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Life of a Saint: Jabari Greer

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Greer speaks about the influence of family, what the 2009 Super Bowl run was like and the most influential person in his quest to the NFL.

By John Butler | Canal Street Chronicles

In the toughest moment of his life at that point, former New Orleans Saint Jabari Greer turned to his family for support. Family always seems to be in the right place at the right time for Greer. Whether it was his grandparents, parents, siblings or his children, Greer found strength, stability and comfort in the people he was blessed to call his family. Only in hindsight can we see what a profound effect they each had in his journey to becoming a Super Bowl champion and beyond.

Life of a Saint: Jabari Greer

Although born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Jabari Greer spent most of his young life in Houston. It wasn’t until his family fell on some hard times that Greer left the metropolis and his grandparents were there to help. Greer explained, “Basically, we didn’t have enough money to stay in Houston. We had to move in with my grandmother and grandfather in Denmark, Tennessee, which was a population of 300. We went from 3,000,000 to 300.”

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Payton adds to Taysom Hill-Steve Young comparison

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By Kevin Patra | Around the NFL Writer

As New Orleans Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas once said, Taysom Hill is a create-a-player. There is one particular player he was created like, however: Steve Young.

Hill, a quarterback/returner/runner/receiver, is the NFL's ultimate do-it-all weapon that teams had to account for every time he was on the field in 2018. From under center, Hill was almost automatic converting short-yardage situations.

After his performance Sunday in the win over the Los Angeles Chargers, Hill displayed that he's making strides at simply being a quarterback.

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Saints LB Colton Jumper knows secret to making the roster is special teams, not game-winning interception

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By Nathan Brown | The Advocate / Picayune

Colton Jumper was beaming Monday talking through the play that sealed the Saints’ preseason win over the Chargers, but he’s fully aware — and so are his coaches — that it’ll take more than one stout play on defense for the second-year player out of Tennessee to make New Orleans’ 53-man roster.

With less than a minute to go, backup Chargers quarterback Easton Stick fired an off-target throw toward Artavis Scott in the team’s last-ditch effort to drive for a game-winning field goal. Jumper was there to make the interception. In a position where a regular-season player would have been coached to slide and seal the game, Jumper’s competitive instincts kicked in.

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Transcript: Coach Sean Payton Training Camp media availability 8-19-19

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New Orleans Saints Head Coach Sean Payton
2019 Training Camp Presented By Verizon
Monday, August 19, 2019
Post-Practice Media Availability

When you're evaluating players, how do you sort of balance watching the players execution versus the unit they’re lined up against?


“That factors in a lot, and sometimes that's depending on the position, it's a challenging position. It can be challenging for the running back, the quarterback. We try to, as best we can, get them with other personnel that are on the field. That's part of it.”

It said on the CBS broadcast that you've compared Taysom Hill or said he may be the next Steve Young. Obviously, that's a little grandiose.

“If you look back at Steve's career and people do not remember his time before he came into the NFL, you had a very athletic player that I think advanced when he got to San Francisco and he always had great ability with his legs. You're trying to create visions for players no different than how you would evaluate, you know, how you see Teddy (Bridgewater) progressing, what he can be in and I think that that is the business we are in.”

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'There was no stopping' Saints LB Colton Jumper after game-sealing interception

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Jumper making special teams a priority in training camp

By Amos Morale III | WWL-AM

Colton Jumper thought he'd sealed Sunday’s preseason win against the Chargers with a pick-six.

But a low blocking penalty erased Jumper’s touchdown and the New Orleans Saints ultimately knelt out the remaining seconds of the 19-17 victory.

Jumper’s coaches told him, after the game, they’d wished he’d taken a knee as soon as he secured the interception instead bolting for the endzone. That, however, was not what went through his mind when he corralled Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Easton Stick's pass.

“There was no stopping me…” he said with a laugh. “I was like ‘It’s a preseason game, jobs are on the line, let me go ahead and try and score this thing. Obviously, it came back. But it was fun.”

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Saints error-prone early, strong late in preseason win at Chargers

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By Ken Trahan | Crescent City Sports

After two days of good work against a very good AFC team, the Saints capped off a productive week with the Chargers Sunday in Carson, Calif.

