2013 DRAFT GUIDE
Team Grade:
New Orleans Saints
Quarterbacks: Running Backs:
Wide Receivers: Tight Ends:
Defense: Kickers:

Outlook

The Saints had all sorts of turmoil off the field last season and it showed on the field, leading to a very disappointing 7-9 season. But things are back pretty much to normal, which is good news for New Orleans. They can rebound and return to the playoffs. The offense is as good as any in the league, keeping them in games. The defense is a concern, allowing several huge games last year but should be better this year with a new scheme in place. We aren't sure if this is a Super Bowl team but the Saints are a team that should make the playoffs. They have plenty of talent.

FANTASY BREAKOUT

Mark Ingram, RB. Ingram hasn't lived up to his potential since entering the league but seems ready for that breakout season. He got more work late last year, which is encouraging. He had double-digit carries seven of the last eight games. He also scored four touchdowns during that stretch. If he can get that type of work from day one this year, Ingram can score double-digit touchdowns and near 1,000 yards. He has some competition for playing time at running back but has the most upside of the group when he is healthy and on his game. Remember, he hasn't been able to stay healthy much of his career and finally enters this season at about 100 percent.

FANTASY DUD

Lance Moore, WR. Moore had his first 1,000-yard season as a pro last year. But remember, he topped 900 yards just once before last year. He gets his work in this offense but can be a little hit or miss. And the chances of him hitting 1,000 yards again seem pretty slim. The Saints have a host of options at receiver and get everyone involved, so Moore will lack some consistency. We just have a hard time believing he'll match last year, so he'll go sooner than he should come draft day. Don't be that team that expects Moore to be a No. 2 fantasy receiver.

Team Notes

Apr 22, 04:23 PM New Orleans Saints RB Mark Ingram said he is unsure if the team will pick up his fifth-year option. Ingram said he is just taking it one day at a time.
Apr 21, 07:03 PM New Orleans Saints RB Mark Ingram is unlikely to have his fifth-year contract option exercised. The team has until May 3, 2014 to pick up Ingram's contract, which would be approximately $5 million.
Apr 21, 02:32 PM The New Orleans Saints have exercised the fifth-year option in DE Cameron Jordan's contract. Jordan will be scheduled to make $6.969 million in 2015.
Apr 18, 01:12 PM The New Orleans Saints re-signed WR Robert Meachem to a one-year deal Friday, April 18. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Fantasy Impact: This is a good deal for Meachem, playing with a team he has produced his best numbers. He'll play in a reserve role for the Saints.
Apr 09, 04:03 PM New Orleans Saints DT Brodrick Bunkley has agreed to restructure his contract, which will create $2.85 million in salary cap space. His 2014 salary has gone from $4.5 million to $1.65 million. He is still scheduled to make $4.4 million in 2015 and 2016.
Apr 09, 03:23 PM New Orleans Saints general manager Mickey Loomis said there is no update regarding the team's talks with franchise free-agent TE Jimmy Graham regarding a long-term contract.
Apr 09, 02:23 PM New Orleans Saints general manager Mickey Loomis said the team will only use CB Champ Bailey at cornerback and will not use him at another position.
Apr 08, 11:33 PM Free-agent DE Will Smith (Saints) (knee) has drawn interest from the New England Patriots, and they appear to be the leaders for his services. He seems to be willing to take a one-year deal in the hopes of pursuing another championship.
Apr 07, 04:32 PM The New Orleans Saints have matched the offer restricted free-agent SS Rafael Bush signed with the Atlanta Falcons.
Apr 04, 11:22 PM Updating a previous report, the New Orleans Saints signed CB Champ Bailey to a two-year deal worth as much as $7 million.
Apr 04, 08:12 PM Updating a previous report, New Orleans Saints restricted free-agent SS Rafael Bush signed a two-year offer sheet worth as much as $4.5 million with the Atlanta Falcons.
Apr 04, 08:12 PM New Orleans Saints restricted free-agent SS Rafael Bush hopes that the Saints do not match the contract offer he signed with the Atlanta Falcons, because he would receive the chance to start if he joins the Falcons. Bush likely would not start if he returns to the Saints.
Apr 04, 04:12 PM New Orleans Saints CB Champ Bailey will compete for a starting job this year opposite CB Keenan Lewis. Bailey will battle it out with CBs Corey White and Patrick Robinson. Bailey could also play a hybrid cornerback-safety role in nickel and dime packages.
Apr 04, 03:32 PM The New Orleans Saints agreed to terms with CB Champ Bailey (Broncos) on a two-year deal Friday, April 4. Financial terms of the contract were not disclosed.

Fantasy Impact: He has lost a step but can still help in the secondary.
Apr 03, 07:12 PM The Atlanta Falcons have signed New Orleans Saints restricted free-agent SS Rafael Bush to an offer sheet. The Saints will have until Tuesday, April 8, to decide if they will match the offer. The team would not receive any compensation if they do not match the offer.
Apr 02, 03:03 PM The New England Patriots met with free-agent DE Will Smith (Saints) Tuesday, April 1.

Offseason Keys

Additions:
QB Luke McCown, QB Seneca Wallace, TE Benjamin Watson, OT Jason Smith, DL Kenyon Coleman, LB Victor Butler, CB Keenan Lewis, SS Jim Leonhard. 

Losses:
QB Chase Daniel, RB Chris Ivory, OT Jermon Bushrod, DL Turk McBride, LB Jonathan Casillas. 

2013 Draft Class

RoundPickPlayerPos
 # 1  15 Kenny VaccaroDB
 # 3  13 Terron ArmsteadOL
 # 3  20 John JenkinsDL
 # 5  11 Kenny StillsWR
 # 6  15 Rufus JohnsonLB
 Undrafted Khiry RobinsonRB
 Undrafted Ryan GriffinQB
 Undrafted Josh HillTE

2013 Schedule

WeekDateTimeOpponent
1     Sep 7 1:00PM     Atlanta
2     Sep 14 4:05PM     at Tampa Bay
3     Sep 21 1:00PM     Arizona
4     Sep 29 8:40PM     Miami
5     Oct 5 1:00PM     at Chicago
6     Oct 12 4:25PM     at New England
-- Week 7 Bye --
8     Oct 26 1:00PM     Buffalo
9     Nov 2 1:00PM     at New York Jets
10     Nov 9 8:30PM     Dallas
11     Nov 16 4:25PM     San Francisco
12     Nov 20 8:25PM     at Atlanta
13     Dec 1 8:40PM     at Seattle
14     Dec 7 8:30PM     Carolina
15     Dec 14 4:25PM     at St Louis
16     Dec 21 1:00PM     at Carolina
17     Dec 28 4:25PM     Tampa Bay
18     Jan 3 8:10PM     at Philadelphia
19     Jan 10 4:35PM     at Seattle
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