New Orleans Saints

NFC South

2014 Schedule

  • Week 1

    NO @ ATL

    09/07/14

    1:00 pm

  • Week 2

    NO @ CLE

    09/14/14

    1:00 pm

  • Week 3

    MIN @ NO

    09/21/14

    1:00 pm

  • Week 4

    NO @ DAL

    09/28/14

    8:30 pm

  • Week 5

    TB @ NO

    10/05/14

    1:00 pm

  • Week 6

    bye

  • Week 7

    NO @ DET

    10/19/14

    1:00 pm

  • Week 8

    GB @ NO

    10/26/14

    8:30 pm

  • Week 9

    NO @ CAR

    10/30/14

    8:30 pm

  • Week 10

    SF @ NO

    11/09/14

    1:00 pm

  • Week 11

    CIN @ NO

    11/16/14

    1:00 pm

  • Week 12

    BAL @ NO

    11/24/14

    8:30 pm

  • Week 13

    NO @ PIT

    11/30/14

    1:00 pm

  • Week 14

    CAR @ NO

    12/07/14

    1:00 pm

  • Week 15

    NO @ CHI

    12/15/14

    8:30 pm

  • Week 16

    ATL @ NO

    12/21/14

    1:00 pm

  • Week 17

    NO @ TB

    12/28/14

    1:00 pm

PYRO Fantasy Depth Chart

The PYRO Fantasy Football Depth Chart is a rundown of where Team PYRO projects the fantasy production for each team at each position. It is NOT an attempt to inform you of the current starters for each team. For example, we are well aware that Brandon Manumaleuna is currently the starting TE for the Chicago Bears, but if you look at the Bears Team Page, we have Greg Olsen listed at TE. Why? We’re projecting that Greg Olsen will be the most Fantasy Football relevant TE for the Bears this season. Since Olsen will be the Bears leading FF point scorer at TE, it’s his name at the top of the TE column on our PYRO Fantasy Depth Chart.

Dikta trades his draft for Ricky Williams

The Saints, especially Mike Ditka, coveted Ricky Williams and traded all of their draft picks in 1999, as well as two picks in 2000, in order to move up two spots in the draft to acquire him. This has been and will continue to be talked about as one of the worst trades of all-time, but was it really? The evidence of what actually happened paints a very different story. This trade was more about drafting ineptitude than it was about building a dynasty for any of the teams involved.

Ricky Williams was one of the most hyped running backs coming into the league in 1999, after rushing for 2,327 yards with 29 touchdowns and winning the Heisman trophy as a member of the Texas Longhorns. Mike Ditka was the most enthralled with the young runner, as he saw him as the next Walter Payton, and made it clear ahead of the draft that he was willing to trade all of the Saints picks to obtain Williams. That was a lot of talk, but when the draft began Ditka made the bold move as the Saints and Redskins made a blockbuster trade.


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Iron Mike Ditka followed through on his vow, and made a deal with the Redskins, trading them their six picks in the 1999 draft, as well as their first and third round picks from the 2000 draft. Here is how it looked on paper, and wow what a haul for moving up just two spots in the draft.

New Orleans received the #5 overall pick in the 1999 draft from the Redskins and draft Ricky Williams. The Redskins received the following picks: #12, #71, #106, #144, #179 and #218 from the 1999 draft and #2 and #64 overall picks from the 2000 draft. At the time the trade was executed the analysts named the Redskins the winner for all that they were able to gain in this trade, but what followed was some of the dumbest moves ever made.

The Redskins, now loaded with draft picks, set their sites on getting Champ Bailey with their first round pick, which was now the 12th overall. Unfortunately, the Redskins did not feel that Bailey would fall to them at the 12 pick, so they went all New Orleans Saints and unloaded four of the picks they acquired from the Saints and sent them to the Bears for the right to move up from 12 to the seventh pick, where they drafted Champ Bailey. The Bears received the #12, #71, #106 and #144 in the 1999 draft from the Redskins along with a third round pick in 2000, but the Skins were not done dealing yet.

Washington then contacted the Denver Broncos about the #165 pick in the 1999 draft, and they acquired it with the final two picks of the 99’ draft from the Saints, #179 and #218. So, while Washington received eight picks to move back seven spots, they then traded six of those picks to move up twice in the draft. So let’s now look at what each team was able to do with their multitude of draft picks, and determine whom the winner was.

The Saints gave up eight draft picks and walked away with Ricky Williams. Williams would play for the Saints for three seasons, before being traded to Miami. In those three years Ricky ran for 3,129 yards with 16 touchdowns, while adding another 1,431 yards and six scores on 197 receptions. Those are good numbers, but what Williams did in his first two seasons in Miami left New Orleans fans scratching their heads. #34 ran for 3,225 yards with 25 touchdowns, and another 714 yards on 97 catches with two more scores. He was named 1st team all pro in 2002 with 2,216 yards from scrimmage, while leading the league in rushing with 1,853 yards. The best years of Ricky’s career did not happen in New Orleans, and Saints fans were disappointed, but did the other teams do any better?

