|Offense||2nd||78.0 (29th)||335.4 (1st)|
|Defense||31st||117.8 (26th)||301.6 (31st)|
|72||Armstead, Terron||T||6-5||304||7/23/1991||4||Arkansas-Pine Bluff|
|48||Bell, Vonn||FS||5-11||205||12/12/1994||R||Ohio State|
|40||Breaux, Delvin||CB||6-1||196||10/25/1989||2||Louisiana State|
|38||Cadet, Travaris||RB||6-1||210||2/1/1989||5||Appalachian State|
|5||Callahan, Joe||QB||6-1||216||6/4/1993||R||Wesley College|
|10||Cooks, Brandin||WR||5-10||189||9/25/1993||3||Oregon State|
|95||Davison, Tyeler||DT||6-2||309||9/23/1992||2||Fresno State|
|20||Dixon, Brian||DB||6-0||195||4/26/1990||3||Northwest Missouri State|
|91||Edebali, Kasim||DE||6-2||253||8/17/1989||3||Boston College|
|21||Harris, De'Vante||CB||5-11||190||6/30/1994||R||Texas A&M|
|89||Hill, Josh||TE||6-5||250||5/21/1990||4||Idaho State|
|19||Lampman, Jake||WR||6-0||205||6/11/1993||R||Ferris State|
|53||Laurinaitis, James||ILB||6-2||248||12/3/1986||8||Ohio State|
|68||Lelito, Tim||G||6-4||315||7/21/1989||4||Grand Valley State|
|87||Lewis, Tommylee||WR||5-7||168||10/24/1992||R||Northern Illinois|
|3||Lutz, Wil||K||5-11||184||7/7/1994||R||Georgia State|
|56||Mauti, Michael||OLB||6-2||243||1/19/1990||4||Penn State|
|7||McCown, Luke||QB||6-4||217||7/12/1981||13||Louisiana Tech|
|24||Moore, Sterling||CB||5-10||202||2/3/1990||6||Southern Methodist|
|6||Morstead, Thomas||P||6-4||235||3/8/1986||8||Southern Methodist|
|93||Onyemata, David||DT||6-3||300||11/13/1992||R||Manitoba (Canada)|
|52||Robertson, Craig||OLB||6-1||234||2/11/1988||5||North Texas|
|83||Snead, Willie||WR||5-11||195||10/17/1992||2||Ball State|
|54||Stupar, Nate||ILB||6-2||240||3/14/1988||4||Penn State|
|55||Tapp, Darryl||DE||6-1||270||9/13/1984||11||Virginia Tech|
|13||Thomas, Michael||WR||6-3||212||3/3/1993||R||Ohio State|
|78||Turner, Landon||G||6-4||325||5/15/1993||R||North Carolina|
|28||Webb, B.W.||CB||5-11||190||5/3/1990||4||William & Mary|
|86||Brown, Vincent (IR)||WR||5-11||190||1/25/1989||5||San Diego State|
|58||Gwacham, Obum (IR)||DE||6-5||246||3/20/1991||2||Oregon State|
|30||Harris, Erik (IR)||DB||6-3||225||4/2/1990||1||California (PA)|
|84||Hoomanawanui, Michael (IR)||TE||6-4||265||7/4/1988||7||Illinois|
|77||Pettway, D.J. (IR)||DE||6-2||270||9/19/1992||R||Alabama|
|43||Pruitt, Jimmy (IR)||CB||6-0||203||11/28/1992||R||San Jose State|
|33||Sanford, Jamarca (IR)||SS||5-10||200||8/27/1985||8||Mississippi|
|27||Swann, Damian (IR)||CB||6-0||189||12/4/1992||2||Georgia|
|25||Williams, P.J. (IR)||CB||6-0||196||6/1/1993||2||Florida State|
|24||Wilson, Kyle (IR)||DB||5-10||190||9/8/1987||7||Boise State|
|66||Allen, Jack||C||6-2||296||9/24/1992||R||Michigan State|
|Calhoun, Taveze||CB||6-1||188||12/26/1992||R||Mississippi State|
|79||Fullington, John||G||6-5||300||5/30/1991||2||Washington State|
|Grayson, Garrett||QB||6-2||220||5/29/1991||2||Colorado State|
|45||Griffin, Garrett||TE||6-4||240||3/4/1994||R||Air Force|
|Mabry, Ashaad||DT||6-3||315||11/4/1992||1||Texas-San Antonio|
|Stoneburner, Jake||TE||6-3||261||8/25/1989||3||Ohio State|
|Williams, Jordan||WR||6-3||228||5/9/1994||R||Ball State|
|Team||OLine Avg. Ht||OLine Avg. Wt||DLine Avg. Ht||DLine Avg. Wt||Avg. Age||Youngest||Oldest|
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.
