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For Saints' Terron Armstead, smarts have him reaching new heights after many injury-plagued years

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By Nick Underhill | The Advocate

Terron Armstead stretched with his teammates, went through individual drills and then lined up at his usual spot during the team portion of practice.

It sounds mundane, and it is, but movements such as these would have qualified as significant news a year ago. Back then, the Saints left tackle spent many weeks on crutches until Thursday and was completely unsure of his status until hours before the game.

“There were weeks with not one pass set, not one run step,” Armstead said. “I wouldn’t touch the field until Sunday morning. I would work out before the...

Saints hoping Ted Ginn Jr. will return from injured reserve later this season

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By Josh Katzenstein, | The Times-Picayune

New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton said Friday he’s hopeful veteran wide receiver Ted Ginn Jr. will be able to return later this season.

Ginn went on injured reserve Thursday after undergoing arthroscopic surgery on his knee. It was a surprising move considering Ginn had played through the injury in Weeks 2 through 4 before sitting out in Week 5, but Payton said Ginn had been experiencing inflammation in the knee.

By going on injured reserve, Ginn will have to miss at least eight games before returning, which would make...

Larry Warford questionable, Andrus Peat out for Saints at Ravens

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By Josh Katzenstein, | The Times-Picayune

The New Orleans Saints could be without both of their starting offensive guards in Sunday’s game against the Baltimore Ravens.

The team ruled out starting left guard Andrus Peat (concussion) on Friday and listed right guard Larry Warford (back) as questionable to play.

Peat was limited Wednesday and didn’t practice Thursday or Friday. The Saints listed him with a head injury Wednesday and Thursday, but updated his injury to a concussion on Friday. Peat declined comment when approached about his status on Friday.

Warford practiced fully on Wednesday before sitting out Thursday with the back injury. He was limited on Friday...

Saints preparing to block Ravens ‘ageless wonder’ Terrell Suggs

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By Josh Katzenstein, | The Times-Picayune

The Baltimore Ravens defense features playmakers at all three levels, but one longtime star certainly has the attention of the New Orleans Saints this week.

Outside linebacker Terrell Suggs is off to an impressive start again this season as he has 4.5 sacks, seven tackles for loss, four passes defensed and a forced fumble through the first six games.

When the Saints play the Ravens on Sunday at M&T Bank Stadium, it will be imperative for the offense to recognize where Suggs is at all times as he’s proven throughout his 16-year career he can make game-wrecking plays at any time.

“He’s the ageless wonder,” Saints quarterback...

Five bold predictions for Saints vs. Ravens

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By... John Sigler, SAINTS WIRE, USA TODAY Sports

The New Orleans Saints will travel to visit the Baltimore Ravens soon, so here’s five bold, way-too-optimistic predictions for what promises to be an entertaining game.

1) Drew Brees doesn’t throw a touchdown, but Taysom Hill does

This isn’t a knock on Brees, people. But it would be peak comedy for Brees to have his 500th touchdown pass sniped by his understudy’s backup. Hill has gotten more and more snaps on option plays, usually keeping them. That’s being done by design to set false tendencies for later on down the road. Look for him to not only keep the ball on an option in the Ravens’ red zone, but read the defense and toss a...

Scouting report for Sunday's Ravens-Saints game

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By Childs Walker - Contact Reporter - The Baltimore Sun

RAVENS PASSING GAME: Quarterback Joe Flacco saved his best work for third down in the Ravens’ Week 6 victory at Tennessee, leading the offense to 12 of 17 conversions. He’s cooled slightly overall, but his QBR of 60.5 would still be the third best of his career, behind 2014 and 2011. Michael Crabtree had his best game as a Raven against the Titans, and Willie Snead IV made several crucial catches on third down, continuing his rebound from a lost 2017 season in New Orleans. The Ravens have yet to establish first-round pick Hayden Hurst as a receiving threat. He has one catch in two games.

SAINTS PASSING GAME: At age 39, Drew...

Predictions for Ravens vs. Saints

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By Wick Elsenberg |

Predictions for Ravens vs. Saints

When compiling picks, it usually becomes apparent pretty quickly which team will be favored heading into the game. Then there’s this week, where it came down to the wire.

At the end of pooling all the picks (and some double-checking of my basic math abilities), the New Orleans Saints ended up getting the edge with 25 picks. The Ravens? Twenty-four pundits picked them. The official line for the game is -2.5 to the Ravens.

A win against the Saints would give the Ravens a 5-2 mark. It would also give the Saints star quarterback Drew Brees an 0-5 lifetime record against the Ravens. Baltimore is the only team...

Saints CB Marshon Lattimore says that he's now bringing game-like intensity to every practice snap

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By Nick Underhill | The Advocate

Marshon Lattimore wasn’t treating practice the way he should have been treating practice.

There were times he worked hard this summer, but he struggled to bring the game-like intensity needed on every snap to make the most of out of practices and become truly great.

It took getting into the season for to realize he needs to practice hard on every snap, and he resumed doing so this week after being cleared of a concussion that knocked him out of action against Washington.

“It’s hard to treat practice as a game,” Lattimore said. “A lot of people say they do, but, like, come on, you let certain things happen. You really...

