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    • Thu, Jan 18, 4:03pm

      Lattimore recorded 52 tackles (43 solo), 18 passes defensed, five interceptions and one forced fumble across 13 games in his rookie season.

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      Analysis: The 11th overall pick of last year's draft immediately started paying dividends for the Saints, helping to improve a defense that ranked dead last in yards allowed in 2016. His five interceptions led all rookies and tied him for fifth in the league. Only 21, the sky is the limit for the former Ohio State Buckeye, who will enter the offseason as the Saints top cornerback.

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    • Thu, Jan 18, 1:53pm

      Though Brady (right hand) was present for warmups in advance of practice Thursday, per ESPN's Mike Reiss, the QB was officially listed as a non-participant.

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      Analysis: Brady was listed as a limited practice participant Wednesday after hurting his throwing hand in what Reiss describes as a "minor collision" with a teammate. The signal-caller had been scheduled to address reporters Thursday afternoon, but that has been shifted to Friday. Per Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald, Brady is still expected to play in Sunday's AFC championship game against the Jaguars, but added context regarding the situation will arrive Friday, perhaps when Brady speaks with the media, and certainly when the Patriots release their final injury report of the week.

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    • Thu, Jan 18, 1:15pm

      Branch (knee) will be an unrestricted free agent in the offseason.

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      Analysis: Branch landed a two-year deal with the Cardinals in March of 2016, but his susceptibility to injury forced IR stays in both campaigns. In 2016, he dealt with a groin tear and had to accept a $2 million paycut in order to return to Arizona this past season. Prior to tearing his ACL in Week 10, Branch was among the Cards' leading tacklers with 69 stops. On the latter occasion, rookie safety Budda Baker emerged as a force in a stacked secondary, so it wouldn't surprise if general manager Steve Keim lets the 31-year-old Branch search for employment elsewhere in the offseason.

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    • Thu, Jan 18, 1:06pm

      Hill did not register in the box score in Sunday's 29-24 NFC divisional-round defeat to the Vikings, but he played 19 special-teams snaps and narrowly missed blocking a punt in the second half.

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      Analysis: A standout dual-threat quarterback at BYU, Hill went undrafted in last April before signing as a free agent with the Packers. Despite an impressive preseason, Green Bay waived Hill, who was claimed off waivers by the Saints in September. The rookie quarterback spent most of the season on the practice squad before causing considerable buzz in his NFL debut in a Week 13 win over the Panthers -- a game in which he recorded two tackles and came close to blocking a pair of Carolina punts as part of the Saints' special-teams unit. While Hill continued to play on special teams (he finished the regular season with four tackles in five games), it's been reported that head coach Sean Payton believes that Hill could be the eventual successor to quarterback Drew Brees, who is a free agent this offseason. Hill's ascension to starting quarterback is unlikely to occur in 2018 -- considering Brees is expected to re-sign with the Saints this offseason -- but the team could let unrestricted free agent Chase Daniel walk this offseason, which could pave the way for Hill to bump up a notch on the depth chart. Although Hill's checkered medical history includes four season-ending injuries in college, he has intriguing potential as a dual-threat quarterback if he were ever to get an extended look in the NFL at any point.

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    • Thu, Jan 18, 12:52pm

      Head coach Dan Quinn revealed Thursday that Freeman won't require surgery on the MCL and PCL sprains in his right knee, Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com reports.

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      Analysis: After Saturday's divisional-round defeat at Philadelphia, Freeman discussed his health, noting the aforementioned knee issues. He was still a force as a runner and pass catcher throughout his fourth campaign, but his effectiveness in the former realm waned down the stretch. As evidence, he failed to reach 4.0 YPC in five of the Falcons' last seven contests, including each of the last four (including playoffs). Nonetheless, Freeman still averaged 84.4 yards from scrimmage per game and scored eight touchdowns in 14 regular-season outings, so he remains a valued fantasy asset, despite the presence of all-purpose RB Tevin Coleman in his own backfield.

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    • Thu, Jan 18, 12:50pm

      Daniel played in just one game this season but did not attempt a pass.

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      Analysis: Daniel signed with the Saints this offseason but did not play a meaningful snap as the backup to Drew Brees, who has missed just two games in his 12 seasons in New Orleans. Daniel is an unrestricted free agent this offseason, but having attempted only 78 career passes in his first eight seasons, he will almost certainly remain a backup with whatever team he signs.

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    • Thu, Jan 18, 12:40pm

      Line did not touch the ball in Sunday's 29-24 NFC divisional-round loss to the Vikings.

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      Analysis: Line had scored in consecutive weeks leading up to Sunday's playoff tilt but was held out of the box score in Minnesota. The Saints' starting fullback was a valuable blocker who helped the team average nearly 130 rushing yards per game, but Line saw just nine offensive touches (seven carries, two receptions) go for 36 total yards in 12 regular-season games. Line will be an unrestricted free agent this offseason, but regardless of where he ends up in 2018, he will be off the fantasy radar.

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    • Thu, Jan 18, 12:33pm

      Hoomanawanui did not catch a pass in Sunday's 29-24 NFC divisional-round loss to the Vikings. He finished the season with just six catches for 52 yards and a touchdown in 14 games.

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      Analysis: Hoomanawanui signed a three-year deal with the Saints in March 2016 and is expected to return to New Orleans for his 10th NFL season in 2018. The big tight end is an excellent blocker who helped the Saints average nearly 130 rushing yards per game. Hoomanawanui, however, has never been much of a receiver, as he has a career high of just 13 receptions. He will therefore be off the fantasy radar again in 2018.

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    • Thu, Jan 18, 12:21pm

      Williams had five tackles (three solo) and an interception in Sunday's 29-24 NFC divisional-round loss to the Vikings.

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      Analysis: Despite another solid statistical performance -- including nabbing a momentum-shifting interception in the second half -- all anyone will remember from the Saints' playoff defeat is Williams' incredible miscalculation on the game's final play, in which the rookie safety whiffed on a simple tackle that almost certainly would have clinched the victory for New Orleans. Notwithstanding Williams' memorable mistake, the former Utah product started all 15 regular-season games he played in after being picked by the Saints in the second round of the 2017 NFL Draft. A ball-hawking free safety in college, Williams was critical to the Saints' remarkable defensive turnaround, recording 73 total tackles and four interceptions in his first NFL season. Williams should again start at free safety in New Orleans in 2018, with his playmaking potential and dependable tackle production rendering him a quality option in many IDP leagues.

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    • Thu, Jan 18, 11:40am

      Thielen (lower back) practiced in a limited capacity Thursday.

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      Analysis: The listing follows Thielen's return to drills, signaling he's taking the necessary steps to ensure he's available for the NFC championship game. Ultimately, Friday's injury report will have the final say on his potential to suit up Sunday, when the Vikings will be facing the Eagles' 17th-ranked pass defense.

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