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Payton: Mike Gillislee Brought in to Add a Physical Presence to Saints Run Game

Coach Sean Payton says the Saints have brought in veteran running back Mike Gillislee to add physicality to New Orleans’ running game.

Payton says he sees Gillislee as a first- and second-down runner who has earned hard yards for his past teams. Payton says he does not envision Gillislee getting much work as a receiver, as some other running backs do in the Saints’ offense.

Gillislee is a five-year veteran who spent last season with New England. He carried the ball 104 times for the Patriots, gaining 383 yards and scoring five touchdowns. He also caught one pass for 15 yards.

His most productive season came in 2016 with Buffalo, when he rushed for 577 yards and eight TDs to go with 50 yards and one TD receiving.

The Saints open the regular season at home Sunday against Tampa Bay.

Former Saints Running Back Reggie Bush Says Drew Brees Will Retire if the Saints Win the Super Bowl

Former Saints running back and Reggie Bush says Drew Brees will call it a career after this season only if the Saints win the Super Bowl, TMZ reports.

There’s been a lot of talk about Brees’ potential retirement lately — the dude does turn 40 in January — so, we went to one of his ex-New Orleans teammates to get a read on the situation.

Bush was blunt … telling TMZ Sports there’s no way the QB calls it quits after this season — UNLESS the Saints get a ring.

If that does happen … Reggie already has Brees’ post-retirement career mapped out — saying the QB should be mayor of New Orleans!!

Saints Have Plenty of Good Competition in the NFC if They Want to Reach the Super Bowl

The Saints road to the Super Bowl this season will not be an easy one, but one that they know well as they are still dealing with the letdown of last season’s NFC Divisional Playoff loss to the Minnesota Vikings, a game that Saints fans know the ending of all too well.

Looking ahead to 2018, the team has high hopes, and in checking with betting sites like rushbet, you can see that the Saints are getting a lot of love as they are currently 16 to 1 to win the Super Bowl in February.

The Champion Philadelphia Eagles are 10 to 1 to repeat as champs, and the Minnesota Vikings, the team that stunned the Saints with a final play win last January, are also 10 to 1 to win the Super Bowl.

The AFC Champion New England Patriots, who seem no matter the circumstances to get to the Super Bowl just about every season and put up a fight, are the favorites according to most betting sites as they sit at 7 to 1 to yet again win the Super Bowl.

When you look at the team odds to win the NFC, things get a lot more interesting, as the Saints are fighting a lot of good competition heading into the 2018 season.

The Eagles and Vikings are both right up there at the top to win the Conference, as both teams were right there at the end of the 2017 season playing in the NFC Title game won by the Eagles, and there’s some newcomers to the list that are going to push the Saints if they want to be in the hunt to win the NFC in 2018.

Among the teams that are also highly ranked are the Green Bay Packers, led by QB Aaron Rodgers (8/1), the Los Angeles Rams, who the Saints bested in the Wild Card game last season (13/2), and the Atlanta Falcons, who the Saints know all too well about being in the NFC South (10/1).

The Saints will have plenty of chances to get the job done in 2018, as they will take on all the top contenders in the NFC, with showdowns against the Falcons, the Rams, as well as the Eagles, a measuring stick they will be ready for taking on the defending Super Bowl champions.

While the team gets ready for the season, there is still a lot of work to be done, and they also have to avoid injury in order to make sure they don’t fall into the trap of being a team that has high expectations that don’t get the job done.

Saints Bring Back TE John Phillips to Add Depth to the Tight End Spot

Veteran tight end John Phillips signed with the Saints on Sunday after working out on Saturday, a source told Joel Erickson of the Advocate.

Phillips, who spent parts of the past two seasons in New Orleans, offers help at a position that has been light in practice the past couple of days. If you are thinking about drafting a Saints tight end high, check out for all the info on players like Phillips and other tight ends on the roster.

Phillips, a well-traveled veteran who has played for four teams, joined the Saints at midseason in 2016 and caught five passes for 32 yards.

In his career he’s caught just five touchdowns, never more than one in a season. His best season as a pro came back in 2011 when as a member of the Dallas Cowboys he pulled in 15 catches for 101 yards and a touchdown.

He also has played with the San Diego Chargers and the Denver Broncos, and back in 2013 as a member of the Chargers he started six games. He appeared in eight games, and started three, pulling in five catches in those games for 40 yards and one score.

Initially cut in the final roster reduction at the end of training camp a year ago, Phillips was re-signed at the end of the year, and he played in the season finale, although he was inactive for the playoffs.

Phillips played college football at the University of Virginia.

As far as the Saints tight end spot goes, the team has Benjamin Watson listed right now as the number one tight end on the roster, but he’s had injury issues the team had better have a backup plan in mind.

