Drew Brees - QBPosted 6/30/16 1:21pm ET
New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees has confidence in his young corps of wide receivers led by WR Brandin Cooks and WR Willie Snead. 'I think when Drew is out there, he doesn't look at Brandin Cooks as a young player,' head coach Sean Payton said. 'I don't think he looks at Snead that way anymore because of the experience they've had. There's a combination there of guys that know what to do and how do they fit with the scheme that we're asking of them.'
Huddle Up: Brees' twilight years in the Big Easy aren't exactly easy as he's had to deal with the departure of Jimmy Graham last season and long-time target Marques Colston this season. Still, the Saints' cupboard has been more than adequately restocked, and the 37-year-old QB should be in for another top-five fantasy season.
Brandon Coleman - WRPosted 6/23/16 1:23pm ET
New Orleans Saints WR Brandon Coleman needs a strong training camp and preseason to secure his roster spot, as the team drafted a similar type of receiver in WR Michael Thomas.
Huddle Up: Coleman had his moments with 30 receptions for 454 yards and a pair of TDs last season, but particularly with the selection of Thomas in the second round, it's clear the Saints are looking more out of the WR position outside of Brandin Cooks.
Drew Brees - QBPosted 6/19/16 2:21pm ET
New Orleans Saints TE Coby Fleener has an uncanny ability to separate and get open, according to QB Drew Brees. 'There's always a place to throw the ball where he can get it,' Brees said. Fleener was targeted eight times during 7-on-7 drills and 11-on-11 drills this week -- the same number of targets as WRs Brandin Cooks and Willie Snead.
Huddle Up: Whether its been Jimmy Graham or Ben Watson, Brees and the Saints have relied heavily on tight ends in the middle of the field and the red zone in recent seasons, and that's why Fleener currently checks in as the Huddle's seventh-ranked fantasy tight end -- and the highest among tight ends in new locales.
Tim Hightower - RBPosted 6/17/16 2:25pm ET
New Orleans Saints RB Mark Ingram is the lead running back for the Saints, while RB Tim Hightower appears to be the backup, according to Larry Holder of The New Orleans Times-Picayune. RB C.J. Spiller holds the No. 3 spot.
Huddle Up: Hightower, who last year saw his first regular-season work since 2011, is the true Ingram handcuff for now as Spiller -- if used more -- fills more of the Darren Sproles, third-down role. Some insiders also like the chances of seventh-round rookie Daniel Lasco to challenge Hightower for the No. 2 gig.
C.J. Spiller - RBPosted 6/13/16 11:04am ET
New Orleans Saints RB C.J. Spiller said his skill set is built for the Saints' offense, and he believes he can flourish now that he is 100% healthy.
Huddle Up: Plenty of fantasy owners bought into the theory that Spiller was a fit for the Saints' offense as well, only to see him only lightly used before injuries scuttled his season. If you're buying into the same hype this season, at least the price will be lower.
C.J. Spiller - RBPosted 6/12/16 1:34pm ET
New Orleans Saints RB C.J. Spiller (knee) said knee surgery during training camp last season played a big role in his disappointing season. Spiller said he wasn't able to cut and stop like he normally would and he lacked the explosion that he's known for. Spiller said last season is behind him now and that the road to recovery is looking bright.
Huddle Up: Spiller has a history of ailments, but was that the whole reason behind his lack of usage (70 total touches in 13 games) last season in the Big Easy? He'll certainly be available later in drafts this year for those who want to bank on his still-considerable upside.
Brandin Cooks - WRPosted 6/3/16 11:06am ET
New Orleans Saints WR Brandin Cooks (undisclosed) worked off to the side with trainers during practice Thursday, June 2.
Huddle Up: Too early to worry about Cooks missing time; if he's still sitting out in August, then you can start waving the red flags.
