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Seahawks Know Saints Are Still “A Very Difficult Challenge” Even Without Drew Brees

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By John Boyle | Seahawks.com

When the Seahawks host the Saints at CenturyLink Field Sunday, someone other than Drew Brees will be at quarterback for New Orleans, which will be an unusual sight, to say the least.

Since becoming the Saints’ starting quarterback in 2006, Brees has missed only three starts, and two of those were in Week 17 games after New Orleans had locked up playoff seeding. On Sunday, however, Brees will miss just his second game as the Saints’ quarterback due to injury, the result of a thumb injury sustained in last week’s game in Los Angeles that led to Brees having surgery on Wednesday.

Former Vikings starter Teddy Bridgewater took over for Brees last weekend after the injury and figures to be the starter, though for now Saints coach Sean Payton isn’t divulging whether Bridgewater or Taysom Hill will start, because, well, there’s not much upside to him divulging that information earlier than necessary. But regardless of who starts, it won’t be Brees, who has faced the Seahawks six times, playoffs included, since joining the Saints. ...

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Safety in Numbers

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By Claude Coupee GSEZ Correspondant| Girod Street Endzone

As The GOAT noted a couple of days ago, we’re back. Sunday pretty much sucked, but the first thing we have to do is resuscitate the patient, i.e., you, the fan base. You’re why we’re here.

1. 2024

That’s the year through which Sean Payton’s contract now runs. Unless Drew Brees actually plays until he’s 45, this is an indication that Payton either (1) shook down Mrs. Benson or (2) this is home now and he’s not going anywhere, new quarterback notwithstanding, and wanted to send a signal to the rest of the organization, the NFL and the fans. (And it’s not like he took a pay cut; I’m not saying he did it to be generous, but he’s beyond the point of his career where he’d be playing games with the owner and his best friend the GM.)

How glorious would it be if he came out to a press conference in the next few weeks with a giant fleur-de-****in’-lis neck tat? Epic, I tell you. ...

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How Sean Payton will tailor the Saints game plan to suit Teddy Bridgewater

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By John Sigler | Saints Wire

As news of New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees requiring surgery on his injured throwing hand makes the rounds, the reality of backup quarterback Teddy Bridgewater taking over is beginning to set in. Despite a rough outing against the Los Angeles Rams where he was thrust into position to lead his team to victory against one of the NFC’s toughest teams, the quarterback has shown promise in the past.

Saints coach Sean Payton recently inked a new five-year extension that will lock him in with New Orleans through the 2026 season. The ability for Payton to game plan and bring out the best abilities in all of his players was a significant part of the thinking behind signing Bridgewater to a contract extension. His mettle will be tested on Sunday against the Seattle Seahawks.

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New Orleans Saints announce roster moves

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New Orleans Saints Executive Vice President/General Manager Mickey Loomis announced Wednesday, Sept. 18 that the club has signed linebacker Ray-Ray Armstrong, activated wide receiver Lil’Jordan Humphrey from the practice squad, waived defensive tackle Taylor Stallworth, placed wide receiver Keith Kirkwood on Injured Reserve, terminated the practice squad contract of defensive back Terrell Williams Jr. and signed quarterback J.T. Barrett IV and wide receiver Krishawn Hogan to the practice squad.

Armstrong, 6-3, 220, was originally signed as an undrafted free agent out of the University of Miami (Fla.) by the St. Louis Rams in 2013. The Sanford, Fla., native has played in 78 career games with 12 starts for the Rams (2013-24), Oakland Raiders (2014-15), San Francisco 49ers (2015-17), New York Giants (2017-18) and Cleveland Browns (2018), where he has recorded 124 tackles (91), two sacks, three interceptions, three forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries and 31 special teams stops. In 2018, he played in 15 games with one start for the Browns, compiling 22 tackles (15 solo) and four special teams stops. ...

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Seahawks not fretting over Saints QB choice

  • News source: Darin Gantt
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Saints coach Sean Payton won’t say which quarterback he’s starting this week, hanging on to the perceived advantage of the unknown.

