Player News - Saints

Date: Team: Pos:

Saints signed RB Shane Vereen, formerly of the Giants.

This is our first blurb on Vereen since last Week 17, showing just how little interest he had as a free agent the previous four months. Now 29, Vereen didn't make much of an impact in his three years with the Giants after spending the first four in New England. A satellite back who offers very little as a runner, Vereen has 221 career catches for 1,865 yards and 11 scores. He's no lock to make the Saints' roster and is only insurance behind Alvin Kamara and company.
Jul 18 - 11:35 AM

Cameron Meredith (knee) hopes to be cleared for training camp.

"The main objective is to do as much as I can with the trainers to get ready for the season," Meredith said. "My goal is to try and get back to training camp. As long as there aren't any setbacks, it shouldn't be a problem." Meredith was limited to individual drills at OTAs. The Saints may move him slowly in camp, but he's nearing 100 percent. Meredith has some downside in a new scheme coming off injury, but there's potential for a career year in a Drew Brees offense.
Jul 17 - 11:16 AM

Saints DL Mitchell Loewen was one of the standouts of offseason workouts.

Loewen also flashed last offseason before landing on IR. The 2016 UDFA looks like a lock to make the Saints' roster. Loewen should push for sub-package snaps.
Source: ESPN
Jun 16 - 3:06 PM

Saints signed RB Terrance West, formerly of the Ravens.

West was the most impressive among a group of backs that tried out for New Orleans on Wednesday. West, 27, battled a slew of 2017 leg injuries and got bounced by Alex Collins in Baltimore. West has never averaged above 4.01 yards per carry in his four-year career. He will get a chance to compete with Jonathan Williams and Trey Edmunds for Mark Ingram's role during Ingram's four-game ban.
Jun 13 - 3:53 PM

Saints LG Andrus Peat (ankle) expects to be ready for training camp.

Peat suffered a broken fibula and high-ankle sprain in the Divisional Round. It's an injury that's proven to be a tricky rehab for many players. "It's getting better," Peat said. "I'm taking it day by day, and my goal is to be back for training camp, so that's kind of what they set for me and I feel like I'm on schedule." Peat's words, though encouraging, are not a guarantee. He could still need more time once late July rolls around.
Jun 12 - 6:18 PM

Free agent RB Terrance West will visit the Saints on Wednesday.

The Saints are also hosting Jamaal Charles on Wednesday. Coach Sean Payton framed it as the team simply finding out where Charles is at. We would assume it's the same with West, though he could fill in for suspended Mark Ingram behind Alvin Kamara Weeks 1-4. West visited the Jaguars, Colts and Eagles last month.
Jun 12 - 4:08 PM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports Saints first-round DE Marcus Davenport suffered a thumb injury which requires surgery.

Despite needing surgery, it does not sound like the injury is serious. Davenport will hold off the operation until after this week's minicamp, and he is expected to be ready for training camp. New Orleans traded two firsts in order to move up for Davenport.
Jun 11 - 8:36 AM

Saints LB Nathan Stupar (ACL) is participating in OTAs.

Stupar suffered a torn ACL last October. While he is not quite back to full health, he is "feeling great" and getting in some work during the offseason program. He should be a full-go when training camp opens.
Jun 5 - 11:07 AM

The New Orleans Advocate believes second-year UDFA Taysom Hill could be a legitimate contender for the Saints' No. 2 quarterback job.

Hill came out of BYU as an elderly (now 27) undrafted free agent last year. He was claimed off waivers from the Packers after catching the Saints' eye on film. He made a few splash plays on special teams near the end of the season and was a frequent topic of conversation between FOX's Joe Buck and Troy Aikman during a December broadcast. The duo was apparently taken aback by glowing comments coach Sean Payton made about the rookie. It's pad-less practices, but Hill has been drawing strong reviews for his work in OTAs, particularly his speed at the quarterback position. Only Tom Savage and J.T. Barrett stand between Hill and backup duties.
May 24 - 8:57 PM

Saints coach Sean Payton confirmed Mark Ingram is expected to report for mandatory minicamp.

Although eligible to participate, the suspended running back is skipping voluntary OTAs. He's unhappy with his contract situation. He's heading into the final year of his deal. Ingram's ban and Alvin Kamara's emergence have made a summer extension extremely unlikely for the eighth-year pro.
May 24 - 1:30 PM

Speaking Thursday, Saints coach Sean Payton said Cameron Meredith (knee) is "way ahead of schedule" in his recovery.

If you're not ahead of schedule this time of year, you're behind schedule. It's still good to hear the Saints are happy with Meredith's recovery. The ex-Bear is eight months removed from going under the knife to repair his ACL. There's a chance he's declared 100 percent ahead of training camp but it's more likely that he's brought along slowly, and perhaps held out of the preseason.
May 24 - 1:26 PM

The Times-Picayune's Josh Katzenstein writes Jonathan Williams is "among the players" who could step up with Mark Ingram suspended.

Williams was signed off the Broncos' practice squad last November, but he never cracked the active roster. With Mark Ingram suspended the first four games, he has a better shot to make the gameday roster this season, but he will need to beat out Daniel Lasco, Trey Edmunds, and rookie Boston Scott for the honor. Even if he does, Williams is unlikely to see much work behind Alvin Kamara.
May 24 - 11:11 AM

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


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