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Who has been the most underrated Saints player thus far?

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By John Hendrix | SI

The Saints return from their bye week after some much-needed rest. It wasn't quiet at all, as the Michael Thomas drama seemingly kept growing along with the news coming out of owner Gayle Benson being the victim of an attempted robbery. However, it all calmed down, and there was even some good news to come out like rookie Zack Baun getting married. Now, it's back to football for Sean Payton's squad, as they look to keep pace with the Bucs in the NFC South.

We know the big players like Alvin Kamara and Demario Davis who have been huge for the team through their first five games, and they obviously deserve a ton of praise, but what about the others? The Saints News Network Crew recently got together to weigh in on who the most underrated player has been this season.

Kyle T. Mosley

Erik McCoy has done a great job in his second season at the center position. He has not given up many inside pressures while pass protecting for Drew Brees. Trey Hendrickson has 4.5 sacks and is one of the NFL leaders in that category. Cam Jordan said Hendrickson is starting to get chips and double-teams, which is a sign of respect from opposing offensive coordinators. They recognize his talent.

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3 Takeaways From Around the NFC South in Week 6

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By BtBoylan | SI

The New Orleans Saints (3-2) enter their bye week in Week 6 of the NFL season. While the Saints did not play this past weekend, the other three teams representing the NFC SOUTH were in action. The Falcons, Panthers, and Buccaneers all battled NFC NORTH foes Sunday afternoon.

Below are three things to watch in the NFC SOUTH in Week 6 while the Saints take their BYE Week.

Falcons Play Best Game of Season Under Interim Head Coach Raheem Morris

Following a disappointing 0-5 start to the 2020 NFL season, the Atlanta Falcons parted with Head Coach Dan Quinn and General Manager Thomas Dimitroff. The Falcons announced Monday that Defensive Coordinator Raheem Morris would take over the coaching duties as the Falcons' interim head coach. Morris is no stranger to coaching in the NFC SOUTH, serving as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Head Coach from 2009-2011.

The 0-5 start to 2020 is the worst start in quarterback Matt Ryan's career and for the Falcons, their worst overall start since 1997. Sunday, against the Vikings, the Falcons provided their best game of the season. The league's 31st ranked defense forced QB Kirk Cousins to throw three INTs in the first half, setting up Matt Ryan's offense into short field situations where they capitalized. Ryan threw for 371 yards and 4 TDs and connected with WR Julio Jones 8 times for 137 yards and 2 touchdowns.

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Defensive end Marcus Davenport makes presence felt in season debut for New Orleans Saints

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Two quarterback hits, one pass defended in limited snaps against Chargers

By John DeShazier | Senior Writer -

"Collapsing the pocket" isn't listed on the end-of-game stat sheet for defensive players, and neither is "occupying multiple blockers."

But even without that added metric, New Orleans Saints defensive end Marcus Davenport undoubtedly was impactful in his 2020 debut, a week ago against the Los Angeles Chargers in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

In the Saints' 30-27 overtime victory, Davenport played limited snaps after missing the first four games due to injuries to his elbow and toe. But in that small window, the third-year veteran posted a couple of quarterback hits and a pass defended, a snippet of the disruptiveness he caused when he was on the field for less than half the defensive snaps.

"Yeah, made some impact," Coach Sean Payton said. "He definitely had a handful of good rushes. Our plan was to play him right at that number count. It was his first game back. Those snaps will gradually increase.

"(Defensive end) Trey (Hendrickson's) playing well (with a team-leading 4.5 sacks while starting at right defensive end in Davenport's absence). We've got to just continue to grind on the pressure package, whether it's coming from a three-man rush or four-man rush or pressure."...

Who is Sarah Thomas? The story behind the NFL’s only female official

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Sarah Thomas has been changing the game since starting on her path to becoming
an NFL ref, as the first female official at multiple levels.

By Andy Gallagher | Pro Football Network

Sarah Thomas, an NFL official, has defied the odds throughout her professional career, competing for positions in the male-dominated industry of football officiating. Being an NFL ref and official comes with pressure, expectation, and responsibility. A high school sporting superstar in Pascagoula, Mississippi, Thomas has paid her dues at all football levels. Now, as the NFL’s only female official, she is one of the key figures involved in making the game-changing decisions each week.

