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New Orleans Saints defensive success on third down must improve

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John DeShazier | Senior Writer -

Demario Davis wasn't in much of a rocket-science-y mode Wednesday morning.

The New Orleans Saints' All-Pro linebacker was all nuts and bolts, meat and potatoes, block and tackle as he reflected on the Saints' 34-24 loss to the Las Vegas on Monday night at Allegiant Stadium.

And the simple fact was, defensively, the Saints didn't do the job, and especially, they didn't do the job on third down.

The Raiders were successful on 10 of 17 third-down attempts – and also converted both fourth-down attempts – as Las Vegas was able to run 76 offensive plays and post a staggering 36:18 in time of possession.

"I think at the end of the day, you've got to be able to find ways to get off the field on third down," Davis said. "When you don't get off the field on third down, they're able to extend drives. So you've just got to find a way to get off the field on third down. ...

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Saints' Drew Brees pushes back on notion he's in decline: 'I feel good, borderline great'

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The 41-year-old QB has been uncharacteristically out of sync during New Orleans' 1-1 start

By Cody Benjamin | CBS Sports

Anyone who's watched the New Orleans Saints through the first two weeks of the 2020 NFL season has probably noticed a drop-off in Drew Brees' play. While the quarterback's numbers haven't been bad, he's seemingly struggled to get fully in rhythm. In fact, there's a case to be made the future Hall of Famer was chiefly responsible for the Saints' surprising loss to the Las Vegas Raiders on Monday night. Amid speculation that age is finally catching up to the 41-year-old signal-caller, however, Brees insists he's not in decline.

"I feel good," Brees told reporters Wednesday. "I feel good, borderline great."

Two days after his first interception of the season helped the Raiders steal momentum in New Orleans' Week 2 loss, the quarterback continued by shrugging off speculation about his performance in the box score.

"You know one of the statistics that was thrown out after the game was the yards per attempt or something like that," he said. "There are many statistics I do not pay one bit of attention to, and that would be one of them. At the end of the day, I am focused on putting us in position to succeed, making great decisions, both in the run game or pass game, whatever is predicated on my ability to get us in the best play ... Those are the things I'm focused on, and I don't care how we do it. I honestly don't. I just want to win football games." ...

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3 Takeaways from the New Orleans Saints vs the Las Vegas Raiders

  • News source: Kade Kistner
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The New Orleans Saints fell to 1-1 after a disappointing performance against the Las Vegas Raiders in which they lost 34-24. There are plenty of takeaways to cover that range from quarterback Drew Brees’s performance, to the mysterious case of the disappearance of the defense, and of course, those incredibly pesky penalties that seem to always have the Saints name on them.

However, before we dive in, I would just like to caveat this entire article with saying that is only Week 2. The sky isn’t falling (yet) and Sean Payton offenses take a long time to get going, New Orleans rarely has...
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Fleur-de-Links, September 24: Former Saints teammates debut new podcast

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Wide receiver Michael Thomas, defensive end Marcus Davenport, linebacker Chase Hansen all missed practice due to injury while defensive tackle Malcolm Brown, defensive end Trey Hendrickson, and tackle Terron Armstead were all limited during practice.

Sean Payton pushed back the team’s flight from Las Vegas by more than three hours to hold an impromptu film study.

Michael Thomas and Demario Davis were two of the Saints players to express disappointment on social media following the grand jury decision in the Breonna Taylor’s case.

Drew Brees says that he feels “borderline great,” despite...
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Video: Deuce Windham talks 1-1 Saints on All Access

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Sean Payton: I get caught up in the game and forget about the mask

  • News source: Charean Williams
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Sean Payton had a black gaiter around his neck Monday night. The Saints coach just didn’t pull it up over his face enough to satisfy the league.

The NFL fined him $100,000 and the Saints $250,000. Payton was one of five head coaches the NFL cited for not wearing a face covering enough in Week Two.

“I’ve just gotta do a better job when we’re not on offense,” Payton said Wednesday, via Amie Just of “It’s OK if you’re pulling it down while you’re calling plays but what happens is I get caught up in the game and half the time forget that it’s down, so I’ve just gotta be more...
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Cam Jordan and former Saints teammate Mark Ingram debut 'Truss Levelz' podcast

  • News source: BY LUKE JOHNSON | Staff writer
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Cam Jordan and Mark Ingram are teammates again, in a way.

Wednesday, the former New Orleans Saints teammates debuted the first episode of their new podcast, titled "Truss Levelz" under the Players Tribune network of podcasts produced by current and former professional athletes.

Known for their big personalities off the field, Jordan and Ingram aim to bring some of their successful NFL peers on their podcast to not only dive into the game, but to "spread good vibes far and wide," according to the show's description on the Players Tribune site.

Their first guest was Saints running back...
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No practice for Michael Thomas, in estimation

  • News source: Mike Florio
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When the Saints didn’t place receiver Michael Thomas on injured reserve, the non-move implied that he’d be back within three weeks. And he very well may be. For now, however, he’s still not back at practice.

If the Saints had practiced.

The high-ankle sprain suffered by Thomas in Week One against the Buccaneers would have kept Thomas from practicing on Wednesday. They didn’t practice, given the game played on Monday night in Las Vegas; instead, they issued a report merely estimating player participation.

