Demario Davis Named NFC Defensive Player Of The Week

Posted by | October 3, 2018.

For the second week in a row, a New Orleans Saints player has earned an honor as a top performer in the conference.

The NFL announced on Wednesday that linebacker Demario Davis was named NFC Defensive Player of the Week after his stellar performance in Week 4.

In a 33-18 win over the New York Giants last Sunday, Davis had 11 tackles, two for loss and two sacks to lead the defense to its best game of the year.




Saints quarterback Drew Brees was the NFC Offensive Player of the Week after the Week 3 win over the Atlanta Falcons.

The Saints will look for more standout performances when they play on Monday night in Week 5 against Washington.

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Saints to determine ‘the balance’ with Ingram, Kamara

Posted by | October 3, 2018.

One big reinforcement will be back for the New Orleans Saints in Week 5.

The return of bruising running back Mark Ingram from suspension will buffer an offense that has overly relied on Alvin Kamara through the first four weeks.

Coach Sean Payton said Tuesday that Ingram will be ready for Monday night’s tilt versus the Washington Redskins.

“He wasn’t gone for a year and a half or been a castaway on an island,” Payton said, via Luke Johnson of The Times-Picayune. “It was four weeks. He’s in good shape.”




The bigger question is to what role will Ingram return.

“We’ll figure out the balance with the Redskins game and going forward each game,” Payton said. “You’re always looking at how you want to play the game.

“But, of course, a little bit more versatility with someone with Mark’s experience. I know it’ll be good for us offensively to have him back.”

Last season, Ingram and Kamara combined to be the NFL’s most lethal RB duo, leading the NFL in rushing yards (1,852), rushing TDs (20) scrimmage yards (3,094) and scrimmage TDs (25).

Ingram out-touched Kamara 18.0 to 12.6 in 2017. We’d expect a much tighter split, or for Kamara to flip the script in 2018.

The second-year back has been a force through four games, compiling 275 rushing yards, 336 receiving yards and six total touchdowns. In Sunday’s victory in New York, Kamara seemingly was the Saints offense, totaling 102 rushing yards and three scores in the second half.

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Saints Are Bringing In Veteran Defensive Tackle Jay Bromley To Help The Struggling Defense

Posted by | September 18, 2018.


The New Orleans Saints are adding more depth at defensive tackle as they are re-signing veteran Jay Bromley.

Bromley signed with the Saints in May and appeared in all four preseason games with the team before being released on Sept. 1. He recorded four tackles in the preseason. Bromley is flying to New Orleans on Tuesday morning to sign his new deal.

NFL Network first reported the agreement between the Saints and Bromley on Monday night.

The 26-year-old Bromley spent the previous four seasons with the New York Giants. In 55 career games, including four starts, he had 76 tackles and two sacks.

The Saints are looking for nose tackle help with Tyeler Davison dealing with a foot injury. When Davison sat out Week 2, undrafted rookie Taylor Stallworth played 26 snaps, but accumulated no stats.

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Posted by | September 5, 2018.







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TailgateN’ For Charity In The Benson Tower

Posted by | August 29, 2018.

Saints fans come celebrate the kickoff to the 2018 NFL season with an all-inclusive tailgate on Benson Terrace 5 floors above Champions Square! The Saints host the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in a division match up on Sunday, September 9, 2018.

All tailgates include a 3.5 hour package including food (see menu below), draft beer, mimosas, our signature infused vodka bloody mary & wine.

Located right next to the Superdome, Benson Terrace at Benson Towers is a 10,000 square foot indoor and outdoor venue that overlooks the game day events in Champions Square.

Listen to live music down below while enjoying all of the amenities from above the crowd! Two bars, air conditioned suite, restrooms, 3 televisions, and no hassle. Leave your grills and ice chests at home. Let us do the work for you on game day!

Reserve your spot today at www.tailgatenola.com under the tailgate tab. Season ticket tailgate packages are also available. Contact Dan Flynn at (985) 210-8697 for pricing and group rates.

New Orleans Saints at Los Angeles Chargers: The starters get one last tune-up

Posted by | August 25, 2018.

