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  • Kiko Alonso Retires Saturday

    New Orleans Saints linebacker Kiko Alonso announced his retirement from professional football on Saturday after the Saints brought him in for one training camp practice. Alonso will end his NFL career after playing in six seasons. He was originally a second-round pick by the Buffalo Bills in 2013 out of the University of Oregon. The 31-year-old also had stops with the Philadelphia Eagles and Miami Dolphins before last playing with the Saints in 2019, when he had only 31 tackles (25 solo), three tackles for loss and a pass defensed in 13 games (four starts). Alonso will finish his NFL career with 588 tackles (369 solo), three sacks, 30 tackles for loss, 17 QB hits, 10 interceptions (one for a touchdown), 17 passes defensed, seven forced fumbles and seven fumble recoveries in 86 games (67 starts).

    Aug 6 · Source via Saints Kiko Alonso
  • Michael Thomas Making Progress

    New Orleans Saints head coach Dennis Allen said that wide receiver Michael Thomas (ankle) was in team drills at training camp practice for the first time on Saturday and came out of them with no setbacks. Thomas even went to the ground and had no issues. So far, Thomas has looked really good at training camp after missing all of last season with a left ankle injury. He hasn't been wearing a brace or wrap on his ankle either, and although he's not quite 100 percent, Thomas is tracking to be ready for the Week 1 regular season opener. It would be unrealistic for fantasy managers to expect the 29-year-old to return to being the best receiver in the game this year, but there's a good chance he'll reclaim his role as the team's top wideout if he stays healthy. Thomas's fantasy ADP is surely to rise in the coming weeks if he continues to look good in training camp.

    Aug 6 · Source via Saints Michael Thomas
  • Jameis Winston Still Not 100 Percent

    New Orleans Saints quarterback Jameis Winston (knee) is about where the Saints want him to be as he recovers from a significant ACL tear. He is not 100 percent recovered and is still wearing a big, bulky knee brace on his left leg. NFL Network's Ian Rapoport recalls that Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow took around a month into last year's regular season before he regained his full mobility coming off his ACL tear. It could be a similar trajectory for Winston in 2022. The 28-year-old QB threw for 1,170 yards, 14 touchdowns and only three interceptions in seven games before his injury last year for the Saints, and he has plenty of weapons in the passing game now that Michael Thomas (ankle) is back. Still, coming off a major knee injury, Winston should be treated as a QB2 in fantasy.

    Aug 5 · Source via Saints Jameis Winston
  • Saints Sign Kiko Alonso

    Free-agent linebacker Kiko Alonso will join the Saints on a one-year deal, marking his second stint with the club. The 31-year-old was selected in the second round of the 2013 NFL Draft by the Bills. Since then, he had stops in Philadelphia and Miami. He last suited up for New Orleans in 2019, so his familiarity with the defense gave him the edge over others vying for a spot on the roster. The veteran has also dealt with injuries and off-the-field issues throughout his career. While Alonso has had some productive seasons over the years, he's not expected to offer much of anything to IDP participants.

    Aug 4 · Source via Saints Kiko Alonso
  • Tyrann Mathieu Rejoins Team At Training Camp

    New Orleans Saints safety Tyrann Mathieu (personal) rejoined the team at training camp on Tuesday after missing the last week for a personal family matter, according to a source. Even with Mathieu away, the Saints secondary has been perhaps the best group in camp, and now they have one of the best players back on the field. The Honey Badger is a three-time Pro Bowler and first-team All-Pro and finished last year with 76 tackles (60 solo), one sack, three interceptions (one for a touchdown), six passes defensed and three fumble recoveries in 16 regular season games. With him in the fold in the Saints secondary in 2022, the New Orleans defense/special teams on the back end should be much improved.

    Aug 3 · Source via Saints Tyrann Mathieu
  • Smoke Monday Suffers Potentially Serious Injury

    New Orleans Saints rookie safety Smoke Monday (knee) suffered what is believed to be a significant knee injury on Tuesday at training camp, according to sources. The undrafted free agent out of Auburn had drawn praise from teammate Tyrann Mathieu for his ability and study habits. Monday finished the 2021 season with 45 tackles, six passes defensed and one interception to earn second-team All-SEC accolades. The young defensive back plays with endless amounts of energy and stands out in zone coverage. He'll need to improve his coverage techniques when guarding a receiver one-on-one, but his work ethic isn't in question. It remains to be seen if Monday's knee injury will keep him out for all of his rookie season.

