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  Saints | Terron Armstead has minor injury    Sun Aug 28, 11:11 AM

New Orleans Saints OT Terron Armstead (undisclosed) suffered an undisclosed injury during the preseason game against the Pittsburgh Steelers Friday, Aug. 26, but it is not considered serious, according to a source.

Footballguys view: The Saints offensive line has been a sore spot, so it is very important that their cornerstone is able to be on the field to face the Raiders and Khalil Mack in Week 1.

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  Saints | Daniel Lasco suffers head injury    Sat Aug 27, 01:28 PM

New Orleans Saints RB Daniel Lasco (head) left the preseason game against the Pittsburgh Steelers in the fourth quarter Friday, Aug. 26, after taking a helmet-to-helmet hit from LB Vince Williams. He walked off the field with the assistance of a trainer after being down on the ground for several minutes and headed for the locker room.

Footballguys view: We'll see if the rookie gets put in the concussion protocol. We like Lasco's all-purpose ability and are interested in monitoring his development in all dynasty formats.

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  Saints | Jimmy Pruitt injured Friday    Sat Aug 27, 01:10 PM

New Orleans Saints CB Jimmy Pruitt (undisclosed) was injured on a punt return during the fourth quarter of the preseason game against the Pittsburgh Steelers Friday, Aug. 26. Two trainers assisted him off the field before he was taken to the trainer's table behind the bench. He was taken to the locker room on a cart several minutes later.

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  Saints | Michael Hoomanawanui carted off    Fri Aug 26, 09:13 PM

New Orleans Saints TE Michael Hoomanawanui (leg) was carted off with a left leg injury against the Pittsburgh Steelers Friday, Aug. 26.

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  Saints | Terron Armstead to the locker room    Fri Aug 26, 09:11 PM

New Orleans Saints OT Terron Armstead (undisclosed) went to the locker room after suffering an injury against the Pittsburgh Steelers Friday, Aug. 26.

Footballguys view: Armstead did not initially return to the sideline. He is the cornerstone left tackle of this offensive line and any missed time would affect this offense. 2015 first round pick Andrus Peat is the next man up at the position.

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  Saints | Garrett Griffin to make preseason debut    Fri Aug 26, 01:19 PM

New Orleans Saints TE Garrett Griffin (hamstring) will make his preseason debut Friday, Aug. 26, in the third game.

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  Saints | Brandon Coleman not standing out    Fri Aug 26, 10:18 AM

New Orleans Saints WR Brandon Coleman has had a 'pedestrian' camp and preseason, according to head coach Sean Payton. His roster spot is in question nearing the final week of camp.

Footballguys view: The Saints have their top three receivers cements in Brandin Cooks, Willie Snead, and Michael Thomas. Pint-sized Tommy Lee Lewis might have the inside track for the #4 receiver job with his ability to contribute as a return man too. Coleman's size and speed are rare enough that he would likely get a look elsewhere if the Saints move on from him.

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  Saints | Coby Fleener not reliable enough    Fri Aug 26, 10:16 AM

New Orleans Saints TE Coby Fleener hasn't been reliable enough catching passes and isn't on the same page with QB Drew Brees on some routes, according to beat writer Larry Holder. TE Josh Hill has been more involved in the passing game in recent practices.

Footballguys view: Fleener has been the subject of many reports of up and down play like this one. He and Drew Brees are not clicking, and there are signs that he won't be as involved as his huge contract would suggest, at least at first. Fleener is being drafted near his ceiling as TE6 or TE7 off of the board, which appears to be too bold in light of these reports.

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  Saints | Max Unger returns to practice    Wed Aug 24, 08:02 PM

New Orleans Saints C Max Unger (undisclosed) was back on the field Wednesday, August 24. He left practice Tuesday, August 23, but should be fine for the team's upcoming preseason game Friday, August 26, versus the Pittsburgh Steelers.

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  Saints | Coby Fleener still work in progress    Tue Aug 23, 10:53 PM

New Orleans Saints TE Coby Fleener is still getting situation in his team's offense, and he continues to make adjustments. 'I'd say it's an ongoing progression,' head coach Sean Payton said Monday, Aug. 22. 'I think, man, there's some plays that are real good, and then there's some plays where we've got to be a little bit more detailed and that's something that I know he's got to work on.'

Footballguys view: That's not what you want to hear about a player going off in the top 5 of his position. Right now, Fleener is getting drafted at TE5 (6.05) in 12-team PPR leagues. We'll see how he does this week in the dress rehearsal for the regular season. On paper, Fleener could be quite the valuable fantasy asset with the Saints.

