|Offense||2nd||93.2 (24th)||310.6 (1st)|
|Defense||31st||129.4 (28th)||284.0 (30th)|
|66||Allen, Jack||C||6-2||296||9/24/1992||R||Michigan State|
|88||Allen, RaShaun||TE||6-4||250||2/25/1990||2||Southern University|
|72||Armstead, Terron||T||6-5||304||7/23/1991||4||Arkansas-Pine Bluff|
|3||Barth, Connor||K||5-11||200||4/11/1986||9||North Carolina|
|48||Bell, Vonn||FS||5-11||205||12/12/1994||R||Ohio State|
|11||Bell, Reggie||WR||5-11||201||5/6/1992||1||California-San Diego|
|40||Breaux, Delvin||CB||6-1||196||10/25/1989||2||Louisiana State|
|38||Cadet, Travaris||RB||6-1||210||2/1/1989||5||Appalachian State|
|29||Carter, Tony||DB||5-9||175||5/24/1986||6||Florida State|
|79||Cheek, Joseph||G||6-7||311||12/2/1992||R||Texas A&M|
|10||Cooks, Brandin||WR||5-10||189||9/25/1993||3||Oregon State|
|85||Dangerfield, Jared||WR||6-3||215||8/9/1992||R||Western Kentucky|
|42||Darby, Alden||DB||5-10||192||6/22/1992||1||Arizona State|
|95||Davison, Tyeler||DT||6-2||309||9/23/1992||2||Fresno State|
|20||Dixon, Brian||DB||6-0||195||4/26/1990||3||Northwest Missouri State|
|37||Dixon, Brandon||DB||5-11||203||4/26/1990||2||Northwest Missouri State|
|91||Edebali, Kasim||LB||6-2||253||8/17/1989||3||Boston College|
|71||Eulls, Kaleb||G||6-4||309||6/28/1991||2||Mississippi State|
|18||Grayson, Garrett||QB||6-2||220||5/29/1991||2||Colorado State|
|45||Griffin, Garrett||TE||6-4||240||3/4/1994||R||Air Force|
|58||Gwacham, Obum||DE||6-5||246||3/20/1991||2||Oregon State|
|30||Harris, Erik||DB||6-3||225||4/2/1990||1||California (PA)|
|14||Harris, R.J.||WR||6-0||194||6/3/1992||1||New Hampshire|
|49||Harris, De'Vante||CB||5-11||190||6/30/1993||R||Texas A&M|
|61||Henry, Marcus||C||6-3||293||2/11/1993||R||Boise State|
|89||Hill, Josh||TE||6-5||250||5/21/1990||4||Idaho State|
|19||Lampman, Jake||WR||6-0||205||6/11/1993||R||Ferris State|
|53||Laurinaitis, James||LB||6-2||248||12/3/1986||8||Ohio State|
|68||Lelito, Tim||G||6-4||315||7/21/1989||4||Grand Valley State|
|62||Lemon, Cyril||G||6-3||315||1/8/1993||1||North Texas|
|87||Lewis, Tommylee||WR||5-7||168||10/24/1992||R||Northern Illinois|
|21||Lewis, Keenan||CB||6-1||208||5/17/1986||8||Oregon State|
|96||Mabry, Ashaad||DT||6-3||315||11/4/1992||1||Texas-San Antonio|
|70||Mathews, Ryker||T||6-6||320||11/28/1992||R||Brigham Young|
|56||Mauti, Michael||OLB||6-2||243||1/19/1990||4||Penn State|
|7||McCown, Luke||QB||6-4||217||7/12/1981||13||Louisiana Tech|
|6||Morstead, Thomas||P||6-4||235||3/8/1986||8||Southern Methodist|
|93||Onyemata, David||DT||6-4||300||11/13/1992||R||Manitoba (Canada)|
|43||Pruitt, Jimmy||CB||6-0||203||11/28/1992||R||San Jose State|
|52||Robertson, Craig||LB||6-1||234||2/11/1988||5||North Texas|
|51||Schoettmer, Jeff||LB||6-2||235||7/8/1993||R||North Carolina|
|83||Snead, Willie||WR||5-11||195||10/17/1992||2||Ball State|
|54||Stupar, Nate||LB||6-2||240||3/14/1988||4||Penn State|
|63||Tapp, Darryl||DE||6-1||270||9/13/1984||11||Virginia Tech|
|13||Thomas, Michael||WR||6-3||212||3/3/1994||R||Ohio State|
|78||Turner, Landon||G||6-4||325||5/15/1993||R||North Carolina|
|76||Virgil, Lawrence||DT||6-5||290||1/20/1991||2||Valdosta State|
|81||Williams, Jordan||WR||6-3||228||5/9/1994||R||Ball State|
|25||Williams, P.J.||CB||6-0||196||6/1/1993||2||Florida State|
|69||Wilson, C.J.||DE||6-3||290||3/30/1987||7||East Carolina|
