What you missed this week with the New Orleans Saints
We’re inching closer to the New Orleans Saints returning to training camp at The Greenbrier.
You can start expecting the team to have more news nuggets and gems come out leading up to the highly anticipated return of the black and gold. This week may have been a slow news week, but here are the biggest stories and editorials.
Saints add veteran DE Darryl Tapp, waive TE Jack Tabb
"Tapp, who will turn 32 in September, played in 419 snaps for the Detroit Lions in 2015. He also played in all 16 games, finishing with 26 total tackles, 2.0 sacks, and 2 forced fumbles. The veteran is a strong run defender, and should compete for playing time for Dennis Allen’s squad."
Drew Brees to play in MLB All-Star Legends and Celebrity Softball Game
"The superstar is one of many that will play in Major League Baseball’s All-Star Legends & Celebrity Softball Game on Sunday, July 10th at Petco Park in San Diego. The game will be nationally televised on ESPN after the T-Mobile Home Run Derby on Monday, July 11th."
Here’s how the new additions on offense can help the Saints within the 10-yard line
"“It gets you excited about a guy who has that type of range and that type of feel,” Brees said of Fleener. “Time on task with a guy like that, the more time we have in this offense where he can understand the nuances and understand what I am thinking, and where I want him to be, and when I want him to be there, and when and where the ball is going to be thrown — that’s when you really start cooking. That’s when you feel like a guy is uncoverable. I don’t care who is on him. He’s 6-5, or 6-6, there’s a place where I can throw the ball where he can get it or nobody can.”"
3 classic New Orleans Saints games to be streamed on YouTube
"NEW ORLEANS SAINTSSuper Bowl XLIV — Saints vs. Colts (67%)2009 NFC Championship Game — Saints vs Vikings (15%)Saints win to reach Super Bowl.2006 Week #3 — Saints vs Falcons (11%)Return to Superdome one year after Katrina. Steve Gleason block punt."
Nick Fairley has one of NFL’s five best interior linemen contracts
"Off-field concerns and injuries have undoubtedly impeded Fairley’s ability to land a long-term deal, but after a year of backing up Aaron Donald in St. Louis, Fairley figures to start alongside rookie Sheldon Rankins in New Orleans this season. If he can continue to be the player that has graded positively in all five of his pro seasons—while staying on the field for the entire campaign—this deal will be a steal for the rebuilding New Orleans’ defense, which finished last season with the second-worst grade in the NFL."
Ex-Saints cornerback Brandon Browner investigated for alleged assault
"The Pomona Police Dept. confirms … cops were called to a residence around 8 PM on Tuesday to respond to an incident in which Browner allegedly attacked the father of his baby mama.Law enforcement sources tell us … the alleged victim claims he had been arguing with Browner when the NFL star became violent and attacked him in the driveway."
Safety Kenny Phillips hangs it up, returns to Miami
"“I was so close and you work so hard,” Phillips said. “You put all of that work into school, you might as well finish. Another thing is with so many opportunities you never know what’s going to happen with coaching and things of that sort; you have to have your degree. I didn’t want to pass out on an opportunity because I didn’t have a degree so I know a degree will open up a lot of doors for me.”"
6 things to look for in Saints training camp
"Saints fans will want to take particular notice of Grayson performs throughout Camp and during the Pre-Season; because if his struggles continue, it could signal the beginning of the end for ‘Double G’ — and force the Saints to look elsewhere for Drew Brees’ eventual replacement."
Steve Gleason: The Unbreakable Saint
"He is a champion of the people. In a single moment one September evening, he signified the rebirth of a city, and for it, he was awarded football immortality in his enshrinement outside the Superdome. His own story mimics that of his place in New Orleans history. Facing seemingly insurmountable odds, he, like the people of New Orleans, was stricken with fear."