    Aug 2 · Source via Saints Tyrann Mathieu
  • Chris Herndon Expected To Sign With Saints

    Free-agent tight end Chris Herndon is expected to sign with the New Orleans Saints, according to a source. The former New York Jet played last year with the Minnesota Vikings, catching just four of his seven targets for 40 yards and one touchdown in 16 games (five starts). The former first-rounder had his best season in his first year in the NFL with the Jets, when he hauled in 39 of his 56 targets for 502 yards and four touchdowns in 16 games (12 starts). Since then, he's accumulated only 36 catches (54 targets) for 334 yards and four touchdowns in three seasons. If he indeed signs in New Orleans, the 26-year-old will join a crowded tight end room that includes Adam Trautman, Taysom Hill, Juwan Johnson and Nick Vannett.

    Aug 2 · Source via Saints Chris Herndon
  • Michael Thomas Expected To Be Saints' WR1

    ESPN's Mike Triplett expects New Orleans Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas (ankle) to be the team's WR1, but his fantasy ceiling is a trickier question since we don't know how long it will take him to return to peak physical form after missing all of the 2021 season due to his ankle injury. Thomas' return to training camp practice on Day 1 was a step in the right direction, but he will also be splitting time alongside Jarvis Landry and first-round rookie Chris Olave. He'll also be playing with a different style of quarterback in Jameis Winston, who might not pepper him with targets the same way Drew Brees and Teddy Bridgewater did. The 29-year-old shouldn't be expected to return to being the best receiver in the game like he was before his injury in 2020, but he can be a solid WR3 in fantasy at a discounted price.

    Aug 1 · Source via Saints Michael Thomas
  • Alvin Kamara's Court Hearing Delayed

    A court hearing for a battery case involving New Orleans Saints running back Alvin Kamara, Kansas City Chiefs cornerback Chris Lammons and two other defendants has been pushed back at least two more months, according to multiple reports. It's the third time the hearing has been pushed back this year. Kamara is facing a misdemeanor charge of conspiracy to commit battery and a felony charge of battery resulting in substantial bodily harm. He could face a suspension under the NFL's personal-conduct policy, but there is no timetable for any potential discipline. The 27-year-old has made the Pro Bowl each of the last five seasons and had 1,337 yards from scrimmage and nine touchdowns in 13 games in 2021. With a potential suspension looming later in 2022, Kamara has become more of a high-end RB2 target in fantasy.

    Aug 1 · Source via Saints Alvin Kamara
  • Taysom Hill To Miss Time With Rib Injury

    New Orleans Saints tight end Taysom Hill (ribs) got hit in the ribs on Thursday and will be out for a while at training camp. The good news is the injury has nothing to do with his Lisfranc foot injury, but Hill will now be back on the sidelines. But this isn't great news for a player making the transition from quarterback to tight end. The 31-year-old isn't guaranteed much of a role in New Orleans' offense in 2022 at his new position, making him one to avoid in fantasy football drafts this fall.

    Jul 29 · Source via Saints Taysom Hill
  • Michael Thomas Looks Fluid In Practice

    New Orleans Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas (ankle) took part in every portion of practice on Wednesday except for full-team drills, and he looked fluid and had no noticeable braces or wrapping around the left ankle that kept him sidelined all of last year. Thomas and head coach Dennis Allen aren't putting a timetable on when the former Offensive Player of the Year will be back to 100%, but Thomas is "very confident" that he'll be back as good as ever. Barring a setback, it seems like the 29-year-old has a great chance to be ready for Week 1, but fantasy managers have to decide if they think he can return to being one of the top wideouts in the game. Thomas will have to re-establish himself in this offense alongside rookie first-rounder Chris Olave and veteran slot man Jarvis Landry.

    Jul 28 · Source via Saints Michael Thomas
  • Michael Thomas Returns To Practice Wednesday

    New Orleans Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas (ankle) returned to practice on Wednesday after opening training camp on the Physically Unable to Perform list. That didn't take long, and it's a great sign that Thomas will be good to go for Week 1, barring any setbacks for an ankle injury that kept him out for all of 2021. The 29-year-old veteran did everything but full-team work on Wednesday, and he looked to be moving around well. Before his injury in 2020, Thomas was the best receiver in football, but he'll have to establish himself in a receiving room that now includes first-rounder Chris Olave and veteran slot man Jarvis Landry. If Thomas looks like his old self this summer, his fantasy ADP will continue to rise.

