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Saints C/G Cesar Ruiz will make his NFL Debut

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BT Boylan | SI

After missing the Saints Week 1 matchup against Tampa Bay, the 24th overall selection of the 2020 NFL draft is expected to make his NFL debut on Monday. OL Cesar Ruiz has battled an ankle injury that kept him from taking the field last Sunday but he was a full participant in practice Friday. Saints Head Coach Sean Payton confirmed his full return to practice and is excited to have Ruiz back.

"He went through everything. We had a couple guys like that and he's feeling a lot better and obviously a guy that we're excited about getting back into the swing of things. He's someone that we thought had a real good camp. So, it was good to see him back out there."

- Sean Payton on Cesar Ruiz's return to practice

The Saints' first-round pick of the 2020 NFL Draft “was not drafted to be a backup.” According to Pro Football Focus, Ruiz was considered the nation’s best-blocking center in the 2020 NFL Draft. Ruiz has practiced at both center and right guard during Saints Training Camp. Erik McCoy, who started 16 games at center last season, was the Saints starter at C in Week 1 with Nick Easton playing at RG. Ruiz will continue to "work at both spots," according to Head Coach Sean Payton. ...

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Saints vs. Raiders: Matchups to Watch

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Bob Rose | SI


The Las Vegas Raiders christen their brand new stadium by hosting one of the NFL's best teams, the New Orleans Saints, on Monday Night Football. Both teams come into this contest with 1-0 records after the Saints defeated the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 34-23 at home, and the Raiders emerged with a 34-30 win on the road at Carolina.

Here are some of the key matchups to watch on both sides of the ball as the Saints and Raiders wrap up Week 2 of the NFL season with this Monday Night Football clash.

SAINTS CORNERBACKS vs. RAIDERS WIDEOUTS

Las Vegas made an offseason focus on adding receiving weapons for QB Derek Carr. They signed former Cowboys TE Jason Witten to back up underrated TE Darren Waller and brought in a productive veteran in former Eagles WR Nelson Agholor. Vegas then turned their attention to the draft, selecting former Alabama speedster Henry Ruggs with the 12th overall pick, and followed that by drafting a physical wideout in Bryan Edwards of South Carolina in the 3rd round. ...

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Saints practice squad adds two free agents after tryouts

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By John Sigler | Saintswire

The New Orleans Saints brought a pair of free agents in for tryouts earlier this week, and Nick Underhill of NewOrleans.Football reports that they have each been signed to the Saints practice squad. Veteran defensive lineman Anthony Zettel and defensive back Grant Haley were listed on the daily NFL wire as visiting with the Saints on a tryout basis on Sept. 17. Now they’ll be wearing black and gold.

Zettel, 28, is listed at 6-foot-4 and 275 pounds. He’s appeared in 53 games in the NFL with the several different teams, though he hasn’t started since the 2017 season (notching 6.5 sacks and 43 combined tackles in 16 starts with the Detroit Lions). The former Penn State star most recently played in four games with the San Francisco 49ers, including three playoff games and Super Bowl LIV.

Haley, 24, is listed at 5-foot-9 and 190 pounds. Another Penn State alum, he was coached by Saints special teams assistant Phil Galiano in Happy Valley before joining the New York Giants in 2018. ...

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Sean Payton: Saints’ offense is “average at best”

  • News source: Michael David Smith
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Throughout the Sean Payton/Drew Brees era, the Saints have been accustomed to a good offense. That’s not the case this year.

After the Saints lost to the Raiders on Monday night, Payton said his offense simply wasn’t good enough.

“The last two weeks, I think it’s been average at best offensively,” Payton said, via the Las Vegas Review-Journal. “We’re not functioning well enough and taking advantage of some of the opportunities we’ve had.”

The Saints have to be concerned about Brees in particular. Brees is completing almost exclusively short passes, and it’s fair to wonder whether at age...
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Drew Brees explains momentum-swinging interception in Saints loss: 'Shouldn't have thrown it'

  • News source: BY JEFF NOWAK | Staff writer
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Of the dozens of plays that rolled into the Saints' uneven loss to the Raiders on Monday Night Football, there was only one Drew Brees wishes he could have back.

That play came late in the first half with the Saints poised to go into halftime with a 3-point lead or better despite a pair or Raiders' scoring drives. But facing pressure, Brees attempted to loft a pass to wide receiver Deonte Harris that fell well short of its target.

The ball was easily intercepted by linebacker Nicholas Morrow sitting in zone coverage and the Raiders would kick a field goal before halftime to even the...
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Drew Brees on Saints offense: “Not even close to what we’re capable of”

  • News source: Curtis Crabtree
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The Saints are returning to New Orleans after their 34-24 loss to the Las Vegas Raiders not particularly pleased with their performance.

