New Orleans Saints

Stadium: Mercedes-Benz Superdome | Coach: Sean Payton
Team RankingOverallRushingPassing
Offense1st108.9 (16th)317.1 (1st)
Defense27th101.6 (14th)273.8 (32nd)
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Roster
NoPlayerPosHeightWeightBirthdateExpCollege
66Allen, Jack C6-22969/24/19921Michigan State
50Anthony, Stephone OLB6-32457/28/19923Clemson
47Anzalone, Alex LB6-32409/22/1994RFlorida
72Armstead, Terron T6-53047/23/19915Arkansas-Pine Bluff
37Banjo, Chris CB5-102072/26/19904Southern Methodist
69Barnes, Khalif T6-63204/21/198212Washington
97Barrington, Sam (FA) LB6-124010/5/19905South Florida
48Bell, Vonn SS5-1120512/12/19942Ohio State
99Bighill, Adam LB5-1023010/16/19881Central Washington
40Breaux, Delvin CB6-119610/25/19893LSU
9Brees, Drew QB6-02051/15/197917Purdue
25Bush, Rafael DB5-112035/12/19877South Carolina State
31Byrd, Jairus (FA) FS5-1020310/7/19869Oregon
38Cadet, Travaris RB6-12102/1/19896Appalachian State
39Calhoun, Taveze CB6-019212/26/19921Mississippi State
16Coleman, Brandon WR6-62256/22/19923Rutgers
46Crawley, Ken CB6-11802/8/19932Colorado
10Daniel, Chase QB6-022510/7/19869Missouri
95Davison, Tyeler DT6-23099/23/19923Fresno State
49Dominguez, Chase LS6-52407/9/1994RUtah
47Drescher, Justin (FA) LS6-12351/1/19888Colorado
14Dural, Travin WR6-220611/19/1993RLSU
35Edmunds, Trey TE6-222312/30/1994RMaryland
59Ellerbe, Dannell OLB6-124511/29/19859Georgia
90Fairley, Nick DT6-43081/23/19887Auburn
82Fleener, Coby TE6-62519/20/19886Stanford
11Fuller, Corey WR6-22006/23/19904Virginia Tech
77Fullington, John G6-53005/30/19912Washington State
46Gafford, Thomas LS6-22501/29/198310Houston
19Ginn, Ted WR5-111804/12/198511Ohio State
18Grayson, Garrett QB6-22205/29/19912Colorado State
45Griffin, Garrett TE6-42403/4/19941Air Force
58Gwacham, Obum DE6-52463/20/19913Oregon State
80Harbor, Clay TE6-32407/2/19878Missouri State
41Harper, Roman (FA) SS6-120512/11/198212Alabama
30Harris, Erik DB6-32254/2/19902California (PA)
21Harris, De'Vante CB5-111906/30/19942Texas A&M
79Harris, Bryce T6-63001/16/19896Fresno State
91Hendrickson, Trey DE6-427012/5/1994RFlorida Atlantic
89Hill, Josh TE6-52505/21/19905Idaho State
84Hoomanawanui, Michael TE6-42657/4/19888Illinois
22Ingram, Mark RB5-921512/21/19897Alabama
 Jenkins, Alex DE6-62751/15/1993RIncarnate Word (Tex.)
94Jordan, Cameron DE6-42877/10/19897California
41Kamara, Alvin RB5-102157/25/1995RTennessee
65Kelemete, Senio G6-33005/10/19905Washington
49Keo, Shiloh (FA) DB5-1120812/17/19876Idaho
44Kikaha, Hau'oli OLB6-32467/24/19923Washington
53Klein, A.J. LB6-12407/30/19915Iowa State
 Kruger, Paul (FA) DE6-42702/15/19869Utah
29Kuhn, John FB6-02509/9/198212Shippensburg
15Lampman, Jake WR6-02056/11/19932Ferris State
36Lasco, Daniel RB6-120510/9/19922California
34Lattimore, Marshon CB6-01925/19/1996ROhio State
17Lawrence, Rashad WR6-22036/10/19921Northwestern
68Lawrence, Devaroe DT6-2294//RAuburn
61LeRibeus, Josh G6-23107/2/19895Southern Methodist
87Lewis, Tommylee WR5-716810/24/19922Northern Illinois
70Loewen, Mitchell DE6-52752/14/19931Arkansas
3Lutz, Wil K5-111847/7/19942Georgia State
96Mabry, Ashaad DT6-331511/4/19921Texas-San Antonio
37Maulet, Arthur CB5-10190//RMemphis
56Mauti, Michael (FA) OLB6-22431/19/19905Penn State
7McCown, Luke (FA) QB6-42177/12/198114Louisiana Tech
76McDaniel, Tony DT6-73051/20/198512Tennessee
24Moore, Sterling CB5-102022/3/19907Southern Methodist
6Morstead, Thomas P6-42353/8/19869Southern Methodist
97Muhammad, Al-Quadin DE6-4250//RMiami (Fla.)
23Murphy, Marcus RB5-919510/3/19913Missouri
2Nassib, Ryan QB6-22233/10/19905Syracuse
57Okafor, Alex DE6-42612/8/19915Texas
93Onyemata, David DT6-430011/13/19922Manitoba (Canada)
75Peat, Andrus G6-731611/4/19933Stanford
28Peterson, Adrian RB6-12203/21/198511Oklahoma
86Phillips, John TE6-52516/11/19879Virginia
71Ramczyk, Ryan T6-631411/30/1993RWisconsin
98Rankins, Sheldon DT6-23054/2/19942Louisville
52Robertson, Craig OLB6-12342/11/19886North Texas
39Robinson-Woodgett, John FB6-1247//RMassachusetts
33Sanford, Jamarca (FA) SS5-102008/27/19859Ole Miss
83Snead, Willie WR5-1119510/17/19923Ball State
 Stoneburner, Jake (FA) TE6-32618/25/19893Ohio State
64Strief, Zach T6-73209/22/198312Northwestern
54Stupar, Nate ILB6-22403/14/19885Penn State
27Swann, Damian CB6-018912/4/19923Georgia
55Tapp, Darryl DE6-12709/13/198412Virginia Tech
45Tautu, Sae LB6-32456/30/1992RBrigham Young
51Te'o, Manti LB6-12411/26/19915Notre Dame
35Therezie, Robenson FS5-92128/5/19913Auburn
88Thomas, Justin WR5-111853/15/1994RGeorgia Tech
13Thomas, Michael WR6-32123/3/19932Ohio State
63Tom, Cameron C6-42896/21/1995RSouthern Mississippi
57Trusnik, Jason (FA) LB6-42526/6/198410Ohio Northern
78Turner, Landon G6-43255/15/19932North Carolina
60Unger, Max C6-53054/14/19869Oregon
32Vaccaro, Kenny SS6-02142/15/19915Texas
67Warford, Larry G6-33176/18/19915Kentucky
62Watt, Chris G6-33108/17/19903Notre Dame
81Williams, Jordan WR6-32285/9/19941Ball State
25Williams, P.J. CB6-01966/1/19933Florida State
43Williams, Marcus SAF6-11959/8/1996RUtah
24Wilson, Kyle (FA) DB5-101909/8/19878Boise State
92Zimmer, Justin DT6-329210/23/19921Ferris State
Injured Players
 Arnold, Dan (IR) WR6-6220//RWis.-Platteville
Roster Analysis
TeamOLine Avg. HtOLine Avg. WtDLine Avg. HtDLine Avg. WtAvg. AgeYoungestOldest
New Orleans6-4311.36-3283.626.32038
 
