Team RankingOverallRushingPassing
Offense9th108.6 (16th)265.2 (7th)
Defense11th91.3 (4th)241.8 (20th)
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Roster
NoPlayerPosHeightWeightBirthdateExpCollege
54Alonso, Kiko OLB6-32398/14/19908Oregon
47Anzalone, Alex MLB6-32419/22/19944Florida
72Armstead, Terron T6-53047/23/19918Arkansas-Pine Bluff
53Baun, Zack LB6-322512/30/1996RWisconsin
9Brees, Drew QB6-02091/15/197920Purdue
90Brown, Malcom DT6-23202/2/19946Texas
32Burton, Michael RB6-02402/1/19926Rutgers
12Callaway, Marquez WR6-22043/27/1998RTennessee
87Cook, Jared TE6-52544/7/198712South Carolina
35Crawley, Ken CB6-11802/8/19935Colorado
92Davenport, Marcus DE6-62659/4/19963Texas-San Antonio
56Davis, Demario OLB6-22481/11/19899Arkansas State
62Easton, Nick G6-33036/16/19926Harvard
55Elliss, Kaden LB6-32386/10/19952Idaho
22Gardner-Johnson, Chauncey SAF5-1121012/20/19972Florida
96Granderson, Carl DE6-526112/18/19962Wyoming
48Gray, J.T. DB6-02021/18/19963Mississippi State
73Greenidge, Ethan T6-43359/10/19972Villanova
42Hansen, Chase LB6-32225/20/19931Utah
34Hardee, Justin DB6-12002/7/19944Illinois
11Harris, Deonte WR5-617012/4/19972Assumption
91Hendrickson, Trey DE6-427012/5/19944Florida Atlantic
89Hill, Josh TE6-52505/21/19908Idaho State
7Hill, Taysom QB6-22218/23/19904BYU
74Hurst, James G6-531012/17/19917North Carolina
20Jenkins, Janoris CB5-1019010/29/19889North Alabama
27Jenkins, Malcolm SS6-020412/20/198712Ohio State
83Johnson, Juwan WR6-42319/13/1996ROregon
94Jordan, Cameron DE6-42877/10/198910California
41Kamara, Alvin RB5-102157/25/19954Tennessee
68Kelly, Derrick T6-53208/23/19951Florida State
23Lattimore, Marshon CB6-01925/20/19964Ohio State
15Lewis, Tommylee WR5-716810/24/19924Northern Illinois
3Lutz, Wil K5-111847/7/19945Georgia State
78McCoy, Erik C6-43038/27/19972Texas A&M
88Montgomery, Ty RB6-02161/22/19936Stanford
6Morstead, Thomas P6-42353/8/198612SMU
28Murray, Latavius RB6-32301/18/19908UCF
93Onyemata, David DT6-430011/13/19925Manitoba (Canada)
75Peat, Andrus G6-731611/4/19936Stanford
71Ramczyk, Ryan T6-63144/22/19944Wisconsin
98Rankins, Sheldon DT6-23054/2/19945Louisville
97Roach, Malcolm DT6-32906/9/1998RTexas
52Robertson, Craig LB6-12342/11/19889North Texas
21Robinson, Patrick CB5-111919/7/198711Florida State
51Ruiz, Cesar C6-43166/14/1999RMichigan
17Sanders, Emmanuel WR5-111803/17/198711SMU
10Smith, Tre'Quan WR6-22101/7/19963UCF
57Spence, Noah DE6-22511/8/19945Eastern Kentucky
36Swearinger, D.J. FS5-102059/1/19918South Carolina
13Thomas, Michael WR6-32123/3/19935Ohio State
82Trautman, Adam TE6-52532/5/1997RDayton
99Tuttle, Shy DT6-330010/20/19952Tennessee
24Washington, Dwayne RB6-12234/24/19945Washington
26Williams, P.J. CB6-01966/1/19936Florida State
43Williams, Marcus FS6-11959/8/19964Utah
2Winston, Jameis QB6-42311/6/19946Florida State
49Wood, Zach LS6-32551/10/19934SMU
Injured Players
29Bademosi, Johnson (IR) DB6-02197/23/19909Stanford
77Dalton, Jalen (IR) DT6-63008/4/19971North Carolina
16Fowler, Bennie (IR) WR6-12186/10/19916Michigan State
4Gillikin, Blake (IR) P6-21961/21/1998RPenn State
 Lanier, Anthony (IR) DE6-62855/8/19933Alabama A&M
76McDaniel, Tony (IR) DT6-73051/20/198512Tennessee
35Vereen, Shane (IR) RB5-102053/2/19898California
Practice Squad
46Bachie, Joe LB6-22312/26/1998RMichigan State
80Carr, Austin WR6-119512/25/19934Northwestern
64Clapp, Will C6-531112/10/19953LSU
 Clarke, Will DE6-62755/4/19915West Virginia
50Dowell, Andrew LB6-122511/16/19961Michigan State
45Griffin, Garrett TE6-42403/4/19942Air Force
 Haley, Grant DB5-91901/6/19963Penn State
84Humphrey, Lil'Jordan WR6-42254/19/19982Texas
37Jones, Tony RB5-1122411/24/1997RNotre Dame
85Stevens, Tommy QB6-523512/15/1996RMississippi State
66Throckmorton, Calvin T6-53118/16/1996ROregon
63Tom, Cameron C6-43006/21/19954Southern Miss
38Washington, Keith CB6-118012/20/1996RWest Virginia
59Willoughby, Marcus DE6-32537/26/1998RElon
 Zettel, Anthony DE6-42758/9/19925Penn State
 
