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-- Saints Release Four --
Mon Feb 8, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports the New Orleans Saints have waived WR Seantavius Jones. The team also released OG Jahri Evans, LB David Hawthorne, and LB Ramon Humber.

-- Saints to Release Brandon Browner --
Fri Feb 5, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

NBC Sports reports Saints DB Brandon Browner appears to be on the way out in New Orleans. Although the Saints haven’t announced anything and by league rules can’t cut him until after the Super Bowl, Browner posted a message on social media this morning that indicated he has been told he’s out. “I truly did love the city, really wanted to do well,” Browner wrote. “Some of the best people, best hospitality, and food. And a city that will show you a good time. How could you beat that?”

-- Drew Brees Contract Watch --
Fri Feb 5, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

The Times-Picayune reports New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees says he's yet to have any conversations with the team regarding a contract extension.

-- Saints Sign Vick Ballard --
Thu Feb 4, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

The New Orleans Advocate reports the Saints have signed RB Vick Ballard to a futures contract for 2016.

-- Saitns Expected to Downsize at RB --
Mon Feb 1, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports New Orleans is expected to downsize at running back, possibly parting ways with RB C.J. Spiller, RB Khiry Robinson or RB Tim Hightower. If they let two or more of those guys go, then maybe a mid-round draft pick could come into play. RB Mark Ingram is the only back who is firmly entrenched on the depth chart. He is coming off of the best two years of his pro career, proving himself as an every-down back as a runner, receiver and pass protector. He has battled a series of minor injuries, though, including shoulder surgery that landed him on injured reserve in December. Robinson has been a great young, cheap understudy since the Saints discovered him as an undrafted tryout player out of West Texas A&M in 2013. But now that Robinson is a restricted free agent, the Saints will have to pony up a bit to keep him. They'll need to make a one-year qualifying offer around $1.5 million with no draft-pick compensation or closer to $2.5 million with second-round compensation. Spiller's first year in New Orleans was a flop, partly because of a minor knee surgery he underwent during training camp. But if the Saints cut him before June 1, he will actually count more against the cap ($5.3 million) than if they keep him. So there's a good chance they'll give him another summer to regain his spark. Hightower, meanwhile, was one of the most pleasant surprises of the Saints' 2015 season, reviving his career after three-plus years out of the NFL. He played fantastic down the stretch after Ingram's injury. He could potentially come cheaper than both Spiller and Robinson and provide even more bang for the buck. RB Travaris Cadet also left a strong lasting impression after rejoining the Saints in mid-December. He and Murphy are both good depth options as runner/receiver/return men.

-- Saints Name Peter Giunta --
Fri Jan 22, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

NBC Sports reports the New Orleans Saints have named Peter Giunta Senior Defensive Assistant.

-- Drew Brees Going Nowhere --
Thu Jan 14, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

The Times-Picayune reports New Orleans Saints GM Mickey Loomis promised Thursday that QB Drew Brees would remain the team's quarterback, but he didn't reveal any details of expected offseason contract negotiations. Brees is under contract for 2016, but his $30 million hit against the salary cap could be reduced if the contract is extended. "I know this: Drew's going to be our quarterback," Loomis said. "We'll figure out how we're going to handle the contract, whether it stays the same and just remains right in place, or whether we do something different. That's all part of what we've got to figure out in the coming weeks." Loomis said the Saints' precarious cap situation doesn't necessarily require that Brees' contract be extended. "I keep reading how we're in dire straits with the cap and this, that and the other," Loomis said. "It's not a great cap situations, but it's not as dire as sometimes I think it's painted out to be. We know where we're at, we know what we have to do."

-- Saints Name Two --
Wed Jan 13, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports the New Orleans Saints have named Joe Lombardi QBs coach and Dan Campbell Assistant Head Coach/Tight Ends.

-- HC Sean Payton Staying with Saints --
Wed Jan 6, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

NFL.com reports New Orleans Saints HC Sean Payton isn't going anywhere. He and GM Mickey Loomis agreed he's staying in New Orleans as their head coach.

-- No Surgery for Drew Brees --
Tue Jan 5, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees (foot) flew to Charlotte to have his foot injury evaluated by Dr. Robert Anderson, who recommended the QB Peyton Manning plan of 4-6 weeks of rest before easing into football and training activity, a source close to Brees said. Brees will not need surgery for the torn plantar fascia in his right heel, or for the shoulder injury he suffered earlier in the season.

