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Drew Brees hasn’t been his best, but the Saints are 1-2 for other reasons

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By Brian Allee Walsh - Special to the Sun Herald

Do your job!

New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton says it to his players all the time.

In fact, team officials hung a ginormous photo in their indoor practice facility bearing those three little words and Payton’s larger-than-life mug in 2012 when he had to serve a season-long suspension for his alleged role in Bounty gate.

After three games, after an embarrassing 1-2 start, suffice it to say not enough players (other than running back Alvin Kamara) are doing their jobs well enough to make a difference.

Certainly not well enough to win the NFC — heck, maybe not even the NFC South — and play for a second Lombardi Trophy.

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New Orleans Saints Passing Superdome Sponsorship Search to Oak View Group Global Partnerships

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By Christopher Dodson | Forbes

The gameplan is shaping up to score the New Orleans Saints a naming rights sponsor for the Superdome. The executive team has hired OVG Global Partnerships to lead the naming rights search just months after it was first reported that Mercedes-Benz would not be renewing as the Superdome’s title sponsor. The contract is for a 12-month term, with a hard deadline set to secure the deal before the 2021 NFL season. Dan Griffis, President of OVG Global Partnerships, will be visiting New Orleans this week to tour the world-renowned facility.

The New Orleans Saints will be guiding Griffis and his team through a Superdome in the middle of a $450 million renovation that will keep the home of the Sugar Bowl in the Super Bowl (2024) and Final Four (2022) rotation as well. Matt Webb, Saints Vice President/Corporate Partnerships, will lead the effort for the Saints.

Webb said, “The fact that the Superdome is in New Orleans plays a very positive role for any international prospects. The respect and affinity New Orleans has on the international stage as well as the major national and international interest the Superdome gets due to the events we host are pivotal when discussing with an international company. Our location also helps international brands break through the clutter that is seen in...

314-pound Saints center Erik McCoy ran faster than Alvin Kamara on long touchdown run

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By Jordan Cohn |

The role of offensive lineman is about as inglorious a position as there is on the football field, save for perhaps a fullback or a special teams ace. They're constantly in the trenches, paving the way for a flashier player to get all the glitz and glamour from fans and all the highlight-reel recognition from sports media.

So when offensive linemen do hog the spotlight, it's usually for a pretty significant reason. Week 3 proved to have a pair of those plays, one of which was much more obvious than the other. The more obvious of those two plays occurred on Monday night, when Chiefs tackle Eric Fisher hauled in a lob from Patrick Mahomes.

That was a can't-miss play, clearly. But while the other play wasn't as easy to spot, it may have been more impressive.

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Jonathan Vilma to call his first Saints game for FOX Sports

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By John Sigler | Saints Wire

Here’s a name known well to many New Orleans Saints fans: Jonathan Vilma. The Super Bowl XLIV-winning linebacker will be in the FOX Sports broadcast booth for Week 4’s road game against the Detroit Lions, his first brush with the Saints since leaving ESPN’s college football coverage team earlier this year.

Vilma has been working as a color analyst, paired with longtime play-by-play man Kenny Albert in the booth and Shannon Spake reporting from the sidelines. He was on hand to see his old rival Atlanta Falcons choke another big lead for a loss in Week 3 (this time to the Chicago Bears, after losing in similar fashion to the Dallas Cowboys a week earlier) but did a great job keeping his composure.

Now he’ll get something of a reunion with the Saints. Vilma joined Jonathan Stinchcomb and sideline reporter Meghan Payton to cover the 2019 Saints preseason games, so this is a role he’s used to playing. He’s also remained close with Saints coach Sean Payton and some of his old teammates in the locker room over the years, so he’s as clued-in as anyone else could hope to be.

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Saints at Lions 2020 Week 4 Preview

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The New Orleans Saints (1-2) will look to bounce back after consecutive defeats this week when they travel to Ford Field for the first time since 2014 to face the Detroit Lions (1-2).

The Saints lost to the Green Bay Packers 37-30 on Sunday night. After defeating Tampa Bay in the season opener, New Orleans has dropped two straight close games and will set to reverse that trend this week.

New Orleans' Sunday night loss to the Packers featured seven lead changes. With the score tied at 27 at the start of the fourth quarter, the Saints had regained the ball near midfield on a big fourth and one-stop for no gain by S Malcolm Jenkins and CB Marshon Lattimore. However a fumble by QB Taysom Hill was forced and recovered by Green Bay LB Za'Darius Smith at the Packers' 43-yard line with K Mason Crosby eventually kicking a 49-yard field goal and the Saints behind for the remainder of the contest.

