Written and authored by National Football League Expert Analyst Bobby Wallace. Charliessports.com produces it for NFL news and notes.
The New Orleans Saints have traded in the humidity of the “BAYOU” for a little more comfortable environment. The Saints are in their second preseason training at The Greenbrier in White Sulpher Springs, West Virginia. New Orleans started on July 29th and expectations are high in 2015. The Saints missed the postseason last year and traded one of their stars to Seattle in the offseason. The Saints have been called soft by many NFL expert the past few seasons. A preseason contest with the hard-hitting Baltimore Ravens could be just what the team needs. The Baltimore Ravens are ready to make another run at a playoff spot. Baltimore veteran wideout Steve Smith Sr. Announced the 2015-16 season will be his last in the NFL. The Baltimore Ravens are a three-point Home Favorite Against The Spread. The Betting odds total is at 38-points For Thursday’s preseason game.
Defense is the cry in the “BIG EASY” for the 2015 Saints Football season. The franchise used six of its nine draft picks in 2015 on defense. Clemson inside linebacker Stephone Anthony was the 31st player taken in the first round by New Orleans. Anthony is expected to step in a become a thumper like former star Jon Vilma. Veteran linebacker Dannell Ellerbe was also brought in to shore up the defense. The New Orleans Saints have some of the best talents in the NFL at the skilled positions. Second Year wideout Brandon Cooks will have plenty of balls thrown his way this season. Running Back C.J. Spiller will add speed in the backfield, expect Spiller to see screen passes thrown his way. The Saints must replace All-Pro tight end Jimmy Graham, who was traded to Seattle for Guard Max Unger. As for the Saints offensive line, Unger will add toughness and knows what it take to win. The New Orleans defense also added former Cowboys defensive end Anthony Spencer to the roster. The coaching staff has plenty to look at in the secondary. The Saints roster has Safety Kenny Vaccaro and former New York Giants starter, Kenny Phillips. There will be plenty of competition at the cornerback position with Brandon Browner coming over from New England. Kyle Wilson and rookie P.J. Williams will also get a chance to impress the coaching staff.
There has been three constants in the Ravens organization the past six years. They are long-standing General Manager Ozzie Newsome, Owner Steve Bisciotti, and Head Coach John Harbaugh. The trio is one of the best in the business, it seem they are on the same page each season. The 2015 Baltimore Ravens drafted Central Florida Wide Reciever Breshad Perriman in the first round and University of Minnesota Tight End Maxx Williams in the second round. Perriman is expected to take over for the departed Torrey Smith, and Williams is in the Todd Heap mold. Georgia Tech wideout Darren Waller, taken in the seventh round is a big target. The Baltimore defense must replace All-Pro Haloti Ngata, who was traded to Detroit. Quarterback Joe Flacco will be under center again in 2015. The Ravens also brought in Matt Schaub as insurance. Running Back Justin Forsett was a pleasant surprise in 2014 and will get a chance to be the starter. Watch out for former University of Michigan standout Fitzgerald Toussaint to get some looks. All-Pro Guard Marshal Yanda anchors the offensive line; Yanda is one of the best in the game. The Ravens defensive line and linebackers can’t wait to start hitting opponents, they will be as good as ever. Former Florida Gators star Matt Elam should come into his own as a star safety.