 
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Tre'Quan Smith
News
Smith brought in all four targets for 54 yards in the Saints' 27-24 win over the Panthers on Sunday.

Smith was poised for a potentially substantial boost in volume as Drew Brees' de facto No. 1 receiver Sunday, but the third-year wideout ultimately underwhelmed relative to expectations. He saw both Marquez Callaway (leg) and Deonte Harris contribute plenty through the air as well, leading to less of a target share than may have been expected. The silver lining for those who may have nabbed Smith off the wire this week is that he could have another chance at success Week 8 versus the Bears, considering Calloway exited Sunday's contest late, Emmanuel Sanders (illness) is slated to sit out one more game, and Michael Thomas (ankle/hamstring) also could be forced to miss the contest.

Trey Hendrickson
News
Hendrickson tallied two tackles and 1.5 sacks Monday in the Saints' 30-27 overtime win over the Chargers.

Hendrickson is now up to 4.5 sacks on the season, tying him for fifth in the NFL with Pittsburgh's T.J. Watt. Given how well he's playing, Hendrickson could continue to hold down a starting role even though 2018 first-round pick Marcus Davenport (toe) was cleared to make his season debut Monday. Hendrickson still played 70 percent of the Saints' defensive snaps, while Davenport was limited to a 30 percent share.

Noah Spence
News
Spence was placed on the Saints' Non-Football Injury Reserve list Tuesday with a knee injury, Katherine Terrell of The Athletic reports.

Spence tore his ACL while preparing for training camp and was placed on the NFI list in order to make room on the 90-man roster for another player. The 26-year-old recorded three tackles (one solo) and a sack across seven games with the Saints last season. The team has yet to provide a timeline for Spence's return, but given the timing and nature for his injury, it's likely he'll be sidelined for most, if not all, of the 2020 season.

Injury
Knee - ACL - NFI-R for Week 9 at Tampa Bay
Ryan Ramczyk
News
Ramczyk (concussion) won't carry an injury designation into Monday's game against the Chargers.

The 26-year-old exited Week 4 with the concussion, but he began the week as a limited practice participant before putting in a full session Saturday. Ramczyk should take up his usual post at right tackle for New Orleans on Monday.

Terron Armstead
News
Armstead is questionable to return to Sunday's game against the Panthers with an arm injury, John DeShazier of the Saints' official site reports.

James Hurst has stepped in at left tackle for the Saints while Armstead is sidelined.

Tony Jones
News
Jones cleared waivers Sunday and signed with the Saints' practice squad.

Jones failed to make the Saints' 53-man roster as an undrafted free agent, although he enjoyed an impressive senior season at Notre Dame with 857 yards and six scores on 144 carries and 104 yards and a touchdown on 15 receptions. The 23-year-old is the only running back on the Saints' practice squad to begin the season.

Blake Gillikin
News
The Saints placed Gillikin (back) on injured reserve Wednesday, per the league's official transactions report.

Gillikin made New Orleans' initial active roster, so he'll be eligible for activation from IR after a minimum of three weeks. In the meantime, Thomas Morstead will handle punting duties for the Saints.

Injury
Back - Injured Reserve. Expected Return - Week 9
Latavius Murray
News
Murray rushed 11 times for 47 yards and caught his only target for nine yards in the Saints' 27-24 win over the Panthers on Sunday.