The first two preseason games are in the books. However, there hasn’t been much time to see the actual starters until tonight. Equally important, this is going to be the only chance till opening day to develop chemistry. The New Orleans Saints get a chance to see extended time for the first team.

All eyes are going to be on the Saints top pick Marcus Davenport. Davenport makes his debut tonight for the first time in live action. Just to refresh, the New Orleans Saints traded with the Green Bay Packers to move up to the 14th slot to pick Davenport. Also, they gave up a fifth round pick and the first round pick in 2019. Surely, there is high expectations for Davenport to come in and make an immediate impact.

Anything less than a stellar season will be disappointing. Is he ready, coming from a small school like Texas-San Antonio? Who Dat Nation hopes so. And the fans have reason to believe the front office knows what they are doing. Especially, with the success of the 2017 NFL Draft that landed Marshon Lattimore, Marcus Williams, Ryan Ramczyk, and Alvin Kamara. Every one of them has provided incredible first year results. Ramczyk was considered a shock at first from the Black and Gold. However, with the retirement of Zach Strief, he’s been a force on the offensive line.

Zach Strief has no doubt helped Ramczyk develop into a dominant offensive lineman to protect Drew Brees. Brees gets his first chance to make a few throws tonight too. The key for the offense in general will be developing a solid rhythm. Ironically, Brees makes his debut against his former team the Los Angeles Chargers. Both Drew Brees and Phillip Rivers and Drew Brees remain close friends. “I like to think we–for those two years–brought out the best in each other. It was a great learning experiecne for both of us and I think we both got a lot better as a result of it,” Drew Brees said.

Brees still has a home in San Diego and remains in touch with his friend from the Chargers. Now, both of them face each other for a fascinating preseason game with expectations for both teams. Surely, both guys are going to want to outplay each other.

 

 

Big Easy Mafia Is Now At Dirty Coast Press NOLA

Posted by | August 21, 2018.

We are a big family of fans that sticks together through good seasons and bad. We will show you hospitality like none other but don’t mess with us. Check out the Big Easy Mafia products at Dirty Coast in NOLA. The design is exclusive to Dirty Coast ONLY! You will definitely stand out… which is a good thing.

They have locations in the FRENCH QUARTER, OPEN 7 DAYS A WEEK – 11AM – 7PM, 713 Royal Street, 504-324-6730 and UPTOWN, OPEN 7 DAYS A WEEK – 10AM – 6PM, 5631 Magazine Street, 504-324-3745


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New Orleans Saints vs. Arizona Cardinals: Christmas has arrived in New Orleans for first home game

Posted by | August 17, 2018.

Amazingly, the Saints are finally going to kickoff the pigskin around in the Big Easy. This lull seems like a lifetime. But now today is here!

Fans have been waiting for months for this moment TODAY.  There’s nothing like being in New Orleans for that first preseason game with the long hot summers that seem to go on and on and on. Having the Saints play a game is like Christmas morning.

Maybe it’s not regular season football but we’ll take it! The Saints kickoff their 2018 season at home against the Arizona Cardinals. The Cardinals were 8-8 in 2017 surprisingly. The Cardinals bring in two new quarterbacks Sam Bradford from the Minnesota Vikings and their first round pick Josh Rosen from UCLA. Also, quarterback Mike Glennon is new to the Cardinals too.

The Cardinals are hard to gauge this year. They come in this year fighting against some of the newer elite NFC teams, like the Rams and possibly the San Francisco 49ers in the NFC WEST.  Their running back David Johnson was sidelined in 2017 with a dislocated wrist after making the Pro Bowl in 2016. Moreover, Look for running back Chase Edmonds from Fordham to also get a ton of carries too.

Of course, wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald is still around. That one name always make the Cardinals relevant.

On the other hand, the Saints are looking to have a better outing on offense and defense in the first half. The backup quarterback is still up for grabs and the running back position. Taysom Hill has obviously electrified Who Dat Nation in the last week . But don’t count out Tom Savage. Savage still has the upper hand in my opinion to backup Drew Brees. And there are still plenty of competition at the running back position.

There are five other players to keep an eye on to for this game and the rest of the preseason that are still making their case to make the 53-man roster: Natrell Jamerson, Jonathan Williams, Rick Leonard, Arthur Maulet, and Cameron Tom. These five guys should have a fairly good opportunity to make some plays tonight and the games coming up.

