Author: Adam Forsythe

Saints Defensive Tackle Suspended to Start 2019 NFL Season

Adam Forsythe / June 28, 2019

After New Orleans Saints’ defensive tackle David Onyemata was cited for marijuana possession on February 7, 2019, many Saints fans were left to wonder how the NFL would discipline the rising star.

On Friday, June 28, the fans’ questions were finally answered. The league issued a one-game suspension to Onyemata. This suspension is significantly less than many had originally expected.

When fellow defensive tackle Sheldon Rankins suffered a torn Achilles during last season’s playoff matchup with the Philadelphia Eagles, the team already knew that they would be entering the next season shorthanded at the position. Then, once the news originally broke about Onyemata, it became even more unclear how the team would handle this difficult situation. To overcome this dilemma, the Saints signed defensive linemen Malcolm Brown and Mario Edwards Jr. during the offseason to add to the depth at the position.

The Saints week one matchup comes against the Houston Texans, so the Saints will be relying on their offseason additions to step up to the challenge. Luckily, the team also has a sneaky good player in Taylor Stallworth who could very well play a key role in the Saints’ defensive rotation this season.

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Saints and Cameron Jordan Reach an Agreement on a Contract Extension

Adam Forsythe / June 11, 2019

Ever since the New Orleans Saints selected defensive end Cameron Jordan in the first round of the 2011 NFL Draft, he has provided the team with a dominant pass rusher who is one of the top defenders in the league. With a contract nearing an extension, the Saints wanted to make sure that they could keep their star defensive player in New Orleans even longer. The team accomplished just that.

On Tuesday morning, the Saints announced that they have reached an agreement with Jordan on an extension that will keep him wearing black and gold through the 2023 season. The three-year deal is worth $52.5 million and has a max of $55.5 million including over $42 million guaranteed.

The payday is well deserved for Jordan. Throughout his eight-year career, Jordan has earned 71.5 sacks, 409 total tackles, and 143 quarterback hits. Jordan’s sack and QB hit stats rank him fourth and first respectively all-time for the Saints.

The Saints’ star pass rusher has never missed a game in his career. Saints fans will surely be ecstatic to watch Jordan dominate on the field for the next four years.

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Saints Announce their 2019 Hall of Fame Class

Adam Forsythe / June 5, 2019

The New Orleans Saints Hall of Fame was founded in 1987, and almost every year since then (excluding 2005) at least one inductee to be immortalized in Saints’ history. On Wednesday morning, the team announced their 2019 hall of fame class.

Former wide receiver Marques Colston and running back Reggie Bush were announced as the latest members of this prestigious club. Several events regarding this hall of fame class will take place during the weekend of October 25-27, which corresponds with the team’s week 8 matchup with the Arizona Cardinals.

During their time with the Saints, both Colston and Bush were fan-favorites. They both entered the league in the 2006 NFL Draft as the Saints selected Bush with their first-round selection and then selected Colston near the end of the seventh round. This was also the first draft class under current head coach Sean Payton.

Throughout his five years with the Saints, Bush accumulated 2,090 rushing yards and 17 rushing touchdowns. However, he was even more explosive through the air as he hauled in 294 receptions for 2,142 yards and 12 touchdowns. Bush’s stats rank him 12th all-time in franchise rushing yards, and 13th in franchise rushing touchdowns.

Colston spent ten years with the Saints and made the most of every opportunity. Colston caught 711 passes for 9,759 yards and 72 touchdowns. Colston leads the franchise in receptions, receiving yards, and receiving touchdowns.

Colston and Bush were both apart of the Saints historic Super Bowl run during the 2009 season. They both played pivotal roles in one of the most explosive offenses in the league. Now that they will both be enshrined in the Saints’ Hall of Fame, their greatness can be recognized by future generations of Saints’ fans who were unable to watch them dominate on the field.

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Head Coach Sean Payton is Impressed by Rookie Center McCoy

Adam Forsythe / May 11, 2019

 

The New Orleans Saints started rookie minicamp on Friday, May 10. With dozens of players attending minicamp trying to earn a spot with the team, the Saints’ second-round selection Erik McCoy quickly stood out. Almost immediately head coach Sean Payton was impressed with the young center.

“He’s been good. He’s smart. He’s a guy that you can see is experienced at his position. He’s playing center, (and) is in good shape. Overall it’s been good.”

McCoy was the team’s first selection in the 2019 NFL Draft. The Saints traded up in the second round to select the former Texas A&M center. During his time with the Aggies, the 6’4″ center only allowed one sack.

Earlier in the offseason program, former Saints’ center Max Unger elected to retire, leaving the Saints without a starting center. In a rush to fill that hole, the Saints signed former Vikings’ offensive lineman Nick Easton. However, the Saints showed that they weren’t finished in their search for Unger’s successor when the selected McCoy during the draft. McCoy is a solid addition to the interior of one of the best offensive lines in the NFL. 

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Alizé Mack Knows What Kind of Opportunity Lies Ahead for him in the Saints’ Offense

Adam Forsythe / May 11, 2019

In the seventh round of the 2019 NFL Draft, the New Orleans Saints added yet another tight end to their team in Notre Dame’s Alizé Mack. Although the team signed Jared Cook this offseason to become their primary option at the tight end position, Mack still has the opportunity to play a role in one of the most prolific offenses in the league.

One of the reasons why the Saints’ offense is so explosive is because of their future hall-of-fame quarterback, Drew Brees. The team’s seventh-round selection is the latest addition to a long line of offensive playmakers for the star quarterback to throw passes to.  Mack realizes just how special this opportunity is.

“It’s big. It’s big because you know it’s Drew Brees. At the end of the day, there’s pressure just because you look at his stats and you look at how efficient he is. I mean he’s everything you know,” Mack said. “But it helps you though. I think having him as your quarterback it helps everyone on the team because you understand who’s at QB and who’s the leader.”

Mack also knows exactly what it’s going to take to make it onto the team’s final 53-man roster, but he’s definitely up to the challenge.

“For myself it’s just about being consistent and being in tune with all the details, making sure I’m getting the depth in my routes, making sure I’m cutting at the right time and looking at the right time, making sure I’m protecting him when I have to pass block, and just be an all-around player,” Mack stated. “But that just comes day by day just continuing to work, continuing to watch film, continuing to get better, and just be a sponge and continue to learn. I mean I’ve only been here a few days, I’ve got a long way to go.”

The Saints have found plenty of success with multiple tight ends featured in the offense in previous seasons. Mack has the potential to contribute to the team in a similar way in 2019.

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