 
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Position Listing
Trey Hendrickson
No Updates
Landon Turner
No Updates
Ryan Ramczyk
No Updates
Senio Kelemete
No Updates
Tyeler Davison
News
Davison (shoulder) is expected to return by training camp, Josh Katzenstein of The Times Picayune reports.

Davison underwent surgery in January to repair the torn labrum that impacted him throughout his rookie campaign. He's been rehabbing and recovering for months and is expected to be back in full for the start of training camp. When he returns he'll likely be the top backup at defensive tackle behind starters Sheldon Rankins and Nick Fairley.

Injury
Shoulder - Labrum - Questionable for Week 1 at Minnesota
Terron Armstead
News
Armstead will have surgery Monday to repair a torn labrum that will keep him sidelined for four-to-six months, NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports.

Armstead's injury is a crushing blow to the Saints offense, as the 25-year-old is already one of the NFL's best left tackles and also quarterback Drew Brees' blindside protector. His injury reportedly occurred during Wednesday's practice session and tests Thursday confirmed the unfortunately serious nature of his ailment. Given Armstead's extended timetable, he's likely to miss at least the first half of the upcoming campaign, which could force the Saints to turn to rookie first-rounder Ryan Ramczyk to fill his absence.

Arthur Maulet
No Updates
Roman Harper
News
The Saints plan to use Harper in a part-time role, where he will be deployed closer to the line of scrimmage as a blitzer and open-field tackler, reports ESPN.com.

Although he racked up 73 tackles as a starter last year in Carolina, Harper's reduced role comes as no surprise, as he was largely signed to provide veteran depth behind oft-injured safety Jairus Byrd. Even if Harper makes the Saints' final roster -- no guarantee given the team's depth at the position -- he likely will have only minimal fantasy value.

Clay Harbor
News
Harbor signed a contract with the Saints on Monday, NOLA.com's Josh Katzenstein reports.

Despite being 30 years old, Harbor participated in the Saints' rookie minicamp over the weekend and flashed enough to land a contract. However, he enters a crowded tight end corps and will need to earn himself a roster spot ahead of the regular-season opener.

Jack Allen
No Updates
Paul Kruger
News
Kruger had 25 tackles (19 solo) and 1.5 sacks in 16 games for the Saints last year. He also had one forced fumble and two fumble recoveries.

Hoping to catch lightning in a bottle, the Saints signed Kruger -- only two years removed from a 11-sack season in Cleveland -- a few days before the start of the season. While Kruger served as a useful real-life starter opposite Cameron Jordan, the veteran defensive end did little to warrant the attention of fantasy owners. A free agent this offseason, Kruger could still return to New Orleans, though the team will likely look to draft a young pass rusher even if he re-signs. Regardless, with only four total sacks over his last two seasons, Kruger is unlikely to be a contributor to fantasy teams in 2017 no matter where he lands this offseason.

Delvin Breaux
News
Breaux (shoulder) has been fully healthy since January or February, ESPN's Mike Triplett reports.

Breaux was limited to six games in 2016 due to a broken fibula and a season-ending shoulder injury. However, he's been a full participant in offseason practices and appears ready to open training camp as the Saints' top corner.

Ken Crawley
News
Crawley (kneecap) was placed on injured reserve Saturday, Josh Katzenstein of The Times-Picayune reports.

This move is more so a formality with Crawley already expected to be out of commission for the next 6-to-8 weeks with a dislocated kneecap. Taveze Calhoun was promoted to the active roster Saturday in Crawley's place.

Injury
Kneecap - Questionable for Week 1 at Minnesota
Justin Zimmer
No Updates
Mitchell Loewen
News
Loewen spent the 2016 season on the non-football injury list due to a foot injury, Evan Woodbury of NOLA.com reports.

Loewen signed with Saints in May as an undrafted free agent, but was spotted wearing a walking boot on his foot later that month. Ultimately, he was waived and placed on the non-football injury list. Loewen will look to secure a 53-man roster spot during the 2017 preaseason.

