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Deke: Great Saints player nicknames explained


In sports, nicknames are as common as balls and whistles! Nicknames in sports give us a close feel or connection, something we sometimes become accustomed to - they are a part of the game.  Since I’ve been covering the Saints, several nicknames have stood out to me the last few years. Read More
T-Bob Blog

T-Bob: All hail the King! (Peter King, that is)


The Saints' first fully padded practice held a surprise that I could not have anticipated. No, I speak not of the thunderstorms that would make for one of the most interesting post practice press conferences I have ever been at, but rather, the appearance of one of my favorite voices in sports. Read More
Resident Pros

Deke: Bobby & Hokie think Saints O is off to great start


Anyone who knows football has heard a coach or a player yell "we are live and in color."  That means that the players are in full pads, and real contact is about to happen. Read More
Payton Speaks

Payton on Day 3: "We are getting closer to football"


"It was up and down a little bit offensively and defensively and typically on the first day we were high. It is pretty common on the first day, you are finally having a chance to play a little bit more, a full speed football game and I thought the pad level was high." Read More
Meachem sits

Steve: Meachem sits out first day of pads at Saints camp


Make it two wide receivers on the stationary bike, as Robert Meachem joined Kenny Stills today. Stills is nursing a quad injury and Saints head coach Sean Payton revealed today that Meachem has a sore back. Read More
Saints Don Pads

Kristian: Pads were popping at Saints practice


The Saints finally had the pads on for today’s practice at the Greenbrier.  No more shorts and a game of touch. Helmets were cracking, and the pads were popping in 9-on-7 running game drills today. Read More
Rookie Profile

Steve: Saints rookie profiles - Marcus Thompson


After waiving some players right before the start of training camp, the Saints signed a handful of kids, including linebacker Marcus Thomson out of Rutgers. Read More
Rookie QB

Steve: Saints rookie profiles - Logan Gilgore


The competition to be Drew Brees’ back-up may be between Luke McCown and Ryan Griffin, but Logan Kilgore is out to show he has what it takes to be an NFL quarterback, even if it’s not in New Orleans. Read More
Cam Jordan

Deke: Saints' Cam Jordan moving toward elite status


Even when the Saints defense became the worst ever in 2012, he was the lone bright spot. As he enters his fourth season in the NFL, Saints DE Cam Jordan is making the move to elite status among NFL defenders. Read More
Rob Ryan

Ryan: Today wasn't our best, but Saints D is doing more this year


"I’ll tell you, today wasn’t our best. That offense was rolling. But no, I think we know what we’re doing more. We looked at a few things today that didn’t look real good that were a little bit new, but our guys are working hard, they’re smart." Read More
Payton Speaks

Payton on Day 2: "All of us want to improve"


“Just real quick, we are into our second really full day, of course without pads still.  This afternoon will be our walkthrough again for an hour and kind of get into our full routine tomorrow.  We will put pads on for the am practice and the pm practice will be much like you saw yesterday and today.  That’ll stay constant.” Read More
T-Bob Blog

T-Bob: I don't think you're ready for this jelly - Saints O-Line


Its day four here at the Greenbrier, and finally, for the first time, I got to see what we actually travelled all this way for… practice!  Yes, Allen Iverson, I am indeed talking about practice and I am happy to be doing so.  Read More
Offense wins

Deke: Bobby & Hokie declare offense wins Saints camp today


The overall play of the day came when TE Jimmy Graham snagged a one handed catch while in traffic, then turned upfield and went in for a score with an exclamation point dunk over the goal post. Read More
Rob Ryan Recap

Steve: Saints offense wins the day, players anxious for contact


The Saints defense struggled today according to defensive coordinator Rob Ryan. He said that the offense was rolling out there on the practice field, and that the effort wasn’t their best. Read More
Saints D Spanked

Kristian: Saints' Rob Ryan - "We got our butts kicked today"


The Saints' first team offense carved up Rob Ryan’s defense seemingly at will in the team portions of practice today, prompting Ryan to make the declaration “We got our butts kicked today out there, and we didn’t like it." Read More
Rookie Profile