While the game was not necessarily a reflection of that is to come in the 2019 regular season, these are two good teams whose players and coaches respect each other.

That starts with head coaches Sean Payton and Anthony Lynn, who worked together under Bill Parcells in Dallas previously. The respect that the fine coaches have for each other is evident in how the teams get work in without the usual skirmishes such exercises between teams typically produce.

As we always caution, do not put too much emphasis or pay too much attention to preseason games. They can be false, sometimes very false predictors.

A year ago, Taysom Hill turned the ball over four times in a preseason game, all in one half. It was a disaster zone. Everyone in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome left that evening feeling he could never be an NFL quarterback, much less a real contender to eventually take over for Drew Brees in New Orleans.

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Saints' snap counts: Taysom Hill totals 40 offensive plays, rookie Kaden Elliss paces defense, more

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By Herbie Teope | The Advocate / Picayune

CARSON, Calif. – The Saints went heavy with backups for the second straight week in preseason action.

Not a big surprise, however, as starters typically won't see heavy action until the third preseason game, which for the Saints is an upcoming meeting with the New York Jets.

Meanwhile, quarterback Drew Brees did not play Sunday and observed the game on the sidelines with a white baseball cap for a second straight preseason game. Wide receiver Michael Thomas and starting left tackle Terron Armstead did not dress.

Teddy Bridgewater drew the start at quarterback for the second straight week and totaled 24 snaps. Bridgewater was mostly ineffective as he battled an illness before giving way to Taysom Hill (40 snaps) shortly before halftime.

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Why Teddy Bridgewater struggled vs. Chargers, and likely won over Saints teammates

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By Brian Allee Walsh - Special to the Sun Herald

The New Orleans Saints may not have lit up the scoreboard Sunday with backup quarterback Teddy Bridgewater, but I bet he scored valuable points where it counts most.

Inside the organization and locker room.

Yes, Bridgewater played poorly during the first half of the Saints’ 19-17 comeback win over the Los Angeles Chargers in a nationally-televised exhibition game at Heath Dignity Sports Park in Carson, California.

With good reason.

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Saints snap counts: The downside of carrying only 3 QBs in the preseason

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By Luke Johnson - USA Today | The Advertiser

NEW ORLEANS — As expected, the New Orleans Saints let their top players get a little bit more run in as they inch ever closer to the start of the regular season.

The first team offensive unit, minus a couple of key players who did not suit up, mostly stayed in the game for the first four series, playing into the second quarter. The same goes for the first-team defensive unit.

From an offensive standpoint especially, the results probably did not align with what New Orleans was hoping for out of its second preseason contest, but some of that can probably be chalked up to an ill signal-caller.

We took a look at the long list of numbers and isolated a few notable ones here, something we'll do every week as the season progresses.

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5 Reasons to Believe Saints are Super Bowl-bound

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By Mark Patrick Spencer | myNewOrleans.com

The ways of media and its younger, but now potentially bigger brother social media, flow like an ocean. Sometimes the tide is for you and sometimes it is against you. You’ll never control it. Thus, as we roll into the 2019 NFL season the New Orleans Saints are still at the top but now the waves are slightly going against them as the national media ponders Drew Brees’ age and arm strength and talk about missed opportunities.

You just have to ride it out, New Orleans. The backsplash was inevitable and, again, words on a page mean nothing. Writers are basically just your drunk uncle at the family picnic who goes on and on about how the country would be perfect if everyone would just listen to all of his great ideas.

So, the heck with negativity. Here are the top five reasons the New Orleans Saints are going to win the Super Bowl.

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Forecast: Let's pretend that Saints game never happened

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Did the Saints have a hand full of injuries that potentially wreck depth and special teams? Check.

By Ralph Malbrough / Contributing Writer | WWL-TV

NEW ORLEANS — Can we just pretend that New Orleans Saints game never happened? It isn't like we will want to remember anything from the Saints 19-17 win over the Los Angeles Chargers by the time lunchtime arrives today. Between the injuries and poor play in the first half, this game checked damn near every box for what makes preseason Saints football such a miserable experience and why we all just want it to hurry up and be finished.

Performance by a player that causes fans to overreact negatively but in the grand scheme of things means absolutely nothing? Check.

