Defensive tackle Bobby Richardson making strong impression on the Saints

Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- Bobby Richardson   works in a drill during the Saints' morning practice Sunday in White Sulphur Springs, W.Va.

WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. — Every year, an undrafted free agent comes out of nowhere to make the Saints’ 53-man roster. Bobby Richardson is already forcing his way into the mix. Four days into training camp, Richardson, a defensive tackle from Indiana, has arguably been better than any Saints rookie other than impressive middle… Continue reading →

There is life after 40: Thanks to recent and coming improvements, Superdome looks viable for many years to come

Advocate file photo by SCOTT THRELKELD -- The Mercedes-Benz Superdome interior on Dec. 11, 2013

For the Superdome, 40 is the new 30. And that promises to extend the stadium’s viability for at least another two decades. An ongoing post-Katrina interior remodeling combined with an exterior makeover, plus a level of cooperation with the principal tenant that was as unexpected as the damage the storm wrought in 2005, has the facility, which… Continue reading →

Inside the huddle: Kasim Edebali

Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- Saints Kasim Edebali (91) and Kaleb Eulls (71) work in drills during the Saints' morning Training Camp practice Sunday in White Sulphur Springs, WV.

POSITION: Defensive end Years in the NFL: 1 Acquired: Undrafted free agent, 2014 College: Boston College Highlights: Edebali, a native of Hamburg, Germany, made the Saints’ opening 53-man roster last season and stayed there, playing in all 16 games as a rookie. Edebali finished with 18 tackles, two… Continue reading →

Lewis: With two Super Bowl rings, birthday boy Brandon Browner gets new opportunity with Saints

Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- Saints cornerback Brandon Browner, left, works in blocking drills with receiver R.J. Harris during training camp Friday morning in White Sulphur Springs, W.Va.

WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. — Happy birthday, Brandon Browner. You’re turning 31 on Sunday, making you one of the older cornerbacks in the NFL, and you are the oldest player in the Saints’ secondary That’s interesting. At 6-foot-4, 221 pounds, you’re one of the largest cornerbacks in the league, and you’re the tallest and heaviest of… Continue reading →

After second-year standout Brandin Cooks and icon Marques Colston, Saints receivers are inexperienced but eager to prove themselves

Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS --Saints WR Brandin Cooks (10) runs past a coach on a kickoff return during the Saints' morning training camp practice Saturday, Aug. 1, 2015, in White Sulphur Springs, W.Va.

WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. — Brandin Cooks has long been assumed to be a star in the making, a potential No. 1 receiver essentially from the moment he stepped onto the field for the New Orleans Saints. Three days into his second training camp, Cooks has looked every bit the part, providing plenty of confidence that… Continue reading →

Designed to be 'greatest building in the history of mankind!' the Superdome still amazes even on its 40th birthday

Louisiana's $129.5 million Super Dome is taking shape in New Orleans, November 30, 1972. The 72, 000-seat facility is slated for completion in the fall of 1974. The center crown of the stadium is currently under construction at center. (AP Photo) ORG XMIT: APHS43759

. As the story goes, then-Gov. John McKeithen was uncharacteristically silent while he was considering businessman and sports visionary Dave Dixon’s proposal for a domed stadium in New Orleans. Then suddenly, McKeithen brought his fist down on his desk and thundered, “My God. That would be the greatest building in the history of mankind! “We’ll… Continue reading →

A FEW MINUTES WITH: Leigh Torrence

Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS.   New Orleans Saints cornerback Leigh Torrence (24) takes an interception to the endzone during the fourth quarter of the Saints' 62-7 win over the Indianapolis Colts Sunday night in the Mercedes Benz Superdome.   MAGS OUT / INTERNET OUT/ONLINE OUT/NO SALES/TV OUT/FOREIGN OUT/ LOUISIANA BUSINESS INC./GREATER BATON ROUGE BUSINESS REPORT/225/10/12/IN REGISTER/LBI CUSTOM PUBLICATIONS OUT/

Former Saints cornerback Leigh Torrence is now an assistant coach at Atlanta’s Marist High School, his prep alma mater. Torrence, who played for the Saints from 2008-11, is spending a few days in training camp as an intern. Does coming out here give you that yearning to make a comeback?Continue reading →

Saints' Dennis Allen thinks he might be getting short end of stick in Rob Ryan comparisons

The pairing of Rob Ryan and Dennis Allen has often been described as something of a fire and ice relationship, a juxtaposition between the colorful, outgoing Ryan and the serious, quieter approch of Allen. But Allen thinks he might be getting the short end of the stick in that comparison. “You guys make me out like I’m a stick in the mud,”… Continue reading →

Lewis: The West Bank’s own, Keenan Lewis, embraces leadership role heading into third season with the Saints

Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- Saints DB Keenan Lewis (21) fights off the block of WR Joe Morgan (13) on a pass play during the Saints' morning training camp practice Friday, July 31, 2015, in White Sulphur Springs, WV.

WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. — Keenan Lewis is running for defensive captain of the Saints. Can running for mayor of West Bank be far behind? Actually, that’s not possible. Algiers, Gretna, Marrero, Terrytown, Westwego, Avondale, Bridge City and everything else on that side of the Mississippi all fall under different municipal… Continue reading →

Rookie linebackers Stephone Anthony, Hau’oli Kikaha get their chance with Saints’ starters

Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS --Saints LB Stephone Anthony (50) closes on RB Brandin Cooks (10)  during the Saints' morning Training Camp practice Friday in White Sulphur Springs, WV.

WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W. Va. — The New Orleans Saints have high hopes that their 2015 rookie class can make an immediate impact, particularly on the defensive side of the ball. Two days into training camp, the Saints are already showing some confidence in a pair of first-year linebackers at key positions. First-round pick Stephone Anthony… Continue reading →

Saints use volleyballs to help return men

Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS --  Saints special teams coordinator Greg McMahon works with running back C.J. Spiller using a volleyball to demonstrate scenarios of balls landing near the sideline or end zone on kickoffs during Friday's practice.

WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W. Va. —Sean Payton saw a play more than a decade ago that caused him to toss aside the football and pull out a volleyball during Friday’s practice. There’s a good chance the play happened by accident. But the result stuck with him, and the New Orleans Saints coach now feels its… Continue reading →

Inside the Huddle: Lance Lewis

Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- Saints WR Lance Lewis (84) holds onto the ball as OLB Ronald Powell (56) tries to strip the ball from his grasp during the Saints' morning Training Camp practice Friday in White Sulphur Springs, WV.

POSITION: Wide receiver Years in the NFL: 2 Acquired: Free agency in May College: East Carolina Highlights: Lewis has bounced around the NFL his first two seasons, spending most of his time on the practice squads in Dallas, Washington and San Francisco, although he played in… Continue reading →

Saints tight end Orson Charles suspended for one game; Accused of pointing gun at a driver

WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W. Va. — Orson Charles has been suspended by the NFL for one game for violating the league’s personal conduct policy, according to NFL Network. The New Orleans Saints tight end was sentenced to diversion after pleading guilty to wanton endangerment in February. Charles was arrested last April after being accused of pointing a gun at a driver and… Continue reading →

Check out new cryochamber Saints players using to recover after practice

. WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W. Va. — For most people, any term involving the prefix “cryo” probably calls to mind Forever Young, Demolition Man or Interstellar, or worse, the plight of poor Ted Williams. But the Saints now have a cryochamber, and it’s got nothing to do with putting any of the players to sleep in an effort to preserve… Continue reading →

Saints coach Sean Payton on Marques Colston: 'We’ll be smart'

. Marques Colston is officially off the physically unable to perform list after a summer spent mostly on the sideline.. Now, the Saints’ task is to bring Colston back to full strength at the right speed. “We’ll be smart with Marques,” Payton said. “The reps are the one thing, but making sure he’s getting in football shape, I think we’ll do… Continue reading →

Marques Colston back at Saints camp after undisclosed injury sidelined wide receiver in summer

. One of the two key veterans the Saints placed on the physically unable to perform list has returned. Wide receiver Marques Colston is back on the field and going through warm ups on the second day of training camp. Colston sat out all of the Saints’ summer workouts with an undisclosed injury. On the flip side, veteran linebacker Dannell Ellerbe is… Continue reading →

President Obama signs Steve Gleason Act into law to help ALS patients

Washington – A bill by U.S. Sen. David Vitter, R-La., that liberalizes federal funding for speech-generating devices for the disabled was signed into law Thursday by President Barack Obama. The measure is known as the Steve Gleason Act. In January 2011, Gleason, a former football player for the New Orleans Saints, was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS,… Continue reading →

Why Saints think Cam Jordan will be a star in ‘Cam-friendly defense’

Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS --   Saints DE Cam Jordan (94) eyes QB Drew Brees (9) at the line before a play during the Saints' afternoon "walk-thru" practice in the 2015 Training Camp in White Sulphur Springs, WV.

WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. — Cam Jordan finds himself standing squarely in the spotlight. The big defensive end is the Saints’ new defensive centerpiece, a $60 million man locked up for the foreseeable future. His longtime running mate, Junior Galette, is gone, released after a maelstrom of his own making, leaving Jordan to lead the… Continue reading →

Showers don’t alter Saints’ practice schedule

Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS --  Marques Colston, right, who was held out of practice with an unspecified injury, walks to another drill, during the Saints' first practice of training camp Thursday.

The idyllic Greenbrier setting the Saints have chosen for training camp dawned a little dreary on Thursday morning as rains moved through the area. There is no indoor field at the Greenbrier. But the rains didn’t force the Saints to alter any practice schedules. Both of the Greenbrier’s grass fields held firm, allowing New Orleans to… Continue reading →

Big changes for Saints' defense: Possible new role for Cam Jordan, different looks at safety

Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS --  Saints DE Cam Jordan (94) rallies DT Kevin Williams (93) and NT John Jenkins (92) during the Saints' afternoon "walk-thru" practice in the 2015 Training Camp in White Sulphur Springs, WV.

WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W. Va. — The assumption after Junior Galette was released earlier this week was that either Anthony Spencer or Hau’oli Kikaha were going to fill the pass rusher’s void. Those assumptions were wrong. Early indications at training camp suggest the Saints plan to move Cam Jordan into Galette’s former role, which has led… Continue reading →

A few minutes with ... Ben Watson

Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS --  TE Benjamin Watson (82) makes a catch as S Rafael Bush (25) defends during the Saints' first practice of the 2015 Training Camp in White Sulphur Springs, WV.

Tight end Ben Watson is entering his 12th season in the NFL and third with the Saints. And he and wife Kristen are expecting the birth of their fifth child, a daughter around Aug. 20, meaning he’s likely to miss the workouts against his original team, the New England Patriots. Watson talked with Ted Lewis on Thursday following the… Continue reading →

Saints expect Marques Colston, Jairus Byrd back soon despite being on the Physically Unable to Perform list

FILE - In this Nov. 24, 2014, file photo, New Orleans Saints wide receiver Marques Colston (12) pulls in a touchdown reception in front of Baltimore Ravens strong safety Matt Elam, middle rear, and free safety Terrence Brooks, right, during an NFL footba

WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W. Va. — New Orleans expectsMarques Colston and Jairus Byrd to return to the field soon despite placing both key veterans on the physically unable to perform list. “Where they’re at right now, it’s pretty common,” Saints coach Sean Payton said. “Those guys are going to be able to do that sooner than later. It’s not unusual. I… Continue reading →

Saints' Mickey Loomis, Sean Payton don't take the bait, stay out of Deflate-gate discussion

(File) Advocate staff photo by Patrick Dennis -- General Manager Mickey Loomis says hard lessons were learned with the Junior Galette ordeal. But he says the Saints made the best decisions they could at the time with the information they had.

. New Orleans has been at the center of the kind of maelstrom the New England Patriots are navigating right now. But Mickey Loomis and Sean Payton both steered away from any comments on the furor surrounding the NFL’s decision to uphold Tom Brady’s four-game suspension. “I have thoughts, but I’m not going to disclose them,” Loomis said. “I just don’t… Continue reading →

Brodrick Bunkley's injured quadriceps forced the Saints to make the difficult decision to release him

. New Orleans wanted Brodrick Bunkley back. The Saints valued the veteran defensive tackle’s leadership, his willingness to take pay cuts in each of the last two offseasons and the play he could bring if he were healthy. But Bunkley’s injured quadriceps forced the team to make an unpleasant decision, releasing the nine-year veteran with… Continue reading →

Saints sign long snapper Chris Highland, filling final spot on 90-man roster

WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W. Va. — The New Orleans Saints have filled the roster spot left open by Tuesday’s decision to cut defensive tackle Brodrick Bunkley.

New Orleans has signed Chris Highland, a long snapper from Illinois State, according to Highland’s agent. Highland fills the final spot on the 90-man roster before the first training camp practice Thursday morning.

Highland… Continue reading →