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Saints offense playing its best football out of 21 personnel

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By John Sigler | Saints Wire

Which position group has impressed the most for the New Orleans Saints offense? The quarterbacks and wide receivers have had their struggles, while the offensive line and tight ends have been dealt a tough hand with injuries.

On a week-to-week evaluation, it’s hard to argue against running backs Alvin Kamara and Latavius Murray as the most consistent performers: they’re each averaging more than 4.0 yards per carry and rank first and third on the team in yards from scrimmage through the first five games. So getting them on the field as often as possible in 21 personnel packages, either together or lined up with fullback Michael Burton, makes sense.

But the Saints have run just 12 percent of their plays out of this package with one tight end, two running backs, and two wide receivers, but they’ve had impressive success. They’re averaging 5.0 yards per carry on 21 rushing attempts and 11.1 yards per pass attempt on 15 throws. It’s a total success rate of 65%, among the best in the league.

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Trey Hendrickson Progress a Boost for New Orleans Saints Defense

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Defensive lineman Trey Hendrickson featured as a rotational piece to the New
Orleans Saints
defense his first three years in the league. In 2020, his production
has skyrocketed. Already equalling his career-best of 4.5 sacks. Just five games
into the season. The progress of Trey Henderickson has been a massive boost for
the Saints defense.

By Ross Crawford | LWOS

Hendrickson was picked in the third round of the 2017 NFL Draft. The team had just missed the playoffs for the third straight season and the defense was once again among the worst in the league.

Coming out of Florida Atlantic, Hendrickson was selected for his high motor and stout run defense. His pash rushing ability was noticeable at the 2017 East-West shrine game where he won defensive player of the game. However, given the level of competition he faced playing for Florida Atlantic, his pass rush technique was not considered polished enough to warrant a higher selection.

Hendrickson flashed in spots his rookie year, sacking quarterback Cam Newton twice in a victory over the Carolina Panthers. Those were the only two sacks of his rookie season. A quiet 2018 season followed and Hendrickson failed to register a sack in the five games he played.

However, signs of Trey Hendrickson’s development were apparent during the 2019...

Saints fans can be in that number of 3,000 for Carolina game in the Superdome Sunday

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By Glenn Guilbeau | Daily Advertiser

It will not be close to full, but there will be 3,000 New Orleans Saints fans allowed into the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on Sunday when the Saints host Carolina in a noon game on FOX.

New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell decided on Tuesday to allow a minimal amount of fans in the 73,000-seat stadium, according to a statement from the New Orleans Saints. Only about 700 family members, friends, and staff members were allowed in the team's first three home games this season because of COVID-19 concerns.

The number of fans could grow to 6,000 for the Saints' home game against San Francisco on Nov. 15 and for Atlanta on Nov. 22 should there be no changes in the COVID-19 health and safety guidelines. By the Dec. 20th game against Super Bowl champion Kansas City and the Christmas Day game against Minnesota, a limit of 15,000 fans will be allowed, should the guidelines remain the same.

"I am allowing the Saints to move forward with this pilot exercise, allowing for limited seating in the dome this Sunday as part of a phased, incremental approach," Cantrell said on Twitter Tuesday afternoon.

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New Orleans Saints GM Mickey Loomis joins WWL Radio to discuss the bye week and preparations for division rival Carolina Panthers

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New Orleans Saints Executive Vice President/General Manager Mickey Loomis joined Bobby Hebert and Kristian Garic on the Saints Radio Network on Tuesday night to discuss how he and the team spent the bye week. Former NFL general manager and 2015 Pro Football Hall of Fame inductee Bill Polian also joined the show as a special guest.

"It was different," Loomis said of the bye week. "And yet, man it was fantastic. We weren't able to travel due to the protocols the league's put into place, so you couldn't leave town. Typically, a large group of us, myself included, we'd get away for a few days. But we weren't able to do that so we had a staycation. And look, we got some work in as well so I think it was a good week."

The Week 6 bye offered Saints players an opportunity to get extra treatment, rest, and allow injured players extra time to prepare to become available in the coming weeks.

"The bye week, whenever it occurs, gives your team a chance to recover, rest up and come back with some additional energy," Loomis said. "And we were certainly able to get that done this week."

