Reports say Saints releasing Colston

Thu, 25 Feb 2016 01:26:55 GMTBy Joel a. Erickson
jerickson@theadvocate.comFor the second time in less than a month, the New Orleans Saints are saying goodbye to a legend.
New Orleans has informed Marques Colston that he will be released, according t..

College offenses make scouting hard


Thu, 25 Feb 2016 01:03:17 GMT
By Nick Underhill
nunderhill@theadvocate.com

INDIANAPOLIS — There once was a time when scouts and coaches could watch most any player live or on his film, see how he played at the collegiate level and develop a gauge on how he would plug into their system.
That’s no longer the case. With the rise in..

Three and out: Nick Underhill’s thoughts on Marques Colston’s departure


Thu, 25 Feb 2016 00:19:06 GMT
BY NICK UNDERHILL
nunderhill@theadvocate.com

1 END OF AN ERA
There’s little question Marques Colston leaves New Orleans as one of its best players of all time. While he never made a Pro Bowl or received the accolades of some of his contemporaries, he was the perfect player for this offense when ..

This guy here checks a lot of boxes


Wed, 24 Feb 2016 00:37:03 GMT
By Joel a. Erickson
jerickson@theadvocate.com

MOBILE, Ala. — Tyvis Powell sat down at the end of Ohio State’s season and started listing all the things he had wanted to accomplish when he began his college career.
Then he started checking off goals. One by one, all the way down the page. By the time..

End of an era?


Wed, 24 Feb 2016 00:25:06 GMT
BY Nick Underhill
nunderhill@theadvocate.com

Everyone has been in the position where you’re forced to watch a loved one or a friend fade away.
Maybe the crossword puzzle doesn’t get done as quickly. That proud gait develops a limp, then begins to hunch over. At some point, the best parts of our hero..

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..