Injury
Foot - Questionable for Week 1 at Minnesota
Cameron Jordan
News
Jordan had 58 tackles (40 solo), 7.5 sacks, and a fumble recovery in 16 games in 2016.

Jordan's 7.5-sack season may appear underwhelming at first glance, but his low sack total does not tell the whole story. Rather, the two-time Pro Bowler quietly excelled as both a pass rusher and run defender in 2016. His 58 tackles ranked seventh in the NFL among defensive ends, and Jordan tied for the NFL lead with 16 tackles for loss. He also ranked in the top 10 with 21 quarterback hits and five batted passes. In fact, the scouting service Pro Football Focus consistently ranked Jordan among the top edge rushers in the NFL all season. Jordan is still in his prime -- he will be 28 years old in July -- and should be one of the top defensive ends off the board in IDP leagues next season.

Trey Edmunds
No Updates
Nate Stupar
News
Stupar made seven tackles (all solo) and forced a fumble that he would also recover in Sunday's win against the 49ers.

A week after making a diving interception, Stupar again made the most of his opportunities. With James Laurinaitis (quadriceps) being placed in Injured Reserve and Dannell Ellerbe (quadriceps) suffering a setback in his injury recovery, Stupar should continue to see significant playing time and he has quietly averaged seven tackles per games over the Saints' last five contests. He's worth a look in many IDP leagues.

Jordan Williams
News
Williams signed a reserve/future contract with the Saints earlier this month, reports the New Orleans Times-Picayune.

Williams, who is listed at 6-2, 216 pounds, played at Ball State and joined the Saints as an undrafted free agent last season. He spent time in training camp with the Saints before signing with the practice squad in September 2016. Williams will compete for a roster spot next season but is not expected to be a fantasy contributor.

Josh LeRibeus
No Updates
Michael Mauti
News
Mauti, who has dealt with ulcerative colitis since his senior year at Penn State, hopes to return in 2017 following three surgeries, Mike Triplett of ESPN.com reports.

Mauti is currently a free agent and is progressing through his recovery, but he has remained in touch with the Saints while he continues to gain weight in hopes of returning to his usual playing weight. He's still limited in terms of physical activity, but he's expecting to resume full training sometime in May.

Injury
Illness - Questionable for Week 1 at Minnesota
Daniel Lasco
News
Lasco gained 32 yards on 11 carries and added two catches for 11 yards in seven games in 2016.

Lasco was one of the last players to claim a roster spot out of training camp, but the seventh-round draft pick was limited by injuries during much of his rookie campaign and had only minimal offensive impact. Still, the ultra-athletic running back remains an intriguing dynasty prospect. Starter Mark Ingram will almost certainly return in 2017, but both Tim Hightower and Travaris Cadet will be unrestricted free agents this offseason, which could open the door for Lasco to play a larger role in the Saints offense next season.

Justin Thomas
No Updates
Sam Barrington
News
Barrington signed a contract with the Saints on Wednesday, Herbie Teope of the New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.

A seventh-round pick by the Packers in the 2013 NFL Draft, Barrington spent his first three seasons in Green Bay, before signing with the Chiefs at the start of the 2016 campaign. However, he only took the field for two games with the Chiefs before being waived, as the team had more pressing needs and Barrington was unable to impress in limited action. That said, the Saints needed some additional help at middle linebacker with James Laurinaitis (quad) heading to IR, so look for Barrington to offer some much needed depth.

Vonn Bell
News
Bell (wrist) returned to practice for Thursday's OTA session, Josh Katzenstein of the Times-Picayune reports.

Bell was held out of the entirety of last week's OTAs, but his wrist injury was never considered serious and he's now back with the team. He should be good to go moving forward and after posting 87 tackles, 1.0 sack and two forced fumbles across 16 games (14 starts) during his rookie season, Bell should be back in a similar role with the top unit.

Obum Gwacham
News
Gwacham has generated some buzz this offseason, according to Mike Triplett of ESPN.com, 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.

Injury
Undisclosed - Questionable for Week 1 at Minnesota
Travaris Cadet
News
Cadet will have to compete with 2017 third-round selection Alvin Kamara for snaps on passing downs, Nick Underhill of The New Orleans Advocate reports.

The Saints surrendered a 2018 second-round pick to move up for Kamara, who caught 40 passes for 392 yards and four touchdowns last season at the University of Tennessee while serving as the lightning to Jalen Hurd's thunder. The team made far less of an investment in Cadet, who re-signed on a one-year contract with a signing bonus of only $80,000. While he'll likely get a shot to retain his pass-catching role, Cadet could find himself on the wrong side of the roster bubble if Kamara impresses during training camp and the preseason. Kamara, Mark Ingram and Adrian Peterson are locks for the final roster, potentially leaving Cadet to compete with Daniel Lasco and Marcus Murphy for a spot that could be decided on the basis of special teams value.

Garrett Grayson
News
Grayson signed a reserve/future contract with the Saints earlier this month, reports the New Orleans Times-Picayune.

Grayson was the Saints' third-round pick in the 2015 NFL Draft, but he spent the past season on the team's practice squad after failing to crack the final 53-man roster out of training camp. The 6-2, 220-pound quarterback out of Colorado State has not developed as quickly as the Saints have hoped, and he will presumably be given one last chance to earn a roster spot as Drew Brees' backup next season.

Jairus Byrd
News
Byrd will be released by the Saints at the start of free agency, NFL Network's Ian Rapaport reports.

Despite his production on the field, Byrd's price tag ultimately became too big of a burden for the Saints. The eight-year vet was slated to earn $7.9 million this year and $22.9 million over the next three years. Byrd tallied 82 tackles in 2016, but with the emergence of Von Bell in the secondary, New Orleans decided to part ways with the 30-year-old sooner rather than later.

