Saints Release Veteran Kicker Shayne Graham

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The Saints released veteran kicker Shayne Graham on Tuesday, one day after signing free agent Zach Hocker, Evan Woodbery of the New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.

Graham, 37, connected on 19 of 22 field goals for the Saints in 2014.

He joined the team late in 2013 after kicker Garrett Hartley was released.

Graham has been on an 14 NFL rosters and played for nine different teams since he entered the league in 2000 when he was signed by the Saints as an undrafted free agent. He’s connected on 266 of 311 field goals (85.5 percent) in his career.

Graham was at the Saints Hall of Fame Celebrity Golf Classic on Monday, decked out in the maroon and orange of his alma mater, Virginia Tech.

“Whatever it is, I have no control over that,” he said when asked about the signing of Hocker. “All I can do is take care of myself. … All I can do is perform my best, try to protect myself and win the job.”

Graham’s release leaves two kickers vying for the Saints job this summer. Hocker was picked by the Washington Redskins in the seventh round of the 2014 NFL Draft but failed to make the team. He signed a futures contract with the Miami Dolphins before being released.

New Orleans Could Host the Super Bowl in Either 2019 or 2020

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New Orleans could be getting the biggest game on Earth again.

The NFL has selected Miami, Tampa, New Orleans and Atlanta as finalists for the 2019 and 2020 Super Bowls, according to NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport.

All four cities’ bids will go before the owners for a vote next May. The next three Super Bowls are slated for Santa Clara, Houston and Minneapolis.

The city of New Orleans last hosted a Super Bowl in 2013 when the Ravens beat the 49’ers 34-31 in the famous ‘Harbaugh vs Harbaugh’ matchup.

Saints Take Tackle Andrus Peat with 13th Pick in NFL Draft

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The Saints went with a tackle in round one to help their offensive line, as they took Stanford tackle Andrus Peat in round one.

Here’s a scouting report on Peat.

Stanford was expecting Peat to become a very good player for the Cardinal and over the past two seasons, the team wasn’t disappointed. He was reliable in pass protection and solid in run blocking. Peat has excellent size, quickness, length and athleticism. He also has a strong lower body built to get movement at the point of attack. With his overall skill set, Peat could develop into a good left tackle in the NFL.

Stanford moved David Yankey inside to guard in 2013 because of Peat. Peat lived up to the big expectations in 2014. The first-year starter had an excellent debut for the Cardinal. In the ground game, Peat did a good job of opening holes and getting movement of defenders while also being a good pass-protector. He was All-Pac-12 Second-Team selection.

Peat had another solid season in 2014 for Stanford while going up against a lot of good defensive linemen. The junior had a good game against USC in Week 2 and did well in his plays against Leonard Williams and was generally rock solid. However, Peat had a mental mistake on Stanford’s last play that led to a sack-fumble for the Trojans to clinch their win. Overall, he was fine against Washington, but he had a few plays where Huskies outside linebacker Hau’Oli Kikaha gave him problems. Generally, Peat won his blocks. Later in the year, he did well in his matchup with talented defensive end Owa Odighizuwa in closing out the regular season against UCLA.

As a run-blocker, Peat is strong at the point of attack. When he stays low with good knee bend, he has a lot of power in his lower body to drive defensive linemen out of their gap. He is quick to the second level and strong to latch onto defenders. Peat could fit a zone-blocking or power-man scheme in the NFL.

In the passing game, Peat is reliable. He can have some occasional lapses, but he has the skill set to be a left tackle in the NFL. Peat’s feet are quick enough to handle speed rushers, and he has excellent length to make it hard for defenders to get around him. Peat also has the strength in his base to hold up against bull rushes. He could use more work on his knee bend and not reaching for defenders. Sometimes that can hurt them when they cut to the inside or try and go around him.

Check Out What The Saints 2015 Draft Hats Look Like

2015 New Orleans Saints Draft Hats

When the players in attendance at this week’s NFL Draft hear their name called, they’ll come up to the stage sporting a snazzy draft hat that they’ll be given for their new team.

Here’s what the New Orleans Saints version of this year’s draft hat will look like. The hat has the Saints logo on the front and a drawing of the city of New Orleans underneath the brim.

You can get your hands on one by clicking the link below!

Buy your New Orleans Saints draft hat HERE!

Saints 2015 Schedule Released

 

 

For those of you who haven’t seen this yet, the 2015 schedule is out! It’s hard to believe that we’re already talking about schedules and the start of the season, but here we are.  This is how the schedule should pan out barring anything unforeseen.  Best of luck to our guys.  Who Dat!

