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Nick Underhill of Saints.football reports that Saints TE Juwan Johnson "suffered a lower leg injury and is expected to miss a good amount of time." We'll watch for more specifics on the injury, but that sounds pretty ominous. Underhill did add that he hasn't heard that Johnson will be sidelined into the regular season.

Update: ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that Johnson will undergo foot surgery. He's expected to be sidelined “a while," Schefter adds, but "the hope and belief for now is that he will be back for the start of the season."

There's a definite drumbeat starting over Saints utilityman Taysom Hill getting more work in the 2024 offense. Hill says new OC Klint Kubiak has brought a "really clear, distinct vision" for the offense, which has included new stuff. "It's weird to say after seven years of doing what I've been doing, that I'm being asked to do things that I've never done before. But I think that is exciting," he said this week, according to ESPN's Katherine Terrell.

The Saints added South Carolina QB Spencer Rattler in the fifth round of the 2024 NFL Draft. Rattler was a five-star recruit and the No. 1 pro-style QB in the 2019 class. But he failed to live up to those expectations across five college seasons. Rattler redshirted behind Jalen Hurts at Oklahoma in 2019 before taking over as the Sooners’ starter in 2020. He finished that season with 3,031 passing yards and 28 TDs vs. seven INTs on a 67.5% completion rate and 9.6 yards per attempt. His production was down the following year before getting benched for Caleb Williams. Rattler then transferred to South Carolina, where he totaled 6,212 passing yards on a 67.5% completion rate and 7.8 yards per attempt over the past two seasons. He ranked 78th among 93 qualifiers in Pro Football Focus’ 2022 passing grades and 50th out of 95 last year. An aggressive passer with good anticipation and plenty of arm strength, Rattler can make every throw. His decision-making and timing need improvement, though. And Rattler has little experience working under center, with 85% of his college snaps coming from shotgun. He’ll open his career behind QB Derek Carr in New Orleans. Carr is signed through 2026 but carries huge cap hits the next two years. We’ll see if Rattler can develop into his successor. He’ll be worth considering in Round 3 or 4 of superflex rookie drafts.

Klint Kubiak is expected to be named the Saints' new OC, according to multiple reports. Kubiak is currently the 49ers' passing-game coordinator, so the move can't become official until after the Super Bowl. The 36-year-old son of Gary Kubiak has 10 seasons of NFL coaching experience. That includes serving as Vikings OC back in 2021. That team ranked 12th in total yards and 14th in points, ranking near the middle of the pack in run/pass split.

The Saints fired OC Pete Carmichael, as well as senior offensive assistant Bob Bicknell and WRs coach Kodi Burns. New Orleans finished a solid 14th in total yards and ninth in points scored this past year, but the organization is evidently looking for some fresh blood after employing Carmichael since 2009. We'll see who the Saints tab as their new OC.

Saints rookie RB Kendre Miller ran for 73 yards and a TD on 13 carries in Sunday's win over the Falcons. He trailed Jamaal Williams by a carry but beat the veteran by 47 yards (5.6 per carry vs. 1.9). Miller also trailed Williams in receiving, catching his only target for 6 yards. Williams caught all three of his targets but totaled only 8 yards. Williams closes out a season that saw him fall well short of his previous career lows in yards per carry, yards per catch, and rushing success rate -- among other categories. He has two more years on his contract, with 2024 likely locked in because of the potential dead money if New Orleans were to dump him. But Miller looks like the higher-upside player and could simply pass Williams on the depth chart this offseason. Miller endured a quiet rookie campaign thanks to a series of injuries. But that could make him a dynasty "buy" this offseason. Don't be afraid to price-check the 2023 third-round NFL Draft pick. And keep Miller in mind as a potential later-round value in early 2024 best ball drafting.

Saints QB Derek Carr finished a strong close to the season with 4 TDs on 22-of-28 passing in Sunday's 48-17 win over the Falcons. It was Carr's fifth straight game with 2+ TDs. He completed 74% of his passes over that span while throwing just 2 INTs. That season-ending stretch can only help Carr's job status, but his contract likely wouldn't allow New Orleans to move on anyway. According to Spotrac, Carr carries a $35.7 million cap hit for 2024, but cutting him would mean $52.8 million in dead money. That would be especially tough on a franchise projected to be nearly $76 million over the 2024 salary cap. Expect Carr to remain the starting QB for the 2024 Saints. And don't expect him to continue rolling the way he finished this season. Carr has showed us across 10 seasons with two teams that he's a limited real-life player and fantasy contributor. And he might return only Chris Olave and rookie A.T. Perry from the current WR corps.

