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Date: Team: Pos:

Saints signed TE Kevin Brock, formerly of the Bengals.

29-year-old Brock is a blocking tight end with some special teams value. He was apparently the Saints' fallback option after whiffing on Jermaine Gresham.
Jul 27 - 5:06 PM

ESPN Saints reporter Mike Triplett said Anthony Spencer will "get the first crack" at replacing OLB/DE Junior Galette.

Triplett said rookie Hau'oli Kikaha "will also figure into the mix." Spencer is a steady pass rusher with 104 games of NFL experience but he hasn't been the same since suffering a knee injury in 2013. He spent his first eight years in Dallas before signing with the Saints this offseason.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 26 - 9:59 AM

Following the release of Junior Galette, the Saints will lean on second-round pick Hau'oli Kikaha and Anthony Spencer as their top outside linebackers.

Losing Galette was a big blow to New Orleans' defense, which will now have to lean on its secondary more due to diminished pass rush. Spencer is a 31-year-old rehab project who managed 0.5 sacks as a rotational player across 13 games in Dallas last season. Kikaha is a technically-sound, but athletically-deficient rookie out of the University of Washington. If the Saints are going to execute a ball-control offense this season, they'll need their talent-flawed defense to play well above its ahead.
Jul 24 - 3:51 PM

ESPN Saints reporter Mike Triplett believes second-year CB Stanley Jean-Baptiste is on the roster bubble.

"Redshirted" as a rookie, the No. 58 overall pick of last year's draft played all of eight snaps. Coach Sean Payton has insisted the team knew Jean-Baptiste was a developmental prospect, but he'll be on the spot in camp. At best, Jean-Baptiste will be the team's No. 3 or 4 corner, manning the outside in sub-packages. Jean-Baptiste has a massive 6-foot-3, 218-pound frame.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 23 - 5:09 PM

ESPN Saints reporter Mike Triplett expects C.J. Spiller to catch "60-plus passes" this season.

Josh Hill has generated more noise as "Jimmy Graham's replacement," but Spiller might end up inheriting most of Graham's production. Triplett foresees Spiller being used by Sean Payton "in the mold of Darren Sproles and Reggie Bush," who were both high-volume receivers in Payton's past offenses. In 2014, the Saints led the NFL in passes thrown to running backs. Departed Travaris Cadet and Pierre Thomas combined for 83 receptions.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 23 - 12:49 PM

Saints placed OLB Davis Tull (shoulder) on the active/NFI list.

Tull missed all of OTAs, but the Saints had been targeting training camp for his return. When healthy, he'll compete at strong-side linebacker. Seventh-round pick Marcus Murphy and OL Antonio Johnson have also been placed on NFI.
Jul 22 - 6:17 PM

The Times-Picayune confirms there's "little doubt" Brandin Cooks will be the top target in the Saints' passing game.

Cooks, who was fully healthy all offseason, watched Jimmy Graham and Kenny Stills get traded away. Beyond lumbering Marques Colston and satellite back C.J. Spiller, Drew Brees is going to struggle to find reliable targets. Cooks, who was on pace to catch 85 balls as a rookie last year when he got injured, is a candidate for 100 receptions this time around.
Jul 21 - 9:18 AM

ESPN Saints reporter Mike Triplett expects the team to utilize a "committee" approach to replacing Jimmy Graham.

Triplett continues to throw cold water on the notion of a breakout season for Josh Hill, which may be supported by the Saints' standing contract offer to Jermaine Gresham. Beyond Brandin Cooks and C.J. Spiller, Triplett foresees Drew Brees "spread(ing) it around to the open man," and perhaps leaning on Marques Colston to play the biggest role in replacing Graham's red-zone presence. 25-year-old Hill is an upside TE2 pick, but not a bankable TE1.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 19 - 12:21 PM

Saints LT Terron Armstead allowed just three sacks last season.

He was consistent in all areas, receiving positive grades from Pro Football Focus in both pass blocking and run blocking. The neck injury that bothered Armstead at the end of 2014 wasn't an issue at OTAs. New Orleans spent a first-round pick on Stanford tackle Andrus Peat but he isn't a threat to Armstead. The 23-year-old has two years remaining on his rookie contract.
Jul 8 - 8:59 AM

Coach Sean Payton said he thinks Nick Toon's snaps will go "way up" this season.

Toon appeared in just eight games last season, averaging 30.1 snaps per day in those. Now Kenny Stills, Jimmy Graham and Robert Meachem are all gone and Toon is penciled in as the primary "Z," a role that will get him on the field in all three-wide sets alongside focal point Brandin Cooks and slot man Marques Colston. Toon has the tools to excel with this opportunity, making Kenny Stills' 32-641-5 line from 2013 a real possibility.
Jul 7 - 12:59 PM

Khiry Robinson projects as the "odd man out" in New Orleans' backfield again this year.

Mark Ingram was re-signed to a $16M deal and C.J. Spiller was brought in to be the change-of-pace option. Expect these two to monopolize touches, leaving the #FreeKhiry movement in need of an injury. The talented Robinson is merely a big-back handcuff -- albeit one that will be atop the Waiver Wire adds if anything happens to Ingram.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 6 - 10:03 AM

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 15-for-35 with seven touchdowns and no picks. With Kenny Stills 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


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