2014 DRAFT GUIDE
Team Grade:
New Orleans Saints
Quarterbacks: Running Backs:
Wide Receivers: Tight Ends:
Defense: Kickers:

Outlook

The Saints got back to their winning ways last season, mainly because of a big improvement defensively. New Orleans has a top offense that will continue to be among the best in all of football. But an improved secondary and pass rush was the difference last season for the team. If the defense keeps making strides, the entire team could be scary for the NFL. New Orleans has enough talent on both sides of the ball to make the playoffs and make a deep run. They are capable of representing the NFC in the Super Bowl.
FANTASY BREAKOUT
Running back Khiry Robinson worked his way into the rotation late last season and even was the top rusher for the team in the playoffs. He has a chance to play a much bigger role from day one this year. Robinson won't be the starter but should be in the rotation for carries and could play a bigger role in the passing game with Darren Sproles gone. Robinson is a top sleeper at running back that could have a breakout season with his new-found playing time. He is worth a late look for fantasy teams come draft day.
FANTASY DUD
You keep waiting for running back Mark Ingram to have that breakout season but it hasn't happened yet. At this point, a change of scenery would likely be the best thing for Ingram. He just doesn't seem a great fit for the offense and hasn't excelled with his past chances. He is an injury risk that rotates with a host of other backs, which doesn't add up to good value for fantasy teams. Don't expect a sudden turnaround for Ingram.

Team Notes

Oct 20, 10:02 AM New Orleans Saints TE Jimmy Graham (shoulder) played 30 offensive snaps (41 percent of the offense) in Week 7 Sunday, Oct. 19. He was targeted twice but was shut out in the loss to the Detroit Lions.

Fantasy Impact: It is going to be hard to play him until he starts getting more work.
Oct 19, 05:12 PM New Orleans Saints NT Brodrick Bunkley (concussion) and DE Glenn Foster (knee) left the Week 7 game due to injury and were unable to return.
Oct 19, 05:12 PM New Orleans Saints CB Keenan Lewis (hamstring) suffered two cramps and a hamstring injury in the fourth quarter of the Week 7 game against the Detroit Lions, head coach Sean Payton said Sunday, Oct. 19.
Oct 19, 03:42 PM New Orleans Saints RB Pierre Thomas (shoulder) left the team's Week 7 game early because of a shoulder injury.
Oct 19, 02:52 PM New Orleans Saints C Jonathan Goodwin (leg) suffered a leg injury in Week 7 and will not return to the game.
Oct 19, 11:32 AM The New Orleans Saints have declared DL Brandon Deaderick, FB Erik Lorig, WR Joe Morgan, LB Kyle Knox, WR Nick Toon, CB Patrick Robinson, LB Ramon Humber inactive for Week 7.
Oct 19, 11:22 AM New Orleans Saints TE Jimmy Graham (shoulder) will play strictly in red zone situations Sunday, Oct. 19.
Oct 19, 09:22 AM New Orleans Saints TE Jimmy Graham (shoulder) will play Sunday, Oct. 19, but is not expected to start in Week 7.

Fantasy Impact: It is going to be tough to sit him if he is active for the game but he is going to be limited in his snaps.
Oct 18, 05:42 PM New Orleans Saints TE Jimmy Graham (shoulder) said he'd be open to being limited only to red zone situations in Week 7, when asked by a reporter.

Fantasy Impact: This gives him a better shot to play. Keep an eye on the inactives.
Oct 18, 05:32 PM The New Orleans Saints signed ILB Todd Davis to the 53-man roster and released TE Tom Crabtree Saturday, Oct. 18.
Oct 17, 10:30 PM New Orleans Saints TE Jimmy Graham (shoulder) said he won't know until just before kickoff Sunday, Oct. 19, if he'll play in Week 7 against the Detroit Lions. I think (coach) Sean (Payton) might try to see how I'm doing on Sunday and maybe work me before the game to see where I'm at, Graham, who was limited and listed as questionable for Sunday, said. As of right now I don't know. Head coach Sean Payton would not discuss whether Graham could be limited if he plays Sunday. TEs Benjamin Watson and Josh Hill will likely see an increase in snaps if Graham doesn't play.
Oct 17, 05:02 PM New Orleans Saints RB Mark Ingram (hand) fully participated in practice Friday, Oct. 17, and is probable for Week 7.

Fantasy Impact: Ingram is going to return to the lineup and get near his normal workload for the game.
Oct 17, 05:02 PM New Orleans Saints RB Pierre Thomas (illness) was limited in practice Friday, Oct. 17, and is probable for Week 7.
Oct 17, 05:02 PM New Orleans Saints LB Ramon Humber (ankle) and LB Kyle Knox (ankle) both did not practice Friday, Oct. 17, and have been ruled out for Week 7. CB Patrick Robinson (hamstring) did not practice and is questionable. CB Keenan Lewis (tow), LB Ronald Powell (illness) both were limited in practice and are probable. C Jonathan Goodwin (knee) and RB Erik Lorig (ankle) both fully practiced and are probable.
Oct 16, 05:32 PM New Orleans Saints RB Mark Ingram (hand) practiced in full for the second straight week Thursday, Oct. 16.
Oct 16, 05:32 PM New Orleans Saints LB Ramon Humber (ankle), LB Kyle Knox (ankle), CB Keenan Lewis (toe), LB Ronald Powell (illness) and CB Patrick Robinson (hamstring) didn't practice Thursday, Oct. 16. C Jonathan Goodwin (knee) and RB Erik Lorig (ankle) practiced in full.

Offseason Keys

Additions:
Jairus Byrd, S; Champ Bailey, CB. 

Losses:
Roman Harper, S; Brian De La Puente, C; Charles Brown, OT; Malcolm Jenkins, S; Lance Moore, WR; Darren Sproles, RB. 

2014 Draft Class

RoundPickPlayerPos
 # 1  20 Brandin CooksWR
 # 2  26 Stanley Jean-BaptisteDB
 # 5  27 Vinnie SunseriDB
 # 5  29 Ronald PowellLB
 # 6  26 Tavon RooksOL
 Undrafted Timothy FlandersRB

2014 Schedule

WeekDateTimeOpponent
1     Sep 7 1:00PM     at Atlanta
2     Sep 14 1:00PM     at Cleveland
3     Sep 21 1:00PM     Minnesota
4     Sep 28 8:30PM     at Dallas
5     Oct 5 1:00PM     Tampa Bay
-- Week 6 Bye --
7     Oct 19 1:00PM     at Detroit
8     Oct 26 8:30PM     Green Bay
9     Oct 30 8:25PM     at Carolina
10     Nov 9 1:00PM     San Francisco
11     Nov 16 1:00PM     Cincinnati
12     Nov 24 8:30PM     Baltimore
13     Nov 30 1:00PM     at Pittsburgh
14     Dec 7 1:00PM     Carolina
15     Dec 15 8:30PM     at Chicago
16     Dec 21 1:00PM     Atlanta
17     Dec 28 1:00PM     at Tampa Bay
18     Jan 3 8:10PM     at Philadelphia
19     Jan 10 4:35PM     at Seattle
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