Evan Woodbery

Saints beat writer

New Orleans

Evan Woodbery

As New Orleans Saints beat writer for | The Times-Picayune, I'm responsible for comprehensive beat coverage in a 24-7, digitally oriented environment.


How did the New Orleans Saints defense get here? Tracking highs and lows from 2012 to now

The worst defense in the NFL in 2012 morphed into one of the best in 2013. By now you probably know that the team in question is the New Orleans Saints. That awful defense got even worse in 2015, prompting head coach Sean Payton to fire defensive coordinator Rob Ryan this week and assign his duties to Dennis Allen.
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How to build Tennessee's recuiting

Sidebar companion piece to our main story in the recruiting package. Focuses on tangible conclusions to be drawn from our research.
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New Orleans Saints spending by position: More dollars invested in secondary in 2015

The New Orleans Saints will allocate a greater percentage of their salary cap to quarterbacks than any other team in the NFL. They'll also have more so-called "dead money" counting against the cap than any of the other 31 teams. Drew Brees' salary cap burden of $26.4 million is pricey, but most teams in the league would gladly spend as much on an elite-level quarterback.
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Evan Woodbery

I'm an experienced reporter who has spent 12 years on competitive, high-profile sports beat.

I'm comfortable with digital-first journalism, including writing for the Web, engaging readers on social media and producing video.

I have previously worked for the Knoxville News Sentinel (Birmingham News, Press-Register, Huntsville Times), The State newspaper (Columbia, S.C.) and the Anniston (Ala.) Star.



  • Sports writing
  • News writing
  • Breaking news
  • Feature writing
  • Blogging
  • SEO
  • Videography
  • Web content management
  • Social media
  • Video editing
  • Investigative reporting
  • Reader engagement
  • Data journalism