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  Saints | C.J. Spiller not popping in preseason    Tue Aug 23, 10:53 PM

New Orleans Saints RB C.J. Spiller hasn't had a lot of flash plays in the preseason, and he also fumbled in the fourth quarter of the preseason game against the Houston Texans.

Footballguys view: Nobody should be shocked. The team wanted to take a look at Spiller as a change-of-pace back, and they may have seen enough.

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  Saints | Tim Hightower hones in on No. 2 job    Tue Aug 23, 10:52 PM

New Orleans Saints RB Tim Hightower is expected to serve as the team's primary backup to RB Mark Ingram, as none of the other reserve tailbacks have flashed or helped themselves in training camp and the preseason.

Footballguys view: Keep this in mind if you play in deeper leagues and want to handcuff a player to Ingram. After Ingram was hurt last year, Hightower stepped in and did well. He played adequately over the final four games, with 84 carries for 327 yards (3.9 ypc) and 4 touchdowns. He also had 12 receptions for 129 yards.

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  Saints | Mark Ingram will be the bellcow    Tue Aug 23, 10:51 PM

New Orleans Saints RB Mark Ingram is expected to shoulder most of the load in the backfield with all of his underlings struggling in one facet of the game or another. He is capable of playing three downs, is capable of doing big things catching the ball out of the backfield and he is the best of the group in pass protection, too.

Footballguys view: Was this ever in question? Ingram is the bellcow, and he's been working on his receiving skills this offseason as he never wants to come off the field. He had a career-high 50 catches last year and could do even more as a receiver this year. Ingram has finished each of the last two seasons as the no.15 fantasy RB (standard scoring leagues), and this could be the year that he ranks closer to the top 10.

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  Saints | Marcus Murphy in the doghouse    Tue Aug 23, 10:51 PM

New Orleans Saints RB Marcus Murphy has coughed the ball up in the return game, and head coach Sean Payton lashed out at him publicly for the second time in as many years due to the issue. He has fumbled twice in two preseason games, losing one.

Footballguys view: This is a good way to get cut. Murphy will be hard pressed to make the Saints 53-man roster.

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  Saints | Brandon Coleman busy in loss    Sun Aug 21, 01:20 AM

New Orleans Saints WR Brandon Coleman posted six receptions for 47 yards on 10 targets in the preseason game Saturday, Aug. 20, against the Houston Texans. He saw increased work with WRs Brandin Cooks and Willie Snead resting.

Footballguys view: Coleman has actually had a solid summer despite second-round pick Michael Thomas stealing all of the headlines. If injuries strike the Saints receivers, we could be talking about him as a hot waiver wire pickup this season.

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  Saints | Cooks, Snead sitting vs. Texans    Sat Aug 20, 07:48 PM

New Orleans WR Brandin Cooks and WR Willie Snead will not play in the team's exhibition game against the Houston Texans on Saturday, Aug. 20.

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  Saints | Keenan Lewis released    Fri Aug 19, 08:21 PM

New Orleans Saints CB Keenan Lewis was released Friday, Aug. 19, according to sources.

Footballguys view: Lewis was a big ticket free agent just three years ago. The Saints recent signing of Cortland Finnegan was probably in part to prepare for the loss of Lewis.

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  Saints | Sheldon Rankins will be back in 2016    Thu Aug 18, 09:39 PM

New Orleans Saints DT Sheldon Rankins' (leg) broken fibula is not as serious as expected and is 'not going to be season-ending,' head coach Sean Payton said.

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  Saints | Delvin Breaux carted off    Thu Aug 18, 11:38 AM

New Orleans Saints CB Delvin Breaux (undisclosed) was carted off Thursday, Aug. 18, due to an undisclosed injury.

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  Saints | Coby Fleener works with starters    Wed Aug 17, 07:37 PM

New Orleans Saints TE Coby Fleener lined up with the first-team offense at practice Wednesday, August 17.

Footballguys view: Fleener is an interesting TE to consider for your fantasy team this year. The Saints should use him early and often, and he should become a favorite target of QB Drew Brees. If he caught 70 passes this year and finished as a top-5 fantasy TE we wouldn't be surprised. Fleener has a current ADP of TE5 (6.08) in 12-team PPR leagues.

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  Saints | Sheldon Rankins breaks leg    Mon Aug 15, 01:17 PM

New Orleans Saints DT Sheldon Rankins (leg) is believed to have a broken fibula based on initial test results, according to a source. Rankins was New Orleans' first-round pick in 2016, and he may land on the Reserve Injured/Designated to Return list.

Footballguys view: Most think that Rankins will miss six-to-eight weeks with this injury. The rookie was impressive through offseason workouts and was in line for a full-time role on a defensive line that needs help. Rankins has the ability to rush the passer from inside, and that was going to be a part of his responsibility as well. Now, the Saints will have to wait about two months for the rookie to be available -- if he's ready at that time.