It’s now hours before kickoff. Enjoy Who Dats for the biggest show in town!

You can follow Dean Mullen on Twitter @deannoelmullen

 

 

Saints vs Panthers Official Party (Sunday 12/16 & Monday 12/17)

Posted by | August 16, 2018.

The Whisky River in Charlotte NC will change its colors from “Panther Blue” to “Saints Black & Gold”. They are going to be the official party/hangout spot for Saints fans for the weekend of 12/15-12/17.

Visit the Whisky River website for more info.

DJ Tbone, Official DJ Of The Big Easy Mafia

Posted by | August 7, 2018.

DJ Tbone with 985 DJ’s is the official DJ for the Big Easy Mafia events. We have events both big and small, from the House of Blues to parking lots and he accommodates for it all. If you are looking for a great dependable DJ that respects the crowd, he is definitely the one to get.

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2018 Saints Jr Tee Retriever Kickoff Party

Posted by | August 7, 2018.

Copeland’s Restaurant in Kenner is hosting the Jr Tee Retriever kickoff party from 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Special guests include Gumbo, Sir Saint, the Black & Gold Superfans and the Saintsations!

Check out all of the great perks for kids:

Free Kids Meal! – with the purchase of an adult entree.

Enter Your Child to Have a Chance to be a Saints Jr. Tee Retriever – Watch the game from the sidelines with Saints players and retrieve the tee with every Saints kick off.

Quarterback Challenge Inflatable – Practice completing a pass!

3-in-1 Bounce, Climb, Slide Inflatable – Just for fun!

Copeland’s Goodie Bag – Come get yours!

The Kids Camp will only be offered at the Kenner location at 1319 West Esplanade Avenue from 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

2018 Fan Up Saints Pep Rally (Thursday August 23rd)

Posted by | August 7, 2018.

Come Join The Big Easy Mafia and the Black & Gold Superfans at the 2018 Fan Up Saints Pep Rally. We will be giving away member bracelets, cups, koozies and also have T-shirts for sale for ONLY $5

The East St Tammany Chamber of Commerce will be holding its annual Saints season kickoff pep rally at the Northshore Harbor Center in Slidell, 100 Harbor Center Blvd.

Date/Time Information:
Thursday, August 23, 2018
5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Fees/Admission:
$20 in advance
6 tickets for $100
$25 at the door
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Tickets include entrance into the tailgate party with food, beverages and entertainment AND a chance to win 2018 Saints Season Tickets!

Sean Payton must decide who gets the final rose for the ‘Returner’

Posted by | August 6, 2018.

Sean Payton has decided to bring in the ‘bachelor’ mentality to this years’ training camp. Perhaps, it was a little over the top to make that comparison. Regardless, the opening for punt returns and kickoffs is wide open.

The question remains who will win his heart? He says there’s a dozen contestants involved. But in reality, there’s probably seven players that have a legitimate shot of getting that final rose.

Ironically, the finale of “The Bachelorette” runs tonight on Monday on ABC at 8 p.m. EDT/7 p.m. CDT. One man shall remain after tonight’s episode. Plenty of guys have tried to woo the “The Bachelorette” with all kinds of wild antics. One wore a chicken costume and another brought in a gospel choir. Currently, there are two men left. Unfortunately, for Sean Payton’s version of the “Bachelor” the show has just started.

Still Searching For The One

After looking for the right man the last few years, the frustration is starting to build. Ted Ginn Jr. and Tommy Lee Lewis tried to cement their stamp on solidifying the return man spot. However, neither has impressed for the whole year. Alvin Kamara looks great, but does Who Dat Nation want the Offensive Rookie of the Year running back punts or kicks?

That idea seems too risky. Above all, the results have been disappointing, frustrating, and irrelevant. The punt returner especially has been missing the “wow” moment that’s caught the eye of Sean Payton. With only a few weeks till opening day someone needs to impress and stand out. Up until now, no one has accomplished the feat. So here is my secret list of the finalists:

 

Brandon Tate

Tommylee Lewis

Boston Scott

Alvin Kamara

Trey Edmunds

Shane Vereen

Natrell Jamerson

First Cut to Five

Trey Edmunds 23

Hometown: Danville, VA

Occupation: Running Back

Edmunds had three kickoff returns for 65 yards with a 21.7 average for kickoff returns. Edmunds has breat vision and burst. He’s also been a huge contributor on special teams. Odds are long since there’s plenty of new blood coming in. Edmunds was a surprise last year when his name made the 53-man roster. He could be a dark horse but don’t bet on it.