Saints TE Juwan Johnson (chest) is active for today’s game vs. the Falcons. He only got in limited practices on Thursday and Friday, but we never sensed any concern about his status for this one. Johnson has garnered 19 targets over the last two weeks and now gets Atlanta’s 24th-ranked TE defense.

Saints RB Alvin Kamara (ankle) is inactive for today’s game vs. the Falcons. RB Kendre Miller (ankle, illness) is active for the first time since Week 9. The rookie figures to mix in a bit, but we’re expecting RB Jamaal Williams to handle the majority of the backfield work.

Saints RB Alvin Kamara (ankle) will not play vs. the Falcons today, according to insider Nick Underhill. The team held out hope that Kamara would improve enough over the weekend but he's evidently not well enough to suit up. Underhill also reports that RB Kendre Miller (ankle, illness) will be active today for the first time since Week 9. The rookie figures to mix in a bit, but we’re expecting RB Jamaal Williams to handle the majority of the backfield work.

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport confirms that Saints TE Juwan Johnson (chest) is "good to go" for today's game vs. the Falcons. With 19 targets over the last two weeks, Johnson finds himself safely inside the top 10 of the Week 18 TE Rankings.

Saints RB Alvin Kamara (ankle) remains a game-time decision for today's tilt with the Falcons, per NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. "He did very little this week. But they'll hold out hope," Rapoport adds. We're not projecting Kamara to play but will get New Orleans' inactives around 11:30 am ET. RB Jamaal Williams will take over lead duties if Kamara is out.

Saints TE Juwan Johnson (chest) is listed as questionable for this weekend’s game vs. the Falcons. He got in limited practices on Thursday and Friday. Johnson should be able to play come Sunday, but we’ll find out for sure when New Orleans’ inactives come out around 11:30 am ET.

Saints RB Alvin Kamara (ankle) is listed as questionable for Sunday’s game vs. the Falcons. He didn’t practice all week, but HC Dennis Allen said Friday that they’ll wait until game day before making a final decision on Kamara’s status. His absence would leave Jamaal Williams as New Orleans’ lead back. RB Kendre Miller (ankle, illness) is also listed as questionable for Week 18.

Saints TE Juwan Johnson (chest) returned to a limited practice on Thursday. He should be available for this weekend's game vs. the Falcons, but we'll see how he's listed on the final injury report tomorrow.

Saints RB Alvin Kamara (ankle) did not practice on Wednesday. His injury doesn't seem overly serious, but Kamara is certainly in danger of missing this weekend's game vs. the Falcons. His absence would leave Jamaal Williams as New Orleans' lead back.

Saints TE Juwan Johnson (chest) did not practice on Wednesday. He's coming off a season-best 8-90-1 line in last week's win over the Bucs and seemed to come out of that game ok. We'll see if Johnson gets back on the practice field tomorrow

Saints HC Dennis Allen said Monday that RB Alvin Kamara is dealing with an ankle sprain. He wouldn't say whether he expects Kamara to be available for this weekend's game vs. the Falcons. "We’ll see how he responds throughout the week," Allen said. We'll keep tabs on Kamara's progress. His absence would leave Jamaal Williams as New Orleans' lead back against a tough Atlanta run dfense.

Saints RB Alvin Kamara struggled against the Buccaneers on Sunday, ending Week 17 with 49 scrimmage yards on 12 touches. He may not have delivered for many managers’ title games, but Kamara remained a workhorse. He averaged 19.6 touches per game through 13 contests after returning from a three-game suspension to open the year and posted his second-highest PPR points per game (17.9) since 2019. There is, however, a snag in projecting his future outlook for dynasty purposes. The Saints are projected to enter 2024 at $89 million over the salary cap. No single move will dig them out of that, but getting rid of Kamara (post-June 1 designation) could save them approximately $5 million. They already have third-round rookie Kendre Miller lined up as a long-term replacement, too. It’ll be vital to pay close attention to New Orleans’ moves throughout the course of the offseason. Value Kamara as an aging RB2 for now. Getting dumped by the Saints, however, would muddy his outlook.

Saints RB Alvin Kamara injured his right ankle in the third quarter of Sunday's game vs. the Bucs. He made his way into the locker room with trainers. We'll update Kamara's status when we know more. His absence leaves Jamaal Williams as New Orleans' lead back.

Update: Kamara has been ruled out.

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