The Redskins, who received all the picks, may be the case study in how to take a good thing and turn it into a bad thing. The Skins had an extra seven picks, but they ended up trading six of those to draft just two players, Champ Bailey and Derek Smith, a tackle from Virginia Tech. Champ Bailey proved to be a good pick by Washington and he was the player that lasted the longest with the team that drafted him. Champ played for Washington for five years, and was named to four Pro Bowls during that time, but at the end he wanted out of Washington and was traded to the Broncos for Clinton Portis. After giving all those picks away in 1999, Washington decided to hold onto the two picks from the 2000 draft that they got in the deal. The first pick was the second overall pick in the draft, linebacker LaVar Arrington. Arrington would play for Washington for six seasons and was named to three Pro Bowls, but his career was cut short by injuries. The final player drafted with a pick from the Williams trade was Lloyd Harrison, a defensive back who was taken with the #64 overall pick in the third round. Harrison played one year with Washington and registered no stats. This brings us to the team that scored a bounty of the Saints picks through the Redskins, the Chicago Bears.

The Bears entered this draft with many needs, quarterback being first and foremost on their list, but the Bears were not going to trade up to get hometown hero Donovan McNabb, and instead made a huge deal with the Redskins to trade down from 7 to 12 for four draft picks. What the Bears proceeded to do, was show how to make an embarrassment of riches look like an embarrassment.

Chicago grabbed the fifth quarterback off the board, Cade McNown, with the 12th pick. McNown only played with the Bears for two seasons, and had a marvelous 3-12 record as a starter with 16 touchdowns and 19 interceptions thrown. The next pick in the deal was a third round pick, the #71 overall, and the Bears selected wide receiver D’Wayne Bates. Bates was totally ineffective for Chicago playing three seasons with the Bears, totaling 15 catches for 221 yards and one score. The Bears then selected linebacker Warrick Holdman with the Saints 4th round pick, #106, who played for the Bears for five seasons. He was the most productive player the Bears got in this trade, but only had 278 tackles and 3.5 sacks in his five years. The final player drafted because of this trade in 1999 was linebacker Khari Samuel with pick #144 of the 5th round. Samuel played two years with Bears totaling 10 tackles in that time. In the 2000 draft the Bears selected the final player from this deal, tight end Dustin Lyman with pick #87 in the third round. Lyman was not an offensive threat with 37 catches for 278 yards and three scores in five years with the team. While the Bears traded down and received a lot of picks, they showed that volume does not guarantee positive results.

The final team involved in this draft day deal was the Denver Broncos. This was the most minor of all the deals, as the Broncos traded the #165 pick in the 1999 draft, which the Redskins used on tackle Derek Smith, who never played a game for the Redskins. The Broncos received a sixth and seventh round pick in exchange and drafted tight ends Desmond Clark with pick #179 and Billy Miller with pick #218. Clark would play in the league for 12 seasons, but lasted only three with Broncos posting 79 catches for 910 yards and nine touchdowns. Billy Miller was totally ineffective playing two years with Denver posting six catches for 66 yards.

So in the end what seemed like one of the biggest blockbuster trades ever made turned into a pile of poop for the four teams involved. The Saints at least got production from Ricky Williams, but they also got a win loss record of 20-28 during his years as a Saint. The Redskins did get some great production from Champ Bailey, but by no means was it the kind of return on they expected when they got the eight picks from the Saints. The Redskins failed with their picks, but not as bad as the Bears. Chicago seemed to be in the right place at the right time, but all those picks mean nothing when you have a general manager who goes 0-5 on those picks. The Broncos got a tight end out of the deal, but it was only Desmond Clark, so not really a win there either. With all of these teams, and their scouting departments they took 12 picks and turned them into basically 2 or 3 players that were worth anything. Nicely done guys.

The history of this trade proves that there are many general managers, and teams, that have no idea how to draft a winning team no matter how many picks you give them. The Saints gave away their draft for Williams, but it is hard to call them a loser in this exchange, as the other teams netted zero from all of those picks. At least we will always have Dikta in a tuxedo and Williams in his bridal dress for the worst wedding couple of all-time.


 


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Deuce McAllister

Deuce McAllister was one of the most dominating rushers when he entered the league and though he had a short career is still the all-time leading rusher for the New Orleans Saints.  McAllister had a unique blend of speed, power and elusiveness that made him a great running back.  McAllister had his career cut short by 2 ACL injuries; otherwise he might have gone down as one of the best running backs in his era and would have been in the talk of the best running backs of all time. 

When McAllister joined the Saints as a first round pick in 2001 NFL draft he found himself behind Ricky Williams, whom the Saints traded away an entire draft to acquire.  In his first season, McAllister only had 16 carries, but had one go for 54 yards, which showed his big, play ability.  He also added 15 receptions and scored 2 TD in his first year playing behind Williams.  The next season, though, he would be the bell cow for Saints and showed he was ready for the spotlight. 

