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Saints Thursday Injury Report: 2020 NFC Divisional Playoffs vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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Six New Orleans Saints players were listed on Thursday's Injury Report for their NFC Divisional Playoff game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

NEW ORLEANS SAINTS

PositionNameInjuryWednesdayThursday
CB Patrick Robinson Hamstring DNP DNP
RB Latavius Murray Quadricep DNP DNP
QB Taysom Hill Knee DNP DNP
DE Trey Hendrickson Neck LP LP
TE Jared Cook Back LP LP
T Terron Armstead Elbow LP LP

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Saints Practice (1/14/21) | Saints-Buccaneers 2020 NFC Divisional Round | NFL

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Post practice interviews with Malcolm Jenkins, Terron Armstead, and Alvin Kamara.


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Falcons have Saints' VP Terry Fontenot as top candidate for GM, report says

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By Amos Morale III | WWL

The Atlanta Falcons appeared to be ready to make Saints VP/assistant general manager of pro personnel Terry Fontenot the franchise’s next GM, according to a report from the NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.


Per the report, the Falcons won’t make it official until the Saints playoff run is complete.

Fontenot has spent the last 16 years with the Saints and the last six as director of pro personnel. He’s been a popular name among GM searches this season as he’s interviewed with the Denver Broncos, and Detroit Lions as well.

Saints coach Sean Payton said earlier this month that Fontenot, who’s helped the Saints land quality free agents in recent years like Demario Davis, Emmanuel Sanders and Latavius Murray, has several traits that will translate to him being a good GM. ...

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Saints’ defensive line aims to disrupt Bucs’ Brady once more

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By Brett Martel| AP

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — For all the extraordinary talent the Saints and Buccaneers have at quarterback, running back and receiver, defensive end Cameron Jordan figures that what happens in the trenches will be the decisive factor in their divisional-round playoff clash.

Recent history backs him up.

The Saints’ defensive front was in Tom Brady’s face constantly in both meetings during the regular season. The Saints won each by double digits, the last a 38-3 rout in Tampa Bay in Week 9.

“If you say, ‘What’s the most important part of any game,’ I’m going to say, ’Physicality with the D-line and how we affect the quarterback,” Jordan asserted after practice Wednesday.

Five of the 12 interceptions Brady threw in his first season with Tampa Bay came in against the Saints. One came on a ball deflected at the line of scrimmage by defensive ends Marcus Davenport and Jordan before being caught by defensive tackle David Onyemata. he Saints also sacked Brady six times this season.

Saints coach Sean Payton called the effect New Orleans’ defensive line had on the previous victories over Tampa Bay “significant.” ...

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The Saints have major salary-cap issues, big decisions

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By Bill Barnwell | ESPN

If you thought the 2020 NFL season was weird, just wait for 2021. While we all hope that the league won't be as significantly impacted by COVID-19 as it was during a stop-and-start 2020 campaign, one of the financial effects of the pandemic will still be felt next season. The salary cap has been steadily rising over the last decade, but in 2021, the baseline cap number every team starts its offseason with will fall from the previously expected mark of $210 million to a new expectation of $175 million, a 16.7% drop.

Some teams have made preparations in recent weeks for the cap decline, but just about every long-term contract signed over the past few years was structured under the idea that the cap was going to continue rising. As a result, we're going to see teams placed in unfamiliar situations this offseason. There will be less money to go around for free agents, and veterans on rosters with unguaranteed deals might have to choose between taking a pay cut or being pushed onto the open market. It's going to be messy.

With that in mind, I've gone through the 14 playoff teams and taken a look at the players who might not be back on their rosters in 2021, along with projected cap space numbers from Spotrac. ...

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The game-changing move that helped each NFL playoff team get here

  • News source: www.espn.com - New Orleans Saints
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If an NFL team has made it this far in the 2020 NFL playoffs, then it's safe to say the organization has made more good decisions than bad. But for each of the remaining eight teams in this weekend's games, there's one change that played a much bigger role in its success than any other.

From restoring a future Hall of Fame quarterback to an MVP level to adding a game-breaking receiver to a once-conservative offense to transforming a team and culture with the signing of the GOAT, these eight teams' decisions have paid off.