With that, the team also has Josh Hill listed as the backup, and currently with a full roster the team has no less than four other players listed behind Watson and Hill, which includes Garrett Griffin, Michael Hoomanawanui, Deon Yelder, Dan Arnold, and Phillips.

The Saints don’t normally do a ton with their tight ends, but at the same time if they can get some depth at the position and spread the field with the players they have, it might mean more for the position the team has moving forward.

Phillips will be in the mix, and with Watson not 100 percent right now might get some looks early here in camp, but don’t expect much from him as he tries to stick it out and make the team come September 9th.

Saints Head Coach Sean Payton Using the “Minneapolis Miracle” to Motivate for the 2018 Season

The Saints’ 2017 campaign ended in the most gut-wrenching fashion, as they watched Stefon Diggs gallop into the end zone on the final play of the NFC Divisional round.

While some might want the world to move on from the so-dubbed “Minneapolis Miracle,” Saints head coach Sean Payton isn’t looking to erase that play from his players’ memories, Kevin Patra of reports.

“There is nothing wrong with still having that taste in our mouth,” Payton said Monday on NFL Network’s Inside Training Camp Live.

Instead of trying to bury it, the Saints will attempt to turn the “Minneapolis Miracle” into motivation for 2018.

“Listen, I don’t know that you move on ever,” Payton said. “In our careers, you just hope when it’s all said and done, you’re on the better half of some of those games than the bottom half of some of those games. And you typically as a coach remember the tough losses maybe more than you do the big wins.

Payton echoed what many coaches and players have said throughout sporting history, that the fear of losing can be a greater instigator than the thrill of victory.

“Fear of failure is a big motivating factor in what we do as a player and as a coach,” he said. “Fear of not doing well. That is one of the things that I think is a healthy motivating factor.”

As for the playoff loss, Payton said the Saints failed in some key areas that allowed the Vikings to pull off one of the greatest plays in playoff history.

“More importantly, looking at the dynamic of that game, we didn’t play well early on,” the coach noted. “The last half of that game certainly, we came back. I point to the 3rd-and-1 right before we kicked that field goal, we have a chance to get a yard and get that clock down to three seconds and that field goal is the last play of the game.

“There were a number of plays, but I think that has got a healthy spot for us to linger on it. There is an old saying ‘it won’t taste good, but it will go down.'”

A Couple of Award Winning Saints Looking for Even More in 2018

With 17 days left before the first practice of training camp, Alvin Kamara said he feels like the offseason has dragged on too long, and Marshon Lattimore feels like the Saints were just laying it on the line in Minnesota, Joel Erickson of the Advocate reports.

But both players have the same thing in mind for their second season in the NFL. Kamara and Lattmore, who were out at Tad Gormley Stadium on Monday to coach the 150 kids who showed up for Kamara’s Rookie of the Year camp, said they can take things to the next level.

“We talk about it all the time, we’re just trying to be the best,” Lattimore said. “We won rookie of the year, now we’re trying to win Defensive Player of the Year, Offensive Player of the Year.”

Kamara was front and center Monday, holding his second camp of the summer; he also held a camp earlier this summer in Tennessee. For those who have been paying attention, Kamara said he feels like he has been everywhere this offseason, the NFL’s breakout star both on the field and off after producing 728 rushing yards, 826 receiving yards and 14 total touchdowns.

For all of the fun he’s had, though, Kamara is missing the football field.

“Everybody talks about how long the season is, but the offseason is long. I’m ready to get back with all my teammates and get back to practice and get back to work.”

Preparing for the NFL draft is nothing like preparing for the rigors of an NFL season, and rookies are left trying to get back into football shape in the summer after a spring spent training to be track stars.

“When you’re training for the combine, you’re really training for the 40,” Lattimore said. “Now, I can focus on my game and my technique. I’m trying to be better than I was last year.”

“That process, the draft-combine-pro day, it’s a tiring process,” Kamara said. “It’s hard, coming from college, transitioning from being an amateur to a pro. It’s hard, there’s some growing pains. I was learning as I go, but now I have some experience, I know how to manage my time.”

Lattimore, for his part, wants to raise his profile to the level of his teammate, who has a distinct advantage because of his position. Lattimore may have picked off five passes, broken up 18 more and shut down some of the NFL’s best receivers, but to raise his visibility, he knows he has to do even more.

“Alvin’s the superstar,” Lattimore said. “They love the offense. … nobody cares about defense. … I’m trying to get on AK’s level.”

Lattimore joked that he might have to become as colorful as Deion Sanders to get there, raise his profile with a little extra personality on the field.

Whatever the Saints two young stars do, though, the arrow is only pointing up if they can somehow be even better than they were as rookies.