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.
Joseph Morgan - WRPosted 12/9/14 4:08pm ET
New Orleans Saints WR Joe Morgan has been waived Tuesday, Dec. 9, according to a source.
Huddle Up: The Saints are starting to clean house in the midst of their disappointing 5-8 season, and Morgan, who earlier last month served a team-mandated two-game disciplinary suspension, has been shown the door. The reserve WR had four catches for 92 yards this season.
Kenny Stills - WRPosted 12/1/14 9:10am ET
New Orleans Saints WR Kenny Stills hauled in five passes for a career-high 162 yards in the Week 13 game against the Pittsburgh Steelers, including a 69-yard touchdown in the third quarter.
Huddle Up: It took a week for Stills to get there, but when Brandin Cooks went down with a season-ending injury this is what we were expecting. As per usual, the Saints are flush with wide receiver talent--though of course having Drew Brees throwing to them makes everyone look a little better.
Jimmy Graham - TEPosted 12/1/14 9:10am ET
New Orleans Saints TE Jimmy Graham did not have any receptions in Week 13 against the Pittsburgh Steelers, and he was not even targeted once. Graham targeted the two safeties for Pittsburgh, FS Will Allen and SS Troy Polamalu, for breaking his crossing routes. 'Usually (defenders) wait until I break,' Graham said Sunday, Nov. 30. '(Polamalu and Allen) are smart players. I can tell that they're watching a lot of film and looking at tendencies and formations and splits.'
Huddle Up: Have the Steelers provided a blueprint for taking Graham away from the Saints? They didn't win the game, and gave up 162 yards to Kenny Stills in the process, so it may not be a popular blueprint. However, it does prove that Graham is fallible--and for many fantasy owners banking on Graham's usual double-digit points, at the worst possible time of the fantasy season.
Khiry Robinson - RBPosted 12/1/14 8:56pm ET
New Orleans Saints RB Khiry Robinson (forearm), who is expected to return in Week 14 against the Carolina Panthers, is expected to be eased back into the backfield, especially since RB Mark Ingram has done well in a leading role. RB Pierre Thomas also returned a week ago. Ingram rushed 23 times for 122 yards in the Week 13 win, which was his fourth 100-yard game with Robinson out. Robinson was running well before he was hurt, and his 5.2 yards per carry rank second in the league if he was eligible.
Huddle Up: Hard to believe but Robinson has missed the last 6 games, and he figures to get no more than 3-5 touches a game spelling the productive Ingram down the stretch.
Khiry Robinson - RBPosted 11/28/14 8:28pm ET
New Orleans Saints RB Khiry Robinson (forearm) has been ruled out for Week 13.
Huddle Up: Pierre Thomas will be the second running back behind Mark Ingram again this week. Ingram will see most of the carries but Thomas will get snaps on passing downs like he did last week.
Khiry Robinson - RBPosted 11/27/14 5:47pm ET
New Orleans Saints RB Khiry Robinson (forearm) did not participate in practice Thursday, Nov. 27.
Huddle Up: Robinson remains out with an injury that's developed into a quite an issue as he's on the verge of missing a sixth straight game. Meanwhile, the team's other three backs practiced Thursday, leaving Robinson as the forgotten man.
Nick Toon - WRPosted 11/25/14 3:45pm ET
New Orleans Saints WR Nick Toon saw the bulk of the snaps in WR Brandin Cooks' (thumb) absence in Week 12 Monday, Nov. 24, although WR Joseph Morgan was the big-play threat, making plays of 67 and 62 yards.
Huddle Up: Toon did draw five targets to Morgan's one in the passing game and finished with three catches for 42 yards, but he's a deep-league option at best right now.
Khiry Robinson - RBPosted 11/24/14 7:41pm ET
The New Orleans Saints have declared RB Khiry Robinson, WR Robert Meachem, DL Brandon Deaderick, LB Kyle Knox, OT Nick Becton, CB Stanley Jean-Baptiste and CB Terrence Frederick inactive for Week 12.
Huddle Up: Robinson will miss a fifth straight game, leaving the RB chores to Mark Ingram, Pierre Thomas and Travaris Cadet, while Meachem won't be part of the Saints' reconfigured WR rotation which is playing its first game without the injured Brandin Cooks.
Pierre Thomas - RBPosted 11/22/14 5:59pm ET
New Orleans Saints RB Pierre Thomas (rib, shoulder) was limited in practice Saturday, Nov. 22, and is probable for Monday night's tilt with the Baltimore Ravens.
Huddle Up: Khiry Robinson is out for the game, so Thomas will be the No. 2 back behind Mark Ingram. Ingram will get the majority of snaps but Thomas will see some time on passing downs. He's a flier flex play in deeper PPR leagues this week.
Pierre Thomas - RBPosted 11/20/14 6:36pm ET
New Orleans Saints RB Pierre Thomas (rib, shoulder) was limited in practice Thursday, Nov. 20. Thomas has missed the last four games, but he said there's a chance that he plays in Week 12 against the Baltimore Ravens on Monday, Nov. 24.
Huddle Up: The Saints could use a timely return by Thomas as fellow RBs Khiry Robinson (forearm) and Travaris Cadet (hamstring) missed practice for a second straight day Thursday.
Brandin Cooks - WRPosted 11/18/14 6:25pm ET
New Orleans Saints WR Brandin Cooks (wrist) was placed on season-ending Reserve/Injured Tuesday, Nov. 18.
Huddle Up: Way-too early end to a strong first season for the first-round pick who ranks second on the team in receptions (53), receiving yards and (550) and TD catches (3). Kenny Stills, Marques Colston and Robert Meachem should get more looks in his absence.
Brandin Cooks - WRPosted 11/17/14 11:59am ET
New Orleans Saints WR Brandin Cooks (thumb) will miss two to four weeks due to a broken thumb.
Huddle Up: That's a major kink in the game plan for the struggling Saints. The rookie has been electric in home games and already is a preferred target for Drew Brees.
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