Lewis: Study shows NFL schedule could be more equitable, but getting a fair shake isn’t all it takes to win

A New England Patriots fan shows his support in the first half of an NFL football game between the Patriots and the Buffalo Bills  Sunday, Dec. 28, 2014, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

By now, we all know that the reason the Saints didn’t make the playoffs last season was because they had an unfair amount of games against teams coming off their bye week or Thursday night games. Right? Well, maybe that wasn’t the only reason. But according to research done by a group from the University of… Continue reading →

NFL schedule to be announced on Tuesday

New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) works before the first half of an NFL football game against the Atlanta Falcons, Sunday, Sept. 7, 2014, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

The NFL has announced that the schedule for the 2015 will come out on Tuesday. The Saints will play Atlanta, Carolina, Tampa Bay, Dallas, the Giants, Jacksonville, Tennessee and Detroit at home. New Orleans travels to Atlanta, Carolina, Tampa Bay, Philadelphia, Washington, Houston, Indianapolis and Arizona. The dates and times for those games will be set Tuesday. More to come..Continue reading →

Saints begin offseason training program

Advocate staff file photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- Saints Jairus Byrd reacts to Mark Ingram cut at the line of scrimmage during training camp.

The Saints are back to work. The team’s offseason training program kicks off Monday, with the first phase of the itinerary consisting of weight training and conditioning work. Attendance for these sessions is voluntary. The team can not do on-field workouts for two weeks, at which point contact and full-team workouts are prohibited. Full-team practices can begin on May 26. New Orleans has… Continue reading →

Draft will be critical for the future of the Saints

New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton watches during the first half of an NFL preseason football game against the Indianapolis Colts in Indianapolis, Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014. (AP Photo/Sam Riche)

The previous most important draft in New Orleans Saints history looks easy now. After it became known that the Houston Texans would select Mario Williams with the first pick in 2006, all first-year Saints coach Sean Payton had to do was convince Reggie Bush that New Orleans was the right place for him. The city… Continue reading →

Greg Jennings leaves New Orleans following visit with Saints

Greg Jennings’ visit with the Saints has come to an end.

The veteran wide receiver met with the team on Thursday and left New Orleans later that evening. It was the last visit he currently has scheduled after also meeting with the Carolina Panthers, Miami Dolphins and Jacksonville Jaguars, according to a source.

Jennings has also received interest from the… Continue reading →

Former Xavier basketball standout Sydney Coleman to work out for Saints

Advocate Photo by VERONICA DOMINACH--Xavier's Sydney Coleman takes a shot during a college basketball game against Dillard University at Xavier University in New Orleans, Saturday, on Feb. 28, 2015.

Former Xavier University forward Sydney Coleman has dumped dunking — his favorite basketball feat — in favor of a new sport. It’s a switch, which if successful, will allow him to follow the unorthodox NFL path of All-Pro tight end Jimmy Graham. Coleman wants to play for the New Orleans Saints. He worked out for the… Continue reading →

Wide receiver Greg Jennings is meeting with the Saints today

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON--New Orleans Saints free safety Jairus Byrd (31) tackles Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Greg Jennings (15) in the Superdome in New Orleans, La. Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014.

Greg Jennings is in town to meet with the Saints. After being released by the Minnesota Vikings, the wide receiver has been a bit of a tour the past few weeks, making stops to meet with the Carolina Panthers, Miami Dolphins and Jacksonville Jaguars. On Thursday, he arrived in New Orleans to meet with the Saints, according to a… Continue reading →

Keenan Lewis says he will wear No. 21 next season

Keenan Lewis changing part of his identity. On Instagram, the Saints cornerback announced that he will surrender No. 28 to newly-signed running back C.J. Spiller and will wear No. 21 next season. “(Twenty-eight) mean a lot to Spiller and I respect that,” Lewis wrote. “I’m not selfish. (I’m) a team guy.” In a separate post, Lewis said he will buy his… Continue reading →

Source: Saints meeting with defensive tackle Corey Wootton

Defensive tackle Corey Wootton is meeting with the Saints on Wednesday, according to a source. The free agent spent last season with the Minnesota Vikings after spending the previous four with the Chicago Bears. Playing in a limited role, he finished the 2014 season with 16 tackles and one sack. Wootton’s best season came in 2012 when he finished with… Continue reading →

Saints agree to terms with center Mike Golic Jr.

