Brandin Cooks - WRPosted 4/23/15 11:52am ET
New Orleans Saints WR Brandin Cooks (wrist) spent time training together with QB Drew Brees during the offseason in San Diego. 'Man, I love everything about him, his makeup, and then just his physical ability. I mean he's got all kinds of talent,' Brees said.
Huddle Up: The 2014 first-round pick got off to a strong start (53-550-3) before a wrist injury cut short his rookie campaign after 10 games. Now with TE Jimmy Graham gone and fellow WR Marques Colston not getting any younger, the sky's the fantasy limit for Cooks.
Brandin Cooks - WRPosted 4/19/15 2:50pm ET
New Orleans Saints WR Brandin Cooks is set to be atop the depth chart with WR Marques Colston to enter the 2015 season.
Huddle Up: Cooks averaged six touches and 62.3 yards from scrimmage with four total TDs in 10 games last season in a rookie campaign cut short by a wrist injury but definitely look for much more from the second-year wideout with the Saints' perennial top target -- TE Jimmy Graham -- over the last few seasons now in Seattle.
Josh Hill - TEPosted 3/25/15 4:26pm ET
New Orleans Saints TE Josh Hill is expected to have a bigger role in the offense in 2015. Head coach Sean Payton has mentioned him quite a bit since they traded TE Jimmy Graham to the Seattle Seahawks.
Huddle Up: There's a gaping hole in the New Orleans offense with Graham gone, and right now Hill seems to be the leading candidate to fill it. He won't vault to Graham's position in the fantasy rankings, but he's working his way into consideration at the low end of potential fantasy starters.
Drew Brees - QBPosted 3/23/15 2:35pm ET
New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees will not be traded, according to general manager Mickey Loomis. Recent speculation said that Brees may be on the trade block after his favorite target, TE Jimmy Graham, was dealt to the Seattle Seahawks. 'Anybody who thinks we're trading Drew Brees, that's just not true,' Loomis told USA TODAY Sports. Brees threw for 33 touchdowns and 17 interceptions in 2014 while completing 69.2% of his passes for a league-high 4,952 yards.
Huddle Up: The Saints traded Brees' top target, so regardless of what they say it's apparent no one on their team is untouchable. That said, it will be difficult to find takers for a quarterback of Brees' age with his accompanying salary.
Travaris Cadet - RBPosted 3/18/15 12:04am ET
Free-agent RB Travaris Cadet (Saints) has signed with the New England Patriots. Terms of the deal were undisclosed.
Huddle Up: The Pats needed a pass-catching back with free-agent Shane Vereen bolting for the Giants, and Cadet certainly fills that bill with 38 receptions and only 10 rushing attempts last season in the Big Easy.
Drew Brees - QBPosted 3/17/15 4:18pm ET
New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees might not be off limits in a trade this offseason that has already seen the team trade TE Jimmy Graham, OG Ben Grubbs and WR Kenny Stills. The Saints have begun to think about life after Brees, and a report surfaced late last year that the team is likely to 'draft a quarterback highly this year.'
Huddle Up: After one of his "worst" seasons in N.O. still resulted in a league-high 4,952 yards, a 69.2 completion percentage and 33 TDs, Brees is not at the end of the road yet, but with the QB having just tuned 36, it's certainly within reason that the Saints might want to explore getting something for the QB while they can if they're faced with a tight cap/rebuilding-type situation anyway for the next season or two.
Kenny Stills - WRPosted 3/13/15 1:40pm ET
The Miami Dolphins on Friday, March 13 obtained WR Kenny Stills from the New Orleans Saints in exchange for LB Dannell Ellerbe and a third-round draft pick, according to a source.
Huddle Up: Curious move in a sense that Stills is a big-play deep threat -- averaging 16.5 yards per reception over his two seasons -- similar to what the Dolphins already have in place in Mike Wallace. Meanwhile, the Saints continue to pare their roster of offensive weapons, having already traded TE Jimmy Graham and released RB Pierre Thomas, but they did add a nice piece in RB C.J. Spiller on Friday.
Mark Ingram - RBPosted 3/9/15 6:14pm ET
New Orleans Saints RB Mark Ingram just signed a four-year, $16 million deal to come back to New Orleans. Ingram has said he wants an increased workload, and he could get it coming off this new deal.
Huddle Up: It doesn't hurt Ingram's chances that a) the Saints ponied up $16 mil to keep him around and b) they kicked Pierre Thomas to the curb.
Mark Ingram - RBPosted 3/7/15 11:51pm ET
Free-agent RB Mark Ingram has agreed on a four-year, $16 million deal to return to the New Orleans Saints Saturday, March 7.
Huddle Up: The Saints finally made Ingram the lead dog in their infuriating backfield by committee last season, and Ingram responded with a solid season. No Pierre Thomas in the mix should further help his fantasy numbers. Oh, and that "pfft" you heard was all the air deflating from the balloon that was pulling Khiry Robinson's fantasy value up the draft board.
Marques Colston - WRPosted 3/6/15 8:47pm ET
New Orleans Saints WR Marques Colston restructured his contract Friday, March 6, and will return in 2015.