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Saints practice squad back at capacity after re-signing Will Clapp

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By John Sigler | Saints Wire

That didn’t take long: just days after waiving backup offensive lineman Will Clapp, the New Orleans Saints re-signed him to their practice squad. The move was reported on the NFL daily transactions wire’s Tuesday update.

Bringing him back made sense even before an injury to left guard Andrus Peat in Sunday’s loss to the Green Bay Packers; Clapp is one of the more experienced reserves on the team, having made the roster outright as a rookie out of LSU back in 2018. He should be a candidate for single-game activation if Peat can’t play after going down with an ankle injury.

Clapp’s return brings the Saints back to full capacity on the 16-man practice squad, having previously reunited with cornerback Ken Crawley. Other recent additions include cornerback Grant Haley and defensive lineman Anthony Zettel, though seven practice squad spots are still filled by rookies.

The full list:

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Saints vs. Packers: Five Numbers That Do Not Lie

  • News source: JR Ella
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“Someone said: “numbers never lie.” And that was a lie, because sometimes numbers lie. But they don’t lie all the time, and that’s the truth.”


This is the fun part of writing about sports: the team you follow is on a two-game losing streak, the defense is falling off faster than a Mardi Gras bead thrown from a Bourbon Street balcony, defensive backs are giving away penalties like they are Oprah, and last but not least, the starting quarterback, Breesus himself is making non-believers all around the Who Dat Nation. Is there anything else happening in NOLA?

So, the Saints have kinda...
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A first for the NFL: Steelers-Titans game is postponed because of positive coronavirus tests

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The Pittsburgh-Tennessee NFL game will be played either Monday or Tuesday due to positive coronavirus test results among the Titans.

The NFL announced the switch on Wednesday. The previous day the NFL said that three Titans and five other team personnel had tested positive for COVID-19. The Titans have closed their facility at least through Friday and will not be able to practice in any fashion together until Saturday at the earliest.

Both the Titans and Steelers are 3-0 and among the NFL's seven undefeated teams.

Tennessee beat Minnesota 31-30 on Sunday, and the...
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CSC Staff Week 4 picks: Falcons freefall, faith in Foles fickle

  • News source: Chris Dunnells
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With the 2020 NFL season now entering Week 4, we’re continuing our new weekly bit where some of the staff here at Canal Street Chronicles tries to pick winners and losers for every NFL game each week.

In Week 3, there were plenty of upsets and surprises across the league, but at least one thing is consistent: the Atlanta Falcons will blow 4th quarter leads. Only some of the CSC staff had faith in the Falcons to “Falcon” last week, but no one is making that mistake in Week 4, as the Green Bay Packers over the Falcons is one of numerous unanimous picks for this week’s slate.

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Payton impressed with Lions, laments how Saints looked “like a high school team” vs. bootleg

  • News source: Ken Trahan
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The New Orleans Saints and Sean Payton have turned the page from a second straight loss to their game this Sunday at Detroit.

The Saints have not faced the Lions since 2017. Detroit quarterback Matt Stafford has always been a potent passer, when healthy and when his supporting cast has been solid.

Stafford completed 22-of-31 for 270 yards and two touchdowns as the Lions upset previously unbeaten Arizona 26-23 on the road last Sunday.

“I felt he played one of his better games last weekend,” Payton said. “I think they’re a dangerous team, especially when they’re healthy at receiver and...
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New Orleans Saints: Important quotes from Week 3

  • News source: Madeleine Hudak
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Despite stronger gameplay, overall, in the New Orleans Saints 37-30 loss to the Green Bay Packers on Sunday Night Football, the team just can’t seem to hit its stride. The cries of Drew Brees’ critics only get louder by the week; while he wasn’t necessarily to blame for the Week 3 loss, Brees certainly needs to step it up to duel against Matthew Stafford and the Detroit Lions’ aerial game. Here’s what key players had to say about another disappointing week for the Saints, and the team’s diagnostic assessment to collectively improve their gameplay.

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The Dome ain’t super without Saints fans

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With under four minutes left in fourth quarter and clinging to only a three point lead, Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers pulled off one of his go-to tricks and utilized a hard count on third and 3. Drew Brees has also become adept at drawing opponents offside with a hard count, but Rodgers managed to do it on Brees’ home field rather than his own.

Not once, but twice, Demario Davis took the bait. It even appeared like Rodgers was close to calling a time-out when Davis jumped far over the line of scrimmage, giving Rodgers what he has become an expert at cajoling, a free play.

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Fleur-de-Links, September 30: Saints fill out their practice squad as injuries pile up

  • News source: Chris Dunnells
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The blame isn’t solely Drew Brees’s, but for the first time in his career, he might be holding the Saints offense back.

