Player News - Saints

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The New Orleans Advocate expects Alvin Kamara to handle 14-15 carries per game during Mark Ingram's four-week suspension.

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reported after Ingram's ban was announced that the Saints planned to feature Kamara more this season, anyway. Kamara caught 81 passes as a rookie but averaged only 7.5 carries per game, a number that has lots of room for sophomore growth. Kamara is squarely in the conversation as a top-five overall re-draft pick. Ingram has lost quite a bit of fantasy luster.
May 21 - 4:57 PM

Saints signed third-round WR Tre'Quan Smith to a four-year contract.

New Orleans now has their entire draft class under contract. Smith was a somewhat surprising pick in the third round, but he did average 16.4 yards per catch at UCF and tested well at the Combine. He could develop into a dangerous No. 2/3 option for New Orleans.
May 21 - 1:06 PM

Saints re-signed OG Josh LeRibeus.

LeRibeus logged 205 snaps at guard last season, earning a positive grade in pass protection but struggling as a run-blocker. He's just a depth signing.
May 18 - 4:24 PM

Saints signed DT Jay Bromley, formerly of the Giants.

A longtime reserve in New York, Bromley landed a deal after participating in New Orleans' rookie minicamp. Bromley played 424 replacement-level snaps last season. Two weeks shy of his 26th birthday, he could make the Saints' 53-man roster.
May 14 - 1:49 PM

Saints signed fourth-round OT Rick Leonard to a four-year contract.

The Saints also signed fifth-round S Natrell Jamerson, sixth-round CB Kamrin Moore, sixth-round RB Boston Scott and seventh-round G/C Will Clapp. A pure project, Leonard was a surprising fourth-round pick on draft weekend.
May 10 - 11:44 PM

Saints signed No. 14 overall pick DE Marcus Davenport to a four-year contract.

The Saints made an extremely aggressive move up for Davenport, surrendering picks No. 27 and 147 in addition to their 2019 first-rounder. According to ESPN's Mike Triplett, they became the first team in the common draft era to trade two first-rounders to acquire a pick outside the top 12, and just the third to flip two first-rounders for a non-quarterback. Davenport is an athletic freak who tore up Conference USA. He's still a bit of a project but offers huge upside as a pass rusher.
May 10 - 9:33 PM

Although suspended Saints RB Mark Ingram is eligible to participate in the team's offseason program, he is not expected to report before mandatory minicamp.

"He and I spoke, so it wasn't a surprise to us that he's not here," coach Sean Payton said of Ingram's recent absence. "I don't agree with it. But it is optional, and that's his choice." Ingram is apparently upset at his lack of a contract extension — 2018 is the final year of his deal — but he's not about to get one, both because of his ban and Alvin Kamara's electric rookie season. Headed into his eighth year in the league, Ingram is still only 28.
Source: ESPN.com
May 10 - 6:05 PM

Updating a previous item, suspended RB Mark Ingram's appeal has already been heard and denied by the NFL.

There was apparently some confusion on this Wednesday morning when Ingram's agent released a statement, saying they planned to appeal the four-game PEDs ban. That's already been done, which is why the league announced the suspension on Tuesday. Ingram will be sidelined Weeks 1-4 (vs. TB, vs. CLE, at ATL, at NYG), leaving Alvin Kamara locked into RB1 duties.
May 9 - 12:53 PM

Mark Ingram is appealing his four-game PEDs suspension.

In a statement, Ingram's agent said his client had a "proper use exemption" for the substance which Ingram tested positive. "At the end of the 2017 season, as a result of a NFL mandated random drug test, Mark tested positive for a substance that was not a performance enhancing substance, nor an illegal substance, but a substance in fact permissible with the proper use exemption with the NFL," Ingram's agent said. A decision from an arbitrator is due by May 16.
May 9 - 10:49 AM

NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports the Saints were planning to make Alvin Kamara their "featured" back even before Mark Ingram's four-game suspension.

It's hardly a surprise. As Fantasy Guru's Graham Barfield points out, Kamara out-snapped Ingram over the Saints' final eight games last season. What Ingram's suspension does is give Kamara a chance to put a stranglehold on lead duties, perhaps erasing the 1A/1B workload delineation that existed last year. Ingram is headed into a contract season, and the Saints will probably be preparing to move on. Kamara will be well worth a first-round pick in this summer's fantasy drafts.
May 8 - 4:48 PM

NFL suspended Saints RB Mark Ingram four games for violating the league's PED policy.

This one comes out of nowhere, though you could say that about most PED bans. Headed into his eighth season in the league, Ingram has never before been suspended. The Saints don't go on bye until Week 6, so Ingram will be eligible to return in Week 5. Ingram has battled the injury bug at times during his career, but he appeared in all 16 games each of the past two seasons. His absence will leave a huge opening for all-world young runner Alvin Kamara to command an even bigger role. Kamara's early 2018 ADP is already that of a mid-first rounder. It's the worst possible start to Ingram's contract year.
May 8 - 4:04 PM

Saints signed Ohio State QB J.T. Barrett.

A dual-threat four-year contributor at OSU, Barrett never had the looks of an NFL passer. He will be a pure project for Sean Payton's Saints, one who would do well to make the practice squad out of training camp.
May 1 - 2:00 PM

Saints signed South Carolina DT Taylor Stallworth.

Stallworth (6’2/312) made 31 starts on the Gamecocks’ defensive line, managing 6.5 career tackles for loss in an old-school, two-gap nose tackle role. In 2017, lPFF College still credited Stallworth with 24 QB pressures and 17 total defensive stops as South Carolina’s disruptive space eater. Just a second-percentile SPARQ athlete, Stallworth is a throwback, two-down run stopper who probably won’t become a factor on passing downs.
Apr 28 - 7:14 PM

Saints selected LSU C Will Clapp with the No. 245 overall pick in the 2018 NFL draft.

Clapp (6’5/314) turned pro as a redshirt junior after starting all three years for the Tigers, playing right guard as a freshman, left guard as a sophomore, and center last season, and earning first-team All-SEC from the conference’s coaches in each of the past two years. Just a ninth-percentile SPARQ athlete, Clapp’s calling cards are his toughness, smarts, and position versatility. At worst, he should carve out an NFL career as a multi-position interior reserve.
Apr 28 - 6:28 PM

Saints selected Louisiana Tech RB Boston Scott with the No. 201 overall pick in the 2018 NFL draft.

Scott (5’6/203) was a committee back for most of his college career, finally earning the Bulldogs’ lead-back job as a senior and tallying an 183/1,047/8 rushing line at 5.7 yards per carry with 20 receptions. Scott showed he belonged with a 4.4-flat forty and 38 ½-inch vertical at Louisiana Tech’s Pro Day. A favorite deep sleeper of Rookie Scouting Portfolio’s Matt Waldman, Scott is a long shot but talented one with some Dion Lewis-like traits.
Apr 28 - 4:50 PM


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