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
 Allen, Jack C6-22969/24/1992RMichigan State
50Anthony, Stephone LB6-32457/28/19922Clemson
72Armstead, Terron T6-53047/23/19914Arkansas-Pine Bluff
37Banjo, Chris DB5-102072/26/19903Southern Methodist
97Barrington, Sam LB6-124010/5/19904South Florida
48Bell, Vonn SAF5-1120512/12/1994ROhio State
 Bighill, Adam LB5-1023010/16/1988RCentral Washington
40Breaux, Delvin CB6-119610/25/19892Louisiana State
9Brees, Drew QB6-02091/15/197916Purdue
31Byrd, Jairus DB5-1020310/7/19868Oregon
38Cadet, Travaris RB6-12102/1/19895Appalachian State
39Calhoun, Taveze CB6-118812/26/1992RMississippi State
16Coleman, Brandon WR6-62256/22/19922Rutgers
10Cooks, Brandin WR5-101899/25/19933Oregon State
46Crawley, Ken CB6-11802/8/1993RColorado
95Davison, Tyeler DT6-23099/23/19922Fresno State
47Drescher, Justin LS6-12351/1/19887Colorado
91Edebali, Kasim LB6-22538/17/19893Boston College
59Ellerbe, Dannell LB6-124511/29/19858Georgia
73Evans, Jahri G6-43188/22/198310Bloomsburg
90Fairley, Nick DT6-43081/23/19886Auburn
42Feeney, Travis OLB6-422611/18/1992RWashington
82Fleener, Coby TE6-62519/20/19885Stanford
11Fuller, Corey WR6-22006/23/19903Virginia Tech
79Fullington, John G6-53005/30/19912Washington State
 Gaitor, Anthony DB5-1018210/9/19884Florida International
 Grayson, Garrett QB6-22205/29/19912Colorado State
45Griffin, Garrett TE6-42403/4/1994RAir Force
58Gwacham, Obum DE6-52463/20/19912Oregon State
41Harper, Roman DB6-120512/11/198211Alabama
30Harris, Erik SAF6-32254/2/1990RCalifornia (PA)
21Harris, De'Vante CB5-111906/30/1994RTexas A&M
34Hightower, Tim RB6-02205/23/19865Richmond
 Hightower, Forrest DB5-101853/15/1992RSan Jose State
89Hill, Josh TE6-52505/21/19904Idaho State
 Hills, Tony T6-530411/4/19848Texas
84Hoomanawanui, Michael TE6-42657/4/19887Illinois
22Ingram, Mark RB5-921512/21/19896Alabama
94Jordan, Cameron DE6-42877/10/19896California
65Kelemete, Senio G6-33005/10/19904Washington
49Keo, Shiloh DB5-1120812/17/19874Idaho
44Kikaha, Hau'oli LB6-32467/24/19922Washington
 Kruger, Paul DE6-42702/15/19868Utah
29Kuhn, John RB6-02509/9/198211Shippensburg
 LaFrance, Royce DE6-32457/17/1993RTulane
19Lampman, Jake WR6-02056/11/1993RFerris State
36Lasco, Daniel RB6-020510/9/1992RCalifornia
 Lawrence, Rashad WR6-21906/10/19921Northwestern
68Lelito, Tim G6-43157/21/19894Grand Valley State
87Lewis, Tommylee WR5-716810/24/1992RNorthern Illinois
 Loewen, Mitchell DL6-5275//RArkansas
3Lutz, Wil K5-111847/7/1994RGeorgia State
 Mabry, Ashaad DT6-331511/4/19921Texas-San Antonio
56Mauti, Michael LB6-22431/19/19904Penn State
7McCown, Luke QB6-42177/12/198113Louisiana Tech
24Moore, Sterling DB5-102022/3/19906Southern Methodist
6Morstead, Thomas P6-42353/8/19868Southern Methodist
23Murphy, Marcus RB5-919510/3/19912Missouri
93Onyemata, David DT6-330011/13/1992RManitoba (Canada)
75Peat, Andrus T6-731611/4/19932Stanford
77Pettway, D.J. DE6-22709/19/1992RAlabama
86Phillips, John TE6-52516/11/19878Virginia
43Pruitt, Jimmy CB6-020311/28/1992RSan Jose State
98Rankins, Sheldon DT6-23054/2/1994RLouisville
52Robertson, Craig LB6-12342/11/19885North Texas
33Sanford, Jamarca DB5-102008/27/19858Mississippi
 Schmitt, Jesse LS6-22498/25/1992RPurdue
83Snead, Willie WR5-1119510/17/19922Ball State
 Stoneburner, Jake TE6-32618/25/19893Ohio State
64Strief, Zach G6-73209/22/198311Northwestern
54Stupar, Nate LB6-22403/14/19883Penn State
27Swann, Damian CB6-018912/4/19922Georgia
55Tapp, Darryl DE6-12709/13/198411Virginia Tech
35Therezie, Robenson SAF5-92128/5/19912Auburn
13Thomas, Michael WR6-32123/3/1993ROhio State
57Trusnik, Jason LB6-42526/6/198410Ohio Northern
78Turner, Landon G6-33255/15/1993RNorth Carolina
60Unger, Max T6-53054/14/19868Oregon
32Vaccaro, Kenny DB6-02142/15/19914Texas
28Webb, B.W. DB5-111905/3/19904William & Mary
 Williams, Jordan WR6-32285/9/1994RBall State
25Williams, P.J. CB6-01966/1/19932Florida State
24Wilson, Kyle DB5-101909/8/19877Boise State
67Young, Avery T6-630511/12/1992RAuburn
 Zimmer, Justin DT6-329210/23/1992RFerris State
Injured Players
86Brown, Vincent (IR) WR5-111901/25/19895San Diego State
Roster Analysis
TeamOLine Avg. HtOLine Avg. WtDLine Avg. HtDLine Avg. WtAvg. AgeYoungestOldest
New Orleans6-4310.26-3284.826.62238
 