|86||Brown, Vincent (IR)||WR||5-11||190||1/25/1989||5||San Diego State|
|33||Sanford, Jamarca (IR)||SS||5-10||200||8/27/1985||8||Mississippi|
|24||Wilson, Kyle (IR)||DB||5-10||190||9/8/1987||7||Boise State|
|Team||OLine Avg. Ht||OLine Avg. Wt||DLine Avg. Ht||DLine Avg. Wt||Avg. Age||Youngest||Oldest|
While Richardson rotated playing time with another rookie, Tyler Davison, he was on the field for 38 of the Saints' 61 defensive snaps (62 percent), according to the New Orleans Times-Picayune. He made two tackles for a loss.
If Richardson can continue to hold down the starting gig, he could make an impact in deeper individual defensive player leagues.
Kelemete confirmed the news on his personal Twitter account, writing, "Just signed another 1 year deal with the @Saints #GloryToGod for the opportunity 2015 is my year!"
Kelemete appeared in 10 games for the Saints in 2014. Before this one-year extension, Kelemete was set to be an exclusive-rights free agent.
Cooks entered Sunday's game posting 100-yard performances in three of his prior four games, the exception being another sub-30-yard dud. The young receiver swayed back and forth between brilliant performances and head-scratchers in 2015, tallying as many games under 40 yards receiving, four, as games with over 100 yards. Cooks still managed to give fantasy owners plenty to get excited about as the season progressed, however, accumulating eight touchdowns in the season's final nine games after scoring just once in the Saints' first seven contests. Sean Payton and Drew Brees' futures hang in the balance this off season, but Cooks should be the focal point of the offense next year no matter who is running the show.
Harper, who was drafted by the Saints and spent eight seasons in New Orleans, returns to provide veteran depth behind free safety Jairus Byrd. In 16 games with the Panthers last season, Harper racked up 73 tackles, five passes defensed, and two fumble recoveries.
Jordan underwent back surgery in February and wasn't expected to rejoin the team until training camp. However, Jordan was much farther ahead in his recovery than expected and was able to return to the practice field in full for the team's OTAs on Thursday. Jordan is coming off a 10-sack Pro Bowl season and with the back injury finally behind him, he'll have the chance to improve on his numbers.
After cutting Josh Scobee loose earlier this week, the Saints were seemingly in the market for a kicker with just Kai Forbath on the roster. An invitee at rookie minicamp last week, Barth will be tabbed to challenge Forbath, and the former's success rate in the Superdome (8-for-8 in his career) could very well aid in the competition.
Byrd is returning from a season ending knee injury. Colston has a non-disclosed injury.
All four are still on the roster and can be activated at any time before the start of the season.
Stupar signed a three-year deal with the Saints after spending the past two seasons in Atlanta. Last year with the Falcons was the best campaign of Stupar's career, as he totaled 40 tackles and two passes defensed, and played a career high 24.5 percent of defensive snaps and 77.7 percent of special teams snaps. With the Saints he'll likely be a backup, behind James Laurinaitis and Stephone Anthony, and not relevant in any format.