In his second season McAllister would carry the ball 325 times for 1,388 yards and added 47 receptions for another 352 yards and scored 16 total TD.  McAllister showed his big play ability and hard nosed running up the middle with elusiveness on his way to becoming a fan favorite in New Orleans, but this season was just a precursor for what was to come.  The next season McAllister would enjoy his best season as a professional and was a fantasy stud that caught everyone’s attention. 

McAllister started all 16 games in 2003 and once again carried the load with 351 carries for an impressive 1,641 yards and 8 rushing TD.  McAllister also added 69 receptions for 516 yards for a total of 2,157 yards from scrimmage.  McAllister saw his TD total drop, but he was a beast this season with an impressive yards per carry average of 4.7.  Unfortunately, the team was unable to take advantage of his great play and finished with an 8-8 record.   McAllister was showing that he was an all around player who had the tools to dominate at the running back position.  The problem for McAllister, and other running backs in his era like him, was that the amount of carries he had over those first 2 seasons as a starter began to take their toll on him and this showed over the next 2 seasons. 

In 2004 McAllister began to show the effects of all those carries and was unable to duplicate the durability he showed in the previous 2 seasons.  McAllister only had 269 carries in 2004 and finished with only 1,074 rushing yards and added 34 receptions for 228 yards with 9 total TD.  Even with the lowered totals, McAllister went on to become the first Saint’s running back in their history to have 3 straight 1,000 yard rushing seasons.  McAllister was looking for a bounce back season in 2005, but his hopes were crushed early. 

McAllister was only able to play in 5 games in the 2005 season before tearing his ACL in his right knee.  Before the injury occurred McAllister was not having a good season with only 335 yards rushing in those 5 games and 117 receiving yards with 3 TD.  McAllister also saw his yards per carry drop to the lowest level in his career with a 3.6 YPC average.  The big play was missing from his game as his longest run went for only 26 yards during this injury-shortened season. 

When McAllister returned the next season he found himself in tough spot due to the fact the Organization made Reggie Bush their first round draft pick in the 2006 NFL draft.  McAllister now had heavy competition from a Heisman Trophy winner with big play ability.  McAllister would retain the starting job, even with the arrival of Bush, and had a decent season, but not a great season.  McAllister would once again reach the 1,000-yard mark rushing with 1,057 yards on 244 carries and scored 10 rushing TD.  The arrival of Bush, though, ate into his receiving production as he only had 30 receptions for 198 yards on the season.  McAllister and Bush looked like they could be a good combination of power and speed, until early in the 2007 season. 

In 2007 McAllister saw his career come to a screeching halt.  It was the third game of the season against the Tennessee Titans and McAllister would end up tearing the ACL in his left knee.  He was placed on injured reserve and would make one last run at the NFL the next season before hanging up his cleats forever.  In his return in 2008 he was no longer the starter and only carried the ball 107 times and had a 3.9 yards per carry average.  McAllister clearly lost a step and he ended up taking the 2009 season off and was resigned by the Saints in 2010, before their Divisional Playoff Game, and he McAllister was named the honorary Captain for the game, although he would never carry the ball in the NFL again. 

McAllister finished his short career as the all-time leading rusher in Saints history with 6,096 yards rushing and his 55 TD were the best in team history until Marques Colston passed him recently, but he is still 2nd in team history for TD scored.  McAllister also set a team record with twenty-two 100-yard rushing games in his career.    

McAllister had a fantastic career and unfortunately it was cut short and we did not get to see the full impact he could have had on the running back position and the NFL.  As it stands he remains one of the greatest players in Saint’s history and for those of us who were lucky enough to watch him play could see that he was a dominating force with a great combination of speed, power and elusiveness. 


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The Dome Patrol

The New Orleans Saints franchise had struggled since its inception in 1967, and would go without a winning season for their first 20 years. When the team finally did get on their winning ways, it was easy to identify which players changed the course of the franchise. They were known as the “Dome Patrol”. The Dome Patrol was made up of Ricky Jackson, Pat Swilling, Sam Mills and Vaughn Johnson. Who Dat? Only the best linebacking corps the NFL has ever seen.

The leader of the Patrol was their veteran Ricky Jackson. The Saints selected Jackson in the second round of the 1981 draft, and he would make an immediate impact as a rookie with 125 tackles and eight sacks. Jackson was an aggressive outside rush linebacker that knew how to get the quarterback, and he holds the Saints record with 123 sacks. Ricky only missed two games in his career, because of a car accident. He was supposed to be out for 4-6 weeks, but instead came back with a wired jaw and recorded 7.5 sacks on the season. Jackson was the emotional leader for this corps, but he needed help and had to wait until 1987 for the arrival of the rest of the patrol.

