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

Apr 22, 11:43 PM New Orleans Saints WR Brandin Cooks (knee) spent time training together with QB Drew Brees during the offseason in San Diego. 'Man, I love everything about him, his makeup, and then just his physical ability. I mean he's got all kinds of talent,' Brees said.

Fantasy Impact: Cooks has a good chance for a huge season this coming year.
Apr 22, 11:43 PM New Orleans Saints WR Brandin Cooks (knee) spent time training together with QB Drew Brees during the offseason in San Diego. 'Man, I love everything about him, his makeup, and then just his physical ability. I mean he's got all kinds of talent,' Brees said.
Apr 18, 07:32 PM New Orleans Saints WR Brandin Cooks will be atop the depth chart with WR Marques Colston to enter the 2015 season.
Apr 18, 07:32 PM New Orleans Saints WR Brandin Cooks will be atop the depth chart with WR Marques Colston to enter the 2015 season.
Apr 10, 01:12 PM Free-agent DE Anthony Spencer (Cowboys) signed a one-year deal with the New Orleans Saints Friday, April 10. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Apr 03, 08:52 AM Free-agent WR Joe Morgan re-signed with the New Orleans Saints Friday, April 3.
Apr 02, 01:22 PM Free-agent RB Pierre Thomas (Saints) has drawn some interest from the Washington Redskins as they look to give competition to RBs Chris Thompson and Silas Redd for the third-down role, according to a source. However, Washington will likely see what's available in the draft before proceeding with Thomas. Among the options the Redskins could look at in the draft are Nebraska RB Ameer Abdullah, Northern Iowa RB David Johnson, Miami (Fla.) RB Duke Johnson, South Carolina RB Mike Davis and Alabama RB T.J. Yeldon.
Apr 01, 12:33 PM Free-agent CB Kyle Wilson (Jets) signed a one-year deal with the New Orleans Saints Wednesday, April 1. Financial terms were not disclosed.
Apr 01, 11:33 AM Free-agent CB Kyle Wilson (Jets) will sign with the New Orleans Saints.
Mar 26, 01:22 PM New Orleans Saints RB C.J. Spiller received some praise from head coach Sean Payton after the team was surprised to be able to land him in free agency. 'His cutup is unbelievable,' Payton said of Spiller. 'And I'm not talking about last season because I think it became challenging, but you go back a couple of years and start looking at his screen reel, a sweep reel, a return reel.'
Mar 26, 07:52 AM Free-agent DE Anthony Spencer (Cowboys) visited the New Orleans Saints this week, but Saints head coach Sean Payton told reporters there have been no contract talks with Spencer.
Mar 26, 07:52 AM Free-agent DE Anthony Spencer (Cowboys) visited the New Orleans Saints this week, but Saints head coach Sean Payton told reporters there have been no contract talks with Spencer.
Mar 25, 05:03 PM Oregon QB Marcus Mariota isn't an option for the New Orleans Saints in the first round of the 2015 NFL Draft, according to head coach Sean Payton. Payton said the Saints will not move up in the first round in order to select Mariota. Payton also said there wasn't 'one iota' of truth to rumors that New Orleans is looking to trade QB Drew Brees.
Mar 25, 11:03 AM New Orleans Saints TE Josh Hill is expected to have a bigger role in the offense in 2015. Head coach Sean Payton has mentioned him quite a bit since they traded TE Jimmy Graham to the Seattle Seahawks.

Fantasy Impact: Hill is going to get a ton of targets if he is the starting tight end for the Saints. His stock is going way up.
Mar 23, 01:32 PM New Orleans Saints FS Jairus Byrd (knee) is fully recovered from a torn meniscus in his knee that caused him to sit out most of 2014, according to general manager Mickey Loomis.
Mar 23, 01:22 PM New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees will not be traded, according to general manager Mickey Loomis. Recent speculation said that Brees may be on the trade block after his favorite target, TE Jimmy Graham, was dealt to the Seattle Seahawks. 'Anybody who thinks we're trading Drew Brees, that's just not true,' Loomis told USA TODAY Sports. Brees threw for 33 touchdowns and 17 interceptions in 2014 while completing 69.2% of his passes for a league-high 4,952 yards.

Fantasy Impact: It would be a shock to see Brees traded but you can't totally rule it out at this point, especially with the Saints cutting salary.

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  4 Jalen SaundersWR
 # 5  27 Vinnie SunseriDB
 # 5  29 Ronald PowellLB
 Undrafted Pierre WarrenDB
 Undrafted Timothy FlandersRB
 Undrafted Seantavius JonesWR

2014 Schedule

WeekDateTimeOpponent
1     Sep 13 4:05PM     at Arizona
2     Sep 20 1:00PM     Tampa Bay
3     Sep 27 1:00PM     at Carolina
4     Oct 4 8:30PM     Dallas
5     Oct 11 1:00PM     at Philadelphia
6     Oct 15 8:25PM     Atlanta
7     Oct 25 1:00PM     at Indianapolis
8     Nov 1 1:00PM     New York Giants
9     Nov 8 1:00PM     Tennessee
10     Nov 15 1:00PM     at Washington
-- Week 11 Bye --
12     Nov 29 1:00PM     at Houston
13     Dec 6 1:00PM     Carolina
14     Dec 13 1:00PM     at Tampa Bay
15     Dec 21 8:30PM     Detroit
16     Dec 27 1:00PM     Jacksonville
17     Jan 3 1:00PM     at Atlanta
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