Lasco is an interesting name in dynasty formats after torching the Combine, but he generally doesn't have the appearance of much more than a third-down sort of running back in the NFL. Even if he's more quick than fast, Lasco is a player to watch in training camp, as the Saints depth chart behind Mark Ingram is unsettled.
Saints defensive coordinator Dennis Allen frequently deployed a defensive scheme featuring three safeties last season. Although Jairus Byrd and Kenny Vaccaro are expected to start at free safety and strong safety, respectively, Bell, who excelled in coverage at Ohio State, should see plenty of playing time when the Saints switch to their three-safety lineup.
Gwacham is a raw, developmental athlete who was drafted by the Seahawks in the sixth round out of Oregon State last year. He signed with the Saints after being waived by the Seahawks at the end of the 2015 preseason, and appeared in nine games for New Orleans, recording eight tackles, two forced fumbles and two and a half sacks. It's possible that the Saints will sign a veteran free agent to replace Kikaha, but Gwacham is an intriguing young talent who could make some noise in IDP leagues if he is able to secure the starting defensive end job opposite Cameron Jordan.
A passing-down specialist, Cadet was released by the Patriots and 49ers during the 2015 season, eventually landing back in New Orleans where he spent the first three seasons of his career. He may compete for a third-down role, but he's unlikely to be a featured part of the Saints offense.
Prior to November, Hightower hadn't played in a competitive football game since 2011. After the kind of production he put together to close the season, there may be plenty more games in his future. Hightower averaged 114 total yards and a touchdown during the season's final four games for a Saints backfield riddled by injuries. Hightower will be 30 by the start of the 2016 season, but his ability to pound the line of scrimmage and catch the ball out of the backfield should be good enough to earn him a supporting role next season.
“We got to sit down in a room with him and Eli and just talk football, how they prepare for the game, what they’re looking for in defenses. So that was something I learned from, just to kind of be around him and see how he approaches everything, that meant a ton,” Grayson said, per ESPN.com. “You always hear about what a perfectionist he is, how seriously he takes every single drill. So to get to meet him and be around him and see that in person, I kind of learned from that and took that back.
“Looking back on my senior year, that’s another thing why I had so much success, because I wasn’t taking things like even a simple three-step drop for [granted]. I was serious with everything I did. So I’m definitely thankful for that opportunity.”
Though healthy for the start of camp, Byrd did miss the entirety of the Saints' offseason program rehabbing the knee injury that has plagued him since inking a six-year, $54 million deal ahead of the 2014 season. Hopefully, for the Saints, Byrd's 2016 training camp presence will smoothly translate to an improved performance in the upcoming campaign for a New Orleans secondary that allowed the 31st-most passing yards in the NFL during 2015.
Brees is entering the last year of his contract, but the Saints appear content to let him play out the year with a whopping salary-cap figure of $30 million. Brees has stated that the unofficial deadline to complete an extension is the start of the regular season. Given that Brees continues to be productive -- he led the NFL in passing for the fourth time in five seasons last year with 4,870 yards in just 15 games played -- it would not be surprising to see the Saints and their franchise quarterback strike a deal prior to September 1.
Spiller was a disappointment, to say the least, after joining the Saints as a free agent, but arthroscopic knee surgery performed during the preseason served to put him behind the eight ball. He still managed to make his season debut in Week 2 and played in 13 straight games until he was shut down for good in the penultimate week of the regular season. However, he received no more than 26 snaps in any contest, while reaching a season-high 10 touches on two occasions, en route 36 carries for 112 yards (3.1 YPC), 34 receptions (on 44 targets) for 239 yards, and two receiving touchdowns. If his conditioning is indeed reminiscent of his tenure with the Bills, he could serve as a nice pass-catching complement to Mark Ingram in the upcoming campaign.