-- Saints Want a 2nd-Round Draft Pick for HC Sean Payton --
Mon Jan 4, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

NFL.com reports the potential price placed by the New Orleans Saints on HC Sean Payton is a 2nd-round draft pick.

-- Saints IR Kendall Hunter --
Fri Jan 1, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

NBC Sports reports the New Orleans Saints have placed RB Kendall Hunter (undisclosed) on injured reserve, ending his season.

-- Zach Strief: Saints or No One in 2016 --
Fri Jan 1, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports OT Zach Strief's negotiating skills aren’t very impressive at this stage of his career. His loyalty to the New Orleans Saints? That’s another story. The 10th-year offensive tackle said this week that he will keep coming back to play for the Saints “until they tell me to stop coming” -- even if that means playing a backup role next season. But if the Saints do let him go, Strief said he has no interest in playing for another team. “No. (I’d be) done,” Strief said. “You can’t say that, I guess, but my assumption would be that no, I’m not playing anywhere else.” That kind of allegiance to a team is rare in the NFL but as Strief said, “My situation is rare in this league.”

-- Saints IR C.J. Spiller --
Wed Dec 30, 2015 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports the New Orleans Saints have placed RB C.J. Spiller (undisclosed) on injured reserve, ending his season.

-- Drew Brees: HC Sean Payton & I Aren't Going Anywhere --
Tue Dec 29, 2015 --from FFMastermind.com

NFL.com reports New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees says he's not going anywhere, and neither is Saints HC Sean Payton. Brees was asked Tuesday if he sees any scenario in which he and head coach Sean Payton are not back in New Orleans next season. "No, I don't," he said. "I think we -- a plan was put in place throughout last offseason as to how we were going to build a foundation by which to make a run at it in the future. That includes some new faces, that includes some young players that, I think, will all have a chance to come together and kind of build a team that can make a run at it in the future. Unfortunately, we had high expectations going into this year and we fell a bit short. But I'm confident with the character, the leadership, the talent we have."

-- Drew Brees Watch --
Sun Dec 27, 2015 --from FFMastermind.com

NFL.com reports New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees has a $30 million cap figure in 2016. Word is circulating that he has to take a hometown discount to return.

-- Saints Make Player Moves --
Wed Dec 23, 2015 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports the New Orleans Saints have claimed RB Travaris Cadet off waivers from the 49ers. The team also waived WR T.J. Graham.

-- Saints IR Damian Swann; Sign Two --
Wed Dec 16, 2015 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports the New Orleans Saints have placed CB Damian Swann (concussion) on injured reserve, ending his season. THe team also signed RB Kendall Hunter and FB Toben Opurum.

-- Saints IR Marcus Murphy; Sign One --
Wed Dec 16, 2015 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports the New Orleans Saints have placed KR Marcus Murphy (ankle) on injured reserve, ending his season. The team also signed CB Tony Carter.

-- Adios C.J. Spiller in 2016? --
Sun Dec 13, 2015 --from FFMastermind.com

NFL.com reports at this point, it seems to be a longshot that RB C.J. Spiller is on the Saints team in 2016.

-- Saints IR Mark Ingram --
Wed Dec 9, 2015 --from FFMastermind.com

NFL.com reports the New Orleans Saints have placed RB Mark Ingram (shoulder) on injured reserve, ending his season.

-- Saints IR Mark Ingram --
Wed Dec 9, 2015 --from FFMastermind.com

NFL.com reports the New Orleans Saints have placed RB Mark Ingram (shoulder) on injured reserve, ending his season.

-- Saints Could Trade HC Sean Payton --
Mon Dec 7, 2015 --from FFMastermind.com

CBS Sports reports several teams are prepared to approach the New Orleans Saints about trading for HC Sean Payton, according to league sources, and under the right set of circumstances that's a possibility that could well appeal to him. Contrary to a previous report, the Saints are not entertaining the prospect of releasing their most successful coach in franchise history from his deal and would not do so. Payton is focused on the task at hand with the Saints and enjoys some unique circumstances there. Payton and GM Mickey Loomis essentially have full autonomy, with owner Tom Benson dealing with health issues and not a significant factor in organizational decisions, sources said. Payton is also very enthused about some of the talent on his young team, and any of the machinations about his future are taking place at a level he is not involved in. His mind is on the next game, but the reality is that other pro and college programs have been interested in him in the past and will be so again this winter. The Dolphins, for one, are very interested in Payton, but it would likely take a change in their organizational structure to make that a job that most interested him, according to sources. The Titans, Colts and Browns could be in the market for his services as well, and the rebuilding Saints would likely be interested in the kind of draft-pick compensation a coach as distinguished as Payton could yield with two years left on his contract.

