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Chris Dunnells

Saints 2018 Year in Review: Keith Kirkwood

The Saints will need more out of the young wide receiver next year.

When Ted Ginn Jr was placed on injured reserve early in the 2018 season, the New Orleans Saints struggled to find another capable pass-catcher to step up along side star wide receiver Michael Thomas. The Saints tried Dez Bryant, but he was injured before his first game. The Saints signed Brandon Marshall, but he was cut. Eventually, the Saints were forced to ask UDFA Keith Kirkwood to contribute, and Kirkwood was a competent...

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Saintjohnbutler

Life of a Saint: Pat Swilling

Swilling reflects on who influenced him to play football, the Dome Patrol and life after the game.

When building a structure that will stand the test of time, it’s common knowledge that you start with a strong foundation. After nearly two decades of trial and error by the New Orleans Saints, a new regime, in owner Tom Benson, G.M. Jim Finks and head coach Jim Mora, would act as the architects of a long-awaited winning program. These three gentlemen started out on a search to find their...

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BobRose

New Orleans Saints 2018 season grades: Tight End

The Saints weakest position in 2018 is in major need of a talent upgrade.

The New Orleans Saints pursued their former All-Pro star, Jimmy Graham, last offseason in an attempt to shore up one of the most inconsistent spots on the team in terms of production. Graham had played for the Saints from 2010-14, earning three trips to the Pro Bowl and setting several records for his receiving production. Following his surprising trade to Seattle after the '14 season, the Saints have struggled to...

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Chris Conner13

The 2019 New Orleans Saints’ revenge tour should embrace it’s petty on each opponent

Why let the petty stop in the offseason? There are 16 opponents to continue it with.

The 2018 season ended very quietly as the New England Patriots are once again Super Bowl Champions. Their victory over the Los Angeles Rams brought a wave of petty that the NFL hasn’t seen in some time, and just two weeks prior was the genesis of it all. The days of complaining and spewing rage are over for now. Carrying the torch from here will be rage’s best friend once anger settles — petty.

We’re...

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Lions work out RB Mike Gillislee

The Lions hosted and worked out free agent running back Mike Gillislee on Thursday, a source tells Ian Rapoport of NFL.com (on Twitter). The Lions showed interest in him after he missed the Patriots’ cut in 2018, Rapoport notes, so this could be a good fit for the 28-year-old. Gillislee enjoyed a breakout season in 2016 as he averaged 5.7 yards per carry on 101 handoffs with the Bills. In the following offseason, the Pats signed him to a two-year, $6.4M deal, but he didn’t get a ton of...

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Deuce Windham

Fleur-de-Links, February 15: No valentines for Bengals as Saints block their talks with Aaron Glenn

It wasn’t a happy Valentines day for everyone in the NFL.

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New Orleans Saints 2018 season recap: Alvin Kamara
Kamara became the fourth player in NFL history to have 500 yards rushing and receiving in his first two seasons.

What does the future hold for the Saints at quarterback after a successful 2018? | NOLA.com
Drew Brees is coming off one of his best seasons, but turned 40 during the playoffs. Teddy Bridgewater is a free agent.

Bengals defensive coordinator: Saints to block...

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Tee Word

Saints 2018 Year in Review: Patrick Robinson

Will he bounce back in 2019?

Patrick Robinson is a familiar name to most New Orleans Saints fans, even those who discovered the Who Dat Nation after the team won the Super Bowl in 2010. PRob was the team’s very first draft pick after being crowned World Champions. His first stint with the Saints was largely viewed as a bad period and he was allowed to walk in free agency after the 2014 season. With just over 4 years of gameplay experience, Robinson signed with the, then, San Diego...

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Deuce Windham

Grading the 2018 Safeties | Did Glenn ask Saints to block Bengals? | ESPN says let Ingram walk[Podcast]

Whats the facts?

Was Aaron Glenn actually the one to block the Bengals inquiry, but had the Saints do it to avoid burning a bridge?

Offseason is in full swing, and today’s big topic is the Bengals getting shut down in their attempts to interview Saints’ secondary coach Aaron Glenn. New Orleans seems determined to keep everyone together from the 2018 season, and we discuss this and more on the podcast.

Podcast Topics ESPN’s Bill Barnwell says the Saints should let Ingram walk for...

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Chris Dunnells

Mark Ingram the one free agent the Saints need to re-sign

The Saints need Ingram, but will Ingram agree to stay?

The New Orleans Saints have a number of pending free agents, so there are plenty of options for the free agent that should be the top priority for the Saints to bring back. Teddy Bridgewater? Dez Bryant? Alex Okafor? Tyeler Davison?

Well, when Bleacher Report listed the top free agent for each team to sign, it wasn’t any of the above. It was Mark Ingram:

According to Fox 8 News in New Orleans, the first preference of tailback Mark...

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Chris Dunnells

Saints 2018 Year in Review: Josh Hill

He was solid, but the Saints will need more.

