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Forecast: Why Saints punter Thomas Morstead is invaluable

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By Ralph Malbrough / Contributing Writer | WWL-TV

NEW ORLEANS — Thomas Morstead won his second NFC special teams player of the week award in 2019 for his performance against the Jacksonville Jaguars and it got me to thinking. Morstead has quietly become one of the most beloved Saints players of all time, which for a punter is sort of amazing and ridiculous.

It's such a New Orleans thing and I love it so much.

On my podcast in the offseason, I asked the question, “If Bill Belichick, who is basically a Thomas Morstead groupie if you ever listen to him talk about punting, offered the Saints a 1st round pick for Morstead should the Saints say yes? The results were heavily in favor of the Saints refusing the offer and keeping Morstead.

In what hypothetical world do you turn down a 1st round pick for a punter? In New Orleans. But why?

Thomas Morstead is amazing at his job and his game in Seattle was a master class on punting a football and an exhibition showing how great punting can swing a football game. Morstead is the greatest punter in Saints history but a 1st round pick for a punter seems so irresistible, why would 64% of people in a poll refuse that trade?

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PFF: Saints center Erik McCoy among NFL's highest-graded rookies

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By John Sigler | Saints Wire

The New Orleans Saints may have struck gold with Erik McCoy, their top pick in the 2019 NFL Draft. McCoy hasn’t just filled in for Max Unger after the Saints’ longtime center retired — he’s been an upgrade. According to the analysts at Pro Football Focus, McCoy is one of the ten best rookies on the year so far.

What’s most impressive isn’t that McCoy is outperforming the rest of the rookie class (including centers drafted ahead of him like Minnesota Vikings first-round pick Garrett Bradbury, and Elgton Jenkins, who the Green Bay Packers picked four spots before the Saints traded up to get McCoy, only to move Jenkins to left guard despite his college success at center). McCoy is playing like a top-five center throughout the entire NFL. Here’s what PFF analyst Anthony Treash wrote about McCoy’s first month-and-a-half on the job:

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Saints bring four-game win streak to Chicago

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By Field Level Media

The New Orleans Saints will go for five wins in a row when they visit the Chicago Bears on Sunday afternoon.

They might have to do so without star running back Alvin Kamara, who reportedly is dealing with a high-ankle injury.

Oh, and they expect to remain without quarterback Drew Brees, who is recovering from thumb surgery.

But New Orleans (5-1) is undeterred. They have won four consecutive games with Teddy Bridgewater under center and with determined groups on offense, defense and special teams. All five Saints victories this season have come by single digits.

“We know that when we’re out there playing, it’s going to take all 11 guys on the football field to win these football games,” Bridgewater told reporters after the Saints’ latest win, a 13-6 decision over the Jacksonville Jaguars.

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The Saints have a new identity — and it’s their defense

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Just in time for the end of the Drew Brees era, the Saints built a defense that can take
over as the backbone of the franchise.

By Adam Stites | SBNation

It wasn’t that long ago that the Achilles’ heel for the New Orleans Saints was their awful defense. The team was bottom five in the NFL in points allowed in 2014, 2015, and 2016. That dragged an elite offense to a 7-9 record three straight years.

When the defense finally shaped up to become a middle-of-the-pack unit, the Saints were a playoff team again.

Now — for the first time since Drew Brees signed with the Saints in 2006 — defense is the reason why New Orleans is a contender.

The post-Brees era isn’t far off the horizon, but now it doesn’t look so scary for the Saints. The young group of defensive talent stands to carry the team for the foreseeable future.

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Drew Brees must wear brace on thumb when he returns to field: 'That's doctors orders'

  • News source: BY JEFF NOWAK | Staff writer
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When Drew Brees makes his long-awaited return to NFL competition, he'll also be contending with an extra piece of equipment.

The Saints quarterback said in an interview Bobby Hebert on WWL Radio that he'll have to wear a brace to protect his surgically repaired thumb.

"That's doctor's orders," Brees said in the interview.

The 18-year veteran hasn't played since he suffered a ligament injury during the Saints' loss to the Los Angeles Rams in Week 2. He's been...
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NFL Picks Week 7: Getting Defensive

  • News source: Wallace Delery
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The New Orleans Saints face the Chicago Bears in the Windy City this week. This battle of top-10 defenses will certainly be a must watch if you love defensive football, but if you prefer high-flying offense you may just have to grit your teeth and bare through this one. Many fans have the perception that Soldier Field is a place the Saints have not had success in, mostly due to the 2006 NFC Championship experience paired with the losses there in 2007 and 2008. The...
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Saints coach Sean Payton: 'Ultimately we're going to be dealing with full-time officials'

  • News source: BY LUKE JOHNSON | Staff writer
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If things keep going on their current track, New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton believes the NFL could be on its way toward having full-time officials.

Payton touched on that during an appearance on Brett Favre’s weekly SiriusXM radio show this week, when Favre’s co-host Bruce Murray asked the Saints coach his opinion on how games have been officiated this season.

To preface the question, Murray brought up both the newly reviewable interference calls and the...
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Bridgewater could bolster resume at Chicago as Brees nears return

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METAIRIE, La. -- So far, Teddy Bridgewater's stock has risen as a pending free agent, thanks to his improbable 4-0 record as the New Orleans Saints' starting quarterback.

But it sure wouldn’t hurt for Bridgewater to leave at least one more lasting impression on Sunday against perhaps the toughest defense he has faced yet at Chicago.

Although Bridgewater would probably love to get a crack at the Arizona Cardinals and their 30th-ranked defense at home in the...
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NFC South Report: Saints still on top, Panthers right behind with a backup QB story of their own.