Shane Vereen 29

Hometown: Santa Clara, CA

Occupation: Running Back

Vereen comes from the New York Giants as a kickoff return specialist. He returned nine kickoffs for 196 yards in 2017 with a 21.8 yard average. He comes in as the second oldest eligible participant here. Vereen is a tough runner with patience. Not quite as fast as some of the other guys. Age is no doubt a factor for this specialty. Surely, Vereen has to be the longest of the odds. Nevertheless, he’s in the race.

The Next Three Cut

Any one of these could be standing with that final rose come opening day. That being said, there just something missing from these three guys.

Alvin Kamara 23

Hometown: Norcross, GA

Occupation: Running Back (Offensive Rookie of the Year 2017)

There is simply nothing wrong with Alvin Kamara. That’s the problem. He’s simply too good for Sean Payton to be thrust into special teams. The Saints have a star that will be running in the black and gold for years to come. Don’t do it Sean! Kamara is going to be tempting but it’s too risky.

Natrell Jamerson

Hometown: Ocala, FL

Occupation: Safety/Cornerback

Jamerson is one of the rookies vying for the returner. Jamerson was drafted in the fifth round out of Wisconsin in 2018. He actually started off playing on the offense at first as a wide receiver before going over to defense. This guy can fly with 4.4 speed and some big plays in college as a returner.

Jamerson has the tools and heads up mentality to make plays. He was the defensive MVP in the 2018 East-West Shrine game with a 68 yard run after a fumble recovery. Also, he had an interception for a touchdown last season and a kickoff return for a touchdown in 2015. Very interesting prospect that’s a virtual unknown as of today. Watch out for this guy. He could have a legitimate shot of making the final two in an upset.

Tommylee Lewis 25

Hometown: Palm Beach, FL

Occupation: Wide Receiver

Personally, my favorite player to make it as the big play maker before the 2017 season started. He’s had over 21 kickoff returns for 459 yards with a 21.9 yard average over his career. Punt returns has been respectable with a 9.8 average per return. Lewis has flashed some speed and returns for sure.

Unfortunately, there were no touchdowns in his two years as a returner. He’s really close to making a claim to be the full-time returner. That being said, he’s not the new face anymore. Now it’s time to produce consistent results when a play is needed. No doubt, he’s one of the favorites. Just not quite pretty enough to make the final two.

The Final Rose

There can be only one. The choice is either Brandon Tate or Boston Scott. 

Boston Scott 23

Hometown: Baton Rouge, LA

Occupation: Running Back

Boston Scott is Louisiana born. Of course, he’s already a fan favorite. Drafted out of Louisiana Tech in round six in 2018, Scott looks to take over the return job immediately. Boston has incredible speed and stands only at 5-foot-7. He can easily get lost in the shuffle behind taller lineman. Boston can cut like a knife and make tacklers miss at will. If he hits the open field no one can catch him. With this in mind, he could be the answer Sean Payton has been looking for.

Brandon Tate 30

Hometown: Burlington, NC

Occupation: Wide Receiver

Brandon Tate is the eldest of all the eligible players for the returner job. Tate comes with a hefty resume. Tate broke the record that stood for over 30 years in combined return yards in NCAA history back in 2008. He combined for 3,523 yards in his career at North Carolina. Also, he had a 24.7 average per kickoff return on 109 kickoffs and a 10.6 average in punt returns. In addition, Tate scored six total touchdowns in college on returns. Also, he’s had three returns in the NFL for touchdowns.

His average has slid slightly last year. Still, Tate has an amazing 23.8 kickoff return average on 247 kickoff returns. On punts, he’s returned 200 times for 1,909 yards for a 9.5 yard average. Clearly, Tate has everything versus all the others. As long as his stamina is up, there’s no problem in deciding on who gets the returner job.

