Saints’ season starting to resemble past 3 playoff pushes

Posted by | October 28, 2020.

Saints defensive tackle Sheldon Rankins is seeing a pattern — and an encouraging one at that.
In each of the previous three seasons, the Saints overcame some early season adversity and swept all of their October games en route to an NFC South crown.
For a fourth straight season, the Saints have won all of their October games again — three this year because their bye fell in Week 6.

The winning streak has New Orleans (4-2), which stumbled to a 1-2 start, just a half-game back of Tampa Bay for the top spot in the division with 10 games to go.

“We don’t ever plan for early season stumbles or anything like that, but … adversity to start a season is nothing new to us. We’ve faced it before. We know what it takes to get on a roll and start winning some games,” Rankins said. “We’ve always found a way to weather the storm. And we’ll continue to get better and continue to fix the things that need to be fixed. And we’ll get on a roll here.”

His reasons for optimism start with his own health, which has steadily improved, along with his effectiveness, as he’s come back from surgery aimed at shoring up his Achilles tendon. Then there’s the health of the defensive front as a whole, which two games ago got 2018 first-round draft choice Marcus Davenport back at defensive end.

Then there’s the offense, which, despite getting less healthy at receiver — Michael Thomas (hamstring) and Emmanuel Sanders (COVID-19) were both out last weekend — still was so methodically dominant that the Saints possessed the ball nearly 35 minutes and did not punt in a 27-24 triumph over Carolina on Sunday.
Quarterback Drew Brees, now 41 and in his 20th season, has looked younger as the season has gone on. He completed 80.6 percent of his passes against the Panthers for 287 yards and two TDs. He also dove over a pile of linemen on the goal line for another 1-yard score.

And the running game has been flourishing, led by the tandem of the dynamic Alvin Kamara and bruising Latavius Murray.
“We are being able to run the ball efficiently,” Kamara said. “We’re getting the looks in the passing game we want. We’re getting the ball down the field. Everybody’s stepping up. Everybody is doing their job.”
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A few tidbits you may have missed about the New Orleans Saints in Week 7

Posted by | October 28, 2020.

More Brees History

• Drew Brees tossed his 7,000th completed pass to rookie wide receiver Marquez Callaway. He is the only NFL quarterback to surpass this mark. It’s quite an accomplishment for a 2nd pick who was considered too short to play the position long-term in the league. Congratulations, Mr. Brees!

• Brees is back on top in the NFL and leads the QBs in completion percentage rate at 72.6%. Guess who’s behind him? Former Saints QB Teddy Bridgewater. The current Panthers ace is at 72.2% on the year.

More Kamara in the Books

• According to the NFL statisticians, New Orleans running back ALVIN KAMARA registered eight receptions and 148 scrimmage yards (83 rushing, 65 receiving) in the Saints’ 27-24 win against Carolina.

• Kamara has 2,528 career receiving yards and is the fourth running back in NFL history with at least 2,500 receiving yards in his first four seasons, joining ROGER CRAIG (2,742), CHRISTIAN MCCAFFREY (2,590), and Pro Football Hall of Famer LENNY MOORE (2,573).

• Kamara has at least five receptions in 32 games, tied with ROGER CRAIG (32 games) for the second-most among running backs in their first four seasons in NFL history. Only CHRISTIAN MCCAFFREY (34 games) has more. (Data provided by NFL Communications)

Who’s the Kid from Tennessee?
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Saints fans reflect on 1st live game in Superdome: ‘I feel safe’ said one clown

Posted by | October 28, 2020.

The Saints’ win was only one major storyline from Week 8 in New Orleans. The other: 3,000 Who Dats getting into the building for the first time in the 2020 season.

That number in attendance for the Saints’ victory over the Carolina Panthers represented less than 5% of the Mercedes-Benz Superdome’s capacity, but represented a significant benchmark as city and team officials move forward in the new normal amid coronavirus pandemic.

Reflecting outside the Superdome after the game, several fans applauded the team’s handling of the gameday experience, feelings of safety with the many precautions in place and one significant point of discussion going forward.

“We can fit more people in the stadium. We could’ve had four times as much and still had space, I think,” said one fan that was decorated in full clown makeup.