The Saints are adding additional depth at center. New Orleans has reportedly reached an agreement to bring center Mike Golic Jr. back to town, according to ESPN. Golic, a product of Notre Dame, hooked on with the Saints last summer but was released after the team acquired Jonathan Goodwin. Golic joined the Motreal Alouettes of the Canadian Football League, but was… Continue reading →

Saints spend week talking with draft prospects

Associated Press photo by CHARLES REX ARBOGAST -- New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton watches during the first half against the Chicago Bears on Monday.

The Saints spent the week getting to know a couple of the draft’s more interesting prospects. The team had Washington cornerback Marcus Peters in town for a visit Monday and met with Nebraska pass rusher Randy Gregory on Tuesday, according to sources. The team also met with UCLA linebacker Eric Kendricks, Washington State defensive tackle… Continue reading →

Report: Wide receiver Greg Jennings to visit Saints

Advocate staff photo by SCOTT THRELKELD -- New Orleans Saints cornerback Corey White (24) tries to bring down Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Greg Jennings (15) during the fourth quarter Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014, at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

. After leaving Jacksonville without a deal, Greg Jenning’s free-agent tour will head to New Orleans. The veteran wide receiver, who was released by the Vikings in March two years into a five-year, $45 million contract, will next meet with the Saints, according to the NFL Network. Jennings has also visited the Carolina Panthers and… Continue reading →

Saints draft prospect Randy Gregory: City of New Orleans 'seems pretty boring to me'

FILE - In a Sept. 6, 2014, file photo then-Nebraska defensive end Randy Gregory wears street clothes before an NCAA college football game against McNeese State in Lincoln, Neb. Randy Gregory says he's tested positive for marijuana at the NFL scouting com

New Orleans Saints draft prospect Randy Gregory likely didn't make a great first impression with fans... Continue reading →

Here are financial terms Saints put in Anthony Spencer's contract

. As expected, the Anthony Spencer signing carries a minimal financial risk for the New Orleans Saints. The pass rushers’ one-year deal with the Saints comes with an $870,000 base salary and an $80,000 signing bonus. The deal qualifies for the minimum benefit, meaning it counts only $655,000 against the salary cap. Spencer spent the first eight years of his career… Continue reading →

Source: Washington defensive back Marcus Peters among handful of prospects visiting Saints on Monday

Former Washington player Marcus Peters motions as he works out at Washington's pro day Thursday, April 2, 2015, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

. The Saints continue to show interest in Marcus Peters. The Washington cornerback is among a handful of players visiting New Orleans for a pre-draft visit on Monday, according to a source. UCLA linebacker Eric Kendricks and Washington State defensive tackle Xavier Cooper are also meeting with the team. Peters also met with the Saints staff after his Pro… Continue reading →

Report: Louisville WR DeVante Parker to visit Saints

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. Perhaps wide receiver is of interest to the New Orleans Saints. The Saints will use one of their 30 pre-draft visits to meet with Louisville wide receiver DeVante Parker, according to Robert Klemko of TheMMQB.com. Parker also has visits scheduled with the Patriots, Ravens, Jets, Rams, Titans and 49ers. Parker is considered by… Continue reading →

Saints sign linebacker Anthony Spencer who could help fill key void in low-risk, high-reward move

Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson, right, scrambles away from Dallas Cowboys defensive end Anthony Spencer in the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 12, 2014, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

Rob Ryan will have a familiar face working in his revamped defense next season. After he visited with the New Orleans Saints last month, Anthony Spencer signed a one-year deal, the team announced Friday. The move reunites Spencer with Ryan, his defensive coordinator in Dallas during the 2011 and ’12 seasons. The 6-foot-3, 265-pound Spencer logged… Continue reading →

New Orleans Saints draft analysis: The case for moving out of the 13th pick

Kentucky linebacker Bud Dupree talks with reporters during a news conference at the NFL football scouting combine at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Friday, Feb. 20, 2015. (AP Photo/Doug McSchooler)

Sean Payton calls it the cloud. Some others refer to it as the bubble. Whatever label you wish to apply, it’s the group of players who are similarly graded at a particular spot in the draft. There are no rigid and steadfast rules to which one of those players are selected when a team comes on the… Continue reading →

Source: UCLA's Eric Kendricks -- a tackling machine -- to visit Saints next week

. The Saints will take a look at Eric Kendricks next week during a pre-draft visit, a source confirmed. The UCLA linebacker is widely considered one of the top players at his position and is coming off a season in which he recorded 149 tackles and four sacks. NFL.com’s Chase Goodbread first reported Kendricks’ visit. The Saints have the 13th,… Continue reading →

Saints announce preseason schedule, open at Baltimore

Advocate staff photo by JOHN McCUSKER -- New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) goes down in the fourth quarter as the New Orleans Saints faced the Baltimore Ravens Monday, November 24, 2015.

