. A burner deep threat, clear-out type, Morgan is on the roster bubble and needed to remind New Orleans' coaching staff of his big-play potential. He accomplished that feat on Friday night. Morgan is behind Marques Colston, Brandin Cooks, Kenny Stills, and Nick Toon at wideout. It's possible he's battling Robert Meachem for one roster spot.
Aug 15 - 11:52 PM

Mark Ingram had five carries for 19 yards in Friday night's preseason game against the Titans, adding one catch for 23 yards and a touchdown.

It's the second straight week Ingram has found the end-zone after he scored a 22-yard touchdown in the preseason opener. Ingram and Khiry Robinson rotated with the first team, with Pierre Thomas getting snaps on passing downs. The Saints are going to remain a three-back committee despite trading Darren Sproles. Ingram is a value pick at his current late 12th-round ADP.
Aug 15 - 11:42 PM

Khiry Robinson rushed four times for 11 yards and caught three passes for two yards in the Saints' second preseason game.

Robinson worked behind both Mark Ingram and passing-down back Pierre Thomas. The Saints are intent on using a three-back rotation, with Robinson sharing time with Ingram on early downs. Robinson's upside is limited as long as Ingram is healthy. He is overvalued at his current tenth-round ADP.
Aug 15 - 11:12 PM

Jimmy Graham caught five passes for 48 yards and two touchdowns in the Saints' second preseason game Friday night.

Graham drew penalties after each score for dunking over the goal posts, a fact of which coach Sean Payton was none too pleased. The dunks are Graham's way of protesting an offseason rule change that outlawed celebrations that used the football as a "prop," though he will likely end the protest once the regular season begins. Graham has seven catches for 65 yards and two TDs this preseason.
Aug 15 - 10:09 PM

Marques Colston will not play in the Saints' second preseason game.

The reason is unclear. The Saints could be giving their veteran wideout some extra rest. Colston is a value at his current late-sixth round ADP.
Aug 15 - 8:16 PM

Drew Brees (oblique) is inactive for Friday night's preseason game.

Brees will miss his second straight preseason game. There's no concern over his Week 1 status. Marques Colston and Kenny Stills (quad) are also resting.
Aug 15 - 7:33 PM

ESPN Saints reporter Mike Triplett continues to expect "a pretty even split" in New Orleans' three-man backfield.

A New Orleans Times-Picayune story recently suggested Pierre Thomas had fallen down the depth chart, which may technically be true, but certainly doesn't mean he's lost his role. His snaps may actually increase this season with Darren Sproles gone, and neither Mark Ingram nor Khiry Robinson particularly adept in the passing game. Thomas remains a solid RB3 in standard leagues. You could sell him as a viable RB2/flex in PPR leagues, as well.
Source: ESPN.com
Aug 15 - 2:14 PM


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