 
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Position Listing
Landon Turner
No Updates
Senio Kelemete
News
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
News
Davison is scheduled for shoulder surgery on Thursday, NOLA.com reports.

Davison started 15 games at nose tackle for the Saints this season and logged the second-most snaps out of any defensive tackle in the league. However, he reportedly played through a torn labrum -- in addition to a separate foot injury -- since Week 4. Assuming the procedure goes well Thursday, Davison should be ready to go in time for the start of offseason activities.

Injury
Shoulder - Labrum - Questionable for the start of training camp
Brandin Cooks
News
Head coach Sean Payton "absolutely" expects Cooks to be a member of the Saints in the 2017 season, Tom Pelissero of USA Today reports.

After he emerged from Week 12 without a target for the first time in his career, Cooks expressed frustration, spurring rumblings within the NFL that he may shopped in the offseason. Having said that, he has one year remaining on his rookie deal, which can become two seasons if the Saints exercise the 2018 option available to former first-round picks. With a March 3 deadline looming, such a decision would seemingly be a no-brainer for a wideout coming off back-to-back 1,000-yard campaigns and 17 touchdowns during that span.

Terron Armstead
News
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. 

Injury
Undisclosed - Questionable for the start of training camp
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.

Jack Allen
News
Allen was signed to the Saints' active roster Saturday, NOLA.com reports.

Allen, an undrafted rookie out of Michigan State, may be forced into action Sunday against the Bucs if starting center Max Unger (foot) is unable to play; Unger is officially listed as questionable after missing practice both Thursday and Friday.

Jahri Evans
News
Saints guard Jahri Evans reworked his contract this offseason to secure his future with the team, per ESPN.com.

Evans, who is entering his 10th season in the NFL, took pay cuts in 2015 and 2016, but also added an extra year to his contract, something he valued in the process.

"It worked out in the end. You know, it's part of the business, obviously. And I'm glad to be here," Evans said.

Evans said he was happy head coach Sean Payton kept the line of communication with him active throughout the process.

"So that was very great, and I was pleased with that," said Evans, who added, "I still had two years under contract, so I never saw myself not being here."

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) was placed on injured reserve Friday, Herbie Teope of The Times-Picayune reports.

