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

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… 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 →

Saints have not considered cutting back physical work at rookie minicamp

AP file photo: New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton watches from the sideline against the Jacksonville Jaguars in New Orleans.

The Miami Dolphins took a radical step in their rookie minicamp under new coach Adam Gase this year.

Gase did not hold a single practice, opting instead to put rookies through classroom sessions on the team’s playbook, along with other educational material designed to help rookies make the transition to the NFL.

The New Orleans Saints aren’t about to make… Continue reading →

Kicker tryouts crowded at Saints’ rookie minicamp

Advocate file photo by MATTHEW HINTON -- Saints kicker Kai Forbath walks off the field after kicking the game-winning field goal in a 52-49 win over the Gaints last season. Forbath is back in minicamp with a host of challengers for his job.

The Saints are exploring all options to locate an answer at kicker. After bringing back Kai Forbath and signing Josh Scobee this offseason, New Orleans now is working out some kickers at rookie minicamp. Among those in attendance are rookie Anthony Pistelli (Samford), Connor Barth and Nate Freese. Both Barth and Freese have… Continue reading →

'It’s a little crazy, but it’s good': Saints open minicamp Friday looking for hidden gems

Advocate file photo by MATTHEW HINTON -- Saints cornerback Delvin Breaux earned a $295,356 performance bonus, the highest on the team.

Training camp might still be two months away, but the competition on the New Orleans practice fields is already beginning. New Orleans opens the formal practice sessions of its offseason program with a rookie minicamp that spreads five practices over three days and serves as an introduction for the 24 rookies the Saints added during… Continue reading →

Agent: Saints unlikely to restructure final year of Drew Brees’ contract

New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) warms up before an NFL football game against the Detroit Lions in New Orleans, Monday, Dec. 21, 2015. (AP Photo/Jonathan Bachman)

The New Orleans Saints are satisfied with carrying Drew Brees’ $30 million salary cap charge in the last year of his deal in 2016, according to his agent, Tom Condon. Brees is headed into the final year of the five-year, $100 million deal he signed in 2012. Because of the Saints’ lack of cap space and the fact… Continue reading →