Running back Demitrius Bronson, wide receiver Douglas McNeil, tight end RaShaun Allen, tackle Justin Renfrow, guards Nate Isles and Drew Nowak, defensive ends Ryan Robinson and Julius Warmsley, defensive tackle Jimmy Staten, linebacker Mike Zimmer and safety Dion Bailey will look to compete for spots on the final 53-man roster in 2015.
Prior to the draft, Coleman was presumed to be the front-runner for the Saints No. 3 wide receiver job, but the addition of Thomas casts some doubt on that notion. Although not quite the same size as Coleman - to be fair, at 6'6, not many are - Thomas is likewise a big target at 6-foot-3, 212 pounds. With Marques Colston no longer in New Orleans, Coleman and Thomas will likely duke it out during the preseason for playing time behind Brandin Cooks and Willie Snead.
His season highlight came against the Raiders when he recovered a fumble and returned it for a touchdown.
Hill signed a three-year offer sheet with the Bears earlier this week, but will remain in New Orleans now that the Saints have matched that deal. Entering his fourth season, Hill recorded a career-best 16 catches (on 30 targets) for 120 yards and two touchdowns last season, but his role will likely remain somewhat restricted given the presence of fellow tight ends Coby Fleener and Michael Hoomanawanui this season.
Fairley also visited the Patriots as a free agent, but apparently has decided to play for the Saints this coming season. In a situational role last year, Fairley managed only 29 tackles and 0.5 sacks for the Rams, but should enjoy a more expanded snap count with the Saints given their interior defensive line needs.
Johnson has jumped between the Saints' 53-man roster and practice squad over the past three seasons, but in 17 appearances between 2014 and 2015, he totaled 12 carries for 31 yards and seven receptions (on 10 targets) for 45 yards. At the outset of the offseason, he'll be measuring himself against fellow fullback Toben Opurum.
"I don’t see that initially," Payton said, per Saints.com.
"Terron and Zach we feel are ones of veteran experience," Payton said. "One’s a tremendous leader for us at right tackle and one’s a real sharp and talented left tackle. Andrus will come in and I’m sure we’ll give him reps at both positions."
Moving Peat to guard isn't an option. "I don’t see that. He’s a tackle," Payton said.
In his first season with the Saints, Wilson recorded 27 tackles and a pick in 15 games (including four starts) in 2015. While the 2010 first-rounder isn't much of an IPD factor, his injury does represent a hit to the Saints' depth at cornerback. Replacing Wilson on the team's active roster will be defensive tackle C.J. Wilson, who signed with New Orleans on Friday.
Robertson registered at least 85 tackles in each of his first three NFL seasons, but managed just 59 last season due to playing only 12 games. Nonetheless, he represents an experienced linebacker that should add dependability to the Saints' linebacking corp going forward.
"Those aren’t holes," Payton said about losing Grubbs and middle linebacker Curtis Lofton. "We’re not moving a player if we feel like there’s no…we feel like we have a pretty good idea of how everything is lining up. We’ve got a center we know that starts in this NFL, we’ve got a guard, (Tim) Lelito will play left guard, Jahri Evans is the right guard. The same way at receiver. So we weren’t looking to make a move that created another 'must'."
Lelito played 294 snaps on offense last season, per Pro Football Focus, and graded out positively as a run blocker and negatively as a pass blocker. He was an undrafted free agent out of Grand Valley State in 2013.
Williams lost his entire rookie season after suffering a torn hamstring during training camp last year. Now that he's healthy, the 2015 third rounder will have the chance to show why he was taken so high in the draft. Keenan Lewis (hip) and Delvin Breaux look to have the starting cornerback positions locked down, so Williams will compete with Damian Swann and Kyle Wilson for the nickel role, playing primarily in passing situations. Along with the third corner slot, Williams will likely be one of the team's primary backups, seeing extra time in the event of any injuries to the secondary during the season.
