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2019 Schedule
13-3, 1st in NFC South

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

No trades for the Saints on Thursday night. If they're going to move up for the 16th time in 13 years, it'll have to wait until Friday. As of now, they're scheduled to pick No. 62 overall, with no picks scheduled for Rounds 3 or 4. I'd rank offensive line depth, wide receiver, safety and edge rusher among their top priorities. But the later you get in the draft, it's even more about player grades than position needs.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

The Saints are picking up their fifth-year option on DT Sheldon Rankins for the 2020 season. The exact salary hasn't been determined yet, but it should exceed the $7.1 million price for defensive tackles in 2019. Rankins is recovering from a torn Achilles, which he suffered in New Orleans' playoff opener. But the Saints remain high on the 12th pick in the 2016 draft. He had a breakout year in 2018 with eight sacks, 15 quarterback hits, 12 tackles for loss and a forced fumble.

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Sources: TE Watson considering 16th season

Benjamin Watson, who ranks 14th among tight ends in NFL history with 530 career receptions, is considering playing a 16th NFL season, sources told ESPN.

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AB's Raiders, Flacco's Broncos help kick off MNF

The Saints host the Texans in the MNF opener Sept. 9, and then Antonio Brown debuts as a Raider facing the Broncos and new quarterback Joe Flacco in the nightcap.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

2019 SAINTS REGULAR SEASON SCHEDULE: Sept. 9 vs. TEXANS (MNF); Sept. 15 at RAMS; Sept. 22 at SEAHAWKS; Sept 29 vs. COWBOYS (SNF); Oct. 6 vs. BUCCANEERS; Oct. 13 at JAGUARS; Oct. 20 at BEARS; Oct. 27 vs. CARDINALS; Nov. 3 BYE; Nov. 10 vs. FALCONS; Nov. 17 at BUCCANEERS; Nov. 24 vs. PANTHERS; Nov. 28 at FALCONS (Thanksgiving); Dec. 8 vs. 49ERS; Dec. 16 vs. COLTS (MNF); Dec. 22 at TITANS; Dec. 29 at PANTHERS.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Sean Payton had a clever response Thursday when asked again about speculation that the Dallas Cowboys might try to hire him after the season. “I've got fleur-de-lis tattoos that can't be erased,” Payton told WWL Radio. Payton, who was an assistant coach in Dallas before becoming New Orleans' head coach in 2006, said that speculation about him taking other jobs has become common over the years. “I feel like it's every other year. It's on the odd number year. So 2019 it comes up and then we'll hear it in 2021.” But he said winning another Super Bowl in New Orleans and staying beyond that is “clearly the plan.”

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Saints' 2019 preseason schedule: vs Vikings in Week 1; at Chargers in Week 2; at Jets in Week 3; vs Dolphins in Week 4. Would expect them to hold joint practices with the Chargers in LA for the third straight year since that has been a good pairing for them. Also, a reunion game for all the former Vikings now in New Orleans. And some interesting matchups for one of the Saints' most compelling preseason performers, QB Teddy Bridgewater. He could face both of his former teams (Vikings, Jets) and the Dolphins team that he turned down this offseason.

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The Right Time: Juvenile on Saints' playoff loss, his new album, 'back that a** up'

Bomani welcomes New Orleans native and rapper Juvenile to The Right Time. They discuss whether or not he's recovered from the Saints' loss in the NFC Championship (1:11), his favorite thing about New Orleans (2:37), his new project "Just Another Gangsta" with Birdman (4:55) and historic works of his (11:43) including "back that a** up" (19:14). Plus, the most surprising celebrity fans of his (24:15), what he grew up listening to (32:40) and what's to come in the future for him (40:40).

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Team Stats

Passing Yards252.612th
Rushing Yards126.66th
Points For31.53rd
Points Against22.114th