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New Saints weapon Coby Fleener’s a self-proclaimed ‘nerd’ with an eye on the tech industry

New Orleans Saints tight end Coby Fleener (82) goes through drills during NFL football practice in Metairie, La., Thursday, June 2, 2016. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

Nerds are no longer a stereotype, not in an age when comic-book movies dominate the box office and high-profile tech companies buy and sell each other for billions of dollars, all while racing to create the next gadget that will find its way into half the hands in the country. Some stand 6-foot-6, weigh 251 pounds and have… Continue reading →

Archie Manning to join the likes of Dwight Eisenhower, Ronald Reagan and John Wayne as winner ofNational Football Foundation Gold Medal

Former Saints quarterback Archie Manning will receive the 2016 National Football Foundation Gold Medal, the organization’s highest honor. The gold medal is awarded to persons based on their integrity, honesty, career success, and basic values that mirror those who have excelled in amateur sports.

During both his playing and postfootball career, Archie Manning has received more awards than he can remember. But the latest for the former Ole Miss and Saints quarterback-turned New Orleans businessman and community leader, “is right up there with the best of them.” The National Football Foundation recently announced Manning will receive the 2016 NFF Gold Medal, the… Continue reading →

New Orleans Saints plan to keep training camp at The Greenbrier despite heavy flooding

Photo by Cam Huffman/The Greenbrier via AP -- Flooding swamps the 17th green of the Old White Course at The Greenbrier in White Sulphur Springs, W. Va. Despite the severe flooding in the area, the Saints are preparing to hold preseason training there, as the football field and training facilities have not been flooded.

The New Orleans Saints continue to prepare to hold training camp at The Greenbrier Resort despite heavy flooding that hit White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia, and Greenbrier County last week. Because of heavy floods on the Old White golf course that houses The Greenbrier’s annual PGA event, The Greenbrier Classic has been canceled, and the NFL Network’s Gil… Continue reading →

Second-year Saints cornerback Damian Swann believes he’s put concussion problems behind him

Advocate file photo by SCOTT THRELKELD -- Saints cornerback Damian Swann breaks up a pass intended for Giants wide receiver Dwayne Harris last season. Swann later left the game with his second concussion of the season.

A lot of people have ideas about what’s best for Damian Swann. Their ideas are rooted in good intentions. The Saints’ second-year cornerback saw his rookie season cut short by three concussions suffered in a span of nine weeks, a streak of injury that has left some wondering if the long-term implications of concussions… Continue reading →

Kasim Edebali has quietly become a potential answer at edge rusher for Saints defensive line

FILE - In this Dec. 21, 2015, file photo, Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford (9) is sacked by New Orleans Saints outside linebacker Kasim Edebali (91) during the first half of an NFL football game in New Orleans. A decade ago Edebali was a teenage quarterback with the Hamburg Huskies, an American football team in northern Germany. He hoped he might become good enough to one day play in NFL Europe - the biggest stage he could imagine. But the league went out of business in 2007, so Edebali left home and has found an even bigger stage, as a linebacker for the Saints. (AP Photo/Jonathan Bachman, File)

The New Orleans Saints have been quietly confident in their stable of young edge rushers all offseason, leaving the spot untouched in both the draft and free agency, even after second-year starter Hau’oli Kikaha went down with a torn ACL during organized team activities. Two of their options at the position remain largely unproven.… Continue reading →

Saints release training-camp schedule

The New Orleans Saints will be racking up some frequent-flier miles and hotel points in training camp later this year. New Orleans released its official training camp schedule Tuesday, a slate that includes two weeks at the Greenbrier Resort in West Virginia sandwiched around a trip to New England, followed by a trip to… Continue reading →

Change in defensive line scenery doesn’t alter Saints defensive end Bobby Richardson’s outlook

Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- Saints DL Bobby Richardson (78) works in defensive drills during the Saints' morning Training Camp practice Monday in White Sulphur Springs, WV.

Bobby Richardson finds himself facing a far different defensive line picture than the one he left in January. New Orleans shifted its best defensive player, Cameron Jordan, to the “closed” end position Richardson occupied last year, drafted fourth-rounder David Onyemata and started him out at the position, spent its first-round pick on an interior… Continue reading →

The way of winning: Back with the Saints, safety Roman Harper aims to show the defense what it takes

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON--New Orleans Saints defensive back Roman Harper (41) offers water to safety Alden Darby (42) at the Saints training facility during minicamp in Metairie on Wednesday, June 15, 2016.

In his first week back with the New Orleans Saints, it seemed like Roman Harper had a teleporter — because he was everywhere. The veteran safety, who returned to the Saints earlier this month after two seasons with the Carolina Panthers, was moving all over the practice field during minicamp, putting his fellow defenders where they needed… Continue reading →

Tom Benson reaches deal in lawsuit over shares of Saints, Pelicans in final piece of family feud litigation

Advocate staff photo by JOHN McCUSKER  -- Tom Benson leaves for a lunch during a break in his trial at civil district court in New Orleans Wednesday, June 3, 2015.

After more than a year of legal wrangling over nonvoting shares in his sports teams and various other business assets, Saints and Pelicans owner Tom Benson appears to have reached a settlement agreement with the officials overseeing trust funds benefiting his estranged daughter and grandchildren, wrapping up the last unresolved piece of litigation in a feud that has… Continue reading →

Rod Walker: At Saints minicamp, fans were ‘not here for 7-9 seasons’

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON -- Melvin Cavalier, right, and his nephew, Collins Whitney, watch the Saints practice at their training facility during minicamp Thursday in Metairie.

