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
31Banjo, Chris CB5-102072/26/19904Southern Methodist
69Barnes, Khalif T6-63204/21/198212Washington
48Bell, Vonn SS5-1120512/12/19942Ohio State
99Bighill, Adam LB5-1023010/16/19881Central Washington
84Bowman, Braedon TE6-32401/30/19942South Alabama
40Breaux, Delvin CB6-121010/25/19893LSU
9Brees, Drew QB6-02091/15/197917Purdue
25Bush, Rafael DB5-112035/12/19877South Carolina State
38Cadet, Travaris RB6-12102/1/19896Appalachian State
39Calhoun, Taveze CB6-118812/26/19921Mississippi State
16Coleman, Brandon WR6-62256/22/19923Rutgers
20Crawley, Ken CB6-11802/8/19932Colorado
10Daniel, Chase QB6-022510/7/19869Missouri
95Davison, Tyeler DT6-23099/23/19923Fresno State
47Drescher, Justin LS6-12351/1/19888Colorado
14Dural, Travin WR6-220611/19/1993RLSU
33Edmunds, Trey RB6-222312/30/1994RMaryland
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
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
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
67Hughes, John DT6-23204/27/19886Cincinnati
22Ingram, Mark RB5-921512/21/19897Alabama
74Jenkins, Alex DE6-62701/15/1993RIncarnate Word (Tex.)
98Jones, Jason DE6-52785/23/198610Eastern Michigan
94Jordan, Cameron DE6-42877/10/19897California
41Kamara, Alvin RB5-102157/25/1995RTennessee
65Kelemete, Senio G6-33005/10/19905Washington
44Kikaha, Hau'oli OLB6-32467/24/19923Washington
53Klein, A.J. LB6-12407/30/19915Iowa State
29Kuhn, John FB6-02509/9/198212Shippensburg
15Lampman, Jake WR6-02056/11/19932Ferris State
36Lasco, Daniel RB6-120510/9/19922California
23Lattimore, Marshon CB6-01925/20/1996ROhio State
68Lawrence, Devaroe DT6-229410/13/1992RAuburn
61LeRibeus, Josh G6-23157/2/19895Southern 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 CB5-101907/13/1993RMemphis
56Mauti, Michael OLB6-22431/19/19905Penn State
76McDaniel, Tony DT6-73051/20/198512Tennessee
24Moore, Sterling CB5-102022/3/19907Southern Methodist
6Morstead, Thomas P6-42353/8/19869Southern Methodist
97Muhammad, Al-Quadin DE6-42503/28/1995RMiami (Fla.)
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 T6-63144/22/1994RWisconsin
98Rankins, Sheldon DT6-23054/2/19942Louisville
52Robertson, Craig OLB6-12342/11/19886North Texas
42Robinson-Woodgett, John FB6-12478/1/1993RMassachusetts
89Rush, Xavier WR6-320212/30/1992RTulane
83Snead, Willie WR5-1119510/17/19923Ball State
62Sokoli, Kristjan G6-53009/24/19912Buffalo
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
51Te'o, Manti LB6-12411/26/19915Notre Dame
13Thomas, Michael WR6-32123/3/19932Ohio State
63Tom, Cameron C6-42876/21/1995RSouthern Mississippi
78Turner, Landon G6-43255/15/19932North Carolina
73Ugokwe, Jerry T6-73212/24/1994RWilliam & Mary
60Unger, Max C6-53054/14/19869Oregon
32Vaccaro, Kenny SS6-02142/15/19915Texas
 Victor, Darius RB5-82093/6/1994RTowson
67Warford, Larry G6-33176/18/19915Kentucky
26Williams, P.J. CB6-01966/1/19933Florida State
43Williams, Marcus SAF6-11959/8/1996RUtah
92Zimmer, Justin DT6-329210/23/19921Ferris State
Injured Players
 Arnold, Dan (IR) WR6-6220//RWis.-Platteville
59Ellerbe, Dannell (IR) OLB6-124511/29/19859Georgia
73Wallace, Martin (IR) T6-63114/22/19902Temple
Roster Analysis
TeamOLine Avg. HtOLine Avg. WtDLine Avg. HtDLine Avg. WtAvg. AgeYoungestOldest
New Orleans6-5311.66-3284.626.22038
 
 
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Position Listing
Trey Hendrickson
No Updates
Landon Turner
No Updates
Ryan Ramczyk
News
After being sidelined nearly a week with an unspecified injury, Ramczyk returned to practice Friday, Mike Triplett of ESPN reports.