The New Orleans Saints have struggled finding a permanent replacement for Jimmy Graham at tight end, only finding temporary success in the immediately-following year with a career best year from Benjamin Watson.

Every offseason it seems, Josh Hill is looked at as one potential option to be “that guy.” The 2018 offseason was no different. While the Saints brought back Benjamin Watson on a one-year deal to replace the concussed Coby Fleener,...

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Are Saints a realistic option for quarterback Teddy Bridgewater?

New Orleans can make salary-cap room to keep the veteran QB, but whether the 26-year-old is open to a continued backup role is open for debate.

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Don Kellum

Saints 2018 Year in Review: Tre’quan Smith

The roller-coaster rookie year.

Tre’Quan Smith’s first season in the NFL went as well as one would suspect of a rookie wide receiver, but then again, Saints fans have been spoiled with rookie receivers who came ready to play at an NFL level. Marques Colston, Brandin Cooks, and most recently the un-guardable Michael Thomas all excelled in their inaugural season putting up impressive numbers.

However, most wide receivers don’t come out of the gate as hot as the names mentioned above,...

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Tee Word

Tee’s Corner: Situationally Speaking

Coach Talk

What’s up Who Dats! Now that the 2018 season is officially in the books, we can fully move forward and explore other elements of the game well call football. One element that has clearly changed the course of history for the New Orleans Saints and many other franchises is coaching.

The New England Patriots, Seattle Seahawks, and Saints all won their first Super Bowl in franchise history under their current head coaches. Along with Xs and Os, these men have brought about culture...

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BobRose

New Orleans Saints 2018 season grades: Offensive Line

Could some big changes be in store for this dominant position?

The 2018 New Orleans Saints were looked at by some as the bullies of the NFL. The Saints ranked 3rd in the league in points scored, averaging 31.5 points per game, and 8th in total offensive yardage. Elite stars like quarterback Drew Brees, wide receiver Michael Thomas, and running back Alvin Kamara make the New Orleans offense as tough to contain as anyone in the NFL. The underlying excellence of the offense this year though,...

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Chris Dunnells

Saints 2018 Year in Review: Austin Carr

He was OK. Just OK.

The New Orleans Saints have a lot of questions at wide receiver behind Michael Thomas, with Cameron Meredith recovering from injury, Ted Ginn Jr another year older, Tre’Quan Smith entering just his second year after an uninspiring rookie campaign, and then a bunch of UDFAs behind them.

One such player is former New England Patriots WR Austin Carr. Carr played in 14 games for the Saints in 2018, starting two, and was forced into more action when Ginn, Meredith, and the...

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Michael Thomas thinks Steelers will be in trouble without Antonio Brown

Pittsburgh Steelers fans may think they don’t need Antonio Brown because they already have a top wide receiver in JuJu Smith-Schuster, but one of the best players in the NFL at the position does not think it will be nearly that simple. Shortly after Antonio Brown took to Twitter on Tuesday to bid farewell to Steeler Nation, Thomas shared his thoughts on how Pittsburgh might look without the seven-time Pro Bowler. The New Orleans Saints star does not think it will be pretty. There’s...

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BobRose

New Orleans Saints 2018 season grades: Running back

Will the Saints be able to keep their dynamic duo at running back together?

The New Orleans Saints have always had a productive offense since Sean Payton was hired as head coach in 2006. The team has had a number of talented running backs over their history as well. Players like Deuce McAllister and Pierre Thomas during Payton's reign, and Ricky Williams, Reuben Mayes, Dalton Hilliard, George Rogers, Chuck Muncie, and Tony Galbreath throughout team history were loved by fans, respected...

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BrendenErtle

Saints sign Cameron Tom, Vince Biegel, Zach Wood to ERFA tenders

The Saints signed three players to ERFA tenders, per Nick Underhill of The Advocate.

The New Orleans Saints have picked up three more of their own on Monday. Long snapper Zach Wood, offensive lineman Cameron Tom, and linebacker/special teamed Vince Biegel have been brought back on ERFA tenders. The Saints signed all three players to a one-year deal with a base salary of $645,000 for the 2019 season.

Zach Wood had a very successful season, as he started all 16 games and was a big part to Wil...

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BrendenErtle

Saints sign special teams ace Justin Hardee to a one-year deal

Saints re-sign Special Team Ace Justin Hardee, per FOX8’s Sean Fazende.

The New Orleans Saints have reportedly signed special teams ace Justin Hardee to his exclusive rights tender, as his 2019 base salary will be $645,000. The Saints make a quiet, but big move by keeping one of their top special teams flankers and reserve cornerbacks. Over the past two seasons, Hardee has had team-leading special teams numbers with 19 solo tackles in his first two seasons.

Against the Washington...

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Goodell responds to La. Gov. on NFC title game

Roger Goodell wrote in a letter to Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards that he understands his disappointment over the Saints' loss in the NFC title game but that league rules prevent him from overturning the result.

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