Saints Talk: Recap Of Saints Preseason Opener Vs Vikings

After week one of the preseason, the Saints fall short to the Vikings; the final score was 34 to 25. However, we did see several standouts during the game.

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One player who seemly sealed up his first string spot was rookie Center Erik McCoy. The pass protection overall was absolutely great with McCoy standing out. Although, there was sack trouble when the second and third stringers came into the game. This was particularly on Quarterback Teddy Bridgewater during the first half.

Another player who was trying to earn a second string spot behind Tight End Jared Cook is Dan Arnold. With less than a minute in the first half, Bridgewater connects with Arnold for 6. That was easily his best play all game.

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On the contrary, early in the 3rd quarter, he couldn’t hold onto a short pass from Taysom Hill, leading to a pick 6 for the Vikings. It looked as if he “tossed” it to the rookie Vikings Cornerback Nate Meadors.

Just to reassure everybody, the whole special teams unit hasn’t lost a single step. Wil Lutz nailed all four of his field goals, even a 52 yarder as his longest for the night. Thomas Morstead had two punts totaling 91 yards with 45.5 as an average.

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There were also two breakout returners, Cyril Grayson Jr. and Deonte Harris. Grayson Jr. had two returns for 61 yards with an average of 30.5 yards a return. Harris, however, had an overall better game, returning wise. He has three returns for 90 yards, 30 yards a return.

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Saints Talk: Jets Interview Saints Executive Terry Fontenot

A little over two weeks after firing their General Manager Mike Maccagnan, the Jets have interviewed Saints Director of Pro Scouting Terry Fontenot.

Fontenot has spent a total of 16 seasons with the Saints and 6 of those 16 years as the Director of Pro Scouting. He has assisted the Saints for several years with the team’s pre-drart preparations. He’s been a key point in our Front Office over the years.

TE Ben Watson Comes Out Of Retirement, Signs With Patriots

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TE Ben Watson has come out of retirement to join the team that drafted him in 2004, the New England Patriots! Watson recently retired after the NFC Championship with the New Orleans Saints.

Watson hopes to fill the whole the Patriots desperately needed after Rob Gronkowski retired due to his health. Watson already knows the Patriots offense very well which is where he was drafted in 2004. He went on to win a Super Bowl ring with the Patriots after they defeated the Philadelphia Eagles 24-21 in Super Bowl XXXIX.

I expect Watson to do extraordinary with the Patriots but I don’t see him ‘carrying the load’ for the TE position as the Patriots also added Austin Seferian-Jenkins. In the Tweet below, you can see the updated skill players for the Patriots courtesy of Field Yates.

 

Each First Round Draft Pick From The 2019 NFL Draft

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That’s it! The first round of the 2019 NFL Draft is over and some of the biggest names are officially off the board. Here are every draft pick from the first round:

Selection No. 1 – Arizona Cardinals: QB Kyler Murray

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Selection No. 2 – San Francisco 49ers: DE Nick Bosa

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Selection No. 3 – New York Jets: DT Quinnen Williams

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Selection No. 4 – Oakland Raiders: DE Clelin Ferrell

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Selection No. 5 – Tampa Bay Buccaneers: LB Devin White

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Selection No. 6 – New York Giants: QB Daniel Jones

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Selection No. 7 – Jacksonville Jaguars: LB Josh Allen

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Selection No. 8 – Detroit Lions: TE TJ Hockenson

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Selection No. 9 – Buffalo Bills: DT Ed Oliver

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Selection No. 10 – Pittsburgh Steelers (Via Broncos): LB Devin Bush

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Selection No. 11 – Cincinnati Bengals: OT Jonah Williams

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Selection No. 12 – Green Bay Packers: DE Rashan Gary

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Selection No. 13 – Miami Dolphins: DT Christian Wilkins

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Selection No. 14 – Atlanta Falcons: G/T Chris Lindstrom

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Selection No. 15 – Washington Redskins: QB Dwayne Haskins

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Selection No. 16 – Carolina Panthers: OLB Brian Burns

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Selection No. 17 – New York Giants (Via Browns): DT Dexter Lawrence

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Selection No. 18 – Minnesota Vikings: C Garrett Bradbury

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Selection No. 19 – Tennessee Titans: DT Jeffery Simmons

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Selection No. 20 – Denver Broncos (Via Steelers): TE Noah Fant

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Selection No. 21 – Green Bay Packers (Via Seahawks): S Darnell Savage

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Selection No. 22 – Philadelphia Eagles (Via Ravens): T Andre Dillard