The first two arrive on the scene was Vaughn Johnson. Johnson played for the USFL’s Jacksonville Bulls, and had 154 tackles in 1984. In 1985 the Saints selected him number one in the NFL’s supplemental draft. Johnson took over as one of the inside linebackers in the Saints 3-4 defense. He would lead the team in tackles in 1987 and 1988, and from 1989-1992 was named All-Pro. Vaughn was that solid presence on the inside that shut down opposing rushing attacks.

In 1986 the USFL concluded its final season, which allowed for a large influx of talent to come to the NFL. The first move the Saints made was to hire Jim Finks from the Bears to run their football operation, and his first move was to hire former USFL Philadelphia/Baltimore Stars head coach Jim Mora. Mora led the Stars to all three USFL Title games, winning two of them. Once Mora was on board, he immediately brought Sam Mills with him.

Mills was an undersized linebacker, standing only 5’9” and weighing 229 pounds, but he was a playmaker with a tremendous motor. Sam was cut by the Browns in 1981 and was not playing football until he got a call from Jim Mora to come play for his Philadelphia Stars in the USFL. Mills would end up leading the Stars in tackles the three seasons he played for them. Mora brought Mills to the Saints, and took over the other inside linebacker position next to Johnson. Mills led the team in tackles in 1989 and was named All-Pro five times with the Saints.

The final piece to the puzzle was outstanding outside linebacker Pat Swilling. Swilling was a third round pick from Georgia Tech in 1986, and spent his first year on special teams before elevating with the arrival of Jim Mora. Pat became the starting outside linebacker, and he paid immediate dividends leading the team with 10.5 sacks in 1987. In 1989 he was named All-Pro for the first time and set a new team record with 16.5 sacks on the year. Swilling would have 17 sacks in 1991, and would be named the NFL Defensive Player of the Year. Together these linebackers were the DOME PATROL.

The Saints had 20 losing seasons before these linebackers came together, and while they were together from 1987-1992 the Saints never experienced a losing season compiling a 62-33 record. Now you have to understand that these linebackers were basically all the Saints had during this time. In those six seasons the Dome Patrol was named to 13 Pro Bowls, while there was only one All-Pro season from the rest of the Saints defensive players during this span. The Saints offense was offensive during this time as well.

When you think of the Saints now, you think of Drew Brees, Jimmy Graham and a high flying offense, but that was not the case for New Orleans during the years of the Dome Patrol. During those six seasons the Saints were led by quarterback Bobby Hebert and Steve Walsh, need I say more. The best receiver on the team was Eric Martin, who you probably have no idea even played in the NFL. The stud running backs for this team were Rueben Mayes, Dalton Hilliard and Criag Ironhead Heyward. The simple truth for this team was that they did not have an offensive that could win games on their own, and it was the defense that led the way.

The Dome Patrol led the Saints to three playoff berths, although their offense helped to ensure that they did not win any of those games. Regardless, if it were not for the Dome Patrol, the Saints would never have made a playoff appearance. These linebackers were fierce, dominating, intimidating, and just plain ruthless. Their speed on the turf in the Superdome was unparalleled, and they put fear into the best offenses in the game. For the six years they were together they were the best linebacking corps and could be the best of all time. The crowing achievement for these four horsemen came in 1992 when all four of them were named to the Pro Bowl, which had never happened before.


 







 


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Reggie Bush vs. Darren Sproles

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First Play in Team History was a Touchdown

The Saints were known for being a losing Franchise during their beginnings in the NFL.  The Saints came into the NFL in 1967 and it took until 1987 before the Saints would register their first winning season in Franchise history.   Although, there were high hopes when the Saints took the field for the first time in 1967, and the Franchise would open with a bang. 

The first game the Saints ever played was a home game, which was played at Tulane Stadium on Sept. 17th 1967, and there were over 80,000 fans on hand to see the birth of this NFL Franchise.  The Saints were taking on the Los Angeles Rams and the game started with a most unlikely occurrence.  John Gilliam was a rookie running back on that team and also drew kick return duties and this is where he made his mark and will forever go down in Saints history. 

Gilliam took the opening kick in the Saints first ever game and took it back to the house 94 yards for a TD.   The stadium was rocking and the Saints fans were feeling good about themselves, but the good times in that game and their history would have to wait a long time to bring that happy feeling back.  The Saints would go on to lose that first game to the Rams by a count of 27-13.  The Saints would also keep searching for that first Franchise win which did not come until November 5th against the Philadelphia Eagles 31-24, for one of their 3 wins in their inaugural season that finished with a 3-11 record. 

The Saints would continue to struggle and it would take until 1979 for the Saints to have their first non losing season, but it was also not a winning season as they finished 8-8 on the year.  The Saints would have to wait until 1987 to get their first winning season in Franchise history with a 12-3 record.  For those players that were there from the beginning winning did not come easy, although it seemed like it might after the first play in Franchise history.  Looking back it can truly be said that Gilliam’s kick return was not the auspicious start that it first seemed to be. 


