Kenny Vaccaro, Kennan Lewis at heart of rebuilt Saints secondary
They are currently without Martez Wilson (elbow) and Junior Galette (unspecified leg injury). Their inside linebackers have also taken a hit, with Jonathan Vilma out for an unknown length of time after having knee surgery. The Saints have tried to stop the bleeding by adding the 29-year-old Haralson, an eight year veteran and former starter for the 49ers. Haralson was a full-time starter for the 49ers between 2009-11, missing only one game in that time span. He missed all of last season with a torn triceps, which landed him on injured reserve before the regular season started. The 6 foot, 255 pound Haralson has been working his way back this summer, playing 51 snaps in the preseason with a team-high two sacks. He is the highest-graded 49ers defender so far this preseason, according to Pro Football Focus.
Sources: Saints’ GM could eavesdrop
They lost linebacker Will Smith to a torn ACL, and need some more depth at the position. This will be rather interesting seeing as the 49ers will face the Saints this season, and could very well see them again in the playoffs. Although the 49ers have some great young talent at outside linebacker, it is still disappointing to see Haralson leave. He was always a solid guy on the roster. He sat out last year with a torn triceps muscle, but before that, he was a key part of Aldon Smith’s transition to outside linebacker. Haralson played in the base defense, and Aldon came on in pass rush situations.
Report: Saints linebacker Will Smith out for the season
Somebody really should warn the Chiefs about Vacarro’s full-throttle style, because I don’t think he really distinguishes between August and the games that really count. “I nicknamed him … Tasmanian Devil,” said Lewis, of Vaccaro, the 15th overall pick in April’s draft. “That guy just flies around and chews things up. So that’s his new nickname from now on.
Juggernaut Index, No. 6: The New Orleans Saints
I see no obvious reason why he should receive significantly more work than Pierre Thomas, a reliable vet with an all-situation skill set. Thomas has certainly been more productive on a per-touch basis (4.8 YPC career, 4.5 YPC in 2012). Darren Sproles returns to his usual role as a high-volume receiver and low-volume runner. If you’re assuming that Ingram will dominate backfield touches in goal-to-go situations, you need to understand that this would represent a big change in his usage. Here’s a quick look at this team’s inside-the-10 workload totals (carries + targets) over the past two seasons: 2012 Ingram 10 Sproles 7 The Saints are definitely not in the business of being predictable. It’s important you accept that as fact, because it ain’t changing. Anyone drafting Ingram as more than a part-time flex is paying for a level of production that he hasn’t yet reached.
Saints linebacker Will Smith out for the season
Smith, a 10-year veteran who this offseason moved from defensive end during the switch to a 3-4 defense, injured his knee during Sunday’s preseason win at Houston, according to Pro Football Talk. Smith had six http://www.cloudbreaksoftware.com/drew_brees_jersey.html sacks on last season’s historically-awful defense. He also ranks fourth in team history with 67.5 career sacks. Martez Wilson, who missed time at training camp (elbow), is one of several options at the position, including available free agents after Tuesday cuts around the NFL. Smith’s injury is the second this offseason to a Saints starter at outside linebacker. Victor Butler’s knee injury during minicamp ended his first season with the Saints before it had a chance to start. Defensive coordinator Rob Ryan often jokes that he lost his job last season in Dallas because of the impact a slew of injuries had on the defense. With Smith becoming the latest injury casualty, Ryan may face the same uphill battle in New Orleans.
(Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images) New Orleans Saints linebacker Will Smith will miss the 2013 season with a knee injury sustained during the Saints preseason game against the Houston Texans on Sunday, according to multiple reports. Smith left the game against the Texans after a being a part of a pile up after Texans quarterback Matt Schaub was sacked by Saints defensive end Cam Jordan. Smith, 31, was making the transition to outside linebacker under new clicking here defensive coordinator Rob Ryans 3-4 defensive scheme and took a pay cut of $6 million to remain in New Orleans. The Saints linebacking core has been decimated by injury early in the preseason. Smith joins linebackers Victor Butler, Martez Wilson and Junior Galette as players that will miss significant time due to injury. Saints veteran Will Smith has suffered a season-ending knee injury, source confirmed (as PFT reported) Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) August 26, 2013
LHSAA renews partnership with New Orleans Saints for High School Football Game of Week Program
More Podcasts Loomis’ alleged activity also would be a violation of Louisiana state law, according to Danny Onorato, a former assistant U.S. attorney now in private practice in Washington, D.C., where he specializes in white-collar crime. The statute of limitations for the law governing electronic eavesdropping in Louisiana is six years, Onorato said. “A prosecutor or law enforcement should conduct a thorough investigation to make sure these are the facts. Did these individuals re-connect this device in some way?” Onorato said. “At a minimum, somebody somewhere has a duty to investigate it to ensure the integrity of the game of football,” he said. Emmick said that it’s possible Loomis and others could still be prosecuted for taking part in a conspiracy to cover up the federal ECPA violation. The statute of limitations for prosecution of a conspiracy is also five years, Emmick said, but that period would begin with the last “overt act” of the parties involved in a conspiracy.
Parys Haralson traded to New Orleans Saints, according to Cam Inman
We believe fans from every corner of our state will be excited to see this years schedule of our Thursday night high school football match-ups. We have quite a bit of diversity in our Game of the Week lineup this year particularly in terms of geographic location and school size. High school football has a rich tradition in Louisiana and the Saints are proud to support the growth of powerhouse high school football in our home state, said Saints Owner/Vice Chairman of the Board Rita Benson LeBlanc. We are thrilled to utilize our resources to support and partner with the LHSAA as football provides players with a foundation of fundamentals and ideals that will help them be successful throughout their lives. Showcasing the LHSAA and the Game of the Week is an extension of our youth programs priority to reach young players and continue to encourage their individual development as a statewide initiative. The New Orleans Saints LHSAA Game of the Week consists of a weekly television broadcast of one high school football game for ten weeks during the regular prep football season and for four weeks of the LHSAA football playoffs not including state championship games. The New Orleans Saints LHSAA Game of the Week will be broadcast in HD live across Louisiana on Fox Sports New Orleans and Fox Sports New Orleans Plus when preempted by the New Orleans Pelicans. The first game will feature Westlake at DeRidder on Thursday, Sept. 5, and subsequent games will air each week thereafter on Thursday nights. “We’re excited to enhance our partnership with the LHSAA by upgrading the Game of the Week to high-definition broadcasts,” said FOX Sports New Orleans Senior Vice President/General Manager Jon Heidtke.