WINNER: BRANDON TATE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Win-loss prediction for the 2018 New Orleans Saints

Posted by | July 29, 2018.

 

 

New Orleans Saints players rush the fans after sacking Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton to turn the ball over on downs, in the second half of an NFL football game in New Orleans, Sunday, Jan. 7, 2018. The Saints won 36-21. (AP Photo/Butch Dill)

There has been few years hyped as much as this upcoming season. The 2018 New Orleans Saints are mentioned to top the NFC along with: The Philadelphia Eagles, Minnesota Vikings, and the Los Angeles Rams.

The 2018 season is now in official starting mode. Training camp is in session. Fans were lined up around the building on Airline Highway this weekend.

The scene looked more like a grand opening of Star Wars or “Black Friday.” Fans are undeniably ecstatic for the 2018 season. Of course, there is good reason for this. This year is unlike any other year under Sean Payton. A young team with lofty expectations is something to cherish. Not to mention, a future Hall of Fame quarterback looking for another ring.

The New Orleans Saints bring back an 11-5 team from last year. That same team should be even better for 2018 with some experience behind them.

“We’re a young team and that’s exciting, said coach Sean Payton. “Every year is different and it’s all about a process.”

Defensive end Cam Jordan knows it too. “TMo and Drew Brees are the only ones left from that Super Bowl team. I want to be part of that group.”

It’s hard to fathom that last statement. The Saints Super Bowl championship is now going on 10 years and counting. Now it’s time to see if this young team are ready to take that next step.

The Schedule

The unfortunate result of winning a division is the strength of schedule the year after. The Saints have one of the toughest schedules in 2018. Also, three of the four teams from the NFC South made the postseason in 2017. And look for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to improve. Last year, the media picked the Bucs to make the playoffs in 2017.

In my opinion, the schedule early on and the last quarter seems to be easier than the middle eight games. In those eight games, the Saints play four NFC playoff teams: Minnesota Vikings, Los Angeles Rams, Philadelphia Eagles, and the Atlanta Falcons. Also, two tough road games against the Dallas Cowboys and the Baltimore Ravens lie in that same stretch.

Both Baltimore and Dallas finished 9-7 in 2017 but missed the playoffs. The 2018 New Orleans Saints have to be much better to equal the 11-5 record from last year. Last year, before the season started my prediction was 12-4. This was way before the media started jumping on the bandwagon. Here is my predictions game by game for 2018.

 

Tampa W

Cleveland W

at Atlanta W

at New York Giants L

Washington W

at Baltimore L

at Minnesota W

Los Angeles Rams L

at Cincinnati W

Philadelphia L

Atlanta W

at Dallas W

at Tampa Bay L

at Carolina W

Pittsburgh L

Carolina W

Final record: 10-6

 

Also here’s my NFC South prediction.

 

New Orleans Saints 10-6

Atlanta 10-6

Tampa 9-7

Carolina 5-11

 

The 10-6 record may sound disappointing, but it’s not, gauging the difficulty of the 2018 schedule. And really as long as you’re the last team standing who cares? The New Orleans Saints are built to make a deep run into the playoffs.

Super Bowl LII Prediction

NFC Championship- Saints over Falcons

AFC Championship- Jaguars over Patriots

Super Bowl LII

New Orleans Saints vs Jacksonville Jaguars

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Please Help Thomas Morstead Raise Money For Chris Cordaro

Posted by | July 21, 2018.

Chris Cordaro is fighting for his life and would love to give his family this gift.

Everyone who donates will be given a chance to win a pair of tickets to a game in the Dome this season. They will be giving away 8 pairs of tickets total. There will be 8 winners, one for each home regular season game.

Humanity at it’s best is caring for others. Caring for those that we know and for those we don’t. Cause and purpose are the strings that weave the fabric of humanity. This cause is to support a story that so many in our world have faced. The worries of a father and husband who is facing a long battle with cancer. Worries of how a family will continue without the presence of their patriarch. …CONTINUE READING =>

Saints Superfan Anthem

Posted by | June 12, 2018.

The Saints have the best fan base in the entire NFL, everyone knows that. In the Who Dat Nation whether you put a costume on or not, if you bleed black and gold then you are considered a Saints Superfan. The official anthem of the Saints Superfans is performed by Tbone and Saints Superfan “Soul Saint”. Click the video below and check out what goes on in the life of a New Orleans Saints Superfan.

