We now know who the Saints will be playing and when, so you make plans to travel into town for some marquee matchups if you live out of town. The big shocker is the Saints opening at home on September 8th against the Altanta Falcons, as the NFL typically saves the big divisional matchups for later in the season. Even more shocking is that they play two NFC South teams in their first two weeks. Three of their first four games will be in the Superdome, before going on the road for two straight and then getting a bye. Tom Brady will have an opportunity to tie Drew Brees' consecutive games with a passing touchdown record against the Saints in week 6. Here's the schedule:no comments
The Atlanta Falcons are reportedly looking to trade up. Ralph, Andrew and Kevin debate whether the Saints should accommodate them. Let's just say Andrew and Kevin's answer rhymes with duck bow. Kevin explains how the Saints signed of Seneca Wallace and let's just say it involves Rob Ryan and beer. Ralph gets the shakes thinking about Mickey Loomis drafting Manti Te'o. The boys try to figure out which scenario is likely to happen so the Saints can trade down Andrew guesses Chris Ivory's trade value and could the tragedy in Boston mean even tighter security at Saints games?
The boys end with another edition of 'Mocking the Draft' involving best Saints players names.It lasts four rounds and involves a website YOU SHOULD UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES GOOGLE AT WORK.
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When it comes time for the Saints to announce their selection in the 3rd round it will be a familiar face breaking the official news. Former special teams ace and ALS survivor Steve Gleason will be the person to deliver the pick. Perhaps that will wash out some of the bitter taste from Roger Goodell announcing the 15th overall pick. This is another cool moment for Gleason and his history with the team. Few players in team history is more adored by the fan base, ALS or no ALS. It'll be a pretty cool moment and I can't wait for it.no comments
The Saints' offense under Sean Payton has always had the need for speedy receivers to run properly. That weapon is largely used as a decoy to open up underneath options by stretching the field, but it's also used to exploit unsuspecting defenses when the time is right. Joe Morgan is entering year three as a receiver for the Saints, but this is the first year he comes in being the unquestioned top deep threat on the team. Two years ago he was an undrafted rookie that was a long shot to make the team before exploding in preseason but ending up on IR, and last year he survived an up and down preseason and spotty play early to make a small impact on the field. He did score three touchdowns and averaged a whooping 37.9 yards per reception last season, but with only 10 catches I think everyone expects his role to expand. When you compare his career path to Devery Henderson and Robert Meachem, year three should be the big jump professionally.no comments
As the veterans report to the team's facility in Metairie today, this will mark the first time since his suspension that Sean Payton will have the opportunity to address the entire team. This program will run for nine days through April 26th before picking back up three days later after the draft exercise is completed and lasting through the end of May. We're 10 days away from the draft which will see a number of other new players joining the roster but for now the team has seven new faces. Those are:no comments
Numerous media outlets have reported that a trade sending Chris Ivory to the New York Jets is now a distinct possibility. The very talented and powerful back has never really made his mark in New Orleans despite consistent flashes when he's seen the field and that was on full display last year when despite averaging more than five yards a carry he only saw 40 attempts for the year. Between character questions, hamstring issues and ball security problems there has always seemed to be something holding him back from stardom in the NFL. More than those issues, perhaps, has been the Saints' brass refusal to fully trust him and maybe he could flourish if given a legitimate chance elsewhere.
Many of you are understandably confused about the "2nd round tender" and why the Saints would get a lower draft pick from the Jets.no comments
It’s about that time of the year, folks. The draft is coming up quick and a lot of teams are going to gamble on, before, and maybe even after draft day. Today I’m going to be talking about a couple of moves that the Saints could surprise everyone with.
Disclaimer: I’m not saying that they should or are going to go through with any of these moves, nor am I predicting them; I’m just listing out a couple of them and providing why I could see the Saints doing them.no comments
Dave, Andrew, and Kevin join Ralph to discuss the draft. Has drafting for need over best player been shown to be bad idea? Should the Saints trade down? Dave wonders if the Jason Smith signing means the Saints won't do anything major at left tackle. Kevin wants to trade down and drops giant words to describe it. Dave goes on an epic rant explaining why Devery Henderson will be on the roster in September. Andrew wants a safety because he isn't sure he can live through another year of Roman Harper and Malcolm Jenkins. Do the boys have Mingo Mania and is the Jim Leonhard signing worth anything? Kevin wants a faster draft and has a plan to make it happen.
The boys finish up mocking the draft by selecting the best late night places in NOLA to eat when you are drunk and or high.
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I didn't expect to see Jason Smith, of all people, walking through the Saints' doors but this is a very intriguing development. Smith is 26 and was drafted as the 2nd overall pick - yes you read that correctly - just 4 years ago. He spent three concussion filled seasons with the Rams and was largely a bust before playing for the Jets last year and never really panning out. He did grade favorably on PFF despite just over 200 snaps as a backup, with solid grades associated with both run blocking and pass protection.no comments