New Orleans Saints

Stadium: Mercedes-Benz Superdome | Coach: Sean Payton
Team RankingOverallRushingPassing
Offense2nd93.2 (24th)310.6 (1st)
Defense31st129.4 (28th)284.0 (30th)
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 Allen, Jack C6-12979/24/1992RMichigan State
88Allen, RaShaun TE6-42502/25/19902Southern University
50Anthony, Stephone MLB6-22457/28/19922Clemson
72Armstead, Terron T6-53047/23/19914Arkansas-Pine Bluff
10Barth, Connor K5-112004/11/19867North Carolina
 Bell, Vonn FS5-1119912/12/1994ROhio State
18Bell, Reggie WR5-112015/6/19921California-San Diego
40Breaux, Delvin CB6-119610/25/19892Louisiana State
9Brees, Drew QB6-02091/15/197916Purdue
86Brown, Vincent WR5-111901/25/19895San Diego State
31Byrd, Jairus FS5-1020310/7/19868Oregon
38Cadet, Travaris RB6-12102/1/19895Appalachian State
37Carter, Tony DB5-91755/24/19867Florida State
 Cheek, Joseph G6-731112/2/1992RTexas A&M
16Coleman, Brandon WR6-62256/22/19922Rutgers
10Cooks, Brandin WR5-101899/25/19933Oregon State
 Crawley, Ken CB6-01872/8/1993RColorado
 Dangerfield, Jared WR6-12118/9/1992RWestern Kentucky
33Darby, Alden DB5-101926/22/19921Arizona State
95Davison, Tyeler DT6-23099/23/19922Fresno State
20Dixon, Brian DB6-01954/26/19903Northwest Missouri State
39Dixon, Brandon DB5-112034/26/19902Northwest Missouri State
47Drescher, Justin LS6-12351/1/19887Colorado
91Edebali, Kasim DE6-22538/17/19893Boston College
59Ellerbe, Dannell OLB6-124511/29/19858Georgia
 Elston, Trae DB5-111952/16/1994RMississippi
71Eulls, Kaleb DT6-32856/28/19912Mississippi State
98Fairley, Nick DT6-43081/23/19886Auburn
80Fleener, Coby TE6-62519/20/19885Stanford
5Forbath, Kai K5-111979/2/19875UCLA
18Grayson, Garrett QB6-22205/29/19912Colorado State
 Griffin, Garrett TE6-4225//RAir Force
58Gwacham, Obum DE6-52463/20/19912Oregon State
41Harper, Roman DB6-120512/11/198211Alabama
 Harris, Erik DB6-32254/2/1990RCalifornia (PA)
19Harris, R.J. WR6-01946/3/19921New Hampshire
 Harris, De'Vante CB5-111766/30/1993RTexas A&M
 Henry, Marcus C6-22942/11/1993RBoise State
34Hightower, Tim RB6-02205/23/19865Richmond
89Hill, Josh TE6-52505/21/19904Idaho State
84Hoomanawanui, Michael TE6-42657/4/19887Illinois
 Houma, Sione FB6-02436/21/1994RMichigan
22Ingram, Mark RB5-921512/21/19896Alabama
92Jenkins, John DT6-33597/11/19894Georgia
35Johnson, Austin FB6-22406/16/19893Tennessee
94Jordan, Cameron DE6-42877/10/19896California
65Kelemete, Senio G6-33005/10/19904Washington
44Kikaha, Hau'oli OLB6-32467/24/19922Washington
 Lampman, Jake WR6-02056/11/1993RFerris State
 Lasco, Daniel RB6-020710/9/1992RCalifornia
55Laurinaitis, James LB6-224812/3/19868Ohio State
 Lee, Dillon LB6-42431/15/1993RAlabama
68Lelito, Tim G6-43157/21/19894Grand Valley State
62Lemon, Cyril G6-33151/8/19931North Texas
 Lewis, Tommylee WR5-716810/24/1992RNorthern Illinois
21Lewis, Keenan CB6-12085/17/19868Oregon State
 Loewen, Mitchell DE6-5275//RArkansas
74Mabry, Ashaad DL6-331511/4/19921Texas-San Antonio
86Manhertz, Chris TE6-62354/10/19921Canisius
 Mathews, Ryker T6-630911/28/1992RBrigham Young
56Mauti, Michael OLB6-22431/19/19904Penn State
7McCown, Luke QB6-42177/12/198113Louisiana Tech
6Morstead, Thomas P6-42353/8/19868Southern Methodist
23Murphy, Marcus RB5-919510/3/19912Missouri
 Onyemata, David DT6-4300//RManitoba (Canada)
75Peat, Andrus G6-731611/4/19932Stanford
 Pettway, D.J. DE6-2269//RAlabama
86Prater, Kyle WR6-52316/21/1992RNorthwestern
 Pruitt, Jimmy CB6-019811/28/1992RSan Jose State
 Rankins, Sheldon DT6-13044/4/1994RLouisville
78Richardson, Bobby DE6-328611/20/19922Indiana
53Robertson, Craig LB6-12342/11/19885North Texas
 Schoettmer, Jeff DB6-22357/8/1993RNorth Carolina
83Snead, Willie WR5-1119510/17/19922Ball State
28Spiller, C.J. RB5-112008/5/19877Clemson
50Steward, Tony LB6-024112/19/19922Clemson
64Strief, Zach T6-73209/22/198311Northwestern
54Stupar, Nate LB6-22403/14/19883Penn State
27Swann, Damian CB6-018912/4/19922Georgia
52Tapp, Darryl DE6-12709/13/198411Virginia Tech
 Thomas, Michael WR6-32098/16/1994ROhio State
72Thompson, Tyrus T6-533011/17/19911Oklahoma
55Tull, Davis OLB6-324011/12/19912Tennessee-Chattanooga
 Turner, Landon G6-43255/15/1993RNorth Carolina
60Unger, Max C6-53054/14/19868Oregon
32Vaccaro, Kenny SS6-02142/15/19914Texas
96Virgil, Lawrence DT6-52901/20/19912Valdosta State
 Williams, Jordan WR6-32285/9/1994RBall State
36Williams, P.J. CB6-01966/1/19932Florida State
78Wilson, C.J. DE6-32903/30/19877East Carolina
 Young, Avery T6-630511/12/1992RAuburn
Injured Players
33Sanford, Jamarca (IR) SS5-102008/27/19858Mississippi
24Wilson, Kyle (IR) DB5-101909/8/19877Boise State
Roster Analysis
TeamOLine Avg. HtOLine Avg. WtDLine Avg. HtDLine Avg. WtAvg. AgeYoungestOldest
New Orleans6-5313.66-3289.725.62137
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Position Listing
Bobby Richardson
Saints DT Bobby Richardson made six tackles (two solo) in Sunday's win against the Cowboys.

