The Times Picayune: Saints Edition

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  1. ThaBayouChef

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    Saints Dealing with Two Big Losses From Offseason

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    Jimmy Graham. Junior Galette. Two center pieces on both sides of the ball for the New Orleans Saints over the past few seasons. Two center pieces no longer on the team. It’s tough to say which player will be missed more. Graham was no doubt the focal point of a high-powered Saints offense that somewhat seemed to stumble through last season. He suffered through what appeared to be an unspoken injury for most of last year. Though he never admitted it, Graham was clearly not the player he was in 2013. Some in the Saints inner-circle believe that the front office possibly knows of an underlying problem with Graham and his health. Others believe the Saints are just lunatics for trading Graham this past offseason to the two time defending NFC champ, Seattle. It’ll be an interesting development to see how this team replaces such a critical player who played such a critical role in this offense.

    Junior Galette was on the outs even before an apparent video emerged of him going Indiana Jones on three young females at a South Florida beach last June. That seemed to be the icing on the cake with the Saints brass. Galette was a rumored cancer-in-the-lock-room and after being offered a huge contract extension a short while ago, Galette was flat out cut this offseason; a move that kills the Saints cap-wise not only for this season, but next as well. Taking the cap situation into account, this move may be even more head scratching than the Graham trade for some. Galette accounted for 22 sacks over the past 2 seasons and was arguably the Saints leading talent defensively. How do you replace 11 sacks per year? Short answer: you don’t.

    Two big moves for a franchise that has to be in “win now” mode with QB Drew Brees only getting older. Time will tell how they adjust to life without these two playmakers. But the time to adjust is now. We may see some roster moves before we kick off the 2015 season that helps fill the void left by these two pro-bowl caliber players. Stay tuned!​

     
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    Intriguing Backfield in the Bayou

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    Mark Ingram is coming off of a pro-bowl season in New Orleans, one in which he became the first Saints RB since Deuce McAllister to rush for over 1,000 yards. Ingram had shown flashes prior to last season, but really burst out in a big way even while missing a handful of games due to injury. He will no doubt be the workhorse of this offense. Meanwhile, the Saints also brought in speedster C.J. Spiller this offseason who potentially is a great fit in this offense. Spiller is a better 3rd down back than the aforementioned Ingram, and also may offer help in a special teams’ role. Spiller has been hampered by nagging injuries throughout his career in Buffalo, but still at only 28 years old he can certainly provide another element to this Saints offense. Fans are intrigued by the thought of him on that fast Superdome grass, as well as Ingram expanding on his production from last season. The Saints may have question marks in certain areas on offense, but the backfield will certainly not be one of them.​
     
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