After signing big name free agents Coby Fleener, James Laurinaitis and Nick Fairley this spring, the New Orleans Saints fan base barely blinked when the team announced the signings of linebackers Nate Stupar and Craig Robertson. But after a month of training camp, it's becoming obvious that both Stupar and Robertson will be depended heavily upon, along with defensive signal caller Laurinaitis. Here's the affable Stupar discussing what major trait this new trio of Saints LBs brings to the team.
August 21, 2016
One of the most egregious culprits of the New Orleans Saints porous defense last season, was the lack of actual NFL playing experience among the linebacking corps. But Saints backup quarterback Garrett Grayson makes it clear that is no longer the case with this year's group. And here is what Grayson had to say about it.
August 18, 2016
When he signed with the New Orleans Saints, middle linebacker James Laurinaitis made it clear, that although he had other great free agency options, it was a no-brainer for him to become an official member of the Who Dat Nation. In this bite, the Rams all-time leading tackler talks about being the "new kid in town", as well as how impressed he is with the high character of this Saints locker room. Trust me, Laurinaitis is a welcome addition in New Orleans, and you'll see why right here.
June 16, 2016
After watching the three New Orleans Saints OTA practices the media has been allowed to witness in the past couple weeks, several players have been pleasant surprises. Everyone is raving about the play of a couple young wide receivers, Michael Thomas and R.J. Harris. Crafty veteran MLB James Laurinaitis is going to make a much bigger impact than Pro Football Focus believes. But the biggest surprise of camp has to be the athleticism of unheralded FA linebackers, Craig Robertson and Nate Stupar.
June 9, 2016
At the risk at sounding like a "homer", I'm about to sound like a homer. ESPN.com awarded grades today to all 32 NFL teams on their front office's performance during free agency. Only the Cleveland Browns and Miami Dolphins received lower marks than the New Orleans Saints D+ grade. The Green Bay Packers, who followed their normal tradition of doing virtually nothing in free agency, were even given a B- by the website. And for the rest of the story, this reporter gives a very passionate dissent
March 30, 2016
After the season mercifully ended for the 2016 New Orleans Saints defense, one of the few bright spots was the play of rookie middle linebacker Stephone Anthony. But after the last week of free agent purchases, the Saints have made it crystal clear that they plan to do some major tinkering at the position. Last week, Mickey Loomis signed James Laurinaitis from the Rams and Nate Stupar from the Falcons. Today, they snagged another interior linebacker, this one from the Cleveland Browns.
March 22, 2016
The NFL free agency period always brings a wide range of emotion to the hard core pro football fan. There's sadness in watching players get waived who've meant so much to the Who Dat Nation, especially ones who contributed to the Super Bowl Championship & incredible 41-13 three-year run from 2009-11. And despite the Saints recent bad luck with big contracts (Galette, Byrd, Spiller, Browner), hope always springs eternal this time of year. Here's the Saints comprehensive free agency update...
March 17, 2016
It's no secret the New Orleans Saints are leaving no stone unturned in their never-ending search for help on the defensive front seven. Having taken a hard look at several free agents including defensive tackle Nick Fairley, as well as linebackers James Laurinatis and Craig Robertson. Today, the Saints went behind their deepest enemy lines, snagging a linebacker/special teams player from the Atlanta Falcons...who also happens to be Michael Mauti's former LB teammate at Penn State.
March 16, 2016