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Don’t Tell Cameron Jordan the Saints Are Not a Contender in 2020

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There’s been an underlying tone that the Saints are just not going to be as good this season as even last season, this despite the team getting back just about all the roster from last year.

One player who doesn’t want to hear it is veteran sack man Cam Jordan, who seems to feel just the opposite, that being the Saints are going to be a major player when it comes to deciding the NFC South and what team comes out of the NFC.

Jordan appeared on NFL Radio and was gushing about his team:

“Absolutely, I’m heading into year 10. I love it,” Jordan told hosts Brady Quinn and Kirk Morrison. “I’m super excited about it. You know, there’s nothing in me that is telling me that our team isn’t close to a championship or being a championship-caliber team if you look at the last three years. You know, playoffs, playoffs, playoffs. Playoffs, NFC Championship, playoffs. This is something that we have to capitalize on.

“You talk about Drew [Brees] coming back, our addition of Jameis Winston. You talk about, you know, we lose Vonn Bell, we bring in Malcolm Jenkins. We go draft an outside linebacker in this Zack Baun kid. You know, Alex Anzalone going to be healthy. There’s so many positives on paper, I just want to get back to the field and really see what we have.”

Another thing that has Jordan excited is the quarterback depth the team has. Last season they had to lean on Teddy Bridgewater after Drew Brees went down against the Rams.

Now the team has former 1st overall pick Jamies Winston, who comes to the Saints from the rival Buccaneers.

“So if Drew goes down, now we have Jameis, who you know can throw for over 4,000 yards. You know, can score touchdowns, who has the arm, and now is under, I would say, direct tutelage of one of the greatest quarterbacks to ever play the game. So, you know, now, I’m believing the hype. When Jameis said, ‘Hey, you know, if I correct a couple interceptions, I’m going to be the greatest quarterback.’ Now, we have the exact tutelage to get him in that realm.”

How “Complete” Are the Saints as They Enter the 2020 Season?

The Saints once again in 2019 fell short of their goal of a Super Bowl, as they lost in the Wild Card round of the postseason to the Minnesota Vikings at home.

Many fans still think that the Saints are going to take home the NFC South in 2020, but with Tom Brady joining the division along with Rob Gronkowski it’s not a for sure that the Saints are going to just breeze by and win it running away.

With that said, NFL.com today has a piece out about the most “complete” teams in the NFL, and the Saints come in on their list at number four after going 13-3 a season ago.

Here’s what the piece had to say:

4. New Orleans Saints

New Orleans is locked and loaded once again. GM Mickey Loomis had a superb offseason in free agency and the draft. On the open market, the Saints astutely added Emmanuel Sanders, the perfect complement to Michael Thomas, and re-acquired old friend Malcolm Jenkins, who brings valuable experience and leadership to the secondary. In the draft, New Orleans made one of the game’s best offensive lines even better with the addition of Cesar Ruiz, before grabbing a potential steal in third-round linebacker Zack Baun.

Drew Brees still has gas in the tank at age 41, especially when he’s throwing to the best receiver in the game. And a return to health for Alvin Kamara cannot be understated; when he’s right, the Saints back is an electric playmaker running and receiving. In a related vein, the defense should be healthier than it was down the stretch last season. Third-year DE Marcus Davenport could be poised for a breakout campaign.

Saints QB Drew Brees Issues Apology for ‘Insensitive’ Comments About Players Kneeling

Saints QB Drew Brees is back on social media today, this time issuing as apology for his comments on Yahoo Finance which he himself now stated were “insensitive.”

Brees’ teammates have already come to his defense over the matter, which was brought up when he spoke about players kneeling to protest police brutality.

The Saints QB said he would “never agree with anybody disrespecting the flag.”

“And is everything right with our country right now? No, it’s not,” Brees said in the interview.

“We still have a long way to go. But I think what you do by standing there and showing respect to the flag with your hand over your heart, is it shows unity. It shows that we are all in this together, we can all do better, and that we are all part of the solution.”

Brees now acknowledges he takes “full responsibility and accountability.”
“They lacked awareness and any type of compassion or empathy. Instead, those words have become divisive and hurtful and have misled people into believing that somehow I am an enemy. This could not be further from the truth, and is not an accurate reflection of my heart or my character,” said Brees.