Teddy Bridgewater, who Sean Payton told us after the game played sick, was dreadful, horrid, and unpleasant to watch. Missed throws, a missed snap, and an interception were all part of Bridgewater's day.

I'll give Teddy credit for not making excuses and for attempting to play through being ill, and I still think he can be a good quarterback if 2019 is indeed Drew Brees final season, but it was a reminder the post Drew Brees Saints quarterbacking situation could be a dystopia nightmare filled with overthrows, interceptions, and sadness. I'm sorry Drew, we are going to need you to play forever for Saints fans mental well being...

A cool new way to find Southern comfort

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By John Roach | AccuWeather staff writer

Paul Boudreaux didn’t know that his favorite NFL team since childhood, the New Orleans Saints, were interested in what he could do for the team. But when the Saints called saying Head Coach Sean Payton and General Manager Mickey Loomis wanted to see him, Boudreaux cut short his vacation and drove to New Orleans.

“I’m tickled to death to be able to help the Saints,” Boudreaux told The Daily Advertiser.

Boudreaux wasn’t worried about being stuck on the bench for the Saints: He wanted to provide the bench.

He invented the Body Recovery Zone, essentially a refrigerated freight container used to lower the body temperatures of athletes working out amid high heat and humidity. In Louisiana, where his company, Boudreaux Athletics, is based, AccuWeather RealFeel™ Temperatures routinely top 100 degrees.

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Taysom Hill's performance last night (and how it compares to Bridgewater's)

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Like everyone on here (it appears) I was extremely pleased with Taysom Hill's performance last night. And before we even get into the technical aspects, the first thing that always stands out about him when he's on the field is his mental/physical toughness and what a competitor he is. He brings those key intangibles to the table not just as a QB but as a football player.

From a coaching perspective, what I enjoyed seeing was the level of improvement his QB play has undergone since last year.
--He has really improved his pocket presence, his progressions, and his timing and ball placement down the field.
--He managed each drive very well and followed the old adage of 'taking what the defense gave him,' throwing away from the conflict defender and checking down when his progressions dictated.
--His placement on the wheel route to Austin Carr on the TD, for example, showed how he has matured as a passer, as the ball was delivered on time and placed properly vs. a cover 2 shell (he delivered a 2-ball to the hole between the flat defender and deep half player, whereas in the past I think he's still trying to touch that ball over the top to the back pylon in that situation).
--He is standing tall on the balls of his feet with his eyes down the field in his drop backs, and he is going through full-field progressions. And he has a really nice delivery.
--His improved pocket...

Saints error-prone early, strong late in preseason win at Chargers

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By Ken Trahan | Crescent City Sports


After two days of good work against a very good AFC team, the Saints capped off a productive week with the Chargers Sunday in Carson, Calif.

While the game was not necessarily a reflection of that is to come in the 2019 regular season, these are two good teams whose players and coaches respect each other.

That starts with head coaches Sean Payton and Anthony Lynn, who worked together under Bill Parcells in Dallas previously. The respect that the fine coaches have for each other is evident in how the teams get work in without the usual skirmishes such exercises between teams typically produce.

As we always caution, do not put too much emphasis or pay too much attention to preseason games. They can be false, sometimes very false predictors.

A year ago, Taysom Hill turned the ball over four times in a preseason game, all in one half. It was a disaster zone. Everyone in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome left that evening feeling he could never be an NFL quarterback, much less a real contender to eventually take over for Drew Brees in New Orleans.

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After Further Review: Five takes Saints vs. Chargers

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By Sean Fazende | FOX 8

NEW ORLEANS, La. (WVUE) -Take One: Taysom takes over

Yes, it was against backups and third teamers. Yes, it was only preseason. But, regardless, Taysom Hill is fun to watch huh? In the second half, he was the best player on the field by far and rallied his team from a 14-point deficit to a 19-17 win.

He’s instant energy and has that unique ability to change momentum quickly. Plus, he’s getting better as a true quarterback while still allowing himself to be an athlete. Two plays illustrated this perfectly.

The first came on his first touchdown pass. Hill stayed patient and allowed the play to develop. He read the ’flat’ defender and knew based on what he saw, Austin Carr would be wide open. Last preseason, he may have come off that read too quickly and missed the throw.

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