Saints place more emphasis on scouting than on combine


Wed, 24 Feb 2016 00:20:39 GMT
By Nick Underhill
nunderhill@theadvocate.com

All eyes will be on Indianapolis next week as NFL fans try to steal a glimpse of hope for their teams next season.
We’ll see plenty of overreactions each time a stopwatch clicks at the scouting combine. People will debate over what each tenth of a second ..

Small school, big aspirations


Tue, 23 Feb 2016 03:02:30 GMT
By Joel a. Erickson
jerickson@theadvocate.com

MOBILE, Ala. — James Bradberry remembers the moment he realized he might have a shot at the NFL.
Bradberry was sitting in The Caf — an on-campus dining hall — at Arkansas State, keeping one eye on the NFL draft as his one year in Jonesboro came to an end…

LB Morrison offers versatilty, touhgness


Mon, 22 Feb 2016 04:08:01 GMT
By Joel a. Erickson
jerickson@theadvocate.com

MOBILE, Ala. — Antonio Morrison has been down the path Myles Jack and Jaylon Smith are trying to navigate during this draft cycle.
Jack and Smith, the consensus top two linebackers in the draft, are both on their way back from devastating knee injuries th..

LB Morrison offers versatilty, touhgness


Mon, 22 Feb 2016 04:08:01 GMT
By Joel a. Erickson
jerickson@theadvocate.com

MOBILE, Ala. — Antonio Morrison has been down the path Myles Jack and Jaylon Smith are trying to navigate during this draft cycle.
Jack and Smith, the consensus top two linebackers in the draft, are both on their way back from devastating knee injuries th..

Louisville’s Rankins stands out among talented group of DTs


Sun, 21 Feb 2016 05:38:02 GMT
By Joel a. Erickson
jerickson@theadvocate.com

MOBILE, Ala. — Being a defensive tackle in the 2016 NFL draft might be the toughest audition any prospect faces this year.
There are simply too many good ones available.
Experts are roundly and routinely calling this defensive tackle class one of the deep..

Stanford’s Garnett put it all together


Sat, 20 Feb 2016 00:10:52 GMT
By Joel a. Erickson
jerickson@theadvocate.com

MOBILE, Ala. — Joshua Garnett found himself searching for answers after his junior season at Stanford.
A three-year starter, Garnett had played every game on one of the best offensive lines in the Pac-12 and failed to earn any kind of recognition. Garnett..

Big headline


Fri, 19 Feb 2016 18:04:37 GMT
By Nick Underhill
nunderhill@theadvocate.com

Drew Brees sits behind the line of scrimmage and surveys the Washington Redskins’ defense.
The two cornerbacks are lined up about 10 yards off the receivers and the safeties, who split the middle of the field, are only about 2 yards behind the corners. It..

Williams has NFL in his bloodline


Fri, 19 Feb 2016 05:24:01 GMT
By Joel a. Erickson
jerickson@theadvocate.com

MOBILE, Ala. — Bryce Williams never got to meet the NFL marker in his bloodline.
His second cousin, Brooks Williams, played six seasons in the NFL, including four seasons with the New Orleans Saints to open his career, but Bryce grew up in North Carolina,..

Saints free up cap space by changing DE Jordan’s bonus


Thu, 18 Feb 2016 05:40:01 GMT
BY JOEL A. ERICKSON and NICK UNDERHILL
Advocate sportswriters

The New Orleans Saints have created $4.8 million more in salary cap space by converting defensive end Cam Jordan’s $6 million roster bonus into a signing bonus, a source confirmed to The Advocate on Wednesday.
By converting Jordan’s bonus, the Saints spre..

Sterling sharp


Thu, 18 Feb 2016 05:39:02 GMT
By Joel a. Erickson
jerickson@theadvocate.com

The New Orleans Saints hold special meaning for Sterling Shepard.
So do the Washington Redskins, and the Dallas Cowboys.
If any of those three teams selected Shepard in this spring’s NFL draft, the elation of achieving a lifelong dream would be even mo..