The New Orleans Saints will open up the preseason on the road against the Baltimore Ravens. The next two games will be at home against the Houston Texans and New England Patriots. The Saints then close out on the road against the Green Bay Packers. The third preseason game against Houston will be nationally televised by Fox and will take place at… Continue reading →

Reader questions, answers: Were other NFL players involved in Darren Sharper case? Did his celebrity status impact the case?

Former NFL safety Darren Sharper, right, appears in Los Angeles Superior Court on Monday, March 23, 2015. At left is his attorney, Lisa Wayne. Sharper pleaded no contest Monday in Los Angeles to charges of drugging and raping two women in the second of similar criminal cases in four states. Earlier, he pleaded guilty by video link to sexual assault in Arizona and was sentenced to nine years in federal prison. (AP Photo/Nick Ut, Pool)

New Orleans Advocate reporters Ramon Vargas and John Simerman along with ProPublica reporters Ryan Gabrielson and T. Christian Miller and Sports Illustrated senior writer Thayer Evans chatted with readers on Thursday on reddit.com about Darren Sharper, his rape spree and the police investigations that could have stopped him earlier. Here are some highlights: Q: Do you… Continue reading →

Risk-takers: Should the Saints gamble on Randy Gregory, Marcus Peters or Dorial Green-Beckham?

FILE - In this Oct. 25, 2014 file photo, Nebraska defensive end Randy Gregory (4) warms up before an NCAA college football game against Rutgers in Lincoln, Neb. Gregory is projected to be a high first-round pick in the NFL draft but knows he has much to prove, starting at the scouting combine in two weeks. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik, File)

There are market inefficiencies waiting to be exploited hiding in plain sight every year during the draft. They’re the players draft analysts and fans clamor for and scream about on talk shows every day from February until the draft takes place in late April or early May. Sometimes they’re the most talented players at a particular position,… Continue reading →

Upon Further Review: Inside the police failure to stop Darren Sharper’s rape spree

It was 5:06 a.m. on a Tuesday in September 2013 when sex crimes Det. Derrick Williams caught the call. It came from the hospital. It was a distraught woman. She was saying she had been raped. She told Williams a familiar story of French Quarter trespass: She’d hit the clubs the night before, she said. Drank a… Continue reading →

Who's who in the Darren Sharper saga: A rundown of the 12 key figures involved

Former NFL safety Darren Sharper, right, appears in Los Angeles Superior Court on Monday, March 23, 2015. At left is his attorney, Lisa Wayne. Sharper pleaded no contest Monday in Los Angeles to charges of drugging and raping two women in the second of s

Darren Sharper — Sharper was an NFL star safety who played for the Green Bay Packers, Minnesota Vikings and New Orleans Saints. During his 14-year career, Sharper was a five-time Pro Bowl player and Super Bowl winner. After retiring in 2011, Sharper took a job as an on-air analyst for the NFL Network. In March 2015, Sharper agreed… Continue reading →

Who were the most productive pass rushers in college football?

Linebacker James Vaughters goes through drills during Stanford NFL football pro day on Thursday, March 19, 2015, in Stanford, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

. It’s the season of amateur scouting reports. Nearly everyone with a certain degree of interest in the draft has spent some time watching cutups of prospects in an attempt to get a read on their strengths and weaknesses. In some cases, the available film is limited to a handful of games or plays and… Continue reading →

Talented receiver Joe Morgan needs to put it together in what might be final chance with Saints

Associated Press file photo by JONATHAN BACHMAN -- New Orleans Saints receiver  has reportedly signed a one-year deal.

It took almost a dozen weeks to remember why everyone was excited about Joe Morgan in the first place. His 2013 season wiped out by a knee injury, the New Orleans Saints wide receiver got off to a slow start last season. He couldn’t consistently get on the field early in the year and then hit a… Continue reading →