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  1. Seems like a lot of jack for a guy who had few, if any, suitors. Doesn't it? That's a head scratcher to me.
  2. Oh man, I think Peat is far, far further along than Stinch. I love Stinchcomb, but he was nearly on his way out of town until his former College coach came to our team and he got to start fresh. Peat just needed our coaches to stop bouncing him around all over the place. And he needed to be on the left side. Once that happened, his performance elevated rapidly.
  3. I aree with some of your statements and disagree pretty strongly with others. There are few fans IMO who dislike Mark Ingram due to the fact he played for Saban or went to Bama (those fans are college fans and NOT Saints fans, if I may say so). I think some fans will never get over those early years where, quite frankly, Ingram was used incorrectly, infrequently and also had to play through a bunch of injuries. He sort of gained a perception in some fans' minds during those years that should, by now, have been erased. But that's fandom. Ingram will have a hard time catching Deuce in popularity for a myriad of reasons other than Ingram's Bama / Saban connection. Deuce is from Mississippi, which is sort of Louisiana's brother. 2003 Deuce could quite easily be the best season any Saints RB has ever put together. Other members have already chimed in on the Philly playoff game. Deuce also was a focal point, at one time contributing over 45% of our team's offense. Ingram has always been second fiddle, far behind Brees, and often behind the likes of PT or Colston or JG or anyone else that was busting out. As pro players, I don't believe Ingram at his best approaches Deuce at his best. But I agree, great guy, very good RB, two completely different style backs, etc. Ingram has proven his worth time and time again, and he fought through a great deal of adversity and never complained. He took AK41 under his wing like his little brother and shared his knowledge and success with him. He's a Saint through and through, and all fans should appreciate him. Popularity aside, when he passes Deuce he'll become the All Time Leading Rusher of the New Orleans Saints.
  4. More bullish than I am, that's for sure. But I like your enthusiasm.
  5. That was a beat down. Portland has to be demoralized.
  6. Glad to have him back for camp this year. We'll see how this position shakes out. http://www.nola.com/saints/index.ssf/2018/04/brandon_coleman_resigns.html#incart_river_index
  7. Word. I hope we can get all 5 guys on the field together for 16 games. Wouldn't that be incredible what they could do together. I remember years back the Saints actually pulled off that feat quite a few times. It's been quite some time though. I imagine it doesn't happen very often anymore these days in the NFL.
  8. http://www.nola.com/pelicans/index.ssf/2018/04/jrue_holiday_twitter_reacts.html
  9. I'm not going to lie, if I were him, I'd be asking for an extension right now. From his standpoint, after what he accomplished the last two seasons, there's no reason he doesn't deserve two years tacked on to his current contract. That would keep him with the Saints through the 2020 season and a full 10 seasons in the Black & Gold. Plus, with him splitting carries with Kamara, there's no reason to believe he's going to get run down. He's never had a super heavy workload in his NFL career anyway. From the Saints standpoint, we've got Kamara and he can be a #1 back. After 2018, we could find a cheaper option to be the #2 RB who compliments Kamara and gives him a breather. http://www.nola.com/saints/index.ssf/2018/04/mark_ingram_agent.html
  10. QB is simply a much, much more valuable position. You either have a franchise guy, or you don't. If you know for certain who you want at QB and you've decided that's your guy, you take the QB without even thinking twice about it. If you take the RB, you take the risk of missing out on your QB at 4. If you take the QB first, then Barkley goes off the board, there's still going to be the top edge rusher available at 4. This is a no-brainer really. If you're wishy washy on the QBs and have them all rated equally, not in love with any of the top guys, maybe you take Barkley and let the chips fall and take the QB who is available to you at 4. But this really puts a bullseye on your scouting department, GM and HC that you didn't have the ability to differentiate between the QBs and instead left the decision up to fate and the other teams to pick their guys and you took the leftover. Not a good look when you are in the driver's seat, have the #1 overall, are a moribund franchise, and haven't had a franchise QB in 20 years.
  11. Yep, and I'd already be looking toward signing him long term. His ability to move to LT almost seamlessly has been invaluable. You never know, it's a possibility he could be our starting LT in 2019 or 2020.
  12. Perhaps, but many, many players have been picked up after a DUI. Or in some cases, much, much worse. Lance Moore comes to mind. He didn't have many suitors either after leaving the Saints. I think our WRs get looked at with a grain of salt when available to other teams. Other teams look at the creativity of the SP offense and the excellence of Drew Brees and wonder whether or not a WR in our system can be half as productive in their own. He also was injured for quite a bit of last season. Yeah, I'm surprised he hasn't got a sniff because he's young, but I think these aspects above are more prevailing than the single DUI.
  13. http://www.nola.com/saints/index.ssf/2018/04/cameron_meredith_excited_to_re.html#incart_river_index http://www.nola.com/saints/index.ssf/2018/04/marcus_williams_saints_family.html#incart_river_index http://www.nola.com/saints/index.ssf/2018/04/7_things_to_know_about_new_sai_2.html http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/football/bears/ct-cameron-meredith-biggs-bears-spt-1016-20151015-column.html
  14. Who knows if he's just blowing smoke or what. http://www.nola.com/saints/index.ssf/2018/04/sean_payton_2018_quarterbacks.html#incart_river_index "I don't see (Andrew) Luck in this draft, and I don't see Carson Wentz, who I liked a lot coming into the draft," Payton told Sports Illustrated's Peter King on Saturday. "I'd feel a little bit uneasy if I were at the top of this draft and I decided I had to have a quarterback." "The pressure to get a quarterback is so great in this league, I get that," Payton said. "But we can't create 'em. I wouldn't be surprised if only one of these guys is left standing in four or five years, and if so, I'd guess it would be Sam Darnold."
  15. No surprise here. It took a couple years to find where Andrus Peat best fit on the offensive line, but he's become a reliable -- and at times menacing -- blocker for the New Orleans Saints. And after watching Peat's growth, the Saints made a relatively easy decision recently by picking up the fifth-year option on his rookie contract, according to NFL Players Association records. The move locks in Peat for 2019 with a salary of $9.625 million. Peat was the 13th pick in the first round in 2015, and he becomes the first player from his class to have the option officially picked up. Draft picks sign four-year deals, but contracts for first-round picks include a team option for a fifth year. The deadline to pick up the option for 2015 first-rounders is May 3, but the Saints saw no reason to wait. http://www.nola.com/saints/index.ssf/2018/04/andrus_peat_option_saints.html