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Payton expects Byrd back to practice "sooner than later"

Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- Saints RB Khiry Robinson (29) runs as S Kenny Vaccaro (32) and OLB Junior Galette (93) defend during the Saints' first practice of the 2014 Training Camp in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia, Friday.

WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. -- Jairus Byrd has not yet been cleared for take off. New Orleans Saints safety was placed on the physically unable to list Friday morning, meaning that Byrd, who is recovering from March back surgery, will not be able to take part in team activities until removed from the list. “We’ll work … Continue reading →

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Analysis from Saints’ first practice of training camp

Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- Saints RB Khiry Robinson (29) runs as S Kenny Vaccaro (32) and OLB Junior Galette (93) defend during the Saints' first practice of the 2014 Training Camp in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia, Friday.

Advocate sportswriters Scott Rabalais, Ramon Antonio Vargas and Nick Underhill go over the highlights from the opening practice of the Saints’ training camp. … Continue reading →

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Saints place Byrd on PUP

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON-- Newly signed New Orleans Saints safety Jairus Byrd answers questions from reporters from Harahan Elementary School in Harahan, La. Wednesday, April 16, 2014.

WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, West Virginia -- Jairus Byrd is close to stepping in on the New Orleans Saints’ defense. He just isn’t quite ready following March back surgery. The team announced Friday afternoon that Byrd has been placed on the physically unable to perform list and once again reiterated that he will be back “sooner than later.” … Continue reading →

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Passing game shines, sets tone in Saints' first workout

Some notes and observations from the New Orleans Saints' Friday practice. Attendance Everyone was accounted for. John Jenkins, Tavon Rooks, and Jairus Byrd worked off to the side with a trainer. Everyone else, including wide receiver Joe Morgan (ACL), appeared to be participating fully. Injury report Wide receiver Kenny Stills pulled up lame and … Continue reading →

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Reports from the Saints first practice

The Advocate's Scott Rabalais, Nick Underhill and Ramon Antonio Vargas are at the Saints first training camp practice at 7:50 a.m. to give you the details of everything that goes on from sideline to sideline. Who are the players on the bubble? Who looks real good in practice? Who is struggling Click here … Continue reading →

Saints coach Payton tackles team physical himself

Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- Saints coach Sean Payton answers questions during a news conference with General Manager Mickey Loomis on Thursday in White Sulphur Springs, W.Va. The team begins its first practice of training camp Friday morning.

WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. — Eat your heart out, Andy Reid. Sean Payton added another distinction to his NFL coaching moxy Thursday when he completed the team’s CrossFit-style physical, albeit with an admitted share of trouble on the course. “Listen, I finished,” Payton said to laughs at The Greenbrier Resort, the site of Saints training camp. … Continue reading →

Saints training camp: quick read

1 Saints coach Sean Payton on Thursday said wide receiver Joseph Morgan will be “a go” when training camp practices start Friday at The Greenbrier resort in West Virginia, but the player must be eased back into football. The quicker that transition takes place, the better chances Morgan gives himself at latching on to a wide … Continue reading →

After torn ACL in '13, Saints' Morgan ‘a go,’ Payton says

Saints WR Joseph Morgan (13) breaks into the open to score the Saints 1st TD of the season in the first quarter of the Saints' opening pre-season game against San Francisco Friday night in the Superdome. Saints won 24-3.

WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, West Virginia — Conceding that he would need to be eased back into football, Saints coach Sean Payton on Thursday told reporters that wide receiver Joseph Morgan would be “a go” for the start of training camp after he missed the entire 2013 campaign with a torn ACL. Morgan hurt his knee during a … Continue reading →

THE SAINTS ARRIVE AT TRAINING CAMP

West Virginia welcomes Saints

Advocate staff photo by NICK UNDERHILL -- Fans waive as buses carring the New Orleans Saints players exit the Greenbrier Valley Airport on Wednesday, July 23, 2014.

