NFC South: Marcus Mailei

NFC South links: Falcons close to Meier deal

July, 13, 2010
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Atlanta Falcons

Falcons fifth round pick, receiver Kerry Meier is "real close" to signing a deal with the team.

Patience has paid off for running back Michael Turner.

ESPN's Bomani Jones calls the Falcons trade of Brett Favre in 1992 one of the "classic giveaways in sports."

Carolina Panthers

Yahoo! Sports' Jason Cole ranks the Panthers linebackers the worst in the division and 23rd in the NFL. "The Panthers have a good answer for the loss of Davis at weakside, moving active middle linebacker Jon Beason to that spot, which may give him more chances for big plays. That said, the overall unit obviously suffers because the rest of the linebackers are middling talents," Cole writes.

New Orleans Saints

NOLA.com has a Q&A with Saints fullback Marcus Mailei.

The Saints are one of five NFL teams that haven't signed any draft picks.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

In their series looking at the Ravens' 2010 opponents, the Baltimore Sun scouts the Bucs.

Saints have weathered injuries

January, 11, 2010
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One of the things the New Orleans Saints did best this season was overcome injuries. That’s a huge improvement from 2008, when injuries were largely responsible for keeping the Saints out of the playoffs.

This season, they ended with 15 players on injured reserve, and some of those guys were significant players.

Here’s the complete list of Saints on injured reserve with comments about the more significant ones.

  • FB Heath Evans: This actually might have been the most significant injury the Saints suffered. Evans was a jack-of-all-trades and a perfect fit in this offense. Without him, the Saints have had to scramble because they did not have another proven fullback. They’ve had to throw some guys in there as well as line their tight ends up in the backfield at times.
  • TE Dan Campbell and TE Billy Miller: These guys also could have helped the fullback situation. They were both good blockers to go along with Jeremy Shockey, who is used mostly as a pass catcher. The Saints did pick up David Thomas and he’s done a nice role filling in.
  • DE Charles Grant: He didn’t get hurt until the end of the regular season, so we won’t know the full impact until the Saints hit the field again. Backup Bobby McCray might get some time at end on passing downs. McCray is at least as good a pass rusher as Grant and Anthony Hargrove, who also plays inside.
  • LT Jammal Brown: It’s pretty amazing the Saints won 13 games when they didn’t have their Pro Bowl left tackle for any of them. Jermon Bushrod and Zach Strief have alternated at the position. They’ve had some ups and downs, but the coaching staff has done an excellent job of putting help near them.
  • DT Kendrick Clancy: This veteran was kind of an unsung hero. Losing him hurt, but players like Hargrove have done a nice job filling in.
  • FB Marcus Mailei
  • WR Rod Harper
  • WR D’Juan Woods
  • LB Mark Simoneau
  • LB Jo-Lonn Dunbar
  • LB Stanley Arnoux
  • CB Leigh Torrence
  • CB Reggie Jones
  • S Chip Vaughn

Saints make minor roster moves

December, 22, 2009
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The Saints just announced a couple of minor roster moves. They’ve signed tight end Tory Humphrey and put fullback Marcus Mailei on injured reserve.

Humphrey spent three seasons with Green Bay. In 24 games, he has 11 catches for 162 yards. Mailei had played in two games since joining the Saints on Dec. 9 and was used mostly on special teams. He suffered a hamstring injury in Saturday’s game with Dallas.

The next Brees? Apparently not

December, 9, 2009
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So much for the theory, held by some New Orleans fans, that practice-squad quarterback Chase Daniel was a project with the potential to develop into the next Drew Brees.

Obviously, the Saints didn’t see it that way as they released Daniel from the practice squad Wednesday. Don’t rule out the possibility of Daniel returning to the practice squad at some point to help run the scout team. But leaving Daniel out there for any other team to grab isn’t exactly a sign that the Saints have any real plans for the young quarterback.

Daniel’s release was one of a series of minor transactions the Saints made Wednesday. To fill Daniel’s spot on the practice squad, the Saints signed linebacker Prince Kwateng. He’s a rookie from Northwestern, who spent the last few months in the United Football League.

In other moves, the Saints signed fullback Marcus Mailei off Philadelphia’s practice squad and linebacker Anthony Waters from Buffalo’s practice squad. Both players go straight on New Orleans’ 53-man roster. The Saints also released fullback Kyle Eckel.

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