Michael Thomas - WRPosted 6/3/16 2:13pm ET
New Orleans Saints WR Michael Thomas has shown serious potential in the offense during organized team activities in the last two weeks. 'His improvement over these six practices has been awesome,' QB Drew Brees said. 'From day one until now, the same mistakes are not being made. He's on to the next set of challenges, and he's continuing to progress well.' What impressed Brees the most was Thomas' awareness to change his route on a third-down play when Brees gave the receiver a visual cue to do so. Thomas has primarily played the X-receiver position, which is typically aligned opposite the tight end with his feet at the line of scrimmage. The Saints selected Thomas with a desire to use him mainly as a receiving option in the red zone at 6-3.
Huddle Up: With WR Marques Colston and TEs Jimmy Graham and Ben Watson no longer in the Big Easy, Brees is in need of a red-zone threat, and it looks as if Thomas and free-agent TE Coby Fleener are the top candidates to fill that bill.
Willie Snead - WRPosted 5/31/16 10:21am ET
New Orleans Saints WR Willie Snead could take a big step forward this season with his experience and comfort level in the offense, according to head coach Sean Payton. Payton said Snead has great attention to detail, he trains well, he's smart and he has a good knack for finding holes in zone coverage.
Huddle Up: Snead showed flashes last season, and his ceiling is limited by a Saints offense that doesn't throw quite as much as it used to. That said, Drew Brees spreads the ball around and can easily support multiple fantasy-worthy receivers in his offense, and with Marques Colston gone there is room for growth in Snead's numbers.
Michael Thomas - WRPosted 5/31/16 10:21am ET
New Orleans Saints rookie WR Michael Thomas has impressed head coach Sean Payton with his hands so far this offseason.
Huddle Up: The rookie is expected to step directly into the Saints' receiver rotation, quite possibly into Marques Colston's role and targets. A lot to ask of a rookie who didn't post particularly big numbers in college, but Thomas has the talent to make an immediate fantasy impact in that role.
Coby Fleener - TEPosted 5/31/16 10:21am ET
New Orleans Saints TE Coby Fleener will be used as a receiver first and will hopefully help in third-down and red-zone situations, according to head coach Sean Payton, much like the way Seattle Seahawks TE Jimmy Graham was used when he played for the Saints.
Huddle Up: Fleener won't replace Jimmy Graham as an elite tight end, but he does give Drew Brees a big red zone target and has plenty of fantasy opportunity in his role in the Saints' offense.
Brandin Cooks - WRPosted 5/27/16 10:50am ET
New Orleans Saints rookie WR Michael Thomas practiced with the first-team offense during organized team activities Thursday, May 26, with WR Brandin Cooks (undisclosed) missing practice.
Huddle Up: You would hope that even if Cooks were available Thomas would be running with the first team in the role vacated by Marques Colston. Fantasy owners can hope that Thomas is simply taking advantage of the opportunity to learn all of the different receiver positions in the Saints offense and that he won't be bumped to the back burner once Cooks returns.
C.J. Spiller - RBPosted 5/27/16 10:50am ET
New Orleans Saints RB C.J. Spiller's (knee) health and movement skills are noticeably different so far this offseason, according to head coach Sean Payton. 'He worked his butt off in the offseason to get the strength back in that leg he [injured],' Payton said. 'That's been real encouraging.'
Huddle Up: No pads, no defense... of course Spiller is going to look good. But when the big boys start hitting Spiller has tended to get banged up, so take any positive news in OTAs with a grain of salt.
Drew Brees - QBPosted 5/26/16 2:53pm ET
New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees, who said he hasn't had contract extension talks in two months, will not negotiate a new contract during the 2016 season. He doesn't plan to miss any offseason activities, whether a deal gets done or not.
Huddle Up: Brees turned 37 in January and looks to be on the downside of a great career. Expect any extension to be of the short-term variety with low risk for the Saints.
Brandin Cooks - WRPosted 5/26/16 3:01pm ET
New Orleans Saints WR Brandin Cooks (undisclosed) is out of practice Thursday, May 26, and working on the side with trainers.
Huddle Up: The Saints are notoriously hush-hush with injuries, but it doesn't sound too alarming if Cooks is at least still getting in some work on the side. Stay tuned ...