Veteran Guard Patrick Omameh Resigns with the Saints

The Saints re-signed veteran offensive guard Patrick Omameh on Thursday, Amie Just of the New Orleans Times Picayune/Advocate reports.

The terms of his contract are not yet known.

Omameh played in 14 games last season, playing in several spots on the offensive line. He flexed out to tackle to start one game to fill in for an injured Terron Armstead.

He briefly filled in for Larry Warford at left guard against the Colts due to injury and also the sixth offensive lineman for the Saints’ jumbo packages on occasion.

Of all Saints’ offensive line backups, he was third in snap counts, seeing time on 14.7% of New Orleans’ offensive snaps. Most of his snaps were at the tackle position, despite being listed as a guard.

Jameis Winston Joins the Saints; Excited to Learn Under Drew Brees

Drew Brees has a new backup quarterback, as the team has officially inked former Tampa Bay Buccaneers and first overall pick in the draft Jameis Winston to a one-year deal.

Winston led the NFL with 5,109 passing yards in 2019, he also became the first quarterback in league history to throw for at least 30 touchdown passes and 30 interceptions in the same season.

He was replaced by new Bucs QB future Hall of Famer Tom Brady, who left New England to join Tampa Bay, pushing the free agent Winston out of a job.

Reports said that the Steelers were interested in signing Winston to backup Ben Roethlisberger, but the new Saints QB said that being able to learn from Brees was a deciding factor.

“Being a part of the New Orleans Saints — being a part with Drew Brees, Taysom Hill, Sean Payton, coach Joe Lombardi, coach Pete Carmichael Jr. — when you think about that room, that’s like a Harvard education in quarterback school,” Winston said Tuesday during an appearance on “Chalk Talk” with Charlie Ward on Instagram Live.

“So I wanted to put my ego aside — put the money to the side — to think about my family, think about my career.

“And there was no better position than to be in the same room with someone that I’ve really looked up to, that I’ve admired since I’ve been playing this game, in Drew Brees.”

Saints Set to Sign QB Taysom Hill to a Two-Year Deal

While the Saints are closing in on a deal with quarterback Jameis Winston, they doubled down on their investment in current backup Taysom Hill, Mike Triplett of ESPN reports.

The Saints are signing Hill to a two-year deal, a source told ESPN’s Adam Schefter, which will take the place of the one-year, $4.641 million tender they had previously offered him as a restricted free agent. The deal is worth $21 million, including $16 million fully guaranteed at signing, plus $1 million more in performance incentives.

Hill, 29, did not sign an offer sheet with any other NFL teams before last week’s deadline for restricted free agents, which gave the Saints exclusive negotiating rights. Depending on how they structure the new deal, they could create some extra salary-cap space to help make room for Winston.

Regardless of Winston’s pending arrival, Saints coach Sean Payton has made it clear that he believes the versatile Hill could potentially succeed Drew Brees as New Orleans’ starting quarterback. But in the meantime, part of the reason the Saints are interested in adding a veteran QB like Winston is so that they can continue to use Hill in his vital role as a QB/RB/WR/TE/FB/special-teams standout.

“Taysom’s earned this opportunity to be our 2 [at quarterback],” Payton told WWL Radio last month after former Saints backup Teddy Bridgewater signed with the rival Carolina Panthers. “But he also has earned the opportunity to play and help us win football games as a ‘one.’ And what I mean by that — whether you call him a receiver, a tight end, a specialist, also a quarterback — yeah, he’s gonna play.”

Top 10 All-Time New Orleans Saints Draft Picks

Through the years the Saints have had plenty of great draft picks that have gone on to do great things for the franchise.

Then again, there’s been plenty of picks that have been wasted as well on players that never amounted to much in the NFL.

With the draft coming up this week, we thought it would be fun to take a turn at the “Top 10 All-Time Saints Draft Picks” – make sure you comment on our list and leave your picks as well!

