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2013 LSU Football Pro Day Participants

Posted by NewOrleansSaints.com on 03/27/2013 – 12:37 pm

No. Name Pos.
87 Chancey Aghayere DE lsu_pro_day
30 Drew Alleman PK
88 Chase Clement TE
77 Josh Downs DT
68 Josh Dworaczyk OT/OG
89 Lavar Edwards DE
76 Chris Faulk OT
42 Michael Ford RB
18 Bennie Logan DT
64 P.J. Lonergan C
7 Tyrann Mathieu DB/RS
49 Barkevious Mingo DE
46 Kevin Minter LB
99 Sam Montgomery DE
1 Eric Reid S
10 Russell Shepard WR
24 Tharold Simon CB
11 Spencer Ware RB
38 Brad Wing P
93 Cleveland Davis DT
47 Tyler Edwards TE

Other Participants:
60 Will Blackwell OL Last played in 2011
37 Karnell Hatcher LB/DB Last played in 2011
53 T-Bob Hebert C/OL Last played in 2011
9 Jordan Jefferson QB Last played in 2011
12 Jarrett Lee QB Last played in 2011
83 Alex Russian SNP Last played in 2011
32 Charles Scott RB Last played in 2009

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Mickey Loomis Talks Free Agency with WWL Radio

Posted by NewOrleansSaints.com on 03/20/2013 – 2:48 pm

New Orleans Saints’ Executive Vice President/General Manager Mickey Loomis was interviewed by Saints Radio Network/WWL Radio’s Bobby loomis Hebert and Kristian Garic Tuesday night. Listen to the interview here.

Below are some highlights from the interview:

On free agent CB Nnamdi Asomugha: “There is nothing new. We had a good visit with him over the weekend and he has some options. The ball is in his court and we will see how it plays out.”

On the concerns at the left tackle position with the departure of Jermon Bushrod: “A couple things on that. Jermon (Bushrod) did a good job and I heard the same concerns when Jammal Brown left us. Jermon stepped in at that time and did a good job for a number of years for us. This same thing will happen here. We will find a guy who is currently on our roster or somebody we bring in who will step up and play well at that position.”

On if the Saints signed CB Nnamdi Asomugha, could both Jabari Greer and Patrick Robinson stay on the roster: “They could certainly remain. These guys are starting players for us. Jabari and Patrick have played well. Jabari in particular has been with us for a number of years, started for us and was on our Super Bowl team. These are good players we are just trying to create depth and competition. You can’t have enough good ones, that’s for sure.”

On CB Keenan Lewis and TE Benjamin Watson signing with the Saints: “Keenan Lewis was a great addition for us. I am not sure who was more excited – us to have him or him to be back in New Orleans. That’s really refreshing when a good player from New Orleans is extremely excited to be with the Saints, the team he grew up dreaming to play for. We are really glad we could make that happen. Benjamin Watson is going to be one of those under-the-radar additions that’s going to be important to our team. He gives us another weapon at the position and he is a well-rounded player. He is a veteran player that will be really good for Jimmy Graham and our offense in general.”

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New Saints Jersey Numbers

Posted by NewOrleansSaints.com on 03/19/2013 – 6:57 pm

The New Orleans Saints announced a few new jersey numbers Tuesday afternoon: Jacksonville Jaguars 27 - New Orleans Saints 24 (L)

RB Mark Ingram has switched from No. 28 to No. 22

WR Jarred Fayson has switched from No. 86 to No. 11

DB Keenan Lewis will wear No. 28

TE Benjamin Watson will wear No. 82

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The Gleason Challenge at New Orleans Entrepreneur Week

Posted by NewOrleansSaints.com on 03/19/2013 – 1:36 pm

The Gleason Challenge at New Orleans Entrepreneur Week seeks to catalyze an entrepreneurial movement to create technological solutions that gleason_hall_of_famesolve daily challenges for people with disabilities (or, “superabilities”). With Steve Gleason and Team Gleason’s “No White Flags” movement, the Gleason Challenge will use NOEW as a platform to inspire innovative local ideas to solve a global problem, striving to make New Orleans a hub and destination for breakthrough medical technology.