Ramczyke was taken with the last pick of the first round in the 2017 draft. He fell a bit due to a hip injury that needed to be surgically repaired. Assuming he remains healthy. the rookie projects to start at left tackle in Week 1 protecting quarterback Drew Brees' blindside.

Senio Kelemete
News
Kelemete returned to practice Wednesday, Mike Triplett of ESPN.comreports.

Kelemete was taken off the PUP list Wednesday after landing on the list early last week. Given his availability, it appears he'll reassume his position along the starting offensive line.

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 (shoulder) will open training camp on the Saints' preseason Physically Unable to Perform list, Josh Katzenstein of The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.

Armstead underwent surgery to repair a torn labrum last month and is expected to be out another 3-to-5 months. He'll likely remain on the PUP list when the preseason rolls around, in which case he'd then be forced to sit out the first six weeks of the 2017 campaign.

Injury
Shoulder - Labrum - Physically Unable to Perform
Arthur Maulet
No Updates
Jason Jones
News
Agreed to a contract with the Saints on Saturday, Herbie Teope of The Times-Picayune reports.

Jones, a second-round pick with the Titans in 2008, has also spent time with the Eagles, Lions, and most recently the Dolphins. He has totaled 70 starts in 109 games. The veteran will look to earn a role providing depth at defensive end with the team.

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
Martin Wallace
News
Wallace (undisclosed) cleared waivers and reverted to injured reserve.

It still isn't clear what Wallace is dealing with, or when he could be back in action.

Injury
Undisclosed - Injured Reserve
Kristjan Sokoli
News
Sokoli signed a contract with the Saints on Tuesday, Josh Katzenstein of NOLA.com reports.

A college defensive tackle, Sokoli will provide the Saints with depth at center while starter Max Unger recovers from a foot injury.

Delvin Breaux
News
Breaux (leg) is expected to miss six weeks.

Recent reports suggested that Breaux would be sidelined anywhere from 4-6 weeks following his surgery, but it seems that six weeks is a more accurate depiction of his timeline. With that being said, it's unlikely he'll be 100 percent for the season opener, but Breaux could be back in time for Week 2 assuming he avoids any setbacks.

Injury
Leg - Out for Week 1 at Minnesota
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 (undisclosed) returned to practice Wednesday, Josh Katzenstein of The Times-Picayune reports.

Loewen had recently been sidelined with a minor, undisclosed injury. The 24-year-old is competing for a spot providing depth at defensive end on the final roster, so his participation at practice will be imperative.

Cameron Jordan
News
Jordan has been one of the Saints' top performers at training camp, accruing sacks and batted passes at an impressive rate during drills, reports ESPN's Mike Triplett.

Jordan had only 7.5 sacks last season but he tied for the NFL lead last year with 17 tackles for loss and ranked in the top seven with 24 quarterback hits and five batted passes. In fact, the seven-year pro was rated as the third-best edge rusher in the league by Pro Football Focus. More importantly for fantasy leagues, Jordan is on the field for almost every snap, which is impressive for a big man. His 926 snaps last year ranked third among all NFL defensive linemen. Jordan often gets overlooked in fantasy leagues because he doesn't normally post gaudy sack totals but he consistently ranks near the top of the league in tackles for his position and has averaged more than nine sacks per season over the last five years. He should again be a quality option in IDP leagues.

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.