The Saints played without fans entirely in Week 1, and several friends and family members were allowed in attendance for the next two games. After discussions about potentially holding home games in Baton Rouge where LSU has played in front of a maximum crowd of 25,000, city officials agreed to allow this week’s number with the potential to progressively raise the capacity if no larger issues with the pandemic are encountered.

One of those 3,000 fans in attendance was Larry Rolling, known as “the sign guy” and a mainstay of broadcasts from the Superdome with his eye-catching messages each week.

“Hey Saints, we all mask for you,” read Rolling’s sign at this week’s game.

He lauded Superdome workers for ensuring fans kept their mask on throughout the game.
“I felt safe, absolutely. … It was a great experience,” Rolling said.

New Orleans now has two weeks of Saints road games before having to make a determination on capacity for the next home game in Week 10 against the San Francisco 49ers, and then another divisional clash in Week 11. The Saints then go on the road for three road games before returning in Week 15 against the Kansas City Chiefs.
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As Juwan Johnson breaks Saints debut news to wife, first questions, then priceless reaction

Posted by | October 28, 2020.

A Saints wide receiver went viral for playing in Week 7.

But it had nothing to do with how he played, and it all happened at the kitchen counter.

Saints undrafted rookie Juwan Johnson shared a clip this week of the moment he broke the news to his wife, Chanen, that he had been elevated from the Saints’ practice squad and would be making his NFL debut against the Carolina Panthers.

Johnson posted the video to their shared TikTok account, titled “Hangin’ With The Johnsons” and self-described as the “goofiest & most loved married couple On Tiktok.”

After grinning toward the camera lens, he says: “Chan, I gotta tell you something.”

Nonplussed, Chanen replies with a hearty “yessir,” but continues tapping on her phone.

“I … am supposed to be playing this week,” Juwan Johnson continues.

At that point Chanen drops her phone in excitement. She first makes sure to check whether it was some sort of prank.

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New Orleans Saints Center/Guard Erik McCoy Interview With Media

Posted by | October 26, 2020.

Do you feel you guys have done well to make this three game winning streak?
“I would just say going in confident, confident we’re going to win the game, going on our plan and executing it.”

Sheldon (Rankins) mentioned that, you know, one of the things Coach Payton stresses is you know, find a way to win that day’s game. Can you just comment on the way you guys have been able to adjust to whenever that day presents?
“It’s the NFL so every week is going to present a different challenge. But, facing adversity and coming through on top is just our main goal. Coach Payton emphasizes it every week it’s just, find a way to win. That’s what we’ve been doing.”

I’m just curious like, if you’ve learned anything about running this two-minute offense with Drew (Brees), when you’re actually in it with him, like what kind of sticks out to you?
“We’re going to score. It’s plain and simple. It’s a thing of beauty, whether it’s before the half, whether it’s the end of the game, we’re expecting to score.”

Does he actually vocalize that in the huddle? I just imagine, it’s just like, kind of like a confidence that it’s just kind of a product of doing it a lot.
“Yeah, hundred percent. Yeah, he doesn’t verbally vocalize it. We just expect it because it’s something that we’ve gone on and executed since I’ve been here. I know we’ve done it long before that. But just speaking from my time, two-minute we go out and execute.”
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Marquez Callaway Is “All Good” After The Saints Defeat The Panthers

Posted by | October 26, 2020.

Marquez Callaway made the most of his chance for the Saints in Week 7, and he seems to have avoided a physical issue alarm all the while.

The youngster wide recipient told columnists after the game that he was fine in the wake of tottering off the field and into the blue clinical tent after the remainder of his 8-get execution.

“I’m good,” Callaway said after the Saints’ 27-24 win. “Just got a little dinged up. In any case, it’s all good.”

The injury happened with a little more than 7 minutes remaining the final quarter after Callaway made sure about a 7-yard get shy of the first-down marker. The play helped set up Wil Lutz’ 43-yard field objective that would fill in as the triumphant edge.

A replay showed Callaway’s left lower leg get rolled up behind him as he was tackled, and he stayed down on the field in pain before bouncing off the field and not putting weight to his left leg.
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The “NFL MAFIA FAMILY” Fanbase

Posted by | October 7, 2020.