Murray saw just three fewer carries than Alvin Kamara and played his usual role as chain-mover and change-of-pace back, while getting stuffed on a goal-line carry in the process. Due to his lack of involvement in the passing game, Murray is a touchdown-dependent fantasy option who offers some flex appeal in the right matchup.

Jameis Winston
News
Winston operated as the Saints' No. 2 QB on Thursday as he continues to split work with Taysom Hill, Mike Triplett of ESPN.com reports.

After signing with New Orleans in the offseason, Winston was expected to battle for the backup job with the incumbent Hill, and that's how things are playing out thus far in camp. Hill is likely to see some work on offense regardless of his place in the quarterback pecking order, but Winston's fantasy value is tied to the health of Drew Brees.

Cesar Ruiz
News
Ruiz (ankle) looks on track to make his season debut in Monday's matchup with the Raiders.

Ruiz was unable to play in the Saints' season-opening victory over the Bucs. Barring any setbacks, look for him to take on his usual workload at right guard.

Demario Davis
News
Davis recorded 10 tackles (two solo) in Monday night's 30-27 overtime win against the Chargers.

The linebacker continued to make plays all over the field, tying for team lead in tackles in the overtime victory. Through five weeks, Davis has racked up 36 tackles and will look to keep up the strong play when New Orleans emerges from its bye to face Carolina in Week 7.

Ken Crawley
News
Crawley was reinstated from the reserve/COVID-19 list Wednesday, Amie Just of The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.

The 27-year-old was placed on the list after being in close contact with the COVID-positive Emmanuel Sanders, but he's now been cleared after being away from the team for a few days. Crawley has played a handful of snaps between defense and special teams in his two appearances with the Saints this season.

Cameron Jordan
News
Jordan compiled 10 tackles (five solo), three tackles for a loss and half a sack in Monday night's 30-27 overtime win against the Chargers.

Jordan led the team in tackles Monday, and he has now recorded at least half a sack in consecutive games. After a slow start to the season, Jordan has positive momentum heading into the Saints' Week 6 bye.

Calvin Throckmorton
News
Throckmorton has signed with New Orleans as an undrafted free agent, James Crepea of The Oregonian reports.

The Oregon lineman played most of his college career at tackle but spent time at guard and center as well. His ability to play all over the line provides a versatility similar to the Saints' first-round selection, Cesar Ruiz.

Janoris Jenkins
News
Jenkins (shoulder) wasn't listed on Wednesday's injury report.

Jenkins will return to the lineup Sunday against the Panthers after missing the team's last two games. The veteran cornerback was strong in coverage over the first three weeks, allowing a 58.0 passer rating and no touchdowns when targeted. He'll immediately return to a starting role.

Ty Montgomery
News
The Saints designated Montgomery (hamstring) to return from IR on Monday, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Montgomery missed three games, and with the benefit of a Week 6 bye, it appears he could return to action Sunday versus the Panthers. The 27-year-old running back will add depth in the backfield upon return, but he's unlikely to take any reps from Alvin Kamara and Latavius Murray.

Injury
Hamstring - Injured Reserve. Expected Return - Week 9
Marquez Callaway
News
Callaway (ankle) was held out of practice Wednesday, Katherine Terrell of The Athletic reports.

Prior to his departure from Sunday's win against the Panthers due to a minor ankle sprain, Callaway hauled in eight of 10 passes for 75 yards, which more than doubled his season output (5-50-0 on seven targets). With two more opportunities to take the field this week, he can set himself up to be available this weekend in Chicago in a Saints receiving corps that again may be without Michael Thomas (ankle/hamstring) and Emmanuel Sanders (illness).

Injury
Ankle - Questionable for Week 9 at Tampa Bay
Malcolm Jenkins
News
Jenkins (knee) won't carry an injury tag into Monday's game versus the Chargers.

Jenkins was limited in practice all week, which is enough for the safety to avoid missing his first game since 2013. The 32-year-old safety has played every snap through four games and recorded 27 tackles, a sack and three pass breakups. With Janoris Jenkins (shoulder) ruled out and Marshon Lattimore (hamstring) questionable, Jenkins' work in coverage will be even more important Monday.

James Hurst
News
Hurst, who is active Monday against the Chargers, had his roster exemption lifted prior to the game, Katherine Terrell of The Athletic reports.

Hurst was moved to the exempt list just a week earlier following the completion of his suspension, but he'll be available Monday night if needed.

Jared Cook
News
Cook secured three of four targets for 32 yards and a touchdown in the Saints' 27-24 win over the Panthers on Sunday.