 







 


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Danny Abramowicz uses his head

Danny Abramowicz is not a name that is easy to say spell or very well remembered in the history of the NFL. Abramowicz was a very productive receiver for 6 seasons with the New Orleans Saints, but he is most remembered for one of the greatest football follies moments of all time. 

Abramowicz was one of the original Saints players who were there when the franchise was founded.  He was not fast at all and did not run the best routes, but Abramowicz found a way to make big catches for a team looking for an identity.  Abramowicz played for the Saints for 6 seasons and had 37 TD during his years with them, never having less than 5 TD in a season while only playing 14 games a year. 

Abramowicz was top 10 in the NFL for receptions and yards in 1968-1970, and was top 10 in TD in 1968 and 1972.  In 1969 Abramowicz had his best season as a Saint topping the 1,000-yard receiving mark for the only time in his career and added his best catch total ever with 73.  Another interesting fact about Abramowicz is that he was the NFL record holder for catching a pass in consecutive games when he retired with 105.  These are all great things about Abramowicz and his numbers, but unfortunately for him this is not what he is known for. 

Abramowicz was part of a football follies video where they were documenting the history of the Saints and their dismal beginnings.  There is a clip below and at the 1:07 mark of the clip you will see Abramowicz catch a short slant pass and go out of bounds, head first into a huge camera.  This was back in the days when they did not have hand held cameras, or cameras on wires to show the action.  Instead, there were huge cameras that would move up and down the sideline only a few yards out of bounds.  This event led to the cameras being moved behind the benches.  After this video came out and has been replayed on NFL Films Abramowicz has always been known as the guy that cracked his head into the camera. 


 


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Looking good in Saints offense

The NFL world was losing hope on Mark Ingram, after all he was a first round draft choice, 28th overall, in 2011, and has made a career of being not much more than a football flop is averaging 7.1 yards on 21 preseason carries. Going back to Week 15 of last season, Ingram has rushed for 397 yards on his last 65 carries (6.1 YPC) in a Saints uniform.

The numbers are nice, but it's also the way he has ran the ball. He has that competitive drive, and drives with authority. Ingram is displaying patience, vision, decisiveness, balance and explosion. He's accelerating through holes and breaking tackles on runs that would have gone for two or three yards in years past.Ingram can also catch the ball, as seen in the preseason against the Titans on a 23 yard pass catch and touchdown.

Pyro's take: Mark Ingram should have more opportunities to get his mojo working this year, and it wouldn't be surprising to see him dominate not only in standard leagues, but also in PPR. His ADP is 44th running back drafted, or 10th round in standard. In PPR he is 43rd ranked running back. This is great value, and he should be targeted for all leagues.

08/27/14, 11:39 AM CDT by Vaaal verde
Source: www.nfl.com

Cooks wants to win d-Rx his bet

What could’ve been a 50-50 ball, perhaps even should have been a 50-50 ball, was made into no such thing at all.

Brandin Cooks saw to that.

The rookie receiver sped down the right side of the field, crossed in front of his defender, kept his body between his opponent and the football and uncoiled to make a leaping grab, falling to the turf at The Greenbrier resort about 45 yards from where Drew Brees launched the pass.

“It was an interesting play because there are some different things you see on film and it is harder for a player with his stature, farther down the field you go,” New Orleans Saints Coach Sean Payton said. “Often times it is harder to make plays above your head, but it was a good play in traffic. It was good to see.”

Pyro's take: I bet d-Rx $50 that Brandin Cooks would not reach 1,000 yards this season.

Cooks is a tremendous talent, and having Drew Brees and Sean Payton makes him even more potent. Brandin is a player who fights for every ball. He has amazing speed and should be a starter from day one, and I could be forced to pay d-Rx if he continues his rapid development.

07/28/14, 10:41 PM CDT by Houdini
Source: www.neworleanssaints.com

Graham and Saints beat Deadline -Sign Deal

The New Orleans Saints and Pro Bowl tight end Jimmy Graham have agreed to a four-year, $40 million deal that includes $21 million guaranteed.

Pyro's take: Fantasy owners rejoice as the best tight end in the league will remain in one of the best situations for at least the next four seasons. Drew Brees and Sean Payton remain committed to getting the matchup nightmare the ball and making him one of the most valuable commodities in the NFL.

Graham's deal makes him the highest paid TIGHT END in the NFL (ever) and het gets more guaranteed cash than any other tight end before him. As long as Drew Brees stays under center Graham should reap the rewards of this deal on and off the field for seasons to come.

As for his fantasy value it remains as high as ever, look for him to be taken in the late season or early first of drafts this season and help carry your team to fantasy glory.

