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Saints not worried about Emmanuel Sanders' slow start: 'His touches are going to come'

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By Kevin Patra | NFL.com

Emmanuel Sanders' assimilation into the New Orleans Saints offense hasn't been a smooth proposition.

The veteran receiver has four receptions for 33 yards with a TD through two games. In Monday night's loss to Las Vegas, with Michael Thomas out, Sanders had just one catch on three targets for 18 yards. Those figures won't get it done as Thomas continues to battle an ankle injury.

The Saints believe with time Sanders will contribute more consistently.

"I honestly don't feel like there have been a ton of opportunities," quarterback Drew Brees said, via the Times-Picayune. "We've called some downfield shots. For example, we called two in that game that were designed to go to him down the field, unfortunately, the coverage didn't really dictate that, didn't really allow that.

"There was a couple other opportunities that for whatever reason, just we didn't have the time to get it to him or there was a breakdown elsewhere that did not allow it." ...

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Packers vs. Saints: 5 things to watch and a prediction

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By Zach Kruse | Packerswire

The Green Bay Packers have a chance to score a signature win and get to 3-0 to start the 2020 season when they travel to New Orleans to play the Saints on “Sunday Night Football” in Week 3.

The Packers and Saints both won 13 regular-season games last season, and both teams are quarterbacked by future first-ballot Hall of Famers.

Aaron Rodgers has never won in New Orleans. In fact, the Packers haven’t won a regular-season game at the Superdome since 1995.

Here are five things to watch and a prediction for SNF:

Aaron Rodgers has been getting the football out of his hands on time and in rhythm to start the 2020 season, but a couple of factors could make his life more difficult on Sunday. The Saints have three veteran cornerbacks and three versatile safeties, and they’ll have the best pass-rush the Packers have faced this season. Are the Packers really this good in the passing game, with a veteran quarterback finally comfortable in the scheme and a bunch of improved receivers? Or were they aided greatly by playing two defenses with young cornerbacks and subpar pass-rushes? Sunday should help provide answers. If Davante Adams doesn’t play, Marquez Valdes-Scantling and Allen Lazard will be in the spotlight. ...

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Behind Enemy Lines, Week 3: Saints vs. Packers preview

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By John Sigler | Saintswire

A bounce back would be great this week after the New Orleans Saints fell to a 1-1 record, but they might be in for tough sledding against the 2-0 Green Bay Packers on “Sunday Night Football” at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

To get the best information, we previewed this matchup by exchanging a series of questions and answers with Zach Kruse over at Packers Wire. You can find our responses to their questions by following this link.

There’s a lot going on in this matchup even beyond great quarterbacks like Drew Brees and Aaron Rodgers, and shot-calling head coaches Sean Payton and Matt LaFleur. Let’s get to it:

Q: Davante Adams is a great receiver, but if he does play he'll be matched up with Marshon Lattimore, who held him to just 12 yards back in 2017. What other weapons does Aaron Rodgers have at his disposal?


A: Young receivers Marquez Valdes-Scantling and Allen Lazard caught 14 passes for 268 yards and a couple of scores during the first two games. They both look improved, but they’ll be tested if they’re the No. 1 and No. 2 receivers on Sunday night. Aaron Jones is a star of Alvin Kamara’s caliber and will be heavily featured regardless of whether or not Adams plays. ...

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Week Three injury report roundup

  • News source: Josh Alper
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Week Three of the 2020 NFL season kicked off on Thursday with a win by the Dolphins and it continues with 14 more games on Sunday, which means that the 28 teams in those games submitted their final injury reports of the week on Friday.

The teams playing on Monday night won’t release their final injury reports until Saturday and are not listed here.

With that housekeeping out of the way, here are all the injury reports for Sunday.

Raiders at Patriots

Raiders rookie WR Henry Ruggs (knee, hamstring) was ruled out after missing Friday’s practice, but RB Josh Jacobs (hip) and TE Darren...
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Saints WR Thomas (ankle) ruled out vs. Packers

  • News source: www.espn.com - New Orleans Saints
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METAIRIE, La. -- New Orleans Saints receiver Michael Thomas won't play in Sunday night's game against the Green Bay Packers after he was ruled out for the second straight week with his high ankle sprain.

