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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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Michael Thomas' discipline from Saints is over, but will he play Sunday? Sean Payton declines to say

  • News source: BY LUKE JOHNSON | Staff writer
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New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton declined to say whether star receiver Michael Thomas would return to the field this week against the Carolina Panthers, though Payton did say Thomas is no longer being disciplined for an incident at practice a few weeks ago.

Thomas has not played since Week 1, when he sustained an ankle injury that kept him sidelined for the next three weeks. He appeared to be on track to return for the Saints’ Week 5 Monday night contest against the Chargers, but he was held out of the game for disciplinary reasons after engaging in a practice altercation with safety...
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Saints safety Marcus Williams is in the market for a new agent

  • News source: BY LUKE JOHNSON | Staff writer
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New Orleans Saints safety Marcus Williams is in the market for a new agent.

Williams, who is in the final year of his rookie contract, ended his representation agreement with agents Todd France and Tory Dandy. Williams has to wait at least five days to hire new representation.

Both France and Dandy worked for Creative Artists Agency (CAA), which represents a number of high-profile clients in sports and entertainment, but France recently left to join Athletes First.

The Saints drafted Williams in the second round of the 2017 draft, and the fourth-year safety has started all but two games...
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Five questions before the New Orleans Saints reunite with Teddy Bridgewater, Carolina Panthers

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The Saints have gone from two-game losing streak to a two-game win streak. Now, after the bye week, New Orleans will look to extend their winning ways against a very familiar divisional rival in the Teddy Bridgewater-led Carolina Panthers. Things have improved little by little for the Saints as the season has progressed, but some questions definitely linger.

The Saints, up until their bye week, threw the ball on early downs outside of garbage time and two-minute drives at the ninth-least rate in the NFL. However, if you look at their early down habits, some of their most successful and...
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Sean Payton: Michael Thomas’ discipline over, we’ll see if ankle’s OK

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The Saints are coming back from a bye, but one of their key players has gone a lot longer than a week since playing his last game.

Wide receiver Michael Thomas missed three games with an ankle injury and then was held out of the lineup in Week Five in a disciplinary move after he punched defensive back Chauncey Gardner-Johnson during a practice session. Saints head coach Sean Payton said that there will be no more team discipline for Thomas, but cited the ankle while saying he wasn’t sure Thomas will play against the Panthers.

“We’ll see,” Payton said on a conference call. “I think he’s...
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Saints listed as the 23rd most complaining fanbase in the league

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New Orleans Saints fans have earned a reputation over the past few seasons, particularly after a certain lack of a pass interference call in the 2019 NFC Championship Game. Well, at least we thought they have.

A certain list hit Twitter on Tuesday morning, one that ranked each NFL fanbase by how much they complain. And this list has the Saints at 23rd???

You can find a link to the full article here.

This, to me, is unacceptable. This is a fanbase that, after the aforementioned missed pass interference against the Rams, had over 750,000 loyal supporters signed a petition demanding the...
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Saints' discipline of Thomas over; ankle unclear

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METAIRIE, La. -- Michael Thomas' discipline lasted only one game, according to New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton.

So the Saints' star receiver is eligible to return Sunday against the Carolina Panthers as long as his ankle is ready.

Thomas has been sidelined since he suffered a high ankle sprain in Week 1. But he appeared close to returning in Week 5 before he was disciplined by the team for an altercation during practice that included him punching teammate C.J. Gardner-Johnson.

The Saints had a bye in Week 6, which should have given Thomas even more time to heal -- though Payton...
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State of the NFC South: Week 7 is upon us

  • News source: Jake Rajala
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The drama fueled Saints had a bye week in Week 6, while the rest of the division foes took the battlefield. The Saints will be getting their Offensive Player of The Year, Michael Thomas back for the Week 7 matchup against the division opponent-Carolina Panthers.

As for the Carolina Panthers in Week 6, the Christian McCaffrey less squad fell at defeat to the Chicago Bears. Looking forward for the Panthers, The (3-2) Panthers have a big game ahead against the (3-2) Saints motivated squad.

The Colin Cowherd No. one team in his Power Ranking, also known as Tampa Bay Buccaneers, combat the...
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Trade options the Saints can explore ahead of the deadline

  • News source: Kade Kistner
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The NFL trade deadline of November 3 is rapidly approaching. During the New Orleans Saints bye week we thought it pertinent to explore a few trade options the team could pursue. If we have learned anything over the course of the first five weeks it’s that the Saints could use a little extra help.

Of course there are plenty of sellers in the trade landscape, however, New Orleans has historically remained relatively quiet on the trade front in the middle of the season. It shouldn’t be much different this season, but it appears clear that this could be the last go around for quarterback Drew...
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Panthers reopening facility today

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After a brief COVID-19 scare, the Panthers are ready to get back to work.

Carolina will reopen its facility today because it had no more positive COVID-19 tests, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

On Monday and Tuesday the Panthers closed their facility and did all their work remotely because of one positive COVID-19 test. NFL teams are now taking that measure regularly after positive tests in an attempt to prevent an outbreak.

The Panthers’ next game remains scheduled for a 1 p.m. ET kickoff in New Orleans.
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Fleur-de-Links, October 21: Fans finally allowed in the Superdome

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Saints legend Steve Gleason appeared on HBO’s “Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel.”

Marcus Davenport talks about how “new normal,” saying, “I’ve gotten bigger, stronger.”

Mickey Loomis speaks on Saints’ bye week, saying, “it was fantastic.”

Former Saints linebacker Manti Te’o has been signed to the Chicago Bears practice squad.

3,000 Saints fans will be allowed in the Superdome for their game against the Carolina Panthers, and if no issues occur, 6,000 fans will be allowed in the dome for the Saints’ home game against the San Francisco 49ers.

While ratings have declined for the Saints in...
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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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