Michael Thomas - WRPosted 5/13/16 3:22pm ET
Updating a previous report, New Orleans Saints WR Michael Thomas' rookie deal is worth $5.118 million with $3.055 million guaranteed and a $1.922 million signing bonus.
Huddle Up: When slotting your rookie fantasy WRs, don't forget about this second-round pick who has the size (6-3, 215) and skills to step in for the departed Marques Colston in the Saints' offense.
Michael Thomas - WRPosted 4/29/16 8:52pm ET
The New Orleans Saints selected Ohio State WR Michael Thomas with the No. 47 overall pick in the second round of the 2016 NFL Draft on Friday, April 29.
Huddle Up: The overhaul of Drew Brees' pass-catching corps continues with Jimmy Graham, Marques Colston and Ben Watson departing over the past year and Brandin Cooks and Willie Snead emerging as the top targets. Now add Thomas, who brings size and a large catch radius to the table.
Tim Hightower - RBPosted 4/8/16 5:00pm ET
Free-agent RB Tim Hightower (Saints) has agreed to initial terms on a contract with the New Orleans Saints, according to a source.
Huddle Up: The soon-to-be 30-year-old back totaled 504 yards and four scores in his first NFL action since 2011 and once again will be the main pure-RB backup to Mark Ingram this season.
Tim Hightower - RBPosted 4/1/16 9:32pm ET
Free-agent RB Tim Hightower (Saints) will meet with the New Orleans Saints in the coming week.
Huddle Up: The 29-year-old Hightower had a decent end-of-the-season run, rushing for 327 of his 375 yards in the final four games of the season following Mark Ingram's shoulder injury. With receiving specialists C.J. Spiller and Travaris Cadet the other prominent names on the N.O. RB depth chart, Hightower might once again fill the Ingram-handcuff role if the two side can reach an agreement.
Mark Ingram - RBPosted 3/31/16 9:59am ET
New Orleans Saints RB Mark Ingram converted some of his base salary into a signing bonus Wednesday, March 30.. The restructure didn't include a pay cut or any new money. The Saints created $1.49 million in cap space for 2016 by converting $2.235 million of Ingram's $3 million salary into a signing bonus. They still will have to account for that $1.49 million in the future, but now it will be spread out evenly over the life of Ingram's contract through 2018.
Huddle Up: Ingram gives the Saints some cap relief while still getting all his money. Everybody wins!
Josh Hill - TEPosted 3/25/16 4:43pm ET
New Orleans Saints restricted free-agent TE Josh Hill will remain with the Saints after they matched the offer sheet he signed with the Chicago Bears.
Huddle Up: Hill will remain in the Big Easy after his deeply disappointing 2015 fantasy season (16-120-2), and this coming season, he'll be sharing TE snaps with newly signed Coby Fleener instead of Benjamin Watson.
Drew Brees - QBPosted 3/22/16 10:23am ET
New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees is confident he'll reach a contract extension with the Saints, and he wants to play for New Orleans for the rest of his career. 'So talks are ongoing, and I don't know if that is something that will be done next week or before the end of the year or next year or when. But obviously, I want to be a Saint for the rest of my career, and I think I've got a lot of good years left,' Brees said. He's in the final year of a five-year, $100 million deal and has a $30 million salary cap hit in 2016.
Huddle Up: Right now the Saints appear set to absorb Brees' cap hit so there's no rush to rework his deal. But with Brees wanting to remain in New Orleans and still playing at a high level, it wouldn't be surprising to see the two sides hammer out a deal that continues to pay Brees handsomely while allowing the Saints some cap flexibility--and to reach that deal sooner rather than later.
Josh Hill - TEPosted 3/22/16 6:06pm ET
New Orleans Saints restricted free-agent TE Josh Hill signed an undisclosed offer sheet from the Chicago Bears on Tuesday, March 22, according to a source. The Saints have five days to match the Bears' offer.
