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  Saints | Brent Qvale visiting Big Easy    Sat Jul 31, 05:43 PM

Free-agent OL Brent Qvale (Texans) is visiting the New Orleans Saints on Saturday, July 31, according to a source.

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  Saints | Devonta Freeman agrees with New Orleans    Sat Jul 31, 05:39 PM

The New Orleans Saints agreed to terms with free-agent RB Devonta Freeman (Bills) on a one-year deal Saturday, July 31, according to his agent, Drew Rosenhaus. Financial terms were not disclosed.

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  Saints | Two ready to practice    Fri Jul 30, 08:27 PM

New Orleans Saints OT Derrick Kelly (undisclosed) and CB P.J. Williams (undisclosed) passed their physicals Friday, July 30, and were activated from the Active/Non-Football Injury list.

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  Saints | Tommylee Lewis back with Saints    Fri Jul 30, 07:05 PM

Free-agent WR Tommylee Lewis (Saints) signed with the New Orleans Saints Friday, July 30. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.

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  Saints | Two placed on NFI list    Wed Jul 28, 06:29 PM

New Orleans Saints PK Wil Lutz (undisclosed) and CB P.J. Williams (undisclosed) were placed on the Active/Non-Football Injury list Wednesday, July 28.

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  Saints | Brian Poole, Kendall Donnerson signed    Tue Jul 27, 05:17 PM

Free-agent CB Brian Poole (Jets) and DE Kendall Donnerson (Panthers) signed with the New Orleans Saints Tuesday, July 27. Terms of the contracts were not disclosed.

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  Saints | Update on Derrick Kelly    Tue Jul 27, 05:15 PM

Updating a previous report, New Orleans Saints OT Derrick Kelly (undisclosed) has been placed on the Reserve/Non-Football Injury list.

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  Saints | Michael Thomas on Reserve/PUP list    Tue Jul 27, 05:13 PM

Updating previous reports, New Orleans Saints WR Michael Thomas (ankle) has been placed on the Reserve/Physically Unable to Perform list. He will miss the first six weeks of the regular season.

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  Saints | Four players worked out    Mon Jul 26, 08:38 PM

Free-agent WR Trevor Davis (Washington), WR Damion Willis (Broncos), LB Kendall Donnerson (Panthers) and DE Justus Reed (Titans) recently worked out for the New Orleans Saints.

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  Saints | NFI list for Derrick Kelly    Mon Jul 26, 06:48 PM

New Orleans Saints OT Derrick Kelly (undisclosed) was placed on the Active/Non-Football Injury list Monday, July 26.

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  Saints | Michael Thomas put on PUP list    Mon Jul 26, 05:03 PM

Updating previous reports, New Orleans Saints WR Michael Thomas (ankle) was placed on the Physically Unable to Perform list Monday, July 26.

Footballguys view: No surprise here. Thomas is set to miss the start of the 2021 season, and there's a chance he will have to be put on the PUP list to start the regular season. That means he would be automatically out the first six weeks. Stay tuned.

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  Saints | New Orleans turns to Chris Hogan    Mon Jul 26, 04:45 PM

Free-agent WR Chris Hogan (Jets), who has spent the last few months playing professional lacrosse, reportedly agreed to terms on an undisclosed contract with the New Orleans Saints on Monday, July 26.

Footballguys view: Hogan has bounced around the league a bit but he's got playing experience. He hasn't done much with that opportunity and is no given to make the 53-man roster. We'll see if he can win a spot with the Saints in training camp.

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  Saints | Michael Thomas likely out until Week 7    Mon Jul 26, 03:41 PM

Updating previous reports, New Orleans Saints WR Michael Thomas (ankle) is expected to begin the season on the Physically Unable to Perform list, which would make the earliest time for him to return to game action following his June surgery would be Week 7 against the Seattle Seahawks.

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  Saints | Chris Hogan working out for Saints    Mon Jul 26, 11:25 AM

Free-agent WR Chris Hogan (Jets) is working out for the New Orleans Saints Monday, July 26.