Dan Arnold
Injury
Undisclosed - Injured Reserve
A.J. Klein
News
Klein signed a three-year, $15 million contract with the Saints on Thursday, Mike Triplett of ESPN reports.

Klein was expected to sign with the Saints, but had to wait until the new league year began on Thursday to make the deal official. Klein backed up Luke Kuechly during his time with the Panthers and will now be looking for a larger role in New Orleans. The Saints were a middle-of-the-pack rushing defense in 2016 and will look to Klein to provide a run-stuffing threat in the middle of the defense.

Manti Te'o
News
Te'o (Achilles) has agreed to a two-year deal with the Saints, ESPN.com's Mike Triplett reports.

Looking to bounce back from a torn Achilles suffered in September, the 26-year-old linebacker will join a Saints defense that seemingly has bigger issues than its linebacking corps. While there appears to be ample competition at the position, the Saints don't have any proven standout performers, which means Te'o should at least have the opportunity to compete for a starting job. He started 34 of his 38 games during a four-year run in San Diego, with injuries limiting him to 13 or fewer appearances each season, though he still averaged 5.8 tackles per game.

Injury
Achilles - Questionable for Week 1 at Minnesota
Drew Brees
News
Head coach Sean Payton said Brees plans to play for two-to-four more seasons, NOLA.com's Larry Holder reports.

Brees celebrated his 38th birthday two weeks after the end of the 2016 season -- a campaign in which he threw for 5,208 yards and 37 touchdowns. There was talk of his decline early in the 2015 season, but he 's since proven beyond a shadow of doubt that he's still one of the best quarterbacks in the league. As always, the Saints are looking to rebuild their defense in the offseason, hoping to put a competitive roster around Brees for the first time since 2013. The team did trade wideout Brandin Cooks to the Patriots, but with Michael Thomas and Willie Snead joined out wide by free-agent signing Tedd Ginn, the 38-year-old quarterback shouldn't have any trouble finding open receivers. He should have at least two or three more years left in the tank, assuming he wants to keep playing.

Ashaad Mabry
News
The Saints will release safety Kenny Phillips and defensive tackle Ashaad Mabry, according to ESPN.com.
John Fullington
No Updates
Travin Dural
News
Dural (undisclosed) was placed on the Saints' non-football injury list.

Dural, who signed with New Orleans in May after going undrafted out of LSU, will still count against the Saints' 90-man roster while on this list. It isn't clear how he was injured or what sort of injury he's dealing with so it's completely unknown when he'll be healthy again.

Injury
Undisclosed - Out for Week 1 at Minnesota
Rashad Lawrence
News
Lawrence signed a reserve/future contract with the Saints on Tuesday, Herbie Teope of The Times-Picayune reports.

Lawrence spent time with the Jaguars practice squad in 2016 but he never managed to see any game action. He'll look to secure a spot at the bottom of the Saints' receiving depth chart in 2017.

Ryan Nassib
News
Nassib signed a contract with the Saints on Monday, Ian Rapoport of NFL.com reports.

After being released by the Giants earlier this offseason, Nassib heads down to New Orleans to compete with Chase Daniels and Garrett Grayson for a spot behind Drew Brees on the depth chart. The former fourth-round selection has only attempted 10 regular-season passes over the past four years with the Giants.

Garrett Griffin
News
Griffin signed a reserve/future contract with the Saints earlier this month, reports the New Orleans Times-Picayune.

Griffin originally joined the Saints in early June 2016 following a successful tryout during rookie minicamp in May. The 6-4, 240-pound tight end, who played collegiately at the U.S. Air Force Academy, spent most of the season on the team's practice squad after failing to crack the final 53-man roster out of training camp. Griffin will compete for a roster spot next season as the Saints' third-string tight end behind Coby Fleener and Josh Hill.

Taveze Calhoun
News
Calhoun was promoted to the active roster Saturday, Josh Katzenstein of The Times-Picayune reports.

Calhoun hasn't played a professional snap, but that could change Sunday against the Falcons since the Saints are dealing with a hefty amount of injuries to their secondary. The rookie received the promotion because Ken Crawley (kneecap) was placed on injured reserve Saturday.

Brandon Coleman
News
Coleman has signed a one-year, $615,000 tender with the Saints, Josh Katzenstein of NOLA.com reports.

Coleman will stay in New Orleans through the 2017 season. The third-year wideout was relatively quiet in the passing game last year, recording 26 catches for 281 yards and three touchdowns. Coleman was more valuable in the rushing game, where he served, and will continue to serve, as one of New Orleans' best run-blocking wide receivers.

Josh Hill
News
Hill (leg) was present at the Saints' training facility Monday for the start of the team's offseason workout program, reports Josh Katzenstein of the Times-Picayune. Hill broke his fibula last December was finished the season on injured reserved.

In addition to his broken leg, Hill was also sidelined early in the season with a sprained ankle. In all, the tight end appeared in only nine games in 2016, finishing with 15 receptions for 149 yards and a touchdown. While his overall numbers were underwhelming, Hill quietly become a key member of the Saints offense as a versatile blocker and occasional pass catcher in his fourth season. In fact, he was playing about 66 percent of New Orleans' snaps over the seven games before he suffered the season-ending injury -- a likely contributing factor to fellow tight end Coby Fleener's disappointing first year in New Orleans. Assuming Hill is at full strength, which is likely given the nature of his injury, he should again see significant playing time for the Saints.

Injury
Lower Leg - Questionable for Week 1 at Minnesota
Chase Dominguez
No Updates
Sterling Moore
News
Moore signed a one-year contract with the Saints on Tuesday, Jenna Laine of ESPN.com reports.

