Morgan getting career and life back on track


Fri, 06 Jun 2014 03:33:29 GMT
By BRIAN ALLEE-WALSH
Special to The Advocate

In due time, New Orleans Saints wide receiver Joe Morgan hopes to have his life and career back on track. For now, it continues to be an ongoing process, both on the field and off.
On the field, Morgan said he is about “80 percent’’ back from undergoing r..

For Vaccaro, reward worth risk of injury


Fri, 06 Jun 2014 03:30:02 GMT
By Gary Estwick
Special to The Advocate

Saints strong safety Kenny Vaccaro is one season, $1.7 million and two concussions into his NFL career.
It’s a caveat Vaccaro, known for his self-proclaimed “reckless” style of play, said Thursday is unavoidable yet worth the long-term health risks.
Why..

Saints’ Payton: ‘It’s not all new anymore’


Fri, 06 Jun 2014 03:30:01 GMT
By Ted lewis
tlewis@theadvocate.com

Last year, at every step along the way — the Senior Bowl, the draft, OTAs, minicamp, the opening of training camp, before the first exhibition game and before the first regular-season game — the inevitable question came Saints coach Sean Payton’s way — “H..

Front and center


Fri, 06 Jun 2014 00:54:43 GMT
by Ramon Antonio Vargas
rvargas@theadvocate.com

From Saints offensive line coach Bret Ingalls’ viewpoint, center Jonathan Goodwin moves around as well as he did before he departed for San Francisco three seasons ago.
His weight’s about the same. And the Saints’ blocking schemes haven’t changed that muc..

No guarantee, no problem


Thu, 05 Jun 2014 04:21:03 GMT
BY RAMON ANTONIO VARGAS
rvargas@theadvocate.com

Running back Mark Ingram and defensive end Cameron Jordan are close.
Not only are they friends and fellow 2011 first-round draft picks for the Saints, but their lockers are next to each other at their team’s practice facility. They sat next to one another..

Saints’ Cadet focuses on expanding his role


Thu, 05 Jun 2014 04:19:07 GMT
BY GARY ESTWICK
Special to The Advocate

Travaris Cadet’s career with the Saints began in 2012 as the latest undrafted free agent to make the regular-season roster out of training camp.
Cadet’s tale continued last season as an offensive apprentice to one of the most dynamic running backs in NFL ..

What the signing of center Goodwin will mean to the Saints


Wed, 04 Jun 2014 01:13:26 GMT
by ramon antonio vargas
rvargas@theadvocate.com

At some point this offseason, Saints coach Sean Payton is going to have to choose whether he wants a former Pro Bowler who has played for two NFL championships or a second-year interior offensive lineman who’s shown encouraging signs of his potential to s..

Paying it forward


Wed, 04 Jun 2014 01:09:01 GMT
by ramon antonio vargas
rvargas@theadvocate.com

Saints cornerback Keenan Lewis was a boy growing up on New Orleans’ West Bank when, at local camps run by some of his community’s football standouts, he began mastering some of the skills that led him to careers in college and the NFL.
Lewis, raised in th..

When he’s back, back should be set


Tue, 03 Jun 2014 02:36:15 GMT
By Ramon Antonio Vargas
rvargas@theadvocate.com

It may be too optimistic to say Saints safety Jairus Byrd will resume his full duties when training camp practice starts July 25.
But it’s realistic to expect the back issue that prompted the three-time Pro Bowler to have surgery last week will not be a l..

Saints’ Tulane ties keep running deeper


Mon, 02 Jun 2014 01:05:04 GMT
By Guerry Smith
Special to The Advocate

Two years ago, Saints quarterbacks coach Mike Neu and undrafted free agent running back Derrick Strozier were toiling away for a Tulane team that finished 2-10.
In the midst of those struggles, they were building a path from the Green Wave’s uptown campu..