-- Saints IR Keenan Lewis --
Thu Nov 26, 2015 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports the New Orleans Saints have placed CB Keenan Lewis (torn MCL) on injured reserve, ending his season.

-- Saints Sign One --
Wed Nov 25, 2015 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports the New Orleans Saints have signed free-agent CB Chris Owens.

-- Saints Release One --
Tue Nov 24, 2015 --from FFMastermind.com

The Times-Picayune reports the New Orleans Saints have released LB Jo-Lonn Dunbar.

-- Saints Sign One --
Mon Nov 23, 2015 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports the New Orleans Saints have signed LB Phillip Hunt.

-- Source: Saints Fire DC Rob Ryan; Promote Dennis Allen --
Mon Nov 16, 2015 --from FFMastermind.com

NFL.com reports the New Orleans Saints have fired DC Rob Ryan, a source said. The Saints are promoting Dennis Allen to defensive coordinator, a source said.

-- DC Rob Ryan Not Fired... Yet --
Mon Nov 16, 2015 --from FFMastermind.com

NFL.com reports New Orleans Saints HC Sean Payton says at his press conference today that “absolutely” DC Rob Ryan is still a member of his coaching staff. He says he’ll meet with the general manager to discuss the team's current situation.

-- Saints Fire DC Rob Ryan --
Mon Nov 16, 2015 --from FFMastermind.com

Fox Sports reports another New Orleans defensive debacle has spelled the end of DC Rob Ryan's days as the unit's coordinator. Multiple sources say that Ryan is being removed from the position following Sunday's 47-14 loss at Washington. The Redskins generated 526 yards of offense with QB Kirk Cousins posting a perfect quarterback rating of 158.3 while throwing for 324 yards and four touchdowns. The Saints also surrendered 225 rushing yards, led by RB Alfred Morris, who gained 104 on just 15 carries. New Orleans ranks last in the NFL in yards allowed (424.7), points allowed (31.5) and passing touchdowns allowed (28).

-- Saints Sign One --
Tue Nov 10, 2015 --from FFMastermind.com

The Times-Picayune reports the Saints have signed veteran free-agent LB James Anderson.

-- Saints IR Luke McCown; Sign Matt Flynn & Another --
Mon Nov 9, 2015 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports the New Orleans Saints have signed veteran free-agent QB Matt Flynn. The team also placed QB Luke McCown (back) on injured reserve, ending his season. They also signed LB James Anderson.

-- Saints Sign One --
Wed Nov 4, 2015 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports the New Orleans Saints have signed LB Mike Mohamed.

-- Saints Re-Sign Tim Hightower --
Mon Nov 2, 2015 --from FFMastermind.com

The Advocate reports the New Orleans Saints have re-signed RB Tim Hightower.

-- Saints Sign One --
Thu Oct 29, 2015 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports the New Orleans Saints have signed free-agent LB Jo-Lonn Dunbar.

-- Why Willie Snead in Successful --
Thu Oct 22, 2015 --from FFMastermind.com

The Advocate reports New Orleans Saints WR Willie Snead has few standout athletic traits in a field where he competes against some of the best athletes in the world. Yet he gets open. Consistently and constantly. It’s not because he blows guys off the line of scrimmage or runs by them. He sets them up and attacks each route with a plan of how to get open. He’s a tactician and wins with his mind as much — or more — than he does with his body. So when he steps to the line of scrimmage and his hands are spinning, he’s constantly thinking about how to set up this move or disguise this route or how to attack a cornerback or zone coverage within the parameters of what he’s supposed to be doing. “I just make sure my routes are detailed,” Snead said. “Technician, that’s what people say. I work hard at my craft. That’s what’s put me over the edge. I don’t have the best speed in the world, but I get open.”

-- Saints Make Player Moves --
Tue Oct 20, 2015 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports the New Orleans Saints have signed WR T.J. Graham and released P Brandon Fields.

-- Saints Release Zach Hocker; Sign Kai Forbath --
Mon Oct 19, 2015 --from FFMastermind.com

CBS Sports reports the New Orleans Saints have released PK Zach Hocker and signed veteran free-agent PK Kai Forbath.