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Walker: Props to Saints, mayor for coming up with reasonable plan to allow fans back in Dome

  • News source: BY ROD WALKER | Staff writer
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Stand up and get crunk if you're one of the 3,000 fans who will get to cheer on the New Orleans Saints on Sunday.

Stand up and take a bow if you're Mayor Latoya Cantrell and the Saints executives who made it all possible in the first place.

For the first time of this COVID-marred NFL season, there will be fans in the Mercedes Benz Superdome when the Saints host the Carolina Panthers at noon on Sunday.

The Saints announced Tuesday the team and the mayor came up with a plan.

It seems like a reasonable one.

It feels safe.

And for the first time all season, it will feel somewhat like an...
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Saints to allow fans in Superdome for Panthers game, reveal approach for fan attendance

  • News source: Madeleine Hudak
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This article has been updated with details on the Saints months-long, behind the scenes battle. Scroll down to see updates after the initial news coverage.

The New Orleans Saints can never just quietly enjoy a bye week; for once, their downtime activities pay off for both the team and fans. The Saints announced Tuesday that, as part of a phased, deliberate pilot approach, 3,000 fans will be allowed to attend this weekend’s matchup against the Carolina Panthers in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

Importantly, these 3,000 tickets will be distributed to season ticket holders for this weekend’s...
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Saints, LaToya Cantrell reach compromise for 3,000 fans to attend Panthers game

  • News source: BY AMIE JUST | Staff writer
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The New Orleans Saints and Mayor LaToya Cantrell have reached a compromise regarding fan attendance for this weekend's game against the Carolina Panthers and for home games down the road, the team announced Tuesday.

Three thousand tickets will be available for the Panthers' game for season ticket holders, serving as the beginning of a phased-in approach for fan attendance at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

If the coronavirus numbers continue to decrease or remain stable, then attendance can increase to 6,000 for the home games against San Francisco and Atlanta on Nov. 15 and Nov. 22...
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Saints TV ratings fall in New Orleans, but 'nobody has to worry' about NFL; here's why

  • News source: BY JEFF NOWAK | Staff writer
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The New Orleans Saints have had an up-and-down first five weeks of their 2020 season, but the same can't be said for the local TV ratings.

Those have been exclusively down, similar to broadcast trends around the nation.

In all, local ratings for Saints games are down about 13%, from an average rating of 53.3 and a peak of 57 over the first five weeks in 2019, to a 41.48 average and peak of 45.6 this year.

The ratings slip in New Orleans is similar to a downturn affecting all broadcast television, according to sports media reporter Anthony Crupi of Sportico.

Below is the breakdown of...
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Saints given go ahead to have fans starting Sun.

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Fans will be back at New Orleans Saints home games beginning this weekend.

The Saints and New Orleans mayor LaToya Cantrell announced an agreement Tuesday of a phased approach to allowing fans to attend games in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, with 3,000 tickets be distributed to season-ticket holders for Sunday's matchup against the Carolina Panthers.

In a statement, the sides said that if local health and safety guidelines remain in place and COVID-19 cases remain stable, attendance will increase to 6,000 fans for November games against the San Francisco 49ers and Atlanta Falcons, before...
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New Orleans approves fans at Superdome

  • News source: Michael David Smith
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The Saints and the mayor of New Orleans have reached an agreement to start allowing fans to attend games at the Superdome.

Mayor LaToya Cantrell has approved up to 3,000 fans for this week’s home game against the Panthers. The Saints have announced that season ticket holders will have first dibs on the tickets this week.

If all goes well and there are no changes in health and safety guidelines, New Orleans will allow up to 6,000 fans at both of the Saints’ November home games, and up to 15,000 fans at both of the Saints’ December home games.

The Saints had grown so frustrated with New...
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Saints: 3,000 fans allowed to attend Panthers game Sunday

  • News source: Justin Macione
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Mayor LaToya Cantrell in partnership with the New Orleans Saints have agreed to a phased and deliberate pilot approach allowing fans to attend Saints games in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, beginning with this weekend’s game against the Carolina Panthers.

Season Ticket Holders will have access to 3,000 tickets that will be distributed for the October 25th Carolina home game to be played at noon CT.

Barring any change in local health & safety guidelines as any additional changes to crowd size are only possible if current trends continue to remain stable then and only then...
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Panthers plan for Christian McCaffrey to miss at least one more game

  • News source: Michael David Smith
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Panthers running back Christian McCaffrey isn’t ready to return just yet.