DATE OPPONENT TIME

PRESEASON

Week 1 Thur. Aug. 13 at Baltimore Ravens 6:30 PM
Week 2 Sat. Aug. 22 New England Patriots TBD
Week 3 Sun. Aug. 30 Houston Texans 3:00 PM
Week 4 Thur. Sept. 3 at Green Bay Packers 6:00 PM

REGULAR SEASON

Week 1 Sun. Sept. 13 at Arizona Cardinals 3:05 PM
Week 2 Sun. Sept. 20 Tampa Bay Buccaneers 12:00 PM
Week 3 Sun. Sept. 27 at Carolina Panthers 12:00 PM
Week 4* Sun. Oct. 4 Dallas Cowboys 7:30 PM
Week 5 Sun. Oct. 11 at Philadelphia Eagles 12:00 PM
Week 6* Thur. Oct. 15 Atlanta Falcons 7:25 PM
Week 7 Sun. Oct. 25 at Indianapolis Colts 12:00 PM
Week 8 Sun. Nov. 1 New York Giants 12:00 PM
Week 9 Sun. Nov. 8 Tennessee Titans 12:00 PM
Week 10 Sun. Nov. 15 at Washington Redskins 12:00 PM
Week 11 BYE WEEK
Week 12 Sun. Nov. 29 at Houston Texans 12:00 PM
Week 13 Sun. Dec. 6 Carolina Panthers 12:00 PM
Week 14 Sun. Dec. 13 at Tampa Bay Buccaneers 12:00 PM
Week 15* Mon. Dec. 21 Detroit Lions 7:30 PM
Week 16 Sun. Dec. 27 Jacksonville Jaguars 12:00 PM
Week 17 Sun. Jan. 3 at Atlanta Falcons 12:00 PM

Home games in bold print.

Asterisks (*) represent games to be played in prime time.

Will Brandon Browner Be the Answer To Saints Struggling D?

Brandon Browner Against the LionsAfter all the shaking up in the Saints organization over the past few months, it feels good just to settle down a bit, catch our breath, and get ready for the upcoming draft. Sure, we lost many of our favorites on offense (it’s still a bit tender for me). But strides were made to toughen up and solidify the defense, which struggled mightily in 2014. Certainly the addition of Brandon Browner doesn’t hurt, but will it be enough?

Browner does bring a somewhat impressive resume with him, though, having tallied 142 combined tackles, 45 passes defended, 11 interceptions, three forced fumbles and two defensive touchdowns during his career. However, on the flip side of that, he has also been frequently flagged for pass interference amongst a host of other defensive infractions. Perhaps that’s just the unfortunate consequence of being a player who possesses an aggressive and fearless style of play. Or maybe it’s something far more disheartening.

Still and all, his veteran presence should be a boost to the younger players, who by the way were virtually stripped of most of their veteran leadership before the start of last season. I think that had a lot to do with the lack of production on the field; it just didn’t allow them time to develop a chemistry (but that’s a whole other story).

I don’t doubt that Browner opposite Keenan Lewis will make the secondary better than the way it was; it sure couldn’t get much worse. Lewis is as solid a player as they come and Browner is not going to back down. If nothing else, at least both sides of the field will have a physical presence to be reckoned with. Let’s pray that it will be enough to help bring the defense back to its top 5 form of 2013 (providing they can improve on stopping the run too). Perhaps then Rob Ryan’s job will be secure once more.

Sean Payton: ‘No truth’ to Drew Brees trade rumors

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Following the shocking deal that sent Jimmy Graham to the Seattle Seahawks, the rumor that seems to have taken over the NFL landscape is that the New Orleans Saints are going to find a way to deal their franchise quarterback, Drew Brees. Let’s find out what the Saints’ NFL odds look like at Mybookie.ag.

Brees is the leader of the Saints, and it was his decision to come to the Rams in the 2010 season that eventually got New Orleans to their first Super Bowl to play and even defeat the Indianapolis Colts 31-17 for their first and to date only Super Bowl championship.

Now with their best receiver gone, will the team actually get rid of their franchise quarterback?

Don’t count on it. The latest rumor that the Saints are tearing down is that are plotting a way to swing a deal for reigning Heisman Trophy winner Marcus Mariota in the draft, a new quarterback to take over for Brees, who they would then look to deal.

Again, don’t bet on it.

“Won’t happen,” Payton said, putting the Mariota rumors to bed. Payton isn’t the only one stomping on the rumors of a deal to send away Brees – GM Mickey Loomis also is totally on board to keep Bress.

Loomis told USA TODAY Sports that Brees isn’t going anywhere. “I saw where we were going to trade him to the Jets, from a New York writer,” Payton said. “So you just wad that up, and throw it in the garbage.”

The team is trying to get help for Brees now that Graham is gone, as the team went out and inked free agent running back C.J. Spiller, the former Buffalo Bills running back who has great speed and can open up the field for the Saints, a player they haven’t had since Reggie Bush was in his prime.

The team also went out and snagged cornerback Brandon Browner in free agency, a move that should help out the offense considering they had the 31st ranked defense a season ago.

The team did get a player that should help out when they dealt Graham, that being center Max Unger. He’s going to be a benefit on the offensive line, a line that let too many defenders touch Brees a season ago.

“We talk about the spot 2 yards behind center as the most important piece of property in football,” Payton said about Unger. “If we can occupy that spot, we’re going to win. If that interior pocket gets muddied, it’s tough (for Brees) to play that position.”

So don’t get rid of those Brees jerseys just yet Saints fans – it looks like #9 isn’t going anywhere.

Falcons vs Saints NFL Week 16 Inactives

Falcons: G Jon Asamoah, QB Sean Renfree, S Charles Godfrey, CB Ricardo Allen, LB Tyler Starr, DE Stansly Maponga, LB James Anderson.

Saints
: WR Seantavius Jones, CB Stanley Jean-Baptiste, S Jamarca Sanford, RB Travaris Cadet, ILB Moises Fokou, NT Lawrence Virgil, OT Terron Armstead.