07/15/14, 11:09 AM CDT by Stagg Party
Source: espn.go.com

Jimmy signs new contract

Jimmy Graham abd the Saints have met somewhere in the middle, upon Graham signing his new deal. The New Orleans Saints did not want to franchise tag him, and Graham wanted a raise. The new deal is worth $40M over 4 years which includes $21M guranteed. Graham went on his twitter account to make the announcement

Jimmy Graham @TheJimmyGraham
It's official I'm bleeding black and gold this morning! Thank you WhoDatNation for all the support.

The bright spots is that Graham can now play without the thoughts of getting injured, and the Saints have saved some dollar bills, by not having to sign him in the free-agency market.

"They avoid the $7 million cap hit Graham's deal would have exacted and gain payroll flexibility for the upcoming season. They also avoid the potential long-shot risk of Graham being ruled a wide receiver by judges in his wide receiver/tight end grievance hearing appeal. That's a potential $5 million risk the Saints don't need to take."

Pyro's take: This is great news for the Saints and the Graham family. As for fantasy owners, you will get the same Jimmy Graham that puts him above all other tight ends, it would of just been nice to see more edge as he would have really loved to explode the market next year as a free-agent, meaning, utter annihilation on opposing defenses, but no worries, he will still be a one-man weapon.

07/15/14, 10:59 AM CDT by Vaaal verde
Source: www.nola.com

Pierre is not going anywhere

Pierre Thomas has signed a two-year contract extension with the Saints. His return signals the Saints will revert back to their typical running back by committee mantra with Thomas, Ingram and Robinson splitting carries, with the Saints going with the hot hand of the day in most games.

Pyro's take: Pierre is the best back on the team, the most dynamic as well. If he was a workhorse back and not in this Payton RB by committee he would be fantasy gold, instead he is a player that doesn't tickle you pink when he's in your starting lineup.

If you are in a PPR league he has far more value, it's hard to believe he had 77 catches last year, and that number could easily go up with Darren Sproles on the way out.

03/12/14, 11:40 AM CDT by d-Rx
Source: www.nola.com

Tag, you're it!

"Confirming it's officially Franchisefriday... TAG ... I guess I'm it..." - @TheJimmyGraham

Pyro's take: Good news for fantasy owners, is that he'll be catching passes from Drew Brees for another season. Bad news, he may not be a happy camper if that tag's dollar worth is linked to the TE position and not the WR position he claims he's playing for the Saints. The difference in $ there is about $6.7 million for TE's vs. 11.5 million for WRs.

For you, the person that wears his Chinese-made knock-off jersey, the good outweighs the bad. Yet for the soon-to-be-super-rich Jimmy Graham, I guess 2014 isn't going to be that year. Seems crazy that the guy is a bonafide first-rounder in most fantasy drafts this year... he's just that good.

02/28/14, 07:43 PM CST by d-Rx
Source: twitter.com

Colston looking to stay hot against Rams

With so much of the New Orleans Saints' passing emphasis this season on tight end Jimmy Graham and with so many other receiving options, veteran receiver Marques Colston has sometimes seemed like the forgotten man.

But Colston reminded us he is still a play-making receiver in this league during Sunday's win over the Carolina Panthers, catching nine passes for a 125 yards and two second-quarter touchdowns from Drew Brews. That was one more catch than Colston had in the previous two games combined when he caught four balls each in games against Atlanta and Seattle.

For the season, Colston has 52 receptions for 721 yards and four touchdowns.

Saints coach Sean Payton attributed a large part of Colston's dip in production during some games to the fact he is moved around quite a bit in the various offensive sets. He might be the Z one play, the X another and also work from the slot some.

Pyro's take: Colston has been under-performing all season, but he got right last week and helped many teams in their fantasy playoffs. Those owners are wondering; can I start him this week? The answer is yes.

Colston has finally started to become a bigger part of the offense, and last week was his first game with over 10 targets. Jimmy Graham gets all the attention in this offense, and #12 is the one who is stepping up here late. He is not going to get you over 150 yards, but he can score a touchdown and have a 100-yard game this week.

12/13/13, 07:33 PM CST by Houdini
Source: www.nola.com

Colston finally emerges and sets career marks as well

Marques Colston became the most prolific receiver and offensive player in New Orleans Saints history, surpassing Eric Martin. The former seventh-round draft pick out of Hofstra has amassed 7,923 receiving yards, and 7,930 yards from scrimmage, placing him at the pinnacle of Saints receivers. On the night he earned the top spot, Colston had an impactful night, with five catches for 80 yards, including two critical catches in New Orleans' final two drives.

Pyro's take: Colston has basically been non-existent this fantasy season, and the fact that a five catch game for 80 yards is worth celebrating tells you all you need to know. Although, over the past 2 weeks he has 12 catches for 187 yards and a touchdown. So it would appear he is getting more involved in the offense, but he had fewer than 20 yards receiving in each of the 3 weeks prior to that.

If you have Colston you should be playing him as a WR3 or Flex at best. You used to be able to count on Marques for eight touchdowns, but he is on pace for four which would be a career worst. You need to be aware of his match-ups on a weekly basis.

