Sportingnews.com believes that the Saints' Mark Ingram will contribute more to his team than any other rookie this season. Writes the website: "The Saints featured a running backs-by-committee during their Super Bowl season. Pierre Thomas, Mike Bell and Reggie Bush rushed for a combined 389 times for 1,837 yards and 16 touchdowns. The ground game suffered last season. The team rushed for a total of 1,519 yards and Bell left in free agency and Thomas and Bush were plagued by injuries. Saints coach Sean Payton loves the inside running game. Not only does it wear down opponents, but it also opens things for Drew Brees and the passing attack.. Ingram should help restore some crush on the rush.
Former LSU running back Stevan Ridley said all he's thinking about is Super Bowl.
Ridley was selected in the third round of the recent NFL Draft by the Patriots, leaving LSU after his All-SEC junior season when he rushed for 1,147 yards and 15 touchdowns.
As you drive across the state line into Mississippi, you are welcomed by a sign reading:
"Welcome to Mississippi, the Birthplace of America's Music."
Now that just doesn't seem right. In fact, that just isn't right. But, it is good marketing.
Saints free agent weakside linebacker Scott Shanle is not expected back this season unless he agrees to a "team friendly" deal.
Shanle has been talking contract with the Saints for more than a year, but the labor uncertainty has precluded a deal. Shanle was Pro Football Focus' lowest rated 4-3 outside linebacker in the league last season.
New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu took action today on the red light traffic camera scandal plaguing the NOPD with a news conference in which the mayor said:
The Saints drafted two linebackers from Illinois in the recent draft. Five of their six picks were defensive players who will contribute on special teams.
The Saints vice president of communications Greg Bensel issued a release on email on Thursday morning after Pro Football Talk ran a story that Toronto was eyeballing two teams for possible relocation.
The website reported Councilor Doug Ford, the brother of Toronto mayor Rob Ford, tells Brad Gagnon of TheScore.com that Canada's mega-city intends to try and lure an NFL team after the league puts a team back in Los Angeles.