Josh LeRibeus
No Updates
Michael Mauti
News
Mauti signed a one-year contract with the Saints on Monday, Josh Katzenstein of The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.

Mauti, who has accrued 46 tackles in 24 games for the Saints the last two seasons, missed the final eight contests of the 2016 campaign due to ulcerative colitis, an illness he's dealt with since his days at Penn State. With that issue in the rearview for now, Mauti will look to reclaim his role as a special teams captain in advance of Week 1.

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.

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. He should be good to go moving forward, and after posting 87 tackles, one 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 (undisclosed) isn't practicing Sunday, Herbie Teope of The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.

Cadet already saw his roster chances take a hit the past few days due to Alvin Kamara's impressive performance in the preseason opener against Cleveland. The rookie third-round pick is a talented pass catcher who seemingly makes Cadet expendable. Missed practice time won't help the veteran in his bid to earn one of the final roster spots.

Garrett Grayson
News
Grayson completed 11 of 16 passes for 163 yards in Thursday's 20-14 preseason loss to the Browns.

Presumed backup Chase Daniel played sparingly after the opening stages, leaving Grayson and Ryan Nassib to split the remaining snaps. Grayson led the team in yardage, but he took four sacks and was unable to connect on a touchdown pass as Nassib did. It remains to be seen whether the Saints plan to keep three quarterbacks this season, but the battle between Grayson and Nassib should have a large bearing on that decision.

Dan Arnold
Injury
Undisclosed - Injured Reserve
Darius Victor
No Updates
A.J. Klein
News
Klein was carted off the field with an undisclosed injury Saturday, Josh Katzenstein of The Times Picayune reports.

Klein, who backed up Luke Kuechly during his time with the Panthers, signed a three-year, $15 million contract with the Saints this offseason. He was anticipating a larger role with the team, but this injury could potentially put that opportunity in question. It remains to be seen how serious this issue is. Manti Te'o would presumably see more snaps should Klein be forced to miss time.

Injury
Undisclosed - Questionable for Week 1 at Minnesota
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
Brees is unlikely to play in Thursday's preseason game at Cleveland, John DeShazier of the Saints' official site reports.

As is often the case in the preseason, teams will cap the reps of established veterans. For the Saints, Brees and newcomer Adrian Peterson are expected to stick to the sideline. If Brees indeed sits out, backup quarterback Chase Daniel will receive the initial reps with the offense before giving way to Garrett Grayson and Ryan Nassib.

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 (shoulder) passed his pre-training-camp conditioning test and isn't expected to be limited when the Saints begin practicing, Nick Underhill of The New Orleans Advocate reports.

Dural's shoulder issue was only considered a minor concern, so the Saints will presumably activate the wideout from their Non-Football Injury list before camp gets underway. An undrafted rookie out of LSU, Dural faces long odds to earn a spot on the Saints' 53-man roster.

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

After being released by the Giants earlier this offseason, Nassib heads down to New Orleans to compete with Garrett Grayson for a spot behind Drew Brees and Chase Daniel 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 drawn rave reviews so far in training camp, with backup quarterback Garrett Grayson labeling him the MVP of camp, reports the New Orleans Times-Picayune. Coleman said he gained about 10 pounds this offseason and is now up to about 230 pounds. The fourth-year receiver added the weight before organized team activities and said he feels more explosive with the extra bulk.

According to starting quarterback Drew Brees, "there's really not a guy who I have more trust in than Brandon Coleman, honestly." While flattery is typically the norm during training camp, the praise heaped on Coleman is in stark contrast to comments about his offseason performance last year, when head coach Sean Payton called Coleman's camp "pedestrian." Exactly how Coleman's training camp performance will impact his role, however, is still to be determined. Michael Thomas will likely be the No. 1 receiver, and Willie Snead is the best bet to be No. 2. Meanwhile, free agent acquisition Ted Ginn is also expected to have a substantial role in the offense based on Payton's past deployment of similar speedy receivers. As it stands, Coleman still likely sits fourth on the Saints' wide receiver depth chart and will need to continue to show improvement to his game if he hopes to see significant playing time.