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Selection No. 23 – Houston Texans: T Tytus Howard

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Selection No. 24 – Oakland Raiders (Via Bears): RB Josh Jacobs

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Selection No. 25 – Baltimore Ravens (Via Eagles): WR Marquise Brown

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Selection No. 26 – Washington Redskins (Via Colts): DE Montez Sweat

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Selection No. 27 – Oakland Raiders (Via Cowboys): S Johnathan Abram

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Selection No. 28 – Los Angeles Chargers: DT Jerry Tillery

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Selection No. 29 – Seattle Seahawks (Via Chiefs): DE L.J. Collier

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Selection No. 30 – New York Giants (Via Seahawks/Packers/Saints): CB Deandre Baker

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Selection No. 31 – Atlanta Falcons (Via Rams): T Kaleb McGary

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Selection No. 32 – New England Patriots: WR N’Keal Harry

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Possible Draft Day Trades For The Saints

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The Saints are notorious for trading within the draft, especially in the Sean Payton era. In the Payton era, the Saints have traded every year except 2006 when Payton was hired and 2012 when Payton was suspended.

The Saints have traded from late in the second round to jump back into the first to snatch up a player they liked. They did this in 2011, going from No. 56 to No. 28 to select Alabama RB, Heisman Trophy winner, Mark Ingram.

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One possible draft day trade the Saints could pull off is trading up to No. 28 with the Chargers. The Chargers are rumored to be looking to trade out of the first round. The Saints could possibly package G Andrus Peat, No. 62 overall and either a 3rd or 4th round draft pick from 2020.

Another possible draft day trade is for the Saints to trade out of the second round and deal No. 62 overall and a 2020 3rd round pick to the Cardinals for CB Patrick Peterson. It’s rumored Peterson’s time in Arizona is almost over. The Saints repetitively tried to trade for the All-Pro CB last season before trading for former Giants CB Eli Apple instead.

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Top 10 Greatest Saints To Ever Play

Johnathon Vilma, Pat Swilling, Mark Ingram. All dominate Saints players yet they didn’t make the cut for my personal top 10 Saints players. Here is my top 10 Saints players.

Number 10: DE Will Smith

Super Bowl winning DE Will Smith was murdered tragically April 9th, 2016. Will Smith’s greatest play, in my opinion, was Tracy Porter’s game-sealing interception as he laid a key block on Peyton Manning.

Number 9: QB Archie Manning

Although it was another era when Saints fans typically wore paper bags over their heads, there was a shining star at QB by the name of Archie Manning. He gave the Saints hope yet we were typically considered the “laughing stock of the league.”

Number 8: WR Joe Horn

WR Joe Horn was not only a great receiver, he was a hilarious personality to have around New Orleans. He’s iconically know for his cell phone celebration after a touchdown.

Number 7: LB Sam Mills

LB Sam Mills passed away August 3rd, 2005 after a battle with colon cancer. Mills was inducted into the Saints and Panthers Hall of Fame. Mills is the inspiration behind the Panthers’ slogan “Keep Pounding.” He was in “Dome Patrol.” The “Dome Patrol” was a nickname for the Saints linebacking corp.

Number 6: OL Willie Roaf

OT Willie Roaf, aka “Nasty,” played for the Saints and Chiefs for thirteen seasons. He was such an exceptional tackle, he was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2012.

Number 5: RB Deuce McAllister

DEUCEEEEE!!! Deuce McAllister is the greatest running back in Saints history. He was drafted out of Ole Miss in the first round and spent eight seasons with the Saints.

Number 4: WR Marques Colston

WR Marques Colston, the greatest WR to never make a Pro Bowl. After drafted in the seventh round out of Hofstra, he was never looked at tremendously. He has just under 10,000 career yards (9,759) and 72 touchdowns.

Number 3: K Morten Anderson

K Morten Andersen is one of the greatest kickers ever after just being passed by ageless K Adam Vinatieri. Andersen ended his career with 2,544 points. He was inducted into the 2017 Hall of Fame class.

Number 2: LB Rickey Jackson

HOF LB Rickey Jackson was inducted into the 2010 class. Jackson was the leader of the “Dome Patrol.” The “Dome Patrol” consisted of Rickey Jackson, Sam Mills, Vaughn Johnson and Pat Swilling.

