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New Orleans Saints' Top 20 players on the 2017 roster

Postby Angel92 » Jul 26th, '17, 05:35

For the sixth consecutive offseason, we've ranked the New Orleans Saints' top players.
Eight players from last year's list are no longer on this year's list: No. 4 Brandin Cooks, No. 9 Stephone Anthony, No. 10 Keenan Lewis, No. 11 Coby Fleener, No. 16 James Laurinaitis, No. 17 Jairus Byrd, No. 19 Tim Hightower, No. 20 Thomas Morstead.
This year's list brought a unique challenge with a 40 percent turnover from the 2016 top 20 rankings. It's difficult to decipher how well some players will recover from injury. It's also a challenge to determine how good some of the newbies (young and old) will fit into the mix.
As always, you're invited to give us your thoughts on the 2017 rankings in the comments.
There's literally no slowing down the veteran wide receiver.
Ginn came to the Saints after his second stint in Carolina and will be likely one of the team's fastest players. The Saints are banking on his speed in a Devery Henderson-type role for 2017.
He'll be the clear No. 3 wideout, not the "replacement" for Brandin Cooks. Ginn should also be considered a viable option at either kick or punt returner.
Ginn can make the incredible catch, but he can also make the mind-boggling drop. It's just who he is at this point in his career. But Ginn is coming off two of his better seasons with a combined 98 catches for 1,491 yards and 14 touchdowns with the Panthers.
The Saints traded up into the second round in the 2016 NFL Draft to nab Bell. They wasted no time thrusting him into the starting lineup on a defense needing all the help it could find.
Bell played every game last season, starting 14. The safety combined for 87 tackles (61 solo), along with a sack, two forced fumbles and four pass defenses.
The Ohio State product seemed to play at his best when the Saints ran three-safety sets with Kenny Vaccaro and Jairus Byrd. Vaccaro's four-game suspension at the end of the 2016 season shifted Bell into more pass-coverage situations in which Bell struggled at times.
Adding Marcus Williams in this year's second round of the draft brings another piece to the equation. Williams, Bell and Vaccaro could be the three-safety set this season.
This ranking is more reflective on what Robertson did for the Saints last season as opposed to what I expect from him in 2017.
The Saints shoved Robertson into the starting lineup by Week 4 last season after initially viewing him as a reserve and special teams standout. The team tossed its original plans out the window after James Laurinaitis struggled mightily at middle linebacker.
Robertson became the team's on-field signal-caller for the rest of the season. He played better than one would have expected with 115 total Rhett Ellison Youth Jersey tackles, a sack and an interception.
As for 2017, his role will likely revert to what Sean Payton and Co. anticipated Robertson came from Cleveland last offseason. Robertson should be the backup at weakside linebacker behind Dannell Ellerbe and play special teams.
But Ellerbe is injury prone, so Robertson should prepare himself as if he would again be the starter.
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Bud Dupree donates over $5,000 to Children's Hospital

Postby Angel92 » Jul 26th, '17, 06:13

Dupree, the Steelers No.1 pick back in 2015, was hampered by injuries during the first half of the 2016 season. He returned and played a major role in Pittsburgh's seven game winning streak, recording 2.5 sacks in the team's Week 14 victory in Buffalo.
“The week before the Buffalo game, right before I started again," Dupree said during a recent interview with's Missi Matthews. "I had a great week of practice. Even though my groin was still tight, I tried to play it off so I could get back on the field.
“It was hard at first, because everything was sped up, I was behind on the scheme and the plays. But I knew the playbook from the previous year which helped me out a lot.”
Dupree worked maniacally to get back onto the field after being initially being placed on IR in September.
“It was very hard. The expectations were high for me," Dupree said. "I put in a lot of work last offseason, and it just came to a stop. I kept grinding, my family kept me encouraged, and God put me back into the right position at the right time.
“I would have been so mad. I just hate missing time because I love being on the field, the bond and the brotherhood with my teammates.
“One day, I had to do a job test, like a power walk. When I was doing it, they said don’t go over a certain speed, but I sped up, and I felt my groin loosen up. So I start doing extra rehabs, doing extra mile walks, doing little things to speed up L.P. Ladouceur Youth Jersey the process on my way back.”
Dupree said he is using the 2017 AFC Championship loss to New England as motivation for 2017, as Dupree is motivated to see his high expectations for himself and his defense come to fruition.
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Hugh Freeze is gone, Ole Miss is damaged, and the Rebels hav