-- Saints Release Zach Hocker; Sign Kai Forbath --
Mon Oct 19, 2015 --from FFMastermind.com

CBS Sports reports the New Orleans Saints have released PK Zach Hocker and signed veteran free-agent PK Kai Forbath.

-- Sean Payton Watch --
Thu Oct 15, 2015 --from FFMastermind.com

NFL.com reports New Orleans Saints HC Sean Payton is expected to receive some inquiries from other teams after the 2015 season, and Payton will be "open to" listening to offers.

-- Saints Make Player Moves --
Tue Oct 13, 2015 --from FFMastermind.com

The Times-Picayune reports the New Orleans Saints have re-signed WR Joe Morgan and waived DB Don Jones.

-- Multiple Teams Eyeing Sean Payton --
Sun Oct 11, 2015 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports multiple teams, including Miami, are expected to inquire about New Orleans Saints HC Sean Payton’s availability after this season, according to league sources.

-- Saints Work Out Kickers --
Wed Oct 7, 2015 --from FFMastermind.com

The Times-Picayune reports the Saints are working out at least two free-agent kickers, PK Kai Forbath and PK Randy Bullock, according to a league source.

-- Saints Release One --
Tue Oct 6, 2015 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports the New Orleans Saints have released WR Joe Morgan.

-- Saints Make Player Moves --
Tue Oct 6, 2015 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports the New Orleans Saints have signed P Brandon Fields and waived S Kenny Phillips.

-- Spiller & Snead See Increase in Snaps on Sunday Night --
Mon Oct 5, 2015 --from FFMastermind.com

The Times-Picayune reports Saints HC Sean Payton said he strived to increase RB C.J. Spiller's involvement within the offense. Technically, Payton did just that. Spiller played 21 offensive snaps in the win over Dallas, which translated into 29 percent of the offensive snaps. The 21 snaps are up from Week 3 where he only 14 snaps (20 percent) in the loss at Carolina. The Saints tailback took seven snaps in his Saints debut against Tampa Bay two weeks ago. Meanwhile, WR Brandon Coleman continues to watch his participation decrease finding only 19 snaps (26 percent) in Sunday night's win. WR Willie Snead received the second most offensive snaps at wide receiver at 48. WR Marques Colston played only 41 of 73 snaps.

-- C.J. Spiller to See More Carries Today --
Sun Oct 4, 2015 --from FFMastermind.com

NFL.com reports the New Orleans Saints are committed to giving RB C.J. Spiller more carries today against the Cowboys.

-- Saints Acquire Michael Hoomanawanui --
Wed Sep 30, 2015 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports the New England Patriots have acquired DL Akiem Hicks from the New Orleans Saints in exchange for TE Michael Hoomanawanui.

-- Saints Restructure Drew Brees --
Wed Sep 30, 2015 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports the New Orleans Saints created $2.6 million in 2015 cap space by converting $5.2 million of QB Drew Brees' base salary into a signing bonus.

-- C.J. Spiller Should be Heavily Used This Week --
Fri Sep 25, 2015 --from FFMastermind.com

The Times-Picayune reports Saints RB C.J. Spiller fully participated in practice all week, and should be heavily involved in the offense this week.

-- Luke McCown Will Start This Week --
Fri Sep 25, 2015 --from FFMastermind.com

NBC Sports reports New Orleans Saints QB Luke McCown will get the start this week against the Panthers.

-- Luke McCown Will Start This Week --
Fri Sep 25, 2015 --from FFMastermind.com

NBC Sports reports New Orleans Saints QB Luke McCown will get the start this week against the Panthers.

-- C.J. Spiller Plays Seven Snaps Sunday --
Mon Sep 21, 2015 --from FFMastermind.com

The Times-Picayune reports Saints RB C.J. Spiller played only seven offensive snaps on Sunday against the Buccaneers.

-- Saints IR Rafael Bush; Release Tim Hightower --
Tue Sep 15, 2015 --from FFMastermind.com

NFL.com reports the New Orleans Saints have placed S Rafael Bush (torn pec) on injured reserve, ending his season. The team also released RB Tim Hightower.

-- Saints Make Player Moves --
Mon Sep 14, 2015 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports the New Orleans Saints have re-signed RB Tim Hightower and OL Mike McGlynn. The team also waived FB Toben Opurum and WR Seantavius Jones.

-- Saints Sign Kenny Phillips --
Mon Sep 14, 2015 --from FFMastermind.com

Fox Sports reports the New Orleans Saints have signed S Kenny Phillips.