Thomas has not practiced since he suffered the ankle injury during the final minutes of New Orleans' Week 1 victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. However, the team chose not to place him on injured reserve -- which would have required him to miss at least three games. So there is still hope that he could potentially return as soon as next week.

The Saints' offense struggled without...
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Michael Thomas out, Davante Adams doubtful for Saints-Packers clash

  • News source: Ken Trahan
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Michael Thomas will miss his second straight game with a high ankle sprain when the New Orleans Saints host the Green Bay Packers for Sunday Night Football.

It is no surprise that the standout wideout is unavailable. Thomas did not practice for the second straight week. He was injured late in the season opener for New Orleans.

For the Packers, their top wide receiver may also miss the matchup of NFC heavyweights. Davante Adams, who did not practice all week after suffering a hamstring injury last week versus the Lions, is listed as doubtful.

Saints linebacker Chase Hansen will also miss...
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Saints fans 'Ask Amie:' Taysom Hill usage, Drew Brees' finger licks, not panicking

  • News source: BY AMIE JUST | Staff writer
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Welcome back to The Times-Picayune | New Orleans Advocate's Saints mailbag.

Every week I hand-pick a few questions for my Twitter mentions and emails to attempt to satisfy y'all's Saints curiosities.

If you want your weekly question included in my weekly mailbag, send them to me on Twitter at @Amie_Just or email them my way at ajust@theadvocate.com.

Here are some questions you asked about the Saints ahead of Week 3.

A: Defines what you mean by "little." Hill was in on 14 offensive plays for 23%, which is about on par with his usage in game one against the Bucs (17, 25%).

Through two...
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Saints receiver Michael Thomas ruled out for the second straight week

  • News source: BY LUKE JOHNSON | Staff writer
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The New Orleans Saints will once again have to give it a go without Michael Thomas.

The Saints star receiver will miss his second consecutive game with an ankle injury, as the team listed him as out on Friday’s injury report.

This will mark the first time in Thomas’ professional career he will have missed more than one game in a single season. He injured his ankle with about two minutes remaining in the season opener, when running back Latavius Murray rolled into the back of Thomas’ legs at the end of a run play.

Since that game, Thomas has not been present during any portion of Saints...
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Davante Adams doubtful, Kenny Clark questionable for Packers

  • News source: Josh Alper
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Packers head coach Matt LaFleur said on Friday that wide receiver Davante Adams was “probably doubtful” to play against the Saints on Sunday.

Adams is now definitely doubtful. That’s how he’s been listed on the Packers injury report as a result of the hamstring injury that knocked him out of last week’s win over the Lions.

Defensive tackle Kenny Clark did not play in that game because of a groin injury. He was able to practice on a limited basis the last two days and is listed as questionable.

“He’s made progress, there’s no doubt,” LaFleur said, via the team’s website. “He’s definitely...
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Saints officially rule out Michael Thomas

  • News source: Josh Alper
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There was never much sign that Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas would be in the lineup against the Packers on Sunday night and official word that he won’t play came on Friday afternoon.

A high-ankle sprain will keep Thomas out of the lineup for the second straight week. Thomas has not practiced since suffering the injury.

It’s set to be a night without either team’s star receiver. Davante Adams is doubtful to play for Green Bay due to a hamstring injury.

Emmanuel Sanders, Tre'Quan Smith, Deonte Harris, Marquez Callaway, and Bennie Fowler handled wideout duties for New Orleans with...
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Packers' Davante Adams likely 'doubtful' Sunday

  • News source: www.espn.com - New Orleans Saints
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GREEN BAY, Wis. -- The Green Bay Packers won all four games that Davante Adams missed last season because of turf toe, and it looks like they will put that streak on the line this week.

Coach Matt LaFleur said Friday that Adams will probably be doubtful for Sunday night's game at the New Orleans Saints because of the hamstring injury he suffered last week against the Detroit Lions.