Postby Angel92 » Jul 26th, '17, 07:03

Let's start with this being the single most embarrassing moment in the history of Ole Miss athletics.
Hotty Toddy, gosh almighty, Hugh Freeze just dragged a venerable Southern institution down into some Kardashian-level slime.
Somewhere, the first gentleman of Ole Miss must be quietly weeping. That would be Archie Manning -- if only because his alma mater became a national punchline Thursday.
Manning is admired way beyond being a one-time great quarterback. He is a consummate Southern gentleman, a symbol of the Deep South from another era. His pride is their pride -- in Ole Miss, its people, the SEC, the region.
He also knows now that his coach called an escort service. At least once.
And that seems to be only the tip of the kudzu plant. By the time the Ole Miss administration got done wiping its hands of Freeze at a hastily called press conference Thursday, what was left of his character lie splattered all over Twitter.
"A pattern of personal misconduct," they called it. More than just an Ole Miss-dial that CBS Sports, among others, had reported minutes earlier. More than a one-minute call to a Tampa-based escort service that Freeze contended was a mistake.
Then Ole Miss admitted to doing something they should have done months ago, perhaps at the beginning of the ongoing NCAA investigation.
They checked Freeze's phone records. What they found was "a pattern of conduct not consistent with our expectations as the leader of our football program."
That's code for something way worse than a butt dial. Specifics were at a premium, probably because everyone from Oxford, Mississippi, to Indianapolis is lawyered up. Athletic director Ross Bjork wouldn't say if that pattern of behavior was calls -- plural -- to escort services.
Ole Miss leaders did stress that, when Freeze resigned, the school didn't owe him a dime. In fact, if he hadn't resigned, the "moral terpitude" contract clause would have been activated.
Translation: If Freeze didn't step down, he would have been fired for cause.
Yeah, I feel for Archie.
I also feel for John Grisham, who was probably just scooped by Ole Miss for his latest book pitch. Scandal! Ole Miss! Football! Lawyers! One of the great storytellers of our time got beaten out by reality.
In a matter of moments, that supposed butt dial turned into a Bible Belt bombshell.
It's a scandal on two levels. Ole Miss now suddenly finds itself vehemently defending their suddenly disgraced former coach, who is accused of eight NCAA major violations.
The same coach they just ran out of town.
If Ole Miss doesn't have faith in the investigation's central figure, why should the NCAA? Is there such a thing as institutional (out-of) control?
"A lot people call [Freeze] a fraud," one reporter asked Bjork. "What do you think about that?"
"None of us are perfect," the AD replied.
On that note, scores of coaches across the country smiled. They were sick of Freeze's self-righteous Bible-thumping. They were also sick of his recruiting methods.
Freeze, the celebu-coach, had made his bones early transforming Michael Oher into an NFL offensive lineman. He also was able to inject himself into the movie about Oher's life.
Should we have been so blindsided on Thursday?
"You will soon learn this matter is totally unrelated to the NCAA case," Bjork said.
Oh yeah? I believe NCAA enforcement director Jon Duncan will have the last word on that one. If Houston Nutt's lawyer can get those phone records, why wouldn't the NCAA be interested? And what else might they reveal?
If you don't believe a third notice of allegations is possible for Ole Miss, please consider the NCAA's second notice of allegations to Ole Miss.
Maybe the best thing that happened to Rebels football is that the NCAA is running out of folks to penalize. The school banned itself from a bowl, took away some scholarships.
It basically fired its coach.
Ole Miss will recover. Freeze will work Tony Romo Womens Jersey again. They always do. Jim Tressel is the president of a university. Dave Bliss got a couple of jobs after he disparaged a murdered former player.
I'm not ready to say Art Briles will never coach again.
But for now, I feel most for Archie. At one proud Southern institution he is one proud Southern institution. This was the worst day in his alma mater's athletic history.
And the slime may be just beginning to ooze
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The MMQB All-Time NFL Draft: Final Takeaways

Postby Angel92 » Jul 26th, '17, 07:40

A reader asked which single-season team had the most players in The MMQB All-Time NFL Draft. The winner: the 1971 Cowboys team that won Super Bowl VI, with 11. The players (in draft order):
1971 Cowboys drafted
Roger Staubach, QB
Bob Lilly, DT
Forrest Gregg, T
Lance Alworth, WR
Mike Ditka, TE
Herb Adderley, CB
Mel Renfro, S
Rayfield Wright, T
Bob Hayes, WR
Cliff Harris, S
Chuck Howley, LB
It should be noted that Forrest Gregg, who signed with the Cowboys after 14 years in Green Bay, played in only six games that ’71 season and did not play in the Super Bowl. He retired after that year, leaving the ’72 Cowboys with 10 of our All-Time Draft players—though Herb Adderley, Lance Alworth and Mike Ditka all played diminished roles in ’72 and retired after the season.
While the Packers teams of 1961 and 1963 also had 10 players in our draft, the more impressive 10-player team was also a bit of a surprise: The 1968-71 Chiefs had 10 players in our draft who played together for four full seasons. It was enlightening to see the respect our 12 GMs had for the powerhouse Kansas City squads of the late ’60s/early ’70s, and for the AFL in general. The Canton seniors committee might want to have another look at Otis Taylor, Ed Budde and Johnny Robinson.
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Saints LB Dannell Ellerbe expected to be waived when healthy