-- Saints Make Player Moves --
Sat Sep 12, 2015 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports the New Orleans Saints have released RB Tim Hightower and OL Mike McGlynn. They have also placed LB Davis Tull (shoulder) on injured reserve, ending his season. S Don Jones, WR Seantavius Jones, and FB Toben Opurum have been promoted from the practice squad.

-- Saints Re-Sign One --
Sat Sep 12, 2015 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports the New Orleans Saints have re-signed WR Seantavius Jones.

-- Saints Work Out Austin Pettis --
Thu Sep 10, 2015 --from FFMastermind.com

The Post-Dispatch reports free-agent WR Austin Pettis had a tryout with New Orleans earlier this week.

-- Max Unger Restructures --
Wed Sep 9, 2015 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports the New Orleans Saints converted $3 million of C Max Unger's $4.5 million base salary into a signing bonus. It creates $1.5 million in salary cap room for a cap needy team.

-- Cameron Jordan Under Investigation for Nightclub Incident --
Tue Sep 8, 2015 --from FFMastermind.com

WWLTV.com reports New Orleans Saints DE Cameron Jordan, one of the star defensive linemen for the New Orleans Saints, is being investigated for an incident at a nightclub in the warehouse district that occurred over the weekend. Sources say that the incident happened at the Republic nightclub sometime either late Saturday night or early Sunday. The New Orleans Police Department confirmed an incident report was written at Republic, but a spokesman had few details about it. According to sources, the report was made by a man and his girlfriend alleging that Jordan swatted the woman on her buttocks and then had a minor scuffle with her boyfriend. He was reportedly at Republic when the woman, whom Jordan knew, walked by. Sources say that he exchanged words with her then allegedly swatted her on the backside. After that, the woman's boyfriend reportedly confronted Jordan in the bathroom. Sources say that despite working out the disagreement, Jordan accidentally sprayed champagne on the couple and after that they filed a report with police around 4 am Sunday. Investigators are still working to determine if the incident rises to the level of a misdemeanor sexual battery. Sources say Jordan has been cooperative with police about the entire incident. No arrest warrant or charges have been filed.

-- Saints Release Nick Toon --
Tue Sep 8, 2015 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports the New Orleans Saints have released WR Nick Toon from the injured reserve list after reaching an injury settlement.

-- Saints Working Out Hakeem Nicks --
Tue Sep 8, 2015 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports free-agent WR Hakeem Nicks is working out for the New Orleans Saints on Tuesday.

-- Saints to Work Out Caleb Sturgis --
Tue Sep 8, 2015 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports the New Orleans Saints will work out free-agent PK Caleb Sturgis on Tuesday.

-- Saints Work Out Nick Novak --
Mon Sep 7, 2015 --from FFMastermind.com

CBS Sports reports free-agent PK Nick Novak will work out for New Orleans Saints on Tuesday.

-- Saints Release One --
Sun Sep 6, 2015 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports the New Orleans Saints have waived S Kenny Phillips.

-- Saints Release 16 --
Sat Sep 5, 2015 --from FFMastermind.com

NBC Sports reports the New Orleans Saints have waived TE Orson Charles, WR Josh Morgan, WR Joe Morgan, WR Seantavius Jones, RB Edwin Baker, LB Justin Anderson, OT Nick Becton, LB Henry Coley, LB Jerry Franklin, OT Bryce Harris, OT Sean Hickey, OG Cyril Lemon, TE Chris Manhertz, RB Toben Opurum, DB Sammy Seamster and DB Pierre Warren.

-- Saints Release Stanley Jean-Baptiste --
Sat Sep 5, 2015 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports the New Orleans Saints have waived CB Stanley Jean-Baptiste.

-- C.J. Spiller Expected to Play Week #1 --
Fri Sep 4, 2015 --from FFMastermind.com

The Times-Picayune reports Saints RB C.J. Spiller (knee) is dealing with a knee injury, but expected to be ready for Week #1 at Arizona.
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-- Saints Release Toon & Sunseri --
Wed Sep 2, 2015 --from FFMastermind.com

NBC Sports reports the New Orleans Saints have waived WR Nick Toon, a 2012 fourth-rounder, and S Vinnie Sunseri, a 2014 fifth-rounder, with injuries. With Toon’s contract expiring after this season, he may be done with the Saints even if he does go unclaimed and revert to injured reserve.
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-- Keenan Lewis OUT 4-6 Weeks After Hip Surgery --
Wed Sep 2, 2015 --from FFMastermind.com

NFL.com reports New Orleans Saints CB Keenan Lewis underwent hip surgery yesterday, sources say. He’s out 4-6 weeks.