The former LSU Tiger finds his way back to the Saints practice squad after clearing waivers.

You are what your record says you are, and the Saints’ having a losing record.

ESPN’s Mike Triplett discusses the concerns, and potential reasons for optimism, surrounding the New Orleans Saints quarterback.

Despite a recent extension, could Alvin Kamara actually be under-paid?

The Saints offense might be struggling, but the defense is a bigger concern.

The pandemic has made...
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NFL Survival Index: The contenders best positioned to overcome key injuries

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The sound of MRI machines buzzing around the NFL was predictable. Teams braced for a rash of injuries amid the COVID-19 pandemic, comparing the lack of offseason preparation to the post-lockout injury outbreak in 2011.

Several superstars who were eyeing massive 2020 seasons were suddenly taking to social media to promise an epic comeback in 2021.

Things have gotten so bad with the New York Jets, who had 17 players on the injury report last week, that the team is looking into the repeated issues, particularly the frequent soft-tissue injuries, according to sources.

But while the Jets are...
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Sean Payton has found his mask of preference

  • News source: Darin Gantt
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Considering that Saints coach Sean Payton was fined $100,000 for not wearing a mask in the opener, it makes sense that he’s looking to save a little money where he can.

So after some experimentation, he found an economical alternative.

“The simple, $1.75 surgical mask, just felt lighter, cleaner and also I think a little bit easier to talk through without any muffled sound than the material one,” Payton said, via Amie Just of the New Orleans Times-Picayune.

The fact he could buy more than 57,000 of them if he still had his fine money notwithstanding, it became a functional decision...
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Walker: Alvin Kamara earning top running back pay while giving Saints top receiver play

  • News source: BY ROD WALKER | Staff writer
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Alvin Kamara signed a contract extension a little over three weeks ago that made him the second-highest-paid running back in the NFL.

The way Kamara has shouldered the load in the Saints' passing attack so far, perhaps he and his agent should have considered negotiating for some of that wide receiver-level money.

In the absence of the sure-handed Can't Guard Mike, Drew Brees has depended heavily on Can't Tackle Alvin, a name the Green Bay Packers would vouch for after whiffing time and time again on Kamara's spectacular 52-yard touchdown reception Sunday night.

Thomas, who has missed...
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Saints re-sign former LSU OL Will Clapp to practice squad

  • News source: BY AMIE JUST | Staff writer
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The Saints re-signed New Orleans native and LSU alumnus Will Clapp to their practice squad on Tuesday, according to the NFL's daily transactions report.

The Saints waived Clapp, an interior offensive lineman, from the 53-man roster on Sept. 26 to make room for wide receiver Bennie Fowler III and defensive end Margus Hunt on the active roster. Running back Ty Montgomery was placed on the injured reserve on that day as well.

Clapp cleared waivers on Monday, meaning the Saints could re-sign him to the practice squad.

The Brother Martin alumnus has been with the Saints since they drafted...
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Cam Jordan on 1-2 start: I’m putting everything on defense

  • News source: Josh Alper
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One of the questions that’s been asked around the Saints in the early weeks of this season is whether quarterback Drew Brees‘ skills are diminishing at a concerning rate.

Defensive end Cam Jordan fielded that question during an appearance on The Rich Eisen Show Tuesday. Jordan laughed when asked if Brees had lost too much arm strength and said he trusts Brees “more and more every time he takes the field.”

Jordan said the secret to changing the conversation is to “win more” and that he’s casting blame for the team’s losses to the Raiders and Packers to his side of the ball.

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It’s the Week Three Goats (in a Bad Way) draft

  • News source: Mike Florio
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On Monday, we go positive. (For the most part.) On Tuesdays, one specific segment of PFT Live focuses on the negative.

It’s the Goats (in a Bad Way) draft. The Week Three edition appears in the attached video.

Some of them are obvious. Cowboys defensive lineman Trysten Hill should be ashamed — and suspended — for his attempt to injure Seahawks running back Chris Carson by grabbing Carson’s leg while on the ground and rolling like an alligator with its prey.

Another Hill lands on the list: Saints quarterback Taysom. His fumble on a poorly-read read-option play flipped the momentum in...
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Saints continue to tumble in Week 4 Power Rankings

  • News source: Chris Dunnells
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It’s about to be as bad as you think. Here are all of the major outlets’ power rankings. So how do the New Orleans Saints rank? (Change from each week will be in parentheses.)

Do you agree with these rankings? Let us know in the comments. Make sure you follow Canal Street Chronicles on Twitter at @SaintsCSC, “Like” us on Facebook at Canal Street Chronicles, and make sure you’re subscribed to our new YouTube channel. As always, you can follow me on Twitter @ChrisDunnells.
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