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Marcus Williams Vows Not To Let Walk-Off Play Define Him

Jan 16, 2018 8:58 AM

Marcus Williams has vowed not to let one play define his career in the wake of the stunning end to Sunday's playoff game between the New Orleans Saints and Minnesota Vikings.

The rookie safety missed a tackle, allowing Stefon Diggs to score on a historic 61-yard, walk-off touchdown catch.

Williams was hard on himself after the defeat and has been ridiculed on social media. He vowed "to never let that happen again. And, I mean, if it happens again, then I shouldn't be playing."

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Drew Brees Vows To Return To Saints

Jan 15, 2018 7:32 AM

Drew Brees reiterated after Sunday's playoff loss that he expects to return to the New Orleans Saints.

Brees, 39, will be an unrestricted free agent and has a clause in his contract that forbids the Saints from using the franchise tag on him.

"I mean, I'm more toward the end of my career than the beginning, I know that," Brees said of the disappointment following the loss in regards to his future. "That's all I divulge [about how long I plan on playing]. But the season ends, and this one will sting, but I think you look back at the things we accomplished and some of the memories that were made and the relationships that were built and the way this team came together. It really leaves me excited for the future of Saints football."

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NFL Divisional Round Matchups By Key DVOA Categories

Jan 9, 2018 10:19 AM

The following shows the matchups of the NFL Divisional Round based on DVOA by Football Outsiders for the 2017 regular season with the Patriots, Saints, Vikings and Steelers ranking one through four in Weighted DVOA.

Based on the DVOA numbers, the Patriots/Titans game is the most lopsided while the Saints/Vikings matchup features the second and third best teams in the NFL.

(Offensive Rank, Defensive Rank, Weighted DVOA Rank)

NFC
- Falcons (9th, 18th, 12th) at Eagles (11th, 1st, 7th)

- Saints (2nd, 9th, 2nd) at Vikings (5th, 3rd, 3rd)

AFC
- Titans (21st, 17th, 18th) at Patriots (1st, 22nd, 1st)

- Jaguars (19th, 4th, 10th) at Steelers (3rd, 14th, 4th)

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Panthers Facing Questions About Cam Newton's Quick Return

Jan 8, 2018 8:40 AM

The Carolina Panthers are facing questions from the NFL after quickly clearing Cam Newton to return to Sunday's playoff game against the New Orleans Saints.

The controversy comes less than two weeks after a league mandate requiring more extensive concussion testing for players demonstrating obvious symptoms.

League officials have already been in contact with the Panthers' medical staff as to why Newton was not taken to the locker room when he was being evaluated for a concussion.

Newton was slow to get up after defensive tackle David Onyemata hit him with 8 minutes, 26 seconds remaining in the Panthers' 31-26 loss. He was replaced by Derek Anderson, and, as he moved toward the sideline, Newton went to the ground and appeared to be pointing toward his right eye.

Ron Rivera said after the game that Newton had been poked in the eye. But in revisions to its concussion policy announced Dec. 29, the NFL said it would "require a locker room concussion evaluation for all players demonstrating gross or sustained vertical instability (e.g., stumbling or falling to the ground when trying to stand)."

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Tags: Carolina Panthers, New Orleans Saints, Misc Rumor

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Infographic: Five Teams Rank In Top-10 In Offense, Defense DVOA

Jan 2, 2018 2:54 PM

The NFL has five teams ranking in the top-10 in DVOA on both Offense and Defense at the end of the regular season in the Vikings, Rams, Saints, Steelers and Eagles.

The Chiefs, Cowboys, Chargers, Falcons and Patriots also rank in the top-10 on offense, while the Jaguars, Broncos, Panthers, Ravens and Cardinals rank in the top-10 on defense.


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Infographic: Five Teams Rank In Top-10 In Offense, Defense DVOA

Dec 13, 2017 12:30 PM

The NFL has five teams ranking in the top-10 in DVOA on both Offense and Defense after Week 14. In an indication of how much turnover there's been in parts of the NFL, none of those five teams (Rams, Eagles, Vikings, Saints and Chargers) made the playoffs in 2016.

