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New Orleans Saints’ Michael Thomas Setting Records, Living Up To Massive Contract

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By Tim Casey | Forbes Sports Money

During the 2016 NFL draft, three Ohio State players were selected among the top 10 picks: defensive end Joey Bosa (third), running back Ezekiel Elliott (fourth) and cornerback Eli Apple (10th). Two more Buckeyes were chosen later in the first round: tackle Taylor Decker (16th) and linebacker Darron Lee (20th).

Still, none of those men has turned out to be the best Ohio State alum from that year’s draft. That honor goes to wide receiver Michael Thomas, whom the New Orleans Saints selected in the second round (47th overall) and rewarded in July with a five-year contract extension that includes a guaranteed $61 million.

This past summer, the NFL Network had Thomas 13th on its ranking of the league’s top 100 players, as determined by a vote of players. Elliott (18th) and Bosa (56th) were also in that group. If the list were released now, Thomas would almost certainly be higher.

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4 reasons the New Orleans Saints will defeat the Panthers in Week 12

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By Sam Teets | Clutch Points

The NFC South-leading New Orleans Saints will clash with the second-place Carolina Panthers in Week 12. Week 12 is the first meeting between the divisional opponents this season.

While they are first and second in the NFC South, the Saints and Panthers are trending in two different directions. New Orleans is 7-1 in its last eight games, while the Panthers have lost three of their previous four matchups, and their playoff hopes are fading quickly.

Right now, the Panthers are just another stepping stone to the postseason for the Saints.

4. Drew Brees is determined

It’s time for Brees to lock in. The veteran quarterback missed a significant chunk of time earlier this season. While he’s still leading the league in completion percentage (75.4%), his game is shakier than in years past.

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Predicting the remaining games on the 2019 Saints schedule

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By John Sigler | Saints Wire

The New Orleans Saints got back on track for the second half of their 2019 schedule by demolishing the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, quieting any doubts following their shocking loss to the Atlanta Falcons coming out of the bye week. But things are far from settled.

Five different teams in the NFC have earned eight or more wins, which is unheard of this late in the season. And with just two seeds with a first-round bye week up for grabs in the NFC playoff picture, competition is going to be intense. Here’s how the current standings look within this group of five top contenders, plus the Dallas Cowboys, who get in by virtue of being the best team in one of the NFL’s worst divisions:

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Future of Saints QB situation graded as too complicated to covet

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By John Sigler | Saints Wire

The New Orleans Saints quarterbacks depth chart is one that should be the envy of the NFL. Drew Brees is a Hall of Fame-bound passer, sitting comfortably on top. Teddy Bridgewater proved his worth as a backup who can win games in this league. And Taysom Hill is a dynamic reserve who can fill in at almost any position, up to and including quarterback.

But according to our friends over at Touchdown Wire, that short-term strength comes with a price. All three of those quarterbacks are going to be free agents after this season, and the Saints have a tough decision to make on whether to keep Brees or Bridgewater. It’s possible they’re able to re-sign both of them, but Bridgewater will have earned far more opportunities — and much bigger contract demands — than what he was offered in the last signing cycle. And that potential instability ranks New Orleans’ outlook at the position low among the league; at No. 24, to be exact:

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New Orleans Saints look to build off dominant performance vs Bucs

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By Michael Byrd | Who Dat Dish

Sunday’s outing in Florida was a vast improvement from last week for the New Orleans Saints.

Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints seemed to have cleaned up their blocking mistakes and were back to playing at a high level in their 34-17 victory over Tampa Bay.

Right off the bat we saw an immediate commitment to establish the run game with Alvin Kamara and Latavius Murray. Kamara carried the ball 13 times for 75 yards and Murray chipped in with 10 carries for 27 yards.

This was a big improvement from last weeks dismal run total of 11 carries for the two backs combined.

Saints’ quarterback Drew Brees found his groove again completing 28-of-35 attempts for 228 yards and 3 touchdowns.

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Demario Davis: The Most Underrated Player in the NFL

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By Devin Jackson | LWOS

He is a tackling machine. When there is a play that needs to be made, he comes up with it. Although he is the heart and soul of this New Orleans Saints defense, Demario Davis flies under the radar. Davis was a great player with the New York Jets, but now as a Saint, his game has raised another level. Davis is not only arguably the best linebacker in football right now, but also the most underrated in the NFL.

New Orleans Saints Linebacker Demario Davis Is Hugely Underrated

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If Demario Davis is healthy, which he has been the majority of his career, he makes 100 or more tackles. There are no drop-offs, and he is on track to record his third straight 100 tackle season. Davis is a model of consistency.

On Sunday, Demario recorded his first interception as a member of the Saints. His coverage skills are superb, and if he isn’t making interceptions, he makes pass deflections and is a sure tackler in the open field.

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Biggest Week 12 injury questions for all 32 NFL teams: Latest on Smith-Schuster, Trubisky, more

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The 2019 NFL playoff races are narrowing the potential field each week, and a number of key starters are battling injuries.

Get the latest scoop on who's in and who's out for Week 12 from inside NFL locker rooms.

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How long will Ty Nsekhe be out? The Bills' right tackle was carted...
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Even with win vs. Bucs and 8-2 record, Drew Brees still feels Saints' best football is ahead

  • News source: BY AMIE JUST | Staff writer
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The New Orleans Saints may hold an 8-2 record and may have just swept one NFC South opponent in the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, but starting quarterback Drew Brees is far from content with how things are going.

Brees' big focus from week-to-week is execution, regardless of the opponent.

"Even coming off a game like that where you win convincingly and you do some good things on both sides of the ball," Brees said, "I think there's a lot more to be desired."

