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2016 Schedule
7-9, 3rd in NFC South
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Can anyone dethrone the Panthers?

In the first 12 years of the NFC South's existence, the division didn't have a single repeat winner. Suddenly, Carolina has taken the crown three years straight. Dan Graziano assesses whether any team can stem the tide.

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Drew Brees is in an enviable position

Not only is Brees about to finish playing out his five-year, $100 million extension, but his $30 million cap hit in 2016 gives him leverage for another cushy extension in the near future. Player-friendly contracts (Insider)

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Saints to keep camp in W.Va. despite flooding

The Saints said in a statement that they still plan to hold training camp at the Greenbrier Resort in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia, beginning July 27.

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Do teams fear Brandin Cooks?

New Orleans' first-round pick from 2014 has emerged as Drew Brees' top target. But that doesn't necessarily mean NFC South rivals see Cooks as a top threat. Dan Graziano breaks it down.

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Saints got a bargain in James Laurinaitis

A defense that needed serious help got a trusty veteran for a reasonable price. Laurinaitis is due just $8.25 million over three years, and only $1.8 million is guaranteed. Friendly contracts (Insider)

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Saints ain't playing good defense

New Orleans needs a defensive overhaul heading into this season. No matter what way you slice it, the defense was severely lacking all season for the Saints.

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Brunell not anticipating Brees to decline this season (0:50)

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The Saints placed veteran cornerback Kyle Wilson on injured reserve with an unspecified injury and signed veteran DT C.J. Wilson. The Saints still have good depth at both corner and safety, but they'll run thin soon if the injuries continue. They also placed backup safety Jamarca Sanford on I.R. earlier in the week. Wilson is a six-year NFL veteran with the Packers, Raiders and Lions.

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Payton's playing career took him all over

The height of Saints head coach Sean Payton's playing career came during the NFL's 1987 strike, when he played in three games for the "Spare Bears" replacement team in Chicago. All together, Payton played professionally for four leagues in three countries. Ranking all 32 NFL coaches as players

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Athletes taking to new sports during offseason (1:31)
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Rachel Nichols relishes 'Parade Day' in sports (1:52)
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Cameron Jordan doesn't have much help

Jordan is an excellent pass-rusher, but New Orleans' defense doesn't have much else, leaving the Saints ahead of only the Browns in Bill Barnwell's rankings. Ranking defensive triplets

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Saints release full 2016 training camp schedule

The Saints will open camp on July 28 at The Greenbrier in West Virginia and return home for the final week of camp after the second preseason game.

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When will the Saints' window close?

The Sean Payton-Drew Brees combo has only won three NFC South titles in 10 tries, but with both, the Saints are always in the mix. But how long will this era last? Dan Graziano discusses.

Team Stats

Passing Yards310.61st
Rushing Yards93.224th
Points For25.58th
Points Against29.832nd

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