The speedster got loose on an 87-yard catch-and-run in the first quarter that put the Saints up 14-0 at the time, and added six more catches to equal his season high in receptions. The performance also marked Cooks' second 100-yard effort of the season, with the first having come in the opener, when he'd also hauled in an 80-plus yard touchdown. With his breakaway speed and the Saints' offensive system, Cooks remains a high upside play every week in all formats, although his value definitely gets a bump any time he suits up in an indoor environment.
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.
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.
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."
Kruger picked up the back injury in the Saints' Week 4 win over the Chargers, and the bye week apparently didn't provide him with enough time to recover. With Kruger out, the Saints will look to Kasim Edebali and Darryl Tapp to provide some pass rushing from the defensive end spot opposite Cameron Jordan.
Breaux hasn't taken the field since Week 1 when he injured his fibula. The Saints decided to keep the cornerback off of injured reserved, meaning he can return whenever he is healthy. Look for more updates to come in the next few weeks. Breaux will give New Orleans' secondary an extra boost, as they currently only have four healthy options at cornerback.
Jordan now has 2.5 sacks and 21 combined tackles this season. While his sack total is slightly off his typical pace -- he has averaged nearly 10 sacks per season over the last four years -- sacks often come in bunches for the talented defensive end. Further, Jordan is actually on pace to approach his career high in tackles (67 in 2012). Although the Saints once again have one of the worst defenses in the league, Jordan should continue to be a solid option for IDP owners.
Byrd is returning from a season ending knee injury. Colston has a non-disclosed injury.
All four are still on the roster and can be activated at any time before the start of the season.
Stupar signed a three-year deal with the Saints after spending the past two seasons in Atlanta. Last year with the Falcons was the best campaign of Stupar's career, as he totaled 40 tackles and two passes defensed, and played a career high 24.5 percent of defensive snaps and 77.7 percent of special teams snaps. With the Saints he'll likely be a backup, behind James Laurinaitis and Stephone Anthony, and not relevant in any format.
Lasco has only logged 16 offensive snaps all season, but his 100 snaps on special teams are tied for third-most on the Saints. His versatility could eventually lead to more opportunities on offense, as he figures to stick around on the roster.
The rookie Bell did not play a single snap in Week 1 but has since seen his role grow throughout the young season. In fact, he actually replaced Jairius Byrd as the Saints' starting free safety in Week 4 and teamed with fellow safety Kenny Vaccaro to make one of the game's biggest plays, a forced fumble of Chargers' running back Melvin Gordon in the fourth quarter. Bell once again drew the start in Week 6 against the Panthers, and though the Saints frequently used Byrd in three-safety alignments -- a role that Bell was expected to fill this year -- it appears that Bell should continue to start over Byrd moving forward. With 25 combined tackles in only four games, Bell should be a solid fantasy option in many IDP leagues.
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.
Mark Ingram once again dominated the running back workload -- 39 of the Saints' 73 offensive snaps according to the New Orleans Times-Picayune -- but Cadet was next in line with 27 snaps. Meanwhile, Tim Hightower did not see the field and rookie Daniel Lasco played only five snaps. Should Ingram be injured, it's still unlikely that Cadet would be the primary ball carrier, but he's clearly the Saints' preferred receiving option out of the backfield, which gives him some value in deeper PPR leagues.
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.
Hightower played exclusively on special teams, whereas Lasco, a seventh-round rookie, played five snaps on offense. Although Mark Ingram remains the Saints' primary ball carrier and Travaris Cadet is the team's top receiving option, it appears that Lasco, not Hightower, would be the main beneficiary should Ingram miss any time with an injury.
Grayson has not progressed as the Saints hoped when they selected him in the third round last year, and the team is clearly comfortable with both Drew Brees and Luke McCown, so they will head into the regular season with just two quarterbacks on the roster. Given where he was drafted, it should not take long for Grayson to hook on with another squad.