The veteran tight end was in line for a potentially elevated workload Sunday with both Michael Thomas (ankle/hamstring) and Emmanuel Sanders (illness) out of action, but Cook ultimately logged his second-lowest target tally of the campaign. However, he also found the end zone for the second consecutive contest, opening the scoring on the afternoon with an excellent contested catch in the right corner of the end zone to cap off a game-opening 14-play, 75-yard drive. Cook should continue to have plenty of fantasy upside in Week 8 despite a tough matchup versus the Bears, as Sanders is already slated to miss the contest and Thomas reportedly is also in danger of having to sit out.

D.J. Swearinger
News
Swearinger inked a one-year, $1.1 million deal with the Saints on Sunday, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Swearinger was a late signing Week 15 by the Saints, and the team elected to keep him around. In five games between the Raiders and Saints, the 28-year-old produced 22 tackles (15 solo) and two pass breakups. He'll provide depth at safety for the Saints heading into the 2020 campaign.

Lil'Jordan Humphrey
News
The Saints placed Humphrey (undisclosed) on the practice squad injured list, Nick Underhill of NewOrleans.Football reports.

It's unclear what Humphrey is dealing with, but the Saints signed WR Malik Henry to operate on the practice squad in his place for the time being.

Injury
Undisclosed - Questionable for Week 9 at Tampa Bay
Kaden Elliss
News
The Saints activated Elliss from the reserve/COVID-19 list Friday, Amie Just of NOLA.com reports.

Elliss may have been exposed to the virus, but negative test results mean he can return to team facilities. The 2019 seventh-round pick geared up in three games for the Saints last year, strictly in a special-teams role, before being placed on injured reserve with a knee injury. Elliss will compete for a similar role in 2020.

Erik McCoy
News
McCoy is entrenched in a three-way battle for the Saints' starting center job, Herbie Teope of NOLA.com reports.

The second-round rookie from Texas A&M is competing with Nick Easton and Cameron Tom for the vacated starting center spot after All-Pro center Max Unger surprisingly announced his retirement in the offseason. More clarity on the situation should develop as training camp progresses.

Johnson Bademosi
News
The Saints placed Bademosi (undisclosed) on injured reserve Monday, Luke Johnson of The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.

Bademosi logged six games for the Saints last season and played almost exclusively on special teams, but now the 30-year-old is set to miss the 2020 season. The cornerback started training camp on the PUP list due to a December foot injury, and it's unclear if this is related.

Injury
Undisclosed - Injured Reserve
Justin Hardee
News
Hardee (hamstring) has been cleared for Sunday's game versus the Panthers, Larry Holder of The Athletic reports.

Hardee missed one game but is ready to get back into the mix. He doesn't contribute on defense, but the Illinois product leads the team with four special-teams tackles.

Adam Trautman
News
Trautman failed to bring in his only target in the Saints' 27-24 win over the Panthers on Sunday.

After being a healthy scratch in Week 5, Trautman got some work in Sunday's win with Michael Thomas (hamstring) and Emmanuel Sanders (COVID) out of action, though he was unable to capitalize on the playing time. With Jared Cook healthy, Trautman isn't on the fantasy radar in even the deepest of leagues.

J.T. Gray
News
Gray (hamstring) is officially active for Sunday's game against the Panthers.

Gray came into the game deemed questionable after turning in DNP/LP/LP throughout the week, so the fact that he's healthy enough to play is a positive sign. With Gray healthy, he's expected to handle a depth role in the secondary, with most of his snaps coming on special teams.

Ethan Greenidge
No Updates
Michael Burton
News
Burton is active for Sunday's game versus the Lions following a false positive COVID-19 test, Amie Just of NOLA.com reports.

Burton tested positive Saturday night, but the Saints have determined it was a false positive, thus making him and the rest of the team available for Sunday's game. The 28-year-old fullback will gear up against the team that drafted him in the fifth round of the 2015 NFL Draft.

Joe Bachie
No Updates
Marcus Willoughby
No Updates
Drew Brees
News
Brees completed 29 of 36 passes for 287 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions in the Saints' 27-24 win over the Panthers on Sunday. He also rushed three times for two yards and another score and also lost a fumble.

Operating without Michael Thomas (ankle/hamstring) and Emmanuel Sanders (illness), Brees adapted like the future Hall of Famer that he is and tied his season high with an 80.6 percent completion rate. Brees also tossed multiple touchdowns for the third time in the last four contests, hitting Jared Cook and Deonte Harris for his pair of scoring tosses and adding a one-yard sneak early in the second quarter for his second rushing score of the campaign. Reports earlier in the day indicated both Thomas and Sanders could miss the Saints' Week 8 contest against the Bears as well, so the rapport Brees developed with the likes of Marquez Calloway (8-75) and Harris (4-46-1) on Sunday could pay dividends versus Chicago.