11/18/13, 06:13 PM CST by Houdini
Source: www.nola.com

Graham misses practice and status for week 8 uncertain

Jimmy Graham (foot) missed Wednesday's practice a little more than a week after leaving the game against the New England Patriots.

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Had Saints played Sunday, it would have been difficult for TE Jimmy Graham to play with his foot injury. Status for Sunday vs BUF uncertain.

Pyro's take: Graham may end up sitting this game out, as the Saints likely will not need his services to take care of business against the Bills. If Graham plays then you will play him, but he may be a game time decision. It will be interesting to see if he is able to practice this week, even if a limited practice.

10/23/13, 06:10 PM CDT by Houdini
Source: www.nola.com

Jimmy undergoing an MRI

New Orleans Saints tight end Jimmy Graham is getting an MRI for an injured foot, according to multiple reports. The results of the MRI are not yet known.

Graham appeared to injure his foot in the second half of Sunday's game against the New England Patriots. He went to the sidelines where trainers looked at the foot, and briefly rejoined the game after having it taped. He ultimately went to the locker room and didn't finish the game.

Pyro's take: Graham had as bad a day as possible yesterday, going without a catch and getting injured taboot. Jimmy has been a one man wrecking crew to this point, so all of his owners are waiting anxiously for good news, including myself. The silver lining is that the Saints are off next week, which will give the king of tight ends some time to heal up.

Get well Jimmy!!!

10/14/13, 09:46 PM CDT by Houdini
Source: www.nola.com

Mark Ingram out for week 5

New Orleans Saints wide receiver Lance Moore, safety Roman Harper, running back Mark Ingram, nose tackle Brodrick Bunkley and defensive end Tyrunn Walker have been officially ruled out for Sunday's game against the Chicago Bears.

Pyro's take: Ingram has a been a disappointment all season and is not worth rostering at this point.

10/05/13, 12:09 PM CDT by Houdini
Source: www.nola.com

Mark Ingram misses practice with a toe injury

New Orleans Saints offensive guard Jahri Evans (hamstring), running back Mark Ingram (toe) and safety Roman Harper (knee) did not participate in Wednesday's practice session.

Ingram, who participated in the stretching portion of practice before leaving, was a new addition to the injury report.

Pyro's take: Mark Ingram has been an absolute fantasy disappointment and is on the verge of losing even more carries to Pierre Thomas. The extent of the injury is not known, but Thomas looks like a better and better option each week.

09/18/13, 10:00 PM CDT by Houdini
Source: www.nola.com

Robert Meachem is back with the Saints

The wide receiver signed a one-year deal with the Saints on Tuesday, the team announced. He is expected to be with the team in Week 1 against the visiting Atlanta Falcons.

Meachem was cut by San Diego on Saturday. He left the Saints, who drafted him in the first round in 2007, in 2012 to join the Chargers, signing a four-year, $14 million deal with San Diego.

He was brought in to be the No. 1 receiver for the post-Vincent Jackson Chargers. Signing Meachem, however, goes down as one of the worst decisions of the A.J. Smith era in San Diego.

Pyro's take: Meachem was a complete bust and then some with the Chargers, but now he is going back to a team where he did experience some success. The Saints are obviously still looking for a solid viable threat to help stretch the field, and that was Meachem's role while he was with the Saints. The players who might be effected the most by this signing are Kenny Stills and Nick Toon. Stills does have better long term potential, but the signing of Meachem shows the team was not 100% sure he's ready.

09/03/13, 09:42 PM CDT by Houdini
Source: espn.go.com

Kenny Stills, the Saints new downfield threat?

Kenny Stills, a fifth round draft pick out of Oklahoma, has been battling for a spot in the rotation all training camp long. And while he's struggled at times (what rookie hasn't), Drew Brees seems to be more and more confident with what Stills can do. He has the quickness of a Henderson or Meachem and can be a threat vertically from the outside. He's got soft hands and is good at making adjustments when the ball is thrown. But he's young and inexperienced, and he hasn't yet caught a pass in an NFL game.



Pyro's take: Kenny Stills was benefited from the injury to Joe Morgan, which ended Morgan's season on Saturday. Morgan was going to supply the deep threat to the Saints offense, and without him they are looking to find someone to fill the void.

Hello, my name is Kenny Stills and I would like to apply for that position. Stills has the speed, as he ran a 4.38 at the combine and has decent size at 6'0" to go along with his tremendous speed. Stills has looked good in practice and in games, and already has the made an impression on Drew Brees.

Drew Brees told @EdWerderespn Kenny Stills is bigger version of Lance Moore, Nick Toon reminds him of Vincent Jackson.

Stills is a nice sleeper pick this season, and can be had at the end of your draft.