Sean Payton may be cooking up something different for the 2018 New Orleans Saints

Posted by | June 3, 2018.

New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton celebrates after a replay reversed a referee’s call and awarded the Saints a touchdown on a run by runningback Reggie Bush against the Minnesota Vikings in the fourth quarter of the NFL NFC Championship football game in New Orleans, Louisiana, January 24, 2010. REUTERS/Jeff Haynes (UNITED STATES – Tags: SPORT FOOTBALL)

Sean Payton makes changes from time to time. In 2018, there are plenty of signs of new ingredients being added to keep teams on their toes.

Every year is a new beginning. Mini camps bring in a new set of players. In July, things start heating up with training camp. Not to mention, coaches are going to be trying to incorporate new players to create the perfect chemistry. Back in 2014, Sean Payton decided to change up the menu to add some spice to the locker room. Popeye’s was brought in to the locker room before the Saints played the Philadelphia Eagles in 2014.

“The Saints, hungry for a road win, just needed to put Popeyes on the menu,” Robert Meachem said.

The Saints ended up winning their first playoff game against the Philadelphia Eagles on the very next day. Of course, there is no proof that a five piece was the cure for the road woes. However, the chicken surely couldn’t hurt.

Last year, Taysom Hill played special teams. Hill was the third string quarterback, but he blazed downfield like 10-year veteran.

Indeed, those are just a couple of examples from the creativity that Payton has produced. Who Dat Nation will never forget the onsides kick in the Super Bowl that put him in black and gold history eternally.

The New Ingredients

As a consequence, there shouldn’t be any doubt that something is cooking in 2018. The Saints have three other quarterbacks along with Drew Brees this year. Of course, Taysom Hill comes in as the slight favorite for this year to backup Drew Brees. Quarterback Tom Savage definitely has a real shot too. That being said, the Saints also decided to sign J.T. Barrett from Ohio St. While it’s unlikely Barrett is gonna get the nod, there has to be an interest in adding a new wrinkle to the offense.

The Saints usually don’t add athletic running quarterbacks to the roster. Backup quarterbacks such as Luke McCown and Chase Daniel have proved to be efficient if called upon. That being said, it’s hard to see Payton having an X-Factor weapon sitting on the bench for 16 games. Think about the possibilities for a second. Having Alvin Kamara in the backfield with a running quarterback can open up some new wrinkles.

The option offense has never worked in the NFL before. In addition, the Wildcat hasn’t been a huge success where teams are running a ton of plays in that set. However, if there is a real possibility of the quarterback launching the ball downfield, teams are gonna have to prepare for it.

Either way, if something does happen to Drew Brees, there would be additional options there if Hill or Barrett would have to step in. With Sean Payton anything is possible. If the chicken was brought in to change up things in 2014. And Gatorade color was changed to add some flavor. Who knows what a 2-piece running and throwing option QB adds with a side of Alvin Kamara might bring.

One thing is for sure. Red beans and rice just doesn’t suit Sean Payton’s style. Spicy things are nice to have. Surely, the temptation to take a bite or two could be so tempting for him.

 

 

The Decision: NFL undrafted free agents must decide their fate quickly

Posted by | May 13, 2018.

Dec 15, 2013; St. Louis, MO, USA; New Orleans Saints running back Pierre Thomas (23) carries the ball past St. Louis Rams defensive end Chris Long (91) at the Edward Jones Dome. Mandatory Credit: Scott Kane-USA TODAY Sports

So you’ve made it. Congratulations. The feelings of euphoria and accomplishment has to feel great. Surely, many of people in the last 10 years or more have given advice to pick another career. Perhaps, even another sport besides football could be less risky. Additionally, many of scouts have told you that your’e not fast enough or tall enough to play on the next level. Sometimes, these words come from people that are in your immediate family.

Now the beliefs and doubts are irrelevant. The New Orleans Saints have called or maybe the Atlanta Falcons. Hopefully not, but I digress. All those years of hard work is now paying off. The NFL wants me. Now it’s time to celebrate right?