Number 1: QB Drew Brees

Although this may be obvious, I placed Brees as the greatest Saint ever because after Hurricane Katrina, the Saints, and quite frankly, the whole city of New Orleans was in desperate need of a hero. The Saints were rumored to be relocated to San Antonio if NOLA couldn’t recover. Within a few years of being signed, Brees brought a Lombardi to NOLA.


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Match Preview: Nashville SC vs Memphis 901

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After 28 LONG days, It’s finally soccer time in Nashville. Coming off of a 3-0 win over Ottawa FC, Nashville SC fans are beyond ready to watch their team live. The squad will now take on in-state rival Memphis 901 this Saturday night @ 7:00 PM.

With Memphis 901 being in 12th place and winning only one out of their first six games, NSC fans almost expect their squad to come out with the victory. Nashville SC(2-1-1)  has shown many moments of dominance, but likewise moments of vulnerability. This is the majority of NSC fans #1 concern going into Saturday’s match.

What to Watch

In Nashville SC’s previous match, MLS signee Daniel Rios found the net twice and is looking to do the same in this weeks bout. With Cameron Lancaster questionable for the second straight week due to injury, it is imperative for Rios to put on a show.

We all know that NSC’s defense alongside two high-quality goalkeepers(Matt Pickens and Connor Sparrow) will do their job keeping the ball out of the net, so this game is completely up to the execution of the attackers.

The Opposition

The Memphis 901 defense has shown great improvement throughout the season, giving up just 7 goals in 6 matches. These numbers are not spectacular by any means but are much more to be expected from a one-win team. The strong defense/goalkeeping for Memphis could be a testament to how poor their offense has played. The 901 attackers have only found the net 5 times in 6 matches, completely debunking the solid work their defense has done. If the Memphis 901 want a legitimate chance to defeat the NSC powerhouse, their offense will HAVE to show up.

Prediction

We may be biased, to say the least, but we see Nashville SC taking this match with a score of 3-0. The squad has been firing on all cylinders of late and is just hard to pick against.

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2019 NFL Preseason Schedule: Tennessee Titans


Courtesy of Todd Fuhrman of Bet the Board Podcast.

As most are already well aware, the NFL on Tuesday released the 2019 NFL Preseason schedule ahead of the upcoming draft activities.

Here’s a look at the preseason slate for the Tennessee Titans:

 

Week 1: Titans @ Eagles (Aug. 8-12; TBD)
Week 2:
Patriots vs. Titans (Aug. 15-19; TBD)
Week 3:
Steelers vs. Titans (Aug. 25 @ 8PM EST)
Week 4:
Titans @ Bears (Aug. 29-30)


The Titans will host the Steelers for their Week 3 match-up and will be nationally televised on NBC @ 8:00PM EST.

I would expect this to be the Titans “dress rehearsal” game, and the national spotlight will be shining bright on Marcus Mariota and the offense for the first time in a critical “do or die” year for the Titans QB.


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Trump Cancels MLB/Cuba Deal

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President Donald Trumps administration decided Monday to cancel the deal between Major League Baseball and the Cuban Baseball Federation that allowed Cuban players to play in the United States without having to defect.

The deal, made in December, was supposed to run through 2021 and allowed Cuban players to sign with MLB clubs in the same way, with similar rules, the way players from Japan and South Korea do. For Cuban players, those who were over 25 years old were able to sign with organizations that paid a “release fee” to the Cuban organization. Other players were still allowed to sign minor-league deals.

The deal was previously signed off by the U.S Department of Treasury as the MLB Players Association wanted a safer and legal process for Cuban players entry into the system, but the Trump Administration decided that the Cuban Baseball Federation is too closely tied with the Cuban Sports Ministry, a change from the Obama policy that decided the two were separate. Basically, since the Trump Administration believes the Cuban Baseball Federation is part of the Cuban government, the MLB’s deal with Cuba violates the United State’s trade law as MLB teams would be indirectly paying the Cuban government.

This happens just after Cuba released 34 names of eligible players for MLB teams to sign.

Some MLB superstars have come from Cuba. Players such as Aroldis Chapman, Jose Abreu, Yoenis Cespedes, Yasiel Puig, Yoan Moncada, and more have all taken the journey to the pros in the MLB. This deal was supposed to end the extremely dangerous human trafficking that happens between Cuba and the U.S, especially for those baseball players wanting to go to the MLB.

Cuba has ballers, they are a baseball powerhouse, and this deal prevents even more, better, talent from coming to the major leagues. Players will be at more risk when defecting and less will get the chance to pursue their dreams. The MLB Players Association works hard to help fix this issue and I don’t think they’ll stop now.