Josh Hill
News
Hill (leg) passed his physical and is expected to be ready for the start of the Saints' training camp, Herbie Teope of The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.

Hill is coming back from a broken fibula suffered in Week 13 of last season. The injury prevented him from participating in New Orleans' on-field work during the offseason, but the veteran is apparently back to full strength. In nine games in 2016, Hill caught 15 passes for 149 yards and a touchdown.

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 grabbed both passes sent his way for a total of 17 yards in Thursday's 20-14 preseason loss to the Browns.

It was no surprise to see Thomas exit the game early after getting a taste of game action, but he displayed his typically reliable hands a couple of times before taking a seat. The second-year pro will be handled with care until the regular season rolls around, as he's expected to be a focal point of the offense after racking up 1,137 yards and nine touchdowns on 92 receptions as a rookie in 2016.

John Phillips
News
Phillips signed a contract with the Saints on Wednesday, Joel A. Erickson of The Advocate reports.

Phillips, who's competing with Garrett Griffin and Clay Harbor for a potential No. 4 tight end job, has recovered fully from the appendectomy that prevented him from taking part in the first two weeks of training camp. However, it isn't clear if he'll be allowed to suit up for Thursday's preseason opener against the Browns.

Zach Strief
No Updates
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) has returned to the practice field from the PUP list, WWL Radio reports.

Swann failed his physical on Thursday prior to the commencement of training camp, and was subsequently placed on the physically unable to perform list. However, he has quickly returned to practice, so whatever the issue was appears to have been resolved. The 24-year-old missed the entirety of the 2016 season due to a groin injury. He will be competing for a spot on the final roster to provide depth at corner.

Adrian Peterson
News
Peterson won't take the field for Thursday's preseason game at Cleveland, Dianna Russini of ESPN reports.

Saints fans will have to wait at least a week to see Peterson in his new uniform, but even if he does make an appearance at some point this month, his reps could be capped due to his lack of preseason action in his last few seasons with the Vikings. In fact, he hasn't played during exhibition season since 2013 nor handled a carry since 2011. It's unclear if his primary competition for lead-back duty, Mark Ingram, will suit up Thursday, but Travaris Cadet, Daniel Lasco and rookie Alvin Kamara are seemingly in line for a large share of the backfield work in the preseason opener.

Justin Drescher
News
Drescher signed a contract with the Saints on Sunday, Nick Underhill of the New Orleans Advocate reports.

Drescher will take over at long snapper in New Orleans, as the Saints released both Thomas Gafford and Chase Dominguez in other Sunday moves.

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 (undisclosed) returned to Saints' practice on Friday, Joel A. Erickson of The Advocate reports.

Fuller had been sidelined for nearly a week due to an undisclosed injury. Entering his fourth season, the 27-year-old is competing for snaps at receiver, as he currently sits fifth on the depth chart.

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

After a solid rookie season in which he led the Saints with 112 tackles, Antony played himself out of a starting job in 2016 before ultimately ending the season on injured reserve with a knee issue. 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 the 2015 first-rounder will earn back some snaps this upcoming season, so look for the team to give Anthony every chance in training camp and the preseason to do so.

Ted Ginn
News
Ginn is listed as a starter, ahead of both Willie Snead and Brandon Coleman, on the Saints' unofficial preseason depth chart, ESPN's Mike Triplett reports.

Healthy throughout the offseason program and first two weeks of training camp, Ginn seems to be making a good impression with his new team. It's quite possible he plays ahead of Snead in two-wide formations, as the third-year wideout almost exclusively lined up in the slot last year. Snead will still get plenty of snaps and is a clear favorite to finish second on the team in targets, but Ginn could make the split closer than expected.

Erik Harris
News
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
News
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.

Xavier Rush
News
Rush and the Saints agreed to a deal Friday, Nick Underhill of The Advocate reports.

