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Chris Dunnells

Saints 2020 Year in Review: Carl Granderson

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He played well with limited opportunites

The New Orleans Saints defensive line was arguably one of their best units in 2020, due in no small part to up-and-comers like Trey Hendrickson and Carl Granderson instead of the typical anchors to the line like Cam Jordan and Sheldon Rankins.

Granderson, who joined the Saints in 2019 after pleading no contest to a sexual battery charge from 2018, has played well with limited opportunities. He has a...

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Saints 2020 Year In Review: Keith Washington

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From nearly cut, to 2021 camp invite.

New Orleans Saints cornerback Keith Washington was signed as an undrafted rookie ahead of the 2020 season. During his time at West Virginia, he totaled six interceptions and 17 pass breakups while adding on 63 total tackles and one and a half sacks.

Keith Washington II is a two-year starter at cornerback. During his career at WVU, he has more than 50 tackles, six interceptions and 17 pass breakups. He graduated in August 2018...

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Chris Dunnells

A look back at Saints “can’t miss” preseason award predictions

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How did I do?

For the fourth year in a row, I made “can’t miss” predictions leading into the 2020 regular season, including breakout rookie, most improved player, and team MVP. Let’s take a look at how I did:

MVP

My prediction? Alvin Kamara:

It’s easy to say 2019 Offensive Player of the Year Michael Thomas, or even Super Bowl MVP Drew Brees, here, but I’m going to go with Alvin Kamara. After dealing with nagging injuries all of 2019, he’s...

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Dylan Sanders

LSU draft prospects and their fit with the New Orleans Saints

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Do the New Orleans Saints draft LSU players often? No. Does that stop fans of the two teams from begging for it to happen every year? Also no.

The narrative of LSU players going to the Saints every year will never die, despite how rare it is for the New Orleans Saints to actually draft the Baton Rouge prospects. I can’t blame anyone, it’s always a fun conversation to have. I’m an LSU student so I’m never innocent of it either. Let’s take a look at...

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Adam Dunnells

Fleur-de-Links, January 26: Saints lose quarterback coach to Los Angeles

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Here are your daily New Orleans Saints links

New Orleans Saints: 2021 New Orleans Saints Mock Draft 1.0: Rest of the Draft - Canal Street Chronicles

An in-depth look at Saints Round 3 and Round 4 draft picks in mock NFL Draft.

ESPN predicts the Drew Brees-less Saints will miss the 2021 playoffs - Saints Wire

Bill Barnwell of ESPN predicts that the Saints will not make the playoffs in 2021 specifically because he expects Drew Brees to not be with the...

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Dylan Sanders

Senior Bowl prospects to watch for the New Orleans Saints

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The New Orleans Saints are known to draft Senior Bowl prospects, so keep an eye out over this next week for these interesting players!

In the Sean Payton era the New Orleans Saints have drafted a Senior Bowl player, in all but two seasons (2007 and 2012.) Saints fans should pay attention this week, as at least one of the players suiting up will probably be in a Saints uniform next year. These are a couple players I wanted to highlight, as...

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Ross.Jackson

The New Orleans Saints should explore a trade for QB Matt Stafford

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He’ll have to change his number, but Matt Stafford in New Orleans is a rare move from star quarterback to star quarterback.

Even though New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees hasn’t officially retired, it feel enough like a forgone conclusion that inspecting potential options for the future makes sense. With the future of the position uncertain, another veteran quarterback could help the Saints maintain their competitive streak if acquired.

Sources: The...

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Dylan Sanders

2021 New Orleans Saints Mock Draft 1.0: Rest of the Draft

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The rest of Dylan’s first New Orleans Saints mock draft on Canal St. Chronicles.

There are a lot of storylines to look at in this upcoming offseason for the New Orleans Saints. But what my eyes go to first, is the NFL draft. Is there a potential replacement quarterback available? Do they need to replace Marcus Williams? What offensive lineman will the Saints draft first? There are so many scenarios I have already played out in my head....

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Chris Dunnells

5 pressing questions for the Saints this offseason

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Here are the biggest questions for New Orleans as we head into the draft and free agency.

The 2020 season is over, but the questions are just getting started. If anything, there are more questions now that the season is over than there were when the season was still going.

So what are the biggest questions now that the season is officially over and the offseason is here? I’m not sure what your biggest questions are, but here are mine.

