Brees/Goodell – Part Two

 

Drew Brees doesn’t back down from comments about Roger Goodell

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New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees had a oppurtunity to clarify his comments about players in the NFL not trusting commissioner Roger Goodell.

Brees sat down with Marshall Faulk of the NFL Network during Inside Training Camp Live. 

“I was asked a direct question: How do players in the league feel about the Commissioner? I’ve talked to many, many players, obviously, I’m on the executive committee of the Player Association,” Brees said. “So I talk to a lot of the guys who are involved in the union, and certainly my teammates and others. And I think that there is a general feeling that the players don’t trust the Commissioner.

“So I was asked a direct question and I answered it directly and honestly. By no means was I trying to be disrespectful, I was just being honest.”

Brees says he’s always been direct with Goodell and always will be.

“It just happens to be that the big topic or issue this offseason has been the bounty allegations,” Brees said. “Unfortunately, my team, my organization, has been directly affected in a very negative way by those allegations. The process is still ongoing and I think that we’ve said and done as much as we can do to prove our innocence,” Brees said. “I would say that we felt the process from the very beginning has not been fair. But I think if you really want to look at where we’re at right now, it’s not over. I think that we believe the Commissioner has a great opportunity to come to a positive resolution.”

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You Can Add The Lions AAron Curry to This Years List

Police Blotter

7/20/2012:  Titans WR Kenny Britt is arrested for DUI.

7/19/2012: Chiefs CB Donald Washington is arrested for possession of marijuana, driving under the influence of drugs, and speeding.

7/16/2012:  Cowboys WR Dez Bryant is arrested for family violence.

7/14/2012:  Seahawks RB Marshawn Lynch is arrested for DUI.
7/14/2013:  Broncos DE Elvis Dumervil is arrested for aggravated assault.

7/13/2012:  Jaguars DE Odrick Ray is arrested for outstanding traffic tickets.

7/10/2012:  Rams DE Robert Quinn is arrested for DUI.

7/8/2012:  Eagles RB Dion Lewis is arrested for felony false reporting of a fire and misdemeanor reckless endangerment.
7/7/2012:  Vikings RB Adrian Peterson is arrested for resisting arrest.
7/3/2012:  Browns DT Kiante Tripp is arrested on burglary charges.
7/2/2012:  Buccaneers CB Eric Wright is arrested for DUI.
6/23/2012:  Lions CB Aaron Berry is arrested for suspicion of DUI.
6/10/2012:  Giants OT David Diehl is arrested on suspicion of DUI.
6/3/2012:  Jaguars WR Justin Blackmon is arrested for “aggravated” DUI.
6/2/2012:  Vikings FB Jerome Felton is arrested for DUI.
5/27/2012:  Lions DT Nick Fairley is arrested for DUI and eluding police.
5/9/2012:  Raiders WR Darrius Heyward-Bey is charged with DUI.
4/28/2012:  Vikings RB Caleb King is arrested for assault.
4/26/2012:  Redskins S Brandon Meriweather is arrested for DUI.
4/3/2012:  Lions DT Nick Fairley is arrested for marijuana possession.
3/30/2012:  Dolphins LB Koa Misi is arrested on battery charges.
3/29/2012:  Bengals cheerleader Sarah Jones is indicted for first degree sexual abuse.
3/17/2012:  Free-agent C Samson Satele is arrested for disorderly conduct.
2/26/2012:  Seahawks OL Jarriel King is charged with third degree criminal sexual conduct.
2/25/2012:  Seahawks LB Leroy Hill is arrested for possession of marijuana.
2/23/2012:  Jaguars DT Nate Collins is arrested for possession of marijuana.
2/13/2012:  Bears LB J.T. Thomas is arrested for possession of marijuana.
2/10/2012:  Bengals LB Rey Maualuga is charged with misdemeanor assault.
2/8/2012:  49ers DE Ray McDonald is arrested on an outstanding warrant.
2/1/2012:  Broncos RB Knowshon Moreno is arrested for DUI.
1/27/2012:  49ers LB Aldon Smith is arrested for DUI.
1/23/2012:  Lions OL Johnny Culbreath is arrested for marijuana possession.
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Full Training Camp Schedule