Tuesday, March 19th
Time: 4:30pm-5:30pm (arrive by 4pm)
Location: Gallier Hall, 545 St. Charles Ave, New Orleans LA
Partners: Team Gleason, JP Morgan Chase, The Idea Village

4:00pm – Team Gleason, JPMorgan, panelists arrive
4:30pm – 4:35pm – WELCOME (5 min)-Tim Williamson, Co-founder and CEO of The Idea Village
4:35pm – 4:45pm – INTRODUCTION (10 min)-John Kallenborne, JP Morgan
4:45pm – 4:55pm – STEVE GLEASON (10 min)
4:55pm – 5:35pm – PANEL DISCUSSION (40 min)
5:35pm – 5:40pm – CONCLUSION (5 min)

Steve Gleason, PALS perspective
Jim Marggraff, Entrepreneur and founder of Eyefluence
Lars Gilbertson, Professor at Tulane Department of Biomedical Engineering
Hugh Evans, Angel Investor; Board Member of V-LINC

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New Orleans Saints Season Ticket Holders Deadline for 50 Percent Payment is Friday

Posted by NewOrleansSaints.com on 03/14/2013 – 10:10 pm

superdome1The deadline for New Orleans Saints season ticket holders 50 percent payment of their 2013 season ticket invoices is Friday, March 15, at 6 p.m. CT.

The Saints’ Ticket Office, located at 5800 Airline Drive in Metairie, La. will be open from 8:00 a.m. through 6:00 p.m. on Friday.

Additionally, season ticket holders may make their payments by calling (504) 731-1700 or by logging onto their online account on NewOrleansSaints.com

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Throwback Thursday: Drew Brees Agrees to Terms with the New Orleans Saints

Posted by NewOrleansSaints.com on 03/14/2013 – 1:07 pm

Seven years ago today, free agent QB Drew Brees agreed to terms on a five-year contract with the New Orleans Saints. Below is a picture from Brees’ introductory press conference.




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Sean Payton Talks Draft, Free Agency, Rob Ryan with WWL Radio

Posted by NewOrleansSaints.com on 03/06/2013 – 6:17 pm

New Orleans Saints Head Coach Sean Payton was interviewed by WWL Radio’s Bobby Hebert and Deke Bellevia Tuesday night. Listen to the interview here.  payton_radio

Below are some highlights from the interview:

On the 2012 season: “As challenging as it was, it’s still a scenario that was unprecedented and I don’t know how you prepare for it besides trying to make sure your plan before you leave is in place and the program you set up is in place. It’s difficult. It was challenging during the year. We don’t make any excuses. We have to play better defense, run the football better and improve in the return game. Regardless of who is standing on the sideline, there is never one specific reason. There are always a series of things. It’s important when you are going back through, looking at the tape and evaluating the season prior, the eye is on it and what you see is things you need to improve on. You can’t pull yourself; you have to be brutally honest. All of us collectively, coaches and players, have tried to set a standard here and last season was disappointing.”

On some fans criticizing the hiring of Defensive Coordinator Rob Ryan: “It’s great to have an opinion. I am certain we have some of the best football fans in the world. The interest level in our program and our team every year, not just through the season but when you look at the Combine and leading up to the NFL Draft. That’s just the excitement that our fans have. They’re passionate.

“What’s most important is making choices and decisions that aren’t based on popularity. Rob is a guy that has a great pedigree. He is a guy that is confident and brings a certain amount of enthusiasm to his units. We have faced him before and I have known him for a long time. You spend your time, do a lot of homework and clearly you have to do what’s best for the program. Those decisions aren’t made with any type of popularity poll in place. That’s not what we do. The most important thing we have to do is win. We have made every decision the last six or seven years with that in mind – to help this team win. We feel like he is going to do an outstanding job. I am fired up he is on board. I think he is going to be fantastic with our players. I think we have to help him in regards to looking closely at our personnel.

“There’s a series of things that have to take place for us to play better. I like everything about him. We went through a pretty thorough process. Not just in hiring Rob on the defensive side of the ball but with a handful of the other coaches we hired. We took our time. Looking back on it, the mistakes happen sometimes when you do hurry or you feel like you have to make a decision quickly.”

On how they handle veterans such as Jonathan Vilma, Will Smith and Roman Harper when dealing with the salary cap: “First off – I do envision those guys in a Saints uniform and yet I am also realistic and understand that every year since the beginning of free agency the percentage of players on your roster that turn over is different than it used to be. There was a time when you had your draft and you wondered what two or three rookies are going to beat out the veterans that were currently on our roster. It’s different now. There’s an economic factor to it. It’s as simple as a household budget. If you are going to have cable and heat then you may not be able to have something else.

