Cooks catching on fast

Fri, 20 Jun 2014 06:47:47 GMT
By Rod Walker

Brandin Cooks has had little trouble soaking up the plays in the New Orleans Saints’ playbook.
Hauling in passes from Drew Brees seems easy too.
The hard part for the rookie wide receiver is grasping the fact that he truly is starting to live his NFL dre..

Lofton likes Saints’ potential

Fri, 20 Jun 2014 02:24:33 GMT
By gary estwick
Special to The Advocate

Middle linebacker Curtis Lofton on Thursday called this offseason’s Saints the “best team on paper I’ve ever been around,” a statement which speaks to expectations for 2014.
It’s a big statement, with the Saints defense (fourth overall) and offense (fourt..

Graham supported

Fri, 20 Jun 2014 01:05:59 GMT
by ramon antonio vargas

Nine voluntary offseason practices and a three-day minicamp were history when Saints tight end Benjamin Watson was asked for his thoughts on teammate Jimmy Graham, who missed all of the aforementioned work because of a contract dispute.
Watson’s response ..

The waiting game

Thu, 19 Jun 2014 00:43:39 GMT
by ramon antonio vargas

Each wearing business suits and ties, Saints All-Pro Jimmy Graham and coach Sean Payton shuffled in and out of view on the second floor of the New Orleans-area hotel for several hours in the afternoon Wednesday, the day the star player’s franchise-tag-rel..

Brees says Saints have chance to win title

Wed, 18 Jun 2014 05:43:01 GMT
by ramon antonio vargas

Saints quarterback Drew Brees told USA Today on Tuesday the chance to win a second Super Bowl in New Orleans is the main reason he’s still playing 14 years after joining the NFL, and there’s no reason why he can’t get championship ring No. 2 at the end of..

Tanner continues quest to make Saints

Wed, 18 Jun 2014 05:22:05 GMT
Special to The Advocate

In franchise history, there may be no one better at taking “no’’ for an answer than New Orleans Saints wide receiver Andy Tanner, who’s been cut/released/waived more often than he cares to remember.
His biography in the team’s media guide reflects 34 tran..

Graham’s franchise-tag grievance to start

Tue, 17 Jun 2014 01:35:23 GMTby ramon antonio vargas
rvargas@theadvocate.comWhen his grievance hearing scheduled to start Tuesday gets going, star tight end Jimmy Graham will carry the burden of proof as he argues that he is actually a wide receiver w..

No-nonsense Steelers coach Noll: A great teacher

Sun, 15 Jun 2014 04:35:05 GMT
AP pro football writer

Chuck Noll was a no-nonsense coach, and his Pittsburgh Steelers followed his lead to win four Super Bowls.
Noll, who died Friday of natural causes at 82, wasn’t an entertainer or a charmer when it came to football. He was a winner, the only man to coach f..

Minicamp shows Saints are clicking on ‘O’ and ‘D’

Sun, 15 Jun 2014 01:27:47 GMTby Ramon Antonio Vargas
rvargas@theadvocate.comIt had been more than five months since the Saints finished the 2013 regular season having permitted the fourth-fewest yards and points on defense while amassing the fourth-mo..

More secondary success would satisfy the Saints

Sat, 14 Jun 2014 13:28:06 GMT
By Will Guillory
Special to The Advocate

Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, especially in the NFL.
When teams reach the highest levels of success, it seems all of the league’s other squads try to find ways to mimic those winning ways.
The Seattle Seahawks rode their top-ranked pass def..