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Underhill: Former Saints DC Rob Ryan can try to pass the buck, but issues were deeper than scheme last season

FILE - In this Oct. 15, 2015, file photo, New Orleans Saints defensive coordinator Rob Ryan watches teams warm up before an NFL football game against the Atlanta Falcons, in New Orleans. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)

The whispers and hints foreshadowed this day. Rob Ryan tried to say it several times last season. If you listened to the former New Orleans Saints defensive coordinator’s interviews last season, there were plenty of times when he made vague statements designed to make his audience wonder whether he had full control of the defense. It started during… Continue reading →

Taking command: Garrett Grayson's poise, control showing improvement in second season

New Orleans Saints quarterback Garrett Grayson (18) scrambles with the ball during the second half of an NFL preseason football game against the Baltimore Ravens in Baltimore, Thursday, Aug. 13, 2015. (AP Photo/Gail Burton) ORG XMIT: NYOTK049

It’s hard to gain confidence from your teammates when they can tell you aren’t confident in yourself.” It can’t be faked. The other faces in the huddle can see through you — especially at quarterback. It’s almost impossible to find success when the players looking to you to lead hear you bumbling through play calls or see… Continue reading →

Hau’oli Kikaha, Davis Tull’s move to Saints’ Jack position allows 2015 draft picks to focus on getting after quarterbacks

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON -- Saints outside linebacker Hau'oli Kikaha sacks Dallas Cowboys quarterback Brandon Weeden on Sunday in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

Hau’oli Kikaha is back where he belongs on a full-time basis. Kikaha, who spent his rookie season playing strongside linebacker in the base defense and shifting out to edge rusher in the Saints’ nickel and dime packages, has moved to the Jack position, the weakside defensive end in coordinator Dennis Allen’s scheme. For Kikaha, the shift represents… Continue reading →

Walker: Kaleb Eulls’ position switch not a first for him

Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNISThe Saints' Kasim Edebali (91) and Kaleb Eulls (71) work in drills during a morning practice on Aug. 2 in White Sulphur Springs, W.Va.

Sean Payton doesn’t know Matt Williams, and Matt Williams doesn’t know Sean Payton. But they both know Kaleb Eulls. Payton coaches Eulls now. Williams coached Eulls in high school. And they both know when there’s a void, Eulls just might be the guy to fill it. That might… Continue reading →

Saints notes: Jairus Byrd limited in practice; Drew Brees locked in

Advocate staff photo by ELIOT KAMENITZ-- New Orleans safety Jairus Byrd works on pass coverage defense during OTA practice in Metairie, La. Wednesday, June 10, 2015.

Free safety Jairus Byrd may be limited throughout the Saints’ offseason training program, according to coach Sean Payton. Byrd, who had trouble recovering from the torn meniscus that ended his first season in New Orleans and missed the first three games last year, is doing some work, but he’s been held out of full-team action. “We expect… Continue reading →

At Saints OTAs, shuffle on offensive, defensive lines and 2 players who really stood out

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON--New Orleans Saints cornerback Delvin Breaux (40) intercepts a ball intended for Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Allen Hurns (88) in the Superdome in New Orleans, La. Sunday, Dec. 27, 2015.

We finally got our first look at the Saints in action. Remember, these are organized team activities. It’s extremely early. The things we see likely won’t hold, or may not even be an indication of what the team is thinking. With that said, here are a few observations: Attendance, please: Brandin Cooks, Jairus Byrd, Jack Tabb and Kasim Edebali worked out off… Continue reading →

'It's a different game': Stephone Anthony fine with move from middle linebacker

Advocate staff photo by SCOTT THRELKELD -- New Orleans Saints middle linebacker Stephone Anthony (50) celebrates with New Orleans Saints defensive end Bobby Richardson (78) after Anthony returned a fumble recovery for a touchdown against the Carolina Panthers during the first quarter Sunday, Dec. 6, 2015, at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

Stephone Anthony is fine with shifting over. The addition of James Laurinaitis means that Anthony will likely end up moving to strongside linebacker after serving as the middle linebacker as a rookie last season. And he’s fine with it. “It kind of makes my job easier,” Anthony said. “I’m enjoying it.” Serving as the middle linebacker, Anthony was responsible for calling plays in… Continue reading →

Brees ‘would love a long-term deal to get done,’ but Saints QB won't talk contract during season

Advocate staff photo by ROD WALKERSaints quarterback Drew Brees signs autographs for fans 
during the Black and Gold charity softball game Wednesday at Turchin Stadium at Tulane.

Drew Brees would love to enter his 11th season in New Orleans with a long-term contract extension in hand, something that would erase any questions about finishing his career with the Saints once and for all. But if the quarterback and the team don’t come to terms this summer, Brees will table any further talks until the… Continue reading →

Michael Hoomanawanui parlayed midseason trade into multi-year deal in New Orleans

Advocate file photo by MATTHEW HINTON--New Orleans tight end Michael Hoomanawanui (84) scores a touchdown as Jacksonville's Johnathan Cyprien tries to close in Dec. 27.

