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

Sep 21, 11:42 AM The New Orleans Saints have declared LB David Hawthorne, FB Erik Lorig, DL John Jenkins, SS Marcus Ball, RB Mark Ingram, WR Nick Toon, CB Stanley Jean-Baptiste inactive for Week 3.
Sep 19, 06:42 PM New Orleans Saints S Marcus Ball (hamstring), LB David Hawthorne (ankle) and FB Erik Lorig (ankle) have been ruled out for Week 3 against the Minnesota Vikings. OG Tim Lelito (back) is questionable, while C Jonathan Goodwin (elbow), LB Kyle Knox (ankle), LB Curtis Lofton (shoulder) and WR Joe Morgan (knee) are probable. Ball, Hawthorne, Lelito and Lorig didn't practice Friday, Sept. 19, while the others were full participants.
Sep 19, 06:42 PM New Orleans Saints RB Mark Ingram (hand) did not practice Friday, Sept. 19, and has been ruled out for Week 3 against the Minnesota Vikings.
Sep 18, 06:42 PM New Orleans Saints S Marcus Ball (hamstring), LB David Hawthorne (ankle) and FB Erik Lorig (ankle) did not practice Thursday, Sept. 18. C Jonathan Goodwin (elbow), LB Kyle Knox (ankle) and LB Curtis Lofton (shoulder) were limited.
Sep 18, 10:23 AM New Orleans Saints RB Khiry Robinson's workload will increase after RB Mark Ingram's (hand) injury. 'He's another back we feel like is young (but) is someone that'll be ready for the workload,' said head coach Sean Payton.

Fantasy Impact: Robinson has value as a flex play going forward. He'll get an increased workload with Ingram out.
Sep 17, 05:03 PM New Orleans Saints C Jonathan Goodwin (elbow), LB David Hawthorne (ankle), SS Marcus Ball (hamstring) and FB Erik Lorig (ankle) did not participate in practice Wednesday, Sept. 17. LB Curtis Lofton (shoulder) was limited during practice.
Sep 17, 03:43 PM New Orleans Saints RB Mark Ingram (hand) underwent surgery to place two screws in his broken hand, according to head coach Sean Payton. Ingram will not play in Week 3, but the injury is not believed to be a long-term injury.
Sep 16, 06:53 PM The New Orleans Saints added free-agent RB Edwin Baker (Browns) to their practice squad Tuesday, Sept. 16.
Sep 15, 02:32 PM New Orleans Saints WR Marques Colston, who didn't catch a pass in Week 2 against the Cleveland Browns for the first time in 87 games, wasn't even targeted a single time. The Browns made it their mission to shut the Saints' downfield passing game down, and Cleveland had seven defensive backs on the field at once at times. WR Brandin Cooks was held to just three catches for 17 yards, and the four receivers combined for nine catches for 79 yards.
Sep 15, 01:42 PM New Orleans Saints RB Mark Ingram (hand) suffered a broken hand in the team's Week 2 game and will miss at least four weeks, according to a source.

Fantasy Impact: This injury comes at a bad time with Ingram off to his best start ever. He finally is living up to his potential but now has to miss a good chunk of time.
Sep 15, 09:32 AM New Orleans Saints WR Marques Colston was held without a reception Sunday, Sept. 14. It was the first time he didn't record a catch in a game since 2008.
Sep 14, 11:52 AM The New Orleans Saints have declared FB Erik Lorig, DL Glenn Foster, WR Joe Morgan, SS Marcus Ball, WR Nick Toon, OT Senio Kelemete, CB Stanley Jean-Baptiste inactive for Week 2.
Sep 12, 05:42 PM New Orleans Saints WR Kenny Stills (quadriceps) fully participated in practice Friday, Sept. 12, and is probable for Week 2.
Sep 12, 05:42 PM New Orleans Saints S Marcus Ball (hamstring) and FB Erik Lorig both did not participate in practice Friday, Sept. 12, and have been ruled out. CB Keenan Lewis (knee) and LB Curtis Lofton (shoulder) both fully practiced and probable for Week 2.
Sep 11, 06:52 PM New Orleans Saints WR Kenny Stills (quadriceps) was limited in practice for the second day in a row Thursday, Sept. 11.
Sep 11, 06:42 PM New Orleans Saints S Marcus Ball (hamstring) and FB Erik Lorig (ankle) did not practice Thursday, Sept. 11. CB Keenan Lewis (knee) and LB Curtis Lofton (shoulder) both practiced in full.

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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