NFL Nation reporters identified the most influential change each...
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NFL playoffs divisional-round guide: Picks, bold predictions and more for every game

  • News source: www.espn.com - New Orleans Saints
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This weekend's divisional round of the NFL playoffs is stacked with four more great matchups. Our NFL Nation reporters bring us the keys to every game, a bold prediction for each matchup and final score picks.

Additionally, ESPN Stats & Information provides a stat to know for each game, and the Football Power Index (FPI) goes inside the numbers with a matchup rating (on a scale of 1 to 100) and a game projection. ESPN Chalk's Dave Bearman hands out helpful nuggets, and Matt Bowen points out a key matchup to watch as well. It's all here to help get you ready for a loaded weekend of NFL...
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Tom Brady: Drew Brees is a lot younger than me

  • News source: Michael David Smith
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The first time Tom Brady took on Drew Brees, Brees threw for 293 yards for Purdue, but Brady threw for 250 yards and Michigan won 38-12. That was in 1999, when Brees was a junior and Brady was a senior. And Brady still recognizes that he’s the elder quarterback.

When Brady’s Buccaneers play Brees’ Saints on Sunday, their combined age of 85 will make them the oldest starting quarterbacks playing against each other in NFL history. But Brady turned 43 in August, while Brees turns 42 today.

“He’s a lot younger than me. He’s 18 months younger than me — 18 months ago, I felt a lot better,”...
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Saints continue to keep Blair Walsh, John Denney on standby

  • News source: Mike Florio
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Keep your friends close, your enemies closer, and your emergency COVID-10 kicker and long snapper closest.

On Wednesday, Saints coach Sean Payton explained that the team had signed kicker Blair Walsh and long snapper John Denney to the practice squad just in case the team’s official kicker and long snapper became unavailable due to the pandemic.

“I don’t really feel like trying to kick, or hold, or snap,” Payton said Wednesday.

So, naturally, the Saints released Walsh and Denney from the practice squad on Wednesday (along with receiver Jake Lampman), replacing them with receiver Austin...
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Fleur-de-Links, January 15: Early projections for the Saints upcoming game against Tampa Bay

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A new t-shirt from BreakingT celebrates Alvin Kamara’s 6 touchdowns.

Drew Brees laughs about his and Tom Brady’s ages heading into their playoff matchup against each other.

Taysom Hill, Latavius Murray, and one other Saints player did not practice for the second practice in a row.

FiveThirtyEight continues to give New Orleans the advantage ahead of their divisional matchup in the playoffs.

Saints fans are as confident as ever with the direction of the team heading into the second round of the playoffs.

Michael Thomas congratulates his college coach via Twitter on Meyer’s new position...
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Bears Chairman: Coaches warned Anthony Miller that CJ Gardner-Johnson is “a punk”

  • News source: Michael David Smith
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In both of this year’s Bears-Saints games, Saints cornerback CJ Gardner-Johnson talked trash to a Bears wide receiver, only to have that receiver ejected for punching him. Bears Chairman George McCaskey had some strong words for Gardner-Johnson, and for his own player’s inability to prevent Gardner-Johnson from getting under his skin.

McCaskey said on WMVP-AM that after Gardner-Johnson baited Bears receiver Javon Wims into an ejection in the regular season, the Bears’ coaching staff warned the players that Gardner-Johnson would try to bait them in the playoff rematch. And McCaskey is...
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Alvin Kamara among finalists for 2020 FedEx Ground Player of the Year

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FedEx Supports Direct Relief with more than $100,000 in Donations throughout the 2020 Season

The National Football League and FedEx Corp. (NYSE: FDX) announced today quarterbacks Josh Allen (Buffalo Bills), Patrick Mahomes (Kansas City Chiefs) and Aaron Rodgers (Green Bay Packers) are the finalists for the 2020 FedEx Air NFL Player of the Year honors, while running backs Dalvin Cook (Minnesota Vikings), Derrick Henry (Tennessee Titans) and Alvin Kamara (New Orleans Saints) are the finalists for the 2020 FedEx Ground NFL Player of the Year.

