Khiry Robinson - RBPosted 7/4/15 1:28am ET
New Orleans Saints RB Khiry Robinson is ready to take what he can get after an arm injury cut his 2014 campaign short. 'I'm the type of person, I'm gonna get what I get and do what I do with it,' Robinson said. 'So whether it's 20 carries or one carry, I'm gonna [perform to] the best of my ability every play.' Robinson is remaining confident after the Saints spent big money to re-sign RB Mark Ingram and acquire RB C.J. Spiller.
Huddle Up: Ingram and Spiller don't exactly have sterling health track records, so don't be surprised if Robinson follows up his career season (84 touches-425 total yards-3 TDs in 10 games) by playing a significant role again in 2015.
Josh Morgan - WRPosted 7/3/15 12:04am ET
New Orleans Saints WR Josh Morgan battled TE Benjamin Watson for most catches in practices this offseason.
Huddle Up: The 30-year-old Morgan has had all of 30 receptions for 284 yards and one TD over the last seasons playing for Washington and Chicago, but he actually does have an outside shot at landing the No. 3 WR/TE role in the Big Easy which is nothing to sneeze at fantasy-wise with Drew Brees at the controls. See what develops in training camp.
C.J. Spiller - RBPosted 6/28/15 11:24pm ET
New Orleans Saints RB C.J. Spiller has a perfect skill-set for head coach Sean Payton's system, which relies on getting the ball to players in space, according Chris Wesseling of NFL.com. Wesseling believes Spiller is significantly more talented than RB Reggie Bush and RB Darren Sproles, who both thrived in Payton's system.
Huddle Up: After an injury-addled final season in Buffalo, Spiller has the offense and opportunity to shine in the Big Easy, but he has more to prove as a pass catcher than most might believe, ranking only 25th among RBs with 158 receptions since entering the league in 2010.
Marques Colston - WRPosted 6/17/15 2:11pm ET
New Orleans Saints WR Marques Colston did not participate in minicamp practice Tuesday, June 16, and it was at least the third session he has missed over the past two weeks. 'When you play nine, 10 years in this league at a skill position, mileage is mileage,' Colston said. 'I'm just kind of in a mode where they want to manage that process throughout the year.'
Huddle Up: Between Colston's advancing age and the Saints' renewed commitment to running the football, he'll be an even bigger tease of a fantasy wide receiver this year.
Junior Galette - LBPosted 6/16/15 2:17pm ET
New Orleans Saints LB Junior Galette (pectoral) won't require surgery on his pectoral injury after meeting with Dr. James Andrews. The injury should require rest and rehab.
Huddle Up: An IDP note to note as surgery would've essentially wrecked the season for Galette, who has recorded 22 sacks and four forced fumbles over the last two campaigns.
Mark Ingram - RBPosted 6/5/15 12:57pm ET
New Orleans Saints RB Mark Ingram (foot, ankle) was out of practice Thursday, June 4, but head coach Sean Payton said it wasn't due to anything significant. Ingram was out last Thursday due to what Payton described as a minor foot/ankle issue. It's unclear if he has missed the entirety of the last two weeks because one practice session per week is open to the media.
Huddle Up: The Saints are counting on Ingram, giving him a new extension this offseason, and so are a number of fantasy owners after his career-high 1,109 yards and 9 TDs this past season. Something to keep eye on as the summer heads into training camp.
Junior Galette - LBPosted 6/4/15 7:45pm ET
New Orleans Saints LB Junior Galette (pectoral) recently suffered an injury to his pectoral and is supposedly considering surgery, according to sources. The cause and extent of Galette's injury is unknown at this time.
Huddle Up: Undergoing surgery typically results in a six-month absence, and that would be rough news for the Saints' D as Galette has notched 22 sacks, including a team-leading 10 last season, while starting 28 games over the last two seasons. See what develops here over the next few days.
Mark Ingram - RBPosted 6/3/15 3:13pm ET
New Orleans Saints RB C.J. Spiller could lead the team in touches over RB Mark Ingram, in the opinion of beat writer Nick Underhill.
Huddle Up: While the Saints do appear to be moving towards more of a run-based offense this season, there are plenty of reasons to doubt Spiller--among them his injury history, the Saints' tradition of committee backfields and Sean Payton's tendency to ride the hot hand. While there is upside to Spiller in New Orleans, if you're drafting Spiller as the Saints' lead back you're likely overpaying.
Shayne Graham - PKPosted 5/19/15 4:15pm ET
New Orleans Saints PK Shayne Graham was released Tuesday, May 19 as free-agent WR Lance Lewis (49ers) was signed.
Huddle Up: So the Saints will again be looking for a new kicker, but don't necessarily target whomever they wind up going with just because of the strong offense-pairing as a New Orleans kicker hasn't finished as a PK1 in most standard-sized fantasy leagues since 2011.
Garrett Grayson - QBPosted 5/1/15 11:11pm ET
The New Orleans Saints selected Colorado State QB Garrett Grayson in Round 3 of the NFL Draft (No. 75 overall) Friday, May 1.
Huddle Up: Grayson, who became the third QB selected, becomes the heir apparent to Drew Brees as the Saints went with the fast-rising Colorado State QB instead of selecting Bryce Petty as rumored. That said, don't expect to hear much of Grayson for another couple of years as the 36-year-old Brees is still going strong.
Drew Brees - QBPosted 4/30/15 1:35pm ET
New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees isn't expected to be retiring anytime soon, according to general manager Mickey Loomis. 'I don't see the end for Drew Brees on the short-term horizon,' Loomis said. 'At least I certainly hope not. But it does take time for these quarterbacks to develop. And we're conscious of that.' Loomis could be hinting at the possibility of the Saints drafting a quarterback, perhaps as an heir apparent to Brees. The team has already worked out Baylor QB Bryce Petty.
Huddle Up: Brees turned 36 in January but has showed few signs of slowing down, throwing for at least 4,300 yards and 30 TDs in each of the last seven seasons. 2015 will be an interesting test, though, with the Saints dealing the QB's No. 1 weapon, TE Jimmy Graham to the Seahawks.
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.
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