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(Delayed) Observations from the Rams game

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Hey guys, I won't be able to do any sort of in-depth X&O's breakdowns this week. The travel back from Italy and other stuff has just eaten up my time, and I haven't even been able to look at the coaches' film from the Rams' game yet (I will probably do so before Sunday). But here are my observations from the previous game:

- Losing Drew Brees is devastating... emotionally. But it shouldn't be devastating to the Saints' season. This is the reason why the Saints paid Teddy Bridgewater to stay in New Orleans and not go elsewhere to compete for a starting job. I haven't had a chance to read many of the reactions to his play vs. the Rams, but I thought he performed admirably, especially early on. I saw him moving around in the pocket, finding throwing lanes, coming off of his progressions and executing on time 2nd window throws. The offense was hampered by an insane amount of drive-killing penalties, negating momentum plays and keeping points off the scoreboard. Bridgewater won't be Drew Brees, but with him and Taysom Hill on the roster, the Saints are in a better backup QB situation than 31 other teams in the league.

- Speaking of Hill, I would expect to see a lot more of him at QB this week since he will (hopefully) be less demanded at WR.

- After coming off one of the best blocking performances I've ever seen vs. the Texans, the OL completely **** the bed vs. the Rams...

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

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(Aaron M. Sprecher via AP)

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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Teddy Bridgewater ready to step up as Saints quarterback in Drew Brees' absense

  • News source: BY AMIE JUST | Staff writer
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SEATTLE — Sean Payton feared he was going to lose Teddy Bridgewater.

Bridgewater was an unrestricted free agent this offseason, and the Miami Dolphins offered him a two-year, $10 million offer.

Payton was vacationing in the Bahamas at the same time as Bridgewater's agent, and the two had a 4-hour conversation.

"We wanted to keep him here," Payton said. "It was important."

Bridgewater, a Miami native, turned down the Dolphins' hometown bid, and signed a 1-year...
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Saints rule out Brees, Smith, Rankins for Seahawks game

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Three New Orleans Saints players have been ruled out for Sunday’s game against the Seahawks including Drew Brees as expected.

Brees (right thumb), wide receiver Tre’Quan Smith (ankle) and Sheldon Rankins (Achilles) were all listed as out on the official final injury report of the week Friday afternoon.

Seattle did not rule any players out but former LSU offensive lineman Ethan Pocic (neck) and cornerback Neiko Thorpe (hamstring) are listed as doubtful.

Rankins is...
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Saints DT Sheldon Rankins: "When they give me the green light, they won't be able to hold me back"

  • News source: BY ROD WALKER | Staff writer
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SEATTLE - Sheldon Rankins admits it's been tough standing on the sideline the past two weeks.

He was listed as "OUT" on Friday's injury report, meaning he'll be standing on the sideline againg on Sunday when the Saints play the Seattle Seahawks at CenturyLink Field.

The defensive tackle isn't giving hints on when he'll return, but did offer a bit of optimism on Friday that perhaps it's is sooner than later.

"I'm close," Rankins said. "I'll be there when I'm...
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Seahawks previously had interest in Antonio Brown but no longer do

  • News source: Charean Williams
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The Seahawks showed interest in Antonio Brown before the receiver signed with the Patriots. Brown is a free agent again, 13 days later.

So do the Seahawks, who spoke with Brown after the Raiders cut him, have interest in the Pro Bowler this time around?

Coach Pete Carroll said no without using the word.

“We’re pretty well set right now,” Carroll said Friday, via Gregg Bell of the News Tribune. “We kind of know where we’re going with that.”

Carroll admitted 11...
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Saints at Seahawks Final Injury Report: Sheldon Rankins Out

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For the Saints:

QB Drew Brees thumb, WR Tre’Quan Smith ankle, and Sheldon Rankins achilles, have been ruled out.

WR Ted Ginn Jr. thigh, RB Zach Line knee, and T Andrus Peat ankle were all full.

For the Seahawks:

C/G Ethan Pocic, neck and CB Neiko Thorpe, hamstring are listed as doubtfull.

FS Tedric Thompson hamstring, CB Tre Flowers ankle, and RB Rashaad Penny hamstring are listed as questionable. Penny was a new addition.

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Seahawks add Rashaad Penny, Tre Flowers to injury report

  • News source: Charean Williams
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Seahawks running back Rashaad Penny injured his hamstring in Friday’s practice. That prompted the team to add him to their status report as questionable for Sunday against the Saints.

C.J. Prosise likely would see more work if Penny can’t go.

The team also made cornerback Tre Flowers a late addition, listing him as questionable after he injured his ankle at Thursday’s practice. Jamar Taylor or Akeem King would start for Flowers.

