Saints backup quarterback Taysom Hill was something of an NFL curiosity last season: An undrafted rookie, he obviously wasn’t going to get any playing time ahead of Drew Brees, but he did get playing time on special teams and even made some tackles covering kicks, which is almost unheard of for a quarterback. Last year [more]
Demario Davis knows all about both sides of the national anthem issue. The social justice side. And the military side. The Saints linebacker spends a great part of his offseason helping with social justice causes. He's also the son of a longtime Army veteran. So when the NFL announced Wednesday its new policy regarding the national anthem, Davis admitted he had "mixed emotions." "I think it's a very important time in our history," Davis said. "Everybody is watching our game so it's important for our league to get it right and how we handle certain situations. I do not agree with the ruling. I do not in any shape, form or fashion agree with it. It has nothing to do with kneeling and has never
Meredith (knee) didn't participate in team drills Thursday, but coach Sean Payton said that the wideout is "way ahead of schedule," Josh Katzenstein of The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports. Back in April, Payton said he hoped that Meredith, who is coming off tearing his ACL and MCL last year, would be able to return to the practice field for the team's mandatory minicamp. With Payton's current level of optimism, that seems like a real possibility. Expect another update on Meredith's status as minicamp draws closer, but it's likely the Saints will ease Drew Brees' new target into the swing of things ahead of the start of training camp.
Mark Ingram wants a new contract, and he’s willing to let his bosses know that. But he’s not going to get fined in the process. Via Josh Katzenstein of the New Orleans Times-Picayune, Saints coach Sean Payton said that Ingram would be at the team’s mandatory minicamp June 12-14. Ingram has skipped the rest of the offseason [more]
Notes and observations from Thursday's organized team activity. ATTENDANCE: Tight end Ben Watson, guard Andrus Peat, running back Mark Ingram and wide receiver Brandon Coleman were not present. Cam Jordan appeared to have the day off. THE BIG NEWS: The most crucial piece of information from each organized team activity is who is participating and who is not. We'll report on who is playing with the starters and who is not, but none of those things really matter at this point. Even players standing out or struggling at this early juncture can be misleading and create false narratives. The new kickoff rule is going to take some adjusting. So, all you need to know is that wide receiver Cam Meredith,
New Orleans Saints receiver Cameron Meredith is ahead of schedule in his return from a knee injury that kept him off the field for the entire 2017 season, coach Sean Payton said Thursday (May 24). The 6-foot-3, 207-pound receiver who the Saints signed as a free agent this offseason did not participate in team drills during Thursday's OTA practice but Payton said his participation was encouraging. "I made a comment to (Saints' director of sports medicine) Beau (Lowery) two days ago during the walk through," Payton said. "Just watching him move around and, you guys saw him, he's way ahead of schedule. And certainly where our doctor our doctors had hoped and even better. "So, he's going to factor
If you're running a football team, Benjamin Watson is the type of guy you want in your locker room. The 37-year-old tight end has always been viewe...
New Orleans Saints rookie quarterback J.T. Barrett spent three years playing with Joe Burrow at Ohio State, and with Burrow transferring to LSU this year, Barrett thinks his former teammate has what it takes to become the Tigers' next starting quarterback. "He's really smart, tough, willing to do anything it takes to win and he slings the ball," Barrett said Wednesday (May 23) at the Touchdown Club of New Orleans' annual crawfish boil for Saints rookies. "He can throw the ball around the yard." LSU announced Monday that Burrow had officially transferred to join the Tigers after considering other options. As a graduate transfer, he'll have a chance to play immediately in 2018, but he has to compete
Recently, we've spent a little time talking about how tough the NFC South and the broader NFC are likely to be, which will make for an uphill battle for this extremely talented Falcons team. Today, I'd like to talk about the way the rosters in the NFC South have changed and what that might mean for the 2018 balance of power. We're not going to dive into the Falcons, here, because you know exactly what the Falcons have done, and I feel pretty confident in saying that they'll be a better team than they were a year ago. Whether they win the NFC South will depend on whether they can push past the other three teams on this list, all of which also improved to some degree. Major Additions: DT Beau Allen,
Henry Mondeaux fondly recalled his freshman season at Oregon, the year before the Ducks won the Rose Bowl and played for the national championship. "It was cool to be a part of that especially as a freshman," Mondeaux said. "To get to come in to that and contribute, it was awesome." Mondeaux signed the New Orleans Saints following the 2018 NFL Draft and the Saints are one of the teams many expect to compete for a Super Bowl championship this season. The 6-foot-5, 280-pound defensive tackle understands he has to make the roster first and is currently focused on getting acclimated to the Saints' defensive scheme. "Everything is new, but its also really exciting," Mondeaux said. "So (I'm) just