The Saints announced that tight end Coby Fleener agreed to a five-year contract Wednesday. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reports it's a $36 million contract. The former Indianapolis Colts tight end should be a good match for Drew Brees, who is at his best throwing the ball up the seams.
This is a great landing spot for Fleener after the Colts decided to instead re-sign Dwayne Allen. In the 22 games that Fleener has played over the last three seasons with Allen sidelined, he has averaged 4.1 catches for 54 yards and 0.45 TD. Those averages would have been good enough to finish 7th in standard scoring and 6th in PPR in 2015. When only looking at seven such games in the last two seasons, Fleener has averaged 5.4 catches for 82 yards and 0.86 TD. It doesn't hurt that he hasn't missed a game in the last three years, either. He and Brees should develop a quick rapport.
Friday, January 1, 2016, 6:26pm
Wednesday, December 30, 2015, 6:13pm
Tuesday, December 29, 2015, 9:20pm
While the rumors of both Drew Brees and Sean Payton possibly being on the way out of New Orleans are swirling, the signal caller for the Saints wants no part of them. To put it simply, Brees isn't buying into the fact that he or Payton are going anywhere anytime soon.
When asked about whether Brees could see a scenario in which he and Payton aren't back in New Orleans, he didn't skip a beat.
Via Conor Orr of NFL.com:
"No, I don't," he said. "I think we -- a plan was put in place throughout last offseason as to how we were going to build a foundation by which to make a run at it in the future. That includes some new faces, that includes some young players that, I think, will all have a chance to come together and kind of build a team that can make a run at it in the future.
"Unfortunately, we had high expectations going into this year and we fell a bit short. But I'm confident with the character, the leadership, the talent we have."
Tuesday, December 29, 2015, 11:16am
With the team set for its second straight losing season and facing significant salary-cap constraints, there has been much speculation surrounding the future of both longtime Saints.
"A plan was put in place throughout last offseason as to how we were going to build a foundation to make a run at it in the future," Brees said. "That includes new faces, includes young players. I think we are all having a chance to come together and build what will be a team that will really make a run for it."
Friday, December 25, 2015, 10:17pm
Saints QB Drew Brees (foot, questionable) missed practice again Thursday and is questionable for Week 16. Brees is being described as “day-to-day” with a plantar fascia injury in his foot. He is hoping to finish the season, so for now we’re expecting him to play through the injury. He said he has “every intention” of playing on Sunday. The Saints play late, so if his status is still up in the air, it will put owners in a tough spot.
Thursday, December 24, 2015, 6:12pm
Saints QB Drew Brees (foot) missed practice again Thursday. Brees is being described as “day-to-day” with a plantar fascia injury in his foot. He is hoping to finish the season, so for now we’re expecting him to play through the injury. He said he has “every intention” of playing on Sunday. The Saints play late, so if his status is still up in the air, it will put owners in a tough spot.
If we don't have more clarity by the weekend, it's going to put owners in a tough spot since the Saints play late on Sunday.
Wednesday, December 23, 2015, 6:11pm
Saints QB Drew Brees (foot) did not practice Wednesday. Brees is being described as “day-to-day” with a plantar fascia injury in his foot. He is hoping to finish the season, so for now we’re expecting him to play through the injury.
A team source told NFL Media's Albert Breer on Tuesday that the perennial Pro Bowl quarterback was diagnosed with a torn plantar fascia after undergoing an MRI on the right foot he injured in Monday night's loss to the Detroit Lions.
Even with the injury, Brees threw for 341 yards and three touchdowns against the Lions. In Denver, a partially torn plantar fascia has sidelined Peyton Manning since Week 10, meaning Brees is no sure bet to play again this season. Without Brees, the Saints offense takes a hit from a fantasy perspective.
Monday, November 2, 2015, 8:33pm
The play in question, which occurred with 7:23 left in the fourth quarter, was initially ruled as a fumble by Snead that was returned by the Giants for a 63-yard touchdown. It will now be credited as a 63-yard interception return for a touchdown.
Brees is now credited with completing 39-of-50 passes for 505 yards, seven touchdowns, two interceptions and a 131.7 quarterback rating.
