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2 backups better than 1 for New Orleans Saints

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By CHRIS TALBOTTAssociated Press

SEATTLE — The debate started once Drew Brees went down last Sunday. How should the New Orleans Saints handle their quarterback situation going forward?

Start savvy veteran Teddy Bridgewater? Or, turn to the exciting, multifaceted Taysom Hill?

It has been a topic of discussion all week of whether it’ll be Teddy or Taysom on Sunday when the Saints face the Seattle Seahawks. Except once place: the Saints’ locker room.

“I would say Teddy and Taysom — no versus,” offensive lineman Terron Armstead said. ...

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Editorial: Can the New Orleans Saints survive without Drew Brees?

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By Nathan Beighle

On Sunday, the New Orleans Saints will begin at least a six-week adventure without Drew Brees, who is out with a thumb injury which he underwent successful surgery on. That said, how New Orleans responds will set the tempo for their season.

After notching 38 yards and his second interception of the season against the Los Angeles Rams in Week 2, Brees went down. The ten-time Pro Bowl quarterback couldn’t even grip the ball. The initial timeline is six weeks, putting him back for Week 10 following the team’s Week 9 bye.

When talking about survival, there are a few things that come up. What does survival look like this season? Could the Saints finish the six-week period 3-5, going 2-4 without Brees? In this year’s division, it’s possible that a record like that would keep them afloat. ...

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Saints Week 3 Preview: Can the Saints survive without Drew Brees?

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By John Sigler | Saints Wire

This is it. For the first time since joining the New Orleans Saints, coach Sean Payton will have to lead his men into a meaning game without his field general — quarterback Drew Brees. The fact that this is now Teddy Bridgewater’s team is what makes the matchup so intriguing for NFL fans.

Payton is renowned for his play calling and expert execution of a game plan. His skills will be put to the test on Sunday when the Saints face the Seattle Seahawks on a national stage. Payton will draw up a game plan to suit the strengths of Bridgewater while also throwing in wrinkles that will involve Taysom Hill to keep the Seahawks guessing.

Bridgewater will have the benefit of an entire week of practice that is tailored to his strengths. On top of the extra practice and first team snaps, Bridgewater will be able to utilize a first-team offense; his previous appearances came during a sudden emergency a week ago and a Week 17 game last year, in which the offense was defanged to rest starters for the playoffs. Now, he’ll have all of New Orleans’ weapons and a week’s preparation at his disposal...

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New Orleans Saints at Seattle Seahawks: Bold Predictions

  • News source: Chris Dunnells
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It’s a pretty common occurrence for fans and analysts to make bold predictions about a game or season. If the prediction doesn’t come true, then that’s OK - you said it was bold! If it DOES come true, though... now you look like a genius!

So in that spirit, some of the Canal Street Chronicles writers were asked to share with me a bold prediction or two for the Week 3 of the regular season for the New Orleans Saints: another West Coast game, this time against Russell...
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Walker: For Teddy Bridgewater, Seattle game is chance to show he's heir apparent to Brees

  • News source: BY ROD WALKER | Staff writer
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SEATTLE — For Teddy Bridgewater, the noise at CenturyLink Field on Sunday may be just as loud as the noise over 2,500 miles away back home in New Orleans.

If Bridgewater can silence the Seattle Seahawks fans today, he'll also be able to silence some of the Saints fans too.

This is Bridgewater's opportunity to show he's worthy of being the NFL's highest paid backup. This is his chance to show he is worth the $7.2 million the Saints shelled out for him to re-sign for...
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Northwest Territory: For 6 Saints, the road to New Orleans began in Idaho

  • News source: BY AMIE JUST | Staff writer
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MOSCOW, Idaho — Unsuspecting passersby could easily assume the large metal cylinder nestled among the rolling hills of the Palouse is an airplane hangar.

Or, to quote former Bowling Green football coach Dave Clawson: "It's a Campbell's soup can, cut in half."

It may look like a home for crop dusters, but Idaho’s Kibbie Dome is a stadium unique unto itself. Few college domes remain in use, but this one’s roof is made of wooden arches still visible from the inside —...
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Saints fans 'Ask Amie': Answers about injuries, Teddy Bridgewater, Taysom Hill, more

  • News source: BY AMIE JUST | Staff writer
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SEATTLE — It's been a while, but welcome back to the Advocate's mailbag. I, Saints beat reporter Amie Just, will hand pick a few questions from my Twitter mentions and emails every week to attempt to satisfy y'alls Saints curiosities.

Additionally, I'll answer one off-the-beat question each week. So this week, it's all about chicken wings.

But before we dive into food, here are some questions you asked about the Saints:

Q: How will Teddy Bridgewater do?

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Bustin’ at the seams: A closer look at Jared Cook through two games

  • News source: Don Kellum
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The Saints made a “splash” in free agency when they signed tight end Jared Cook this offseason. The team has lacked a true difference maker at the position since Jimmy Graham was traded to Seattle, and needed a receiving threat other than Michael Thomas and Alvin Kamara.

Cook had a career year last season playing in John Gruden’s west coast offense in Oakland, and was supposed to make a seamless transition into the one Sean Payton runs here. But so far, the results...
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Saints not interested in Antonio Brown

  • News source: Mike Florio
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The last time Antonio Brown became a free agent, he wasn’t free for long. This time around, he may be waiting for a while.

Add the Saints to the list of teams that don’t seem to be interested in signing AB.

“I think right now, where we sit, I like our depth at that position,” Saints coach Sean Payton told reporters on Friday, when asked about Brown. “I haven’t really paid much attention to the other teams and hadn’t heard that yet. But, it is what it is. I am...
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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.

Everyone else previously listed were...
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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.

The Seahawks also list free safety...
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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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