Just like when the real Mafia was around, there were many different families in different cities, states and countries. Well the same holds true with the “NFL MAFIA FAMILY”, each team should have a “MAFIA” in their Nation or fanbase so to speak. The purpose of the “MAFIA FANBASE” in the NFL is to differentiate the diehard, loyal, true fanatics from the fair weather weekend fan. There should only be one MAFIA per team in order to stay organized and keep all the loyal fans in the family rather than diluting them and having them lost in the shuffle. Below is a list of the Mafia Fanbases by team.

EaglesBleed Green Mafia

SaintsBig Easy Mafia

SteelersSteel City Mafia

BillsBills Mafia

The Superdome Is Close To Being Renamed

Posted by | October 5, 2020.

The historic Mercedes-Benz Superdome just completed the first phase of a fresh look and is now one step closer to its new name.

The New Orleans Saints have made the next steps in saying goodbye to Mercedes Benz by hiring Oak View Group. Ben Fischer covers the NFL and Olympic sports for Sports Business Journal. He has reported the Saints have selected Oak View Group (OVG) to sell naming rights to the stadium after the Mercedes-Benz deal expires next year. Many agencies were vetted before the Saints chose the Oak View Group to handle the deal.

The Saints wanted a world-class agency to help them find the next partner for the city’s world-class arena, and they believed Oak View Group represented that type of agency.

Webb said the Saints expect to have a new deal in place by the time Mercedes-Benz expires in July. He declined to comment on economic expectations. The team’s small corporate base will be a challenge. Louisiana has just two Fortune 500 corporate headquarters, CenturyLink and Entergy. On Friday, Oak View Group announced a $125M deal with Co-op to the rights for a new arena under development in Manchester, U.K., and also has finished deals with Amazon for Climate Pledge Arena in Seattle, UBS for the Islanders’ new arena on Long Island and Philadelphia Union’s Subaru Park. Webb said OVG’s track record during the pandemic speaks for itself, and they trust their process, method, and relationships with major brands.” They have the hot hand,” he said.
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Saints and Lions Will Resume After False Positive Covid Test

Posted by | October 4, 2020.

A New Orleans Saints player tested positive for COVID-19 on Saturday, but follow-up testing came back negative, and Sunday’s Saints-Lions game will be played as scheduled, according to multiple reports Sunday morning.

The follow-up testing led officials to determine that Saturday’s positive test was a false positive.

All tests on close contacts of the player also reportedly came back negative.

At this point, Sunday’s 1 p.m. ET game between the Lions and Saints in Detroit remains unaffected. A positive coronavirus test could have forced another scheduling tweak for a league that is facing the realities of playing a season during a pandemic.

NFL’s pandemic headache this week

For a while, it looked like the NFL was, against all odds, pulling it off. The league completed three weeks without any coronavirus interruptions.

Then Week 4 began.

First, the Tennessee Titans and Minnesota Vikings had to shut down their facilities after several members of the Titans tested positive following their Week 3 game in Minneapolis. Sixteen members of the Titans in total have tested positive, though the Vikings appear to have avoided infection.

The Titans’ game against the Pittsburgh Steelers in Week 4 was eventually postponed to Week 7.
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Sean Payton Post Game After The Packer Game

Posted by | September 28, 2020.

(On the game tonight) “We’re not doing enough of the little things well enough to win on a consistent basis. We are going to watch the tape. There are some encouraging things; and, yet, as a team, there are too many details that we have to improve on. That starts with us as coaches, myself, starting with me. The turnover battle we thought would be important. It ended up just being one versus zero; and, yet, that is pretty significant. There were parts of the way that the game was unfolding that was encouraging early on. And, I thought that, as it went on, we didn’t play as well in the second half.”

On how to get others involved besides Alvin Kamara: “We ended up getting a lot of deep zone coverage. There were a ton of plays in, for example, Emmanuel (Sanders). Sometimes a lot of it is predicated on the looks that you are getting. You would like to go in and say, ‘Hey, he is going to have X amount of touches,’ whether it’s Latavius (Murray), whether it’s the tight end, whether it’s another receiver. That is kind of how it unfolded. The third down numbers, I thought, got a little bit better in the second half, and, yet, they still weren’t good enough. There were some critical opportunities that we let slip by offensively. And, in the end, we couldn’t keep up with the numbers that they were putting up.”

