Rufus Johnson

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON-- New Orleans Saints linebacker Rufus Johnson (59) throws at the New Orleans Saints Training Facility in Metairie, La. Tuesday, June 10, 2014.

Position: Defensive lineman Years in the NFL: 1 Acquired: Draft (2013, sixth round) College: Tarleton State Career highlights: In his final… Continue reading →

Saints’ Keenan Lewis back, Jairus Byrd impresses

Advocate staff photo by SCOTT THRELKELD -- Saints cornerback Keenan Lewis practices Wednesday at Mandeville High.

Under the lights of Mandeville High School’s football stadium Wednesday night, signs were relatively good that the Saints could soon have a full complement of cornerbacks as they sort out how the depth chart will look at that position. Not only did entrenched No. 1 cornerback Keenan Lewis participate in team drills after missing practices Monday and Tuesday with… Continue reading →

Live updates: Saints' Wed. practice in Mandeville

Advocate photo by VERONICA DOMINACH --Saints head coach, Sean Payton, middle, talks with Drew Brees, left, and Mark Ingram, right, during training  camp at the Saints practice facility in Metairie, La. Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014.

Welcome to our LIVE UPDATE forum for the Saints' practice at Mandeville High School. Advocate sportswriters Ted Lewis, Nick Underhill and Ramon Antonio Vargas provide instant updates and analysis for every play. Click here to join the action.Continue reading →

Saints Morning Briefing, Aug. 20

Advocate staff file photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- Saints Jairus Byrd reacts to Mark Ingram cut at the line of scrimmage during training camp.

Things are supposed to be cooler on the North Shore. That, plus a rare evening practice, should be welcome news for the Saints as they take a break from the routine that their Metairie facility with a special practice at Mandeville High School at 7 PM tonight. Working in far hotter conditions than they experienced during… Continue reading →

Even if he’s full-time play-caller, Saints offensive coordinator Pete Carmichael says job will be group effort

Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNISSaints quarterback Drew Brees chats with offensive coordinator Pete Carmichael during Saturday's scrimmage. Brees did not participate.

Saints offensive coordinator Pete Carmichael Jr. doesn’t yet know if he’ll call his team’s plays during the 2014 regular season after doing so in recent exhibition wins at St. Louis and at home against Tennessee. But Carmichael does know this: Even if it is his voice that’s being piped into quarterback Drew Brees’ headset before snaps, play-calling for… Continue reading →

Saints’ on the bubble: Travis Beckum

Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- Saints S Jairus Byrd (31) jogs off the field after the morning Saints Training Camp practice Saturday in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia.

On The Bubble Travis Beckum Position: Tight end. Years in the NFL: 5. Acquired: Free agency (2014). College: Wisconsin. Career highlights: The 2009 third-round draft pick caught seven passes for 45 yards in the 2011 playoffs for the Giants, who won the Super Bowl that season. He tore an ACL in the title game and hasn’t played since. Strengths:… Continue reading →

Safety Jairus Byrd expects to play for the Saints on Saturday

Advocate staff file photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- Saints Jairus Byrd reacts to Mark Ingram cut at the line of scrimmage during training camp.

Byrd had been limited in practice for most of trraining camp prior to Tuesday's practice. However, he was a full go on Tuesday and should see his first… Continue reading →

Saints go through walkthroughs and positional work in Tuesday practice

Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS Saints receiver Marques Colston runs a pass route as cornerback Patrick Robinson defends during training camp last week.

A handful of observations from Tuesday's practice: Senio Kelemete worked with the first-team offense with Ben Grubbs missing from practice. Kenan Lewis spent some time on a rowing machine. He exited Friday's game with an undisclosed injury and has not practiced since.… Continue reading →

Saints morning briefing (Aug. 19)

Advocate staff photo by ELIOT KAMENITZ--New Orleans Saints wide receiver Seantavius Jones (15) strikes a pose after making touchdown while New Orleans Saints tackle Thomas Welch (60) and New Orleans Saints wide receiver Brandon Coleman (16) watch  in a NFL preseason football game between the New Orleans Saints and Tennessee Titans in the Superdome in  New Orleans, La. Friday, Aug. 15, 2014.

The Saints are doing their best to say out of sight. After holding the first three weeks of camp in West Virginia, the team returned to its practice facility for Sunday’s session, but practice was moved indoors Monday. Weather permitting, the Saints should practice before fans Tuesday morning. ABOUT YESTERDAY: The Saints held practice indoors due… Continue reading →