New Orleans Saints’ Training Camp Opens Tuesday

Jul2110:00aby Alfie Crow

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The 2012 NFL football season is coming quickly, and the New Orleans Saints begin training camp on Tuesday when the team reports to practice at Metairie, La.. The Saints answered one of their biggest question marks when they re-signed quarterback Drew Brees to a massive long-term contract, keeping their quarterback position a non-issue for the next few seasons.

The Saints will be hoping that free agent guard Ben Grubbs will be able to fill in for Carl Nicks, who left in free agency. The team will also be dealing with a shuffled coaching staff and suspensions due to the infamous bounty scandal.

The team will begin actual practice on Thursday after a conditioning test Wednesday. The team will also hold a joint practice with the New England Patriots for two days, beginning on Aug. 7.

2012 NEW ORLEANS SAINTS TRAINING CAMP SCHEDULE

Date

Practice

Times

Location

Tues., July 24

Reporting Day

 

Metairie, LA

Wed., July 25

Conditioning Test

 

Indoor Facility

Thur., July 26

Practice

4:00-6:45 p.m.

Metairie, LA

Fri., July 27

Practice

4:00-6:45 p.m.

Metairie, LA

Sat., July 28

Practice

4:00-6:45 p.m.

Metairie, LA

Sun., July 29

Practice

4:00-6:45 p.m.

Metairie, LA

Mon., July 30

No Practice

   

Tues., July 31

Practice

4:00-6:45 p.m.

Metairie, LA

Wed., Aug. 1

Practice

4:00-6:45 p.m.

Metairie, LA

Thur., Aug. 2

Practice

4:00-6:45 p.m.

Metairie, LA

Fri., Aug. 3

Practice

4:00-6:45 p.m.

Metairie, LA

Sat., Aug. 4

Travel Day

 

To Canton, OH

Sun., Aug. 5

Saints vs. Cardinals

7:00 p.m.

Fawcett Stadium; Canton, OH

Mon., Aug. 6

Walk-Through

Foxborough, Mass.

Gillette Stadium

Tues., Aug. 7

Practice

With N.E. Patriots

Gillette Stadium

Wed., Aug. 8

Walk-Through

With N.E. Patriots

Gillette Stadium

Thur., Aug. 9

Saints at Patriots

6:30 p.m.

 

Fri., Aug. 10

No Practice

   

Sat., Aug. 11

No Practice

   

Sun., Aug. 12

No Practice

   

Mon., Aug. 13

Practice

4:00-6:45 p.m.

Metairie, LA

Tues., Aug. 14

Practice

4:00-6:45 p.m.

Metairie, LA

Wed., Aug. 15

Practice

4:00-6:45 p.m.

Metairie, LA

Thur., Aug. 16

Practice

4:00-6:45 p.m.

Metairie, LA

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Marques Colston

Saints Nation: Marques Colston Still Gets No Respect

WRITTEN BY ANDREW JUGE | 20 JULY 2012  

The best thing about Marques Colston, ahead of his elite performance on the field, is his world class attitude. The guy just keeps his mouth shut, and in the selfish receiver era of the NFL which seems pretty universal, it’s beyond refreshing. In a lot of ways his demeanor for a top NFL receiver just doesn’t add up. How can I guy that’s so good and puts up the same numbers as all the stars be so ambivalent to the media circus, the attention, the glory and the chatter? He is certainly cut out of a different fabric or cloth, and that has a lot to do with why Colston’s approach is one of my very favorite things about the entire Saints team. I’d argue that many fans don’t love him as much as they should compared to other players simply because he’s so quiet. Shockey and Sharper are two perfect examples of guys revered in their prime in New Orleans, but they were never nearly as good as Colston. They showed more emotion, but they didn’t produce more. That comes at an expense, though, and during the course of Colston’s six year career he continues to be discarded as “pretty good” at best and “middle of the road” more commonly by the overwhelming majority of NFL media/fans and players alike. 