Postby Angel92 » Jul 27th, '17, 01:57

News broke yesterday that the New Orleans Saints would place LB Dannell Ellerbe on Injured Reserve, and that when he’s be healthy the linebacker will be cut.
New Orleans Saints analysts such as Mike Triplett, Josh Katzenstein, and Nick Underhill all confirmed this news. Ellerbe, unfortunately, is dealing with yet another injury, this time to his foot. He didn’t pass his physical before training camp, which would ultimately be the reasoning behind the move.
The news comes as a surprise for some about Ellerbe’s eventual release. The linebacker has played an important role in the Saints defense when healthy. Ellerbe contributed as the New Orleans Saints starting Will Linebacker.
When available, Ellerbe was a noticeable upgrade compared to what the Saints had, but in the end his ability to stay on the field simply didn’t meet the team’s expectations. Danell Ellerbe has unfortunately been struggling with injuries ever since he joined the New Orleans Saints. In fact, Dannell Ellerbe hasn’t started a full season in his current 8-year tenure in the National Football League.
During his tenure with in New Orleans, Ellerbe has only managed to start 15 of the available 32 games. In the 2015 season, Dannell Ellerbe played only six games for the Saints. In those six games, Ellerbe contributed 39 total tackles, 1 forced fumble, and 1 pass defended against. However, in the year 2016, Ellerbe played in 9 games throughout the season. In those 9 games, Dannell Ellerbe totaled 44 total tackles, 4.0 sacks, and 2 passes defended against.
Now the question remains, “What will the New Orleans Saints do now that Dannell Ellerbe will be gone?” Dannell Ellerbe filled the position of the starting Will Linebacker, and with that vacancy now open there are a couple of candidates that are worthy of overtaking it.
The former free agent standout looks to be the frontrunner in this escapade for a new Saints starting Will linebacker. Robertson, a talented linebacker, possesses the versatility to play multiple positions. Including WLB. With the depth the Saints currently have overall at the linebacker position, I could envision this move for Robertson. He has been successful in this defense already and could transition well to a different linebacker position. In 2016 with the New Orleans Saints, Craig Robertson totaled 115 total tackles leading the team, 1 sack, and 1 interception.
The New Orleans Saints 2017 3rd round selection could give LB Craig Robertson the biggest competition as far as this battle goes. Anzalone, a former Florida alum, had an impressive showing during his college years and looks to continue this as he plays for the Saints.
While Anzalone was with Florida, the linebacker totaled 75 total tackles, (33 solo tackles), 5 tackles for a loss, 3 sacks, 2 passes defended against, and 1 fumble recovery.
Alex Anzalone has a wide variety of talents that could spell success for himself as a starter for the New Orleans Saints in 2017. Anzalone is an impressive candidate. He would surely make a great starter. Now, if he’ll be able to beat out Craig Robertson, that’ll be another story.
Other candidates that are possibilities for the starting position include former CFL star and potential breakout athlete LB Adam Bighill. Regardless who overtakes the position, it’ll certainly be an interesting showdown!
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Countdown To Steelers Camp: 50 In 25 Series – Cobi Hamilton

Postby Angel92 » Jul 27th, '17, 02:59

The calendar has now flipped over to July and that means the Pittsburgh Steelers annual training camp will be getting underway in Latrobe later this month. As usual, we have several series planned to get you ready for this year’s training camp and mine will center around preview profiles of 50 players over the course of the next 25 days. Most of these profiles will be on players who were under contract with the team in 2016.
Up twenty-seventh in this series is a 2017 preview profile of wide receiver Cobi Hamilton.
Intro: At this same time last year, Hamilton wast even on the Steelers roster. He made one hell of climb from there as he wound up on the Steelers 53-man unit come Week 6 of the regular season after first spending time on the team’s practice squad. He then proceeded to dress for all games moving forward and ended the regular season with 17 receptions for 234 yards and two touchdowns. He added another four receptions for 51 yards and a touchdown during the playoffs.
Current Strengths: Hamilton’s best trait is that he is a physical wide receiver and we saw him make several contested catches during the 2016 regular season with a few coming on third downs. He’s a willing blocker to boot. While not overly fast, he showed a knack to separate last second on a few deep receptions in 2016 and especially in the end zone. Those few catches required some good body control.
Current Weaknesses: Hamilton is not a twitchy wide receiver off the line and he lacks straight-line speed. He struggles to get on top of cornerbacks more times than not. His total route running and overall ability to sink his hips to get in and out of breaks effectively and consistently is also lacking.
2017 Outlook: If Hamilton can somehow beat the odds again and wind up making the 53-man roster in 2017, he’ll be a depth chart wide receiver John Jenkins Youth Jersey and special teams contributor. That’s not guaranteed to happen, however, with the return of fellow wide receiver Martavis Bryant and the Steelers drafting of wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster. Assuming he’s eligible, Hamilton might could open the 2017 season on the Steelers practice squad again if not signed by another team.
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Water skiing never gets old for 64-year-old Wallace

