Players union files grievance on behalf of Graham

Thu, 08 May 2014 01:40:07 GMTby ramon antonio vargas
rvargas@theadvocate.comHaving been handed a $7 million franchise tag classifying him as a tight end, Saints All-Pro Jimmy Graham has filed a grievance through the NFL players union arguing that he s..

Former Saints defender Smith signs with Patriots


Tue, 06 May 2014 03:56:03 GMT
by Ramon Antonio Vargas
rvargas@theadvocate.com

After the Saints released him in February, defensive end/linebacker Will Smith insisted he wasn’t ready to retire.
But Smith wasn’t given a chance to make another NFL roster until Monday, when he signed with the New England Patriots. Terms of the deal wer..

Post-draft picks prominant


Tue, 06 May 2014 02:18:42 GMT
by ramon antonio vargas
rvargas@theadvocate.com

Draft info box
Undrafted players have impact on Saints. 8C

Reporters can’t speak to Sean Payton about the NFL draft for long without the Saints coach issuing them a reminder.
Though countless people obsess over what may happen in the early portion..

Undrafted players have impact on Saints

Tue, 06 May 2014 01:39:45 GMTby ramon antonio vargas
rvargas@theadvocate.comSeven undrafted rookies made the Saints last year: defensive end Glenn Foster, backup quarterback Ryan Griffin, tight end Josh Hill, linebacker Kevin Reddick, running back Khi..

Tucked-away talent pool fresh waters for ’14 draft


Mon, 05 May 2014 03:50:04 GMT
By MICHAEL MAROT
AP sportswriter

INDIANAPOLIS — Zach Moore and Larry Webster found unconventional ways to reach NFL draft weekend.
When Moore’s subpar high school grades scared away big-time football schools from offering scholarships, the Chicago native enrolled at tiny Concordia Univer..

Small-school players often have big-time impact with Saints


Sun, 04 May 2014 23:54:03 GMT
by sheldon mickles
smickles@theadvocate.com

In an effort to find the next player or players who’ll help them win — now and in the future — the Saints, like most NFL teams, leave no stone unturned in a never-ending search for talent.
Players come in all shapes and sizes, and similarly, come from sch..

Digging up a gem


Sun, 04 May 2014 05:58:27 GMT
by Ramon Antonio Vargas
rvargas@theadvocate.com

When the Saints traveled to Miami for Super Bowl XLIV at the end of the 2009 season, they didn’t just capture their first NFL championship.
They also seized the inside line on a draft prospect who blossomed into one of the best players in franchise histo..

The picks of the litter

Sun, 04 May 2014 05:58:17 GMTBy Sheldon Mickles
smickles@theadvocate.comFirst round
1. T William Roaf (1993/8th overall)

A 2012 Pro Football Hall of Fame inductee, Roaf was a dominant run- and pass-blocker and a four-time All-Pro pick.
2. RB Deuce..

It was all quiet on the Ingram front as NFL’s option deadline neared


Sat, 03 May 2014 01:49:38 GMT
by Ramon Antonio Vargas
rvargas@theadvocate.com

With hours to go before the team’s deadline to do so, the NFL Players Association website on Friday did not show that the Saints had exercised a fifth-year team option on the contract of running back Mark Ingram.
There also were no indications that would ..

Mayock: Saints could go for cornerback early

Fri, 02 May 2014 05:57:02 GMTby ramon antonio vargas
rvargas@theadvocate.comNFL Network analyst Mike Mayock said the Saints could stand to select a good cornerback in the first round of the upcoming NFL draft, despite the team being ranked No. 2 again..