On if not having Michael Thomas change what the team wants to do and change how teams play the Saints: “We got a lot of coverage tonight. That usually comes with Mike. They (Green Bay) were without Davante (Adams). Both teams were without two really good defensive tackles and two really good receivers (were not playing). That’s just the NFL.”

On why the team couldn’t keep pace with the Packers: “I just finished talking about it. We didn’t convert some third downs. We couldn’t get off of the field on some of the third downs. That’s my take before looking at the tape. We didn’t do enough of the little things well.”
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Posted by | September 24, 2020.

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Payton and Brees: The Men Who Built the Greatest Offense in NFL History

Posted by | September 20, 2020.



As the city was rebuilding following Hurricane Katrina, Sean Payton arrived in 2006 as a relative unknown, a first-time NFL head coach tasked with resurrecting a New Orleans Saints team that had just finished 3-13. Two months after Payton was hired, the Saints signed a free agent quarterback who was cast aside by the San Diego Chargers: Drew Brees. Together, these two underdogs joined forces and transformed the Saints from laughingstock to juggernaut. Payton’s bold play-calling proved the perfect match for Brees, who threw a league-leading and franchise record 4,418 passing yards as the Saints advanced to the NFC championship game. Three seasons later, the Saints were Super Bowl champions. Payton and Brees is the definitive account of how this dynamic duo transformed a team, a city, and the game of football. To Order, Click Here

Dome From Home T-Shirt

Posted by | September 18, 2020.

This is a very different season for us Saints fans, in a bad way. As of the release of this article New Orleans is not allowing any fans inside the Superdome to watch the Saints play. They have also limited or even restricted watch parties in bars and similar venues. That leaves the only place you can count on being able to yell, dance, drink, eat, hang out with friends is none other that at home, hence the term “Dome From Home”. We found a Tshirt from Big Easy Apparel that just may be considered the “uniform” for watching the New Orleans Saints from the comfort of your home. These are a limited edition so make sure you order yours today.

Saints VIP Tailgate In Benson Tower

Posted by | September 11, 2020.

Bullseye Event Group is the Official Tailgate Partner of the New Orleans Saints. In 2005, Bullseye began building the hospitality side of our business. We have always offered hospitality, but in 2005 we had the vision to begin providing once-in-a-lifetime hospitality. Bullseye Event Group staked its claim as the premier hospitality provider for sporting events all around the world. From multiple NFL teams VIP Tailgates to Gate 6 Hospitality at the Masters and The Players Tailgate at the Super Bowl we are proud to be the industry leader in hospitality.

Inside the Tailgate Party:

Tailgating doesn’t get better than this. The Saints VIP tailgate opens three hours before kickoff and closes at opening kickoff for every Saints home game. Admission includes open premium bar for 3 hours and all you can eat incredible menu. Fleur De Lis is the official rental company of the Saints VIP Tailgate.

Menu for 2020:
Food Network celebrity chef Aaron May has been named head chef for the Saints VIP Tailgate. Touting a brand new menu created exclusively by celebrity chef extraordinaire May, A classically-trained chef and member of the Arizona Culinary Hall of Fame, May has been featured on signature Food Network staples such as Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives, Guy’s Grocery Games, Guy’s Big Bite and TLC’s Best Food Ever.

VIP Tailgate Features:

Located NEXT TO Mercedes Benz Superdome @ the Benson Tower (5th floor, overlooking Champions Square)

Home of WWL Radio Fans First Take live broadcast.

Open, top-shelf cocktail bar

Open beer and wine bars featuring bottled beer and bottled wine.

Open three hours prior to kickoff

Food Network Celebrity Chef Aaron May created premium buffet

Each home game Food Network Celebrity Chef Aaron May will collaborate with Scot Craig of NOLA’s restaurant favorite Katies & Francesca’s to collaborate an incredible food experience for your Saints game day experience.

Menu to include your favorite New Orleans foods, Gumbo, Etouffee, Jambalaya, Red Beans & Rice, Po Boy’s.