Who is Sarah Thomas?

Sarah Thomas is an NFL official who made history in 2015 when she became the first female hired as a full-time official. While she wasn’t the first woman to officiate an NFL game – Shannon Eastin stepped in as a replacement during the 2012 referee lockout – she is the first to earn the position full-time.

In January 2019, Thomas became the first female on-field official in NFL playoff history as part of the crew for the Divisional Round game between the New England Patriots and Los Angeles Chargers.

How long has Sarah Thomas worked for the NFL?

The NFL announced Sarah Thomas’ hiring as a full-time official on April 8, 2015. She had previously spent time officiating during training camp practices for the New Orleans...

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Saints, New Orleans Mayor meet to discuss return of fans to Superdome for games

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The Saints released a statement Monday saying team president Dennis Lauscha and staff members met with New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell to discuss how to get fans safely back into the the Mercedes-Benz Superdome for games this season.

Health officials including the mayor’s advisers were also present at the meeting.

Dissatisfied with the mayor’s stance to not allow fans based on current state guidelines, the Saints met with LSU officials about possibly playing home games at Tiger Stadium. The Athletic’s Jeff Duncan reported that the team will play at least their next two home games in...
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Saints lobbied to fill Superdome at 35% capacity, with support from Ochsner, records show

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The New Orleans Saints have been locked in a public battle with Mayor LaToya Cantrell for weeks over whether the team should be allowed to fill the Mercedes-Benz Superdome to 25% capacity for games, a stalemate that escalated to the point where team officials said they might play in LSU’s Tiger Stadium if Cantrell wouldn’t relent.

But in August, before the season began, the Saints made a pitch to Gov. John Bel Edwards for a bolder idea: 35% capacity — a plan that would put almost 24,000 fans in the stadium for games.

A Saints presentation, obtained Monday through a public records request...
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Saints designate Kiko Alonso, Ty Montgomery to return

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The Saints have designated linebacker Kiko Alonso and running back Ty Montgomery to return to practice.

It opens a 21-day window for the players to return to the roster.

The Saints placed Alonso on the physically unable to perform list Aug. 1 as he worked his way back from the ACL he tore in the playoffs. Montgomery has spent three weeks on injured reserve with a hamstring injury.

Alonso appeared in 13 games for the Saints last season, starting four, after they acquired him in a trade with the Dolphins. He made 31 tackles, three tackles for loss and two quarterback hits.

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Teddy’s return the latest for former starting QBs facing Saints

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After starting six games for the Saints over the last two years, Teddy Bridgewater returns to the Mercedes-Benz Superdome Sunday to face his former team, this time as the starter for the Carolina Panthers.

Bridgewater will become the ninth former Saints starting quarterback to face his former team as a starter. If past history is any indication, it could be a tough day for the home team.

Those previous eight starters combined to post a 16-6 record against New Orleans, with seven of the eight having a .500 record or better against the Saints.

A closer look at the eight signal-callers who...
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Walker: Trey Hendrickson's breakout season one of Saints' most pleasant surprises thus far

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OK, show of hands everyone who predicted Trey Hendrickson would be leading the New Orleans Saints in sacks five games into the season?

Nope, me either.

But here we are midway through October and the unheralded Hendrickson has recorded a team-high 4½ sacks, more than twice as many as the next players on the team.

Demario Davis and David Onyemata are tied for second with two apiece.

Hendrickson has easily been the surprise of the Saints' season so far. He currently claims the top spot in a category typically reserved for Cam Jordan, who has sacked opposing quarterbacks more times than...
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Saints designate LB Kiko Alonso, RB Ty Montgomery for return

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New Orleans Saints linebacker Kiko Alonso and running back Ty Montgomery have been designated for return back to the team, according to the NFL's transactions list.

Alonso has been on the physically unable to perform list since Aug. 1 due to a torn ACL he sustained in the playoffs, and Montgomery was on the injured reserve for the past three weeks with a hamstring injury.