The NFL Network came out with a top 100 list of players in the league, and Marques Colston was nowhere to be found. On that list included 14 receivers. Some of them were Devin Hester, Jordy Nelson, Hakeem Nicks, DeSean Jackson, and A.J. Green… just to name a few. I’d list more but I don’t want to piss you off, you get the point.

ESPN.com came out with a list of the 25 best players in the NFC South. Colston did appear on that list, but dead last at #25. Ahead of him were Steve Smith of the Panthers, Julio Jones of the Falcons, Vincent Jackson of the Bucs, and Roddy White of the Falcons. 

So here are some numbers to chew on, and as you consider these also keep in mind none of these guys I’ve listed block half as well as Colston.

Steve Smith - Has less receptions and touchdowns in the last 6 years than Colston does.

Roddy White – Has less touchdowns over the last 6 years than Colston.

Hakeem Nicks – Averages 67 catches a season in his 3 year career. Colston averages 75 in 6 years.

Jordy Nelson – Averages 42 catches a season in his career. Again, Colston averages 75.

Vincent Jackson – Has never had more than 68 catches in a season. Colston has had less than 68 once in 6 years.

DeSean Jackson – His best year as a pro was 62 catches, 1,156 yards and 9 touchdowns. Colston’s best year as a pro was 98 catches, 1,202 yards and 11 touchdowns. 

AJ Green and Julio Jones – Both were rookies last year with worse seasons statistically than Marques Colston’s rookie year almost across the board, and Colston also had a better statisical season than both in 2011. 

And don’t even get me started on Devin Hester. But throw all the stats out, and I know which player I would want out of all the guys mentioned in this blog post. It would be Colston because of his demeanor, superior work ethic, extremely low potential for causing problems and commitment. Are some of these guys listed more flashy? Quite possibly. Are they more outspoken? You bet. Do they have more exposure? No question. Are they better? No. Meanwhile, Marques Colston is still waiting for his first Pro Bowl selection.

The NFL wants pizzazz, they want flash, and they want personality. That’s not to say Colston has no personality, mind you, he just saves it for the people he knows off camera. But all this is fine. People can continue to marginalize and understate how good he is while he continues to outperform the higher profile players. He’s got to be one of the most underrated guys ever to set foot in the league, though, when you see that he consistently outperforms all the guys “listed” ahead of him statistically, and he also gives his team a dream scenario lock room character presence and role model. Good luck trying to stop him, no one has figured out how to do that quite yet. You’re certainly not going to stop him by ignoring him.

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Local Product Hopes to Catch on With The Saints

Nelson is on a mission

Mike Detillier
Sports Correspondent
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It seems like yesterday when Jerico Nelson was running through opposing defenses across south Louisiana.

The former Destrehan High School running back was on one of the state’s most talented and successful high school teams ever. Nelson played on a Wildcat team that won the 2007 Class 5A Louisiana state football championship along with former LSU quarterbackJordan Jefferson, former LSU and Louisiana Tech wide receiver Tim Molton and former Tulsa wide receiver Damaris Johnson, who is the NCAA record holder for all-purpose yards in a career.

Now Nelson has a chance to be a member of the New Orleans Saints.

Nelson rushed for over 1,100 yards and scored 22 touchdowns as a prep senior at Destrehan, and he was heavily pursued by Purdue University as a slot wide receiver before he selected Arkansas during the recruiting process.

Drew Brees may be mad at me for selecting Arkansas over Purdue, but it was a chance for me to play in the Southeastern Conference and it was easier for my family to come and see me play at Arkansas,” Nelson said. “I had played defense at Destrehan and I knew that is where they wanted me to play and it was a good four-year run.”