Footballguys view: With Michael Thomas set to miss the first few weeks of the regular season the Saints are looking for WR talent. Hogan caught only 14 passes for the Jets in 2020 and left football for professional lacrosse earlier this year. If the Saints sign him, Hogan would not be a lock for the 53-man roster.

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  Saints | Brian Poole headed to New Orleans    Sun Jul 25, 11:22 AM

The New Orleans Saints are expected to sign free-agent DB Brian Poole (Jets) to a one-year deal Monday, July 26.

Footballguys view: Poole could help with depth in a cornerback room that lost Janoris Jenkins and replaced him with third-round pick Paulson Adebo after attempts to trade up for Jaycee Horn were unsuccessful.

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  Saints | Michael Thomas to miss start of season    Fri Jul 23, 10:31 AM

New Orleans Saints WR Michael Thomas (ankle) had surgery to repair torn ligaments in his ankle in June that will cause him to miss the start of the regular season. The surgery came with a four-month recovery.

Footballguys view: Thomas will miss at least 4-6 games with a four month recovery, and he could be less than full speed for a game or two after his return. He is going to fall to at least the 6th/7th round of drafts. Tre'Quan Smith, Marquez Callaway (who the team likes), and Adam Trautman will pick up the slack, with the possibility of signing a veteran like Golden Tate or Danny Amendola looming.

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  Saints | Kwon Alexander meeting with New Orleans    Tue Jul 20, 04:26 PM

Free-agent LB Kwon Alexander (Saints) is visiting with the New Orleans Saints on Tuesday, July 20, according to a source. Per ESPN's Adam Schefter, there are several other teams interested in meeting with Alexander.

Footballguys view: Alexander and the rest of the last wave of free agents are going to have to take small salaries and might be more persuaded to sign somewhere they know and somewhere that has a chance to go to a Super Bowl. Both apply to the Saints.

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  Saints | Drew Brees thinks NO could play both QBs    Mon Jul 19, 03:06 PM

New Orleans Saints QBs Jameis Winston and Taysom Hill will be competing for the starting quarterback job during training camp, but retired QB Drew Brees said he believes both could see playing time no matter which one is named the starter. ' Whatever happens, in terms of whoever is the starter, I do think there is a scenario where both of them are playing. If Jameis is the starter I think Taysom is seeing a lot of action at quarterback, maybe even moreso than he did with me,' Brees said.

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  Saints | Taysom Hill to start opener?    Sun Jul 18, 01:03 PM

New Orleans Saints QB Taysom Hill may be the leading candidate to open the season as the starter because of his ability to produce as a runner and passer, according to sources.

Footballguys view: This is counter to most reports coming out of New Orleans, but underscores that this is still an open competition. Jameis Winston's pocket passing would allow for more continuity from the Drew Brees offense game plan, but Hill can still outright win the job by showing marked improvement in that part of his game. Hill would be an instant top 10-12 fantasy quarterback if he comes out on top.

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  Saints | David Onyemata suspended 6 games    Fri Jul 16, 01:32 PM

Updating a previous report, New Orleans Saints DT David Onyemata on Friday, July 16, was suspended six games for a violation of the league's performance-enhancing drugs policy.

Footballguys view: Onyemata has made some timely plays for the Saints defense and he's an underrated rotational player. The Saints defense will miss him sorely in the season opener against the Packers if Aaron Rodgers shows up, and he'll also miss a Week 7 game against the Seahawks and Week 2 divisional matchup at Carolina.

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  Saints | David Onyemata facing suspension    Fri Jul 16, 09:45 AM

New Orleans Saints DT David Onyemata posted on social media that he has tested positive for banned substance but did not knowingly take the substance. He'll be facing a suspension to start the season.

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  Saints | Alvin Kamara a bit less sure-handed in 2020    Mon Jul 12, 11:29 PM

New Orleans Saints RB Alvin Kamara led all running backs last season with nine drops, per Pro Football Reference.

