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The New Orleans Saints dropped a Saturday afternoon playoff road game to the Philadelphia Eagles to wrap up a 10 win season. Season 80 ended in heart breaking fashion but the teams front office quickly got to work to improve their roster and make another run in one of the toughest divisions and conferences in the OMFL. The Saints went into the Business Season with over 42 million in cap room and very few draft picks, so action was required.
The Saints were looking to grab a few extra draft picks and add a few more play makers and athleticism to both sides of the ball. To do that, the Saints made deals with the Bengals and Giants to add picks and players.
The Saints traded their 4th round pick to the Giants for Cornerback Eli Apple. Eli Apple will battle for the 4th cornerback position on the Saints, but will add youth, size, and speed to a defensive backfield that has gotten much younger and faster this offseason. http://grownfolksoc.com/forums/omfl-trades-pending/giants-saints/
Next up came the Bengals, who made a deal for their late 1st rounder for Mike Thomas. The Saints moved the oft injured Wideout after a season that seen him spend a majority of the season injured and end the season on IR after playing just 3 games. With Thomas coming up for a contract, the Saints felt comfortable with moving on past him with the addition of MVS, who not only received ROTY votes but also Pro Bowl votes. http://grownfolksoc.com/forums/omfl-trades-pending/saints-bengals/
The Saints went into Free Agency with a nice amount of money, but with specific goals and only looking for opportunities that fit their cap situation. A new power running back, some offensive line help, and some help on the defensive side of the ball.
Jeremy Hill signed a great team deal to come back home to Louisiana. Hill will add youth and power to a backfield that lost Mark Ingram this past offseason. Hill will split time with Kamara as the team looks to stay healthy and establish the run early and often.
Chance Warmack would sign a deal to come to New Orleans and help create some depth and add some strength to the Saints offensive line. Chance will be primary backup at several positions.
Jason King would also sign with the Saints, a deal the team didn't count on getting. King also had a deal from the Bengals, who offered King more money, but King decided the south was more his style and signed even a lower contract.
The Saints were also looking to add some needed depth to their Tight End position, so the team went out and signed blocking TE - Valles. Valles will come in and take the place of an aging TE position for the Saints this past season. The team will need to work on Valles hands to get him involved in the passing game, but the coaches and scheme should fit him nicely.
Lastly the Saints wanted to continue to add some depth to their defensive backfield. The Saints defended the past well last season, but every team in their division got better on the passing offensive side of the ball, and the Saints wanted to ensure their numbers; adding Mager will do just that. Mager will add size and speed and this preseason he has shown some great play making ability that will be needed in the Nickel and Dime formations.
With 6 picks, the Saints scout team went to work to find the best talent available. With the need of offensive line, the Saints front office watched as a run of the top offensive line players went off the board before their first pick. With the adjustment of the draft board, this meant the Saints could take best player available and turn their attention to upcoming expiring contracts that could be replaced with younger players.
First up the Saints took the best Wideout on the board in Fitzgerald. Fitzgerald adds size, speed, and big play ability to a team who has gotten younger and faster this Business Season. Fitz showed off these skills in a 4 catch, 112 yard game with 1 touchdown in their last preseason game against the Bills. Fitz will battle for a starting position, but could also slide right into the slot with the release of Pro Bowler Ted Ginn Jr.
With their 3rd round pick, the Saints took the best CB and highest rated player on their board - Eric Jamison. Eric also adds special teams ability but will need some time before he can crack the starting lineup. Overall this pick fits well as a 74 overall player in the 3rd round, and gives the Saints some firepower and youth in that defensive backfield.
Harewood was one of the top 2 play-making full backs in this years draft, and the Saints took a chance. With an aging FB on the roster, the Saints couldn't pass up Harewood's potential. Harewood will step into the starting line-up to open holes for Karma and Hill.
With one of their last late round picks, the Saints took BPA in Defensive Tackle Cameron Insley. Cameron was a home run for this late in the draft and comes in at 75 overall. Cameron adds strength and size with some pass rushing ability. Cameron will battle for a spot and should get some Nickel and Dime formation play time.
Ben Bush would be the Saints 5th round draft pick and would be another really strong pick for the Saints at 74 overall. Ben will be the primary backup at both end positions with 86 strength, 75 block shed, and 82 tackle. Ben has made some nice plays, including 3 sacks this preseason.