Steve: Saints rookie profiles - Chidera Uzo-Diribe


Right off the bat, I’m rooting for this guy to make the roster just so I can hear the Bobby Hebert butcher his name all the time. The outside linebacker signed with the Saints as an undrafted rookie free agent out of Colorado. Read More

Deke: "Captain C-Lo" set to lead Saints D


He’s as cool as the other side of the pillow. He’s someone that leads by example. And he’s a dude that lets his play do all the talking.  As he enters his seventh season in the NFL, LB Curtis Lofton knows that the Saints have the potential to be a great team. Read More
Coleman Profile

Steve: Saints rookie profiles - Brandon Coleman


Many were surprised when Rutgers wide receiver Brandon Coleman was not among the 256 players selected in this year’s NFL draft.  He received a 3rd round grade from the NFL Draft Advisory Board after a breakout sophomore season... Read More

Saints TE Graham returns in form, and with humor


Aside from the New Orleans Saints' fleur-de-lis symbol, star tight end Jimmy Graham never associated playing pro football with flowers. Read More

 

Sean Payton talks about New Orleans Saints first practice


Opening Statement: “Just one roster note, today Jairus Byrd we put on PUP.  We will work day-to-day with him and the good news is it is going to be sooner rather than later.  I don’t want to put a time on it, but his progress is ahead of schedule. Read More
Youthful Brees

Kristian: Brees reports feeling "like I'm 25 years old"


We all know Drew Brees isn’t in his twenties anymore. Heck when he came to New Orleans in 2006 he 27 years old, so at age 35, Brees is still doing everything he can to prepare and play at a high level. Read More
Resident Pros

Deke: Bobby and Hokie agree, Saints will excel in cool weather


The first day of Saints training camp could not have gotten off to a better start. "I've never been able to do this," said Saints color analyst Hokie Gajan, speaking about wearing sweatpants and a long sleeve shirt to the first practice. Read More
Jimmy Graham

Kristian: Graham says "I am a hungry player"


Saints tight end Jimmy Graham went through what just about every high profile NFL player goes through at some point in their career - a tough negotiation session with the organization. Read More
Payton & Brees

Steve: From the podium at Saints camp


Coach Sean Payton said this morning that he felt the first practice was sharp.  While players were not in pads, he added it was good to see guys moving around well. Read More
Quick Hits

Kristian: Byrd on PUP list, Stills' leg hurt


At his Friday morning presser, Saints head coach Sean Payton announced that safety Jairus Byrd has been placed on the PUP list. Payton expects Byrd to come off the list soon and is not at risk of further injuring his back. Read More
Stills Hurt

Stills limps off the field at Saints practice


Wide receiver Kenny Stills got hurt today on the first day of Saints Training Camp. "He was on a deep pattern," WWL Saints Sideline Reporter Kristian Garic reported.  Garic says Stills stopped running as he was headed down field.  Read more...

Saints safety Jairus Byrd on PUP


New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton today announced Jairus Byrd, the team's major free-agent acquisition this offseason, has been placed on the "physically unable to perform" list.

Payton said Byrd is ahead of schedule in his recovery from back surgery during the offseason. The coach said he expects Byrd to get enough practice in to be ready to go when the season
Quick Hits

Kristian: Saints get to work on 2014 season


Saints players took their conditioning test ahead of Friday's first practice of training camp.  Head coach Sean Payton even decided to put his physical fitness to the test and went through the test with the players. “I just wanted to finish!” Payton joked afterwards. Read More
Payton & Loomis

Deke: Loomis and Payton weigh the variables at Saints camp


If people back home get the idea that the Saints are practicing at a big time facility, they are right.  “This is an incredible place. This is as nice a venue as any team in any sport can be holding camp at,” said Saints Color Analyst Hokie Gajan. Read More
Saints Issues