-- Saints to Release Nick Toon --
Wed Sep 2, 2015 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports the New Orleans Saints are planning to waive WR Nick Toon (ankle).
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-- Saints IR One --
Tue Sep 1, 2015 --from FFMastermind.com

NBC Sports reports the New Orleans Saints have placed rookie CB P.J. Williams (hamstring) on injured reserve, ending his season.

-- Saints Make Player Moves --
Tue Sep 1, 2015 --from FFMastermind.com

NBC Sports reports the New Orleans Saints have placed LB Anthony Spencer on injured reserve, ending his season. The team also released FB Erik Lorig, LB Chris Young, LB Ronald Powell, WR Lance Lewis and OL Antonio Johnson.

-- Khiry Robinson Has Minor Injury --
Fri Aug 28, 2015 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports the injury that has kept New Orleans Saints RB Khiry Robinson (undisclosed) out of practice all week is minor, according to a source, and shouldn’t affect his status for the regular season. Robinson almost certainly won’t play in Sunday’s preseason game against the Houston Texans though, after missing the entire week of practice.

-- Saints Need to Choose a Kicker --
Thu Aug 27, 2015 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports the New Orleans Saints still need to choose a kicker. So far neither PK Dustin Hopkins nor PK Zach Hocker has taken the lead where it matters most -- in the preseason games. They're both 2-for-3 on field goal attempts, with Hocker missing a 50-yarder in Week 1 and Hopkins missing a 55-yarder in Week 2. Hopkins, a third-year pro from Florida State, seems to have the slight edge because of his powerful leg. But it's close enough that a clutch kick or two Sunday against the Texans could make the difference.
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-- Nick Toon OUT 2-3 Weeks with a High Ankle Sprain --
Sun Aug 23, 2015 --from FFMastermind.com

Fox Sports reports New Orleans Saints WR Nick Toon sustained a high-ankle sprain and is expected to be out 2-3 weeks, a source said. Toon, who was getting reps with the second-team offense, left the field in the third quarter and was seen on the trainer's table, The Times Picayune noted.
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-- Drew Brees Set to Play into the Second Quarter Tonight --
Sat Aug 22, 2015 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports the New Orleans Saints will host the New England Patriots tonight in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, and it should be the preseason debut for QB Drew Brees. Though coach Sean Payton hasn't confirmed his quarterback rotation, Brees said he expects to play for a quarter or a quarter-and-a-half. The Saints would love to get off to a better start than last week, when they went three-and-out on their first two drives in Baltimore before finally finding their groove.

-- Brandon Coleman Impresses --
Wed Aug 19, 2015 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports in a sit-down interview, New Orleans Saints HC Sean Payton says WR Brandon Coleman has impressed him the most in training camp.
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-- Saints IR Kevin Brock; Re-Sign Alex Smith --
Wed Aug 19, 2015 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports the New Orleans Saints have placed TE Kevin Brock (undisclosed) on injured reserve, ending his season. The team also re-signed TE Alex Smith.

-- C.J. Spiller Should be Ready to Play by Week #1 --
Wed Aug 19, 2015 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports New Orleans HC Sean Payton says that RB C.J. C.J. Spiller (knee) should be ready for Week #1's game against the Cardinals.
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-- Brandon Coleman to Get First Unit Play Time This Week --
Tue Aug 18, 2015 --from FFMastermind.com

The Times Picayune reports Saints Sean Payton says WR Brandon Coleman will play a lot more in the second preseason game, and will play with first unit.
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-- Saints Make Player Moves --
Mon Aug 17, 2015 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports the New Orleans Saints have signed LB Chris Young, DT Austin Brown, and TE Michael Egnew. The team also released DT Lawrence Virgil injured and WR Kyle Prater.

-- Saints Release Alex Smith; Make Other Player Moves --
Sun Aug 16, 2015 --from FFMastermind.com

The Times-Picayune reports the New Orleans Saints have released veteran TE Alex Smith and waived LS Chris Highland. The team also signed LB Justin Anderson.

