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8/9 CHIEFS Win
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11/3 @Jets Loss
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11/17 SAN FRAN Win
11/21 @Atlanta Win
12/2 @Seattle Loss
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3 (75)  Terron Armstead T
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Acrobatic catches show New Orleans Saints' Joe Morgan of old still exists Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On Yesterday 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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Joe Morgan catching up in receiver battle Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On 08-17-2014 12:33 PM


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If Joe Morgan was falling behind in the battle for a roster spot at wide receiver, he made up for it in a hurry on Friday night.

The New Orleans Saints' dynamic speedster caught three passes for 108 yards -- including gains of 52 and 44 -- during a 31-24 victory over the Tennessee Titans. Most importantly, Morgan showed that he is recovering from a major knee injury last summer that sidelined him for almost a full year.

“It was encouraging that he got behind the defense and was able to make a few plays that we’ve seen him make prior to his injury,” Saints coach Sean Payton said. “I think more than anything, what is important for us in the evaluation process is how he is moving. And tonight we saw him do a few things that were encouraging.

“Without having looked at the tape, I think it was a real significant step for him in the right direction. The type of injury he had was pretty significant.”

By Mike Triplett / ESPN

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Morgan Steals the Show -- Mike Detillier Posted By: Dan in Lafayette Posted On 08-17-2014 11:38 AM


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...
New Orleans Saints projected 53-man roster has Victor Butler gone Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On 08-17-2014 11:10 AM


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We've watched the New Orleans Saints wrap up The Greenbrier portion of training camp and pick up two preseason wins. While the Saints are nowhere near completing their evaluations, you can gather some sense of how this roster could shake out by the end of training camp.

After each preseason game I'll do my best to forecast the Saints 53-man roster. This should change week by week as quite a few roster spots at the bottom of the depth charts are up for grabs:

New Orleans Saints projected 53-man roster:

By Larry Holder / Times-Picayune

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New Orleans Saints rookie report: Defensive backs like Stanley Jean-Baptiste got plenty of snaps Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On 08-17-2014 11:08 AM


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Twenty-three rookies, ranging from elite draft picks to unknown free agents, are vying to make the New Orleans Saints' roster.

With two preseason games in the books, time is running short for them to make an impression.

Last week we looked at special teams participation as an indicator of which players might be getting groomed for a potential roster spot. This week we'll look at overall snap count.

The snap counts from the Saints' victory over Tennessee on Friday night confirm what we largely know: The opportunities are scarce on the defensive line, plentiful in the secondary. Injuries have also had an impact.

By Evan Woodbery / Times-Picayune

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New Orleans Saints commit 22 penalties, beat Tennessee Titans 31-24 Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On 08-16-2014 06:34 AM


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The New Orleans Saints forced five turnovers and withstood a barrage of penalty flags to beat the Tennessee Titans 31-24 in a preseason game on Friday night at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

The Saints, now 2-0 in the preseason, were flagged 22 times for 183 yards. There are no records for preseason games, but the Saints' franchise record for penalties in a regular season game was 17 in 2000.

The Saints recovered four fumbles and safety Vinnie Sunseri picked off Zach Mettenberger in the fourth quarter.

Saints quarterback Ryan Griffin passed for 179 yards after entering for starter Luke McCown in the second quarter.

By Evan Woodbery / Times-Picayune

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Kenny Vaccaro turning over opponents, turning into leader Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On 08-16-2014 06:32 AM


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When a team commits a mind-boggling 22 turnovers for a mind-numbing 184 yards, losing is a virtual certainty. But the New Orleans Saints didn't lose Friday night, primarily because their defense forced five turnovers from the Tennessee Titans. And the man who ignited the takeaway festival was Kenny Vaccaro.

The second-year safety was a one-man Dome Patrol in the first half, which is all the action he saw in this flag-filled exhibition before taking the night off. He jarred loose two fumbles in the first half and knocked Titans backup quarterback Charlie Whitehurst from the game with a blindside sack.

It'd be difficult to find a silver lining in the Saints' otherwise ugly 31-24 victory at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. But Vaccaro clearly was a bright spot.

By Jeff Duncan / Times-Picayune

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Penalty problem could become pandemic if New Orleans Saints ignore ills Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On 08-16-2014 06:30 AM


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New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton went into detail earlier this week during a consistent rainstorm following a practice at The Greenbrier on how the team sleepwalked through its flattest practice of training camp thus far.

What's the word that best described the crispness of the first half of the Saints' 31-24 win over the Tennessee Titans on Friday night in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome?

Sloppy was the nice description. Gross might be somewhere in the middle. Payton probably threw expletives at his team. I'll refrain this time.

By Larry Holder / Times-Picayune

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New Orleans Saints' Junior Galette, Cam Jordan, start race for the most sacks early in the preseason Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On 08-16-2014 06:27 AM


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New Orleans Saints defenders Junior Galette and Cam Jordan are on personal missions to win the battle for most sacks in a season.

At the moment, they're currently tied at one.

That clock doesn't officially start for another month, when the Saints face the Atlanta Falcons to start the regular season.

Or, as Jordan later said, "that clock starts whenever Junior would like it to. But that's not what's important"

Jordan tried to deflect any talk of a competition between him and Galette. But even as the words spilled out of his mouth, he tried to keep from laughing after the Saints' 31-24 win over the Tennessee Titans at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on Friday night.

By Katherine Terrell / Times-Picayune

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With Drew Brees sidelined, Saints' backup quarterbacks have big night Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On 08-16-2014 06:25 AM


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The three quarterbacks on the New Orleans Saints' roster not named Drew Brees combined for 325 yards and four touchdowns in a 31-24 preseason victory over the Tennessee Titans on Friday night at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

Veteran Luke McCown opened the game with methodical scoring drives, second-year challenger Ryan Griffin connected on two long bombs and rookie Logan Kilgore was sharp in his brief stint in the fourth quarter.

"I thought both Luke and Ryan did a lot of really good things," Saints coach Sean Payton said. "I thought they both located the ball well. With Ryan, I thought you see him step up and buy a little time and get the ball down the field a little bit."

By Evan Woodbery / Times-Picayune

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Brandin Cooks ends camp at Greenbrier on high note | 5 things that stood out from New Orleans Saints' practice Wednesday Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On 08-13-2014 02:13 PM


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The final real practice of the New Orleans Saints' three-week trip to the Greenbrier resort ended fittingly.

As if he needed any more practice highlights, rookie wide receiver Brandin Cooks added a few more.

Cooks caught two long passes -- one from Logan Kilgore and another from Luke McCown in the final moments of Wednesday morning's practice.

The latter was most impressive because it came against solid coverage. Cooks snagged the ball at its highest point and was rewarded with a touchdown of about 50 yards.

By Evan Woodbery / Times-Picayune

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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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