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

Jul 29, 10:43 AM New Orleans Saints FS Jairus Byrd (back) was activated from the Physically Unable to Perform list.
Jul 28, 07:03 PM New Orleans Saints WR Robert Meachem (back) and OG Ben Grubbs (undisclosed) did not participate in practice Monday, July 28, but head coach Sean Payton said both should return to the field in the next few days.
Jul 28, 07:03 PM New Orleans Saints C Tim Lelito and C Jonathan Goodwin split reps at center with the first-team offense during practice Monday, July 28.
Jul 28, 09:32 AM New Orleans Saints WR Robert Meachem (back) and WR Kenny Stills (quadriceps) are out of practice Monday, July 28.
Jul 27, 09:42 AM New Orleans Saints WR Robert Meachem (undisclosed) is not participating in practice Sunday, July 27.
Jul 27, 09:32 AM New Orleans Saints WR Kenny Stills (quadriceps) is not practicing Sudnay, July 27.
Jul 26, 09:12 AM New Orleans Saints WR Kenny Stills (quadriceps) is not participating in practice Saturday, July 26.
Jul 25, 04:52 PM The New Orleans Saints placed FS Jairus Byrd (back) on the team's Physically Unable to Perform List Friday, July 25.
Jul 25, 04:42 PM New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees said he would like to play until he is 45 years old. No doubt. There's no question, Brees said. I'm not getting ahead myself, like it's a pipe dream, at 45. I understand the challenges that come along with that. But why not? If I can stay healthy, and I'm having fun and playing at a high level, why wouldn't I wanna do that? The biggest challenge is physically, the maintenance, the recovery, the way you train. You gotta hope that you stay healthy, but why not?
Jul 25, 10:42 AM New Orleans Saints WR Kenny Stills (leg) pulled up lame on a deep route in practice Friday, July 25, and is being examined by trainers.
Jul 25, 10:32 AM New Orleans Saints WR Nick Toon looks poised for big things this season, according to beat writer Jim Corbett. He shields well and looks like a tight end at 6-foot-4.

Fantasy Impact: We'll see. Toon has the potential to grab a big role but we'll need to show good things in camp and preseason action.
Jul 25, 09:42 AM New Orleans Saints FS Jairus Byrd (back), OT Tavon Rooks (back) and DT John Jenkins (pectoral) are running with trainers on the sidelines and doing individual drills Friday, July 25.
Jul 25, 02:22 AM New Orleans Saints PK Shayne Graham, 36, is in a battle for the place-kicking job with 24-year-old PK Derek Dimke. Graham appears to have the edge, unless Dimke clearly out-kicks him in training camp. The Saints may bring in other place kickers to compete, however.
Jul 24, 07:32 PM New Orleans Saints RB Mark Ingram will be a core player in the Saints' offense this year, according to general manager Mickey Loomis.

Fantasy Impact: We'll see. Ingram has potential but needs to get the work. This is a make or break year for Ingram.
Jul 24, 07:02 PM New Orleans Saints OT Tavon Rooks (back) was placed on the Non-Football Injury list due to a sore back, according to head coach Sean Payton.
Jul 24, 07:02 PM New Orleans Saints WR Joe Morgan (knee) is good to go for practice, according to head coach Sean Payton.

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
 # 4  26 Khairi ForttLB
 # 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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