Moore will remain in New Orleans, where he recorded 56 tackles, 13 pass deflections and two interceptions through 13 games last season. He'll likely compete with Delvin Breaux and P.J. Williams for a starting gig at cornerback.

Nick Fairley
News
Fairley (illness) was placed on the Saints' reserve/non-football injury list Monday, effectively ending his 2017 campaign, Adam Schefter of ESPN.com reports.

Fairley's future in the league has been put into serious question due to his heart condition, which was first revealed earlier this month. The issue comes just a year after the 29-year-old recorded career highs with 43 tackles (29 solo) and 6.5 sacks across 16 games in New Orleans. It's a devastating blow for the Saints defense, and Fairley's absence leaves David Onyemata and Tony McDaniel as the frontrunners to fill in for him along the line. At this point, it seems like the safest option for Fairley is to hang up the cleats for good.

Injury
Illness - Out for Week 1 at Minnesota
Michael Thomas
News
Thomas reported for OTAs at 220 pounds, up from last year's playing weight of 210, John DeShazier of the Saints' official site reports.

Players often add significant muscle mass during their first full offseason in an NFL strength program, and it seems the 6-foot-3 Thomas has filled out his frame to what's essentially the ideal size for a wide receiver. Coming off one of the most productive campaigns by a rookie pass catcher in league history, Thomas is locked in as the top option in a prolific aerial attack that downgraded from Brandin Cooks to Ted Ginn on the opposite side. While the team may try to run more often after adding Adrian Peterson to the backfield, Thomas and Willie Snead shouldn't lack for targets in an offense that's attempted 650 or more passes in each of the last seven seasons. Even if the Saints drop that number closer to 600, as they presumably hope to, Thomas should have a high enough target share to ensure that volume isn't a problem.

Sae Tautu
No Updates
John Phillips
News
Phillips will re-sign with the team for the 2017 season, Nick Underhill of The Advocate reports.

Phillips was claimed by the Saints in November of 2016 after being released by the Broncos. In eight appearances with the team, he recorded five catches for 32 yards. He'll look to build on that performance as he continues in his role as a depth tight end in 2017.

Zach Strief
No Updates
Kyle Wilson
News
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.

Injury
Undisclosed - Questionable for Week 1 at Minnesota
Craig Robertson
News
Robertson had 115 tackles (71 solo), one sack, one interception, and two fumble recoveries in 15 games in 2016.

In his first season in New Orleans, Robertson surprisingly led the Saints in tackles, starting at outside linebacker to start the year while Dannell Ellerbe was hurt and later at middle linebacker when James Laurinaitis succumbed to injury. Robertson's production waned at the end of the season, perhaps as a result of a nagging shoulder injury, but the versatile linebacker is under contract for the next two seasons and should compete for a starting role in 2017.

Damian Swann
News
Swann (undisclosed) was placed on season-ending IR Wednesday, Herbie Teope of NOLA.com reports.

Swann took a trip to Philadelphia two days ago to have an undisclosed injury evaluated. It's relatively unknown what the 23-year-old is dealing with, but there is some speculation that it could be a muscle-induced injury. Swann was expected to serve as a depth corner for the Saints in 2016. Cortland Finnegan and Brian Dixon are likely to see a boost in playing time during his absence.

Injury
Undisclosed - Questionable for Week 1 at Minnesota
Adrian Peterson
News
Peterson has drawn heavy praise from his new teammates for his performance through offseason practices thus far, Jeff Duncan of The Times-Picayune reports.

Peterson is coming off his second knee surgery in three years, but those prior complications haven't prevented him from being his explosive self during his first few practices as a Saint. The 32-year-old hasn't lost a step, according to his teammates, who've widely agreed that he brings a new dimension to their offense. Set to play on a two-year, $7 million contract, Peterson's role is yet to be defined, but if early indications of the veteran's fitness level prove true, Mark Ingram could face stiff competition for lead-back duties in New Orleans.

Justin Drescher
No Updates
P.J. Williams
News
Williams has been fully cleared for the start of the Saints' offseason workout program, Herbie Teope of the New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.

Williams' problems with a concussion saw him placed on injured reserve after playing just two games last season. After that extended period of rest, the 23-year-old has thankfully rid himself of any symptoms, thus clearing him to rejoin his teammates to start this offseason. As it stands, Williams is projected to start at cornerback for the Saints, but it'd be shocking if the team didn't add competition at the position before training camp kicks off.

Corey Fuller
News
Fuller (coach's decision) is inactive for Sunday's Week 17 tilt versus the Falcons, the team's official site reports.

Fuller will take a seat for the second time in the two weeks since he joined the Saints. The usual foursome of Brandin Cooks, Willie Snead, Michael Thomas and Brandon Coleman will serve as Drew Brees' top wideout targets.

Stephone Anthony
News
Anthony is showing an improved understanding of the defense, Nick Underhill of The New Orleans Advocate reports. "The more and more he receives reps in the scheme, the more and more he is getting comfortable with not only the calls but also the identifications, offensive formations, run or pass. I think that is going well," head coach Sean Payton said.

After a solid rookie season in which Anthony led the Saints with 112 tackles, he played himself out of a starting job in 2016 before ultimately ending the season on injured reserve with a knee injury. However, he's now back to health and has been rotating in as the starting middle linebacker with A.J. Klein during offseason practices. The Saints are hoping their 2015 first-rounder will earn playing time for himself this upcoming season, so look for the team to give him every chance in training camp and the preseason to do so.

Ted Ginn
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Head coach Sean Payton said he has a clear vision for how the team will use Ginn, the Saints' official site reports. "I see [Ginn] playing at flanker," said Payton. "I see him being a guy that can take the top off the coverage. I like what this guy does."

