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Madden NFL 21 ratings and rankings: Mahomes, Wilson lead quarterback list

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Ahead of the August release of Madden NFL 21, we’re spending the week unveiling player ratings and rankings for the league’s best players. We’ll start with the quarterbacks on Monday and end with the wide receivers later this week, finishing with a SportsCenter special on Friday, July 17, at 7......
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2020 New Orleans Saints Team Outlook: Overcoming Bad Beats For Another Playoff-Bound Season

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Coaching Staff Over the last 14 seasons with Sean Payton as the head coach (suspended in 2012) and Drew Brees at quarterback, the New Orleans Saints finished first or second in the NFL in offense yards nine times. Payton has a career 131-77 record with one Super Bowl title (2009)......
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Alvin Kamara Fantasy Outlook: Last Year’s Downturn Isn’t Slowing Down Fans in 2020

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http://www.si.com/.image/c_limit%2Ccs_srgb%2Cfl_progressive%2Ch_1200%2Cq_auto:good%2Cw_1200/MTczNzc4NzY5NzQyNDA3MzA3/alvin-kamara.jpg Shawn Childs Entering his fourth season, New Orleans Saints running back Alvin Kamara has proven himself to be a fantasy first-round staple. He’s been nominated to three Pro Bowls and was named the 20th-best player in 2018 and the 14th-best in 2019 in the NFL’s Top 100. Kamara lost......
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A 6-year-old stock photo from Italy? The backstory of Drew Brees’ viral apology image

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Mirko Vitali was relaxing with friends on Giglio Island, just off the coast of Italy, when he learned about his unintended role in a major story in the United States. New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees had used the Italy-based photographer’s “handshake against racism” image — that’s what Vitali called......
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Jenkins on virus risk: Football ‘nonessential’

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New Orleans Saints safety Malcolm Jenkins said the risk surrounding the coronavirus “has to really be eliminated” before he would be comfortable returning to play this season. Jenkins, a 12-year veteran and member of the NFL Players Association’s executive committee, appeared on CNN on Thursday morning in his new role......
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Saints’ Jenkins issues call to action: ‘Time is now’

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New Orleans Saints safety Malcolm Jenkins, a co-founder of the Players Coalition and prominent activist for social justice and racial equality, urged athletes, coaches and media “to do our part to make this country better” during Sunday night’s ESPYS broadcast, calling the events of the past month “a tipping point.”......
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How Much Did the Saints Help the Church on Its Sex Abuse Crisis? More Than They Admitted

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SI – For more and to sign up click here Jenny Vrentas Kevin Bourgeois’s phone was ringing. It was a Wednesday in January, three weeks after the Saints’ season had ended, and he was standing in the parking lot outside the team’s headquarters in Metairie, La., wearing a black-and-gold Taysom Hill......
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Jenkins joins CNN as social justice contributor

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METAIRIE, La. — New Orleans Saints safety Malcolm Jenkins, a co-founder of the Players Coalition and prominent activist for social justice and racial equality, will join CNN as a contributor. “I want to thank CNN for their thoughtful leadership in viewing professional athletes beyond their sport as another educated voice......
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RB Kamara visits NASCAR race in Wallace gear

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New Orleans Saints running back Alvin Kamara became one of NASCAR’s newest fans this week after the organization banned Confederate flags from its racetracks. Kamara saw his first race Sunday as an invited guest of NASCAR at the Dixie Vodka 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway after he tweeted his support for......
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We ranked NFL teams’ continuity from 1-32: Bills and Chiefs lead the way

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6:00 AM ET NFL NationESPN The coronavirus pandemic forced NFL teams to shut down this spring and summer, creating an offseason devoid of in-person organized team activities and minicamps. This could be especially problematic for teams that made a lot of moves this offseason, or advantageous for clubs that maintained......
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Tom Brady catching Patrick Mahomes? Our lineup of NFL stars drafted by MLB

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The past two quarterbacks to win a Super Bowl could have been pro baseball players. Before Tom Brady won six rings, he was chosen in the 18th round of the 1995 draft by the Montreal Expos. “He was a left-handed-hitting catcher with power. He had a good future,” the Expos’......
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Jenkins: NFL must specifically address Kap

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New Orleans Saints safety Malcolm Jenkins said the efforts by commissioner Roger Goodell and the NFL to back players fighting for social justice have fallen short because they have yet to properly address their handling of Colin Kaepernick. “I still don’t think [the NFL has] gotten it right. Until they......
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Michael Thomas Donates $2.3 Million to Clear Medical Debt

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http://www.si.com/.image/c_limit%2Ccs_srgb%2Cfl_progressive%2Ch_1200%2Cq_auto:good%2Cw_1200/MTY5MjE1MDc3MDgwMTE0NjUx/michael-thomas-saints-titans.jpg Associated Press New Orleans Saints All-Pro receiver Michael Thomas has joined with a non-profit group to help relieve $2.3 million in health care debt for Louisiana residents. Thomas contributed $20,000 to the group RIP Medical Debt, which works with individual donors and organizations to purchase medical debt at steep......
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Dynasty Rookie TE Rankings: Get Your Hook into Adam Trautman

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http://www.si.com/.image/c_limit%2Ccs_srgb%2Cfl_progressive%2Ch_1200%2Cq_auto:good%2Cw_1200/MTcyMTA4OTU2NTE5Mzc2MTMx/usatsi_13956376-1.jpg Matt De Lima 1. Adam Trautman – Saints – Age: 23 The theme from most fantasy analysts for this class of tight ends is, “It’s boring. It’s weak, etc…” Welcome to the reality of the tight end position. There’s a guy or two with promise, a guy who shouldn’t......
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Brees stands by apology in response to Trump

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In a message addressed to President Donald Trump on Friday night, Drew Brees stood by his apology for earlier comments on “disrespecting the flag,” after Trump wrote that the New Orleans Saints quarterback should not have changed his stance. “Through my ongoing conversations with friends, teammates, and leaders in the......
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How other Saints leaders spoke up after Drew Brees became center of turmoil

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METAIRIE, La. — It seemed almost impossible after the fires that were ignited throughout the New Orleans Saints‘ roster on Wednesday that by 9 a.m. Thursday, coach Sean Payton could be tweeting the words, “This is another example of why I love OUR team. #ChangeIsComing” Payton was applauding team captain......
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Brees apologizes: I ‘completely missed the mark’

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New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees issued an apology Thursday for his comments on “disrespecting the flag,” saying he “completely missed the mark” on current issues in the United States and that it “breaks my heart to know the pain I have caused.” During an interview with Yahoo Finance on......
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Drew Brees Did Miss the Mark

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Drew Brees’ comments weren’t perceived the wrong way, he said what he said. And if people don’t understand why NFL players took a knee by now, they’ll never get it. However, one thing I don’t believe will get us anywhere, is arguing about the content of his comments. March, donate,......
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Drew Brees Apologizes for Kneeling Comments

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Saints quarterback Drew Brees apologized on Thursday for his comments on NFL players’ kneeling during the national anthem.  Brees drew heavy criticism from a slate of athletes on Wednesday after saying he will “never agree with anybody disrespecting” the United States flag. Saints defensive back and Players Coalition cofounder Malcolm Jenkins said Brees’s......

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