Players on the PUP list, like Alonso, are not permitted to practice or play within the first six weeks of the season. After the sixth week, players are allowed to return to practice and a decision must be made regarding...
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Saints upcoming opponent Panthers working remotely following unconfirmed positive COVID-19 tests

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As they prepare for game week against their NFC South rival Saints, the Panthers had to work remotely Monday following an unconfirmed positive COVID-19 test.

The team says they hope to operate on a regular schedule to start the practice week on Wednesday.

New Orleans hosts Carolina this Sunday at noon in the Superdome.
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Saints' Michael Hodges navigating wild first season as linebackers coach

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Michael Hodges would rather look for silver linings than dwell on the negatives when it comes to his first several months in his new role.

Instead of making excuses, the first-year linebackers coach for the New Orleans Saints is quick to point out how every team in the NFL has faced similar challenges this season with having truncated training camps and canceled offseason workouts.

Although, Hodges won’t shy away from the difficulties he and his room specifically faced in the months since the coronavirus pandemic changed everything.

“It’s not really how I drew up my first year as a...
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Report: Panthers shut down facility ahead of Saints game after unconfirmed positive test

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The Carolina Panthers have shut down their facility and are instructing players and coaches to work remotely ahead of Sunday's game against the New Orleans Saints, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.

Schefter reported the decision came down after an identified member of the organization tested positive for coronavirus. The test is being rerun.

Sunday's game in New Orleans will be the first game back in the Superdome for Panthers starting quarterback Teddy Bridgewater after he left the Saints this offseason.

The Saints (3-2) are one game behind the first-place Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the...
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Saints Film Room: Breakdown of the 5 most important plays from Monday night

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14-0 deficit in the first quarter, 20-3 deficit in the second. This New Orleans Saints team not only seems to respond well to adversity, but at this point, they might even require it to get rolling.

After being utterly dominated for most of the first half in their matchup with the Los Angeles Chargers, the Saints would go on to outscore them 27-7 from the end of the second quarter on.

They were able to do this behind an effective pass rush and a few big time drives by the offense when they needed them most.

The offense getting in rhythm had a lot to do with Brees continuing his...
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Antonio Brown can return in two weeks

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The NFL in 2020 quickly has become divided into haves and have nots. One of the haves could soon have a pretty good receiver on the roster.

Antonio Brown will be eligible to practice and play in only two weeks.

Punished with an eight-game suspension for multiple off-field issues but not entirely cleared for a sexual assault/rape lawsuit filed against him last year, Brown must sit out eight weeks (or, if signed by a team, eight games, which depending on bye weeks could be nine weeks).

If unsigned two weeks from now, Brown can ink a contract and immediately join a team.

It’s unclear...
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Source: Saints still playing at Superdome for now

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METAIRIE, La. -- The New Orleans Saints will remain at home in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome for Sunday's game against the Carolina Panthers, a source confirmed to ESPN.

Although the Saints and the NFL have talked with officials in Baton Rouge about the idea of moving games to LSU's Tiger Stadium so fans can be in attendance, that would require ample preparation time. So the earliest it could happen is November -- and likely not until Week 11 against the Atlanta Falcons on Nov. 22.

The Saints' next home game after Carolina is Week 10 on Nov. 15 against the San Francisco 49ers. But LSU is...
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5 things to watch for the Saints out of the bye

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The New Orleans Saints are out of their bye, and sitting in second place in the NFC behind Tom Brady’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Saints, currently at 3-2, have won and lost games at the wire, but if Sean Payton and Company want to make a deep postseason run this year, there were hopefully some major changes during the off week. Here are the points I’ll be looking at for the rest of the Saints season after the bye:

The reigning Offensive Player of the Year was injured late in Week 1, and has missed the next three games due to injury and last week’s game against the Los Angeles Chargers due...
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Saints to play Panthers in Superdome this Sunday: report

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The New Orleans Saints will play the Carolina Panthers in the Superdome, according to a report from The Athletic.

Saints officials last week were in talks with LSU to play games at its outdoor stadium. Fans have not been allowed to attend games at the Superdome because of coronavirus restrictions.

The "quick turnaround time and LSU's home game against South Carolina on Saturday night made playing the Panthers game there logistically impossible," Jeff Duncan, of The Athletic, tweeted Monday morning.

Saints head of communications Greg Bensel said last week that the team wants to play...
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