Oct 27, 2013; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints strong safety Kenny Vaccaro (32) reacts after tackling Buffalo Bills tight end Scott Chandler (84) during the second half of a game at Mercedes-Benz Superdome. The Saints defeated the Bills 35-17. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports
We are officially in ‘offseason’ mode in the NFL. All of the thirty-two teams are back to the drawing board, planning their respectful attack on the 2014 season.
Here are some of today’s stories that may interest you about the New Orleans Saints.
Mike Triplett | ESPN.com | Vaccaro third in defensive rookie vote
"Vaccaro received four of a possible 50 votes — which made him a distant third behind New York Jets defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson (23 votes) and Buffalo Bills linebacker Kiko Alonso (19 votes). Still, that’s not too shabby for the 15th pick in the draft."
The Saints struck gold with Kenny Vaccaro, there’s little doubt in that. If Vaccaro would have went the distance, perhaps he would have had a better showing, however, it’s great to see him just be acknowledged.
Mike Triplett | ESPN.com | Ranking Saints needs: No. 4 Center/guard
"However, the Saints need to start re-stocking the shelves. There’s a good chance that they’ll lose de la Puente in free agency, unless they can get him back at a very affordable rate. And both Evans and Grubbs will be 30 by the start of next season."
The Saints have so many questions during this period of free agency, and the offensive line could be without Brian de la Puente. Next to Jimmy Graham and Zach Strief, de la Puente seems to be the biggest priority for the Saints.
Mike Triplett | ESPN.com | Saints can feel Broncos’ pain
"It was impossible not to think of the New Orleans Saints while watching the way Super Bowl XLVIII unfolded. The Denver Broncos had the most prolific offense in the NFL this season, but they looked completely out of sorts against the Seattle Seahawks‘ defense in a stunning 43-8 rout.Sound familiar?"
You would have thought Peyton Manning studied film from the New Orleans Saints’ games. After last night’s game, it looked as though he just watched Eli’s.
Marcus Carmouche | NOLA.com | Oddsmakers give New Orleans Saints decent shot at making Super Bowl next season
"The New Orleans Saints open as 20/1 to make next year’s Super Bowl in Glendale, Ariz. Check out the full list for all NFL teams:"
20/1 isn’t a bad place to be, but let’s just be thankful we aren’t the Raiders or Jaguars (200/1). Yikes.
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