By and large, the odds have been beaten. Not many of players who tote the pigskin around get a chance to wear a full NFL uniform after 18 years old. This is true. However, the reality of the situation is a rocky road with plenty of ups and downs. Processing reality from perception is extremely difficult for many rookies that come into a mini camp or training camp. Moreover, this goes for the mid to late round picks too.

Going by the numbers

After training camp later this year, players are gonna fight to get on that 53-man roster. Perhaps 10 more may get lucky enough to make the practice squad. To put it this in perspective, 32 teams put on some form of a mini camp. Mini camps can range from tryout players, to undrafted free agents, to even veterans. The numbers can range from 50-100 players over a three day span. All this work to get a chance to make the roster later in July and August.

That means nearly 3,000 players are gonna be looked at and put through drills and tests. Only half that number will see the 53-man roster. The chances of hitting the superstar lottery after that gets even smaller. Still, there is somethings to keep in mind to improve the odds. NFL agent Blake Baratz elaborated a few years ago on what it’s like from the inside.

“Honestly, it’s so chaotic. The GMs and a lot of times even the scouts are calling about 20 players at one time. And they may even be calling the players directly. So if you have two or three of those guys, everyone is calling at the same exact time and they want a decision right then.”

 

There simply isn’t much time for some players to go through the process. Of course, this scenario is different for every player. There are also exceptions to the rule.

Iowa State’s Allan Lazard can relate. Here’s a player that ranked 80th by the NFL Network’s draft expert Mike Mayock. Lazard had full confidence that the phone would ring. The only question was when and what team would pick him up. Lazard waited for hours on end with family and friends at a draft party. And then the draft was over. Lazard was never taken after seven long rounds. Luckily, for Lazard, he did end up getting that call although it was after the NFL Draft this this year.

“A lot of ups and downs, for sure. Obviously, having some friends get drafted today was really nice. Obviously, I’m happy for their success. But going into this, I was very anxious, very ambitious and (hopeful). I’m very let down and disappointed at the way the result came out today, but this is nothing new to my life. I’ve always been the kid from Iowa who wasn’t good enough to play college football. Now I went to Iowa St, (it was) ‘Iowa State will never be good.’ Now I’m that kid that’s undrafted.”

 

Lazard was one of the lucky ones eventually. The Jacksonville Jaguars did pick him up. That came with a $40,000 guarantee as well. The signing bonus was high for an undrafted free agent.

That being said, the process is not for the faint of heart. Some players find their way after years of searching and due diligence. Do not feel discouraged if the first team doesn’t work out. Hall of Fame quarterback Kurt Warner got cut by the Green Bay Packers in 1994. This occurred after literally stocking shelves for a grocery and playing football for the Arena Football League. Warner eventually signed in 1998 with the St. Louis Rams. The rest is history. Just keep plugging along and maybe that shot will come.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Why didn’t the New Orleans Saints draft J.T. Barrett?

Posted by | May 3, 2018.

(Photo by sportsonearth.com)

The New Orleans Saints have signed quarterback J.T. Barrett this week to a three-year contract. Barrett went undrafted throughout the 2018 NFL Draft. However, the Saints decided to initially scoop him up for an invite to the Saints mini camp. Of course, there’s no guarantee that J.T. Barrett does make the team after training camp. The Saints have the upper hand with nothing to lose. In addition, the Saints are bringing quarterback Brandon Silvers for a tryout in mini camp too. Silvers helped lead Troy over LSU last year.

Surprisingly, Barrett was not one of the top tier quarterbacks in this draft. Most experts had him ranked somewhere between the 15th and 20th quarterback coming into the NFL Draft. Still, it’s a little puzzling that he got signed after being recruited just for a tryout. Nevertheless, the Saints can cut Barrett at any time with nothing to lose. Be that as it may, there has to be questions of what stood out in the last 48 hours.

Quarterback Brandon Silvers also got an invite to rookie mini camp too, but there was no contract for him. Obviously, Barrett did something to impress the Saints quickly. Here are a couple of sites that do prospect rankings for the NFL Draft. Walterfootball.com had Brandon Silvers at 19th and Barrett at the 20th ranked quarterback. Additionally, NFL.com had Barrett ranked at 18th and Silvers at 20th in their prospect rankings. Could something have changed this week? Of course, things change for sure by the minute after the draft is over. However, it’s still puzzling why the Saints didn’t just pick him in the sixth or seventh round. Regardless, a heated battle is coming soon. The Saints may keep three quarterbacks on their roster with an additional possible spot on the practice squad.