Also not practicing, if the Saints had practiced, were defensive tackle Malcom...
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NFL’s chief medical officer explains why face coverings are “not optional”

  • News source: Charean Williams
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The NFL proved it is serious about making head coaches wear face coverings on the sideline. Pete Carroll, Kyle Shanahan, Vic Fangio, Sean Payton and Jon Gruden found that out the hard way.

The NFL docked those five coaches $100,000 each and fined each of their teams $250,000.

The question many are asking is: Why does the NFL require face coverings when the coaches take daily COVID-19 tests? They presumably have tested negative for the coronavirus if they are on the sideline.

“First and foremost, it’s part of our agreed upon protocol between the league and the NFL Players Association,”...
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Thomas, Davenport, Hansen remain out on first Saints injury report of Packers week

  • News source: Ken Trahan
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The first injury report is out for the New Orleans Saints and Green Bay Packers Sunday night in the Mercedes Benz Superdome.

The same three players who missed the loss at Las Vegas remain out.

Michael Thomas did not work due to his ankle sprain, Maarcus Davenport is still out with his elbow injury and Chase Hansen missed work with his hip injury.

In addition, Trey Hendrickson was limited with a groin injury, as were defensive tackle Malcolm Brown with a foot problem and tackle Terron Armstead, with a groin problem.

The Packers had a pair of key players who were out today, including...
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The internet says Drew Brees is cooked. He says he feels 'good, borderline great'

  • News source: BY LUKE JOHNSON | Staff writer
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There are a lot of statistics New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees says he does not pay attention to, but he chose to point out the specific one that was being bandied about after Monday’s loss to the Raiders as a sign he was in decline.

Through two games, he is averaging 4.82 air yards per attempt per ESPN Stats and Information, which ESPN also pointed out was the lowest such number through two games since Brett Favre’s 2009 season with the Minnesota Vikings.

Combine that number with the fact Brees is 41 years old, and the collective football internet seemed to arrive at a...
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Saints vs Packers Wednesday injury report: Terron Armstead Limited

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WR Michael Thomas (Ankle), Marcus Davenport (Elbow), and LB Chase Hansen (Hip) all were absent from Saints practice. Marcus Davenport still missing practice is starting to be a little concerning. Just how serious is the elbow injury.

DT Malcom Brown (Foot), DE Trey Hendrickson (Groin), and T Terron Armstead (Groin) were limited. A little early in the season for Terron Armstead to be showing up on the report but at least it’s a groin and not a knee. We’ve seen it over and over though, groin injuries that wind up being surgeries.

For the Packers WR Davante Adams (Hamstring), and DT Kenny...
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Sean Payton on the late Gale Sayers: 'He was so explosive and dynamic'

  • News source: BY ROD WALKER | Staff writer
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Gale Sayers, one of the greatest running backs in NFL history, died Wednesday after living the past few years with dementia.

Sayers, who played all seven years of his career with the Chicago Bears, was 77.

Sean Payton was 8-years old when Sayers played his final NFL game in 1971.

"I remember him vaguely, mostly highlights," said Payton. "You hear stories and you see videos. He was so explosive and dynamic. He didn't have the years relative to a long career, but man it was special."

Despite a short career, Sayers was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame at the age of 34, making...
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Davante Adams: “Too early to tell” if I can play this week

  • News source: Josh Alper
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Packers head coach Matt LaFleur didn’t make wide receiver Davante Adams‘ hamstring injury sound overly serious when he spoke to reporters earlier this week, but he also didn’t rule Adams in for this Sunday’s game against the Saints.

LaFleur said before Wednesday’s practice that Adams would not participate in the session, but suggested that the wideout would not need to practice this week in order to play if he’s feeling well. Adams said that he’s progressed since Sunday and that all involved will see how the rest of the week goes before making any decisions.

“It’s too early to tell,”...
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Saints' injury report: Team doesn't practice, but 3 new injuries to report for key players

  • News source: BY AMIE JUST | Staff writer
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The New Orleans Saints did not practice on Wednesday, so the practice report is an estimation of what participation would have looked like for full drills had they suited up, and three new faces were added to the injury list.

Defensive end Trey Hendrickson wouldn't have practiced due to a groin injury. Defensive tackle Malcom Brown (foot) and offensive tackle Terron Armstead (groin) would have been limited participants.

No change was made to the statuses of wide receiver Michael Thomas (ankle), defensive end Marcus Davenport (elbow) and linebacker Chase Hansen (hip). If practice had...
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Payton accepts blame for not wearing mask on sidelines, addresses Saints issues ahead of Packers test

  • News source: Ken Trahan
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In a weekly press briefing Wednesday, Saints head coach Sean Payton commented on being fined by the NFL for not wearing a mask enough during the New Orleans loss Monday night at Las Vegas.

“I’ve just got to do a better job when we’re not on offense,” Payton said. “It’s okay if you’re pulling it down when you’re calling plays but what happens is, I get caught up in the game and half the time, forget that it’s down so I’ve just got to be more diligent with it.

“It’s something we’re just going to have to remind ourselves to do,” Payton added. “Maybe you change the type of mask you’re...
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