LEWISBURG, W.Va. — A group of children, all dressed in football gear, stood among the crowd of 60 or so people at the Greenbrier Valley Airport holding various signs and pictures welcoming the New Orleans Saints to town. This small town, which boasts only a handful of hotels, a Walmart, and various chain restaurants, suddenly … Continue reading →

Drew Brees fits well in Comfort, Texas

Photo provided by Kerrville Daily Times/Chris Derrett -- Comfort football players meet and walk with Drew Brees before drills begin at a Wrangler Jeans' promotion at Bobcat Stadium in Comfort, Texas.

Scratch public office off Drew Brees’ to-do list for the summer. The Saints quarterback was named honorary mayor of Comfort, Texas, on Wednesday, a term that lasted only a couple of hours before he took a private jet from nearby San Antonio to White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia, where the team reports for training camp on Thursday. … Continue reading →

Busy day for the Saints

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LEWISBURG, West Virginia — There’s no easing into things when the Saints officially report for the start of their 2014 training camp at The Greenbrier resort in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia, on Thursday. A day after arriving at the airport of the neighboring town of Lewisburg on Wednesday, players will attend meetings, undergo physicals and take their strength … Continue reading →

Saints add Tyrone Ezell, Marcus Thompson; waive Cheta Ozougwu

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The Saints continued the tweaks to their training camp roster Tuesday, signing a pair of undrafted rookies at the positions of nose tackle and outside linebacker while waiving a player they had put on the physically unable to perform (PUP) list Monday. The new Saints players are Tyrone Ezell — a nose tackle out of the University … Continue reading →

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Drew Brees ranks No. 14 in NFL merchandise sales

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON-- New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) throws at the New Orleans Saints Training Facility in Metairie, La. Tuesday, June 10, 2014.

New Orleans All-Pro tight end Jimmy Graham may have dominated NFL news headlines while negotiating the four-year, $40 million contract extension he received earlier this month, but it’s the man throwing him the ball who’s still moving the most official Saints merchandise. … Continue reading →

Byrd ready to fly after back surgery

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON-- Newly signed New Orleans Saints safety Jairus Byrd answers questions from reporters from Harahan Elementary School in Harahan, La. Wednesday, April 16, 2014.

It appears the prize of the New Orleans Saints’ free-agent class will be available for the start of training camp. Safety Jairus Byrd is on schedule in his recovery from March back surgery and is expected to be available when practices begin Friday at the Greenbrier resort in West Virginia, a source confirmed. It is not currently … Continue reading →

Saints tweak roster for camp

After missing offseason practices, Saints nose tackle John Jenkins and outside linebacker Cheta Ozougwu appeared on the physically unable to perform list Monday, three days before their team reports to training camp in West Virginia on Thursday. Meanwhile, first-year tackle Tavon Rooks — a sixth-round pick in May — landed on the nonfootball injury list, and undrafted rookie defensive … Continue reading →

Jenkins, Ozougwu to begin Saints training camp on PUP list

The Saints' John Jenkins (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

Saints nose tackle John Jenkins and linebacker Cheta Ozougwu will begin training camp on the physically unable to perform (PUP) list, according to the NFL transaction wire. Jenkins missed all offseason practices and minicamp with a pectoral injury. Ozougwu missed the workouts for undisclosed reasons. Meanwhile, rookie Saints offensive tackle Tavon Rooks will begin camp on nonfootball injury list. Defensive tackle Moses … Continue reading →

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New Orleans Saints 2014 training camp preview

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON -- Saints head coach Sean Payton and defensive coordinator Rob Ryan

After an action-packed offseason, the Saints believe they’re built to beat anyone in the NFL. But loading up on talent is only half the process. The rest begins when the Saints report to training camp Thursday in West Virginia, and things must get off to a good start if they want a fifth trip to … Continue reading →

Ed Reed, James Harrison among names on NFL’s unemployment line

FILE - In this Nov. 24, 2013, file photo, New York Jets safety Ed Reed follows the action during the first half of an NFL football game against the Baltimore Ravens in Baltimore, Md. With NFL training camps about to open around the league in a few days, several big-name players such as Reed and James Harrison are still unemployed. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)