Breaux was only able to play in six games this season due to a broken fibula and now a shoulder problem. He recorded 21 tackles and one pass deflection when available. Expect B.W. Webb and Ken Crawley to see more snaps in his absence.

Injury
Shoulder - Questionable for the start of training camp
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 the start of training camp
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 the start of training camp
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.

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.

Michael Mauti
News
Mauti (illness) will undergo a procedure related to his illness and will miss a significant amount of time, Josh Katzenstein of NOLA.com reports.

No specifics on the illness have been released but news of the procedure combined with Mauti's placement on the reserve/non-football injury list Monday does not bode well for the linebacker's status the remainder of the season. Look for more updates to come as the team updates the situation. In the meantime, newly signed linebacker Sam Barrington is expected to have an expanded role on the defense.

Injury
Illness - Questionable for the start of training camp
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.

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 had 87 tackles (61 solo), one sack, two forced fumbles, and a fumble recovery in 16 games in 2016.

Bell did not play a single snap in Week 1, but the rookie's role quickly grew and he actually replaced Jairius Byrd as the Saints' starting free safety in Week 4. Byrd is a potential cap casualty this offseason, but even if he returns to New Orleans, Bell should return as the starter in 2017.

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 the start of training camp
Travaris Cadet
News
Cadet gained 19 yards on four carries and another 281 yards on 40 receptions in 2016. He also scored four touchdowns, including one in each of the season's final three games, and managed 144 yards on 10 kickoff returns.

Cadet didn't offer much as a ball carrier, but he once again excelled as a receiver and even chipped in as a kickoff returner too. The fifth-year pro is not a particularly exciting fantasy asset -- outside of deeper PPR leagues -- but the Saints value his contributions. Cadet is an unrestricted free agent this offseason, but it would be surprising to see him leave New Orleans after unsuccessful stints in New England and San Francisco in 2015.

Jimmy Pruitt
News
Pruitt (knee) was placed on IR Wednesday, Josh Katzenstein of The Times-Picayune reports.

Pruitt was waived/injured Tuesday, but the team announced that he will be placed on IR after clearing waivers Wednesday. In his absence, De'Vante Harris and Cortland Finnegan are likely to see an increase in playing time.

Injury
Knee - Questionable for the start of training camp
Tim Hightower
News
Hightower rushed for 29 yards and a touchdown on three carries in Sunday's loss to Atlanta.

Hightower ran a stretch to the left for his third touchdown in as many weeks. Few 30-year-old running backs get much attention in free agency, which is Hightower's next stop. His skill set might translate best down by the Bayou, but don't be surprised if he has a number of suitors given his ability to both barrel through defenders near the goal line and contribute in the passing game.

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.

Avery Young
News
Young (undisclosed) returned to practice Tuesday but remains on the Saints' NFI list, Herbie Teope of NOLA.com reports.

Young was placed on the non-football injury list back in August and has remained there throughout the season. His return to practice signals that he is likely close to returning to action.

Injury
Undisclosed - Questionable for the start of training camp
Jairus Byrd
News
Byrd had 82 tackles (56 solo) and two interceptions in 16 games in 2016.

Byrd's third season in New Orleans was by far his most productive, however, the eight-year veteran was actually demoted from the starting lineup early in the season in favor of rookie free safety Vonn Bell. Nevertheless, Byrd still finished third on the team in tackles, as he saw substantial playing time in three-safety and nickel packages. Despite his improved production, Byrd is due over $11 million in 2017 and he could be a salary-cap casualty this offseason if he is unwilling to accept a pay cut to stay in New Orleans.

Drew Brees
News
Brees completed 29 of 50 passes for 350 yards, two touchdowns and a pick in Sunday's loss to Atlanta.

Despite a back-breaking pick in the end zone midway through the fourth quarter, Brees led the Saints' frantic fourth-quarter comeback rally with touchdown strikes to Michael Thomas and Travis Cadet. It wasn't enough and the Saints end the season with another so-so record: not quite bad enough to rebuild, but not good enough in an improving NFC South. The popular answer to the Saints' woes in recent off-seasons has been to point the finger at Sean Payton and Brees and, though the veteran pitched some ugly performances down the stretch, he actually had his best statistical season in several years. Brees managed to top 5,000 yards passing and 35 touchdowns for the first time since 2013.

