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The Saints released cornerback Keenan Lewis Friday night, but Lewis told ESPN’s Josina Anderson he “seen it coming,” Julie Boudwin of the New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.
In a lengthy, exclusive phone conversation with Anderson, Lewis opened up about being released by his hometown team, his injuries and his relationship with defensive coordinator Dennis Allen.
“They went in a different direction and it is cool with me. I still have a lot of football left in me. I’m just excited. I’m just fortunate that I had an opportunity to show the youth in New Orleans (that you can accomplish) whatever you set your dreams to. . .This is not the end of me,” Lewis said, according to Anderson. “I’ll be somewhere playing and I’ll give them 100 percent effort. This just motivated me. Like, you always want to prove that they made a mistake. That is something that I really want to do. I’m just excited that I had the opportunity to play for coach (Sean) Payton and the organization and my city that I love…But it’s business. They have to move on, and I have to move on.
“My main goal now is to (play for a team) that recognizes my talent and that is excited to have me; and I will take off from there…I know when I’m right, in the right city, I will be one of the best in the league. Like I know that. I’m confident in all that. I would just like to show them that they made a mistake. People have done it before. You look at (Darren) Sproles’ situation. You look at Malcolm Jenkins’ situation. Those guys left, but people doubted them, and they turned into Pro Bowlers (after they left New Orleans). So, I’m going to use them and their approach. Like there is no bad blood. I respect that. Like I said, Dennis Allen, who is the new defensive coordinator, he has his particular guys. Unfortunately, I wasn’t one of his guys.”
Lewis started training camp on the physically unable to perform list, and although the team activated from PUP on Aug. 3, he practiced just one day and has been sidelined ever since.
Lewis told Anderson he’ll be healthy within the next two weeks and then he’ll be ready to contribute to a team that wants him.
“I strained a muscle in training camp. I strained an adductor muscle in training camp. Only thing I asked from coach (Sean) Payton is, and the organization is, give me an opportunity to play at 100 percent. Not even 100 percent, let me play at 90-95 percent healthy, so that I can show people I’m on the same level with those people being mentioned…Like there are some days I never slept in the summer and days I went without sleep because I was worried about getting better. That’s the only thing I want to do is help my team win and showcase my talent, my hard work and my grind on getting better. So when I did that, we had problems because they wanted to rush me out there and play like at 50-60 percent. I did that (before). I played with two labrums…I had to get both of my labrum repaired in December. So I had to get that fixed. Also, I played with a knee the size of a bowling ball for y’all, so I think it was only fair that they give me the opportunity to get healthy,” Lewis told Anderson.
“Like I know preseason is very important…but I am trying to be ready for when it counts…Unfortunately, they didn’t want to wait the two weeks that I need to get myself all the way ready. It’s cool. Now i will go and help (another) team. I’ll just wait to my number gets called.”
The Saints got awful news today about their top draft choice, as first-round defensive tackle Sheldon Rankins has been diagnosed with a broken fibula, an injury that occurred Monday during training camp practice in West Virginia.
The report says that the first Saints pick is seeking a second opinion but appears to need surgery. Typically, fractured fibulas are not season-ending but sideline players for more than a month.
The 6-foot-2, 305-pound Rankins was drafted 12th overall out of Louisville. He’s among several players New Orleans acquired in hopes of improving a defense that ranked second-to-last in the NFL the past two seasons.
You’re thinking….we haven’t had a pre-season game and this guy is already making predictions. The predictions below are based on the Saints offense by and large doing what they usually do (score points and win the time of possession) and the defense being a middle of the pack defense. As I’ve said before , if the Saints can field just an average defense , they should be in the hunt for the playoffs.