NEW YORK — Missing: A handful of former NFL stars. Reward: An opportunity to help a team and revive a once-flourishing career. With NFL training camps about to open, several big-name players are still unemployed, waiting anxiously, wondering when — or if — they’ll get a call. Retirement could be the next step for former All-Pros such as Ed … Continue reading →

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Saints’ Benjamin Watson: ‘I’m not worried about the Panthers’

Advocate file photo by JOHN McCUSKERNew Orleans Saints tight end Benjamin Watson stiff-arms Miami Dolphins outside linebacker Philip Wheeler on Sept. 30 in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome..

The Saints don’t face Carolina this season until Oct. 30 and Dec. 7, but New Orleans tight end Benjamin Watson kicked off the verbal sparring Wednesday evening. Appearing as a guest on NFL Network’s Total Access, Watson said there was one team in the Saints division that he wasn’t fretting about: the Panthers, winners of the NFC … Continue reading →

Jimmy Graham: ‘Excited to get back in the Dome’

Associated Press photo by David Seelig--Saints tight end Jimmy Graham

Jimmy Graham appears to be poised to rejoin the Saints with a stellar physique, a football focus on a Lombardi Trophy and little, if any, animosity. Graham, whose remarks were published Wednesday morning by the Saints website, said he didn’t get into football to learn litigation, which has dominated his offseason away from the franchise. … Continue reading →

Rafael Bush says Saints still have work to do

Advocate file photo by SCOTT THRELKELDSaints free safety Rafael Bush tackles Cowboys receiver Cole Beasley last season at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

Like countless others in New Orleans, Saints player Rafael Bush is pumped about the wheeling and dealing his team did this offseason, doling out one groundbreaking contract to acquire three-time Pro Bowl safety Jairus Byrd in free agency and another to keep 2013 All-Pro tight end Jimmy Graham on the roster long-term. But it’s way too early to get … Continue reading →

NFL tight ends should thank Jimmy Graham

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON-- New Orleans Saints tight end Jimmy Graham (80) scores a touchdown in a NFL football game between the New Orleans Saints and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in New Orleans, La. Sunday, Dec. 29, 2013.

Along with congratulatory wishes, Vernon Davis, Jordan Cameron and the NFL’s other elite tight ends, plus those that aspire to be, should be sending Jimmy Graham thank you cards. According to analyst Joel Corry of The National Football Post, not only has Graham set a new earnings standard for his position, his … Continue reading →

Graham, Saints deal a win for both

Advocate staff photo by John McCusker -- New Orleans Saints tight end Jimmy Graham (80) lets out his customary yell after the national anthem as the New Orleans Saints took on the Dallas Cowboys Sunday, November 10, 2013.

When a harsh phrase like “grievance hearing” enters the conversation, it’s not easy for both sides to get past the hard feelings and tough talk to work a deal. That the New Orleans Saints and Jimmy Graham — who is now and forevermore a tight end, amen — were able to strike an accord on a … Continue reading →

Four downs: Implications of Jimmy Graham’s new deal

Advocate photo by JOHN McCUSKER -- New Orleans Saints tight end Jimmy Graham pulls in a pass between Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive backs Keith Tandy, left, and Dashon Goldson.

Tuesday morning’s agreement on a multi-year contract between the Saints and tight end Jimmy Graham carries lots of implications. Here’s four that are immediately good for New Orleans and bad for opponents trying to contain someone who since 2011 leads all NFL players in touchdown receptions (36) and tops all tight ends in catches (270) and receiving … Continue reading →

Where the Saints and Jimmy Graham stand as the deadline nears

Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- New Orleans Saints tight end Jimmy Graham

No new long-term contract had been announced between the Saints and Jimmy Graham as Monday was giving way to Tuesday, the last day the team and its All-Pro tight end have to strike such a deal in time for the 2014 season. There’s still time to get a deal done with Graham, whose four-year rookie contract expired … Continue reading →