The Chiefs, Cowboys, Steelers, Falcons and Patriots also rank in the top-10 on offense, while the Jaguars, Broncos, Panthers, Ravens and Cardinals rank in the top-10 on defense.

The Seahawks, who have consistently been one of the NFL's top teams in DVOA during the Russell Wilson era, are just outside the top-10 in both categories.

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Drew Brees Blames TNF For Saints' Injuries

Dec 8, 2017 7:48 AM

Drew Brees was critical of playing on Thursday nights after the New Orleans Saints lost six players to injury in a loss to the Atlanta Falcons.

"It's 100 percent a product of playing on Thursday night," the quarterback said. "Do you understand what guys' bodies go through in a game? And then to have to turn around four days later and to play? Look at the injury studies, they're off the charts. They're off the charts. So is this smart as it pertains to guys' health and safety? No, absolutely not."

Players have railed against the Thursday schedule for years. Last month, Doug Baldwin said the games should be "illegal" after the Seattle Seahawks suffered a series of injuries, including Richard Sherman's torn Achilles.

This Thursday, Alvin Kamara and Senio Kelemete left the game with concussions; A.J. Klein and Kenny Vaccaro left early with groin injuries; Trey Hendrickson left with an ankle injury and Ted Ginn, Jr. left with an unspecified injury late in the game.

Four other Saints players left briefly with injuries but returned to the game.

"I can sit here and tell you that no player likes putting himself at risk on four days' rest to come and put their bodies through what they put them through in a game," Brees said. "So you hope that it's addressed [this offseason], you hope that it's talked about, and you hope that something is done about it.

"When you see guys go down, when you lose guys for what you think is unnecessary just because you put 'em at a much higher risk in such a quick turnaround, that gets you upset."

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Sean Payton: Even Saints Undervalued Alvin Kamara In Draft

Dec 5, 2017 9:31 AM

The remainder of the NFL missed on Alvin Kamara when the New Orleans Saints took the running back 67th overall this past spring.

Through 12 games, Kamara has gained 1,220 yards from scrimmage. Sean Payton admitted the Saints undervalued one aspect of his game during the draft process.

"Look, if we had known what we were going to get as a runner, we wouldn't have taken him in the third round. We would've taken him earlier," Payton said.

One reason Kamara didn't go higher in the draft is he didn't have maximum exposure at Tennessee as he shared running back duties with Jalen Hurd.

Josh Katzenstein/NOLA.com

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Three Saints In Top-5 Of Mel Kiper's Rookie Big Board

Nov 16, 2017 2:48 PM

Mel Kiper Jr. has released an updated Rookie Big Board, ranking the best rookies from the 2017 draft class.

The number in parenthesis shows where each player ranked on Kiper's 2017 Big Board.

1. Marcus Lattimore, CB, Saints (9)
2. Kareem Hunt, RB, Chiefs (82)
3. Alvin Kamara, RB, Saints (88)
4. Tre'Davious White, CB, Bills (32)
5. Ryan Ramczyk, OT, Saints (29)
6. Carl Lawson, DE, Bengals (52)
7. T.J. Watt, OLB, Steelers (48)
8. Christian McCaffrey, RB, Panthers (6)
9. Ju Ju Smith-Schuster, WR, Steelers (39)
10. Jamal Adams, S, Jets (3)
11. Myles Garrett, DE, Browns (1)
12. Reuben Foster, LB, 49ers (8)
13. Leonard Fournette, RB, Jaguars (7)
14. Kendell Beckwith, LB, Buccaneers (77)
15. Evan Engram, TE, Giants (21)

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49ers Backed Out Of NaVorro Bowman Trade With Saints

Oct 15, 2017 9:33 AM

The San Francisco 49ers had agreed upon a trade of NaVorro Bowman to the New Orleans Saints for a seventh round draft pick. But the 49ers backed out of the deal when they learned Bowman preferred to become a free agent and choose his next team.