Malcolm Roach
News
Roach has signed with the Saints as an undrafted free agent, Danny Davis of Hookem.com reports.

A team captain at Texas for his senior year in 2019, Roach went undrafted in 2020 but quickly found a home with New Orleans. He'll have his work cut out for him, competing for a roster spot on a Saints team with plenty of talent on the defensive side of the ball.

Garrett Griffin
News
Griffin reverted to the Saints' practice squad Tuesday, per the NFL's official transaction log.

Griffin was promoted to the active roster as an extra player for Monday's win over the Chargers, and he ended up playing 18 snaps on offense and 18 snaps on special teams. The 26-year-old is without a catch in his two appearances this year.

Dwayne Washington
News
Washington (coach's decision) is inactive for Monday's game versus the Raiders, Amie Just of The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.

Washington was lifted from the COVID-19 list last Thursday, but he'll sit out while Alvin Kamara, Latavius Murray and Ty Montgomery suit up for the primetime game.

Josh Hill
News
Hill hauled in his lone target for a one-yard gain Monday in the Saints' 30-27 overtime win over the Chargers.

Hill has logged either one or two targets in the Saints' four games this season, and his role is unlikely to change as the season progresses. The veteran is valued for his prowess as a run blocker, which may be enough for him to consistently play ahead of Adam Trautman in two-tight end sets, or when starter Jared Cook substitutes out of games.

Will Clapp
News
The Saints signed Clapp to the active roster Saturday.

Clapp will serve as depth on the Saints' offensive line until Andrus Peat (ankle) returns to the lineup.

Nick Easton
News
Easton (concussion) won't play in Sunday's game versus the Panthers, Larry Holder of The Athletic reports.

Easton hasn't cleared the league's concussion protocol and was unable to practice all week. He'll look to make enough progress to return Week 8 against the Bears.

Injury
Concussion - Questionable for Week 9 at Tampa Bay
Michael Thomas
News
Thomas (hamstring/ankle) didn't practice Wednesday, Katherine Terrell of The Athletic reports.

Thomas seems to have mostly recovered from the high left ankle sprain he suffered Week 1, but the Grade 1 hamstring strain he suffered while practicing last week has continued to delay his return to action. On Monday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reported Thomas is in danger of sitting out again Week 8 in Chicago, and the wideout's inability to practice Wednesday tends to back up that sentiment. Still, Thomas has two more chances to prove his health before week's end.

Injury
Hamstring - Questionable for Week 9 at Tampa Bay
Craig Robertson
News
Robertson totaled 27 tackles (20 solo), 1.0 sacks and an interception during the 2019 NFL season.

Encouragingly, he more than doubled his offensive snaps from last season, though Robertson still only took the field for a meager 193. He's seen his playing time and production drop off substantially over the last two seasons, though Robertson will be back in 2020 for the final year of his current deal.

Keith Washington
No Updates
P.J. Williams
News
Williams (hamstring) was a full participant in Thursday's practice.

Williams' hamstring injury kept him from suiting up Week 1 against the Buccaneers, but he now looks fully healthy. He's on track to play a key role in New Orleans' secondary against the Raiders on Monday, both as the primary backup to Janoris Jenkins and as a regular coverage option out of the slot.

Juwan Johnson
News
Johnson reverted to the Saints' practice squad Monday, per the NFL's official transaction log.

The Oregon product made his first career NFL appearance during Sunday's 27-24 win against the Panthers, fielding 19 percent of the offensive snaps with both Michael Thomas (hamstring/ankle) and Emmanuel Sanders (reserve/COVID-19 list) inactive for Week 7. Johnson did not garner a single target, however, as Marquez Callaway, Tre'Quan Smith and Deonte Harris picked up most of the slack at wide receiver.

Zach Wood
News
Wood was cleared from the reserve/COVID-19 list Saturday, Nick Underhill of NewOrleans.Football reports.

Wood tested negative for COVID-19 multiple times, prompting his removal from the list. The 26-year-old long snapper is thus set to practice with his team once more.

Deonte Harris
News
Harris brought in four of five targets for 46 yards and a touchdown, returned two kickoffs for 47 yards and ran back one punt for four yards in the Saints' 27-24 win over the Panthers on Sunday.

