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 23, 07:23 PM New Orleans Saints DE Cheta Ozougwu (undisclosed) cleared waivers and was transferred to the Saints' Reserve/Injured list Wednesday, July 23.
Jul 22, 04:53 PM The New Orleans Saints have waived LB Cheta Ozougwu with a failed physical designation.
Jul 21, 06:32 PM New Orleans Saints OT Tavon Rooks (undisclosed) has been placed on the Non-Football injury list.
Jul 21, 06:32 PM New Orleans Saints DE Cheta Ozougwu (undisclosed) and DT John Jenkins (pectoral) have been placed on the Physically Unable to Perform list.
Jul 21, 11:12 AM New Orleans Saints FS Jairus Byrd's (back) recovery from back surgery has gone as expected. However, it's unknown if he'll be limited at the start of training camp.
Jul 17, 01:42 PM Updating a previous report, New Orleans Saints TE Jimmy Graham agreed to a contract with a $4 million cap hit in 2014, $11 million in 2015, $12 million in 2016 and $13 million in 2017. The deal includes a $2 million roster bonus in 2017.
Jul 16, 01:03 PM New Orleans Saints TE Jimmy Graham said it was hard not to work with his teammates this offseason but did work out in Miami with free-agent LB Jonathan Vilma (Saints). He said he had a similar regime this offseason than what he did during the lockout in 2011, which produced one of his best NFL seasons. 'It was tough being away from the guys,' Graham said. 'The good thing is that the base and group of friends I have here in Miami is still strong. I did the same thing I did during the lockout year. I basically did the same day-to-day routine that I did (in 2011). And after the lockout, I had one of my best seasons I have ever had.'
Jul 15, 09:53 AM Updating earlier reports, New Orleans Saints TE Jimmy Graham will be the highest-paid tight end in the league with his $40 million deal with between $20 million and $21 million guaranteed.
Jul 15, 09:43 AM The New Orleans Saints signed TE Jimmy Graham to a four-year, $40 million deal with $21 million guaranteed, according to a source familiar with the deal.
Jul 15, 09:23 AM New Orleans Saints TE Jimmy Graham tweeted 'It's official. I'm bleeding black and gold this morning!' Tuesday, July 15, which likely means he has signed a contract extension. The terms of his contract are unknown, but this tweet leads us to believe it's done.
Jul 14, 12:42 PM Updating an ongoing story, New Orleans Saints TE Jimmy Graham has a deadline of Tuesday, July 15, at 4 p.m. EDT, to sign a long-term contract extension with the organization.
Jul 09, 11:33 AM New Orleans Saints WR Kenny Stills' 20.0 yards-per-catch average led all NFL players that recorded at least 30 receptions last season.
Jul 08, 07:43 PM New Orleans Saints DE Cameron Jordan recently said he wants to average one sack per game this season. Jordan also said he wants a Super Bowl win heading into the fourth season of his career.
Jul 07, 12:22 PM New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees said he wants the team to have a quick resolution to TE Jimmy Graham's contract situation so that the two have valuable time together on the field before the season starts. 'Jimmy's my guy,' Brees said in a sit-down interview late last month. 'I want what's best for him. I want what's best for the team. Certainly there's a way that everybody can be happy coming out of this deal. But it is part of the process, and I went through something similar to this two years ago, so I get it.' The Saints have eight days to work out a long-term deal with Graham, and sources expect negotiations to extend up until the deadline on July 15.
Jul 04, 03:22 PM The New Orleans Saints have not reduced their offer to TE Jimmy Graham after an arbitrator ruled he is a tight end. The team will not use that ruling to change the offer to make Graham the highest paid tight end in the NFL.
Jul 04, 12:32 PM New Orleans Saints WR Marques Colston (foot) said he is feeling healthy this season. 'I feel really good,' Colston said. 'The foot I know was addressed earlier in the offseason. It's really not an issue. I've been able to get out here with really no restrictions and just run around and feel good.'

Fantasy Impact: Colston is a good buy-low candidate. He is still the top receiver in this offense and can produce big weekly numbers.

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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