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Old 07-19-2017, 07:49 AM   #21
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I hope to see less TE receptions. More TE blocking, power / duo running.
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Old 07-19-2017, 09:57 AM   #22
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That's probably the best option. I know Curtis Lofton's next door neighbor really well. Maybe she could talk to him about getting me some for next season. He'll probably have a backdoor access to them.
That would be awesome!!!
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I'm just dying to see how the LB competition plays out. I feel like our best line-up would be:

WLB- Anzalone
MLB- Anthony
SLB- Klein

... and yet I really like Robertson and want him on the field too. I just don't know where to slot him.

I'm not really worried about the rest of the defense. Barring injuries the D-Line is solid and the secondary can be top-tier.
I would like to see that lineup because that would mean Anthony improved. But I'd trust Robertson at MLB at this point. And I hope Anzalone pans out. That'd be awesome. We have Ellerbe too. Oh wait....he had a bad dream earlier this off season and stubbed his toe while running to mommy's room.
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Old 07-19-2017, 04:45 PM   #24
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Re: What to watch when Saints training camp opens

My list(s) of potential camp beast ...

Anthony (can Nolan bring out the dog in him?)
Adam Bighill - longshot but let's see what he's got.
Jake Lampman (the guy has performed well on S/T)
Alex Okafor (if healthy, he can explode off the line)

Bring it.
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Old 07-19-2017, 05:07 PM   #25
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Re: What to watch when Saints training camp opens

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I'm just dying to see how the LB competition plays out. I feel like our best line-up would be:

WLB- Anzalone
MLB- Anthony
SLB- Klein

... and yet I really like Robertson and want him on the field too. I just don't know where to slot him.

I'm not really worried about the rest of the defense. Barring injuries the D-Line is solid and the secondary can be top-tier.
Ellerbe is hands down our best LB, he will be the WLB if healthy.

MLB/SLB are up fro grabs, and if you look at the contracts dished out the Saints are banking on Klein to take the MLB spot.

Anthony is likely cut before the season-- I haven't seen or heard of anything leading me to believe he'll improve.

Teo is my hope for the SLB spot with Robertson being a very good back up that can play every LB position well.
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Old 07-19-2017, 05:15 PM   #26
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Ellerbe is hands down our best LB, he will be the WLB if healthy.

MLB/SLB are up fro grabs, and if you look at the contracts dished out the Saints are banking on Klein to take the MLB spot.

Anthony is likely cut before the season-- I haven't seen or heard of anything leading me to believe he'll improve.

Teo is my hope for the SLB spot with Robertson being a very good back up that can play every LB position well.
We haven't even made it to training camp and pads. You aren't going to see or hear anything until a couple of weeks or so into camp.

But, there is this:

Saints' Stephone Anthony: Improved understanding of defense
CBSSports.com-Jun 26, 2017
Anthony has shown an improved understanding of the defense during the offseason, Nick Underhill of The New Orleans Advocate reports.
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Re: What to watch when Saints training camp opens

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My list(s) of potential camp beast ...

Anthony (can Nolan bring out the dog in him?)
Actually the question is can Nolan bring out the owl in Anthony. I don't think there's ever been a question about Anthony's ability to bring the wood. The only question is can he learn to be in the right position to do so.
Adam Bighill - longshot but let's see what he's got.
Jake Lampman (the guy has performed well on S/T)
Special Teams both give an opportunity for guys like these to make the squad. Also we should well know from last season that solid special teams are essential for winning games.
Alex Okafor (if healthy, he can explode off the line)
Agreed. Both he and Kikhaha can create pressure off the edge if they can just stay healthy enough to be on the field.
Bring it.
I like the attitude. As I've been saying all along, the Saints defense doesn't need to be the '95 Bears or the 2000 Ravens. If this defense is in the middle of the pack for scoring, 3rd down percentage, Red Zone percentage, and takeaways be being healthy and playing as a solid group, it'll catapult the 2017 squad several notches towards the next level.

I'm with Guido looking on the bright side. I mean the Saints have gone 7-9 with some of the worst defenses in NFL history. Imaging what they can do with an average defense?!

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Old 07-19-2017, 06:13 PM   #28
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Re: What to watch when Saints training camp opens

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Ellerbe is hands down our best LB, he will be the WLB if healthy.

MLB/SLB are up fro grabs, and if you look at the contracts dished out the Saints are banking on Klein to take the MLB spot.

Anthony is likely cut before the season-- I haven't seen or heard of anything leading me to believe he'll improve.

Teo is my hope for the SLB spot with Robertson being a very good back up that can play every LB position well.
I think you're spot on for the most part but I was more going off of what I would do. I don't include Ellerbe in any roster projections because he won't be healthy and I'm just over him. He missed all of OTA's with yet another injury and Anzalone, Robertson and Stupar can all play weakside. I'd just take the cap space at this point ($3.2 mil I believe.)
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Re: What to watch when Saints training camp opens

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I think you're spot on for the most part but I was more going off of what I would do. I don't include Ellerbe in any roster projections because he won't be healthy and I'm just over him. He missed all of OTA's with yet another injury and Anzalone, Robertson and Stupar can all play weakside. I'd just take the cap space at this point ($3.2 mil I believe.)
We can't be sure that Ellerbe won't be healthy. That is just projecting blindly. Many players go through a rash of injuries and then play for years without another.
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Old 07-19-2017, 07:19 PM   #30
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We can't be sure that Ellerbe won't be healthy. That is just projecting blindly. Many players go through a rash of injuries and then play for years without another.
That's all that we as fans can do. We don't win awards for most rational projections lol.
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