Rush went undrafted in 2016, and ultimately failed to land on a roster. He will look to earn a spot with the Saints, but a special teams' role figures to be his most likely route. The 24-year-old is among a crowded depth chart at receiver, so he will need to stand out.

Rafael Bush
News
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
News
Ingram has been active in the passing game during the early stages of training camp, ESPN.com's Mike Triplett reports.

The Saints signed Adrian Peterson to compete for early down work and drafted Alvin Kamara to contribute on passing downs, but Ingram's ability to play in all situations means he's still a clear favorite to lead the backfield in snaps and touches. Ingram is coming off a 2016 campaign in which he established career-high marks in rushing yards (1,043), yards per carry (5.1) and total touchdowns (10) while playing all 16 games for the first time since 2012. He also had his second-best marks for targets (57), receptions (46) and receiving yards (319), after establishing career highs in each category in 2015. The Saints could give him a similar workload this season while still finding important roles for Peterson and Kamara.

Alex Anzalone
News
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
News
Lewis caught 10 of 11 target for 124 yards and a touchdown in Thursday's 20-14 preseason loss to the Browns.

Lewis led the team in targets, yards and receptions in this stellar performance. He did most of his damage near the line of scrimmage, including a two-yard touchdown reception from Ryan Nassib in the fourth quarter. Lewis, who also ripped off a 32-yard gain, should continue returning kicks after a strong 2016 in that department, but he could receive additional touches on offense too if he continues to display these types of skills in the preseason.

John Hughes
News
Hughes agreed to a deal with the Saints on Saturday, Mike Triplett of ESPN reports.

Hughes spent four years with the Browns before playing with both them and the Buccaneers last season. He will look to earn a role providing depth at defensive tackle for the Saints. The veteran will be competing against Justin Zimmer, Mitchell Loewen, and Ashaad Mabry for the opportunity.

Jake Lampman
News
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.

David Onyemata
No Updates
Willie Snead
News
Snead signed his exclusive-rights tender Monday, Field Yates of ESPN reports.

Snead's tender is for one year and worth $615,000. While that clearly undervalues the wideout, Snead gains some short-term security by signing it in advance of training camp this week. Nonetheless, after registering 72 catches for 895 yards and four scores a season ago, Snead remains in search of a more lucrative deal. As a result, it's possible negotiations between his representatives and the Saints will linger in the background once camp kicks off, but Snead will at least be under contract and on the field at that point.

John Robinson-Woodgett
No Updates
Sheldon Rankins
News
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
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.

Alex Jenkins
No Updates
Chase Daniel
News
Daniel will likely start Thursday's preseason game at Cleveland, John DeShazier of the Saints' official site reports.

There's an expectation Drew Brees sits out the Saints' exhibition opener, thereby handing the keys to the offense to Daniel. With just 78 career passes under his belt, Daniel has still completed 65.4 percent of them for 480 yards, one touchdown and one interception, which equates to an 81.1 quarterback rating.

Tony McDaniel
News
McDaniel (undisclosed) missed his second practice of the week Wednesday, Josh Katzenstein of The Times-Picayune reports.

McDaniel sat out of practice Monday as well due to an undisclosed reason. At this point in time, there's nothing to indicate the 12-year-veteran is dealing with anything serious. It's more likely that the Saints are just letting the 32-year-old get back into the swing of things in order to ensure his health entering Week 1.

Injury
Undisclosed - Questionable for Week 1 at Minnesota
Devaroe Lawrence
News
The Saints placed Lawrence (undisclosed) on injured reserve Saturday, Herbie Teope of The Time-Picayune reports.

Lawrence began training camp on the non-football injury list, and will now miss the rest of the season. It remains unclear what the issue is, but the Auburn product did undergo season-ending knee surgery in December of last year.

Injury
Undisclosed - Injured Reserve
De'Vante Harris
No Updates
Cameron Tom
No Updates
John Kuhn
News
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
News
The Saints signed kicker Patrick Murray on Sunday to join Lutz on the roster, NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports.