Harris was set for more opportunity than usual with both Michael Thomas (hamstring/ankle) and Emmanuel Sanders (illness) out of action, and he delivered a four-yard scoring grab just before halftime. The second-year speedster set a season high in both receptions and receiving yards, and with Thomas, Sanders and Marquez Calloway (leg) all in danger of missing a Week 8 battle against the Bears, Harris could be in for an expanded role once again.

Malcom Brown
News
Brown finished with 34 tackles (18 solo), 2.0 sacks and a fumble recovery in his first season with New Orleans in 2019.

Brown played a key role for New Orleans in his first year with the team, logging 503 defensive snaps in 2019 and starting all 16 games. Brown has two years left on the three-year deal he signed last offseason and will look to maintain a similar workload in 2020.

Will Clarke
News
Clarke re-signed with the Buccaneers on Thursday, Jenna Laine of ESPN.com reports.

Clarke spent his first season in Tampa Bay as a rotational defensive lineman, accumulating 15 tackles (12 solo) and 2.5 sacks in 15 games.

Alex Anzalone
News
Anzalone (shoulder) is fully recovered from September surgery, Luke Johnson of The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.

Anzalone was placed on injured reserve in September, finishing 2019 with seven tackles and one sack in two games. He started seven of 16 games the previous season, notching 59 tackles, three forced fumbles, two sacks and an interception. The 2017 third-round pick is now entering the final season of his rookie contract and should have a shot at a starting job in 2020. Demario Davis is the only sure-thing starter among the LBs currently on the Saints' roster.

Shane Vereen
News
The Saints released Vereen (undisclosed) from injured reserve with an injury settlement Thursday, per the NFL's transaction log.

The reason for Vereen's placement on IR on Aug. 31 was never revealed, but the running back will recover away from the team for an unknown amount of time. Once the terms of the settlement are up, he'll be eligible to re-sign with the Saints. Before then, though, he can join another organization.

Injury
Grant Haley
News
The Giants waived Haley on Saturday, Matt Lombardo of The Newark Star-Ledger reports.

Haley logged 12 starts (25 appearances) with the Giants over the last two years, but he couldn't eke out a spot on the final roster this season. The 24-year-old could get a look elsewhere as a reserve option.

Tommylee Lewis
News
Lewis has been signed to New Orleans' practice squad, Katherine Terrell of The Athletic reports.

The Saints bring back a familar face in Lewis, who between 2016 and 2018 reeled in 20 passes and 252 receiving yards for the club, also providing 9.3 yards per attempt on 36 punt returns during that span. Lewis was let go by the Panthers via an injury settlement in early September, but the 27-year-old has since recovered from the issue and is now ready to give it another go with the Saints.

Taysom Hill
News
Hill completed his only pass attempt for no gain, adding a six-yard carry in the Saints' 27-24 win over the Panthers on Sunday.

Even with Michael Thomas (hamstring) and Emmanuel Sanders (COVID) out of action, Hill didn't see an expanded role in the offense and totaled just six yards on two touches in Sunday's victory. Hill's weekly sprinkling of touches has yet to yield meaningful fantasy value this season, and that's likely to continue in Week 8 against a strong Chicago defense.

Kiko Alonso
News
Alonso (knee) received the return designation and should practice this week, Field Yates of ESPN reports.

The 30-year-old has been on the PUP list since training camp while recovering from ACL surgery in January, but his return to practice indicates he should be ready to go soon. Alonso played only 290 defensive snaps and had a career-low 31 tackles in 13 games last season, so he isn't guaranteed to have a significant role once activated.

Injury
Knee - ACL - Physically Unable to Perform. Expected Return - Week 9
Chauncey Gardner-Johnson
News
Gardner-Johnson recorded six tackles (five solo) in the Saints' 35-29 win over the Lions on Sunday.

Gardner-Johnson led the Saints in tackles, playing a key role in the six-point victory. He'll likely be needed for high productivity in Week 5 when New Orleans faces the Chargers and electric rookie Justin Herbert.

Anthony Zettel
News
Minnesota cut Zettel on Wednesday.

Zettel wasn't able to translate his opportunity with the Vikings into a depth defensive end role. The 28-year-old will look to latch on in such a capacity elsewhere in the league.

Shy Tuttle
News
Tuttle accounted for 18 tackles (eight solo), 2.0 sacks and an interception during the 2019 season.

The undrafted free agent out of Tennessee enjoyed moderate playing time as a rookie, taking the field for 347 defensive snaps across 16 games (one start). He displayed some upside with two sacks and a pick and will look to build on a promising inaugural campaign when he returns to New Orleans in 2020.

Andrew Dowell
News
Dowell (hamstring) had a workout with the Packers on Monday, Rob Demovsky of ESPN.com reports.