-- C.J. Spiller Undergoes Knee Surgery; OUT for All of Preseason --
Sat Aug 15, 2015 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports New Orleans Saints RB C.J. Spiller (knee) underwent arthroscopic knee surgery Friday but is expected to be back for the team's regular-season opener, a source says. Spiller's injury first surfaced a week ago when he missed the Saints' scrimmage. A source said at the time that it was just a day of rest, and Spiller returned to practice in a limited capacity earlier this week. However, Spiller was absent for Tuesday's practice and was held out of the preseason opener at Baltimore last Thursday. It's unclear if Spiller suffered a setback or if he and the team felt a clean-up surgery would be a better choice in the long term.
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-- C.J. Spiller Undergoes Knee Surgery; OUT for All of Preseason --
Sat Aug 15, 2015 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports New Orleans Saints RB C.J. Spiller (knee) underwent arthroscopic knee surgery Friday but is expected to be back for the team's regular-season opener, a source says. Spiller's injury first surfaced a week ago when he missed the Saints' scrimmage. A source said at the time that it was just a day of rest, and Spiller returned to practice in a limited capacity earlier this week. However, Spiller was absent for Tuesday's practice and was held out of the preseason opener at Baltimore last Thursday. It's unclear if Spiller suffered a setback or if he and the team felt a clean-up surgery would be a better choice in the long term.

-- Saints Suffer Four Injuries --
Fri Aug 14, 2015 --from FFMastermind.com

NBC Sports reports the most worrisome injury suffered by the New Orleans Saints last night might be to CB Brandon Browner, who was hit by LB Hau’oli Kikaha in his lower right leg. Browner was carted off, with no further word on his condition. LB Dannell Ellerbe, LB Ramon Humber and CB Delvin Breaux also needed attention from athletic trainers, and the Saints didn’t announce any updates on them either. This morning, multiple reports say Browner’s injury is not considered serious and he’s not expected to be out of the lineup for a significant period of time. Breaux posted on Twitter that it was a “minor bump in the road.”

-- Saints Sign Alex Smith; Release One --
Fri Aug 7, 2015 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports the New Orleans Saints have signed veteran free-agent TE Alex Smith and waived rookie TE Jack Tabb injured.

-- Saints Make Player Moves --
Fri Aug 7, 2015 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports the New Orleans Saints have waived third-year DE Glenn Foster with a failed physical designation and signed undrafted rookie CB Travis Manning.

-- Saints PK Battle Update - Hopkins Perfect --
Thu Aug 6, 2015 --from FFMastermind.com

The Times-Picayune reports if the stats are any indication, Saints PK Dustin Hopkins appears to be leading the kicking battle over PK Zach Hocker. Hopkins had another perfect day at Saints practice on Wednesday, hitting 4-of-4 field goals to extend his camp record to 15-of-15. He has also consistently shown more leg strength on kickoffs than Hocker. The Saints will be taking a hard look at accuracy between the two kickers, particularly with PATs now extended to 33 yards. "At the end, what I think is the most important is how they are hitting their field goals and obviously their PATs now," said Saints HC Sean Payton. "I think there is a little bit more of a premium on their accuracy being that those point afters are going to be further away." Hocker had a field goal attempt blocked earlier in the week.

-- Saints Injury Update - Colston Limited; Hill Sits --
Thu Aug 6, 2015 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports New Orleans Saints CB Keenan Lewis and WR Brandon Coleman both were missing from the field during the last hour of New Orleans Saints practice Wednesday. It’s unclear why, as nobody reported them them leaving the field and HC Sean Payton doesn’t give injury updates this time of year. Both remained missing during the Saints' afternoon walk-through. CB Delvin Breaux was a new addition to the list of absentees in the afternoon. Perhaps it’s something minor – as appears to be the case with OT Terron Armstead, who left under similar circumstances Monday. Armstead was back in full pads after Tuesday's off-day and participated in walk-through sessions, though he sat out during team and individual drills. The Saints’ injury list is starting to grow a bit one week into camp, though. And there’s a pretty good collection of talent on the list – starting with S Jairus Byrd, who is again missing a large chunk of time with an undisclosed ailment. “I think he’s progressing well,” Payton said of Byrd – though he declined to specify Byrd’s injury or whether it is related to the knee injury that landed Byrd on injured reserve last year. “I think sooner than later, we’re gonna get a chance to see him. But at the same time, we’re gonna be smart.” WR Marques Colston remained dressed but limited, which has been typical for him for several days now. TE Josh Hill, LB Anthony Spencer and LB Dannell Ellerbe remained out as they watched from the sideline in shorts. Rookie CB P.J. Williams wasn’t spotted on the field for the second straight practice. Fellow rookie corner Damian Swann was new to the injury list as he watched from the side.