Postby Angel92 » Jul 27th, '17, 03:57

DUNCANVILLE – For the fourth time in the last five years the American Water Ski Association Southern Regionals is being held at Lymanland Lake, meaning the return of Ham Wallace.
Wallace, 64, is an independent automobile broker in Nashville, but made the 247-mile trip to his old stomping grounds in Tuscaloosa.
He attended the University of Alabama from 1971-75. While there, he was one of the founders of the water skiing team.
“We went to a collegiate tournament and said, ‘This is the real deal,’” Wallace said.
Wallace has been competing competitively for 52 years. Since leaving Alabama, he has become a jumping world champion and finished second overall in 2010 in the 35-over age division that was held in Italy. Overall, Wallace is a four-time national champion.
His water skiing journey, however, starts 59 years ago in Guntersville, Alabama.
“Our family had a cabin up there, and when I was 5, I saw adults skiing and said, ‘It’s time to learn,’” Wallace said. “I didn’t do much with it for about two years, but then it took off.”
When Wallace’s mother was a teenager, her parents built a ski jump on Lake Guntersville, leading her to join the American Water Skiing Association.
“I would see the magazine come to our house every month and I would study it,” Wallace said. “When I was 10, I bugged my father to death to build a slalom course. Three years later I got pretty good, so he took me to ski with older skiers, who taught me how to jump.”
Wallace said a good jump happens when your Trent Cole Jersey body position is right and you have a good angle. In Wallace’s division, the boat travels at 32 mph, leading the skier to travel at about 50 mph.
“There is nothing like it,” Wallace said. “It’s a great feeling and it’s been a great sport.”
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Frank Gore closing in on the Top 5 for all-time rushing yard

Postby Angel92 » Jul 27th, '17, 06:10

Frank Gore is a rare running back who’s still able to play at a high level into his 30s, rushing for 1,025 yards last season at the age of 33. If he can do that again at age 34, he’ll join some truly elite company.
Gore is already the active rushing leader, with 13,065 career yards, and the only players ahead of him in NFL history are Hall of Famers. If Gore equals his 2016 production this year, he’ll move ahead of three of those Hall of Famers — Eric Dickerson, Jerome Bettis and LaDainian Tomlinson — and into the Top 5 in NFL history. He’d also then be just behind No. 4 Curtis Martin, who retired with 14,101 yards.
Another 1,000-yard season would be the 10th of Gore’s career, tying him with Martin, Walter Payton and Barry Sanders for the second most 1,000-yard seasons in NFL history. Only Emmitt Smith, with 11 1,000-yard seasons, has more.
It’s probably a long shot to think Gore will last long enough to pass Sanders (15,269 career yards), Payton (16,726) and Smith (18,355) on the all-time rushing list. But it’s easy to see Gore moving into fourth place all-time, and making a strong case for himself as a Hall of Famer.
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Dan Fouts chooses punter over Tom Brady

Postby Angel92 » Jul 27th, '17, 07:08

Tom Brady may have the most Super Bowl victories of any quarterback in NFL history, but that doesn't mean he is automatically the greatest player of all time. Some people still favor Joe Montana or Aaron Rodgers, or could even lean on another position like Jim Brown at running back or Jerry Rice at wide receiver.
Well, in the MMQB's all-time mock draft, Dan Fouts did that to the most extreme extent. According to Alex Reimer of WEEI, Fouts chose punter Ray Guy over Brady with his first round choice:
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The choice is inexplicable on so many levels, but here's the weirdest part: Guy punted 1,049 times in his career. Brady has attempted 1,056 passes... in the last two seasons. And in one of those seasons, he was suspended for four games. There's no justification for ever taking any punter over a quarterback, but taking one over Tom Brady? That's just laughable.
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