Top issues surrounding the Saints


CORNERBACK QUESTIONS: At 36, Champ Bailey is at a stage of his illustrious career when his age raises questions about his status heading into the season. The Saints are betting the 12-time Pro Bowl cornerback will find elite form again. Read more...
Payton Speaks

Payton: New training camp site 'pretty amazing'


 As New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton and general manager Mickey Loomis spoke about the opening of training camp, steep, tree-covered mountains were in full view behind them. Read More

Mickey Loomis previews the start of 2014 New Orleans Saints Training Camp


Mickey Loomis Previews the start of training camp....read more
2014 WR's

Deke: Saints camp position breakdown: wide receiver


Eleven players will battle for a handful of roster spots at the wide receiver position. The wise veteran Marques Colston is going to be in the mix, top draft pick Brandin Cooks is expected to have an instant impact, and Kenny Stills should be a lock; but the rest of the group is a tossup. Read More
Bobby & Hokie

Deke: Bobby and Hokie's key things to watch at Saints camp


There is excitement, optimism and high expectations for all 32 teams in the NFL right now, but realistically, there are the good teams, the bad teams, and the teams that have a chance to be great. What do our resident pros have to say about the Saints? Read More
Pretty in Pink?

Video: Saints put Jimmy Graham in the 'Princess Suite'


When Jimmy Graham showed up for Saints Training Camp, the team apparently wanted to get in one last jab for the dispute over whether he is a tight end or wide receiver. "He found himself in the Princess Suite," WWL's Steve Geller reported from West Virginia.  Read more and see video...
Deke Blog

Deke: The hay is in the barn at Saints camp


The Cajun Cannon made it here, and now, as they say, "the hay is in the barn."  We are all up here in beautiful West Virginia and tomorrow we will hear from Mickey and Sean. Read More
Saints Preview

Kristian: Saints invade White Sulphur Springs


The Saints have arrived in West Virginia. Every player is expected to be at camp on time with no hold-outs, as every player on the team is under contract. The players officially report to camp Thursday and will take a conditioning test and hit the field for the first practice of camp on Friday morning. Read More
Welcome Wagon

PHOTOS: Saints arrive in West Virginia


Fans line up in Lewisberg, West Virginia as the Saints team arrives in town to begin training camp at the Greenbrier resort. Click here to see the photos
T-Bob Blog

T-Bob: Setting the scene before Saints camp


Football season has finally arrived! After a long and tortuous offseason devoid of gridiron greatness, it is finally time for us to put our hands in the dirt and watch more of the sport that America can’t get enough of. Read More
Saints O-Line

Kristian: Breaking down the Saints O-line


Protection was an issue last season for the New Orleans Saints offensive line. After Terron Armstead got his first start in week 16, I thought the big guys up front played much better down the stretch.  Here's how things look now in the final days before training camp. Read More
Bobby's Take

Bobby: A few issues still unresolved before Saints camp


With the big-ticket items (chiefly Jimmy Graham's contract) all wrapped up, what issues are still unresolved as the Saints begin training camp in West Virginia? Read More
Deke Blog

Deke: Checking in from Saints training camp!


For those of you coming this way, I noticed that this weekend the highs are only in the mid 70's and the lows are in the lower 50's, so bring some long sleeves.  And if you think about it, bring me some hot sauce. Read More
Training Camp

Saints again bring playoff expectations into 2014


Sean Payton constantly searches for an edge, even if it means fiddling with a training camp formula that has worked rather well for him over the past half-decade. Read more...
Saints Kicker?

Steve: Who will be the Saints kicker in 2014?


Talking about an NFL's team's kicking game never seems important, until you need the guy to drill a game-winning 49-yarder with seconds on the clock. When you look at the Saints roster this year, kicker is one of the few question marks. Read More
NFC South

Deke: NFC South training camp preview


As the Who Dat Nation no doubt knows, Saints training camp starts this week! As the Black and Gold head out to West Virginia, let’s take a quick look at how the other teams in the NFC South are shaping up. Read More
Saints Moves

Kristian: Two Saints start camp on PUP list


According to the league transaction report, the Saints have placed nose tackle John Jenkins and Linebacker Cheta Ozougwu on the PUP list (Physically Unable to Perform).  A player can be removed from that list at any point in training camp prior to week 1. Read More
Saints CB?

