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New Orleans Saints News: NFL mourns loss of Hall of Famer Cortez Kennedy

After a long and illustrious career with the Seattle Seahawks, Cortez Kennedy served as an advisor for Mickey Loomis and the Saints. Today, he passed away at the age of 48.

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Across the NFL, there was an outpouring of affection for defensive tackle Cortez Kennedy. His career spanned from 1990-2000, and was eventually inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame as part of the 2012 class after several finalist finishes.

Kennedy was the godfather to Mickey Loomis’ daughter.

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The NFL had some big changes to the rules for this season, and here’s a few of the best ones.

Letter from Roger Goodell
Today, we are excited to tell you about another change that comes after conversations with more than 80 current and former players: we are relaxing our rules on celebrations to allow players more room to have fun after they make big plays.

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The Saints devoted draft picks toward fixing their pass defense. It's not exactly a secret that the Jairus Byrd era did not go well for the Saints. The former Bills ball hawk had a nightmare run in New Orleans. A pass defense that ranked sixth in the league by DVOA before Byrd arrived fell to 27th, 32nd and 29th during Byrd's three years in the Bayou.

Byrd was released this offseason and remains a free agent, but he was not the only problem. Fellow free-agent addition Brandon Browner was a disaster in 2015. New Orleans's draft picks have been a disaster, with 2014 second-rounder Stanley Jean-Baptiste released after four games with the team and 2015 third-rounder P.J. Williams missing 30 of his first 32 game thanks to injury. Safety Kenny Vaccaro took a major step backward before returning to form over the past year. The only players emerging from the Saints' backfield with significant credit are CFL refugee Delvin Breaux and street free agent Sterling Moore, who was signed out of desperation last September.

Grading the Draft New Orleans Saints | Draft Analyst
Lattimore is a superb athlete who made as many plays with his speed last season as he did with football talent. He must stay healthy and improve his game; if he does that, Lattimore will be a starter for a long time to come.

Ryan Ramczyk could be a steal for New Orleans. He's a long, athletic lineman who could play either tackle spot but needs to get stronger and improve his playing strength before he'll see action on Sundays.

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Anthony’s best position definitely seems to be in the middle; Payton said the same thing at the end of last season. But that’s a lot different than suggesting that Anthony is the best candidate to start at middle linebacker.

Obviously the Saints aren't counting on that, since they went out and signed Klein and Te'o.

But while that crowded competition will make things tougher for individuals such as Anthony, the sheer volume of candidates should help the Saints a great deal overall.