In the weeks leading up to Super Bowl LV, fans...
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Never gets old: As Saints QB Drew Brees turns 42, a happy birthday -- Choppa Style

  • News source: BY JEFF NOWAK | Staff writer
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Two years ago NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune, New Orleans Advocate teamed up with Choppa for a hit 40th birthday message to Drew Brees.

As the legendary Saints quarterback turns 42 just days before a playoff matchup with Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, one thing is clear: The song (not unlike Brees himself) just never seems to get old.

Check out the Brees-inspired rendition of the Saints anthem "Choppa Style" below.

Can't see the video? Click here.

Need more Saints coverage? Check out today's top headlines at NOLA.com/sports/Saints and...
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Walker: As Drew Brees turns 42 with Saints, the best gifts lie ahead in the playoffs

  • News source: BY ROD WALKER | Staff writer
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Sean Payton's list of gifts for Drew Brees' birthday may not seem like much to most people.

"A quick atta-boy."

"A quick shout out."

"Just a good red zone plan, short yardage and goal line," Payton said. "And I think that's how he would want it, too."

Indeed he would.

For Brees, who turns 42 on Friday, it's the perfect gift.

Especially that third item.

It means he's still playing football the weekend after his birthday, which is always a good thing. Whenever his season goes past Jan. 15th, he's a step closer to the Super Bowl, the motivation that has driven him to keep coming back...
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Tom Brady: Bucs have come a long way since last time we played Saints

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The last time the Buccaneers faced the Saints, New Orleans won a 38-3 blowout. When they play again on Sunday, Tom Brady says, it’s going to be a different Buccaneers team.

“I think we’ve certainly come a long way,” Brady said, via the team’s website. “I think we’re just going to keep improving. The more we’re together, the more we’re talking about football, the more we’re trying to be on the same page, the better it is.”

Brady knows the Saints will be a tough opponent.

“We’ve got a big test this weekend [against] one of the great teams in the NFL, consistently been one of the great...
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Saints vs. Bucs Divisional Round Thursday injury report: Taysom, Murray remain absent

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The New Orleans Saints and Tampa Bay Buccaneers have released their Thursday injury report as the practice week continues on.

Outside of the injury report, wide receiver Tre’Quan Smith has been brought back to practice and designated to return from injured reserve. He won’t be listed on the injury report because he has not been activated to the 53-man roster yet. As he works his way back, keep an eye out for a potential Saturday report of his activation. But first, he’ll have to prove healthy enough to return to play. Here’s a look at the updated practice participation report:

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Saints mailbag live: Answering readers questions ahead of Bucs playoffs showdown

  • News source: BY JEFF NOWAK | Staff writer
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The New Orleans Saints are set for yet another rematch with Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Join NOLA.com Saints beat writers Luke Johnson and Amie Just, along with sports digital producer Jeff Nowak for a live chat to go over the biggest before the Divisional Round matchup, sponsored by Hancock Whitney Bank.

Here are links to a few stories mentioned in the video above

Need more Saints coverage? Check out today's top headlines at NOLA.com/sports/Saints and...
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Payton not buying into third time is the charm in matchup with Tampa Bay

  • News source: Ken Trahan
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The common narrative this week, at least nationally, has been that the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are an improved team than the one the New Orleans Saints defeated twice in convincing fashion and that it is very hard, even daunting, to beat a team a third time in the season.

Saints head coach Sean Payton reiterated his thought of Wednesday, that he expected to face the Buccaneers again in the playoffs for a third time this season. He added that he is not a buyer on the third time is the charm theory being promoted this week.

“Each one’s different,” Payton said. “The first two days, you’re...
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Hill, Murray and Robinson miss practice again Thursday for Saints

  • News source: Ken Trahan
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Hill, Murray and Robinson remain out for Saints (Ken Trahan)

Nothing changed on the injury report Thursday for the New Orleans Saints ahead of their NFC Divisional showdown against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Taysom Hill, Latavius Murray and Patrick Robinson all remained out, leaving their status for Sunday’s game with Tampa Bay in serious doubt.

Terron Armstead, Jared Cook and Trey Hendrickson all remained limited.

Four players were out for the Buccaneers as well, including guard Alex Cappa, defensive lineman Jeremiah Ledbetter and outside linebacker Jason Pierre-Paul. An addition to...
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