The offseason shuffle of players in the NBA has begun after Oklahoma City traded Chris Paul to the Phoenix Suns and now, the New Orleans Pelicans could be getting in on the act before Wednesday night’s draft.
Michael Thomas has not played since the Saints' season opener against the Buccaneers but after an altercation at practice prompted Sean Payton to keep the wide receiver inactive for what could have been his return against the Chargers, the head coach is remaining non-committal about a return Sunday
The Saints could be bolstered by the debut of defensive end Marcus Davenport, who is listed as questionable heading into Sunday’s game against the Packers. The third-year pass rusher missed the first two games with an elbow injury.
The Saints practiced Thursday at the team facility with a unified showing of support for Jacob Blake, the Wisconsin man shot by police. Each player’s helmet is normally adorned with their name on a strip of tape but instead, each helmet featured Blake’s name.
LSU cornerback Kary Vincent, Jr.‘s decision to opt out of the 2020 season has left LSU in search of a solution, potentially in the form of a graduate transfer.“I think we’re a little short,” head coach Ed Orgeron told reporters Tuesday morning.
Sean Payton spoke for the first time since the NFL announced the change in format and protocols for teams returning to their facilities in preparation for the 2020 season and dissatisfied with multiple elements of the situation.
As the Saints report to training camp, they will be doing so with their full rookie draft class after the club announced Monday morning that all four selections have been signed to four-year contracts.
Pelicans star rookie Zion Williamson remains away from the team while he deals with an “urgent family medical matter.” The Pelicans updated Williamson’s status Wednesday to state that he has been taking daily COVID-19 tests while away from the NBA’s Orlando campus and each has come back negative.
Three weeks after Drew Brees’ initial comments about kneeling during the national anthem in lieu of George Floyd’s death drew the ire of many teammates and fellow athletes, one of the main critics, Malcolm Jenkins, is viewing the conversation as a positive.
The NFL continues to beging the 2020 season on time, starting with training camp. While there is no timetable for players to return to their team facilities, coaches are allowed to do so as of Friday, June 5th but the Saints are holding off.
Saints defensive coordinator Dennis Allen spoke to the media via videoconference Monday and provided insight on how the team is handling the initially-divisive comments “I think the fact that we have got a veteran team allows us to handle these types of situations a lot better."
LSU football is less than a week away from welcoming players back to campus and if all goes well with COVID-19 testing, training will resume June 8th.“We are so excited that the NCAA decided our players can come back," Ed Orgeron said.
Clyde Edwards-Helaire’s drafting by the Kansas City Chiefs was quickly deemed a perfect fit by onlookers due to the versatility the diminutive running back will undoubtedly bring to a Super Bowl-winning offense that prides itself on variety.
Two months after the sports world shuttered due to the Coronavirus pandemic, LSU Athletic Director Scott Woodward is optimistic that student-athletes will return to campus soon and that the defending national championship football team will get to play a full season.
The Saints scheduled release Thursday night brought a realization of just how challenging the 2020 season could be. In the final four games of the season, three of their opponents will be playoff participants from 2019.
The Saints’ search for versatility and specialized talent has been on display all offseason with a contract extension for Taysom Hill, the drafting of Tommy Stevens and most recently, the signing of Margus Hunt.
The Saints started their second straight NFL Draft by picking an offensive lineman, specifically a center, when they took Cesar Ruiz out of Michigan with the 24th overall selection. In 2019, Erick McCoy got the call after the Saints traded up to the 48th selection.