Above all, plenty of fans are going to be curious when camp opens this summer. With this is mind, it’s no secret that the Saints have changed their tune a bit by signing another quarterback. In 2018, there has to be a backup that can be trusted, if the call comes in. Hopefully, that won’t happen.

 

 

The New Orleans Saints one and only Mock Draft 1.0 for 2018

Posted by | April 23, 2018.

 

(Photo credit by the Courier-Journal)

By: Dean Mullen

The New Orleans Saints are on the clock starting Thursday. This draft should help the Saints get over the top.

In 2017, the Saints struck gold in the NFL Draft. Arguably, that draft class may be the most monumental moment in the 50 year history. Almost a year ago, the New Orleans Saints picked CB Marshon Lattimore in the first round. Lattimore was also in my Mock Draft 1.0. 

In addition, the Black and Gold picked up a critical pick of OT Ryan Ramczyk. Ramczyk was huge last year when the Saints called on him early on in his rookie year. Ultimately, the pick of RB Alvin Kamara ended up being even more astounding. Kamara was in my two round Mock Draft from my former employer too.  

The Saints got more than just a serviceable running back. Kamara went off and did things that left scouts in awe of his power and speed. Indicentally, the Saints wouldn’t have went 11-5 without him. And remember, most of us were gawking at the new acquisition of RB Adrian Peterson. Peterson just wasn’t the right fit at the time. Kamara was simply the man that changed the future landscape of the New Orleans Saints for years to come.

To put it into words from Mark Ingram. A reporter asked him to come up with one word to describe him. Ingram replied “savage.”

 

Fans saw it. The NFL didn’t see him coming. The fact is that A.K. is here to stay! The vertical attack that became known for years under Sean Payton, turned into the “Smash and Dash” running attack with an amped up defense. No doubt, that last year was a huge success. That was then and this is now.

The 2018 version of the New Orleans Saints are no longer underdogs no more. No flying underneath the radar for sure this season. In 2018, this draft is simply putting the icing on the cake. This is the year, make no mistake. There is no next year. This year is our year. This NFL Draft doesn’t have to be perfect. At the same time, the Saints have to be willing to look beyond this year with the new revamped defense.

Of course, the Super Bowl is the goal for this season, yet at the same time the window is closing for Drew Brees to make another run. Ironically, there was plenty of talk last year about drafting a quarterback to groom for the future. For whatever reason, the conversation has switched to building for a Super Bowl run for 2018. Look no further than the Philadelphia Eagles.

First and Foremost, the Eagles got their man QB Carson Wentz to perform brilliantly to setup an MVP caliber season. Unfortunately for him, an injury forced the Eagles to put in their backup who wasn’t exactly a household name just yet. That being said, Eagles head coach Doug Pederson had faith in him. The team believed and the rest is history.

The Saints must have a formidable backup quarterback just in case. Regardless, if Drew Brees plays until he’s 45 years old or not. This is critical going forward into this year. Quarterbacks don’t grow on trees. That’s why it’s imperative for the Saints have a guy to groom now and not later.

So without further ado, here is the ONE AND ONLY Mock Draft that is ready to be picked apart.

1st Round- WR Courtland Sutton SMU

3rd Round- QB Mason Rudolph Oklahoma State ***

4th Round- S Marcus Allen Penn St.

5th Round- G Skyler Phillips Idaho St.

5th Round- DE Hercules Mata’afa Washington State

6th Round- TE Deondre Goolsby Florida

6th Round- CB Parry Nickerson Tulane

7th Round- DT Justin Jones North Carolina State

Obviously, there is an asterisk by QB Mason Rudolph’s name in the third round. The problem with that pick is the availability of him being there in the third round is unlikely. Look for the Saints to move up in either the second or third round or pick QB Lamar Jackson. This may shock some people, but the Saints are looking at drafting a quarterback and this draft class is deep.

There it is folks. Let the games begin….