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2013 Schedule
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8/9 CHIEFS Win
8/16 RAIDERS Win
8/25 @Texans Win
8/29 @Dolphins Loss
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9/22 ARIZONA Win
9/30 MIAMI Win
10/6 @Chicago Win
10/13 @Patriots Loss
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10/27 BUFFALO Win
11/3 @Jets Loss
11/10 DALLAS Win
11/17 SAN FRAN Win
11/21 @Atlanta Win
12/2 @Seattle Loss
12/8 CAROLINA Win
12/15 @St.Louis Loss
12/22 @Carolina Loss
12/29 TAMPA Win
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1/4 @Eagles Win
1/11 @Seattle Loss
2013 Saints Draft
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1 (15)  Kenny Vaccaro S
3 (75)  Terron Armstead T
3 (82)  John Jenkins DT
5 (144)  Kenny Stills WR
6 (183)  Rufus Johnson DE
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New Orleans Saints vs Indianapolis Colts game preview Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On Today 12:33 PM


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Following a strong 2-0 start to their preseason, including a 31-24 victory against the Tennessee Titans in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on Friday night and one week after returning from the their first phase of training camp at The Greenbrier in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia, the Saints will pack their bags to leave New Orleans again when they head to Lucas Oil Stadium to face the Indianapolis Colts in a nationally televised contest on Saturday night.

Saturday’s game will mark the first time the Saints play a game in Lucas Oil Stadium, having previously practiced at the facility for four days in 2008 after evacuating the Gulf Coast due to Tropical Storm Gustav in their Week One preparations. The Colts lead the preseason series 7-5, while New Orleans has a 6-5 edge in the regular season and also defeated the Colts 31-17 in Super Bowl XLIV.

The Saints made strides on offense, defense and special teams on Friday night against the Titans, continuing the progress they have shown from three weeks of training camp practices. An opportunistic defense recorded five takeaways, while the offense scored 17 points off of them. The Saints defense also recorded four sacks.

By John DeShazier / New Orleans Saints.Com

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After week of practice, Drew Brees ready to 'just play ball' on Saturday Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On Today 12:30 PM


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Defensive end Junior Galette until the New Orleans Saints win a Super Bowl, a promise that might seem reckless except that Galette already wears a woolly and unkempt beard.

The clean-cut Drew Brees made a more modest pledge: He would allow his goatee to grow out until he successfully returns to the football field.

When he does that on Saturday night at Indianapolis, the goatee is gone.

By Evan Woodbery / Times-Picayune

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John DeShazier: Robert Mathis will provide stern test for Saints left tackle Terron Armstead Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On Today 12:27 PM


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For 14 games Terron Armstead sat inactive last season during his rookie year with the New Orleans Saints – 10 of them, literally, as he wasn’t included on the team’s gameday roster.

But those 14 games very well could turn out to be the most important games of Armstead’s career. And his career appears to have as high a ceiling as can be imagined of a 6-foot-5, 304-pound mountain of a man who has the feet of a dancer, the strength of a mauler and the speed – his 4.71-second 40-yard dash was the fastest time ever from a lineman at the NFL Scouting Combine – to get to the second and third levels of a defense bulldoze suspecting and unsuspecting defenders.

It’s not that Armstead didn’t want to play. Instead, it was critical that the former third-round pick (No. 75 overall) learn what he was supposed to do before he was given the opportunity to do it.

By John DeShazier / New Orleans Saints.Com

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New Orleans Saints cornerback Corey White happy to have teammates back in drills Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On Today 12:23 PM


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New Orleans Saints cornerback Corey White might be the most thankful person on the team that fellow cornerbacks Keenan Lewis, Champ Bailey and Patrick Robinson are back participating in full team drills during training camp.

For one, it means he gets more rest.

"It feels good," White said. "I ain't gotta take every snap in practice. I can actually get some recovery time. I'm glad to have those guys back, especially Champ seeing that he's healthy again and P-Rob is getting back to his normal self. Keenan is getting back on the field.