Given his strong performance as a rookie, particularly late in the season, Lutz wasn't expected to have serious competition for the job this year. Murray may just be an insurance policy, as Lutz has reportedly looked good at training camp so far, according to Josh Katzenstein of The Times-Picayune. Lutz is still one of the top options at his position.

Bryce Harris
News
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.

Marcus Williams
News
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
News
Kamara gained 35 yards on four carries in Thursday's 20-14 preseason loss to the Browns.

Though Kamara finished fourth on the team in carries, he led the way with a healthy 8.8 yards per carry and ripped off an impressive 22-yard gain at one point. He seems unlikely to usurp significant playing time from Adrian Peterson and Mark Ingrahm this season, but Kamara could leapfrog Travaris Cadet and Daniel Lasco in the pecking order if he delivers more performance such as this in the future.

Khalif Barnes
News
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
News
Kikaha (knee) has been medically cleared for training camp, Amos Morale III of NOLA.com reports.

Kikaha tore his ACL during OTAs over a year ago, and he's finally recovered. The former second-round pick participated in team drills Thursday without any signs of his knee slowing him down and noted that he "feels great physically." Barring any setbacks, he projects to start at defensive end in Week 1.

Jerry Ugokwe
News
Ugokwe was claimed off waivers by the Saints on Tuesday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

The Saints already have, Khalif Barnes, Zach Strief and 2017 first-round pick Ryan Ramczyk battling for a spot at offensive tackle. Expect Ugokwe to be a backup if he makes the Week 1 roster.

Thomas Morstead
No Updates
Coby Fleener
News
Fleener (undisclosed) has been taking part in team drills at practice, Nick Underhill of The New Orleans Advocate reports.

Fleener missed some time in early August with an undisclosed injury, but he should be good to go for Sunday's preseason game in San Diego. He's locked in as the Saints' top tight end for a second straight year, hoping an improved understanding of the New Orleans offense will lead to a more consistent campaign.

Darryl Tapp
News
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
News
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
News
Unger (foot) participated in the stretching and conditioning portion of Monday's practice, Herbie Teope of NOLA.com reports.

Head coach Sean Payton said the original timetable for Unger's return, which is the Saints' third preseason game, remains intact. Look for the team to gradually ramp up his workload to get to that point.

Injury
Foot - Physically Unable to Perform
Alex Okafor
News
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 seems 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
News
Ellerbe (foot) was placed on injured reserve by the Saints on Tuesday, NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports.

Ellerbe had originally been placed on the team's Physically Unable to Perform list Monday, but the Saints plan to waive the outside linebacker upon his medical clearance. Ellerbe has yet to remain healthy for a full 16-game season but racked up 101 tackles in 15 games with the Dolphins in 2013. Several teams will likely be in pursuit of the veteran upon his potential release from New Orleans. Stephone Anthony, Alex Anzalone, Michael Mauti and Manti Te'o (Achilles) will battle for reps at outside linebacker with Ellerbe out.

Injury
Foot - Injured Reserve
Braedon Bowman
News
Bowman (knee) was picked up by the Saints on Saturday, Herbie Teope of The Times-Picayune reports.

Bowman, an 2016 undrafted free agent out of South Alabama, will look to impress in an already crowded tight end field. However, his most likely path to the team's final roster will be as a long snapper. He missed the majority of the the 2016 season after tearing his ACL, and it is unclear how far along he is in his recovery.

Injury
Knee - ACL - Questionable for Week 1 at Minnesota
Marshon Lattimore
News
Lattimore could see an increased role with Delvin Breaux sidelined for 4-6 weeks with a fractured fibula.

Lattimore had missed the past two weeks with a minor knee injury, but he returned to practice earlier this week and is expected to be healthy in time to play in either the second or third preseason game. While Lattimore will have to play catch-up after missing time during training camp, the Saints' first-round draft pick could serve as the team's starting cornerback in Week 1 in Breaux's absence.

Al-Quadin Muhammad
News
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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