Richardson, an undrafted rookie free agent out of Indiana, made his first career start in Week 4, after Akiem Hicks was traded mid-week to the Patriots.

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.

Landon Turner
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Senio Kelemete
The Saints signed offensive lineman Senio Kelemete to a one-year contract extension on Monday.

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.

Tyeler Davison
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Brandin Cooks
Cooks caught five of six targets for 22 yards in Sunday's win over the Falcons.

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.

Terron Armstead
Saints tackle Terron Armstead left practice early on Monday morning, per ESPN

The team didn't disclose the reason for Armstead's early departure and wouldn't confirm whether it was injury-related. 

Armstead watched the afternoon walk-through from the sideline but didn't participate. 

Roman Harper
Harper was signed by the Saints on Tuesday, NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports.

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.

Kaleb Eulls
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Jack Allen
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Davis Tull
The Saints made a number of changes to their roster on Saturday, per

Running back Tim Hightower and offensive lineman Mike McGlynn were cut. Linebacker Davis Tull, who is nursing a shoulder injury, was put on the injured reserve.

New Orleans also added safety Don Jones , wide receiver Seantavius Jones and fullback Toben Opurum to the active roster from the practice squad.

Alden Darby
The Chargers announced their final round of roster cuts on Saturday, paring their roster down to the required 53 for the regular season.