Namely...
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With Carmelo Anthony in town, Saints RB Latavius Murray showed athletes are fans, too

  • News source: BY LUKE JOHNSON | Staff writer
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The timing set up perfectly for Latavius Murray: The New Orleans Saints running back’s favorite athlete was returning to the game, and he was doing it in New Orleans on Murray’s day off.

Carmelo Anthony made his Portland Trailblazers debut Tuesday against the New Orleans Pelicans. It was Anthony’s first game in more than a year, and Murray was happy to be there to witness it with a few of his friends.

“Yeah, that’s my guy,” Murray said of Anthony.

Murray is more...
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Injury Report: 4 Saints, 2 Panthers miss Wednesday practice

  • News source: Justin Macione
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Eight New Orleans Saints players were listed on Wednesday’s Injury Report for Week 12 against the Carolina Panthers.

SAINTS

peice of work. Name, Injury, Wednesday G Andrus Peat, Forearm, DNP CB Marshon Lattimore, Hamstring, DNP WR/KR Deonte Harris, Hamstring, DNP FB Zach Line, Knee, DNP TE Josh Hill, Concussion, LP G Larry Warford, Thigh, LP WR Austin Carr, Ankle, LP T Ryan Ramczyk, Knee, LP

PANTHERS

peice of work. Name, Injury, Wednesday CB Ross Cockrell, Quadricep, DNP DT Gerald...
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Saints vs Panthers Wednesday Injury Report: Zach Line Does Not Practice

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For the Saints CB Marshon Lattimore (Hamstring), WR/KR Deonte Harris (Hamstring), FB Zach Line (Knee) and G Andrus Peat (Forearm) missed practice.

G Larry Warford (Thigh), WR Austin Carr (Ankle) and T Ryan Ramczyk (Knee) were limited.

For the Panthers CB Ross Cockrell (Quadricep) and DT Gerald McCoy (Knee) missed practice.

T Dennis Daley (Groin), S Eric Reid (Knee) and LB Shaq Thompson (Ankle) were limited.

LB/DE Brian Burns (Wrist) was full.
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No Saints, not even Michael Thomas, leading in votes at their position in Pro Bowl fan voting

  • News source: BY ROD WALKER | Staff writer
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Michael Thomas has been by far the most productive receiver in the NFL this season.

But you wouldn't know it based on the early Pro Bowl voting by the fans.

Thomas, who leads the league in both receptions and receiving yards, isn't leading the NFC in the Pro Bowl fan voting at his position.

In fact, no Saints are leading at their respective position in the voting thus far.

Fan voting for the Pro Bowl concludes on Dec. 12 and can be done online on at...
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Saints sign practice squad LB Andrew Dowell, release CB Trae Elston

  • News source: BY AMIE JUST | Staff writer
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The New Orleans Saints made a change on their practice squad on Wednesday, as the team signed linebacker Andrew Dowell and released cornerback Trae Elston, according to the NFL's transaction report.

Dowell is a rookie out of Michigan State. The North Ridgeville, Ohio, native started for three years at strong-side linebacker and totaled 260 tackles as a Spartan. Dowell earned All-Big Ten honorable mention his senior season and was presented with Michigan State's...
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4 Saints held out of Wednesday's practice with injuries

  • News source: BY AMIE JUST | Staff writer
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Four New Orleans Saints players didn't go through Wednesday's practice due to injuries.

Offensive lineman Andrus Peat (forearm), cornerback Marshon Lattimore (hamstring) and return specialist Deonte Harris (hamstring) were held out for the fourth practice in a row due to their respective ailments, and fullback Zach Line did not practice due to a knee injury.

Line's been hampered with a knee injury off and on this season, being limited in several practices through...
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Why was Nick Easton so excited for his first start in a Saints uniform?

  • News source: BY LUKE JOHNSON | Staff writer
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Nick Easton started his Sunday with his usual ritual, some eggs and oatmeal for breakfast before heading to the stadium and going to work.

But last week was a little different for the New Orleans Saints offensive lineman, at least when compared to his past few years. This time, he knew he was going to play, earning a start in place of injured left guard Andrus Peat.

And he was amped.

“He played with a lot of energy, a lot of passion,” left tackle Terron Armstead...
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No Wednesday off for Christian McCaffrey this week

  • News source: Josh Alper
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The Panthers practiced without running back Christian McCaffrey on the last two Wednesdays and he’s sat out others over the course of the regular season, but there’s a different approach in place for this practice week.

McCaffrey, who was listed with a knee, foot and back issues at various points this season, was not on Wednesday’s injury report at all. Per reporters at head coach Ron Rivera’s press conference, Rivera said that McCaffrey told the team’s coaches that...
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Winner of Greater New Orleans Sports Foundation raffle will live Louisiana sports fan's dream

  • News source: BY ROD WALKER | Staff writer
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If you're a sports fan in Louisiana, it's the raffle of all raffles.

The long list of prizes seems almost too good to be true, especially if you are a fan of the New Orleans Saints, New Orleans Pelicans, LSU or Tulane.

For just $100, the lucky winner of the Greater New Orleans Sports Foundation's Premiere Season Ticket Raffle will win two tickets to all of the following:

- New Orleans Saints 2020 regular season home games

- New Orleans Pelicans 2020-2021 regular...
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New Orleans Saints unchanged in Week 12 Power Rankings

  • News source: Chris Dunnells
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Week 12 of the NFL regular season is almost upon us. Here are all of the major outlets’ power rankings. So how do the New Orleans Saints rank? (change from last week’s ranking is in parentheses)
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