Benson honored with statue at Superdome

Wed, 03 Sep 2014 02:08:06 GMT
Special to The Advocate

Tom Benson was moved to tears.
Benson, the owner of the New Orleans Saints and Pelicans, was honored Tuesday with a statue of himself on the Mercedes-Benz Superdome’s grand staircase, overlooking Champions Square.
The statue is of Benson in a suit smiling..

Warren among 10 on Saints practice squad

Tue, 02 Sep 2014 03:40:56 GMT
by ramon antonio vargas

As the names of players the Saints signed to the practice squad trickled out throughout Sunday, the team’s hardest core fans grew worried that one wasn’t among them: undrafted rookie safety Pierre Warren, last seen intercepting a pass against Baltimore in..

Saints reportedly sign seven players to practice squad

Mon, 01 Sep 2014 02:27:49 GMTby ramon antonio vargas
rvargas@theadvocate.comThe dream of representing the Saints in a regular-season NFL game in 2014 lives on for a few players left off the first 53-man roster the team finalized Saturday. New Orleans ..

Early surprises

Mon, 01 Sep 2014 01:54:05 GMT
By Ted lewis

Musings for a Monday:
1. 53 pickup
Obviously projecting an NFL team’s 53-man roster is about as challenging as trying to fill out an NCAA tournament bracket perfectly.
Nobody gets it entirely right.
Raise your hand if you had the Saints cutting both of ..

Nick Underhill’s AFC picks

Sun, 31 Aug 2014 08:08:01 GMTEAST
1. New England (PREDICTED FINISH: 12-4)
The Patriots remain the standard in the AFC East and should be back in the final four once again.

2. N.Y. Jets (6-10)
They could make a playoff push if everything breaks r..

Teams that could rise …

Sun, 31 Aug 2014 08:05:01 GMTHouston
2013 RECORD: 2-14
WHY THE OPTIMISM? The Texans should not have been a 2-14 team. The play of former quarterback Matt Schaub lost the team several games it should have won last season. The defense is stacked with t..

Five rookies to watch

Sun, 31 Aug 2014 08:01:01 GMT

Brandin Cooks
The hype is real … we think. Cooks has looked good from the first day of camp and hasn’t slowed down. The expectations might be too high — NFL Network recently predicted a 1,000-yard season — but the Saints receiver should pick up plenty..

Coaches on the hot seat

Sun, 31 Aug 2014 07:57:01 GMT

Mike Smith
RECORD: 60–36 overall in six seasons with Falcons
WHY THE HEAT? If last year was a fluke, fine. No harm done. Consider it a hiccup. If the Falcons miss the playoffs again or fail to compete in the NFC South, then that should be it for Smith. ..

Top five MVP options*

Sun, 31 Aug 2014 07:53:22 GMT* not named Peterson, Rodgers, Brady, Brees or Manning

LeSean McCoy, RB
Eagles coach Chip Kelly knows how to get the most out of McCoy, who finished with 2,146 yards from scrimmage last season. The scary part is th..