“You really have to look closely at your production and the (salary) cap. Mickey (Loomis) does a great job with that and Khai Harley (as well). Those guys spend a lot of time and are busy with contracts now and a handful of restructures to get us below the cap. It’s not just a New Orleans Saints challenge. It’s a challenge of the 31 other teams in our league.

“Often times you weigh production, you weigh players that have been in your program. You mentioned Jonathan Vilma, Will Smith and Roman Harper – those guys have all won a championship on our 2009 team. There is no one set format. You take each player into account. You look closely at their grade and where you see your team going. You make the best decisions you can that are based on what’s best for the team.”

On what his top priorities are heading into the season: “We have to be able to, and these two things go side by side, but we have to be able to play better defense and run the ball better. They go hand in hand. I think statistically, week four or five in the season last year we were ranked 32nd in defense and 32nd in rushing. Those are bad numbers that equate to losses. It was no coincidence that we were 0-4 at that time.”

On weighing selecting a position of need versus the best player available in the NFL Draft: “You go in, and you begin to clump players. Today we did a few different position groups; we were watching a cross section of pass rushers for instance. Tomorrow will be defensive backs with corners, nickels and safeties. You are looking at those top 15, 16 or 18 players depending on whose board you are looking at.

“I do think you have to pay attention to what the value is how they are graded. That being said, usually you make sure you like 15 guys if you are picking at No. 15 or at least you have rated your board so you are prepared for each scenario. I think you have to be careful you don’t try to invent or create a position. In other words I think sometimes your mistakes are made in your value when you are saying you want a safety and you are trying to create a safety and you tend to grade a little higher so you can pick one. All of a sudden you have passed up on a good football player.

“We are looking at how we have these guys graded but we are also paying attention to what we need. It goes back and forth. I think from my experience here when we have drafted, when there is a player’s magnet that is sitting well above everyone else’s, we discuss it, talk closely about it and we have ended up with some pretty good football players. I think that is the key.”

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Mickey Loomis Discusses Coaching Changes, Free Agency and the NFL Draft with FOX-8

Posted by NewOrleansSaints.com on 02/28/2013 – 7:54 pm

New Orleans Saints Executive Vice President/General Manager Mickey Loomis spoke with WVUE-TV FOX 8’s Sports Director Fred Hickman
loomisWednesday night on the station’s 10 p.m. newscast.

Below are some highlights from Loomis’ interview:

On the offseason: “It’s an exciting time for us. Sometimes, like this year, we have some coaching changes. Obviously getting Sean (Payton) back in the building is a huge deal for us. There is a lot of excitement that comes with the offseason and a lot of work. We look forward to it and look forward to improving our football team. We are getting past last season and on to the next one.”

On the state of the Saints heading into the 2013 season: “I think the state of our team is pretty darn good. First of all, I think we will return to some stability in 2013 which will be good. We will get past some things that happened last offseason. More importantly, we have a lot of young players. We have a lot of returning core players. This last season didn’t meet our expectations and not the standards that we have been used to these last four or five years. We are looking forward to getting back to that. I think there’s an attitude of ‘head down, grind away, let’s get back to playing Saints football and get our record up there to meet our expectations.”

On new Defensive Coordinator Rob Ryan: “He has an enthusiasm and excitement to him. His personality is a little different then Steve’s (Spagnuolo). Not necessarily better, depending upon the team, but for our team I think it will be good for us. We are moving to a three-man front defense and that’s what he has done in his career. We are looking forward to some of the changes that he is going to implement along with the remaining staff – Joe Vitt, Bill Johnson, Andre Curtis and some of the other guys on defense. I think we are going to have a good group there.”

On the salary cap: “We are above the cap. I think that has been well documented and we have some work to do but we have known that. We have known where we are going to be and we have planned for it. We have some restructuring to do in some cases and reductions in other cases. There are a lot of different pieces to that puzzle. We have knocked out some of those. We will get a few more done and hopefully it will work out that we are able to keep all of our core players.

“The good thing for us now is that I think we are an attractive destination for players. Obviously with the defense playing the way it did last year we have some things we have to do on that side of the football. There are always things to do on the offensive side. Jermon Bushrod is a free agent this year so if we were to lose him obviously that would create a need for that position. It’s a little bit of a moving target.”