Anthony, the second of the Saints' two first round picks in the 2015 NFL Draft, started every game of his rookie season at middle linebacker. He finished the season with 112 tackles, good for 20th in the NFL. With New Orleans signing veteran free agent James Laurinaitis this offseason, however, Anthony will be forced outside in 2016. His starting spot almost certainly remains secure, but no longer at the heart of the Saints' defense 4-3 defense, his IDP value could take a slight hit if he is unable to rack up tackles at the same pace as last year.
Hoomanawanui landed in New Orleans via a trade with the Patriots in late September, but the box score was barely impacted, aside from the occasional touchdown, over the Saints' final 12 games. In the end, he notched 11 receptions (on 16 targets) for 76 yards and three TDs, a stat line that could be elevated next season depending on the respective free agencies of tight ends Ben Watson and Josh Hill.
Sanford has missed nearly the entire offseason with an injury, although the specifics surrounding it remain unclear. He's been placed on injured reserve and will miss the 2016-17 season, although he could be released by the team on an injury settlement. Sanford was slated to be a depth option at safety during the upcoming season, as both Kenny Vaccaro and Jairus Byrd are likely locked into the starting lineup.
Ingram parlayed a career-high 964 rushing yards and nine touchdowns in 2014 into a four-year contract last March. On pace to break those marks this past season, he played through a shoulder concern in Weeks 12 and 13, before the Saints discovered that a torn left rotator cuff was to blame. Surgery was quickly ordered up, ending his season with 769 yards and six touchdowns on the ground. He further expanded his game, though, with career bests in receptions (50) and receiving yards (405). Following the adjustment to his contract, a portion has been tabbed as a signing bonus, with the remaining to be spread across the years left on the deal.
Wilson appeared in every game with the Raiders last season, picking up 23 tackles (16 solo) and two sacks, but he quickly tumbled down the depth chart in 2015, playing in just three games this season. He could be a candidate to join another team should they need help along their defensive line.
After cutting Josh Scobee loose earlier this week, the Saints were seemingly in the market for a kicker with just Kai Forbath on the roster. An invitee at rookie minicamp last week, Barth will be tabbed to compete with Forbath, and the former's success rate in the Superdome (8-for-8 in his career) could very well aid in the competition.
The Saints' backfield has taken hits in quick session over the last week, with Murphy joining Mark Ingram (shoulder) and Khiry Robinson (leg) on injured reserve. While Murphy had just one carry in his rookie season, he served as the Saints' primary returner, racking up 25.0 yards per kickoff return and 9.3 yards per punt return. In his stead, C.J. Spiller will likely take on a portion of those duties.
Starter Nigel Bradham may not be able to make it back from his ankle injury this week. If that doesn't happen, the Bills would be down their top two guys at the inside linebacker spot next to Preston Brown.
Laurinaitis recorded at least 100 tackles in three of his first four seasons, but he hasn't managed above 85 since 2013, and he set a career low with 60 tackles in 16 starts in 2015 for the Rams. He's not the dynamic linebacker he was when he came into the league, but the Saints have been weak at the position in recent years and Laurinaitis will likely get a chance to start.
One of the last players to make the Saints' final 53-man roster at the end of training camp last season, Snead was an unlikely breakout star, yet he quickly emerged as one of Drew Brees' favorite targets. Entering 2016, Snead is the Saints' presumed No. 2 wide receiver -- behind Brandin Cooks -- and there's an expectation for him to expand on his 69 receptions for 984 yards and three touchdowns in 2015. Snead's lack of size, however, hampers his scoring potential and the offseason additions of Coby Fleener and Michael Thomas mean additional competition for targets. As such, Snead is a decent PPR option, but his ceiling may be somewhat limited.
The NFL normally doesn't have much appreciation for 6-foot-1 defensive tackles under 300 pounds, but Rankins is an exception. Rankins was one of the top defenders on a tough Louisville defense the last two years, and he showed rare lower-body explosiveness with excellent vertical (34.5-inch) and broad jump (118-inch) numbers. The Saints should get good returns from Rankins both in run defense and the pass rush, with Rankins ideally turning into a Geno Atkins-like presence.