Footballguys view: Last year, it was a tale of two seasons with Kamara and the Saints. When Drew Brees was in the lineup, Kamara looked like his old self and was getting plenty of looks as a receiver. When Brees was not under center, Kamara did not get the same type of passes...and he didn't get as many of them. We'll see how he meshes with likely starter Jameis Winston in 2021. Kamara has caught 80-plus passes over the past four years and should be in line to do the same thing this season. He's a top-5 fantasy running back, drops and all, once again this year.

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  Saints | QBs Winston/Hill Will 'Rise to the Challenge' per Payton    Mon Jul 12, 01:04 PM

In a recent interview on NFL Network's "Total Access" Saints head coach Sean Payton addressed the quarterback competition between Jameis Winston and Taysom Hill. "Obviously, there's a high bar for our team. ... And I think both of those guys will rise to the challenge. They both understand the importance of the reps that we're going to have in this upcoming training camp. And there is a little bit of a standard and it's kind of high, and so that's OK." Payton said.

Footballguys view: This quarterback situation is one to watch in training camp. Winston has to be the frontrunner because of his starting experience. Hill has started a handful of games, but he's not the developed passer that Winston is. Now, Winston needs to take care of the football better but we're expecting Payton to scheme something for that. If Winston wins the job, he could have a short leash if Hill impresses in camp. With Hill in the lineup as the starter, the offense would have a different look.

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  Saints | Jameis Winston to adjust style?    Sat Jul 3, 11:33 PM

New Orleans Saints QB Jameis Winston led the NFL with a 10.8 average depth of target during his five years as the starter for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and during the same stretch, the Saints ranked dead last as a team in average depth of target.

Footballguys view: There's going to be an adjustment from Winston, but there will be an adjustment from Sean Payton. The two sides will work together to build a system that fits both Winston's style while also cutting down on the turnovers. That should come with more efficient passes, working the short-to-intermediate routes to then take some shots downfield. It will be fewer shots 20 yards or more than we're used to seeing from Winston but that's the compromise that could make Winston a strong starter for the Saints.

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  Saints | Richard Sherman may be option for NO    Thu Jul 1, 07:21 PM

Free-agent CB Richard Sherman (49ers) could be a free-agent target for the New Orleans Saints leading up to the regular season, in the opinion of ESPN.com's Mike Triplett.

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  Saints | Ryan Ramczyk signs extension    Wed Jun 30, 12:16 PM

New Orleans Saints OT Ryan Ramczyk signed a five-year, $90 million extension with $60 million guaranteed Wednesday, June 30. The deal makes him the highest-paid right tackle in the league.

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  Saints | Adam Trautman excited about bigger role    Sun Jun 20, 02:35 PM

New Orleans Saints TE Adam Trautman said he is excited about his bigger role in the passing game this season.

Footballguys view: Trautman is expected to be the starting tight end for the Saints. Jared Cook has moved on to the Chargers, leaving Trautman as the top guy in New Orleans. A third-round pick out of Dayton last year, Trautman has a size advantage over defensive backs tasked with covering him and he's got a speed advantage over linebackers in the same boat. Saints QB Jameis Winston, the expected starter, effectively used his tight ends in college and even back in college at FSU Winston used the position more than any FBS quarterback. The role could be there for Trautman to outperform his current ADP of TE17 (13.09).

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  Saints | Tre'Quan Smith has been working out with QB    Sun Jun 20, 02:23 PM

New Orleans Saints WR Tre'Quan Smith has been working out with QB Jameis Winston on a regular basis this offseason.

Footballguys view: Smith will start and have a chance to set career highs during his contract year. If Taysom Hill wins the starting job, that's a hit for Smith's fantasy value, but most favor Winston over Hill in competition to some degree.