Though healthy for the start of camp, Byrd did miss the entirety of the Saints' offseason program rehabbing the knee injury that has plagued him since inking a six-year, $54 million deal ahead of the 2014 season. Hopefully, for the Saints, Byrd's 2016 training camp presence will smoothly translate to an improved performance in the upcoming campaign for a New Orleans secondary that allowed the 31st-most passing yards in the NFL during 2015.
In order to make room for players coming off suspension, the Packers elected to part ways with the rookie who was listed as the third quarterback on the team's depth chart. After an impressive preseason, one can only imagine Green Bay was holding out hope Callahan would clear waivers and revert to the practice squad. However, he's now commissioned by the Saints, where he'll slot in as the No. 3 QB once again, this time behind Drew Brees and Luke McCown.
Brees' prolific afternoon propelled him to first place all-time over Peyton Manning with 15 performances of 400 yards or more in the regular season, and as it turned out, the Saints would need every one of his 465 yards to escape with victory. New Orleans was barely able to sustain what had been a 21-0 advantage at one point, but Brees helped insure the victory by finding a whopping 10 different receivers on the day, including Brandin Cooks and Coby Fleener for spectacular scores of 87 and 50 yards, respectively. The veteran gunslinger now has two 400-yard performances on the season and multiple touchdown passes in four of five games, including the last three. With no fewer than 36 pass attempts in any of his five games this season, Brees remains one of the surest bets for elevated yardage totals and multiple scores on a week-in-week-out basis. He'll look to help the Saints extend their two-game winning streak in Week 7 versus the Chiefs.
Griffin has been dealing with a hamstring injury during the preseason. The Air Force product is considered a long shot to make the final roster, as he currently projects as the sixth tight end on the team's depth chart.
With Willie Snead (toe) sidelined in Week 3, Coleman managed a career-high seven catches. Although he was clearly limited, Snead was able to take the field in San Diego, which pushed Coleman back down the depth chart in Week 4. Coleman has proven that he can make a few plays when given the opportunity, but when New Orleans has its full complement of pass catchers healthy, he's no better than No. 4 on the team's receiver depth chart. The Saints are on bye in Week 5 before returning to the Superdome for a Week 6 tilt against the Panthers.
Hill saw his first action since suffering a high ankle sprain in Week 1, and although his touchdown reception was impressive, he didn't exactly set the box score on fire. Perhaps more importantly, however, was Hill's substantial playing time. Although starting tight end Coby Fleener was the recipient of two touchdowns -- a two-yard run on a "tight end around" and a 50-yard catch -- Hill actually out-snapped Fleener (41 snaps) against Carolina. The Saints uncharacteristically ran a lot of two-tight end sets, which may explain Hill's increased playing time. But, it's also worth noting that Week 6 was the first time the two tight ends have played a full game together (Hill was injured early in Week 1), so it's unclear how the Saints intend to divide the snaps going forward. Hill is still probably best left on waivers, but the situation is worth monitoring.
Moore signed with the Saints just before Week 1 -- his fourth team in seven seasons -- and started at cornerback in his debut against the Giants. In 2014 and 2015, Moore made 46 and 45 tackles for the Cowboys and Buccaneers, respectively. With Delvin Breaux out for at least six weeks and P.J. Williams suffering a potentially serious injury in Week 2, Moore should continue to start for the Saints and be a decent source for tackles in IDP leagues.
Fairley now has 3.5 sacks this season, which ranks third in the NFL among defensive tackles. His 19 combined tackles also rank in the top 25 among all defensive lineman. After struggling in limited action his last two seasons in both St. Louis and Detroit, Fairley has been receiving consistent playing time in his first season in New Orleans and is currently on pace to set career highs in both sacks and tackles. While his snap count may be reduced some when rookie first-round pick Sheldon Rankins is activated from IR, Fairley should continue to see enough playing time to warrant owning in deeper IDP leagues based on his impressive early-season performance.
The rookie checked in second on the Saints in reception yards while scoring a touchdown for the third straight week. At 6-foot-3 and 212 pounds, Thomas has become one of Drew Brees' preferred red-zone targets, while also hauling in an impressive 72.2 percent of his 36 looks to date this season. With no fewer than four catches in any game despite serving as the third receiver, Thomas has become a highly viable cost-effective DFS option and terrific add in season-long formats over the past several weeks.