On this year’s NFL draft class: “I think based on what we have seen so far, this is going to be a deep draft. I think we will be able to find contributing players, not just in the first round but the later rounds. Our scouts do a great job of finding players that help us in the third, fourth or fifth round. Even with some undrafted free agents. I think this will be a good year for the latter part of the draft. I know our guys are working hard to uncover some guys that fit what we want to do.”

On how excited he is for the 2013 season: “After 2012, I think all of us are excited to just put that behind us and move forward with a more normal year. I am looking forward to a great season in 2013.”

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Saints Players on Instagram

Posted by NewOrleansSaints.com on 02/28/2013 – 12:03 pm

Follow the Saints on Instagram: @NewOrleansSaints

Below is a list of Saints players who are on Instagram: Darren Sproles

Isa Abdul-Quddus:@Isaaq42

Rafael Bush: @Rbush36

Jermon Bushrod: @J_Bushrod7475

Jonathan Casillas: @Jade_52

Brian de la Puente: @BrianDeLaPuente

Chase Daniel: @Chase_Daniel

Junior Galette: @JuniorG93

Roman Harper: @HarpersHope41

Garrett Hartley: @GHartley5

Chris Ivory: @ChrisIvory29

Malcolm Jenkins: @Jank27

Cameron Jordan: @CamJordan94

Lance Moore: @LanceMoore16

Joseph Morgan: @JMtheGreat

Thomas Morstead: @ThomasMorstead

Will Smith: @iWillSmith

Darren Sproles: @DSproles43

Zach Strief: @ZachStrief

Pierre Thomas: @Pierre_Thomas

Nick Toon: @Nick2oon

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Sean Payton Talks About the NFL Combine, Rob Ryan with FOX-8

Posted by NewOrleansSaints.com on 02/27/2013 – 3:17 pm

New Orleans Saints Head Coach Sean Payton spoke with WVUE-TV FOX 8’s Jennifer Hale in a phone interview on the station’s 10 p.m. newscast TuesdaySean Payton night.

Watch the interview here

WVUE-TV FOX 8 Sports Director Fred Hickman will interview Saints Executive Vice President/General Manager Mickey Loomis on Wednesday’s 10 p.m. newscast.

Below are some highlights from Payton’s interview:

On the NFL Scouting Combine: “I think it went really well. Like every year, there is an influx of juniors that we get caught up on. It’s the first time for us as coaches to really see all of these players in an interview setting. The medical aspect is an important part of the process and the on-field workouts. It’s a step in their final grade. What’s most important is the production we see on tape but this gives us a chance to really meet the players and put a name with a face.”

On the Saints’ priorities for this year’s NFL Draft: “There’s always that concept of need vs. best player available. I think we will try to clump players in that first round where we are at and where we think a group of players will fall. There are a handful of areas we need to improve on. Without getting into detail specifically, some of it might be a result of free agency. We have some players on our current roster that we have to find out about and so (draft priorities) can change based on some free agency you have on your own roster. Defense is going to be an area we look closely at. You always want to pay attention to the linemen in each class. I think we have done a pretty good job over the years of drafting offensive linemen, guys from big and small schools, that have come in and filled a role. We still have a lot of time here and a lot of homework to do prior to the draft.”

On if he spoke to Cowboys Owner Jerry Jones or Head Coach Jason Garrett about hiring Defensive Coordinator Rob Ryan: “I have spoken to a number of people, not specifically Jerry, but Jason a little bit. I am excited about working with him. I know he is a guy that loves football. I think he comes from a really good background of the different places he has been. He has won a lot of football at New England with coach (Bill) Belichick. He is passionate about the game and we are excited to have him.”

On how ready he believes the Saints are to compete in 2013: “It’s hard in the early spring to make any type of predictions. We are in a race to improve like everyone else is. It starts with the acquisition of good football players via free agency or in the draft. Then it’s getting on the field in our OTAs (Organized Team Activities), mini-camps and eventually training camp. We have a lot of work to do and the good news is that we have time here to make sure that we make some important decisions and the right decisions as we put this team together and get ready to compete in 2013.”

On if he feels caught up after missing last season: “I don’t know that you ever feel like you are caught up. We have been able to get our coaching staff in place. That was an important part of the process. Now it’s paying attention to improving your roster. I think the last three weeks have been beneficial to us. We have taken our time with the hires and made sure we weren’t hurrying to fill any of these positions. We went through a lot of interviews and it has worked out well. I think that was the first order of business. Our own roster and how we evaluate it is equally as important as players that aren’t currently in the building.”

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