-- Saints to Work Out Alfonzo Dennard --
Thu Aug 6, 2015 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports free-agent CB Alfonzo Dennard will work out for the New Orleans Saints on Thursday.

-- Saints Monday Injury Update - Josh Hill Sits --
Mon Aug 3, 2015 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports New Orleans Saints OT Terron Armstead left Monday's practice early for an undisclosed reason. Caoch Sean Payton declined to offer any updates after practice, which is typical since teams aren't required to reveal injury information at this time of year. Nobody reported seeing Armstead leave the field, so it's impossible to speculate if he's dealing with anything significant. TE Josh Hill and rookie CB P.J. Williams were new additions to the did-not-practice list Monday for unspecified reasons. Hill watched from the sideline in shorts. S Jairus Byrd remains sidelined five days into camp with an unspecified ailment. He has made occasional appearances while standing behind the defense in walk-throughs to take mental reps. Byrd began training camp on the physically-unable-to-perform list, but HC Sean Payton and GM Mickey Loomis said they don't expect it to be a long-term issue. It's unclear if it's related to Byrd's season-ending knee injury from last year. Byrd participated in most of organized team activities and minicamp this summer. LB Anthony Spencer, LB Dannell Ellerbe and LS Justin Drescher also remained sidelined with unspecified ailments, among other backups. WR Marques Colston has continued to gradually ramp up his workload, participating in 7-on-7 drills Monday. Colston didn't specify what it was that kept him sidelined for most of OTAs and minicamp and the start of training camp, saying only that the plan was to "ease him" into camp. The Saints have reduced his summer workload often in recent years, though not quite to this extent.

-- Dustin Hopkins Takes Lead for Saints Kicking Job --
Mon Aug 3, 2015 --from FFMastermind.com

The Times_Picayune reports Saints PK Dustin Hopkins is outperforming PK Zach Hocker early during training camp.

-- Orson Charles Suspended One Game --
Fri Jul 31, 2015 --from FFMastermind.com

NFL.com reports the NFL has suspended New Orleans Saints TE Orson Charles one game for violating the league's personal conduct policy.

-- Saints Activate Marques Colston --
Fri Jul 31, 2015 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports the New Orleans Saints have activated WR Marques Colston from the active PUP list.

-- Saints Place Two on PUP List --
Tue Jul 28, 2015 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports the New Orleans Saints have placed WR Marques Colston (undisclosed) and FS Jairus Byrd (knee) on the active PUP list.

-- Saints Release Brodrick Bunkley --
Tue Jul 28, 2015 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports the New Orleans Saints have released DT Brodrick Bunkley after a failed physical.

-- Saints Sign One --
Mon Jul 27, 2015 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports the New Orleans Saints have signed free-agent TE Kevin Brock.

-- Who Replaces Junior Galette for Saints? --
Sun Jul 26, 2015 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports the New Orleans Saints loaded up with some new options at outside linebacker this offseason – perhaps anticipating all along that they would part ways with tempestuous starter LB Junior Galette at some point. The bad news: All of those options come with question marks. Newly-signed veteran LB Anthony Spencer will get the first crack. Spencer spent most of the summer with the Saints’ starting unit while Galette was sidelined with a pectoral injury. Spencer is a dependable veteran who was once among the NFL’s elite pass rushers with the Dallas Cowboys. He made the Pro Bowl when playing for current Saints DC Rob Ryan in 2012. However, Spencer is 31 now and he hasn’t been the same since suffering a major knee injury in 2013. Second-round draft pick LB Hau’oli Kikaha will also figure into the mix. At Washington, Kikaha led all players in college football last year with 19 sacks. And his athleticism has been apparent this summer. However, he’s still a rookie and admittedly needs to learn how to drop back in coverage. His impact could come in a rotational pass-rush role. Fifth-round draft pick Davis Tull is also a rookie, and he also is more of a pass-rush specialist at this point. However, Tull has been sidelined all summer by labrum surgery, though he’s expected to begin practicing during training camp. Returning veteran LB Parys Haralson should continue rotating into the mix as a run-defense specialist, though he lined up as a 3-4 end during parts of OTAs and minicamp. Second-year pro LB Kasim Edebali can’t be forgotten after he impressed last year in a limited backup role as an undrafted rookie. Fellow second-year pro LB Ronald Powell could also work his way into the rotation after barely playing last year, now that he’s more comfortable in the Saints’ system.