That said, check out the predictions and let me know what you think in the comments sections below. Be kind.
|Sun, Sept. 11||vs Raiders||This is a tough way to begin the season. Up and coming team on both sides of the ball. Will be a great test for the Saints on offense and defense but we will see if they are up to to it.||W 1-0|
|Sun, Sept. 18||at Giants||Giants have a new head coach, it will be interesting to see if the Saints are going to be able to win on the road this year. Squeaker but I’m going with the Saints on this one.||W 2-0|
|Mon, Sept. 26||vs Falcons||Prime time at Home against the Falcons. Tough interdivisional matchup against the hated Dirty Birds. Gotta go with the WhoDats||W 3-0|
|Sun, Oct. 2||at Chargers||If the Saints do manage to go 3-0 to start the season, this has all the markings of a “gotcha game. On the road heading into the bye week……||L 3-1|
|Sun, Oct. 16||vs Panthers||Coming off the bye has usually been good to the Saints but this year they are facing the Panthers. Home Game two weeks to prepare. I’m going with the Saints.||W 4-1|
|Sun, Oct. 23||at Chiefs||Tough road game against a good KC team. Saints could possible have a letdown after an emotional win in Week 6||L 4-2|
|Sun, Oct. 30||vs Seahawks||Seahawks, Jimmy comes home, This will be a game where the Saints need to make a statement if they are for real this year. They are and They will.||W 5-2|
|Sun, Nov. 6||at 49ers||This looks like a winnable road game now. I’m saying it will be a winnable road game in November.||W 6-2|
|Sun, Nov. 13||vs Broncos||Defending Superbowl Champs at home. It just doesn’t get any better than this. With Denver’s QB situaltion this will be the lowest scoring game of the year.||W 7-2|
|Thu, Nov. 17||at Panthers||Prime time at the Panthers, Tough divisional road game, I’m trying but I don’t see our guys coming out with a “W” in this one.||L 7-3|
|Sun, Nov. 27||vs Rams||For whatever reasons playing the Rams in St. Louis has not worked out very well the last few years. This year it’s the LA Rams in the Dome….Saints win.||W 8-3|
|Sun, Dec. 4||vs Lions||Looks like a down year for the Lions, but they still have Stafford and he’s capable of a big game any week of the year. I’m thinking the Saints take this one.||W 9-3|
|Sun, Dec. 11||at Buccaneers||Tampa Bay gives our Saints fits every year, won’t be any different this year.||L 9-4|
|Sun, Dec. 18||at Cardinals||I can’t imagine a tougher job than going into Arizona and coming out with a win this year in the regular season. Not saying it can’t be done.||L 9-5|
|Sat, Dec. 24||vs Buccaneers||Tampa Bay two out of three weeks. Have to win this one, The Saints will.||W 10-5|
|Sun, Jan. 1||at Falcons||This could be for the division or for a wild card spot.Huge game. Saints Win! Saints Win!||W 11-5|
Bill Stephens, SaintsGab writer, Follow Saints Gab on twitter @SaintsGab
Although the Cowboys insist they are not shopping offensive lineman Ronald Leary, it doesn’t mean that others aren’t pursuing him, Marc Sessler of NFL.com reports.
NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Thursday that fans should “keep an eye” on veteran guard Ronald Leary. Per a source informed of the talks, the Saints have pursued the experienced Cowboys blocker to no avail over the past few months.
Carrying a base salary of $2.553 million this season, Leary becomes a free agent in March. At age 27, he still has plenty of football left and could help lineman-needy teams. The question boils down to what the Saints can offer in return. The Cowboys need quarterback help, but New Orleans can’t offer much in that category. The other option would be a defensive lineman — or maybe a draft pick.
The Saints could use Leary on an offensive line that was average at best a season ago, now the big question is if they can find a way to broker a deal if he’s truly available for the right price.
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Like Saints coach Sean Payton and general manager Mickey Loomis, quarterback Drew Brees expects to have a new contract eventually that will keep him with the team, Josh Katzenstein of the New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.
But, as he told ESPN last week, Brees is sticking by his negotiating deadline of the start of the regular season — Sept. 11 vs. the Oakland Raiders at the Superdome — as he enters the final year of his deal.
“My approach is that when the season is here, it’s all about the season, and I don’t want to be worrying about a contract or anything else,” Brees said Thursday after the Saints’ first day of training camp at The Greenbrier. “My mind will be on the preparation, week to week, on the next opponent. If there’s (a deal) to be done, it’s between now and the season.”
Look for the two sides to keep talking, as the Saints need Brees and vice-versa, and I can see a deal between the two sides being worked out at some point before opening day.
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