10. Chuck Muncie 1976

The Saints running back was the 3rd overall pick, and he put up solid numbers until he left the team in 1984. In the 110 games with the Saints he rushed for 6702 and 71 scores, and pulled in another 263 passes for 2323 yards and 3 scores.

9. George Rogers 1981

Another running back comes in at the nine spot, that being 1st overall pick in 1981 George Rogers. The back didn’t put up Hall of Fame numbers in his career, but solid numbers rushing for 7176 career yards with 54 scores until he left in 1987.

8. Wes Chandler 1978

The stunning wide out was the third overall pick in 1978, and over the course of his 10 years he played in 150 games, pulling in 8966 yards worth of passes and 56 touchdowns. He was a game-breaker at the receiver spot.

7. Dave Waymer 1980

The Saints in the second round in 1980 selected Dave Waymer from Notre Dame, a ball hawking defensive back who put up 48 picks for the Saints until his retirement in 1992. Not bad for a second-round pick that many teams felt was too slow.

6. Alvin Kamara 2017

The current explosive Saints running back was the 67th pick in the draft in 2017, and has more than proved his worth in 3 seasons. He’s putting up still about five yards a carry, and in three seasons has found the end zone an amazing 37 times.

5. Marques Colston 2006

One of the best wide outs in the history of the team, Colston was the 252nd pick in the 2006 NFL Draft. He was a starter right away and never was out of the lineup. In his career he played in 146 games, putting up 711 catches for 9759 yards and 72 scores.

4. Rickey Jackson 1981

Taken in the third round and ending up in the Hall of Fame was quite a story for Jackson, who outplayed just about everyone in the 81 draft. He put up great numbers in his Saints career, piling up 8 picks and 128 sacks, truly a game changer at the linebacker spot.

3. Deuce McAllister 2001

The 23rd pick in the 2001 NFL Draft, Deuce McAllister was an excellent player in his eight seasons with the Saints. He ran for 6,096 yards and 49 touchdowns, pulling in 234 passes for 1720 yards and five scores for the Saints. In 2003 he ran for 1641 yards and eight scores.

2. Morton Anderson 1982

You can argue this pick, but no matter what you say Anderson was one of the best and maybe the best kicker in the history of the game. He made 302 of his 389 field goal attempts, and was 412-for-418 on extra points. Yes he went on to play for the Falcons, Chiefs, Vikings and Giants, but everyone remembers his time in New Orleans.

1. Archie Manning 1971

In 11 seasons with the Saints, Archie Manning threw for 3,176 yards and 23 touchdowns. The best part is he didn’t have a ton of folks around him to help him, and made a lot of plays on his own. Give Manning what Drew Brees has right now – it would be interesting.

GM Loomis Appreciates the Team-Friendly Deal QB Brees Gave the Saints

Drew Brees expressed his generosity and exercised philanthropy this week when he and his family announced they were donating $5 million to COVID-19 pandemic relief efforts in Louisiana.

But the Saints quarterback’s selflessness isn’t merely an off-field hobby.

Saints general manager Mickey Loomis recently preached about Brees’ desire to re-sign with New Orleans this offseason on a team-friendly deal, Jeremy Bergman of NFL.com reports.

“We needed to know what Drew was going to count on our (salary) cap this year, what resources are we using because then that gives us the ability to do some other things,” Loomis told the team’s website. “To Drew’s credit, his No. 1 goal was to make sure we had an opportunity to improve our roster, keep our roster together and be as competitive as we can be. I’m certainly appreciative of how he’s handled that contract the last couple times because again the most important thing to him is we have a competitive team.”

Brees was slated to be an unrestricted free agent this offseason, like Tom Brady and Ryan Tannehill, both of whom cashed in on deals worth up to $29.5 million per year. But the Saints QB announced in February that he would be returning to the Saints for his age-41 season, without having already agreed to a deal.

The future Hall of Famer’s deal came in on March 17 at two years for $50 million, like (but not exactly like) Brady’s deal with his new team in Tampa Bay, with much of the money coming via prorated bonuses. New Orleans got a hometown discount from Brees, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported at the time, who took less money than he could have received on the open market so that the Saints could make competitive playoff runs during his two-year pact, i.e. spend elsewhere.