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NEW ORLEANS SAINTS (12-6)
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LAST YEAR: Helped by infusion of elite young talent, Saints pulled out of three-year rut of mediocrity and won NFC South. They were seconds away from advancing to NFC title game, only to be thwarted by Minnesota receiver Stefon Diggs‘ winning touchdown as time expired in divisional round. New Orleans received major contributions from running back and Offensive Rookie of Year Alvin Kamara, and cornerback and Defensive Rookie of Year Marshon Lattimore. Several other first-and second-year players filled regular roles as well, and veteran Drew Brees remained one of NFL’s top QBs.
IMPORTANT ADDITIONS: LB Demario Davis, S Kurt Coleman Vita Vea Jersey , CB Patrick Robinson, WR Cameron Meredith, Rookie DE Marcus Davenport.
IMPORTANT LOSSES: S Kenny Vaccaro, TE Coby Fleener, WR Willie Snead, G Senio Kelemete, RT Zach Strief, CB Delvin Breaux.
CAMP NEEDS: Lineup is relatively stable from last-season’s playoff run Youth JK Scott Jersey , but New Orleans looking to bolster pass rush by finding someone who can make offenses pay for sending multiple blockers at All-Pro end Cameron Jordan. Saints want Davenport to develop into that player. But he is raw in first season out of UTSA. Saints also want to figure out which running backs can fill in for Mark Ingram during his four-game suspension to open season. Veteran free agents Shane Vereen and Terrence West, along with draft pick Boston Scott and second-year pro Trey Edmunds, are competing for those snaps.
EXPECTATIONS: Saints appear to have gotten stronger and deeper than last season, particularly with additions on defense. Keys to improving are how well new players fit and, as usual, avoiding injuries. If Davenport develops quickly, Saints could be elite. If not, teams with good plan to block Jordan could give New Orleans fits.
AP NFL website: Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers isn't usually one to openly criticize his players Authentic Rasmus Dahlin Jersey , but the two-time MVP was an unhappy man during a training camp聽practice on Tuesday.The Packers made a bold decision to release veteran wide receiver Jordy Nelson, who was Rodgers' most trusted target over the last five or so years. So it's imperative that Rodgers get on page with his new receivers. But that didn't happen on Tuesday, and Rodgers unleashed on his pass-catchers, per Michael Cohen of The Athletic."It was one of the worst cards sessions we had. I don't know how you can make it any simpler," Rodgers said. "You literally have what the play would be in our terminology on the card, and the effort level was very low. Especially with what I'm accustomed to."The Packers own two well-established receivers in Davante Adams and Randall Cobb, plus the front office added Pro Bowl tight end Jimmy Graham in free agency. We know Rodgers and the offense will be just fine by the time 2018 rolls around, but that doesn't mean he's giving his receivers a free pass."I've been running that period for a number of years. So it's not a good start for us on the card period for the young guys Texans Cheap Jerseys ," Rodgers said. "I think DeAngelo [Yancey] has really progressed, G-Mo [Geronimo Allison], obviously 16 [Jake Kumerow]. But everybody else was kind of piss poor." The Packers wide receivers that didn't perform well better take Rodgers' criticism to heart and learn from it. He's the best quarterback in the NFL when healthy, and he has the right to rip his teammates if they aren't performing up to standards.Green Bay had made the playoffs every year from 2009 to 2016, including three NFC Championship Game appearances and a Super Bowl 45 victory. But when Rodgers went down with a collarbone injury last year, the Packers limped to a 7-9 finish.An angry Rodgers is bad for the rest of the NFL. If he comes out hot and fuming to start Week 1, the rest of the league will have a tough time slowing down the two-time league MVP..