But the Seahawks aren’t worrying too much about how things might change if the Saints put Taysom Hill on the field alongside of instead of Teddy Bridgewater.

“You’ve got to know where he is,’’ Seahawks linebacker K.J. Wright said of Hill, via Bob Condotta of the Seattle Times. “But you can’t get too caught up in [worrying about where...
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DK Metcalf is having fun, and looking for a hobby

  • News source: Mike Florio
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Seahawks receiver DK Metcalf has gotten off to a fast start in the NFL, with 150 receiving yards and a touchdown in his first two games. And one thing about the professional level has stood out to him.

“How fun it is, it’s just like playing in college,” Metcalf told reporters on Wednesday. “I’m happy for my teammates every time they score or get a first down. My energy level is just like playing back in college.”

Part of the fun for Metcalf includes showcasing his...
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Brees or no Brees, Saints' players ready to answer the call and chase Super Bowl dreams

  • News source: BY ROD WALKER | Staff writer
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SEATTLE - Don't start shoveling that dirt and burying the Saints' season just yet.

The Saints players surely aren't.

With Drew Brees or without him, they know the show must go on. Their expectations havent changes one bit.

Just ask Alvin Kamara, who had this to say when a reporter asked him if the team still had Super Bowl aspirations.

"Do I still have a fleur-de-lis on my helmet?" Kamara answered. "Alright then."

Not that you should have expected any other...
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What They’re Saying: Sean Payton, Pete Carroll, Teddy Bridgewater, Taysom Hill on Saints-Seahawks week

  • News source: Justin Macione
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New Orleans Saints Head Coach Sean Payton

Media Conference Call

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Can you give us any update on Drew Brees?

“The latest today, he will have surgery on his thumb. It will be done in Los Angeles. I am not going to speculate on a recovery timeframe, but I know just having texted with him and visited with our trainers and doctors (that) we are optimistic. I know it is being done this afternoon.

I know you won’t speculate on an injury...
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Who's officiating Saints vs. Seahawks? NFL announces referees for game

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Veteran NFL official Ron Torbert will be lead the referee for the Saints-Seahawks matchup in Seattle on Sunday.

Torbert, a Michigan State graduate, has an been an NFL official for 20 years.

These are the officials who'll join Tobert on the field:

Officiating has been a major topic for the Saints in the past three games, each one prompting the NFL to concede that mistakes were made at key moments.

Against the Los Angeles Rams in Week 2, Walt Anderson's crew...
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Biggest Week 3 injury questions for all 32 NFL teams - Latest on Johnson, Singletary, Williams and more

  • News source: www.espn.com - New Orleans Saints
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Quarterbacks around the league have fallen victim to a variety of maladies in recent weeks, and following Week 2, Ben Roethlisberger, Drew Brees and Cam Newton joined the ranks of passers on the shelf.

But there's more to the sport than just the players behind center, and just about every team has a key player in question as we look ahead to Week 3. NFL Nation reporters provide the latest intel from inside every locker room:

Jump to: ARI | ATL | BAL | BUF | CAR |...
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Saints at Seahawks Wednesday Injury Report: Drew Brees and Tre’Quan Smith do Not Practice

  • News source: cajuncommando58
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QB Drew Brees who had surgery this afternoon on his right thumb missed practice. No surprise there. WR Tre’Quan Smith ankle also did not practice.

The following players were all limited. WR Ted Ginn Jr. thigh, RB Zach Line knee, G Andrus Peat ankle, and DT Sheldon Rankins achilles.

While that may seem a lot for week two, it’s nothing compared to the Seahawks.

Not practicing were G Ethan Pocic neck, CB Neiko Thorpe hamstring, S Tedric Thompson hamstring, and G D.J...
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Far from Shy, Saints rookie Tuttle has forced his way onto the field

  • News source: Rene Nadeau
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When defensive tackle Shy Tuttle stepped into the starting lineup in the season opener against the Houston Texans, it marked a milestone in Saints franchise history. It had been 47 seasons since an undrafted rookie at that position had started to open a season.