Trends pointing toward Saints

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By Dave Tuley, VSiN

Dave Tuley, senior reporter at VSiN, joins the Post’s Bettor’s Guide for the 2018 NFL season. His handicapping pieces appear in VSiN’s online magazine, Point Spread Weekly.

Saints (+2¹/₂) over RAVENS: The Saints have won four straight since the season-opening loss to the Buccaneers and have covered three in a row. They have the No. 3 offense (424 yards per game). Granted, the Ravens have the No. 1 defense (270.8 yards per game), but in today’s NFL, a great offense actually trumps a great defense. Besides, I’m emboldened by the Saints already having taken their show on the road to the East Coast with a win at the Giants in Week 4. One...

Saints and Ravens Thursday Injury Report-Ginn to IR

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By Greg Lanerd | ESPN1420

The New Orleans Saints were delt a bit of a blow on Thursday when it was announced that veteran wide receiver Ted Ginn Jr. was placed on injured reserve with a knee injury.

This news came via NFL Insider, Ian Rapoport on Twitter Thursday:

This news will result in more responsibilities in the receiving game for Cameron Meredith and rookie Tre'Quan Smith.

As for the rest of the Thursday injury report, here it is:

DNP - did not practice LP - limited participant FP - full participant


WR Ted Ginn (knee) IR

DT Taylor Stallworth (ankle) DNP

G Andrus...

Both of the Saints starting guards missed Thursday’s practice

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By Luke Johnson, | The Times-Picayune

The New Orleans Saints offensive line was light a few starters at practice Thursday (Oct. 18).

Neither starting left guard Andrus Peat (head) nor starting right guard Larry Warford (back) participated in practice Thursday. This was Warford’s first appearance on the injury report this week, and Peat was downgraded from a limited participation in Wednesday’s practice.

Backup offensive lineman Jermon Bushrod also missed practice, though it was specified to not be related to injury.

Left tackle Terron Armstead (knee) and receiver Cameron Meredith (knee) were both back to practicing in a full capacity after...

Saints place starting wide receiver Ted Ginn Jr. on injured reserve

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By Nick Underhill | The Advocate

The Saints have lost their deep threat.

New Orleans placed Ted Ginn Jr. on injured reserve on Thursday, which will keep him on the shelf for at least eight weeks, if not the rest of the season.

The wide receiver has been battling a knee injury and was seen in the locker room on Wednesday wearing a thin sleeve. With him out, it is likely that Tre'Quan Smith will receive more playing time moving forward.

Ginn appeared in the first four games of the season and collected 135 yards on 13 receptions. He was out during last week's game against the Washington Redskins, during which Smith saw his most extensive role and finished...

Saints practice squad addition Shane Wynn gives team fourth Glenville High alum

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By Rod Walker | The Advocate

The pipeline from Glenville High School to the New Orleans Saints continued on Tuesday when receiver Shane Wynn was added to the practice squad.

Wynn is the fourth Glenville alum on the team, joining Ted Ginn Jr., Marshon Lattimore and Justin Hardee from the school in Cleveland, Ohio.

"It actually feels like home, like high school again," Wynn said. "It's like a kid seeing candy. Your eyes are big because you're with your dudes. Now I just want to get this work in."

Wynn returns after being on the Saints' practice squad in 2015.

His return is his latest stop after going undrafted...

Saints still working out some kinks in option package with Taysom Hill

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By Nick Underhill | The Advocate

There was one play against Washington that everyone would like to correct.

The play occurred on a third down. It was a read-option with Taysom Hill under center, and the quarterback decided to keep the ball and run for the first down instead of handing it off to running back Alvin Kamara. The result was positive, but if you watch it again, it looks like Kamara might have run the ball in for a 52-yard touchdown if Hill had handed it off.

“Might?” coach Sean Payton said. “Holy cow.”

The Saints understand that there are going to be some growing pains as they continue to add plays...

Facing an NFL 'epidemic': How Saints plan to combat those pesky pick plays

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By Nick Underhill | The Advocate

An offense might not score an easier touchdown against the Saints this season.

It's Week 3, and Atlanta pushed down to the 5-yard line. They lined up with Muhammad Sanu in the slot to the right. Wide receiver Justin Hardy flanked him to the outside. P.J. Williams took Sanu, while Marshon Lattimore lined up five yards off Ridley.

The defense created levels, which is what it wants to do in this situation, but the rest of it didn't play out that way.

Hardy took off inside and laid a pick on Williams, which causes Williams to stick with Hardy. Lattimore also continued to cover Hardy, leaving Sanu wide...

Underhill: So, how is Drew Brees completing 77.9 percent of his passes at age 39?

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By Nick Underhill | The Advocate

Drew Brees threw a pass last week that was so out of character it created a sense of shock.

The New Orleans Saints quarterback has been so incredibly efficient this season it would be hard to find multiple examples of passes that could have been intercepted.

So, when Brees threw a fade to Michael Thomas that came in low and was almost picked off by a Washington Redskins defender, it looked entirely out of place alongside everything else Brees put on film this season.

At some point, Brees is probably going to throw an interception, even though he has attempted 219...


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