It sounds like Ginn will have a spot on the outside across from Michael Thomas in three-wide formations, with Willie Snead manning the slot. The plan could change if the Saints use a high draft pick on a receiver, but the team is expected to go defense-heavy in the early rounds. In addition to his key role in the offense, Ginn likely will be in the mix for punt and/or kick return duties, an area in which he provided much value earlier in his career. Although he'll celebrate his 32nd birthday prior to the 2017 draft, Ginn is still one of the fastest receivers in the league, and he's become more of a threat on offense over the past few seasons.

Erik Harris
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Harris will participate in the Saints' offseason conditioning program, reports ESPN's Mike Triplett. He is also expected to be a full-go in time for training camp after tearing his ACL this past October.

Harris, who spent the prior three years in the Canadian Football League, earned a roster spot with New Orleans last year but appeared in only four games, netting one tackle before suffering a season-ending knee injury. Even if Harris is able to return from injury at full strength, he will have to compete for a roster spot at a crowded safety position.

Injury
Knee - ACL - Questionable for Week 1 at Minnesota
Michael Hoomanawanui
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Hoomanawanui (ankle) has been cleared to take part in the Saints' offseason workout program, which begins Monday, Herbie Teope of the New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.

The veteran tight end missed the entire 2016 season with a high-ankle injury, which he suffered during the Saints' third preseason game. It appears that having the last seven months off has provided ample recovery time for Hoomanawanui, who logged 11 catches for 79 yards and three touchdowns in his last healthy campaign with the Saints in 2015. He'll likely offer most of his impact as a blocker if he's able to secure a roster spot out of training camp this fall.

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

Injury
Undisclosed - Questionable for Week 1 at Minnesota
Rafael Bush
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Bush agreed to terms with the Saints on Thursday, Josh Katzenstein of NOLA.com reports.

Bush played for the Saints from 2012-15, but spent last season with the Lions, starting four games and playing the remaining 12 as the team's No. 3 safety. He recorded 53 tackles and two interceptions, returning one of them for a touchdown. Bush is 30 years old, and while he may not start ahead of Kenny Vaccaro and Vonn Bell, he should still see a significant amount of snaps and act as a veteran presence on New Orleans defense.

Mark Ingram
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With the Saints signing Adrian Peterson (knee) last week and drafting tailback Alvin Kamara in the third round of the NFL Draft, The Times-Picayune's Larry Holder speculates that the team's likely plan is to deploy a three-headed attack at running back similar to the Saints' potent 2009 and 2011 backfields.

Both the 2009 and 2011 teams finished sixth in the league in rushing, but head coach Sean Payton's three-man committees were a nightmare for fantasy owners, with no Saints running back scoring more than six touchdowns or rushing for 800 yards. This year, it;s expected that Ingram and Peterson will serve as the more traditional between-the-tackles running backs, while Kamara will compete with Travaris Cadet to be the third-down or satellite back. However, it is still unclear how the touches between the backs will be divided. After rushing for a career-high 1,043 yards and scoring 10 total touchdowns, Ingram is likely to see the most snaps given his familiarity with the Saints' system, but he will undoubtedly lose carries to Peterson and receptions to Kamara or Cadet, hampering his value.

Alex Anzalone
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The Saints selected Anzalone in the third round of the 2017 NFL Draft, 76th overall.

Anzalone is a bit of a durability worry, but when healthy he was a standout contributor on Florida's dominant defense. He's a very good athlete at the least, running a 4.63-second 40 at 6-foot-3, 241 pounds. He's not necessarily likely to start as a rookie, but the Saints are weak enough at linebacker that it shouldn't be ruled out.

Larry Warford
No Updates
Adam Bighill
No Updates
Tommylee Lewis
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Lewis finished the 2016 season with seven receptions for 76 yards and three carries for 11 yards. He also had 152 yards on eight kickoff returns and 160 yards on 14 punt returns.

Lewis made the Saints' final 53-man roster out of training camp as an undrafted free agent from Northern Illinois. Although he's listed at only five-foot-seven, Lewis is an explosive athlete who lined up all over the field for the Saints. He particularly excelled as a returner, averaging over 11 yards per punt return and 19 yards per kickoff return. Lewis faces an uphill battle for playing time due to a crowded wide receiver depth chart, but the diminutive dynamo should enter the offseason as the favorite to return kicks for the Saints in 2017.

Shiloh Keo
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Keo was cut by the Saints on Monday, ESPN's Field Yates reports.

Keo, who operated near exclusively on special teams last season, re-signed with the Saints on a one-year deal back in March at the veteran minimum. Fortunately, the five-year veteran still has plenty of time to land another contract before team training camps start up in late July.

Marcus Murphy
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Murphy appeared in only three games in 2016, gaining 105 yards on seven kickoff returns and 57 yards on six punt returns. He also caught one pass for three yards but did not receive a carry.

The writing is probably on the wall for Murphy, the Saints' seventh-round draft pick in 2015, who was last seen fumbling a kickoff out of bounds at the one-yard line in Week 11 last season. Murphy showed some flashes in the return game, but he is unlikely to return to New Orleans in 2017.

Jake Lampman
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Lampman (coach's decision) is inactive for Sunday's Week 17 tilt versus the Falcons, the team's official site reports.

Lampman finds himself with his usual inactive designation, with Brandin Cooks, Willie Snead, Michael Thomas and Brandon Coleman all active for the Saints.

Jason Trusnik
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Trusnik signed a contract Wednesday with the Saints, Tom Pelissero of USA Today reports.

Trusnik will provide the Saints with some depth at outside linebacker, but he's expected to make his biggest impact with New Orleans' special teams units. The 32-year-old has been out of the NFL this season after appearing in eight games with the Vikings in 2015.