Ashaad Mabry
News
The Saints will release safety Kenny Phillips and defensive tackle Ashaad Mabry, according to ESPN.com.
B.W. Webb
News
Webb (coach's decision) is inactive for Sunday's matchup with the Giants.

Webb won't suit up for the game due to a coach's decision as he falls deep on the Saints' cornerback depth chart.

John Fullington
News
A left knee injury sustained during practice Wednesday has caused guard John Fullington to lose his job with the Cardinals. He has been waived/injured.

Fullington was signed to the team's practice squad last December.

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.

Jesse Schmitt
No Updates
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 caught one pass on three targets for eight yards in Week 17 against the Falcons. He finished the year with 26 catches for 281 yards and three touchdowns.

Coleman finished 2016 with a whimper, catching only one pass over the season's final three games. Playing his second full season in New Orleans, consistency was an issue for the 6-foot-6 receiver, who struggled with drops and was never able to rise about fourth on the Saints' wide receiver depth chart. Coleman flashed some play-making ability on occasion, particularly in the red zone, but if the restricted free agent returns to New Orleans, playing time may again limit his opportunities in 2017.

Josh Hill
News
Hill (leg) expects to be healthy in time for offseason workouts, NOLA.com reports.

Hill finished the season on injured reserve due to a broken fibula sustained in early December and currently remains dependent upon crutches to move around. However, he still has over two months before offseason workouts begin. Given the nature of his injury, that should be plenty of time for Hill to return to form.

Injury
Lower Leg - Questionable for the start of training camp
Sterling Moore
News
Moore (abdomen) will be in the lineup for Sunday's matchup against the 49ers.

Moore missed the Saints' past two games due to the abdomen issue, but he'll be back in the cornerback rotation Week 9.

Nick Fairley
News
Fairley had 43 tackles (29 solo) and 6.5 sacks in 16 games in 2016.

After back-to-back disappointing seasons in Detroit and St. Louis, respectively, Fairley signed with New Orleans this offseason and returned to being a disruptive force on the interior of the defensive line. In fact, Fairley finished in a tie for fifth among NFL defensive tackles in total sacks in 2016. Fairley is a free agent this offseason, but he should likely start wherever he lands after his bounce-back campaign.

Michael Thomas
News
Thomas plucked 10 of 14 passes for 156 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's loss to Atlanta.

The yards, catches and targets all marked career highs. A whopping four of his catches went for 20 yards or more and he helped spark a Saints comeback attempt with a diving 14-yard catch-and-run touchdown early in the fourth quarter. It's hard to imagine how this season could have gone better for the rookie second rounder. With rumors swirling as to what could be next for fellow young stalwart Brandin Cooks, Thomas has shown down the stretch that he is capable of being a go-to target in this offense if leaned on further next season.

John Phillips
News
Phillips was claimed off waivers by the Saints on Monday, Mike Triplett of ESPN reports.

Phillips was waived by the Broncos on Friday, but was not there long before being claimed by the Saints. Along with the Broncos, the veteran has played for the Cowboys and Chargers during his career. He will have a chance for revenge in his first game with the Saints, as they face the Broncos on Sunday. However, Phillips is not expected to do much more than add depth at tight end.

Zach Strief
News
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 Saints.com.

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. 

Anthony Gaitor
News
The Buccaneers made a slew of moves Saturday to pare their roster down to the required 53 for the regular season.

Tampa Bay cut the following players: DB Marc Anthony, LB Nate Askew, OL Edawn Coughman, CB Kip Edwards, DE T.J. Fatinikun, CB Anthony Gaitor, LB Ka'Lial Glaud, CB Keith Lewis, OL Jamon Meredith, OL Andrew Miller, FB Lonnie Pryor, OL Jeremiah Warren, K Connor Barth, DE Larry English, RB Jeff Demps, QB Mike Kafka and SS Major Wright.
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 the start of training camp
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 the start of training camp
Tim Lelito
News
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, Saints.com 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
No Updates
P.J. Williams
News
Williams will not return to Sunday's game after suffering a head injury.