08/21/13, 10:42 AM CDT by Houdini
Source: www.canalstreetchronicles.com

Super Bowl: Saints Inactives

The Saints inactive list:
RB Lynell Hamilton, LB Anthony Waters, WR Adrian Arrington, TE Darnell Dinkins, TE Tory Humphrey, OL Jamar Nesbit, and DL, Paul Spicer. Chase Daniel was declared as the third QB.

Pyro's take: The Saints only injury concern throughout the week was TE Jeremy Shockey, but he's just fine and will be active for the Super Bowl against the Colts.

02/07/10, 04:00 PM CST by Dawgmaticå
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Super Bowl: New Orleans Saints Final Injury Report

The Saints list 20 players on their Super Bowl injury report. The list is as follows:
Questionable:
RB Lynell Hamilton (ankle)

Probable:
CB Randall Gay (foot/illness); CB Malcolm Jenkins (hamstring); DE Bobby McCray (back/ankle); S Pierson Prioleau (quad); WR Courtney Roby (knee); S Darren Sharper (knee); TE Jeremy Shockey (knee); DE Will Smith (groin); T Zach Strief (shoulder); LB Jonathan Vilma (knee); T Jermon Bushrod (thumb); LB Jonathan Casillas (ankle); TE Darnell Dinkins (foot); G Jahri Evans (foot); LB Scott Fujita (knee); CB Jabari Greer (groin); WR Robert Meachem (ankle); WR Lance Moore (ankle); CB Tracy Porter (knee)

Pyro's take: The Saints head into the biggest game of their existence as healthy as healthy can be. The only one not likely to play is reserve RB Lynell Hamilton, which won't make a difference in how the team game plans against the Colts. Brees will have a full arsenal available to him as he looks to lead the Saints to their first Super Bowl victory in franchise history.

02/05/10, 07:30 PM CST by Dawgmaticå
Source: blogs.nfl.com

Super Bowl: New Orleans Saints Injury Report

The Saints list 24 players on their Super Bowl injury report. The list is as follows:
Questionable:
Randall Gay CB (foot), Lynell Hamilton RB (ankle), Malcolm Jenkins CB (hamstring), Courtney Roby WR (knee), Jeremy Shockey TE (knee), Darren Sharper S (knee), Will Smith DE (groin), Zach Strief T (shoulder), Jonathan Vilma LB (knee)

Probable:
Jermon Bushrod T (thumb), Jonathan Casillas LB (ankle), Darnell Dinkins TE (foot), Sedrick Ellis DT (knee), Jahri Evans G (toe), Scott Fujita LB (knee), Jonathan Goodwin C (knee), Jabari Greer CB (hip/groin), Roman Harper S (shoulder), Bobby McCray DE (back), Robert Meachem WR (ankle), Lance Moore WR (ankle), Pierson Prioleau S (quad), Pierre Thomas RB (ribs), Usama Young S (hip).

Pyro's take: Most of these injuries have been cooked up in a crock pot filled with a whole bunch of bogus and served on a nice soft bed of horseshit, so don't go reading too much into this report. Shockey's injury might be the most worrisome for the Saints, but they've made do with TE David Thomas before, so even that isn't too big of a concern. Either way, the Saints have a whole week ahead of them to get completely healthy.

01/30/10, 07:00 PM CST by Dawgmaticå
Source: www.neworleanssaints.com

Pro Bowl: Brees replaced by Donovan McNabb

Saints quarterback Drew Brees is being replaced on the NFC Pro Bowl roster by Eagles QB Donovan McNabb due to Brees playing in the Super Bowl the following Sunday.

Pyro's take: Ehhh, decent choice. McNabb had a pretty good year, and led his team to a playoff birth at 11-5, but he missed a couple of games and was pretty erratic early on in the season. Whatever, nobody really cares about this game anyway.

01/28/10, 03:00 PM CST by Dawgmaticå
Source: sports.espn.go.com

Meachem probable with ankle problem

After Saints wide receiver Robert Meachem (ankle) missed practice on Wednesday, he came back on Thursday but was limited the rest of the week. The team has him listed as probable for the game against the Vikings on Sunday.

Pyro's take: Meachem will play, but how much of a factor he will be is unknown at this point. He didn't do much during the Saints blowout of the Cardinals last week, and we expect Lance Moore to continue to steal reps from Meachem again on Sunday.

01/23/10, 10:00 AM CST by Dawgmaticå
Source: www.neworleanssaints.com

Deuce McAllister retires from football

Saints running back Deuce McAllister retired from football today after signing with New Orleans within the last week. He retires as the Saints all-time leading rusher along with scoring the most touchdowns in franchise history.

Pyro's take: Deuce was 30 pounds overweight when they signed him last week, so it was all really more for the fans and the hype than anything else. Deuce would have needed another knee surgery if he was serious about a comeback, but that was never in the plans. McAllister ends his career with 6,096 rushing yards and 49 rushing TDs.

01/19/10, 03:15 PM CST by Dawgmaticå
Source: www.clarionledger.com

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