"I don’t see that initially," Payton said, per Saints.com.
"Terron and Zach we feel are ones of veteran experience," Payton said. "One’s a tremendous leader for us at right tackle and one’s a real sharp and talented left tackle. Andrus will come in and I’m sure we’ll give him reps at both positions."
Moving Peat to guard isn't an option. "I don’t see that. He’s a tackle," Payton said.
In his first season with the Saints, Wilson recorded 27 tackles and a pick in 15 games (including four starts) in 2015. While the 2010 first-rounder isn't much of an IPD factor, his injury does represent a hit to the Saints' depth at cornerback. Replacing Wilson on the team's active roster will be defensive tackle C.J. Wilson, who signed with New Orleans on Friday.
Robertson recorded at least 11 tackles for the fourth time in five games to start the season. Although he's yet to record a sack or force a fumble, he's proving to be an outstanding source of tackles, and he currently ranks eighth in the NFL in that category. His single-category excellence makes him a valuable asset in IDP leagues.
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.
"Those aren’t holes," Payton said about losing Grubbs and middle linebacker Curtis Lofton. "We’re not moving a player if we feel like there’s no…we feel like we have a pretty good idea of how everything is lining up. We’ve got a center we know that starts in this NFL, we’ve got a guard, (Tim) Lelito will play left guard, Jahri Evans is the right guard. The same way at receiver. So we weren’t looking to make a move that created another 'must'."
Lelito played 294 snaps on offense last season, per Pro Football Focus, and graded out positively as a run blocker and negatively as a pass blocker. He was an undrafted free agent out of Grand Valley State in 2013.
Williams 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.
A late-week addition to the injury report, Anthony likely get hurt at practice either Thursday or Friday. It's not much of a loss for the Saints, as last year's second-round selection has only played 55 defensive snaps all year.
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.
Hoomanawanui injured his lower left leg in the Saints' third preseason game. With his season finished, his presence as a blocker will be sorely missed by Drew Brees.
Sanford has missed nearly the entire offseason with an injury, although the specifics surrounding it remain unclear. He's been placed on injured reserve and will miss the 2016-17 season, although he could be released by the team on an injury settlement. Sanford was slated to be a depth option at safety during the upcoming season, as both Kenny Vaccaro and Jairus Byrd are likely locked into the starting lineup.
Ingram found some tough sledding against a Panthers squad that instead bled yardage through the air against Drew Brees and a cadre of pass catchers. The veteran back's involvement in the passing game was also muted, after he'd totaled 14 receptions over the previous three games. Ingram will try to break out on the ground against the Chiefs in Week 7 following a current two-game stretch where he's only managed 107 yards on 34 carries (3.1 YPC).
The team is reportedly giving up a draft pick in compensation, but it's unclear what round. McCain (6-5, 236) has seven tackles, two sacks and one forced fumble across 18 total appearances, but is yet to start a game at the NFL level. He finally may have a chance to start with the Saints though as the team doesn't appear convinced Kasim Edebali can make up for the loss of Hau'oli Kikaha (knee) and first-round pick Sheldon Rankins (broken fibula) is expected to miss the first four weeks of the regular season.
Lewis saw some extra playing time as a result of Willie Snead missing Monday's contest with a foot injury, and his catches and yardage were both career highs. Although the 5-foot-7, undrafted free agent from Northern Illinois showed some quickness in the open field, he is still fifth on the Saints' wide receiver depth chart.
Murphy wasn't listed on the team's injury report, and thus isn't thought to be dealing with an injury. Consequently, his deactivation Sunday comes as a slight surprise, especially considering how he operated as the Saints' top punt and kick return specialist Week 1. It's unclear who will fill that void Sunday, but Travaris Cadet is likely the leading candidate.
Lampman, an undrafted rookie, will be making his first NFL appearance on Sunday. He'll likely be buried on the depth chart and shouldn't be expected to have much of a role outside of special teams.
Hills played for Dallas last season, while Wallace spent time with Miami. Reaves rushed for 78 yards last year.