What happens with...

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Adam Dunnells

Fleur-de-Links, January 25: Saints lose their secondary coach in offseason

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New Orleans Saints: Examining the New Orleans Saints Pass-Run Balance through 2020 - Canal Street Chronicles

A look at how successful the Saints were at balancing their passing game and rushing game during the 2020 season.

Emmanuel Sanders: Tom Brady has ‘proven me wrong’ with his success in Tampa Bay - NFL

Emmanuel Sanders speaks on Tom Brady’s success with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Did Saints WR Michael Thomas take a shot at Drew Brees...

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Carlton Davis had strong response to critical tweets from Michael Thomas

Thomas had only eight catches for 68 yards against the Buccaneers in three games this year.

ESPN.com - New Orleans Saints

Sources: Chargers poised to hire Lombardi as OC

Saints QBs coach Joe Lombardi is tracking to become the new offensive coordinator for the Chargers, sources told ESPN's Adam Schefter.

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Wallace Delery

Chiefs vs. Bills: AFC Championship open thread

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The AFC Championship Game is here, and the winner moves on to represent the conference in Super Bowl LV. Join us here for the game!

#2 Buffalo Bills at #1 Kansas City Chiefs

The Kansas City Chiefs host the Buffalo Bills in tonight’s AFC Championship Game. This is Kansas City’s third consecutive AFC Championship Game, winning the conference title at home a year ago. This is Buffalo’s first trip to the AFC Championship Game since the 1993...

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Did Michael Thomas slight Drew Brees with tweets?

Michael Thomas is clearly bothered by the notion that he cannot make plays down the field, and the New Orleans Saints receiver appeared to throw his quarterback under the bus to make a point on Sunday.

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Wallace Delery

Packers vs. Buccaneers: NFC Championship open thread

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The NFC Championship Game is here, and the winner moves on to represent the conference in Super Bowl LV. Join us here for the game.

#5 Tampa Bay Buccaneers at #1 Green Bay Packers

The Green Bay Packers host the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in today’s NFC Championship Game. This is Tampa Bay’s first NFC Championship Game appearance since the 2002 season under Jon Gruden. This is Green Bay’s second consecutive trip to the NFC Championship Game where just...

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Saints Podcast Round-Up,  January 24th, 2021

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All your Saints podcasts in one place!

Are you a fan of the New Orleans Saints? Looking for New Orleans Saints podcasts now that Saints football is over? Just because there aren’t any more Saints games, doesn’t mean Saints podcasts stop during the offseason.

We have got you set with all the best local podcasts for all of your Saints coverage. That’s right, podcasts like Canal St. Chronicles, Locked On Saints, Bleav in Saints and so much more!

Canal...

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Ross.Jackson

Examining the New Orleans Saints Pass-Run Balance through 2020

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The New Orleans Saints found impeccable balance through 2020. A look into how it affected them and what made it possible.

Throughout the last few years the New Orleans Saints have become a fairly balanced team in terms of run to pass split. Back in the 2014-2016 season we saw Sean Payton offenses near the bottom of run percentage stats because of their reliance on the passing game and abysmal defenses.

Now that the Saints have pulled together what was a...

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Chargers, Seahawks eyeing Saints QB coach Joe Lombardi for OC?

The Chargers and Seahawks have requested interviews with Saints quarterbacks coach Joe Lombardi.

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Kade Kistner

5 Players the Saints should re-sign this offseason

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The New Orleans Saints will need to re-sign some of their stars in order to be competitive, here are the top five they should consider.

The New Orleans Saints will aim to remain competitive in the upcoming 2021 NFL season. However, the potential retirement of Drew Brees and the salary cap dilemma have many fans worried that competitive may not be the case.

Fortunately, through contract restructures and extensions, New Orleans will have some money to play...

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Chris Dunnells

Saints fan confidence tumbles heading into tumultuous offseason

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Too many questions and not enough answers

Welcome to SB Nation Reacts, a survey of fans across the NFL. Each week, we send out questions to the most plugged-in New Orleans Saints fans and fans across the country. Sign up here to join Reacts.

With the loss over the weekend the Saints season came to an end. But with it came the end of an era. The way things have come to an end has shaken the confidence of Saints fans.

Does Drew Brees retire? Who is the...

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