"Lots of teams [are] trying to sign" Bowman now that he's a free agent, according to one source, and it will take "a few days" for him to make a decision.

The 49ers also spoke with the Ravens, Browns and Panthers. The Oakland Raiders are another possible destination as a contending team that wouldn't force Bowman to relocate. 

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Cardinals Acquire Adrian Peterson From Saints
The Cardinals released Chris Johnson to create a roster spot for Adrian Peterson.

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Dolphins Acquire Stephone Anthony From Saints
A 2015 first-round pick, Stephone Anthony has yet to play a down this season after starting 19 games over the past two seasons.

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Saints Are 1-11 In September Since 2014
The Saints are 0-2 for the fourth straight season and are just 1-11 in the month of September since the start of the 2014 season.

Josh Katzenstein/NOLA.com

Sean Payton, Adrian Peterson Deny Heated Exchange
Television cameras appeared to catch Adrian Peterson yelling at Sean Payton during Monday night's loss to the Vikings.

Michael David Smith/Pro Football Talk

Saints Cannot Use Franchise Tag On Drew Brees In 2018
Drew Brees and the Saints worked out a one-year, $24.25 million extension just a few days before the regular-season opener in 2016.

Adam Schefter/ESPN

Willie Sneed Receives Three-Game Suspension
Willie Snead will miss games against the Vikings, Patriots and Panthers.

Ian Rapoport/NFL.com

Saints Fire Doctors After Delvin Breaux Misdiagnosis
Delvin Breaux was originally diagnosed with a contusion.

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Adrian Peterson Acknowledges 'It Was Time For Change Of Scenery'
There are doubts as to whether Adrian Peterson can stay healthy and stay productive.

Dan Pompei/Bleacher Report

Drew Brees Launching Co-ed Youth Flag Football League
Drew Brees is launching a co-ed youth flag football league that he hopes will grow into a safer alternative to tackle football across the country.

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Nick Fairley Out For 2017 Due To Heart Condition
Nick Fairly signed a four-year, $28 million deal with the Saints in March.

Adam Schefter/ESPN

Cam Jordan: Saints Are Ready To Win Super Bowl
The Saints have put together three consecutive 7-9 seasons despite a terrible defense.

Mike Florio/Pro Football Talk

Saints Lose Terron Armstead For 4-6 Months
Terron Armstead signed a five-year, $65.25 million contract extension last offseason.

Kevin Patra/NFL.com

Adrian Peterson Wants To Play Until 37, 38
Adrian Peterson feels rejuvenated with the Saints and says he wants to play another six or seven years in the NFL.

Mike Triplett/ESPN

Nick Fairley Away From Saints With Heart Condition
Nick Fairley signed a four-year, $28 million deal with the Saints in March.

Mike Garafolo/NFL.com

Drew Brees Likely Wouldn't Tell Wife About Concussion
Drew Brees was asked about Gisele Bundchen's recent comments that her husband, Tom Brady, had a concussion last year that wasn't reported.

Mike Triplett/ESPN

Drew Brees Expects 'Tremendous' Running Game In New Orleans
The New Orleans Saints have long had a passing offense, but Drew Brees expects to see an effort to run the ball this season.

Michael David Smith/Pro Football Talk

Saints Were Prepared To Trade Up For Marshon Lattimore
The Saints considered trading up in the first round on Thursday night, but didn't have to when Marshon Lattimore was available at No. 11.

Darin Gantt/Pro Football Talk

Full List Of 2017 NFL Draft, First Round
John Ross went ninth overall, one of three wide receivers selected in the top-9.

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Sean Payton: Adrian Peterson Will 'Complement' Mark Ingram
Sean Payton doesn't foresee any issues figuring out how to use both Adrian Peterson and Mark Ingram at running back.

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Adrian Peterson, Saints Finalize Two-Year Deal
The deal includes $3.5 million guaranteed in 2017.

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