By Andrew Lopez / Times-Picayune

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New Orleans Saints sit at square one with cornerback race between Champ Bailey, Patrick Robinson Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On Today 08:10 AM


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Cornerbacks with widely varying experience levels opened up New Orleans Saints training camp in West Virginia nearly one month ago vying for the second starting cornerback slot opposite Keenan Lewis.

The Saints quickly whittled the battle down to two players as Champ Bailey and Patrick Robinson began rotating practice snaps with the first-team defense. In a perfect world, this battle would have been long decided.

Football is about as imperfect of a world as you'll find in sports. As a result, the Saints are no further along in their decision making than they were three weeks in deciding between the two players for the gig.

By Larry Holder / Times-Picayune

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New Orleans Saints rookie Brandin Cooks returns to practice on a limited basis Thursday Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On Today 08:08 AM


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New Orleans Saints rookie wide receiver Brandin Cooks made a brief return to practice on Thursday after missing two days with a stomach virus. Cooks participated in the walkthrough and did some individual work before leaving shortly after the team stretched.

Cooks' status for Saturday's game vs. the Indianapolis Colts is still up in the air. Saints coach Sean Payton said the team will monitor Cooks' body weight and hydration and decide closer to the game.

Offensive guard Ben Grubbs fully participated in practice after missing the last two days. He left early during Monday's practice after being examined by a trainer.

By Katherine Terrell / Times-Picayune

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Saints prepared if Erik Lorig injury lingers Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On Yesterday 08:35 AM


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The New Orleans Saints have never specified the nature of fullback Erik Lorig’s leg injury. But clearly it’s not a minor issue, since Lorig hasn’t even watched a practice in street clothes since first suffering the injury during a scrimmage on Aug. 2.

The fact that the Saints immediately went out and signed veteran fullback Greg Jones was another indicator that they didn’t expect Lorig back quickly.

It’s still unknown when or if Lorig is expected back this season. But coach Sean Payton said the team will prepare as if he’s not going to be ready for Week 1, with Jones and third-year pro Austin Johnson competing to serve as Lorig’s replacement.

By Mike Triplett / ESPN

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Blocking gives Morgan, Meachem edge Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On Yesterday 08:32 AM


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Joe Morgan has obviously helped his case to make the New Orleans Saints' roster by once again displaying his dynamic deep-threat ability (three catches for 108 yards last Friday night).

But it’s Morgan’s more underrated strong suit that gives him the best chance of being active on game days – his blocking.

Blocking ability will be a huge deciding factor in the intriguing three-way battle between Morgan, Robert Meachem and Nick Toon for the Saints No. 4 receiving job. And in my mind, that gives both Morgan and Meachem a big advantage because they’ve proven to be excellent blockers in the past.

Typically, the Saints keep only four receivers active on game days. And in past years, they’ve featured a specific receiver in their heavy sets (with one receiver, two tight ends, a fullback and running back). Out of that formation, the receiver can either block or run deep routes on play-action “shot” plays.

By Mike Triplett / ESPN

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Robert Meachem has learned to roll with the punches in his second stint with the New Orleans Saints Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On Yesterday 08:30 AM


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It's funny how dreams work out sometimes.

In the NFL, it's conceivable that a player could be at the top of his game one day and searching for answers the next.

Just ask Robert Meachem.

Two years ago, the New Orleans Saints wideout was handed a fat four-year $25.9 million ($14 million guaranteed) contact to sign with the San Diego Chargers. The Saints 2007 first round draft pick inked his name on the dotted line and was off to California.

By Katherine Terrell / Times-Picayune

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Ingram's role evolving with first TD catch Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On Yesterday 08:25 AM


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Yes, Mark Ingram can catch the ball. And yes, the New Orleans Saints tailback can make guys miss when he gets into the open field.

These aren't exactly revelations to Alabama Crimson Tide fans. Don't forget, it was a 69-yard screen pass against the Florida Gators in the 2009 SEC title game that helped secure the Heisman Trophy for Ingram that year.

