Rise And Saints: News, Videos And More

For starters, the New Orleans Saints’ sixth-year coach has had to monitor the NFL lockout, the state of the Saints’ potential free agents, the prospects of bringing free agents in from other teams, and like any offseason, the NFL Draft.

New Orleans Saints rookie Mark Ingram on Friday spent time at the Veteran Affairs Greater Los Angeles Healthcare Center in Los Angeles, signing autographs and meeting former servicemen.

Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma told Florio on PFT Live Friday that he’s confident the lockout will end in time for Vilma to show up at Lambeau Field on Thursday, September 8th to kick off the NFL season.

As the labor dispute drags on with the lockout now in its third month, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell did his best to assure fans that the league will have football this season.

Last season the NFC Southfielded three teams with double digit win totals, the Falcons (13-3), Saints (11-5) and surprising Buccaneers (10-6). Both the Falcons and Saints made the playoffs although neither fared well.

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