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  Saints | Tre'Quan Smith ready to shine?    Thu Jun 17, 10:35 PM

New Orleans Saints WR Tre'Quan Smith said he expects more opportunities to make big plays in 2021 if QB Jameis Winston is named the starter. 'Jameis already told me, 'Listen, when I've got the ball, whatever you do, don't stop running. Because I'm looking forward to stretching the (field) this year.''

Footballguys view: Smith caught a long touchdown from Winston during the playoffs on a trick play and should be an unquestioned starter. He might benefit from Winston having a better deep ball than Drew Brees - that is if Winston wins the quarterback job.

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  Saints | Drew Brees placed on retired list    Fri Jun 11, 04:56 PM

New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees was officially placed on the Reserve/Retired list Friday, June 11.

Footballguys view: It's going to be weird not seeing Brees in a Saints jersey but this was coming for some time. The Saints are going to see if Jameis Winston can be their starter with Taysom Hill competing for the top spot as well...and Hill can still be a gadget quarterback if he doesn't win the starting job.

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  Saints | Michael Thomas making good progress    Thu Jun 10, 06:53 PM

New Orleans Saints WR Michael Thomas (ankle) is making good progress in his rehab from the ankle problems he dealt with last season and looked good during practice this week, according to head coach Sean Payton.

Footballguys view: Judging whether to take Thomas should at least be in part hinging on whether you think his ankle was responsible for his dropoff last year. He'll also have a new quarterback, but had good games with Taysom Hill against Atlanta as a ray of hope. Thomas won't be as expensive as last year, and routinely falls into the third round of best ball drafts.

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  Saints | New Orleans inks 2021 draft class    Tue Jun 8, 04:35 PM

New Orleans Saints first-round-pick DE Payton Turner (Houston), second-round pick LB Pete Werner (Ohio State), third-round pick CB Paulson Adebo (Stanford), fourth-round pick QB Ian Book (Notre Dame), sixth-round pick OT Landon Young (Kentucky) and seventh-round pick WR Kawaan Baker (South Alabama) signed four-year contracts Tuesday, June 8. Turner's contract includes a team option for a fifth season. Financial terms of all the deals were not immediately disclosed.

Footballguys view: Book is a player to watch in deep dynasty formats. The Saints may have another version of Taysom Hill here with the Notre Dame quarterback. Book is tough, athletic and competitive but as a passer he needs work. We'll see how he looks in the preseason and how he develops behind Hill and presumed starter Jameis Winston in 2021.

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  Saints | Marshon Lattimore agrees to reworked deal    Tue Jun 8, 04:24 PM

New Orleans Saints CB Marshon Lattimore will have the $10.2 million fifth-year option on his contract converted into a $990,000 base salary and receive the remaining money in a roster bonus with voidable years, according to NFL Media's Ian Rapoport.

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  Saints | Dre Kirkpatrick to visit    Mon Jun 7, 02:07 PM

Free-agent CB Dre Kirkpatrick (Cardinals) is scheduled to meet with the New Orleans Saints, according to a source.

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  Saints | Team Could Lean on Rushing Attack Early    Mon May 31, 03:49 PM

Larry Holder, from The Athletic, reports Saints head coach Sean Payton could "lean heavily" on Alvin Kamara and Latavius Murray early in the 2021 season.

Footballguys view: That would make sense. The Saints are going to see if Jameis Winston or Taysom Hill can win the starting job. Gone are the days of letting the offense run through Drew Brees. Instead, it would be wise for Payton to set up his quarterback with a strong emphasis on the ground game. Kamara has a current ADP of RB5 (1.05) and Murray is going off the board at RB40 (9.03) in 12-team PPR leagues.

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  Saints | Eric Burrell back with NOLA    Tue May 18, 06:35 PM

Free-agent DB Eric Burrell (Saints) signed an undisclosed contract with the New Orleans Saints Tuesday, May 18.

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  Saints | Alex Hoffman hangs up his cleats    Mon May 17, 07:06 PM

New Orleans Saints OL Alex Hoffman, who signed with the team as an undrafted free agent shortly after the draft, announced his retirement Monday, May 17.