Michael Hoomanawanui made the leap from expendable to essential in about three-quarters of a season last year. Hoomanawanui, who had spent three years in New England, found himself on a plane heading south after the third week of the season, swapped to New Orleans in exchange for former Saints defensive tackle Akiem Hicks. All of a… Continue reading →

Walker: Missing out on Super Bowl hurts, but this one was expected

Associated Press photo by GERALD HERBERT -- Fans make their way around the exterior of the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

This one didn’t sting quite as much. If you’ve kept up with how NFL owners have handed out Super Bowls recently, awarding cities with new stadiums, you saw it coming. You could brace yourself, knowing that the big Mercedes-Benz building on Poydras Street had little chance of pulling off the upset against the new… Continue reading →

Tackling the learning curve: Saints rookie David Onyemata has welcomed the growing pains as he adjusts to life in the NFL

Photo provided by Manitoba  Sports Information Department -- The New Orleans Saints selected Manitoba defensive tackle David Onyemata at No. 120 overall in the draft on Saturday April 30, 2016.

David Onyemata has a long way to go. And he knows it. The diamond in the rough the New Orleans Saints found at the University of Manitoba still has to be cleaned and polished, cut from something raw into a finished product. Onyemata, a Lagos, Nigeria, native who only started playing football five years ago, had his… Continue reading →

Saints, Pelicans owner Tom Benson under oath: My relatives ‘didn’t love me very much, trying to stab me in the back’

New Orleans Saints' owner Tom Benson listens to a question before the start of the post position draw for the 142nd Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky., Wednesday, May 4, 2016. Benson's  G.M.B. Racing has two starters in the Kentucky Derby on Saturday, Mo Tom and Tom's Ready. (AP Photo/Garry Jones)

Tom Benson has been publicly tight-lipped during his legal battle with his estranged relatives for the past 17 months, but newly released legal transcripts show the owner of the Saints and the Pelicans wasn’t pulling any punches when he testified behind closed doors earlier this year in an ongoing case involving shares in the teams. Under… Continue reading →

Saints lock up rookie class by signing David Onyemata

Photo provided by Manitoba Sports Information Department -- The New Orleans Saints selected Manitoba defensive tackle David Onyemata at No. 120 overall in the draft.

The New Orleans Saints’ rookie class is signed, sealed and delivered.

New Orleans announced the signing of fourth-round pick David Onyemata on Wednesday, locking up the fifth and final draft pick of the 2016 draft class.

Onyemata, the Lagos, Nigeria native who moved to Canada and played at the University of Manitoba, was also selected in the fourth round of… Continue reading →

Saints mailbag: Will Garrett Grayson be the future quarterback?

New Orleans Saints quarterback Garrett Grayson warms up before a preseason NFL football game against the Green Bay Packers Thursday, Sept. 3, 2015, in Green Bay, Wis. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Phelps)

We’re going to start this off with a bit of a rant.

Do you see Grayson as the Saints future QB? — @Jkdewitt

I get asked about Garrett Grayson all the time. I’ll admit that it gets a bit frustrating constantly telling people to wait and see. I know this has nothing to do with what you’re asking, @jkdetwitt, but… Continue reading →

That was quick: Saints cut veteran kicker Josh Scobee

. The New Orleans Saints cut veteran kicker Josh Scobee and waived tackle Bryan Witzmann on Tuesday in moves designed to keep the team at the 90-man roster limit. Scobee, who spent 11 years in Jacksonville, was initially signed in the offseason to provide competition for incumbent kicker Kai Forbath. The former Louisiana Tech kicker arrived in New Orleans… Continue reading →

New Saints tight end Coby Fleener exploring New Orleans, learning playbook, facing Jimmy Graham comparisons

Associated Press photo by DARRON CUMMINGSIndianapolis Colts tight end Coby Fleener heads for a touchdown during the second half Against the Washington Redskins on Nov. 30, 2014, in Indianapolis.

Coby Fleener hasn’t had much of a chance to check out his new city yet. He spent one day at Collision, the tech conference that took over downtown in late April. A few days later, he headed out to Jazz Fest to see Lauryn Hill’s show one day before the rains came through and washed out the festival. For… Continue reading →

Nick Underhill: Despite common narrative, Saints do not necessarily build offensive line from inside out

Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS --  Saints guard Senio Kelemete

Sometimes facts are born from assumptions that are repeated and repeated until they become common knowledge. Sometimes those assumptions are correct. Sometimes they’re wrong. Sometimes they’re a little bit of both. When discussing how the New Orleans Saints build their offensive line, it’s a little bit of both.… Continue reading →

Saints sign four from minicamp

The New Orleans Saints found some gems among the 44 players brought in to try out at this weekend’s rookie minicamp. New Orleans signed offensive tackle Tyrus Thompson, a sixth-round pick of the Minnesota Vikings in 2015 who spent time with the practice squads of the Jacksonville Jaguars and Detroit Lions last season. New Orleans also signed three… Continue reading →