David Onyemata
No Updates
Willie Snead
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Snead reported Monday for the start of the Saints' offseason program, ESPN's Mike Triplett reports.

Snead rejoined his teammates, despite not having signed his exclusive-rights tender, which would earn him only $615,000 this season. After catching 141 passes for 1,879 yards and seven touchdowns in two seasons since entering the league, he's clearly more valuable than that -- especially to the Saints, who traded wideout Brandin Cooks this offseason. With that in mind, Snead has decided to show faith in the belief he and New Orleans can reach a long-term deal in the near future, thus making any holdout from team activities unnecessary.

John Robinson-Woodgett
No Updates
Sheldon Rankins
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Rankins strained his Achilles in Sunday's loss to the Falcons but should be ready for offseason work, John Katzenstein of the Times-Picayune reports.

Rankins, who suffered a leg injury during training camp this season, spent half of the season on the sideline, but was able to return to the field in Week 9. In nine games with the team, the first-round pick notched 20 tackles, four sacks, and one forced fumble. He'll now turn his focus to returning from the Achilles injury in time for offseason workouts.

Injury
Achilles - Questionable for Week 1 at Minnesota
Kenny Vaccaro
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Vaccaro has been suspended for violating the NFL's PED policy and will miss the remainder of the regular season.

Vaccaro has been suspended for four games and decided to serve the suspension immedietly rather than fight it to avoid it possibly carrying over to next season. If the Saints manage to make the playoffs he'll be eligible to play then. Vaccaro will wrap up the regular season with 51 tackles, five passes defensed, two interceptions, two forced fumbles, and one sack in 11 games played.

Alex Jenkins
No Updates
Robenson Therezie
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Therezie was released by the Falcons on Thursday, the team's official site reports.

Therezie had spent the last two seasons with the Falcons, recording 26 tackles in 25 games.

Chase Daniel
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Daniel signed a contract with the Saints on Wednesday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Daniel was cut by the Eagles two weeks ago, just one year into a three-year, $21 million contract with the team. His deal with New Orleans is believed to be for just one season. He'll compete with Luke McCown and Garrett Grayson for the top backup position behind starting quarterback Drew Brees.

Tony McDaniel
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McDaniel signed a contract with the Saints on Thursday, Marc Sessler of Around the NFL reports.

McDaniel had one of his best seasons in 2016, recording 43 tackles and three passes defensed while with the Seahawks. He'll likely compete with Tyeler Davison and David Onyemata for the top backup spot at defensive tackle, and he could even compete for a starting role if Nick Fairley (heart) is unable to play.

Devaroe Lawrence
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Lawrence (undisclosed) was placed on the non-football injury list Friday, Mark Inabinett of AL.com reports.

It isn't clear what injury Lawrence is tending to, but the Auburn product did have season-ending knee surgery last December during his final season with the Tigers. He'll be able to join the team in training camp whenever he receives medical clearance.

Injury
Undisclosed - Out for Week 1 at Minnesota
De'Vante Harris
No Updates
Cameron Tom
No Updates
Luke McCown
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The Saints plan to release McCown on Wednesday, Josh Katzenstein of the New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.

McCown became expendable following the Saints' offseason signing of Chase Daniel, who will serve as the top backup to Drew Brees during the upcoming season. With Brees starting every game in 2016, McCown failed to see the field. The 35-year-old will look to find a home elsewhere as a depth option.

Jake Stoneburner
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The Saints opted to release Stoneburner on Monday, The New Orleans Advocate reports.

Stoneburner signed a reserve/future contract with the team following the conclusion of the 2017 season. Prior to the that, he was inked to the team's practice squad due to a rash of injuries at the position. The Ohio State product entered the league in 2012 as an undrafted free agent. Along with the Saints, he has spent time with the Packers, Dolphins, and Rams.

John Kuhn
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Kuhn re-signed to a one-year deal with the Saints on Friday, Herbie Teope of NOLA.com reports.

Kuhn, who will turn 35 at the beginning of the upcoming season, is returning to New Orleans for at least one more season. The veteran fullback totaled 37 yards and four touchdowns on 18 carries to go along with 16 receptions for 70 yards and a touchdown in his first season with the team. He doesn't receive a ton of touches, but has solidified himself as goal line threat and safety blanket for Drew Brees, which does raise his fantasy value for deeper leagues.

Wil Lutz
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Lutz made 28-of-34 field goals and 49-of-50 extra points in 2016.

Lutz capped an eventful rookie season by making 33 consecutive successful kicks -- 13 field goals and 20 extra points -- which came came on the heels of a stretch that included two blocks returned for scores, including the game-deciding points in a loss to the Broncos. Backed by the Saints' high-powered offense, which led the league in yards per game and was second in scoring, Lutz finished fifth among kickers in total scoring in 2016. With a booming leg and, presumably, another year with quarterback Drew Brees at the helm of the offense, Lutz should again be a fantasy asset in 2017.

Bryce Harris
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Harris signed a contract with the Saints on Monday, Herbie Teope of NOLA.com reports.

Harris attended the Saints' three-day rookie minicamp on a tryout basis and showed enough potential to land a contract. He'll look to secure a depth role, likely at tackle, ahead of the season opener.

Chris Watt
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Watt (knee) signed a contract with the Saints on Monday.

Watt was waived by the Chargers, where he was selected in the third round of the 2014 NFL Draft, halfway through last season as he missed the entire year with a knee injury. He'll now compete for a reserve role on the Saints offensive line.

Injury
Knee - Questionable for Week 1 at Minnesota
Marcus Williams
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The Saints selected Williams in the second round of the 2017 NFL Draft, 42nd overall.