Kristian: Cornerback spot is one to watch at Saints camp


Several other teams are wondering who their starting QB might be; that's not the case in New Orleans as we know, but nonetheless here are some key areas to watch. Let's look at cornerback first. Read More
Saints Core

Steve: Graham is a part of Saints essential core; who else?


Graham just may be the 2nd most important player on this roster. But who else makes up the Saints core?  You know; the guys this ballclub cannot do without? Read More
Hail Loomis!

Kristian: Mickey Loomis for MVP!


Yeah, yeah, general managers are never in the running for Most Valuable Player in the NFL, and Saints GM Mickey Loomis isn't a player in the traditional sense.  He doesn't block, he doesn't tackle, he doesn't catch or throw touchdowns. Read More
Now What?

Kristian: With Graham wrapped up, what's next for Saints salary cap?


Prior to the Jimmy Graham contract, New Orleans had about $1.7 million in cap room. After the Graham contract, the Saints saved roughly $3 million in cap space with Graham's cap hit for this season sitting at roughly $4 million dollars. Read More
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Deke: Great Saints player nicknames explained
A nickname is defined as a descriptive name added to or replacing the actual name of a person, place or thing - a familiar or shortened form of a proper name. In covering training camp the last 12 years, I've come to learn that if you're...
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Deke: Bobby & Hokie think Saints O is off to great start
Anyone who knows football has heard a coach or a player yell "we are live and in color." That means that the players are in full pads, and real contact is about to happen. On a cool overcast morning at the Advocare Facility, the Saints donned full...
Read More
Deke: Saints' Cam Jordan moving toward elite status
Even when the Saints defense became the worst ever in 2012, he was the lone bright spot. As he enters his fourth season in the NFL, Saints DE Cam Jordan is making the move to elite status among NFL defenders. "If every year you're not aiming for the...
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Deke: Bobby & Hokie declare offense wins Saints camp today
The Saints got back to work this morning at the Advocare Facility at the Greenbrier, and after stretching, the team then worked on drills in position groups. I checked out the Saints defensive linemen. After praising his players on day one, Saints...
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Deke: "Captain C-Lo" set to lead Saints D
He's as cool as the other side of the pillow. He's someone that leads by example. And he's a dude that lets his play do all the talking. As he enters his seventh season in the NFL, LB Curtis Lofton knows that the Saints have the potential to be a great...
Read More
Kristian's Blog
Kristian: Pads were popping at Saints practice
Thud: The Saints finally had the pads on for today's practice at the Greenbrier. No more shorts and a game of touch. Helmets were cracking, and the pads were popping in 9-on-7 running game drills today. The O-Line got the better of the D-line in this...
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Kristian: Saints' Rob Ryan - "We got our butts kicked today"
Offensive day: The Saints' first team offense carved up Rob Ryan's defense seemingly at will in the team portions of practice today, prompting Ryan to make the declaration "We got our butts kicked today out there, and we didn't like it. That offense...
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Kristian: Brees reports feeling "like I'm 25 years old"
We all know Drew Brees isn't in his twenties anymore. Heck when he came to New Orleans in 2006 he 27 years old, so at age 35, Brees is still doing everything he can to prepare and play at a high level. Brees doesn't feel close to his current age:...
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Kristian: Graham says "I am a hungry player"
Saints tight end Jimmy Graham went through what just about every high profile NFL player goes through at some point in their career - a tough negotiation session with the organization. This offseason Graham didn't reach an agreement on a long term...
Read More
Kristian: Byrd on PUP list, Stills' leg hurt
Byrd on PUP: At his Friday morning presser, Saints head coach Sean Payton announced that safety Jairus Byrd has been placed on the PUP list. Payton expects Byrd to come off the list soon and is not at risk of further injuring his back. Byrd had...
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