Nelson’s high school coach, Steve Robicheaux, said that the formerDestrehan standout was the most football-savvy player he has ever been around. 

“Jerico has a knack for the game you just can’t coach,” Robicheaux said. “He has incredible football instincts. He did play running back for us, but we played him on defense also at linebacker, in the secondary and pretty much wherever we needed somebody out there. When we put him on the field, no matter what position he played, he knew exactly what to do. He’s probably the most instinctive football player I have ever coached.”

It didn’t take long for Nelson to make an impact for the Razorbacks as he played in 10 games and started seven as a true freshman.

Nelson’s presence quickly caught the attention of former Razorbacks defensive coordinator Willy Robinson.

“I have to be honest and tell you that Jerico was my pride and joy as a player at Arkansas,” Robinson said. “He was our bell cow player on defense. People get all caught up with this size and strength stuff, but he has a great heart and mind for the game. He is a very tough young man, but he also has good foot speed. He is a (4.50) type guy, but we used him in what was best for the team. I don’t say this often, but he has great football IQ. He was our emotional leader and when he was on, the rest of the defense was fired up. I had an opportunity to coach at the NFL level and his talents and intelligence compare to some of the greatest players I coached in the pros.”

Nelson started at both outside linebacker and safety for the Razorbacks and over the last two seasons, registering 157 tackles, 16 1/2 tackles for losses, 4 1/2 quarterback sacks and three interceptions. 

“I love the physical part of this game and in our scheme I played pretty much up on the line of scrimmage to aid in run support,” Nelson said. “If you don’t stop the run in the SEC you don’t have a chance to win. I am confident I can play at the next level. I’m a good open-field tackler, I read and recognize what is happening pretty quickly out on the field, I have had success rushing the quarterback coming off the edge and while I still have things to learn I have played against some pretty strong competition in the Southeastern Conference. I know people downgraded me because I am just 5-9, but I just want a chance to prove I can play at the next level.”

Nelson played on every special teams unit in his first two seasons at Arkansas, and he knows that it might be his ticket to play in the NFL.

“I will play wherever they want me to play,” Nelson said. “I love this game and I enjoy playing special teams. I also want them to see I am pretty good in the coverage part of the game also.”

Due to Arkansas’ defensive scheme, Nelson was not recognized for his coverage skills, but he said he improved that area by practicing every day against some of the best receivers in the SEC.

“Every day in practice, I went up against Joe Adams (Carolina Panthers), Jarius Wright (Minnesota Vikings) and Greg Childs (Minnesota Vikings), and all three were selected in last month’s draft,” Nelson said. “I also had to cover Cobi Hamilton, who is one of the best returning wide receivers in the conference and tight end Chris Gragg is very talented also. Every day was a challenge because of the skill level we had in the passing game and I went up againstRyan Mallett, now Tom Brady’s back-up with the New EnglandPatriots and one of the best quarterbacks in the country in Tyler Wilson.”

Nelson said he is looking forward to proving himself at the Saints mini-camp sessions this weekend and getting a chance to make his lifelong dream come true. “I just want a chance and that was the main reason I picked the Saints,” he said. “I had other opportunities and it was a choice between the Saints and Denver Broncos, but I did some research and knew this organization had given free agents a legitimate shot to make their roster in the past. My agent had told me that the Saints might take me in Round 7 and I had a good workout for them right before the draft, and so I knew if I wasn’t selected by anyone that New Orleans was the right spot for me. If it is on special teams, strong safety or wherever they want me I am ready for the challenge. I dreamed of playing in the NFL and it seems unbelievable that I could play pro football where I grew up and be part of the Who Dat Nation. The one thing I can guarantee is that I will give it everything I have to play right here in New Orleans.”

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Meet Tyrunn Walker

Tyrunn Walker  #75

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Darren Sproles

That’s One Bad Man

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