Assorted hot sauce bar and hand tossed farmers market salads and passed entrees of gourmet cheeseburgers.

Minor menu changes periodically.

Brunch Station for morning games features cheesey egg scramble or frittata, gourmet waffle bar, bacon, sausage and breakfast pastries. Snack station with crispy tortilla strips, salsa, quest dip, soft pretzel bites, house made potato chips with carmelized onion dip. Southwest eggs and cheese croissant sliders. Buffalo, BBQ, and spicy garlic grilled wings. Roasted pork loin with mac and cheese, roasted vegetables and cheese and herb grits. Bloody Mary Bar with tajin, sriracha, worchestire, Slim Jim’s, olives, lemon and lime wedges, celery, pepperoncini and fresh jalapeño.

Refreshments from Coca-Cola.

All ages are welcome.

Visits from Saintsations and Saints Alumni.

Official tailgate to the Who Dat Nation Fan Club “The Big Easy Mafia

Climate controlled lounge seating with soft leather couches inside, outdoor patio overlooks Champions Square

ESPN broadcasts of NFL Gameday.

Live auction on amazing signed New Orleans Saints memorabilia.

Video Call With Saints Tackle Terron Armstead (Press Release)

Posted by | September 8, 2020.

New Orleans Saints Tackle Terron Armstead
Video Conference With New Orleans Media
Monday, September 7, 2020

How normal does this season feel for you and what are you doing to try to keep it as normal as possible?

“It definitely has had it’s differences throughout the camp. Once we got rolling though into practice, (our) normal A schedule and all that good stuff, it actually had a lot more of a normal feel. So we were able to get into some usual routines. Yeah, I think it’s important to try to get, to kind of, the most normal feel or the most routine that we possibly can, leading up to this game. Right now, being a bonus Monday, that’s how every season starts. So, I think we’ve got a good start to the season.”

Kind of related to that, are you almost surprised at how well things have gone NFL wide where there’s not a lot of guys in the COVID list right now and you guys have been able to keep it pretty well contained?

“Yeah, yeah, I think it’s been a great job by the NFL with the procedures and protocols that they put in place. Great job by the home team, the way that the Saints have handled everything. We’re doing everything by the rulebook, everything by the codes to make sure everybody is as safe as possible. And it’s been smooth.”

Now that you can wear names and have different slogans on your helmets, have you decided what name or slogan you want to wear for week one?

“We’re still deciding exactly how we want to approach you know, everything dealing with awareness with the movement and inspiring change. So we’ve got a group of leaders on the team and we’ve just been in this thing for a month or two now, trying to figure out exactly what we want to do and what we want our team to look like. It’s important, and it’s extremely impactful. So we don’t want to try to dilute that at all. We want to take some time and put some thought into it before we roll out our plan for the season.”

What stands out to you about the Bucs defense especially with returning essentially the core group last year?

“Extremely active. They fly around, play hard every snap, every game. You go back and watch them on film, they’re flying around. Their linebacking core with the two rush guys and the two guys (on interior) are exceptional, for sure some really good players and we’ll be looking forward to that challenge. A tall test to start the season, and it’ll be fun. It’ll be a great day on Sunday.”
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Video Call With Linebacker Demario Davis (Press Release)

Posted by | September 8, 2020.

New Orleans Saints Linebacker Demario Davis
Video Call with New Orleans Media
Monday, September 7, 2020

What is special about Leonard Fournette when you watch him.
“(He’s a) really good back. Really runs the ball hard, can get in and out of his breaks, can do different things in the passing game as well. Just a force to be reckoned with in the game. He can handle a load of 20, 30 carries a game and can absorb a lot of blows and keep running hard. Those are tough backs to deal with.”

Would you describe him as sort of an old school kind of running back or a throwback kind of running back just because of exactly what you just said? There’s not a lot of guys like him. Would you agree with that?
“I don’t know about that. You have generally had, for the length of the game, you have had guys that were more power backs, speed backs, more receiving backs, some all-around backs. Just because he’s big, I think a lot of people would think that he’s just a power back, but he’s much more in line with an all-around back.”