Dowell was waived off the Cowboys' injured reserve with an injury settlement in mid-August and now appears recovered from the hamstring injury. The undrafted rookie out of Michigan State will continue his search for a new team.

David Onyemata
News
Onyemata finished with one solo tackle, one sack and a tackle for a loss in the Saints' 35-29 win over the Lions on Sunday.

Onyemata was held out of Week 3's loss to the Packers, but he returned in Week 4 for a productive showing. He recorded his second sack in as many games played and remains a weekly threat to get to the quarterback as long as he takes the field.

Sheldon Rankins
News
Rankins finished with five tackles (three solo), 2.5 tackles for a loss and a sack in Monday night's 30-27 overtime win against the Chargers.

In just one game of play, Rankins eclipsed his season tackle total and recorded his first sack of 2020. He's had a slow start to the season but will look to stay on track in Week 7 against Carolina.

Injury
Knee - MCL - Questionable for Week 9 at Tampa Bay
Marcus Davenport
News
Davenport totaled two tackles (one solo) and a sack in the Saints' 27-24 win over the Panthers on Sunday.

Davenport (toe) made his season debut in Week 5 and failed to record a tackle, though he had a better showing against Carolina. Davenport accounted for New Orleans' only sack of the afternoon and will look to build momentum heading into a Week 8 showdown with Chicago.

Patrick Robinson
News
Robinson recorded four tackles (all solo), one interception and a pass defended in the Saints' 35-29 win over the Lions on Sunday.

Robinson drew his first start of the season for the short-handed Saints defense, seeing his most action of 2020 by far. He made the most of the opportunity by picking off Matthew Stafford and making some key tackles. He may see a similar workload against the Chargers in Week 5.

Anthony Lanier
News
Lanier (undisclosed) was removed from injured reserve with an injury settlement, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.

After signing with the Saints on Aug. 29, Lanier was forced to injured reserve with an undisclosed injury. Lanier has appeared on the roster of several NFL teams, most recently Kansas City and Washington in addition to New Orleans.

Injury
Undisclosed - Questionable for Week 9 at Tampa Bay
Tony McDaniel
News
McDaniel was released by the Saints on Wednesday, Herbie Teope of the New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.

McDaniel was set to become an unrestricted free agent in March anyway, so it seems that New Orleans has simply given him assurance that the team doesn't plan on bringing him back for another season. The 33-year-old will thus get a head start in finding a new home for the 2018 campaign, assuming he wants to continue playing.

Injury
Emmanuel Sanders
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Sanders (illness) won't be eligible to return from the reserve/COVID-19 list until after the Saints' Week 8 game in Chicago, Katherine Terrell of The Athletic reports.

After he was removed from the active roster Friday following his positive COVID-19 test, Sanders had already been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Panthers. Since Sanders experienced a fever prior to testing positive, he's considered symptomatic, which means he won't be able to rejoin the Saints until at least 10 days have passed. In addition to Sanders, Michael Thomas (hamstring/ankle) remains sidelined for Week 7, putting Tre'Quan Smith on track to serve as the team's No. 1 wide receiver against Carolina.

Injury
Illness - Reserve - COVID-19
Tommy Stevens
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Stevens cleared waivers Sunday and signed with the Saints' practice squad, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.

The rookie seventh-rounder is considered a run-blocking tight end after catching just 14 passes over four seasons at Mississippi State. While he was unable to secure a roster spot, he could get promoted to the active roster if either Jared Cook, Josh Hill or Adam Trautman is unavailable.

Cameron Tom
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Tom agreed to a contract with the Saints on Wednesday, Field Yates of ESPN reports.

Tom spent the 2019 season on injured reserve with an undisclosed injury, and the Saints didn't tender him a contract as a restricted free agent in March. The 24-year-old will likely be competing for a depth role on the interior offensive line in training camp.

Wil Lutz
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Lutz converted both of his field goal attempts and all three of his extra point attempts in the Saints' 27-24 win over the Panthers on Sunday.

Lutz stayed perfect in this one, converting all five of his kicks, including the go-ahead field goal mid-way through the fourth quarter. Notched at 24 points apiece following the third quarter, Lutz knocked in a 43-yarder to give New Orleans a three-point edge which it would not relinquish. Lutz will look to keep the momentum going in Week 8 against a Bears team that has allowed the most field goal attempts to opposing kickers this season.

Jalen Dalton
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Dalton (triceps) cleared waivers Sunday and reverted to the Saints' injured reserve, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Dalton's already been ruled out for the season with a triceps injury, so he'll likely spend the entire season on injured reserve.

