What you missed this week with the New Orleans Saints
It wasn’t the most eventful week for the New Orleans Saints, and it tends to be a common theme leading up to training camp in nearly three weeks.
However, we still had plenty of news come up since last Saturday. So, here are the biggest headlines from the past week on the black and gold.
Saints whiff on waiver claim for quarterback Connor Shaw
"Unfortunately, a reported clerical error from the front office prevented the Saints from grabbing Shaw. ESPN NFL Insider Adam Caplan said that the Saints sent an e-mail to the entire league notifying of their intent to claim Shaw, instead of sending it to the NFL office.Shaw was awarded to the Chicago Bears, who had a higher waiver priority. The Seattle Seahawks also reportedly put in a claim for the undrafted University of South Carolina quarterback, who had just been released by the Cleveland Browns on June 30."
Drew Brees confident young receivers will play beyond years
"“I am not worried about the inexperience, if you are just talking about years and games played,” Brees said. “I feel like the time on task between all of us is pretty significant when you are talking about the practice reps and the time that we spend away from this facility together. I think they’re quick studies; they’re all hard-working guys that are very smart, intelligent, and hungry.”"
Marques Colston selling Louisiana home in Destrehan
"Originally listed for $769,900 in April, the four-bedroom, 4.5-bathroom home had its price reduced this week to $734,900. The 6,576-square-foot home features loads of Colston’s personal touches.“He totally redid the house,” says listing agent Denise Tanner. “He updated the kitchen, everything. When I walked in I was really impressed.”"
Coby Fleener a self-proclaimed ‘nerd’ with tech industry
"“It’s all of the above,” Fleener said. “I’ve worked with a few companies as far as the advisory side, I’ve invested in a few, I have equity in others, so it’s been something that’s kind of fun as a side project. I understand that (football) is the primary, and it will be for some time, but afterward, you have to have a game plan.”"
Sean Payton ranked 9th on NFL.com’s coaching power rankings
"NFL Media Analyst Elliot Harrison had Payton ranked at No. 9 overall for 2016. Payton was the second non-playoff coach to be on the list, as Baltimore’s John Harbaugh (5-11 in 2015) was placed at No. 7 overall. Also, Carolina’s Ron Rivera was just ahead of Payton."
Several Saints can earn contract incentives based on performance
"According to Underhill’s source, three players have performance-based deals in place for 2016, which include linebacker Dannell Ellerbe, defensive tackle Nick Fairley, and offensive guard Senio Kelemete."
Team still plans on heading to The Greenbrier for training camp
"We have maintained contact with officials at the Greenbrier and our plans remain to conduct training camp starting on July 27. We will continue to monitor the situation and look for ways that our team/organization can contribute in a positive way while we are there this summer. We will do this based on the direction of the local community and the Greenbrier, so that we are not adding to the burden of this difficult recovery."
Former Saints RB Pierre Thomas bilked out of $200K
"Thomas alleges he paid $200,000 upfront for the stake in the company, which was planning to open a location at 1380 W. Randolph, but “the solicitations and representations were false and misleading.”“The facility never opened and, to the best knowledge and belief of [Thomas], D1 Chicago owns no property and has not commenced any business,” the suit stated."
How Saints fans can help West Virginia flooding victims
"The Red Cross is already on the scene in West Virginia helping with medical supplies and services.The local United Way chapter in Greenbrier County is actively serving meals and other relief services.The West Virginia Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (NVOAD) is coordinating volunteers and organizing relief efforts.A number of local organizations are also accepting donations, and they’re worth your time.If you’re interested in reading more and exploring more options on helping West Virginia, follow along here."
Damian Swann feels he’s left concussion problems behind
"“I’m not any more prone to concussions more than any other guy on this team,” Swann said. “I think my luck has been a little bit worse than everybody else’s, but I’m here. This is what I want to do. This is what I’m going to continue to try to do. So I think eventually, in some kind of way, last year will be behind me, and everything else will sort of fall into place.”"
As a reminder, the New Orleans Saints will report to training camp on Wednesday, July 27.