Just considering that you used to be in the division with him, what’s the most difficult thing about going up against a Tom Brady led offense?
“One thing about Tom is his preparation is just second to none. The attention to detail, the knowing different formations, knowing different tendencies, knowing how to get his offense in the right play at the right time, knowing how to stay poised. It’s no accident he’s one of the best ever do it. And you can tell that goes from his preparation, how he takes care of himself. How he stays poised under pressure. Just being able to see the game and having so much experience in the game, you’re not going to really surprise him with too much stuff.”

Have you decided on a name or a slogan that you’re going to put on your helmet for week one?
“Yeah, I kind of know what I’m planning to do. We have got something kind of planned as a team. We’re going to kind of keep that under the radar for now until you’re ready to roll it out.”

I was also going to ask you about Tom Brady, but could you just add to that what’s maybe a specific example of one of the most impressive things you’ve ever seen him do on the field while you were going against him?
“I don’t think I’ve seen anything unique that nobody else has not seen. The thing you give him the most credit for is what he does in those fourth quarters when the game is on the line. Walking to the line of scrimmage, being able to get his team in the right play, best play call for their offense, having a good understanding of and anticipation of what the defense is going to do. Going against a quarterback that can see the field that well, has that much awareness, that much experience is always going to be a challenge. Fortunately, we get to go against somebody just as good at doing that in our preparation and so I think we get as good a look of it as a defense that anybody else can get.”
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Saints Make Some Additions To The Practice Squad

Posted by | September 6, 2020.

The New Orleans Saints have agreed to terms with the following players on practice squad contracts it was announced by Executive Vice President/General Manager Mickey Loomis: LB Joe Bachie, LB Anthony Chickillo, LB Andrew Dowell, WR Bennie Fowler III, TE Garrett Griffin, CB Kemon Hall, WR Lil’Jordan Humphrey, DL Margus Hunt, WR Juwan Johnson, RB Tony Jones Jr., OL John Leglue, TE Tommy Stevens, OL Calvin Throckmorton, G/C Cameron Tom and DB Keith Washington II.

 

