The New Orleans Saints biggest hope to improve one of the worst defenses in NFL history was to stay relatively healthy for the 2016 season. But after first-round draft pick Sheldon Rankins was carted off the field at the Greenbrier Resort today, his departure marked the fourth projected Saints defensive starter already out with a major injury. And in light of the devastating number of injuries on both the Pelicans & Saints the past 5 years, is there a "Big Easy Curse" on our franchises?
August 16, 2016
A full week of New Orleans Saints training camp practices is now in the books at the famed Greenbrier Resort in White Sulphur Springs. Although this is our 8th full day in West Virginia, today was the 6th full practice, the fourth in pads. Today, however, the pads were limited to the shoulders only; none were worn below the waist. Tomorrow, Sean Payton said the team would be back in full pads. After the Saints day off yesterday, here's a complete breakdown of training camp practice number six.
August 3, 2016
On paper, the New Orleans Saints starting defensive backfield consisting of Jairus Byrd, Kenny Vaccaro, Delvin Breaux and Keenan Lewis actually looks pretty good. The problem with the National Football League is that actual games are not played on paper. Debilitating injuries have been the primary culprit for lack of success within this quartet, particularly with Byrd, who was supposed to be the group's leader. Here, Jairus describes how his father has helped him through these tough times.
July 30, 2016
There are a lot of big 'ifs' on this New Orleans Saints defense. 'If' Stephone Anthony can adapt to the move from inside linebacker to the outside. 'If' the Saints can find a pass rusher opposite Cameron Jordan. 'If' Jairus Byrd and Keenan Lewis can come back from injury and play the type football both are capable of. But one of the biggest 'ifs' is whether up-and-down strong safety Kenny Vaccaro can become a Pro Bowl-type player. Here's Vaccaro talking about this year's Saints defense.
July 29, 2016
Injuries are tough to deal with in any professional sport, but in the NFL, they are unfortunately, a way of life. New Orleans Saints cornerback Keenan Lewis is a perfect example. The Crescent City native, who had two good years in New Orleans after coming over from the Pittsburgh Steelers, was on the verge of stardom last summer. And then Lewis suffered a crippling assortment of injuries and has to prove himself all over again. And that's why he comes in at #14 on Saints best players of 2016.
July 17, 2016
Although the New Orleans Saints secondary has been depleted by injury in recent years, the starting unit of Jairus Byrd, Kenny Vaccaro, Keenan Lewis and Delvin Breaux looks pretty solid on paper....if they're healthy. But in the pass-happy NFL, a great nickel corner or 3rd safety is an absolute must. And Saints 2nd round pick Vonn Bell expects to be that player. The former Ohio State Buckeye may not lack confidence, but he's also very respectful of the incumbent players on the roster.
May 14, 2016
The New Orleans Saints recent history with players from "The Ohio State University" has been a good one. After all, the 2009 Super Bowl Championship team sported two Buckeyes on that defense's starting unit, Will Smith and Malcolm Jenkins. Tonight on "Buckeye Friday" the Saints picked two more Ohio State players in the 2nd round. Wide receiver Michael Thomas gives Drew Brees big red zone target and safety Vonn Bell gives the Saints a ballhawk in the secondary. Here's Bell's story...
April 30, 2016