Tuesday, 08 March 2011 04:03

New Orleans Saints: Shaun Rogers, Sharper, Lance Moore, Pierre Thomas

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Ed Staton-Louisiana SportsShaun Rogers will be a decent defensive tackle for the Saints and that will make signing him for $4 million worthwhile. Rogers in the starting defensive line will make defensive tackle Sedrick Ellis a much better player. Rogers' presence should also help middle linebacker Jon Vilma, already an excellent player. Rogers and Ellis will tie up blockers and allow Vilma to run free and make even more plays. The Saints still need a starting defensive end to go with Will Smith.

Free safety Darren Sharper will have to decide if can be content being a backup to Malcolm Jenkins.  If he can live with that role, he'll be back for another season.  If Sharper wants to start, he might have to look elsewhere. He eventually wants to become a TV analyst for NFL games.

The Saints placed a second-round tender on wide receiver Lance Moore, but it remains to be seen if Moore will be a restricted free agent or an unrestricted one. He has been wanting a new contract for some time.

Drew Brees doesn't want to lose Moore and he carries as much clout with the Saints as any player in the league does with any team.

The Saints had to give a lot of help to starting offensive left tackle Jermon Bushrod last season and the Saints might not  think Bushrod is a franchise left tackle. That's why they drafted Charles Brown of USC in the second round last season. If the Saints see a left tackle out there, they may go for him.

The Saints signed running back Pierre Thomas to a four-year contract based on his performance in the second Atlanta game last season when the team was just about out of running backs. Thomas, rushed for 63 yards and a touchdown in 19 carries and that reminded the coaching staff what kind of player he is.

You will recall that Thomas missed most of last season with an ankle injury that took longer to heal than the coaches would have liked. There was talk that the Saints would allow Thomas to depart. But they remembered how he had played in previous seasons and decided to re-sign him. Good move.

Saints backup quarterback Chase Daniel and his alma mater Missouri announced on Saturday that Daniel will endow the :Chase Daniel Lone Star State Scholarship. The scholarship will be awarded annually to a player from Texas. The scholarship can go to a different Mizzou football player from the state of Texas each year or to the same player for multiple years...Kicker Danny Hrapmann has been named to the SI.com annual All-Two-Star Team, a team composed of players largely ignored by college coaches and recruiting services. Hrapmann, from New Orleans, originally attended Southeaster Louisiana, but he transferred to Southern Mississippi after his freshman year  in 2010. He was named a Lou Groza Award finalist and a first-team All-American by the Walter Camp Foundation. He kicked 36 of 30 field goals and all 51 PAT attempts...I often quote myself;  it adds credibility to my argument...

by Ed Staton

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Ed Staton

Ed Staton is a former sports writer for the Times Picayune and New Orleans States Item.  He also served as the New Orleans Saints Information Director.  He has won 43 media awards in writing, design and photography.  


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