  • News source: Chris Conner13
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The New Orleans Saints are looking to strengthen their grip on top of the NFC South fresh off of a victory in Jacksonville. As they prepare for another stiff road test against the Chicago Bears, we take a look around the division to see how the rest of the south is shaping up.

When the Buccaneers hired Bruce Arians there were several initial predictions about what his presence would do for a Bucs offense loaded with talent but needing maturity and consistency. But...
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5 Questions for the Saints in Week 7

  • News source: Chris Dunnells
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Welcome back to a new series piece for 2019. Before each game, I’ll point out the five questions I have for the team that I’ll be looking out for in the upcoming game.

In Week 7, the New Orleans Saints stay on the road, facing one of the NFL’s best defenses in the Chicago Bears. Here are the biggest questions I have for the team:

So those are the things I’m looking at in the game. What about you? What are you looking at specifically in this game? Something...
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Drew Brees back to working with NFL ball in thumb rehab

  • News source: Josh Alper
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Saints quarterback Drew Brees offered an update on his recovery on Wednesday and it included word that he’s back to working with a regulation-sized football.

Video of Brees throwing a football surfaced earlier this month, but the ball was smaller than the one used in NFL games. During an appearance on WWL Radio, Brees shared that he’s now back to the bigger ball as he continues rehabbing his right thumb injury.

“I’ve graduated to the NFL ball,” Brees said. “I have...
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Biggest Week 7 injury questions for all 32 NFL teams: The return of Barkley, Singletary and Trubisky?

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Some fantasy-relevant players -- including Saquon Barkley, Devin Singletary and Mitchell Trubisky -- could be suiting up again in Week 7.

Get the latest updates from our NFL Nation reporters.

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Is Devin Singletary's hamstring finally healed? The rookie has missed the Bills past...
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Trade targets for all 32 NFL teams: Who could get dealt at the deadline?

  • News source: - New Orleans Saints
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With the Oct. 29 trade deadline looming, we asked our 32 NFL Nation reporters to pick potential trade targets for every team. That means veterans who can't get on the field, players who have overstayed their welcomes and guys who just need a change of scenery.

A few of the names mentioned? Patrick Peterson, Leonard Williams and Trent Williams. Here are 32 viable candidates -- one for every team -- who could be dealt before the deadline:

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Saints at Bears Wednesday Injury Report: Jared Cook DNP

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Not practicing for the Saints were QB Drew Brees (Right Thumb), WR Tre’Quan Smith (Ankle), RB Alvin Kamara (Knee/Ankle), and TE Jared Cook (Ankle).

DE Trey Hendrickson (Neck) was limited.

Bears DT Akiem Hicks was placed on IR this week.

For the Bears LB Joel Iyiegbuniwe (Hamstring) and OL Ted Larsen (Knee) were limited.

WR Taylor Gabriel (Concussion), DT Bilal Nichols (Hand), and QB Mitchell Trubisky (Left Shoulder) were all full.
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No practice for Alvin Kamara due to ankle, knee injuries

  • News source: Mike Florio
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Saints running back Alvin Kamara reportedly was expected to be limited in practice this week with a “high-ankle-type issue.” As it turns out, he didn’t practice at all on Wednesday, due to an ankle injury and something else.

Kamara missed practice with both ankle and knee injuries, according to the team’s official report.

He played on Sunday against the Saints despite being questionable with the ankle injury. He had fewer than 60 yards from scrimmage in the 13-6...
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Saints reaping the benefits of their investment in a deep and talented defensive line

  • News source: BY LUKE JOHNSON | Staff writer
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There are a lot of ways to boil down the successes of the New Orleans Saints defensive line through six games, but start with this simple explanation from the guy who has been preparing for that unit this week.

“There’s guys coming from everywhere, and it doesn’t matter who’s out there,” said Chicago Bears coach Matt Nagy.

Eight Saints defensive linemen have played at least 23 percent of the team’s defensive snaps this season, and just about all of them have...
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C.J. Gardner-Johnson ready to step up in P.J. Williams' absence

  • News source: BY AMIE JUST | Staff writer
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Rookie safety C.J. Gardner-Johnson says he's ready to see the field even more in the coming weeks, as he's approaching these next two weeks like he's the New Orleans Saints' starting nickelback.

P.J. Williams, the Saints' starting nickelback, is suspended for the next two games for violating the league's substance abuse policy. He was arrested three days after the NFC Championship game for driving while intoxicated and a few other offenses. He pleaded guilty in...
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Mitchell Trubisky has a full practice Wednesday

  • News source: Charean Williams
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He’s back.

Earlier Wednesday, the Bears were “cautiously optimistic” they will have Mitchell Trubisky back under center Sunday. After Wednesday’s practice, they should feel even better about it.

The team’s starting quarterback had a full practice, putting him on track to return against the Saints.

He has missed most of the past two games after dislocating his left shoulder on the opening drive of the Sept. 29 game against the Vikings.

“It’s been tough,” Trubisky...
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Saints RB Alvin Kamara, TE Jared Cook among players not at practice due to injury

  • News source: BY AMIE JUST | Staff writer
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New Orleans Saints running back Alvin Kamara and tight end Jared Cook both missed practice due to injuries, according to Wednesday's injury report.

Kamara is dealing with two ailments, one to an ankle and one to a knee. Cook missed practice to to an ankle injury.

Saints coach Sean Payton acknowledged Kamara's injuries after the Jacksonville game, saying Kamara's ankle was swollen before the game and that he tweaked the knee during the game.

Additionally, wide...
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