Collins Whitney only cares about two things. Church services Sunday. And the Saints. “Those are the two biggest things in his life,” said Melvin Cavalier, Whitney’s uncle. And that’s why Cavalier brought his 47-year-old nephew, who has autism, to the Saints minicamp the past three days. Cavalier and Whitney… Continue reading →

‘Getting ready to build on what we started’: Sean Payton and the Saints get set for training camp

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON--New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton walks past the defense during warm ups at the Saints training facility during minicamp in Metairie, La. Wednesday, June 15, 2016.

The New Orleans Saints will report to training camp at The Greenbrier on July 27, coach Sean Payton said at the close of the team’s summer schedule Thursday. The team will bring its players back in three stages. Rookies return to the team facility in Metairie first; injured players return the week before training camp begins; and the… Continue reading →

New Orleans Saints minicamp: Nick Underhill’s top three thoughts from the final day

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON -- Saints free safety Jairus Byrd stretches at the team's training facility during minicamp Thursday in Metairie.

1. GRAYSON WATCH It’s been a mixed minicamp for second-year quarterback Garrett Grayson. He’s made a handful of mistakes but littered them with some smaller bright moments. He missed on a slant and then connected with Kyle Prater on a fade for a touchdown Thursday. Grayson admitted he wasn’t entirely pleased with his performance the previous… Continue reading →

Saints safety Erik Harris, imported from the CFL this offseason, is making a strong first impression

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON--NNew Orleans Saints defensive back Erik Harris (30) runs a drill at the Saints training facility during minicamp in Metairie, La. Wednesday, June 15, 2016.

Kenny Vaccaro summoned the name of Delvin Breaux. It’s an easy comparison. Last year, Breaux came to the New Orleans Saints from the Hamilton Tiger-Cats of the Canadian Football League and immediately made an impact. Now, his former CFL teammate, Erik Harris, is trying to do the same thing. But, after letting the words hang in… Continue reading →

Saints minicamp notes: How rookie QB Garrett Grayson looks; why Sean Payton not worried about kickers' performances

. Attendance: Hau’oli Kikaha and Avery Young were both not spotted at practice again. Linebacker Stephone Anthony was also missing. Safety Jairus Byrd, cornerback Kyle Wilson, defensive end Kasim Edebali, safety Jamarca Sanford, punter Thomas Morstead and linebacker Dannell Ellerbe did not participate in team drills. Shorter day: The Saints ended practice early on Thursday after going through… Continue reading →

Familiar sound: WWL radio announces Deuce McAllister will take over as Saints’ color analyst

Deuce McAllister has been named the color analyst for Saints radio.

Back in the days when Deuce McAllister was the engine running the Saints offense, Hokie Gajan used to turn to Bobby Hebert on every third down with the same suggestion. Didn’t matter how many yards the Saints needed. Didn’t matter what kind of game McAllister was having. Gajan always wanted the same play called.… Continue reading →

Saints defensive end Davis Tull, injured as a rookie, tries to make up for lost time

Advocate staff photo by ELIOT KAMENITZ -- Saints defensive end Davis Tull, left, and safety Roman Harper go through drills during OTAs at their facility in Metairie last week.

Davis Tull finds himself in the role of a “tweener” again. Not the bridge he had to build between his past as a defensive end at Chattanooga and the strongside linebacker role he played during his brief rookie season with the New Orleans Saints. In Dennis Allen’s defense, Tull is back at defensive end, lining up with his… Continue reading →

New Orleans Saints minicamp: Joel Erickson’s top three thoughts from Wednesday

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON--NNew Orleans Saints defensive back Erik Harris (30) runs a drill with New Orleans Saints outside linebacker Michael Mauti (56) at the Saints training facility during minicamp in Metairie, La. Wednesday, June 15, 2016.

1. DOMINANT DEFENSE. The defense has turned in two very solid days during the mandatory minicamp, largely led by a secondary that has forced all three quarterbacks to work hard for anything they can get. And the defense might have turned in its best day of the open summer practice sessions Wednesday. The defense racked up seven… Continue reading →

Archie Manning receives honor in Lafayette

Advocate staff photo by BRAD BOWIE -- Dale Kelly, left, and Noah Kelly, 12, center, from Eagle Scout Troop 55 out of Broussard, meet football legend Archie Manning on Wednesday at the Doubletree by Hilton. Manning was attending a luncheon at the hotel, during which he was honored with the Distinguished Citizen Award by the Evangeline Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America.

Around 300 Lafayette community business leaders gathered to honor former New Orleans Saints quarterback Archie Manning on Wednesday as he received the Evangeline Area Council Boy Scouts of America Distinguished Citizen Award at the Doubletree Hotel in Lafayette. “I’m really humbled and honored,” Manning said. “Scouting has done great work for many generations, and I… Continue reading →

Saints news & notes: Defense rules again as minicamp rolls on

. The New Orleans Saints’ defense has turned in two very solid days of work during the mandatory minicamp, largely led by a secondary that has forced all three quarterbacks to work hard for anything they can get.

And the defense might have turned in its best day of the open sessions so far on Wednesday. New Orleans… Continue reading →

Three and out: Nick Underhill’s thoughts on P.J. Williams, Craig Robertson and Garrett Grayson after the first day of Saints minicamp

Advocate staff photo by SCOTT THRELKELD  A large crowd watches practice during the New Orleans Saints minicamp Tuesday, June 14, 2016, at the Saints training facility.

1. WILLIAMS SHINING It was a strong day for Saints cornerback P.J. Williams. He had a one-handed interception on a pass that ultimately carried him out of bounds, jumped a route in team drills intended for Brandin Cooks and dropped an interception, and also broke up a pass. He’s playing both on… Continue reading →