Huddle Up: The Bears are looking for another tight end to pair with Zach Miller after dealing Martellus Bennett to the Patriots earlier this month and currently have their sights set on Hill, who was a deep fantasy disappointment last season, catching only 16 passes for 120 yards and two TDs. We'll see if the offer is matched by the Saints, who lost free-agent Benjamin Watson to the Ravens but have added ex-Colt Coby Fleener.
Khiry Robinson - RBPosted 3/10/16 4:04pm ET
Free-agent RB Khiry Robinson (Saints) is signing with the New York Jets, according to sources.
Huddle Up: Newly signed Matt Forte will be the main many in N.Y., leaving Robinson to compete with Bilal Powell and Zac Stacy for No. 2 touches.
Luke McCown - QBPosted 3/10/16 8:14pm ET
New Orleans Saints QB Luke McCown re-signed with the Saints on Thursday, March 10, receiving a reported 2-year, $3 million deal.
Huddle Up: The 34-year-old McCown will remain the backup to Drew Brees after seeing his 2015 season cut short by a back injury.
Ben Watson - TEPosted 3/8/16 5:02pm ET
New Orleans Saints impending free-agent TE Benjamin Watson has agreed in principle to a deal with the Baltimore Ravens, according to a source. Details of the deal were not disclosed.
Huddle Up: Watson had a career year with 74 catches for 825 yards and six TDs but is 35 and will provide a nice veteran complement to second-year TE Maxx Williams.
Khiry Robinson - RBPosted 3/4/16 8:24pm ET
New Orleans Saints impending restricted free-agent RB Khiry Robinson is not expected to receive a contract offer from the Saints, according to a source. That will allow Robinson to hit the open market after compiling 766 yards and eight touchdowns in the last three seasons.
Huddle Up: Robinson finished as the Saints' third-leading rusher this past season, but the Saints are set at RB with Mark Ingram, C.J. Spiller, Tim Hightower and even recent signees Kendall Hunter, Vick Ballard and Travaris Cadet.
Marques Colston - WRPosted 2/23/16 3:22pm ET
New Orleans Saints WR Marques Colston is expected to be released in the coming days, according to a source. Colston is set to earn $3.2 million in salary and bonuses in 2016 and missed three games while playing as the No. 3 wide receiver on the Saints last season.
Huddle Up: The 32-year-old Colston, the Saints' all-time leading receiver, has said he'll retire if he isn't playing for the Saints, but there's also a chance he gets released and re-signs later at a reduced salary-cap figure.
C.J. Spiller - RBPosted 2/19/16 9:52am ET
New Orleans Saints RB C.J. Spiller is expected to have more opportunities next season to be successful again, according to general manager Mickey Loomis. Loomis said he believes the 'real C.J. Spiller' will be back next season and blamed a lack of good health for Spiller's 2015 hardships. It was originally speculated that Spiller could be cut this offseason after a dismal first season with New Orleans, but the Saints would save little in cutting him.
Huddle Up: We saw "the real CJ Spiller" this year: hurt for much of the time, teasing with the occasional flash play, and ultimately a fantasy disappointment. Hopefully that's not what Loomis is giving us again next year, but Spiller's track record suggests that's what will be in store.
Ben Watson - TEPosted 2/17/16 8:52am ET
New Orleans Saints TE Josh Hill is still thought of very highly by team management despite the fact TE Benjamin Watson was brought in and stepped up to fill the void of TE Jimmy Graham, not Hill, in 2015. 'Josh Hill is a guy that's been in our building a while now,' general manager Mickey Loomis said Tuesday, Feb. 16. 'He's got talent, he's been for a couple years, he's kind of been in the background behind (Graham) when he was here and (Benjamin) last year as well.'
Huddle Up: Hill was supposed to walk into Jimmy Graham's role (and numbers) last season, but instead it was Watson who proved to be a fantasy contributor. Tough to see much change in that pattern as long as Watson remains on the roster, so dampen fantasy expectations for Hill until he has a clearer path to catches.
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