Although it doesn't take away from his banner day, the stat correction does present a significant change.
His previous stat line was 40-of-50 passes for 511 yards, seven touchdowns, one interception and a 140.5 quarterback rating.
The Detroit Lions' ugly start to the season has inspired major changes to the coaching staff.
The team fired offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi on Monday, the team announced. The Lions also fired offensive line coaches Jeremiah Washburn and Terry Heffernan. Coach Jim Caldwell confirmed that Jim Bob Cooter will take over as offensive coordinator.
The grandson of Vince Lombardi, Joe arrived in Detroit without experience as an NFL coordinator. He spent seven seasons with the New Orleans, including five years as Drew Brees' quarterback coach. Lombardi's place in Detroit always felt like an awkward fit. He struggled to adapt a Saints-like offense in Detroit based on timing and precision. Matthew Stafford has never mastered the finer points of the position like Brees, and he regressed in an offense built around short passing.
The last straw for Lombardi came on Sunday when the Lions lost to the Minnesota Vikings to drop their record 1-6. Stafford and the team's offensive line has struggled to recognize where pressure is coming from all season.
Caldwell, who has an offensive background, has been under fire for not delivering on his promise to improve Stafford. Caldwell, who is a proven offensive coach from his days in Indianapolis and Baltimore, figures to take on a larger role constructing the offense. If he's going to get heat, he may as well do it with his style of offense, the story said. Caldwell was instrumental in Peyton Manning's career and getting the Colts to the Super Bowl in the 2009 season as their head coach. He was hired late in the 2013 season in Baltimore, turning the Ravens' offense around and helping Joe Flacco win a Super Bowl. With Lombardi as his offensive coordinator, he was unable to replicate that success in Detroit.
The New Orleans Saints just can't seem to catch a break right now it seems. While it seemed that things may be taking a turn in the right direction after an overtime victory against the Dallas Cowboys, it took a complete 180 on Sunday against the Philadelphia Eagles.
Not only did the Saints lose to the Eagles 39-17, but it seems that Drew Brees lost one of his more reliable targets in Marques Colston as well, according to Evan Woodbery of The Times Picayune, who tweeted: "Saints WR Marques Colston had right arm in sling after game."
The extent of Colston's injury is unknown, but it'll obviously be something to monitor on a short week, as the Saints face the Falcons on Thursday night. During the game, the broadcast crew noted Colston kept his arm close to his side, which obviously made it difficult to catch passes. Willie Snead seems to have passed Colston as the team's WR2 behind Bradin Cooks.
After suffering a bruised rotator cuff in Week 2 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Drew Brees was back in action against the Dallas Cowboys in Week 4. Fortunately, Sean Payton says his QB came out of the incredible overtime victory feeling just fine, according to Joel A. Erickson of The New Orleans Advocate.
“I think aside from your normal soreness after a game, I think (Brees is) fine,” Saints head coach Sean Payton told The New Orleans Advocate.
While Brees threw his fair share of shorter passes during the victory, he did more than just get the job done. Brees completed 33-of-41 passes for 359 yards and two touchdowns, including the 80-yard overtime touchdown that sealed the victory for the Saints.
Brees will likely use the beginning of the week to let his shoulder rest just a bit before getting back to work this week.
Drew Brees told ESPN NFL Insider Ed Werder that he believes his passing shoulder is healthy and he is capable of making every throw necessary when the New Orleans Saints host the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday night.
Brees is planning to start Sunday after taking most of the Saints' practice reps all week. He has been recovering from a bruised right rotator cuff, which forced him to miss Sunday's game at Carolina -- the first time he has missed a game with injury since high school.
Brees went into detail on the specifics of his injury for the first time in a phone interview with Werder. He said the turning point in his recovery was Tuesday, when the inflammation subsided and the strength began to return to normal. He doesn't feel as though the shoulder is at any risk.
Brees still comes with some risks, and it's not like he was playing like the Brees of old before the injury. From a health standpoint, though, it looks like he'll be in good enough shape to start if owners need him.
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