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2018 Schedule
11-5, 1st in NFC South
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2dMike Triplett

Former Saints corner Breaux returns to CFL

Former New Orleans Saints cornerback Delvin Breaux is returning to the CFL's Hamilton Tiger-Cats, where he was an all-star in 2014.

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6dMike Triplett

Saints sign RB West as insurance in backfield

The Saints signed veteran running back Terrance West to give themselves some early season insurance in the backfield. Pro Bowl running back Mark Ingram will miss the first four games of the season serving a suspension.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Saints Hall of Fame announces its newest inductees — RB Pierre Thomas, WR Lance Moore and longtime photographer Michael Hebert. Fitting that Thomas and Moore will enter together as two undrafted finds that became a huge part of Saints' record-setting offense and Super Bowl team. Saints coach Sean Payton called them almost "identical" players at two different positions.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Although a deal could materialize between the Saints and RB Terrance West, nothing has been finalized yet, per sources. Shane Vereen was also a part of the Saints' veteran RB audition Wednesday that included West and Jamaal Charles.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Saints RB Mark Ingram, explaining that his decision to skip OTAs wasn't about his contract.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Saints RB Mark Ingram said his decision to skip OTAs and offseason conditioning wasn't about his contract, even though he'd love an extension. He said he wanted to train on his own, focus on things like speed work. And he's down to 215 pounds from an estimated 226 at this time last year (218-222 in-season). Ingram didn't get into specifics about his 4-game suspension but said he fought it hard and doesn't agree with it.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Sean Payton didn't specifically confirm that veteran RB Jamaal Charles is scheduled to visit the Saints on Wednesday. But when asked about Tim Hightower's three-day tryout during veteran minicamp and Charles' reported visit, Payton said, “If we work anyone out here in the next few days, it would be just to see what kind of shape they're in, see how they're doing. It doesn't preclude us from signing someone, but it's pretty normal.” Payton said earlier this offseason that the Saints didn't immediately plan to sign a veteran RB to fill in during Mark Ingram's four-game suspension. But that does increase the need to have an updated “short list” at the position.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

As expected, Saints RB Mark Ingram is back participating at the mandatory veteran minicamp Tuesday after skipping OTAs and the offseason conditioning program. Veteran RB Tim Hightower is also here for a tryout, and ESPN's Adam Schefter reported that veteran RB Jamaal Charles will be in New Orleans for a visit on Wednesday. The Saints could just be updating their "ready list" in case they want some veteran insurance while Ingram serves a four-game suspension to start the year.

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10dMike Triplett

Source: DE Davenport to have thumb surgery

The Saints' top draft pick, defensive end Marcus Davenport, will have thumb surgery after this week's three-day minicamp, a source confirmed to ESPN's Dianna Russini.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Former Saints offensive lineman Zach Strief, who has emerged as a contender to become the teams next play-by-play man following the retirement of longtime voice Jim Henderson, showed off his announcing chops while hosting Wednesday's Black and Gold charity softball game. Strief had a funny line when second-year OT Ryan Ramczyk came up in the home run derby. "No one's gonna get more heckling than Ryan Ramczyk," Strief said. "He stole my job." ... Long snapper Zach Wood beat out Drew Brees in sudden death to take the home run derby, for those scoring at home.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Steve Gleason mentions the passing of former 49ers great Dwight Clark while thanking fans for supporting Team Gleason's cause as advocates for those who suffer from ALS. Team Gleason and Son Of A Saint are the beneficiaries of Wednesday night's Black and Gold softball classic.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

No one stood out more in Saints practice Thursday than Pro Bowl receiver Michael Thomas, who made several tough catches – including one when CB Marshon Lattimore was draped all over him and Thomas managed to shield him off. The Saints' two stars, who also teamed together at Ohio State, couldn't ask for better daily competition in practice – and Lattimore was quick to point out he wins his share of the battles too on the days when the media isn't out at practice. “Today was the first day – he showed out for the cameras,” Lattimore said. “But any little competition, battles we have, man, it's always great. We don't take it personally. He's gonna get me sometimes, I'm gonna get him sometimes.”

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Saints CB Marshon Lattimore insists he is still motivated after his breakout rookie season. “There's still doubters out there – just little Twitter people,” Lattimore said. Plus, he only got interceptions against two of the 10 teams that passed on him in the draft last year (the Bears and Jets). “I gotta get every team that passed on me,” he said, adding that he's trying to become a “legend, year in and year out.”


Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Expectations are about as high as they've ever been for Saints, who are as balanced as they've ever been in the Sean Payton-Drew Brees era.

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Brees nabs Wooden jersey for Purdue to display

Drew Brees said he paid $264,000 in mid-May to win a late-hour bidding war for a 1930s-era Purdue jersey worn by coaching legend John Wooden. The Saints QB said the jersey will go on display at Mackey Arena.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Sean Payton said it's a "great question" when asked how long it will take teams to adjust to the new kickoff rules because there is "no template, really, to look at." "So I think for the first quarter of the season, I think you're gonna see a safer play. And I think you're gonna also see a more exciting play," Payton said. "I think you're gonna see teams that approach it with a return in mind that's different. It's gonna change a little bit of the body types of who might be on that unit, with eight guys deployed in the first 15 yards. So we're discussing it and spending time on it now."

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Sean Payton said the Saints will discuss their approach to the NFL's new national anthem policy as a team and that they're fortunate to have great player leadership.

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2018 Draft Picks

1(14)Marcus DavenportDEUTSA
3(27)Tre'Quan SmithWRUCF
4(27)Rick LeonardOTFlorida State
5(27)Natrell JamersonSWisconsin
6(15)Kamrin MooreCBBoston College
6(27)Boston ScottRBLouisiana Tech
7(27)Will ClappOGLSU

Team Stats

Passing Yards261.85th
Rushing Yards129.45th
Points For28.04th
Points Against20.410th