But it's not a quality that Ingram was able to show off much during his first three seasons with the Saints, because he was mostly pigeonholed into a short-yardage/base-package role with better pass-catchers Darren Sproles and Pierre Thomas also on the roster.

By Mike Triplett / ESPN

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Acrobatic catches show New Orleans Saints' Joe Morgan of old still exists Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On 08-19-2014 06:25 AM


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New Orleans Saints wide receiver Joe Morgan cracked a boyish smile when asked about adding another acrobatic catch to his résumé during Friday night's preseason game against the Titans.

The 52-yard strike from Ryan Griffin wasn't quite as nice as Morgan's 48-yard touchdown reception two seasons ago at Tampa Bay when Morgan launched a defender off his back after the bomb from Drew Brees to score.

But Morgan's two deep catches against Tennessee might have meant more to him -- and the Saints' coaches -- than any of his previous highlights.

By Larry Holder / Times-Picayune

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New Orleans Saints' Jimmy Graham on dunks: 'I just got to stop doing that now' Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On 08-18-2014 05:09 PM


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New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton and tight end Jimmy Graham acknowledged the two sides met to discuss Graham's two dunks during the team's preseason win over Tennessee on Friday. Payton and Graham both said they would keep what was said in the meeting between themselves.

Graham pulled off his famous dunk through the goal post after each of his scoring receptions during the Saints' 31-24 win over the Titans in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Each dunk turned into a 15-yard penalty on the kickoff, spurring a heated exchange between Payton and Graham on the sideline after Graham's second dunk after a touchdown.

Graham repeatedly said after Sunday afternoon's practice in Metairie that he would never do anything to hurt the team during the regular season.

By Larry Holder / Times-Picayune

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Kenny Vaccaro, Joe Morgan impress vs. Titans; Saints' third offensive tackle still a concern | Scout's Take Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On 08-18-2014 11:50 AM


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At this point, New Orleans Saints GM Mickey Loomis, coach Sean Payton and the rest of the staff have spent the entire training camp with 90 or so players, getting a feel for what their charges can and cannot handle. Getting a team ready for the regular season while also trying to shape the 53-man roster can be challenging.

The past week served as a big evaluator for the roster. This week, more attention will be geared toward regular-season preparation. Next week is when the staff breaks up reps to decide the remaining few roster spots while tuning up for regular-season play.

Heading into the Colts game Saturday, Payton and his staff will install more game-plan specific schemes, some related to current or future regular-season opponents, to get a sense how some players handle certain game-plan challenges.

By Chris Landry / Times-Picayune

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Drew Brees asserts leadership role after Saints hit with 22 penalties Friday Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On 08-18-2014 10:00 AM


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Watching from the sideline of the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees bore no responsibility for any of the 22 penalty flags his teammates drew in Friday night's preseason game against Tennessee.

But when the game was over, he stood up in the locker room and asked everyone there -- including himself -- to work on getting better.

"At the end of the day, at some point, a team takes control of itself," Brees said Sunday. "Leaders take control of the team. You are accountable to one another. You police one another.

By Evan Woodbery / Times-Picayune

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One dunk too many for New Orleans Saints' Jimmy Graham Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On 08-18-2014 09:54 AM


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One dunk, shame on the NFL. Two dunks, shame on Jimmy Graham -- kind of.

Everyone was likely amused when the New Orleans Saints' tight end scoffed at the NFL's new no-dunk rule by jamming the football through the goal posts on his 6-yard touchdown reception during Friday night's preseason game against Tennessee.

Saints coach Sean Payton couldn't have been on the edge of explosion for his team's penchant for drawing flags quite yet as Graham scored on the game's first possession. So I'm betting on the inside he even chuckled.

By Larry Holder / Times Picayune

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McCown, Griffin still too close to call Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On 08-17-2014 12:35 PM


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Who’s winning the battle for the New Orleans Saints' backup quarterback job?

Depends on when you’re watching. Both players have taken full advantage of their increased opportunities to shine while starter Drew Brees has been sidelined by a strained oblique.