    Jul 27 · Source via Saints Michael Thomas
  • Taysom Hill To Play Multiple Roles, Including Quarterback

    New Orleans Saints head coach Dennis Allen provided an update on the team's plans for its versatile offensive player Taysom Hill this week. Allen stated that Hill is "going to provide multiple roles for us" while adding that he'll "still take some snaps from the quarterback position." Hill threw 134 passes last season, but he was primarily used as a rusher, oftentimes rushing out of the quarterback position. He carried the ball 70 times for 374 yards and five touchdowns, averaging 5.3 yards per carry. Tight end figures to technically be his primary position. However, that was also the case last year and he certainly didn't function as a typical pass-catching tight end, receiving just six targets on the year.

    Jul 27 · Source via Saints Taysom Hill
  • Saints Sign Malcolm Brown

    New Orleans Saints general manager Mickey Loomis announced that the team agreed to terms with free-agent running back Malcolm Brown on Tuesday. With a potential suspension looming for starting RB Alvin Kamara, the Saints are adding some much-needed depth to their backfield heading into the 2022 campaign. Brown played in only seven games for the Miami Dolphins last year before landing on Injured Reserve with a quadriceps injury in October. He finished with 33 carries for 125 yards and a touchdown, adding three catches for 10 yards. The 29-year-old had his best year in 2020 with the Rams, carrying the ball 101 times for 419 yards and five TDs in 16 games. Veteran Mark Ingram II figures to be the Saints top option if Kamara is suspended, but Brown could force his way into the rotation as well.

    Jul 26 · Source via Saints Malcolm Brown
  • Jameis Winston To Take Part In Team Drills

    New Orleans Saints head coach Dennis Allen said that quarterback Jameis Winston (knee) will participate in team drills at training camp after he didn't really take part in team drills during organized team activities this spring. Winston has made steady progress since tearing his ACL in Week 7 of 2021, and all signs point to him being ready to go as the Saints starting QB in Week 1. The 28-year-old completed 59% of his 161 pass attempts for 1,170 yards, 14 touchdowns and only three interceptions in seven starts last year, and this year he'll be getting Michael Thomas (ankle) back while also having new wideouts Chris Olave and Jarvis Landry. Fantasy managers shouldn't be comfortable with Winston as their QB1, but he's certainly quite intriguing as a strong backup in his third new in the Big Easy.

    Jul 26 · Source via Saints Jameis Winston
  • Michael Thomas Not Expected To Stay On PUP List Long

    New Orleans Saints general manager Mickey Loomis said that he doesn't expect wide receiver Michael Thomas (ankle) to stay on the Physically Unable to Perform list for long at training camp. Thomas wasn't able to avoid the PUP to kick off camp, but it sounds like the Saints expect him at practice sooner than later. The 29-year-old missed all of 2021, but barring a setback this summer, it seems has a good chance of being ready by Week 1 of the regular season. He led the NFL in receptions in 2018 and 2019 and had a league-high 1,725 receiving yards in 2019, but that was also back when Drew Brees was still around. Thomas is coming off a major injury and will have to re-establish himself in a receiver room that now includes first-round rookie Chris Olave and veteran slot man Jarvis Landry. He should be considered a risk/reward WR3 in fantasy drafts.

    Jul 26 · Source via Saints Michael Thomas
  • Latest On Alvin Kamara, Saints RB Depth

    The NFL continues to monitor Alvin Kamara‘s legal situation. According to ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler, the running back’s February arrest remains “under league review” while the NFL continues to monitor “all legal developments.” This includes Kamara’s scheduled court date on August 1. Kamara was charged with felony battery following an altercation in Las Vegas during Pro […]

    Jul 23 · Pro Football Rumors Saints Mark Ingram Tony Jones Alvin Kamara Devine Ozigbo Abram Smith Dwayne Washington
  • No Timeline On Decision For Alvin Kamara

    The NFL continues to review New Orleans Saints running back Alvin Kamara's offseason arrest, according to a source, and there's no firm timeline on a decision on discipline for Kamara under the personal-conduct policy. It opens the door for Kamara to be available in Week 1, unless he's placed on paid leave via the commissioner's exempt list. League sources said the feeling is that Kamara could be suspended, but nothing is firm and much could depend on the findings of the case. The 26-year-old was arrested in February on felony battery charges stemming from an incident in Las Vegas during Pro Bowl weekend. With all the uncertainty, it's made Kamara a risky high-end RB2 in fantasy for those that are drafting in the near future. If he's suspended to begin the season, veteran Mark Ingram II would likely lead the backfield, with Tony Jones, Dwayne Washington and Devine Ozigbo also in line for increased roles.

    Jul 23 · Source via Saints Alvin Kamara
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