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  Saints | Ken Crawley re-signed     Mon May 17, 05:16 PM

Free-agent CB Ken Crawley (Saints) signed with the New Orleans Saints Monday, May 17. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.

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  Saints | Trill Williams back with NO    Mon May 17, 04:30 PM

Free-agent CB Trill Williams (Saints) agreed to terms with the New Orleans Saints Monday, May 17, according to a source. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.

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  Saints | Three players joining roster    Sun May 16, 03:57 PM

Free-agent OT Kyle N. Murphy (Texans) and LB Quentin Poling (Vikings) agreed to terms with the New Orleans Saints Sunday, May 16. The team also agreed to terms with undrafted free-agent DT Lorenzo Neal Jr. (Purdue). Terms of the contracts were not disclosed.

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  Saints | Deuce Wallace signed    Sat May 15, 08:16 AM

The New Orleans Saints signed free-agent S Deuce Wallace (Louisiana-Lafayette) Friday, May 14. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

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  Saints | Two players let go    Fri May 14, 08:08 PM

New Orleans Saints CB Trill Williams (undisclosed) and S Eric Burrell (undisclosed) were waived Friday, May 14, with failed physical designations.

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  Saints | New Orleans adds Albert Huggins    Thu May 6, 03:52 PM

Free-agent DT Albert Huggins (Lions) agreed to terms with the New Orleans Saints Thursday, May 6. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.

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  Saints | Sutton Smith joins Saints    Thu May 6, 03:11 PM

Free-agent FB Sutton Smith (Seahawks) agreed to terms with the New Orleans Saints Thursday, May 6, according to a source. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.

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  Saints | Easop Winston signing with Saints    Thu May 6, 02:43 PM

Free agent WR Easop Winston (Rams) is signing with the New Orleans Saints on Thursday, May 6, according to his agent.

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  Saints | New Orleans adding Stevie Scott    Tue May 4, 04:38 PM

Undrafted free-agent RB Stevie Scott (Indiana) reportedly agreed to terms with the New Orleans Saints on Sunday, May 2.

Footballguys view: Scott is a big-bodied running back with an nose for the end zone (30 rushing touchdowns in three seasons). He's a grinder who won't break off big runs but he is intent between the tackles.

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  Saints | New Orleans adds 11 college FAs    Sun May 2, 03:36 PM

Undrafted free-agent CB Bryce Thompson (Tennessee), CB Trill Williams (Syracuse), CB Lawrence Woods (Truman State), S Eric Burrell (Wisconsin), DT Josiah Bronson (Washington), LB Shaq Smith (Maryland), OG Mike Brown (West Virginia), OT Alex Hoffman (Carroll), P Nolan Cooney (Syracuse), RB Stevie Scott III (Indiana) and TE Dylan Soehner (Iowa State) agreed to terms with the New Orleans Saints Sunday, May 2. Terms of the contracts were not disclosed.

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  Saints | New Orleans moves up    Sat May 1, 04:43 PM

The New Orleans Saints acquired the 206th pick of the 2021 NFL Draft from the Indianapolis Colts in exchange for the 218th and 229th picks Saturday, May 1. The Saints selected Kentucky OT Landon Young with the pick.

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  Saints | Ian Book drafted by New Orleans    Sat May 1, 01:51 PM

Notre Dame QB Ian Book on Saturday, May 1, was selected in the fourth round (133rd overall pick) by the New Orleans Saints in the NFL Draft.

Footballguys view: Book is a scrambler as a rusher and rough around the edges as a passer, so he'll work as a Taysom Hill-like developmental prospect for the Saints. We'll see if he can improve his passing skill with pro coaching.

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  Saints | Payton Turner lands in New Orleans    Thu Apr 29, 11:41 PM

Houston DE Payton Turner was selected by the New Orleans Saints with the 28th overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft.

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