‘He’ll fit in well’

Fri, 09 May 2014 06:38:33 GMT
by ramon antonio vargas

Meeting with Saints brass at the scouting combine in Indianapolis in February, Oregon State wide receiver Brandin Cooks loved what he was hearing from coach Sean Payton.
If the Saints managed to scoop him up later at the draft, Cooks would “be used in the..

Saints may have harder time getting to QB Ryan

Fri, 09 May 2014 06:36:01 GMTby ted lewis
tlewis@theadvocate.comThe Saints sacked Atlanta quarterback Matt Ryan eight times in their two meetings last year.
But that could prove to be tougher this season.
After flirting with the idea of trading up, t..


Fri, 09 May 2014 05:17:01 GMTThe murkiest NFL draft in years began Thursday night with more questions than answers, to be sure.
But a little more than two hours after it started with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell declaring that the 2014 NFL draft was..

NFLPA criticizes Saints-backed workers’ comp bill

Fri, 09 May 2014 02:52:03 GMTby ramon antonio vargas
rvargas@theadvocate.comWhile they were eagerly waiting to learn what their favorite team would do with their first pick in the 2014 draft, NFL Players Association chief DeMaurice Smith on Thursday u..

Five to watch at No. 27

Thu, 08 May 2014 06:13:03 GMTFive players who could be in the mix when the Saints make their first pick:
DE Kony Ealy
6-4, 273
Since he possesses great size and athleticism, some experts compare Ealy to Rams defensive end Robert Quinn, who ..

Double-check that shopping list

Thu, 08 May 2014 06:13:02 GMTby RAMON ANTONIO VARGAS
rvargas@theadvocate.comWide receiver
Star wideout Marques Colston is coming off a decent campaign, with 943 yards and five touchdowns on 75 receptions during the regular season. But the yardage to..

Saints’ first-round draft picks

Thu, 08 May 2014 06:13:01 GMTLeftAlign.19LeftAlign.72LeftAlign.88Year Player Pos. College
1967 Les Kelley FB Alabama
1968 Kevin Hardy DE Notre Dame
1969 John Shinners G Xavier (Ohio)
1970 Ken Burrough WR Texas So.
1971 Archie Manning QB Ole Miss
1972 ..

SO … What’s your number?

Thu, 08 May 2014 06:12:01 GMT2013
WR DeAndre Hopkins
Showed flashes as a rookie with 52 catches for 802 yards and two touchdowns.
G Kevin Zeitler
Started all 16 games as a rookie and has 27 starts in his fi..

Offense, defense or best player available?

Thu, 08 May 2014 06:08:03 GMTby ramon antonio vargas
rvargas@theadvocate.comIn the weeks leading up to the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft on Thursday, the Saints hosted 29 of the 30 prospects they were allowed to at their headquarters ahead of the ..

Mocking the draft, Part II

Thu, 08 May 2014 05:27:26 GMTRamon Antonio Vargas, entering his second season covering the Saints for The Advocate, offers his first-round projections:
1. Texans
DE Jadeveon Clowney
South Carolina
2. Rams*
OLB Khalil Mack
3. Jaguars
WR ..