Injury
Triceps - Injured Reserve
Marcus Williams
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Williams totaled six tackles (three solo) in the Saints' 27-24 win over the Panthers on Sunday.

Williams tied with Marshon Lattimore for team lead in tackles Sunday, accomplishing that feat for the first time since Week 2. He'll look to build on this performance in a Week 8 date with the Bears.

Alvin Kamara
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Kamara rushed 14 times for 83 yards and brought in all eight targets for 65 yards in the Saints' 27-24 win over the Panthers on Sunday.

With Michael Thomas (ankle/hamstring) and Emmanuel Sanders (illness) both out of action, Kamara had significantly elevated fantasy expectations heading into the contest. He delivered a strong all-around performance, albeit one that may have fallen short of the higher range of outcomes one would have envisioned with his aforementioned pair of teammates sidelined. Kamara did tie Marquez Calloway for the team lead in receptions and checked in second in receiving yards, and he tied his season best in rushing yards while hitting the eight-catch threshold for the fifth time in six contests. Kamara will look to continue offering similar production in a Week 8 battle against the Bears that Sanders is slated to miss and Thomas reportedly could also sit out.

Carl Granderson
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Granderson finished with two tackles (two solo) and a sack in Sunday's 34-23 win over the Saints.

The Wyoming product finished 2019 with just 11 tackles (eight solo) and one sack, so his Week 1 performance is certainly encouraging for his rest-of-season outlook. He'll look to take the next step forward this season and will get the Raiders up next in Week 2.

Andrus Peat
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Peat (ankle) is active for Monday's game versus the Chargers, Amie Just of The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.

After missing the Week 4 matchup against the Lions, Peat will return to the field and resume his starting left guard duties.

Bennie Fowler
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Fowler underwent shoulder surgery Monday to repair his labrum and rotator cuff, Nick Underhill of NewOrleans.Football reports.

Fowler was placed on IR and will miss at least three weeks, but he could return after the minimum time required. The 29-year-old wideout is often buried on the depth chart, but with Michael Thomas (hamstring) and Emmanuel Sanders (COVID) sitting out Week 7 against the Panthers, Deonte Harris, Marquez Callaway and Austin Carr could all see boosts in usage for the time being.

Injury
Shoulder - Injured Reserve. Expected Return - Week 10
Thomas Morstead
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Morstead punted three times and averaged 47.7 yards per attempt during Friday's preseason game against the Cardinals.

Morstead was on his game Friday and already looks to be in midseason form. The highlight of his night was a booming 54-yard punt that particularly suggested Morstead is fully recovered from the fractured ribs he sustained in the Saints' divisional-round loss to the Vikings this past January.

Austin Carr
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Carr reverted to the Saints' practice squad Monday, per the NFL's official transaction log.

Carr was elevated from the practice squad for Sunday's win over the Panthers and made his first catch of the season, but he won't be sticking on the active roster. The 26-year-old could be promoted again if the availability of Michael Thomas (hamstring), Marquez Callaway (leg) and Emmanuel Sanders (illness) remains in question.

Marshon Lattimore
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Lattimore racked up six tackles (four solo) in the Saints' 27-24 win over the Panthers on Sunday.

Lattimore tied for team lead in tackles Sunday, and he's now recorded at least that many tackles in three straight contests. Lattimore has struggled this season, failing to record a turnover and recording just one pass defended while giving up solid production to opposing wideouts. He'll look to improve in Week 8 against the Bears.

Zack Baun
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The Saints selected Baun in the third round of the 2020 NFL Draft, 74th overall.

The Wisconsin product was billed as a potential first-round selection, so this is a nice value for the Saints, who traded up with the Browns to get him. Baun was a monster off the edge for the Badgers, racking up 12.5 sacks and 19.5 tackles for loss as a senior. He has athleticism as well, showing out at the combine with a 4.65-second 40-yard dash. Baun can be used as a pass rusher or he can play off-ball linebacker. He missed the 2017 season due to a foot injury but started all 27 games in his last two years.

Derrick Kelly
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Chase Hansen
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The Saints designated Hansen (hip) to return from injured reserve Wednesday, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.

An undrafted rookie in 2019, Hansen made his NFL debut Week 1 of this season but suffered a hip injury and hasn't played since. He'll return to practice this week in hopes of playing this Sunday against the Bears, but the Saints have 21 days to evaluate his health before activating him from IR.

Injury
Hip - Injured Reserve. Expected Return - Week 9