Second-year pro Ryan Griffin seemed to leap ahead during last week’s preseason opener, when he played great after entering the game late in the first quarter at St. Louis.

But then veteran Luke McCown may have looked even better throughout the first half of Friday night’s 31-24 victory over the Tennessee Titans, throwing a pair of TD passes to tight end Jimmy Graham.

By Mike Triplett / ESPN

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Morgan Steals the Show -- Mike Detillier
Posted On 08-17-2014


Morgan Steals the Show

By Mike Detillier

Last training camp, early on New Orleans Saints wide receiver Joe Morgan was the player virtually everyone talked about offensively being the most improved football player.

But Morgan’s season came to an end when he was tackled hard in the Black and Gold scrimmage by Kenny Vaccaro and he ended up missing the 2013 season due to a torn knee ligament.

Morgan missed practicing with the team during the OTA sessions in the spring while working with trainers off to the side and so his ability to show everyone he was back from the major knee surgery was cut off until the preseason started.

Friday night against the Tennessee Titans Morgan was the star offensively for the Saints catching three passes for 108 yards in the Saints 31-24 victory over the Titans.

Morgan displayed again a certain burst and pull away speed we all saw from him in 2012 and early on in the training camp period of 2013.

“It’s been a long process,” Morgan said. “I just went out there and did things I felt comfortable with and that I knew I could do. I got to keep working hard and not get complacent. I trust my knee will hold up and I trust myself too. Very excited to get back in the groove and play some football. With Brandin (Cooks), Marques Colston, Kenny Still, Nick Toon, Robert Meachem and Jimmy Graham out there I am just excited to get in some catches. It was really special to walk back on the field, especially in the Super Dome and feel the love from the “Who Dat Nation.”

The ability to hit the deep pass plays was a missing part of the New Orleans Saints offensive team in 2013.

With a healthy Joe Morgan and an emerging young star talent in Brandin Cooks in the lineup the Saints will have that element in 2014.


Big Battle at the Backup Quarterback Slot

Saints head coach Sean Payton was livid despite the 31-24 victory over the Tennessee Titans over the unbelievable amount of penalties, 22 for the Saints, in Friday night’s win, but he also will have a huge decision to make when the final cut down to 53 happens in late August.

Ideally Payton would like to keep just two quarterbacks on the roster and have an extra roster spot open for a wide receiver, safety or a linebacker that could help out on special...
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Mike D's Top 10 Weekly Observations sponsored by Thibodaux Regional Medical Center/Sports Medicine Clinic @thibodauxregion
Posted On 08-11-2014


Mike D's Top 10 Weekly Observations sponsored by Thibodaux Regional Medical Center/Sports Medicine Clinic @thibodauxregion

By Mike Detillier

1. Brandin Cooks: I wrote in my 2014 M&D Draft Report that after watching Cooks at Oregon State for three years he reminded me so much of former Carolina Panthers and current Baltimore Ravens WR. Steve Smith.

He is everything that has been advertised!!!

In doing an interview with Oregon State quarterback Sean Mannion at the Manning Passing Academy in Thibodaux in July, Mannion pointed out to me that most people don’t fully appreciate how fast Cooks is out on the field.

“It’s sometimes so hard to see what he does after the catch out on the field, but when you watch the game film you come away stunned with his speed and his ability to get away from defenders. It’s stunning sometimes and he never drops the ball either.”

Friday night Cooks caught five passes for 55 yards and one score, and he displayed those sure hands, great speed and 1st rate run after catch skills.

And he played every WR position and also saw work in the slot displaying his football intelligence and his ability to pick up new assignments and different route running details.

Football Savvy… Cooks has it and while Darren Sproles had exceptional quickness and make-you-miss moves the Saints have not had a homerun hitter in the same football vein like Cooks since Reggie Bush.

He is “Football Special” and he ain’t no Larry Burton, who was a track athlete playing football.

Cooks is a fast football player who ran track.

We just saw a glimpse of what he will bring to the football table in the first preseason game.


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