On Sept. 16, 1973 against the Atlanta Falcons, undrafted rookie Elex Price was a starter for the Black and Gold, alongside veteran Bob Pollard. The Yazoo City, Mississippi native played at Alcorn State before...
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2 Saints miss Wednesday practice, 4 more limited

  • News source: BY AMIE JUST | Staff writer
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SEATTLE — Two New Orleans Saints players did not practice on Wednesday due to injury: quarterback Drew Brees and wide receiver Tre'Quan Smith.

Brees underwent surgery for his right thumb on Wednesday, saying the surgery was "successful," and Smith left the game against the Rams with an ankle injury.

Four players were limited in practice, as wide receiver Ted Ginn Jr. has a thigh injury, fullback Zach Line has a knee injury, offensive lineman Andrus Peat has an...
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Drew Brees posts on social media after surgery

  • News source: Charean Williams
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Drew Brees had a smile on his face and a cast on his hand after coming out of surgery Wednesday.

The Saints quarterback used social media to post an update on his surgically repaired thumb.

“Step 1. Complete…successful surgery. This is my attempt at giving everybody a [thumbs up],” Brees wrote.

Dr. Steven Shin performed the surgery in Los Angeles.

The Saints have offered no timetable on a return, but they will not place Brees on injured reserve. Reports on Monday...
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Saints complete more roster moves

  • News source: Don Kellum
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The Saints completed more roster moves today in the wake of multiple injuries to key contributors.

Yesterday, wide receiver Keith Kirkwood was placed on injured reserve which prompted the team to promote rookie UDFA Lil’Jordan Humphrey to the active roster from the practice squad.

Humphrey impressed in preseason after signing with the team out of the University of Texas, hauling in 4 receptions for 103 yards and one touchdown.

Linebacker Ray-Ray Armstrong was...
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Seeking an edge, Payton leaves door open for two-quarterback system without Brees

  • News source: Ed Daniels
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For you Louisiana football fans who double as seasoned citizens, you have experienced the two quarterback system before.

At LSU in the 1970’s, head coach Charley McClendon had Bert Jones and Paul Lyons. Later that same decade, current LSU offensive coordinator Steve Ensminger alternated with David Woodley.

At Tulane in the early ’70’s, head coach Bennie Ellender went with Steve Foley and Terry Looney.

Welcome to Teddy Bridgewater and Taysom Hill.

Saints head...
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Saints add linebacker Ray-Ray Armstrong, wide receiver Lil’Jordan Humphrey to active roster

  • News source: Jude Young
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The Saints have now filled their two remaining open roster spots by signing veteran linebacker Ray-Ray Armstrong as a free agent and promoting rookie wide receiver Lil’Jordan Humphrey from their practice squad.

Armstrong has spent time with the Browns, Giants, 49ers, Raiders and Rams since entering the league in 2013 and has been used mostly on special teams.

Humphrey signed with New Orleans after going undrafted out of the University of Texas. He made four catches...
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Saints roster moves: Lil'Jordan Humphrey promoted to main roster, Ray-Ray Armstrong signed, more

  • News source: BY AMIE JUST | Staff writer
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SEATTLE — New Orleans Saints rookie practice squad wide receiver Lil'Jordan Humphrey has been elevated to the franchise's 53-man roster, according to Wednesday's NFL transactions list.

The Saints also signed veteran linebacker Ray-Ray Armstrong to the active roster. Armstrong wore No. 50 at practice.

Humphrey went undrafted out of Texas this year and has been with the Saints since after the NFL Draft.

Armstrong went undrafted out of Miami in 2013, and has spent...
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Saints sign Ray-Ray Armstrong, promote Lil’Jordan Humphrey

  • News source: Josh Alper
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The Saints filled the roster spots left open when wide receiver Keith Kirkwood and linebacker Alex Anzalone were placed on injured reserve this week.

The NFL’s daily transaction wire includes word that the Saints have signed linebacker Ray-Ray Armstrong as a free agent and promoted wide receiver Lil'Jordan Humphrey from the practice squad.

Armstrong played nine games in Cleveland last season and was released by the Browns at the cut to 53 players. He’s also spent...
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