Player News - Saints

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Saints OG Josh LeRibeus took first-team snaps at center during OTAs.

LeRibeus spent most of his time at guard in Washington. He’s been working with the Saints' starters with Max Unger (foot) sidelined. Senio Kelemete and Jack Allen are also candidates to fill in.
May 27 - 7:25 PM

Saints DE Hau'oli Kikaha (knee) is only participating in individual drills during OTAs.

Kikaha is almost a year removed from his third left ACL tear, but the Saints want to be "smart with him" according to DC Dennis Allen. "The key is to make sure he's healthy and ready to go," Allen said. "Whatever we have to do to have him full go and ready to go through training camp and the season, I think that's what the plan will be." It sounds like Kikaha will be babied through the offseason program before having the reins removed in training camp.
May 27 - 9:54 AM

Coby Fleener expects to be "more effective" now that he's had a year to learn the Saints' offense.

Fleener wasn't a complete flop last year -- he still managed 50 catches for 631 yards and three touchdowns as the non-PPR TE12 in fantasy -- but he certainly didn't live up to expectations after inking a five-year, $36 million contract. The 28-year-old faced a steep learning curve in his first year with the Saints. "I think anytime you’re trying to learn a new offense, trying to learn a language, trying to learn something of that nature, going through it under pressure, going through it for a year really helps," he said. Fleener belongs on the TE1/2 borderline.
May 26 - 5:06 PM

Saints RT Zach Strief has agreed to a restructured contract.

He's getting a well-deserved raise. Per Nick Underhill of the New Orleans Advocate, Strief's base salary for 2017 has been increased from $1 million to $1.7 million while his per game roster bonus was bumped up from $1.4 million to $1.7 million. Strief started every game at right tackle last season while earning PFF's No. 10 tackle grade out of 76 qualifiers.
May 26 - 3:46 PM

Saints CB P.J. Williams says he's recovered from the concussion that ended his 2016 season.

Williams was knocked unconscious by a Week 2 hit, and ended up on injured reserve. The No. 78 overall pick of the 2015 draft, Williams missed his entire rookie season with a torn hamstring. "That was my first concussion ever," Williams assured. "I feel like the way I play and stuff like that, that shouldn't happen. So, I'm not thinking about that at all." Even with first-rounder Marshon Lattimore aboard, Williams could be an important piece of depth for a pass defense that was undermanned, as usual, last season.
May 25 - 7:11 PM

The Saints have been working on Adrian Peterson's pass-catching ability in OTAs.

As the Minneapolis Star-Tribune's Matt Vensel points out, this was a common offseason storyline for Peterson with the Vikings. Peterson has topped 30 receptions just once since 2010, and the Saints have better receiving backs in Mark Ingram, Alvin Kamara and Travaris Cadet. Peterson's usage won't change much in New Orleans.
May 25 - 3:55 PM

Michael Thomas has bulked up from 210 pounds to 220.

By Pro Football Focus' count, Thomas broke 20 tackles as a rookie, fourth most amongst receivers. He will now be even harder to take down. The WR9 by total points last season, Thomas could explode to truly elite status in 2017 with Brandin Cooks out of the picture. Thomas led New Orleans in catches, targets and touchdowns last year.
May 25 - 3:42 PM

Saints signed OL Josh LeRibeus, formerly of the Eagles.

A 2012 third-round pick out of SMU, LeRibeus has failed to hang on with the Redskins and Eagles in previous stops. He's an offseason depth body.
May 15 - 5:41 PM

New Saints LBs coach Mike Nolan said he is "excited about" 2015 first-round LB Stephone Anthony.

Anthony fell deep into the doghouse last season, playing just 133 snaps after seeing 990 as a rookie. Nolan's arrival appears to have wiped the slate clean. "I've gotten to know Anthony on a personal level, as well as a football level in meetings, I like him," Nolan said. "Looking at tape of him, whether it was last year against Tampa Bay where he played the entire football game, whether it was the year before, he made a lot of plays." Nolan added he thinks Anthony is best suited to play inside. The Saints added both A.J. Klein and Manti Te'o, but they would probably prefer the former first-rounder earning the starting MLB job.
May 15 - 11:06 AM

Saints agreed to terms with TE Clay Harbor and T/G Khalif Barnes.

They're veteran depth additions for a team which already had solid depth at both tight end and offensive line. An athletic "move" tight end who has played with seemingly countless teams, Harbor turns 30 this July.
May 14 - 5:01 PM

The Saints are planning to have an open competition at defensive end opposite Cam Jordan.

"We're trying to find somebody that can hold down that other side opposite Cam," said DC Dennis Allen. "We've got a lot of good candidates, and we'll let the competition play out." Paul Kruger started opposite Jordan in 2016 but his contract wasn't renewed after the season. Alex Okafor, Obum Gwacham and third-round pick Trey Hendrickson are all in the conversation while Hau'oli Kikaha will also be a factor when he recovers from ACL surgery.
May 14 - 11:50 AM

Free agent TE Clay Harbor attended Saints' rookie minicamp as a tryout player this weekend.

Harbor was one of five veterans in attendance. The others were Khalif Barnes, Bryce Harris, Louis Murphy and Matt Simms. Harbor logged 95 underwhelming snaps for the Lions last year. The 29-year-old has suited up for four teams since arriving as a fourth-round pick in 2010.
May 14 - 10:03 AM

Saints rookie RT Ryan Ramczyk (hip) is 3-4 weeks from being fully cleared.

"He's in good shape. Getting a lot of work, but he's not getting the full team work," coach Sean Payton said. "He's picking things up very quickly." Ramczyk is ahead of schedule in his recovery from January surgery and will be ready for training camp. He's competing with Zach Strief for a starting job.
Source: ESPN
May 13 - 7:16 PM

Saints coach Sean Payton expects C Max Unger (foot surgery) to return by Week 3 of the preseason.

Pro Football Talk reported as much earlier in the week. The timeline gives him a couple week cushion to be ready for the start of the season even if he suffers a minor setback in camp. Senio Kelemete is expected to get the first-team work at center while Unger is sidelined.
May 13 - 1:42 PM

Philly Voice's Jimmy Kempski doesn't expect the Eagles to trade for Mark Ingram.

Since the Saints lost C Max Unger to foot surgery, rumors have surfaced of New Orleans pursuing Eagles C Jason Kelce, and Philly asking for Ingram. It makes sense from a need standpoint, but the Saints have shown no inclination to move Ingram, and they're not going to just give him away. More likely is the Eagles looking at Jeremy Hill or another back that gets cut.
May 10 - 1:00 PM


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