The Pro Bowl receiver did not practice again Friday, marking the third straight day he worked with the rehab group. Adams tied a franchise record in Week 1 with 14 catches against the Vikings. He had three...
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Matt LaFleur: Davante Adams “probably doubtful” for Sunday

  • News source: Charean Williams
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The Saints likely won’t have star receiver Michael Thomas, who is rehabbing an ankle injury that kept him out last week. The Packers likely won’t have star receiver Davante Adams, who has a hamstring injury.

Adams did not practice again Friday, and Packers coach Matt LaFleur said Adams is “probably doubtful.”

“We’ll give him the rest of the week to see where he is,” LaFleur said, via Rob Demovsky of ESPN.

Adams missed four games with turf toe last season, and as Matt Schneidman of TheAthletic.com points out, the Packers went 4-0 without him against the Cowboys, Lions, Raiders and Chiefs...
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Inside Drew Brees' slow start: A lack of aggressive throws from Saints QB, not arm strength

  • News source: BY JEFF NOWAK | Staff writer
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Drew Brees deserves as much criticism as anyone after a rough loss to the Raiders on Monday Night Football. Let's just make sure it's for the right reasons.

Rather than diving into any specific concepts this week, it felt merited to go through some of key elements of what's fed into the Saints quarterback's lackluster, or to use his own words after Week 1: "awful" start to the 2020 season.

The prevailing idea across social media pundits typically revolves around the 41-year-old Saints quarterback's arm strength, specifically that it has eroded and he now lacks the ability to hit deep...
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Delvin Breaux, former Saints player, sues ex-team doctors for alleged medical malpractice

  • News source: BY RAMON ANTONIO VARGAS AND AMIE JUST | Staff
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Former New Orleans Saints cornerback Delvin Breaux has filed a medical malpractice lawsuit against a pair of since-fired team doctors who in 2017 diagnosed him with a leg contusion when he actually had a fracture.

Breaux’s suit — filed Thursday in Orleans Parish Civil District Court — accuses Dr. Deryk Jones, Dr. Misty Suri and their employer, Ochsner Health System, of misdiagnosing him and therefore failing to meet “the acceptable standard of care” in his case.

Neither Jones, Suri nor Ochsner immediately responded to requests for comment about the claims from Breaux, whose career with...
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New Orleans Saints look to bounce back as home favorites on Sunday Night

  • News source: Ross.Jackson
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After a disappointing loss to the Las Vegas Raiders, the New Orleans Saints had little time to gear up and get ready for the Green Bay Packers. The two NFC favorites are set to meet for the Saints’ second-straight evening primetime matchup on Sunday Night Football.

In their Week Three tilt, the New Orleans Saints are -3 favorites as they host the Green Bay Packers. A line that may surprise some after the Saints’ performance on Monday night. However, looking at the trends, there are certainly reasons why.

Sunday Night Football

While the primetime Brees narrative may have hit a snag in...
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4 daily fantasy players from Week 3: Packers vs Saints

  • News source: Chris Dunnells
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If you’re a daily fantasy player, before each game I will look at four players from the New Orleans Saints and their opponent’s rosters that I would target in daily fantasy (based off their value and potential results).

Is Saints QB Drew Brees still safe QB for daily fantasy leagues? Even still, spending your money on a top-tier starting QB leaves you scraping the barrel to fill out the rest of your roster.

So here are three Saints and one Packer that provide the most bang for your buck. (Values from DraftKings)

QB Drew Brees (NO) - $6,200

Even if Drew Brees isn’t quite the quarterback...
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CSC’s Fantasy Start/Sit: Packers vs. Saints

  • News source: Hayden Reel
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The New Orleans Saints bust in Las Vegas on Monday, and will certainly look for a better performance against the Green Bay Packers once again in prime time. The good news for Saints fans is that they have started 1-1 or worse each of the last three seasons, and have still managed to win the division each year. So how will the Saints offense produce fantasy wise as they look to keep the winning trend going?

This should go without saying at this point, but do not let the rest of the offensive struggles for New Orleans scare you away from Kamara as well. The Packer run defense is quite weak...
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