Huddle Up: Colston, who will turn 32 in June, will be back for a 10th season in the Big Easy, but his numbers have been trending in the wrong direction. After three straight 80-plus-catch, 1,000-yard seasons from 2010-12, the WR's targets, receptions and yardage have decreased in each of the past two years -- leaving him at 59-902-5 on 100 targets last season -- and it's hard to foresee the trend reversing course at this juncture.
Mark Ingram - RBPosted 3/5/15 1:42am ET
New Orleans Saints impending free-agent RB Mark Ingram has been rumored to be of interest to the Philadelphia Eagles, according to sources.
Huddle Up: It's unlikely the Eagles roll into the season with their current rostered backfield, but they aren't likely to break the bank on a free agent either. CJ Spiller is also reportedly on their radar, and Pierre Thomas might be the best fit in a Chip Kelly offense. But it's clear Kelly believes more in the system than the back, so all of those veteran options are likely to receive more lucrative offers elsewhere.
Pierre Thomas - RBPosted 3/5/15 1:42am ET
New Orleans Saints RB Pierre Thomas was released Wednesday, March 4.
Huddle Up: The release of Thomas leaves Khiry Robinson as the lead dog in the Saints' backfield... at least for now. One rumored landing spot for Thomas is Detroit, where he would serve as the replacement for Reggie Bush. Gee, sounds familiar.
Mark Ingram - RBPosted 2/19/15 9:18am ET
New Orleans Saints impending free-agent RB Mark Ingram's future with the team depends on Ingram's market value in free agency and the team's lack of salary-cap flexibility, according to general manager Mickey Loomis. Loomis didn't rule out re-signing Ingram if the two sides can agree on his value before March 10. Ingram rushed for a career-high 964 yards last season and will be one of the top free-agent running backs on the market.
Huddle Up: It will be extremely difficult for the Saints to pull off the cap gymnastics necessary to keep Ingram around. However, it's a deep draft class at the position and the free agent market has its share of quality running backs as well so maybe Ingram won't get the offers he's seeking in free agency.
Mark Ingram - RBPosted 2/19/15 11:58pm ET
New Orleans Saints impending free-agent RB Mark Ingram is coveted by head coach Sean Payton, and Payton is hoping the team can find a way to re-sign him. 'Hopefully he's someone that's back in the black and gold. Because he's been a big part of our success offensively,' Payton said of Ingram, who finally had a breakout year in his fourth NFL season, running for 964 yards and nine touchdowns and earning his first Pro Bowl invite as an alternate.
Huddle Up: Ingram certainly distinguished himself from the Saints' usual RBBC and is deserving of a new deal, but -- due to simple economics -- he can't be expecting too much given the glut of free-agent RBs and the strong incoming RB draft class.
Brandin Cooks - WRPosted 2/13/15 8:17pm ET
New Orleans Saints WR Brandin Cooks said he plans to work out with QB Drew Brees this offseason.
Huddle Up: Cooks, the Saints' first-round pick, got off to strong start (53 catches-550 yards-3 TDs) -- along with many of his other rookie WR brethren -- but saw the campaign cut short after 10 games by a wrist injury. He's a player to keep an eye on in fantasy drafts this summer as he might fall lower than he should due to his truncated first season.
Shayne Graham - PKPosted 2/12/15 8:28pm ET
New Orleans Saints PK Shayne Graham signed a one-year deal Thursday, Feb. 12. Financial terms were not disclosed. At 37 years old, Graham will be competing with fellow PK Dustin Hopkins for the starting job. Hopkins was signed to a Reserve/Futures deal in 2014.
Huddle Up: The Saints' PK would figure to produce some points, kicking at least half of his games indoors for a high-scoring offense, but Graham finished only 23rd among fantasy kickers last season with 103 points.
Marques Colston - WRPosted 2/10/15 5:31pm ET
New Orleans Saints WR Marques Colston will probably return at a reduced rate from his $7 million salary in 2015, in the opinion of ESPN.com's Mike Triplett.
Huddle Up: The targets, receptions and receiving yards have declined in each of the past three seasons for Colston, who will turn 32 in June, and it's an optimal time for the Saints to ask the WR to make some salary adjustments.
Luke McCown - QBPosted 2/5/15 11:11pm ET
New Orleans Saints QB Luke McCown re-signed with the team Thursday, Feb. 5. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.
Huddle Up: Even if the Saints draft a QB -- which would be far from a shocker -- expect the soon-to-be 34-year-old McCown to back up Drew Brees for the third straight season. McCown, though, has only thrown one pass over the last three seasons.
Jimmy Graham - TEPosted 1/27/15 1:17pm ET
New Orleans Saints TE Jimmy Graham (shoulder) caught three passes for 30 yards and two scores in the Pro Bowl Sunday, Jan. 25, and when asked if his performance would rule out surgery, he said, 'It should, which is really exciting.'
Huddle Up: Graham should have ample time to heal the rest of the offseason after the shoulder issues clearly hampered his production over the final six games of the season.