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Saints' Tre'Quan Smith, Sheldon Rankins, Drew Brees ruled out for Seahawks game

  • News source: BY AMIE JUST | Staff writer
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SEATTLE — Three New Orleans Saints players have been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Seahawks as they recover from injuries.

Starting quarterback Drew Brees (right thumb), wide receiver Tre'Quan Smith (ankle) and Sheldon Rankins (Achilles) were all listed as out. No one else was listed at any other designation.

Wide receiver Ted Ginn Jr. (thigh), guard Andrus Peat (ankle) and fullback Zach Line (knee) all went through a full practice on Friday after being...
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Saints' DL Mitchell Loewen now suiting up at TE in practice

  • News source: BY AMIE JUST | Staff writer
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SEATTLE — New Orleans Saints practice squad defensive lineman Mitchell Loewen sported a different number during Friday's practice: No. 88.

Why? Because now he's getting some practice reps at tight end.

Loewen said the change isn't permanent as of yet, and he's still practicing on the defensive line as well.

Loewen played at tight end some when he was a sophomore at Arkansas, but that's the recent extent of his tight end experience.

"They just want to see what...
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Saints LB Alex Anzalone likely out for season with shoulder injury

  • News source: BY AMIE JUST | Staff writer
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SEATTLE — New Orleans Saints starting linebacker Alex Anzalone will likely be out for the remainder of the season due to a shoulder injury, coach Sean Payton said Friday.

Payton said Anzalone had a procedure earlier this week on his shoulder, and the initial plan was to put on him injured reserve with a chance to bring him back, but that changed after Anzalone had a second evaluation on his shoulder.

Anzalone only played on 18 snaps against the Rams, or 26 percent...
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Week Three injury report roundup

  • News source: Josh Alper
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Week Three of the 2019 NFL season kicked off on Thursday with a win by the Jaguars 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.

Questionable players are uncertain to play, doubtful players are unlikely to play and out should be self-explanatory. Players who are on active rosters and don’t appear below should be considered healthy enough to play barring any...
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Saints release TE Alize Mack, sign DT Taylor Stallworth

  • News source: BY AMIE JUST | Staff writer
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SEATTLE — The New Orleans Saints made two official roster moves on Friday, as they brought back defensive tackle Taylor Stallworth and released rookie tight end Alizé Mack, according to the NFL transactions list.

The Saints drafted Mack in the seventh round of the 2019 NFL Draft with the 231st pick. Mack played in just the third and fourth preseason game, as he missed the first twp due to injury. He was targeted once in each of those games, but did not record any...
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Saints to wear popular 'Color Rush' jerseys in showdown with Seahawks, team says

  • News source: BY JEFF NOWAK | Staff writer
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When the Saints take the field in Seattle, they'll be decked out in white-on-white and with a track record of success.

New Orleans will feature their Color Rush alternate jerseys against the Seattle Seahawks, the team announced Friday afternoon. They shared a Madden clip featuring the Cam Jordan wearing the jersey in their announcement.

While the alternate jerseys are popular among Saints fans, the jerseys have also turned heads around the NFL. An unofficial Fox...
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Panthers' Cam Newton out vs. Cardinals, joining list of big-name QBs not playing Week 3

  • News source: By STEVE REED, AP Sports Writer
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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The Panthers will be counting on second-year quarterback Kyle Allen to help them climb out of an 0-2 hole to start the season.

Allen was named Carolina's starter for Sunday's game at Arizona after Cam Newton was ruled out with a mid-foot sprain. It will be the second career start for Allen, an Arizona native.

"He worked through a lot of the soreness this week and felt pretty good at the end of the week," Rivera said on a conference call...
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Steve Gleason's Congressional Gold Medal features iconic image from Superdome; See the design

  • News source: BY ELIZABETH CRISP | Washington correspondent
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WASHINGTON — The iconic image of a defiant Steve Gleason leading the Super Dome in an ear-splitting "Who Dat!" chant before the Saints' 2011 game against the Houston Texans — standing on the field, fist pumped in the air, No. 37 across his chest — will be immortalized on the Congressional Gold Medal that Gleason will officially receive in the coming months.

At the time, the former Saints star had just announced that he'd been diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral...
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FanPulse: Saints fans confidence circling the drain heading into Week 3

  • News source: John J. Hendrix
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It’s been an interesting week for the New Orleans Saints, to say the very least. That energy is felt in this week’s FanPulse, which solicited fans around their confidence levels heading into Week 3’s matchup against the Seattle Seahawks. It’s not good. This week’s national question asked which head coach would be fired first this NFL season, and congratulations goes out to Jay Gruden and the Washington Redskins. Ron Rivera may get a pass if Cam Newton is out, but if...
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