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  Saints | Stephone Anthony back by opener    Mon Aug 15, 11:30 AM

New Orleans Saints LB Stephone Anthony (leg) is likely to miss a couple of weeks, but he is expected back by the season opener, according to a source.

Footballguys view: Some good news for this defense while they wait to hear about the injury to first-round DT Sheldon Rankins. Anthony is a rising defensive star who will be joined by James Laurinaitis and Dannell Ellerbe in the starting lineup this year.

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  Saints | Sheldon Rankins carted off    Mon Aug 15, 10:35 AM

New Orleans Saints DT Sheldon Rankins (undisclosed) was carted off at practice Monday, Aug. 15.

Footballguys view: Rankins is part of a rookie class that the Saints are in love with. The penetrating defensive tackle was supposed to be part of a defensive renaissance this year. We'll be watching this story closely. If the Saints defense is as bad as it was last year, it will only inflate the already astronomical passing numbers Drew Brees usually produces.

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  Saints | Tyeler Davison will start    Sun Aug 14, 03:28 PM

New Orleans Saints DT Tyeler Davison has been named the starting nose tackle by head coach Sean Payton.

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  Saints | Delvin Breaux returns to practice    Sun Aug 14, 10:12 AM

New Orleans Saints CB Delvin Breaux (undisclosed) returned to practice on a limited basis Saturday, Aug. 13. He had performed individual drills Tuesday, Aug. 9, but sat out most of the week's activities.

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  Saints | No timetable for Stephone Anthony's return    Sun Aug 14, 10:09 AM

New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton said there is no timetable for the return of LB Stephone Anthony (leg), although the injury is not as serious as the club initially feared. Anthony was carted off the field after suffering an unspecified leg injury during the preseason opener against the New England Patriots Thursday, Aug. 11.

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  Saints | Jordan Walsh waived    Sun Aug 14, 10:05 AM

The New Orleans Saints have waived OG Jordan Walsh.

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  Saints | New Orleans adds Cortland Finnegan    Fri Aug 12, 07:01 PM

Free-agent CB Cortland Finnegan (Panthers) signed with the New Orleans Saints Friday, Aug. 12, according to a source. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.

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  Saints | Cortland Finnegan expected to join Saints    Fri Aug 12, 05:34 PM

Free-agent CB Cortland Finnegan (Panthers) is scheduled to meet with the New Orleans Saints Friday, Aug. 12, and is expected to sign with the Saints.

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  Saints | Kasim Edebali pulling ahead    Fri Aug 12, 01:23 AM

New Orleans Saints DE Kasim Edebali has seemingly pulled ahead in the battle for the starting defensive end spot on defense, and he had two sacks in the preseason opener Thursday, Aug. 11.

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  Saints | Michael Thomas makes strong debut    Fri Aug 12, 12:00 AM

New Orleans Saints WR Michael Thomas had four catches for a game-high 67 yards in a 34-22 loss to the New England Patriots in the preseason Thursday, Aug. 11.

Footballguys view: Thomas looked really good in Thursday's game, making several nice grabs and leading the team in catches and yards. His route running and competitiveness should serve him well and will endear him to Drew Brees. We have Thomas ranked as a WR5 right now, but when he jumps up the roster - and he will - that ranking should rise.

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  Saints | Stephone Anthony carted off    Thu Aug 11, 11:50 PM

New Orleans Saints LB Stephone Anthony (undisclosed) was carted off during the preseason game against the New England Patriots Thursday, Aug. 11.

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  Saints | Garrett Grayson will play a lot    Thu Aug 11, 05:02 PM

New Orleans Saints QB Garrett Grayson is expected to see plenty of action in the Saints' first preseason game Thursday, Aug. 11, against the New England Patriots.

Footballguys view: Drew Brees is still "the man" in New Orleans, but the team has to get a look at Grayson at some point. Take Brees as a QB1, but don't worry about grabbing Grayson regardless of the outcome of this preseason.

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  Saints | Michael Thomas continues to shine    Tue Aug 9, 10:10 PM

New Orleans Saints WR Michael Thomas continues to shine in the early days of training camp, and beat writer Jeff Duncan opines that Thomas looks like a bona fide playmaker. It appears Thomas has already earned the trust of his quarterbacks in camp.

Footballguys view: Thomas should get in the mix early and if he carries over his great spring and summer, he can get enough targets to be relevant in fantasy leagues. He should take over the role Marques Colston turned into over 1000 yards and 8 scores as a rookie.

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  Saints | Young NOLA CBS showing well    Tue Aug 9, 10:09 PM

New Orleans Saints CBs Ken Crawley, De'Vante Harris and P.J. Williams are having a good training camp, and the solid work continued Tuesday, Aug. 9. All three young players have shown plenty of swagger during the early going and appear to be in good shape for roster spots.