Drew Brees - QBPosted 1/27/15 11:37pm ET
New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees said 2014 was the most frustrating season of his career, but remained optimistic about the team's future. 'I think we've identified the problems or the things that got us beat or the things that didn't allow us to be as good as we know we can be, and we have the solution to fix it,' Brees said. 'It's going to take a lot of work, but I know we can get it done.'
Huddle Up: Cutting down on his own turnovers after throwing 17 interceptions and losing three fumbles last season is likely at or near the top of the list for Brees, who turned 36 earlier this month. Meanwhile, Brees' other passing numbers (4,952 yards, 33 TDs and 97.0 passer rating) were certainly right in line with his other totals from recent seasons.
Jimmy Graham - TEPosted 1/23/15 3:52pm ET
New Orleans Saints TE Jimmy Graham said he'll rehabilitate his shoulder injury after the Pro Bowl, but he hasn't made a final decision on surgery. 'It's something we talked about and is something that's still being debated,' Graham said. 'This is kind of a trial to see where I'm at. I've had three weeks off and I've finally had some time to heal. It feels great, and I'm going to continue to do my rehab and get back to 100 percent'
Huddle Up: The shoulder certainly hindered Graham during the second half of the season, and if there's going to be surgery, it should be happening ASAP to give the TE as much recovery time as possible.
Mark Ingram - RBPosted 1/22/15 10:48pm ET
New Orleans Saints RB Mark Ingram, who will be eligible for free agency this offseason, wants to return to the team next year, and he thinks the interest is mutual. Ingram ran for 964 yards on 226 attempts and nine touchdowns last year, which were all career highs. His 74.2 yards per game ranked him eighth in the league.
Huddle Up: Ingram stood out last season in a disappointing year for the franchise, but as usual, it's all going to come down the $$$ as the pass-first Saints are unlikely to pay too much for a RB when the plug-and-play system has worked just fine in the Drew Brees attack.
Marques Colston - WRPosted 1/14/15 6:48pm ET
New Orleans Saints WR Marques Colston may be asked to take a pay cut this offseason, because he is scheduled to make $7 million in 2015 and count $9.7 million against the salary cap.
Huddle Up: The Saints can pretty much trot out anyone at wide receiver and get production, so if Colston wants to stick around in New Orleans he'll likely have to reduce that cap number.
Khiry Robinson - RBPosted 1/13/15 11:22pm ET
New Orleans Saints RB Khiry Robinson was slated to have his role increased before he suffered a fractured forearm midseason.
Huddle Up: Robinson started his second season decently with 330 yards and 2 TDs in his first six games but was limited to 12 carries for 32 yards and a score over the second half of the season as Mark Ingram emerged from the Saints' perennial logjam to emerge as the team's clear No. 1 back. Ingram, though, is a free agent so another prime opportunity might await Robinson this fall.
Drew Brees - QBPosted 1/10/15 12:08am ET
New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees will play in the 2015 Pro Bowl in place of Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger (neck).
Huddle Up: In a down year, Brees still led the league in attempts (659), completions (456) and passing yards (4,952) while tossing 33 TD passes and finishing third among QBs with 392 fantasy points.
Pierre Thomas - RBPosted 12/26/14 4:38pm ET
New Orleans Saints RB Pierre Thomas (ribs) was placed on the Reserve/Injured list Friday, Dec. 26.
Huddle Up: It's the end of a disappointing season for Thomas, who's had 222 and two TDs rushing and 45 catches for 378 yards and a score through the air.
Pierre Thomas - RBPosted 12/25/14 9:11pm ET
New Orleans Saints RB Pierre Thomas (ribs) did not participate in practice Thursday, Dec. 28.
Huddle Up: Thomas left Week 16's game early and has not practiced this week, making him a rather iffy fantasy proposition for the regular-season finale.
Pierre Thomas - RBPosted 12/24/14 6:30pm ET
New Orleans Saints RB Pierre Thomas (ribs) did not practice Wednesday, Dec. 24.
Huddle Up: Thomas was banged up in the Week 16 loss to the Falcons, and with the Saints eliminated from postseason contention, they're likely not in any rush to press injured players back into action.
Josh Hill - TEPosted 12/16/14 1:09am ET
New Orleans Saints reserve TE Josh Hill caught 2 passes for 15 yards, accounting for two of Drew Brees' three TD passes Monday, Dec. 15 in a 31-15 win over the Chicago Bears.
Huddle Up: Hill stole the fantasy thunder from Jimmy Graham who led the team with five catches for 87 yards on seven targets but failed to catch a scoring pass for the third straight week.
Drew Brees - QBPosted 12/16/14 2:32pm ET
New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees threw for 375 yards and three touchdowns in the romp over the Chicago Bears in Week 15 Monday, Dec. 15. He went 29-for-36 and reached the 4,000-yard mark for the ninth straight season.
Huddle Up: If Brees didn't cost you in Week 14 (235 yards, 1 TD), he came through with a vintage performance Monday night and another could be in store Sunday against the woeful Falcons' D.
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