Williams was a ballhawk on a tough Utah defense, finishing 2016 with five interceptions. He went on to show well at the Combine, running a 4.56-second 40-yard dash at 6-foot-1, 202 pounds, adding a 43.5-inch vertical and 129-inch broad jump. He might not play much as a rookie with Kenny Vaccaro and Vonn Bell already at safety in New Orleans.

Alvin Kamara
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During portions of practice in last week's minicamp, Kamara would split off and work with the receivers instead of the running backs, reports Mike Triplett of ESPN.com.

Kamara has impressed during minicamp and OTAs, and the Saints were thrilled to land the Tennessee product with the 67th pick in this year's draft, viewing him as a pass-catching "joker" back in the mold of Darren Sproles and Reggie Bush. In fact, the Saints appear to even be considering lining Kamara up at receiver at times in order to get him on the field as much as possible. With both Mark Ingram and Adrian Peterson ahead of him on the depth chart, it seems unlikely that the rookie will receive many carries, but Kamara should slide into a pass-catching role in the Saints' high-powered offense, which makes him an interesting sleeper in PPR leagues.

Khalif Barnes
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Barnes was re-signed by the Saints on Wednesday, Herbie Teope of the New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.

Barnes was released earlier so the Saints had room for Lance Moore, who wanted to retire as a Saint. Now back on the roster, Barnes will look to make the team as a depth option on the offensive line.

Andrus Peat
No Updates
Hau'oli Kikaha
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Kikaha (knee) is aiming to be fully recovered in time for training camp, Herbie Teope of The Times-Picayune reports.

Kikaha tore his ACL during OTAs over a year ago but is inching closer and closer to taking the field once again. Look for more updates to come when training camp nears, as the defensive lineman will likely remain doing limited repetitions for the remainder of minicamp.

Injury
Knee - ACL - Questionable for Week 1 at Minnesota
Thomas Morstead
No Updates
Coby Fleener
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Head coach Sean Payton expects Fleener to improve in his second year with the Saints, NOLA.com's Larry Holder reports.

Signed to a five-year, $36 million contract last offseason, Fleener ultimately struggled with the same kind of inconsistency that plagued him throughout his four-year stint in Indianapolis. His mark of 12.6 yards per reception was strong for his position, but he only scored four total touchdowns while catching 50 of 82 targets (61 percent), which is far below expectations for the top tight end in a Drew Brees offense. Perhaps most discouraging, Fleener was a total non-factor toward the end of the season, catching eight passes for 84 yards over the final four weeks. It's reasonable to expect some improvement in his second year in the New Orleans attack, but Fleener has never been particularly efficient on a per-target basis, despite benefiting from strong quarterback play throughout his career.

Thomas Gafford
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Gafford signed a contract with the Saints on Friday.

Gafford replaces fellow long snapper Jesse Schmitt, who was waived in a corresponding move.

Darryl Tapp
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Tapp re-signed with the Saints on Thursday, Larry Holder of The Times-Picayune reports.

Tapp will be entering his 12th NFL season in 2017. In 2016, his first year with New Orleans, Tapp played in all 16 games, recording 17 tackles, including 0.5 sacks. He'll likely be a backup player once again in the upcoming campaign.

Chris Banjo
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Banjo agreed to a two-year contract extension with the Saints on Tuesday, Mike Garafolo of NFL.com reports.

Banjo opened the 2016 season with the Packers. However, he was eventually released by the team with an injury settlement and ended up signing with the Saints in November once he was back to full strength. He went on to play in seven games for the Saints, logging five total tackles. Banjo does most of his work on special teams, however, which likely will keep his fantasy outlook low heading into the 2017 campaign.

Max Unger
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Unger (foot) is hopeful to be ready for action in Week 1, Josh Katzenstein of The Times-Picayune reports.

Unger suffered a Lisfranc injury in Week 13 of last season. The original plan was to simply allow it time to heal, but he ultimately ended up having surgery in May. It is doubtful he participates in any preseason games, but his goal is to be ready for the start of the season.

Injury
Foot - Questionable for Week 1 at Minnesota
Alex Okafor
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Okafor is one of the leading candidates to start at defensive end for the Saints, according to Mike Triplett of ESPN.com.

The Saints signed Okafor this offseason after he spent the last four seasons in Arizona, where he played outside linebacker in the Cardinals' 3-4 scheme. The 26-year-old has showed flashes of dynamic ability when healthy. He had eight sacks in 2014 but managed just 13 tackles and 3.5 sacks in 2016. The Saints have struggled for years to find a serviceable starter at defensive end opposite Pro Bowler Cameron Jordan, but the team seem content allowing the unproven Okafor to compete for a starting gig with third-year pro Hau'oli Kikaha, who missed all of last season with an ACL injury, and third-round draft pick Trey Hendrickson.

Dannell Ellerbe
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Ellerbe is dealing with a foot injury which forced him to miss OTAs last week, but the it doesn't appear to be long-term, Nick Underhill of The Advocate reports.

The linebacker is expected to return for training camp, so look for more updates to come during that time.

Injury
Foot - Questionable for Week 1 at Minnesota
Marshon Lattimore
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The Saints selected Lattimore in the first round of the 2017 NFL Draft, 11th overall.

The Saints got lucky here, snagging the draft's top cornerback prospect at anywhere from eight to six spots later than he was almost universally expected to go. Their pass defense could certainly use some help, and now they get the best they could have asked for. As a corner, however, Lattimore is unlikely to make an IDP impact

Al-Quadin Muhammad
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The Saints selected Muhammad in the sixth round of the 2017 NFL Draft, 196th overall.

Muhammad (6-foot-3, 253 pounds) is an edge defender who showed promise early in his Miami (FL) career before character issues derailed his college career. He was dismissed from the team for the 2016 season and didn't play elsewhere, which may have contributed to his disappointing workout numbers (4.88-second 40-yard dash).

 

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