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

Oct 23, 04:33 PM New Orleans Saints RB Khiry Robinson (forearm) did not practice Thursday, Oct. 23.
Oct 23, 04:32 PM New Orleans Saints C Jonathan Goodwin (knee, ankle) and LB Kyle Knox (ankle) did not practice Thursday, Oct. 23. CB Keenan Lewis (knee, shoulder), LB Ramon Humber (ankle) and DT Brodrick Bunkley (concussion) were limited. CB Patrick Robinson (hamstring) fully participated.
Oct 23, 04:22 PM New Orleans RB Pierre Thomas (ribs, shoulder) did not practice Thursday, Oct. 23.

Fantasy Impact: Thomas is not expected to play this week.
Oct 23, 04:22 PM New Orleans TE Jimmy Graham (shoulder) was limited in practice Thursday, Oct. 23.
Oct 22, 04:53 PM New Orleans Saints TE Jimmy Graham (shoulder) was limited during practice Wednesday, Oct. 22.

Fantasy Impact: He should be able to play this week once again and could have a larger role in the game.
Oct 22, 04:53 PM New Orleans Saints C Jonathan Goodwin (ankle, knee) and LB Kyle Knox (ankle) did not participate in practice Wednesday, Oct. 22. CB Keenan Lewis (knee, shoulder), LB Ramon Humber (ankle) and DT Brodrick Bunkley (concussion) were limited during practice, while CB Patrick Robinson (hamstring) fully participated in practice.
Oct 22, 04:43 PM New Orleans Saints RB Pierre Thomas (rib, shoulder) did not participate in practice Wednesday, Oct. 22.

Fantasy Impact: Thomas is likely to miss the game this week.
Oct 22, 04:43 PM New Orleans Saints RB Khiry Robinson (forearm) did not participate in practice Wednesday, Oct. 22.
Oct 21, 06:23 PM The New Orleans Saints signed free-agent OT DeMarcus Love (Giants) to their practice squad Tuesday, Oct. 21.
Oct 21, 06:13 PM New Orleans Saints C Eric Olsen was promoted from the practice squad to the active roster Tuesday, Oct. 21.
Oct 21, 08:53 AM New Orleans Saints RB Pierre Thomas (shoulder) is expected to miss two to three weeks due to a shoulder injury, according to sources.
Oct 20, 06:03 PM The New Orleans Saints re-signed TE Tom Crabtree to their active roster Monday, Oct. 20.
Oct 20, 10:02 AM New Orleans Saints TE Jimmy Graham (shoulder) played 30 offensive snaps (41 percent of the offense) in Week 7 Sunday, Oct. 19. He was targeted twice but was shut out in the loss to the Detroit Lions.

Fantasy Impact: It is going to be hard to play him until he starts getting more work.
Oct 19, 05:12 PM New Orleans Saints NT Brodrick Bunkley (concussion) and DE Glenn Foster (knee) left the Week 7 game due to injury and were unable to return.
Oct 19, 05:12 PM New Orleans Saints CB Keenan Lewis (hamstring) suffered two cramps and a hamstring injury in the fourth quarter of the Week 7 game against the Detroit Lions, head coach Sean Payton said Sunday, Oct. 19.
Oct 19, 03:42 PM New Orleans Saints RB Pierre Thomas (shoulder) left the team's Week 7 game early because of a shoulder injury.

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
 # 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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