With their last pick of the draft, the Saints took Kicker Josh St. Pierre, who they will move to punter as they part ways with long time Saints punter Thomas Morestead. This will take a large cap hit for the Saints but save much needed cash with large contracts coming up over the next few seasons.
Post-Draft Free Agency
After the draft was over, the Saints scouting department went to work to help fill any remaining needs and the Saints Practice Squad.
The scouting department was able to sign rookie outside linebacker Ronquese Hughes to the team. Hughes will get a primary backup position with his man and zone coverage abilities.
The Saints would also sign Desmond Harrison to be apart of their PS. The Saints coaching staff likes his core abilities and feel that with a season under his belt, he could provide some needed depth to their offensive line.
Quarterback Philip Werner will come in and help the Saints scouting team. Philip is a pocket passer with a big arm and nice deep accuracy. Saints coaching staff has liked what they have seen in practice.
Sean Peters would round out the Saints PS, as the team added the big hitting safety who brings size and great man coverage ability to the team, which the coaching staff can groom and build on.
After an up and down but overall successful Season 80, the Saints are looking to finish off a few position battles and hit the ground running in Season 81. Their schedule will not help them though, with almost all playoff teams from this past season, in both AFC and NFC, on their schedule. Giants, Titans, Texans, 49ers, Colts, Vikings, Jags, and Seahawks to go along with the NFCS, means the Saints will have to play perfect football to have a successful season.
It all begins tonight with Season 81 kicking off and the Giants on the schedule.
Mention button mashing, Wii, and a game called ICEY all in the same sentence to a hardcore Madden player and you should probably expect a look back at you that says "get outta here with that", but the hack-n-slash game of ICEY for the Wii actually brings in some entertaining elements for a quick, easy-to-learn game that brings in a nice change of pace from the strategic sports game grind.
In ICEY you play as ICEY, a robot humanoid who is programed to do one thing - kill Judas. Who is Judas you ask? Well that is going to take you some time of playing to find out, and along the journey you'll learn more about ICEY and the reason behind her existence. ICEY does have a quick learning curve of only a few combinations of buttons to create some of the most intense, beautiful, and powerful kill shots that you've ever seen, but it does come with a slow start from a tutorial. Stick with the slow start and you'll quickly find that killing the mini bosses from Judas, easily upgrading your move set, and learning the different combinations of moves, some of which are by pure accident, is quite fulfilling.
There is also a love-hate portion of the game, and that is the omnipresent voice known as the “developer”. You'll find this addition to the game either engaging and entertaining, or quiet annoying as the developer gives you directions throughout the game. Be ready though, as you are encouraged to disobey these commands but not without the wrath and banter that the developer gives to you as he tries to get you back on track for the mission.
Overall ICEY offers some engaging features from the developer to the great aerial moves that ICEY can perform with just a few smashes of the button. It's an easy game to learn, but offers little of a world experience outside of the direction that the developer expects you to take. It is also much more aesthetically appealing than I expected to experience. You can find yourself bored easily, if finding different combinations of buttons for moves doesn't intrigue you.
I give it a 3 out of 5 for entertainment factor. If you're looking for something different, easy to learn, and quiet satisfying to just hammer away at buttons and test combinations, then ICEY might be right up your ally. If you're looking for a deep story game that will take hours of investment, then you might be disappointed with ICEY. Either way, it's worth picking up and giving a whirl.
With the dog days of summer in full effect the summer months brings us lots of heat, vacations, drinks with umbrellas in them, Madden release news, and the completion of many Madden 18 CFM seasons. Along with those great additions, the summer months also brings us the DaddyLeagues top 20 and Elite Leagues list!
DaddyLeagues own customized formula of 50% traffic from September to June 1st, 10% forum posts, 10% blog posts
20% members, 10% seasons completed are all compiled together to give an average score of every DaddyLegaues hosted CFM. That formula was then graded on each month and that average produces the top 20 rated XB1 and PS4 leagues, which include the best of the best - The Elite Leagues.
Keep an eye open for the top 20 list to drop within the next few days, but before we do, here are the top 5 rated XB1 and PS4 leagues to wet your appetite.
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Stay tuned for the full list, the official Madden 18 Elite League list, and the Madden 18 XB1 and PS4 League of the Year Awards.