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2014 Team Preview: New Orleans Saints

Justin Fielkow

Justin Fielkow

Justin Fielkow is an attorney at the Franklin Law Group in Northfield, Illinois, a Chicago suburb. Justin attended Tulane University Law School and obtained a Certificate in Sports Law. He has been writing for Rotowire since 2008, first while at the University of Wisconsin, then and still as the beat writer for the New Orleans Saints, and now as a featured columnist providing insight into the legal side of sport with a fantasy spin.

STATE OF THE FRANCHISE

After a one-year hiatus, the Saints returned to the playoffs in 2013. They stormed to an 8-2 record to start the season before eventually finishing 11-5, a mere game behind the Panthers for the NFC South crown. Though the season would end in disappointing fashion stifled by the Seahawks defense for the second time in just over a month's time in the NFC Divisional Round the Saints returned to their high-flying offensive ways after the reinstatement of coach Sean Payton following a year-long suspension in 2012.

Leading the charge once again in 2014 will be star quarterback Drew Brees. Though Brees loses a couple of his favorite offensive toys in Darren Sproles (traded to the Eagles) and Lance Moore (signed as free agent by the Steelers), superstar pass-catcher Jimmy Graham (86 receptions, 1,215 yards, 16 touchdowns) and veteran wideout Marques Colston (75 receptions, 943 yards, five touchdowns) anchor the offense, along with a grou

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