  • Bachie, 6-2, 231, was signed by New Orleans after the 2020 NFL Draft out of Michigan State. Bachie was a four-year letterman and two-time team captain for the Spartans. The Berea, Ohio native was a three-year starting middle linebacker, playing in 40 career games with 34 starts, recording 285 tackles, 27.5 tackles for loss, eight sacks, five interceptions, 11 passes defensed, five forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries. As a senior in 2019, he was a third-team All-Big Ten (media) selection, as he ranked fifth on the team with 71 tackles in eight games, all starts, adding 8.5 tackles for loss, 3.5 sacks, four passes defensed and one interception and was named a semifinalist for the Butkus Award and quarterfinalist for the Lott IMPACT Trophy
  • Chickillo, 6-3, 255, was signed by New Orleans in the offseason and participated in training camp after originally being selected by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the sixth round of the 2015 NFL Draft out of the University of Miami (Fla.) and spending his first five seasons in Pittsburgh. In 2019, he played in 11 games for the Steelers and notched 11 tackles (five solo), one split sack and six special teams stops. The Tampa, Fla. native has appeared in 65 regular season games with nine starts, while also being a core contributor on special teams for Pittsburgh. He has recorded 67 tackles (40 solo), 7.5 sacks for loss of 59.5 yards, three passes defensed, three forced fumbles, one fumble recovery, 28 special teams stops, a coverage forced fumble, two special teams fumble recoveries and a recovery of a blocked punt for a touchdown.
  • Dowell, 6-1, 225, was originally signed by the Dallas Cowboys as an undrafted free agent out of Michigan State in 2019 and after going to training camp with the Cowboys, spent the final five weeks of the regular season and preseason week one on the Black and Gold practice squad. The Lakewood, Ohio native was a four-year letterwinner and three-year starter at linebacker for the Spartans, posting 260 tackles, including 15 for losses with 5.5 sacks, 16 breakups, three fumble was recoveries, two forced fumbles and an interception.
  • Fowler, 6-1, 218, was originally signed by Denver as an undrafted free agent in 2014 out of Michigan State. Fowler has appeared in 63 regular season contests and started 12 games for Denver (2015-17) and the New York Giants (2018-19), posting career totals of 95 receptions for 1,090 yards with six touchdowns, signing with New Orleans in the 2020 offseason. 
  • Griffin, 6-4, 242, was originally signed as an undrafted free agent out of the Air Force Academy in 2016. He made a four-yard reception in the 2017 regular season finale and recorded two receptions for 12 yards, including a five-yard touchdown in the 2018 NFC Championship game before spending his last campaign on Injured Reserve.
  • Hall, 5-11, 190, was originally signed as a college free agent by the Los Angeles Chargers in 2019 out of North Texas, posting eight tackles in the preseason. After stints on both the Chargers and Vikings practice squad, the Calhoun City, Miss. native signed with New Orleans midway through 2020 training camp.
  • Humphrey, 6-4, 225, originally signed with Orleans as an undrafted free agent 2019 out of Texas, making four grabs for 103 yards and one touchdown in the 2019 preseason. He played in five regular season games with one start and one postseason contest as a rookie in 2019. In three seasons for the Longhorns, he played in 36 games with 18 starts and finished his college career with 125 catches for 1,622 yards and ten touchdowns.
  • Hunt, 6-8, 295, was signed by New Orleans in the 2020 offseason and participated in training camp. Originally selected by the Bengals in the second round (53rd overall) of the 2013 NFL Draft out of Southern Methodist, the Karksi-Nuia, Estonia native has appeared in 91 career games with 25 starts, totaling 101 tackles (68 solo), 7.5 sacks, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery and seven passes defensed for the Bengals and Colts. In 2019, he appeared in all 16 games with five starts on the interior for the Colts, posting 17 tackles (14 solo).
  • Johnson, 6-4, 231, was signed by New Orleans following the 2020 NFL Draft out of Oregon, where he played in 2019 as a graduate transfer after spending his first three seasons at Penn State. In four college seasons,he played in 47 games and recorded 111 receptions for 1,590 yards and six touchdowns. In 2019, he played in the final ten games for the Ducks after missing the first four with a calf injury and recorded 30 receptions for 467 yards (15.6 avg.) and six touchdowns, finishing second on team with eight grabs over 20 yards.
  • Jones, 5-11, 224, signed with New Orleans as an undrafted free agent out of Notre Dame in 2020, for whom he was a four-year letterman. In 2019 he started 12 games on the season, rushing for 857 yards and six touchdowns as he became the tenth player in school history with five or more 100-yard rushing games in one season.
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The Big Easy Mafia Challenge Coin

Posted by | June 29, 2020.

The History Of The Challenge Coin

There are many examples of traditions that build camaraderie in the military, but few are as well-respected as the practice of carrying a challenge coin—a small medallion or token that signifies a person is a member of an organization. Even though challenge coins have broken into the civilian population, they’re still a bit of a mystery for those outside the armed forces.

What Do Challenge Coins Look Like?

Typically, challenge coins are around 1.5 to 2 inches in diameter, and about 1/10-inch thick, but the styles and sizes vary wildly—some even come in unusual shapes like shields, pentagons, arrowheads, and dog tags. The coins are generally made of pewter, copper, or nickel, with a variety of finishes available (some limited edition coins are plated in gold). The designs can be simple—an engraving of the organization’s insignia and motto—or have enamel highlights, multi-dimensional designs, and cut outs.

Challenge Coin Origins

It’s nearly impossible to definitively know why and where the tradition of challenge coins began. One thing is certain: Coins and military service go back a lot farther than our modern age.

One of the earliest known examples of an enlisted soldier being monetarily rewarded for valor took place in Ancient Rome. If a soldier performed well in battle that day, he would receive his typical day’s pay, and a separate coin as a bonus. Some accounts say that the coin was specially minted with a mark of the legion from which it came, prompting some men to hold on to their coins as a memento, rather than spend them on women and wine.

Today, the use of coins in the military is much more nuanced. While many coins are still handed out as tokens of appreciation for a job well done, especially for those serving as part of a military operation, some administrators exchange them almost like business cards or autographs they can add to a collection. There are also coins that a soldier can use like an ID badge to prove they served with a particular unit. Still other coins are handed out to civilians for publicity, or even sold as a fund-raising tool.
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