Vaccaro has been a steady presence in the Saints' secondary since he was selected in the first round of the 2013 NFL Draft, but after hovering around the 75-tackle mark in both of his first two seasons, he joined 11 other defensive backs with triple-digit stops in 2015. He augmented his elevated tackle count with a career-high three sacks, while also contributing to the turnover game exactly twice for the third time in as many campaigns. Under the guidelines of the NFL's CBA, his salary in 2017 will be the average of the third through 25th highest-paid safeties, according to Evan Woodbery of the New Orleans Times-Picayune.
McCown was pressed into action in Week 3 due to an absent Drew Brees (foot), touching up the Panthers for 310 yards but no touchdowns and one interception. Thereafter, McCown completed his only other pass of the year before requiring season-ending back surgery in early November. With a deal in hand, the 35-year-old will continue to serve as insurance for Brees, who is two years McCown's senior.
Kikaha had torn his left ACL during the Saints' offseason program in June, so his placement on the PUP list is an optimistic move by GM Mickey Loomis that will give the second-rounder an outside chance of returning later on in the season.
Fleener, who caught 54 passes for 491 yards and three TDs with the Colts in 2015, will now have a chance to work in coach Sean Payton's offense, with Drew Brees at quarterback, a scenario that should boost the tight end's fantasy prospects in 2016.
After participating in practice in a limited fashion Wednesday and Thursday, Tapp logged full duty during Friday's session to clear up any concern about his availability for Week 6. He's slated to come off the bench as part of the Lions' defensive line rotation.
The Saints called rival executives to shop many of their players recently, including their star tight end, reports Ian Rapoport of NFL Media on Tuesday. Graham had his $2.9 million base salary and $5 million roster bonus for the 2015 season become guaranteed last week.
Graham, 28, had 85 catches for 889 yards and 10 touchdowns in 2014, all while fighting off a shoulder injury for most of the season. Over his first five seasons with the Saints, Graham has registered 4,752 yards and 51 touchdowns. Since 2010, only Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski (41) has more red zone touchdowns than Graham (40).
Traded from Miami to New Orleans last year, Ellerbe had 39 tackles (34 solo) in six games, after playing just one game in his final season with the Dolphins. His injury struggles forced him to accept a pay cut in the offseason, even though he could still have a three-down role if he's able to stay healthy. There's been no indication he's dealing with anything serious, but he did miss some practices during OTAs and minicamp while nursing a couple of minor issues. If healthy, Ellerbe will likely join Stephone Anthony and James Laurinaitis in the base defense, but it's unclear which player would get most of the snaps next to Anthony in nickel packages.
Brown moving to the injured reserve reserve list opens up a spot in the Saints' wide receiver competition, as he was expected to compete for a roster spot due to his level of experience. However, the veteran wideout wasn't expected to achieve much fantasy relevance in the case that he did make the roster.
The Saints had planned to move Kikaha from the strong-side linebacker position he played as a second-round drafted rookie in 2015 to the "open" edge rusher spot opposite Cam Jordan. His injury, however, means that others will need to step up. Unfortunately for Edabali, it appears that Obum Gwacham may have the initial edge in the battle to replace Kikaha along the defensive line, as Gwacham has been taking snaps with the first team defense since the start of OTAs. Meanwhile, Edabali has primarily worked with a trainer on the side during the OTA sessions open to the media this spring. Nonetheless, Edabali could be an intriguing option in deeper IDP leagues if he is able to secure significant playing time this season.
Lewis had sports hernia surgery in January and took reps during offseason workouts, but the team has still placed hi on the PUP list, which comes as a bit of a surprise. He'll likely be able to play sometime in the preseason, but it's unclear when that will be. Look for Delvin Breaux and Damian Swann to see some extra reps while Lewis is kept out of practice.
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