Dec 29, 2013; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints inside linebacker David Hawthorne (57) reacts against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the first half of a game at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports
There’s a good bit of stories for today’s news that are sure to pique your interest Who Dat Nation. Let’s hop in!
Mike Triplett | ESPN | Jordan expects more fight from Falcons
"“[Receiver Julio Jones] will be back healthy, and that’s always a steamroller you have to worry about,” Jordan said, according to The Times-Picayune. “I’m sure they did something with their O-line, hopefully. I don’t know if you could call that an O-line last year. Roadblocks. Speed bumps.”"
Why not get your shots in now? Nothing Jordan stated is inaccurate. We proudly gave you our Falcons Hate Week article yesterday. You can bet your bottom dollar that this matchup will have a considerable amount of hype that builds until kickoff on September 7th. Matt Ryan was sacked eight times by the Saints defensive unit last year (three in New Orleans, five in Atlanta). Get ready for more and more trash talk, but remember the Saints have the upper hand by far with their 13-3 record since 2006.
Mike Triplett | ESPN | Graham draws comparison to LeBron
"But the two wound up having an intriguing conversation about Graham’s unique skill set, and Brees said he loved Cowherd’s comparison to NBA star LeBron James.“Honestly, he’s a hybrid,” Brees said of Graham. “He’s revolutionizing that position. So he’s kind of his own class.”"
We couldn’t agree with Brees any more. Graham is redefining the tight end position in today’s NFL. Graham will wind up with a tremendous long-term deal in the long run, as only a handful of teams have found an answer to contain him. There will be plenty of Graham highlights for the 2014-2015 season.
Mike Triplett | ESPN | Five games that will shape Saints’ season
"I truly believe the Saints’ ceiling is that high. And they don’t have any games on this year’s slate that seem extremely daunting (something like at Seattle, at Denver, at San Francisco or even at Baltimore late in the year)."
I won’t spoil Triplett’s rankings, but we both have similar thoughts. I have a few changes in my order, but that will come soon enough. Check it out!
Katherine Terrell | NOLA.com | New Orleans Saints’ Cam Jordan thinks second year under Rob Ryan will surpass 2013
"“That was the first year (of Ryan’s defense),” he said. “In the first year, it’s only what you can install now. Now we have him at the beginning of the offseason again and there’s some stuff you already know and some stuff you’ve been thinking about the whole offseason.“Now we can go on and do better. That’s what I’m hoping for, that’s what I’m looking for and that’s what I’m looking forward to.”"
Everyone is eager to see what year two brings for the Saints defense and coordinator Rob Ryan. Ryan has new toys in his arsenal like Jairus Byrd and Champ Bailey, who are true students of the game. With most familiar faces returning on the defense, coupled with linebacker Victor Butler’s healthy return, things look pretty good for the Saints’ chances to repeat as a top five unit.
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