McCaffrey, who has been out since suffering a high ankle sprain in Week Two, is not expected to play on Sunday against the Saints, according to NFL Network.

It’s possible that McCaffrey could return the following week when the Panthers host the Falcons on Thursday Night Football.

The good news for the Panthers is they really haven’t missed McCaffrey, whom they made the highest-paid running back in the NFL this offseason. Mike Davis has run for 272 yards and caught 32 passes for 209 yards, and the Panthers have...
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Tom Brady now one touchdown pass behind Drew Brees’ career record

  • News source: Michael David Smith
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Saints quarterback Drew Brees is the NFL’s all-time record holder for career touchdown passes. After Sunday night, he might not be.

Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady is currently at 555 career touchdown passes, just one behind Brees’ NFL record career total of 556.

Brees and the Saints play the Panthers on Sunday afternoon, where Brees may add to his record. But he could lose the record on Sunday night, when Brady and the Buccaneers are in Las Vegas to take on the Raiders.

Brees broke the all-time record, which was previously owned by Peyton Manning, last year, with Brady close behind...
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Bears sign Manti Te’o to practice squad

  • News source: Charean Williams
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The Bears signed veteran linebacker Manti Te'o to their practice squad, the team announced Tuesday.

He takes the roster spot of kicker Kai Forbath, whom the Rams signed to their active roster Tuesday.

Te’o has appeared in 62 games with 48 starts over seven NFL seasons. He has played with the Chargers (2013-16) and Saints (2017-19).

Te’o has 307 tackles, 22 tackles for loss, 13 pass breakups, two interceptions, 1.5 sacks, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery.

The Chargers made Te’o a second-round choice in 2013 out of Notre Dame, where, in 2012, he won the Bronko Nagurski Trophy as...
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Steve Gleason to appear on tonight’s Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel

  • News source: Chris Dunnells
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You know the play.

The New Orleans Saints, in the first game back in the Superdome after Hurricane Katrina. A punt coming up from the Atlanta Falcons. Steve Gleason comes flying in to block the kick. Curtis Deloatch recovers the ball for a Saints score. The Superdome erupts.


The player most known for what might be the single most important play in franchise history has now become known as a champion for ALS. Now, eight years after appearing on HBO’s Real Sports, Gleason returns, to talk about his current condition, including ALS and the Covid-19 pandemic:

Tonight’s episode...
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What we have learned about the Falcons through Week 6 of the NFL season

  • News source: Kade Kistner
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With the New Orleans Saints coming off of their bye week we wanted to take an in depth, team-by-team look at the NFC South. To many people’s surprise, this division has been relatively competitive in the early goings of the 2020 NFL season.

“Relatively” is the key word here as the Atlanta Falcons can in no way be considered “competitive.” Yes, they blew the Minnesota Vikings out in Week 6 to the tune of 40-23, but this team is still far from being any real threat.

Just prior to the Week 6 matchup, the Falcons fired head coach Dan Quinn and general manager Dimitroff after starting 0-5...
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CSC’s Week 7 fantasy football waiver wire

  • News source: Hayden Reel
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Murray has gotten 10+ touches in all but one game this season. He is definitely an integral part of the New Orleans Saints offense despite the fact that Alvin Kamara has arguably been the best running back in the league this year. The Carolina Panthers are giving up the second most fantasy points to running backs this year. The touches will be there for Murray, all he has to do is produce, and a matchup against the Panthers could provide the opportunity he needs to potentially be a FLEX option in deep leagues this week.

The tank is on in Jacksonville, but oddly enough in the midst of this...
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Now healthy, Saints DE Marcus Davenport eager to show off his 'new normal'

  • News source: BY LUKE JOHNSON | Staff writer
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This has been a year that has offered a new definition of normal for a lot of people, and New Orleans Saints defensive end Marcus Davenport is no exception.

Think of this as a different set of personal expectations for Davenport. Some may be viewing him through a dated lens based on what he put out there in his first two NFL seasons. He has been eager to show all the reasons it’s time to look at him a different way.

“New normal is just me currently,” Davenport said. “... I can’t think of the same player as last year. I’ve gotten bigger, stronger, I’ve got some game film under my belt, so...
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