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  Saints | Luke McCown's job not threatened    Tue Aug 9, 10:08 PM

New Orleans Saints QB Luke McCown is firmly entrenched as the team's backup to QB Drew Brees, and QB Garrett Grayson appears to be no threat to end that role anytime soon.

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  Saints | Garrett Grayson buried on depth chart    Tue Aug 9, 09:49 PM

New Orleans Saints QB Garrett Grayson is a distant third on the team's depth chart behind starter QB Drew Brees and veteran backup QB Luke McCown. Grayson has shown some improvement from his rookie season, but he is no threat to McCown for the No. 2 job.

Footballguys view: Grayson should be developing faster than this if the Saints want to play hardball with Brees and refuse to extend him at market value, which is probably 20 million a year even though Brees is 37. McCown was more than serviceable when Brees missed a game last year, so the offense isn't fragile despite Grayson's slow development.

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  Saints | Terron Armstead to miss preseason game    Mon Aug 8, 05:18 PM

New Orleans Saints OT Terron Armstead (undisclosed) will not play in the first preseason game Thursday, Aug. 11, even though he was activated from the Physically Unable to Perform list.

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  Saints | Terron Armstead activated    Mon Aug 8, 01:40 PM

New Orleans Saints OT Terron Armstead (undisclosed) was activated from the Physically Unable to Perform list Monday, Aug. 8.

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  Saints | Hakeem Nicks cut    Mon Aug 8, 01:35 PM

New Orleans Saints WR Hakeem Nicks was released Monday, Aug. 8.

Footballguys view: That didn't last long. The Saints had seen enough of the veteran and let him go less than two weeks into his time with the team. At age 28, Nicks has likely played his final snaps as a pro.

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  Saints | D.J. Pettway placed on IR    Mon Aug 8, 02:23 AM

New Orleans Saints DL D.J. Pettway (undisclosed) was placed on injured reserve after he cleared waivers Sunday, Aug. 7.

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  Saints | Rough practice for Drew Brees     Sat Aug 6, 11:29 PM

New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees threw four interceptions during practice Saturday, Aug. 6, and he said it may have been his worst performance at training camp in his career.

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  Saints | New Orleans to add John Kuhn    Fri Aug 5, 07:45 PM

Free-agent FB John Kuhn (Packers) will sign with the New Orleans Saints, according to a source.

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  Saints | New Orleans wants Ronald Leary    Thu Aug 4, 01:37 PM

Dallas Cowboys OG Ronald Leary is being pursed by the New Orleans Saints via trade, according to a source. New Orleans has tried to acquire Leary for a few months to no avail.

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  Saints | Brandin Cooks out of practice    Thu Aug 4, 09:42 AM

New Orleans Saints WR Brandin Cooks (undisclosed) is out of practice Thursday, Aug. 4. Cooks was shaken up at the end of practice the previous day.

Footballguys view: We're not worried and this is just precautionary in all likelihood. Cooks looks like he could have a huge season, so we've got him as a solid WR2 this year. We expect great things from him.

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  Saints | Three Saints out of practice    Wed Aug 3, 10:21 AM

New Orleans Saints TE Garrett Griffin (hamstring), WR Kyle Prater (undisclosed) and WR Jake Lampman (undisclosed) are out of practice Wednesday, Aug. 3.

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  Saints | Keenan Lewis off the PUP    Wed Aug 3, 09:56 AM

New Orleans Saints CB Keenan Lewis (hip) was activated from the Physically Unable to Perform list Wednesday, Aug. 3, and he's participating in practice.

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  Saints | Matt Shaughnessy headed to NOLA    Tue Aug 2, 12:55 AM

Free-agent LB Matt Shaughnessy (Cardinals) is signing with the New Orleans Saints, a source said Monday, Aug. 1. He was out of football in 2015.

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  Saints | Coby Fleener building chemistry with QB    Mon Aug 1, 02:40 PM

New Orleans Saints TE Coby Fleener said he has been working on building a chemistry with QB Drew Brees during the early part of training camp. Brees said he believes Fleener could catch a lot of passes in 2016 because he will have favorable matchups.

Footballguys view: Message! Fantasy owners are going to want Fleener at the right value this year. The Saints TE position has been one of the most productive each season. Whether it's Jimmy Graham or Ben Watson, TE1 value is certainly there. His current ADP is TE6 (7.01) in 12-team PPR leagues.

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  Saints | Jairus Byrd returns to practice    Mon Aug 1, 09:27 AM

New Orleans Saints FS Jairus Byrd (knee) returned to practice Monday, Aug. 1.

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