Williams reportedly suffered a concussion while making a tackle in the first quarter, stopping the game for several minutes while being tended to by medical personnel. He is now in the hospital receiving care. With fellow cornerback Delvin Breaux also out after breaking his fibula in Week 1, the Saints will now likely turn to Ken Crawley and De'Vante Harris to assume starting cornerback duties.

Injury
Concussion - Questionable for the start of training camp
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 (knee) was placed on injured reserve Tuesday, ESPN.com's Mike Triplett reports.

The placement on IR spells the end of a disappointing season for Anthony, who logged just 16 tackles in 10 games after turning in a 112-tackle rookie campaign. Coach Sean Payton indicated that Anthony needed to make significant improvement with his read and recognition skills in order to challenge for a starting role in 2017, so he'll face some pressure entering training camp next fall.

Injury
Knee - Questionable for the start of training camp
Erik Harris
News
Harris (knee) was placed on IR on Thursday, Nick Underhill of The New Orleans Advocate reports.

Harris tore his ACL and meniscus on Monday and had surgery on Tuesday, making it unsurprising that he's been moved to IR. He'll be out for the remainder of the season. Brian Dixon was promoted to the active roster to replace Harris in the Saints' secondary.

Injury
Knee - ACL - Questionable for the start of training camp
Michael Hoomanawanui
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Hoomanawanui (ankle) expects to be ready in time for offseason activities, NOLA.com reports.

Hoomanawanui missed the entire 2016 season due to a high-ankle sprain that included damage to surrounding ligaments. However, he's been running and jogging for about a month now and -- most importantly -- is setback-free in his recovery. Considering offseason workouts don't start until April, Hoomanawanui's prediction for his return certainly appears plausible.

Injury
Ankle - Questionable for the start of training camp
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 the start of training camp
Mark Ingram
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Ingram rushed for 103 yards and a touchdown on 20 carries and added 29 yards on six catches in Sunday's loss to Atlanta.

Ingram's one-yard touchdown dive pulled New Orleans to within two scores late in the fourth quarter. It also represented his 10th all-purpose touchdown of the season, setting a new career-high. This season was full of career bests for Ingram, including rushing yards, all-purpose yards and scores. Though the Saints continue to use a full stable of backs more so than many other teams, Ingram held onto a lead role in a greater way than in years past.

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 (hamstring) is active for Sunday's game against the Cardinals.

Keo was forced to sit Week 14's matchup, but will be available against the Cardinals. He will provide depth in the Saints' defensive backfield.

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.

Tony Hills
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The Panthers signed two offensive linemen and released a running back to get their roster to 90 players on Tuesday. 

The Panthers signed Tony Hills and Davonte Wallace and released Darrin Reaves.

Hills played for Dallas last season, while Wallace spent time with Miami. Reaves rushed for 78 yards last year. 

David Onyemata
No Updates
Willie Snead
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Snead left Sunday's game in Atlanta in order to be evaluated for a concussion, Josh Katzenstein of the New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.

Snead took a massive hit in the middle of the fourth quarter and was quickly shuttled to the locker. Although the offseason is right around the corner for the Saints, entering the concussion protocol would be an unwelcome outcome. In any case, Snead's health should be clarified by the Saints in due time.

Injury
Head - Questionable for the start of training camp
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 the start of training camp
Kenny Vaccaro
News
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.

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.

De'Vante Harris
No Updates
Luke McCown
News
McCown was checked for a concussion after Thursday's game but the results were negative, Josh Katzenstein of the Times-Picayune reports.

McCown had an abbreviated showing in Thursday's preseason finale, going 2-for-4 for 30 yards. However, he did take one sack during his cameo, so the Saints wanted to ensure that he didn't suffer a concussion. Fortunately, he passed through the concussion protocol and appears to be fine heading into Week 1.

Forrest Hightower
No Updates
Jake Stoneburner
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Stoneburner signed a reserve/future contract with the Saints earlier this month, reports the New Orleans Times-Picayune.