The following players were let go by San Diego: WR Vincent Brown, LB Victor Aiyewa, DT Chas Alecxih, WR Torrence Allen, CB Crezdon Butler, S Alden Darby, CB Greg Ducre, TE Mike Flacco, T Michael Harris , WR Javontee Herndon, OLB Thomas Keiser, DL Joe Kruger, OLB Cordarro Law, S Adrian Phillips, WR Tevin Reese, T Jeremiah Sirles, QB Brad Sorensen, OLB Colton Underwood, G Craig Watts, T Kenny Wiggins, C Khalil Wilkes and DL Doug Worthington.
Delvin Breaux
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Ken Crawley
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Cyril Lemon
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Mitchell Loewen
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Cameron Jordan
Jordan (back) practiced without limitations Thursday, Larry Holder of the New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.

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.

Back - Probable for start of season
Connor Barth
The Saints will sign Barth, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

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.

Brian Dixon
The Saints placed three players on the physically unable to perform (PUP) list. 

Safety Jairus Byrd, wide receiver Marques Colston and defensive tackle Glenn Foster were all placed on PUP. Cornerback Brian Dixon was placed on the non-football injury list. 

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. 

Kyle Prater
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Nate Stupar
Stupar has signed with the Saints.

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.

Sione Houma
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Jordan Williams
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Joseph Cheek
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Michael Mauti
The Vikings listed cornerback Shaun Prater, running back Jerick McKinnon, fullback Zach Line, linebacker Michael Mauti, linebacker Brandon Watts, guard David Yankey and tackle J’Marcus Webb as inactive for Week 13 against the Panthers.
Daniel Lasco
The Saints selected Lasco in the seventh round of the 2016 NFL Draft, 237th overall.

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.

Vonn Bell
Bell has been used regularly with the first-team defense in three-safety looks during OTAs, reports the New Orleans Times-Picayune.

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.

Obum Gwacham
Gwacham has generated some buzz this offseason, according to Mike Triplett of, and with Hau'oli Kikaha suffering a potentially season-ending knee injury, Gwacham is a candidate to replace him as a starter at defensive end.

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.

Travaris Cadet
Cadet has agreed to a one-year deal with the Saints, ESPN's Mike Triplett reports.

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.

Jimmy Pruitt
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Tim Hightower
Hightower rushed for 66 yards and a touchdown on 16 carries and added 41 yards on five catches in Sunday's win over Atlanta.

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.

Jeff Schoettmer
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Garrett Grayson
Last year as a senior at Colorado State, Saints 2015 third-round draft pick Garrett Grayson received some vital words of wisdom from his idol, helping him become the 75th pick in the draft. The quarterback had been invited to participate in the annual Manning Passing Academy in Louisiana. It was there that he got to watch Peyton Manning perform drills and answer questions.

“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 “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.”

Avery Young
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Jairus Byrd
Byrd made seven tackles (four solo) and had an interception in Sunday's loss to the Texans.

Remarkably, the interception was Byrd's first in two injury-plagued seasons in New Orleans. Byrd has also recently picked up his game in other areas, making a combined 22 tackles (15 solo) in his last three games. Keep in mind that strong safety Kenny Vaccaro primarily plays near the line of scrimmage, while Byrd plays much deeper at free safety, but Byrd is slowly becoming an option in deeper IDP leagues.

Drew Brees
The agent for Brees (foot) and Saints' general manager Mickey Loomis have talked about a contract extension, which head coach Sean Payton thinks "will get done very easily," reports the New Orleans Times-Picayune.

Brees' contract is not set to expire until 2017, but an extension would permit the team to lower his huge salary cap number and presumably allow the Saints to be more active in free agency. Further reading between the lines, the fact that there has been no recent mention of the torn plantar fascia he suffered at the end of last season is likely a good sign for Brees' offseason prognosis. As such, there is little reason to believe that Brees will not be healthy and ready for action when official offseason training activities begin later this spring.

