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Saints News, 5/20/15: Judge Seals Testimony in Tom Benson Competency Trial

From “This case has attracted significant media attention,” Phillip Wittmann, Benson’s attorney said. “If it’s not closed to the public, that confidential medical will be exposed to public scrutiny … you can’t segregate the medical and financial records from the witness testimony.”

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Saints News

Judge seals testimony in Tom Benson competency trial | ProFootballTalk
Back in the halcyon days of our youth, before #DeflateGate, the NFL had another good soap-opera drama on its hands in New Orleans. But the bitter family feud between Saints owner Tom Benson and his battling wife and kids won't be played out in public, at least this chapter.

Why the New Orleans Saints can win the Super Bowl in 2015
With a win-now demeanor, new faces and some preexisting talent, the New Orleans Saints should not be counted out of the Super Bowl in 2015.

Garrett Grayson's grit swayed New Orleans Saints
Leading up to the draft, the Saints wanted to know how Garrett Grayson handled adversity. So they sat down with the young QB and watched his game against Boston College. They liked what they saw.

Saints rookie Hau'oli Kikaha says playing special teams would be 'awesome' |
""Full speed, hitting someone, that's an exciting thing," he said.

Archie Manning turns 66: On this date in New Orleans Saints history |
On this date in New Orleans Saints history: May 19 Today's birthdays: Archie Manning (born 1949, age 66); the Saints chose Manning with the No. 2 overall pick in the 1971 NFL Draft, and the quarterback played from 1971-82 in New Orleans, experiencing no winning seasons.

A look at New Orleans Saints 90-man roster after flurry of moves this week |
The New Orleans Saints signed five players and waived four others after a weekend rookie minicamp, filling up every last spot on their 90-man roster.

Malcome Kennedy placed on New Orleans Saints injured reserve |
Kennedy, who played at Texas A&M, underwent foot surgery on Monday after suffering an injury in the Saints' weekend minicamp.

Saints' release of Shayne Graham continues youth movement: Jeff Duncan |
Saints will open camp with no proven commodity at place-kicker position projects three rookies to start for the Saints in 2015 |
Andrus Peat projected to start at guard

Michael 'Beer Man' Lewis emerged from humble beginnings to become Saints Hall of Famer |
"It was like, 'This guy was one of us. He worked every single day. He drove a beer truck,'" Lewis said.

NFL invites New Orleans to bid for Super Bowls in 2019 and 2020 |
New Orleans has been invited to bid to host the Super Bowls in 2019 and 2020 after missing out on the chance to host in 2018.

Sean Payton talks about Delvin Breaux
New Orleans Saints Coach Sean Payton was asked about defensive back Delvin Breaux during Payton's press conference Saturday, May 16. Video by Ashley Amoss, New Orleans Saints video

Michael Lewis talks about Saints Hall of Fame
Michael Lewis will be one of two new inductees into the Saints Hall of Fame this fall. He spoke at a news conference Tuesday, May at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Video by Ashley Amoss, New Orleans Saints video

Tyrone Hughes talks about Saints Hall of Fame
Tyrone Hughes will be one of two new inductees into the Saints Hall of Fame this fall. He spoke at a news conference Tuesday, May at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Video by Ashley Amoss, New Orleans Saints video

Doug Thornton talks about award from Hall of Fame
SMG executive Doug Thornton was named the recipient of the Joe Gemelli Fleur de Lis award for his contributions to the Saints and the entire region. He spoke at a press conference Tuesday, May 19 in front of the Saints Hall of Fame. Video by Ashley Amoss, New Orleans Saints video

Saints boot Shayne Graham; kicker job open; Hughes, Lewis headed to team's Hall of Fame | New Orleans Saints | The Sun Herald
METAIRIE -- Sean Payton's offseason remodeling project has moved to the Saints' special teams.

Post Draft analysis: Safety, Wr, Coaches | The Saints Nation

Drew Brees becomes partner of Walk-On's, Happy's Irish Pub |
The addition of Drew and Brittany Brees' partnership was a work in progress for several months, according to a release, and it was finalized May 18.

New Orleans Saints Spotlight | Get to know first-round tackle Andrus Peat |
Get to know Saints first-round tackle Andrus Peat


NFL News

NFL owners pass rule allowing longer PAT attempts in 2015 |
Extra point attempts will be moved to the 15-yard line

Rams hire former NFL QB Jeff Garcia as offensive assistant | ProFootballTalk
The Rams interviewed a pair of former NFL quarterbacks for their vacant quarterbacks coach job this offseason, before choosing Chris Weinke over Jeff Garcia. But they found a spot for Garcia anyway. According to Jim Thomas of the St.

NFLPA files contempt motion against Goodell, NFL in Peterson case | ProFootballTalk
The NFLPA's issues with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell on Tuesday are not limited to their drive to have him remove himself as the arbitrator for Tom Brady's forthcoming appeal of his four-game suspension.

Owners won’t change PSI levels, will address handling of footballs | ProFootballTalk
The 243-page report generated by investigator/prosecutor Ted Wells places no blame on the NFL or any of its employees or officials for the existing procedures for handling footballs and/or ensuring that the footballs at all times remain within the supposedly mandatory range of 12.5 to 13.5 PSI.

Troy Brown: Robert Kraft surrender OK to avoid "Wrestlemania" | ProFootballTalk
The men who've stood and fought in Robert Kraft's army were a bit surprised with his decision to surrender yesterday. And given all the bluster and posturing that preceded Kraft's admission that he wasn't going to fight the league's #DeflateGate penalties, that's almost understandable.

Agent: Dolphins are "betting on the come" with Tannehill deal | ProFootballTalk
Last September, Dolphins coach Joe Philbin was unwilling to commit to Ryan Tannehill as the team's starting quarterback before a game in London against the Raiders.