Stoneburner entered the league in 2012 as an undrafted free agent out of Ohio State. The 6-3, 249-pound tight end has spent time with the Packers, Dolphins and Rams, but was signed to the Saints practice squad in September 2016. Stoneburner will compete for a roster spot next season as the Saints' third-string tight end behind Coby Fleener and Josh Hill.

D.J. Pettway
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Pettway spent the 2016 season on injured reserve due to an undisclosed injury, Josh Katzenstein of NOLA.com reports.

Pettway started training camp on the physically unable to perform list and was ultimately waived and placed on injured reserve. Having cleared waivers, he will look to compete for a roster spot with the Saints during the 2017 preseason.

Injury
Undisclosed - Questionable for the start of training camp
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.

Royce LaFrance
No Updates
Andrus Peat
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Peat (groin) is listed as questionable on the Saints' injury report for Sunday's tilt with the Seahawks, Liz Mathews of ESPN reports.

Peat is coming off his first missed game of the season, and was limited at practice all week. He figures to be a true game-time decision Sunday. Tim Lelito will presumably fill in if he cannot go.

Hau'oli Kikaha
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Kikaha (knee) was moved to the Saints' reserve/PUP list on Tuesday, ESPN reports.

Kikaha had suffered a torn ACL during OTAs. While his placement on this specific list infers he could return at or near the midpoint of the season, Kikaha will more than likely be sidelined for the entire campaign given the timing of his injury.

Injury
Knee - Questionable for the start of training camp
Thomas Morstead
No Updates
Travis Feeney
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Feeney was signed by the Saints on Friday, Herbie Teope of NOLA.com reports.

Feeney was a sixth-round pick in the 2016 NFL Draft for the Steelers, and has spent a majority of the season on their practice squad. He'll provide depth at linebacker in New Orleans, but he doesn't figure to have much IDP relevance at this point.

Coby Fleener
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Fleener caught three of eight targets for 38 yards in Sunday's loss to the Falcons.

When Fleener came to New Orleans this off season the idea was that the vertical threat could do a respectable Jimmy Graham impression and thrive while no longer having to compete with Dwayne Allen. It's seldom worked out that way, however. Fleener has pulled in 11 catches of 20 or more yards, but they've helped him top 75 yards receiving just twice all year. He faltered the most down the stretch, recording just eight catches and 84 yards combined during the season's final four games.

Darryl Tapp
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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.

Chris Banjo
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Banjo signed with the Saints on Monday, Adam Caplan of ESPN reports.

Banjo was signed after working out for the team. He recently reached an injury settlement with the Packers on Oct. 31. The 26-year-old figures to provide depth at free safety for the team.

Max Unger
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Unger (foot) is active for Saturday's game against the Buccaneers.

The veteran did not play the last time these two teams met, but he'll be back in the fold for Saturday's tilt. Unger and his line mates will have the tough task of slowing down Tampa Bay's defensive front anchored by Gerald McCoy.

Dannell Ellerbe
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Ellerbe (foot) was active for Sunday's game against the Falcons.

Per usual, Ellerbe was listed as questionable on the Saints' injury report but was ultimately cleared to play. He finished the game with six total tackles and one pass defensed.

Vincent Brown
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The Saints released Brown (calf) with an injury settlement Thursday, removing him from injured reserve, the New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.

Brown joined the Saints in May, adding a veteran presence to a receiving corps lacking in experience. However, he failed his pre-training camp physical due to a strained calf, which will bring his brief tenure in New Orleans to a close. The severity of the injury will likely determine when he receives a chance with another organization.

Injury
Calf - Questionable for the start of training camp
Kasim Edebali
News
Edebali recorded two sacks as part of a three-tackle performance in the Saints' preseason opener against the Patriots on Thursday.

Edebali, who is in competition for the starting defensive end spot opposite Cameron Jordan, had an impressive debut with a pair of sacks on Patriots' quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo. Edebali had five sacks playing as part of a rotation last season, so he's shown the ability to rush the passer. The competition between him and Obum Gwacham (who also had a nice preseason opener with five tackles) should continue throughout training camp, but if Edebali can secure the starting role, he could be an interesting option in deeper IDP leagues.

 

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