Foot - Probable for start of season
Ashaad Mabry
The Saints will release safety Kenny Phillips and defensive tackle Ashaad Mabry, according to
Ryker Mathews
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C.J. Spiller
Spiller (leg) has looked much improved during OTAs, the Saints' official site reports. "I'd say C.J.'s health and his movement skills look noticeably different," head coach Sean Payton said. "He worked his butt off in the offseason to get the strength back in that knee where he had his injury. That has been really encouraging."

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.

RaShaun Allen
The Seahawks have signed 11 players to future contracts, the team announced Wednesday.

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.

Garrett Griffin
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Brandon Coleman
The Saints drafted former Ohio State wide receiver Michael Thomas in the second round of the 2016 NFL Draft, and according to the New Orleans Times-Picayune, Thomas may be in line for immediate playing time.

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.

Dillon Lee
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Tony Carter
The Broncos tendered restricted free agent cornerback Tony Carter, enabling Denver to match any offer he receives, reports the team's website. Playing in eight games last season, Carter had five tackles and one pass knocked down.

His season highlight came against the Raiders when he recovered a fumble and returned it for a touchdown.

Josh Hill
Hill will remain with the Saints after the team exercised its right of first refusal on the offer sheet he signed with the Bears.

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.

Nick Fairley
Fairley will sign a one-year contract with the Saints, the Houston Chronicle reports.

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.

Jared Dangerfield
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Michael Thomas
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Austin Johnson
The Saints signed Johnson on Wednesday, the New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.

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.

Zach Strief
Despite drafting Stanford tackle Andrus Peat in the first round, Saints coach Sean Payton doesn't see him competing for a starting spot. 

"I don’t see that initially," Payton said, per

The Saints have veterans Zach Strief and Terron Armstead at the two tackle spots. 

"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. 

Kyle Wilson
The Saints have placed Wilson (undisclosed) on IR, the New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.

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.

Knee - IR. Out for season
Craig Robertson
Robertson has signed a three-year contract with the Saints.

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.

Damian Swann
Rookie cornerback Damian Swann has signed a four-year deal with the Saints, per the Baltimore Sun. It's worth $2.464 million.

The signing of the fifth-rounder leaves all New Orleans draftees in the fold aside from Andrus Peat.

Trae Elston
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Tim Lelito
Saints coach Sean Payton said at the annual NFL meeting that he doesn't think the moves the team has made this offseason have opened any holes in the starting lineup, indicating specifically that Tim Lelito would join Jahri Evans as the team's starting guards after the departure of Ben Grubbs, reports.

"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.

Justin Drescher
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P.J. Williams
Williams (hamstring) is competing for snaps at the nickel position in OTAs, Joel Erickson of the New Orleans Advocate reports.

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.

Hamstring - Probable for start of season
Stephone Anthony
The Saints announced plans to move Anthony from middle linebacker to strongside linebacker, reports

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.

Erik Harris
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Michael Hoomanawanui
The Saints and Hoomanawanui agreed to a three-year contract Tuesday, Alex Marvez of FOX Sports reports.

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.

Jamarca Sanford
Sanford has been placed on injured reserve with an undisclosed injury, reports.

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.

R.J. Harris
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Reggie Bell
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Mark Ingram
The Saints restructured Ingram's (shoulder) contract Wednesday, Mike Triplett of reports.

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.

Tommylee Lewis
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C.J. Wilson
Wilson was released by the Raiders on Saturday.

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.

Kai Forbath
The Saints will sign Barth, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

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.

Marcus Murphy
Murphy (ankle) was placed on injured reserve Wednesday, Mike Triplett of reports.

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.

Jake Lampman
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Tony Steward
Steward has been placed on injured reserve due to a back injury suffered in Sunday's win over Houston, reports.

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.

Back - Probable for start of season
James Laurinaitis
Laurinaitis has agreed to a deal with the Saints, Rand Getlin of reports.

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.

Chris Manhertz
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David Onyemata
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Willie Snead
Snead, who caught a touchdown pass from Drew Brees in OTAs on Tuesday, is expected to start at receiver for the Saints in 2016, according to the New Orleans Times-Picayune.

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.

