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

Jan 26, 10:23 PM New Orleans Saints TE Jimmy Graham (shoulder) caught three passes for 30 yards and two scores in the Pro Bowl Sunday, Jan. 25, and when asked if his performance would rule out surgery, he said, 'It should, which is really exciting.'
Jan 23, 10:32 AM New Orleans Saints TE Jimmy Graham (shoulder) said he'll rehabilitate his shoulder injury after the Pro Bowl, but he hasn't made a final decision on surgery. 'It's something we talked about and is something that's still being debated,' Graham said. 'This is kind of a trial to see where I'm at. I've had three weeks off and I've finally had some time to heal. It feels great, and I'm going to continue to do my rehab and get back to 100%.'
Jan 22, 06:42 PM New Orleans Saints RB Mark Ingram, who will be eligible for free agency this offseason, wants to return to the team next year, and he thinks the interest is mutual. Ingram ran for 964 yards on 226 attempts and nine touchdowns last year, which were all career highs. His 74.2 yards per game ranked him eighth in the league.

Fantasy Impact: Ingram proved last season that he is a legit NFL starter, so he should cash in somewhere this offseason.
Jan 14, 02:33 PM New Orleans Saints WR Marques Colston may be asked to take a pay cut this offseason, because he is scheduled to make $7 million in 2015 and count $9.7 million against the salary cap.
Jan 13, 10:23 AM New Orleans Saints RB Khiry Robinson was slated to have his role increased before he suffered a fractured forearm midseason.
Jan 10, 09:22 AM Free-agent WR LaVon Brazill (Colts) and WR Joe Morgan (Saints) worked out for the Kansas City Chiefs Thursday, Jan. 8.
Jan 09, 06:02 PM New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees will play in the 2015 Pro Bowl in place of Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger (neck).
Jan 04, 04:22 PM The New Orleans Saints signed free-agent RB Tim Hightower (Redskins) to a futures contract Sunday, Jan. 4, according to a source. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.
Dec 31, 06:13 PM The New England Patriots signed free-agent RB Dion Lewis (Browns), LB Rufus Johnson (Saints) and DT Antonio Johnson (Titans) to futures contracts Wednesday, Dec. 31. Terms of the contracts were not disclosed.
Dec 31, 05:03 PM The New Orleans Saints signed free-agent SS Kenny Phillips (Eagles) to a Reserve/Futures contract Wednesday, Dec. 31.
Dec 29, 07:23 PM The New Orleans Saints re-signed RB Edwin Baker, C Mike Brewster, TE Orson Charles, PK Dustin Hopkins, OG Andrew Miller, RB Toben Opurum and WR Willie Snead to futures contracts Monday, Dec. 29. Terms of the contracts were not disclosed.
Dec 29, 07:23 PM The New Orleans Saints re-signed RB Edwin Baker, C Mike Brewster, TE Orson Charles, PK Dustin Hopkins, OG Andrew Miller, RB Toben Opurum and WR Willie Snead to futures contracts Monday, Dec. 29. Terms of the contracts were not disclosed.
Dec 29, 07:23 PM The New Orleans Saints re-signed RB Edwin Baker, C Mike Brewster, TE Orson Charles, PK Dustin Hopkins, OG Andrew Miller, RB Toben Opurum and WR Willie Snead to futures contracts Monday, Dec. 29. Terms of the contracts were not disclosed.
Dec 28, 12:12 PM New Orleans Saints FS Kenny Vaccaro (quadriceps) is inactive Sunday, Dec. 28, due to a quadriceps injury.
Dec 28, 11:52 AM The New Orleans Saints have declared WR Brandon Coleman, LB Jerry Franklin, FS Kenny Vaccaro, LB Moise Fokou, WR Seantavius Jones, CB Stanley Jean-Baptiste, OT Terron Armstead inactive for Week 17.
Dec 28, 11:52 AM The New Orleans Saints have declared WR Brandon Coleman, LB Jerry Franklin, FS Kenny Vaccaro, LB Moise Fokou, WR Seantavius Jones, CB Stanley Jean-Baptiste, OT Terron Armstead inactive for Week 17.

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 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
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