Laurinaitis had been held out of the Saints' previous game in Week 4 against the Chargers, but the team's open date in the schedule last week came at a convenient time for him, as he's now been cleared to play Sunday. Expect Laurinaitis to take back his starting role at middle linebacker and challenge for the team lead in tackles.
The bye week gave Snead a chance to get healthy and he played 51 of the Saints' 73 offensive snaps (70 percent), according to the New Orleans Times-Picayune. Meanwhile, Michael Thomas once again saw his playing time increase (52 snaps) and had five catches for 78 yards and a touchdown. The Saints play a lot of three receiver sets, so both Snead and Thomas should continue to have value. However, quarterback Drew Brees is known to spread the ball around -- he completed passes to ten different players against the Panthers -- and the rookie Thomas is unquestionably the more dynamic playmaker and red zone threat. Snead is worth owning in most leagues, but receivers Brandin Cooks and Thomas will probably be the better fantasy options most weeks.
Under the NFL's new guidelines as it pertains to injured reserve, each team can activate one player that was placed on the list, and the Saints have tabbed their 2016 first-round pick among the 10 Saints on IR. With his return to practice Wednesday, the Saints will have 21 days to promote Rankins to the 53-man roster.
Vaccaro had been nursing an ankle injury earlier this season, so it was good to see him play a full complement of snaps against the Panthers, and he now has 27 combined tackles this season. While Vaccaro's lack of big plays is troublesome for fantasy owners -- he has not yet registered a sack or an interception -- he remains one of the more consistent sources of tackles at the defensive back position.
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.
Sims hasn't played since sustaining a concussion in Week 1. And considering he didn't make the flight to England, it's clear he won't play against the Jets. Jake Stoneburner (three catches for 31 yards and a touchdown in two games) will once again fill in behind Jordan Cameron.
Kuhn was the epitome of a touchdown vulture Sunday, as he managed just 12 total yards on five touches, but he took three of those touches into the end zone. His third touchdown was especially important, as he plowed across the goal line from a yard out in the fourth quarter to put his team ahead, after the extra point. Kuhn totaled six touches in three weeks heading into this game, so he should not be viewed as a viable fantasy option despite his strong showing.
Lutz missed a 53-yard kick in the second quarter but made up for it by nailing his next two field goal tries, a 33-yard attempt at the end of the first half and the game-winning, 52-yard kick with 11 seconds left in the game. Although Lutz has only made 7 of his 11 field goal attempts this season, he has a big leg and should continue to see plenty of chances when the Saints' offense is clicking.
Peat was the 13th overall pick in the draft, out of Stanford. The offensive lineman agreed to a four-year deal.
Jenkins, a pending free agent, appeared slated for a reserve role this season, with the Saints drafting Rankins with the 12th overall pick and spending big to acquire veteran Nick Fairley in free agency. With Rankins expected to miss 6-8 weeks, Jenkins will now likely start alongside Fairley in the Saints' 4-3 base defense. In his first three years in the league, Jenkins has posted decent tackle totals for his position, but with only 1.5 career sacks, he probably should not be expected to be a difference-maker in most IDP leagues.
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.
The veteran tight end caught the Panthers off guard in the first quarter with the first rushing touchdown of his career, an end-around on fourth down in the first quarter that opened the scoring. Fleener later added a more conventional 50-yard grab down the middle in the third quarter for his second visit to the end zone. The 28-year-old's involvement and production has fluctuated week-to-week so far this season, but he does encouragingly have three total touchdowns over the last three contests.
After participating in practice in a limited fashion Wednesday and Thursday, Tapp logged full duty during Friday's session to clear up any concern about his availability for Week 6. He's slated to come off the bench as part of the Lions' defensive line rotation.
The Saints called rival executives to shop many of their players recently, including their star tight end, reports Ian Rapoport of NFL Media on Tuesday. Graham had his $2.9 million base salary and $5 million roster bonus for the 2015 season become guaranteed last week.
Graham, 28, had 85 catches for 889 yards and 10 touchdowns in 2014, all while fighting off a shoulder injury for most of the season. Over his first five seasons with the Saints, Graham has registered 4,752 yards and 51 touchdowns. Since 2010, only Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski (41) has more red zone touchdowns than Graham (40).
Ellerbe is still awaiting his season debut while he continues to recover from the quad injury. He wasn't able to practice at all this week, so it's difficult to pinpoint when exactly Ellerbe might be back.
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.
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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