Sheldon Rankins
The Saints selected Rankins in the first round of the 2016 NFL Draft, 12th overall.

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.

Kenny Vaccaro
The Saints picked up Vaccaro's fifth-year option for the 2017 season Tuesday, Albert Breer of NFL Network reports.

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.

Marcus Henry
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De'Vante Harris
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Luke McCown
The Saints and McCown agreed to a two-year, $3 million contract Thursday, Tom Pelissero of USA Today reports.

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.

D.J. Pettway
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Andrus Peat
The Saints agreed to terms on a contract with first-round draft pick Andrus Peat , GM Mickey Loomis announced on Thursday, per the team's web site

Peat was the 13th overall pick in the draft, out of Stanford. The offensive lineman agreed to a four-year deal. 

John Jenkins
The Saints announced a pair of roster moves on Saturday. The team elevated quarterback Ryan Griffin to the 53-man active roster and placed nose tackle John Jenkins on injured reserve with an abdominal injury.

Jenkins registered 30 combined tackles and a sack in 12 games played.

Hau'oli Kikaha
Kikaha has torn his ACL and will likely miss the entire 2016 season, Mike Garafolo of Fox Sports 1 reports.

Kikaha, who was a 2015 second-round pick out of Washington, was expected to start at defensive end across from Cameron Jordan for the Saints in 2016 after a rookie campaign in which he racked up 52 tackles, four sacks, two passes defensed, and four forced fumbles in 15 games. Bobby Richardson will be the next candidate in line to fill Kikaha's role after an unfortunate turn of events for New Orleans.

Thomas Morstead
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Coby Fleener
Fleener has signed a five-year deal with the Saints.

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.

Tyrus Thompson
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Lawrence Virgil
The Saints have ruled the following players inactive for Sunday's game against the Falcons: Seantavius Jones, Stanley Jean-Baptiste, Jamarca Sanford, Travaris Cadet, Moises Fokou, Lawrence Virgil and Terron Armstead.
Brandon Dixon
Buccaneers running backs Doug Martin (ankle) and Charles Sims (ankle) headline the Week 9 inactives for Sunday in Cleveland. Also injured and out are linebacker Brandon Magee (knee) and tackle Anthony Collins (foot).

The healthy scratches are cornerback Brandon Dixon and guard Kadeem Edwards.

Darryl Tapp
Tapp (ankle) is active for Sunday's game against the Bears.

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.

Max Unger
The Saints have traded tight end Jimmy Graham to the Seahawks in exchange for Max Unger and a Seattle first-round draft pick, the teams announced Tuesday. New Orleans will also part ways with their fourth-round selection. The trade is contingent on the players passing physicals.

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).

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Dannell Ellerbe
Ellerbe (undisclosed) said he will be 100 percent healthy for the start of training camp in late July, The Times-Picayune reports.

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.

Undisclosed - Probable for start of season
Vincent Brown
Brown is expected to sign with the Saints, ESPN's Adam Caplin reports.

Brown was released by the Chargers back in December after playing just one game last season. Over the course of his 38 career games played, Brown has caught 73 passes for 941 yards and three touchdowns. With numbers like those, Brown brings decent experience, but will have to compete for a place in the Saints' passing game over the course of this summer.

Kasim Edebali
Edabali is a candidate to start at defensive end in the wake of Hau'oli Kikaha's potentially season-ending knee injury, reports the New Orleans Times-Picayune. As a hybrid linebacker and defensive end, Edabali appeared in all 16 games in 2015, recording 21 tackles (18 solo) and five sacks in a reserve role.

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.

Keenan Lewis
Lewis (hernia) participated in team drills during the Saints' OTAs and should be ready for training camp, The Oregonian reports.

Lewis underwent sports hernia surgery in January, his third time under the knife since last season. Nonetheless, having taken reps in team drills just five months after the surgery bodes well for his availability for training camp. His return to the fold in the Saints' secondary should presumably bolster a unit that ranked near the bottom of the league in nearly every major defensive category in 2015, including an NFL-record 45 surrendered touchdown passes.

Knee - Probable for start of season
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