Count quarterback Drew Brees as one of the players that know the team needs to bring more to table as they move forward.

“Are we totally in sync right now? No, We’re not. We’re not even close to what we are capable of. Not even close,” Brees said of the Saints’ offense, via Amie Just of the New Orleans Times-Picayune.

Brees completed 26 of 38 passes for 312 yards with a touchdown and an interception against the Raiders on Monday night. However, the...
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Brees: Job is to direct Saints, not rack up air yards

  • News source: www.espn.com - New Orleans Saints
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Drew Brees chuckled when asked about the growing narrative that he might be showing signs of decline to start his 20th NFL season.

"Well, my job is to execute the offense. ... My job's not to have the most air yards or throw the ball down the field most or anything like that," the New Orleans Saints quarterback said after his team flopped in several areas during a 34-24 loss to the Las Vegas Raiders on Monday Night Football.

"I think I've always evaluated myself on being a great decision-maker. And so at the end of the day, I'll throw the ball to the open guy, move the ball down the...
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'It was ugly.' Here's what Brees, Payton, Kamara had to say after Saints' loss to Raiders

  • News source: BY JEFF NOWAK | Staff writer
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After a high-flying start, the Saints landed with a thud in Week 2 with a penalty-filled loss to the Las Vegas Raiders.

The Saints got out to a 10-0 lead before the Raiders climbed back to tie the score before halftime and never looked back on the way to a 34-24 victory in the first-ever game in Allegiant Stadium.

In all the Saints rolled up 10 penalties for 10 penalties for 129 yards. Saints defensive leader Cam Jordan called the issue "glaring," and something the team needs to address quickly with a short turnaround heading into Week 3.

"That's something that ... we have to...
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Jon Gruden says he previously had COVID-19, is doing his best to wear a mask

  • News source: Curtis Crabtree
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On the heels of a report that three separate head coaches are set to get fined by the NFL for not sufficiently wearing masks on the sidelines for games, Las Vegas Raiders head coach Jon Gruden revealed that he previously had COVID-19 and is trying his best with his own mask habits.

“I’m doing my best,” Gruden told reporters when asked about the report and his own mask usage. “You know, I’ve had the virus. I’m doing my best. I’m very sensitive about it, but I’m calling plays. I just want to communicate in these situations and if I get fined l will have to pay the fine but I’m very...
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Who did Saints turn to without Michael Thomas? Tre'Quan Smith, Alvin Kamara and little else

  • News source: BY LUKE JOHNSON | Staff writer
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LAS VEGAS — One of the best wide receivers in the world typically wears a New Orleans Saints uniform on game day, but Monday night he may not have even been in the same city as his teammates.

Michael Thomas injured his ankle with about two minutes to go in the Saints' Week 1 win against Tampa Bay. He tried pushing through to get back out on the field, but the reality is ankles take time to heal. While the Saints were preparing for the Raiders, Thomas reportedly flew to Green Bay, Wisconsin, to see renowned foot and ankle specialist Dr. Robert Anderson.

Monday's 34-24 loss to Las Vegas...
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Saints' Drew Brees acts his age in off-target loss to Raiders

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Drew Brees looked his age, and the rest of the team followed suit as the New Orleans Saints went bust in Las Vegas on Monday night.

Brees, 41, had his second straight lackluster performance in the Saints’ 34-24 loss to the Las Vegas Raiders, completing 26 of 38 passes for 312 yards, one touchdown pass and his first interception of the season.

Brees has averaged 4.82 air yards on his passes so far this season, according to ESPN Stats & Information research. That's his lowest through two games as a member of the Saints, and it's the lowest by any QB through two games since Brett Favre in...
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Walker: 2 games in, Saints make it clear they have ways to go to reach Super Bowl dreams

  • News source: BY ROD WALKER | Staff writer
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What happened in Vegas will need to stay in Vegas.

That's if the Saints are really serious about all the "Super Bowl or bust" talk they were throwing around during training camp.

It's 650 miles from New Orleans to Tampa, Florida, where the Saints are trying to be on the first Sunday in February.

Two games into the season, the Saints look much farther away than that.

It probably seems odd to read this about a Drew Brees-led offense, but there is plenty of improvement needed on that side of the ball.

Remember all those years when it was the other way around?

That's not the case so far...
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Raiders score 24 unanswered points to top Saints in first-ever Las Vegas game

  • News source: BY AMIE JUST | Staff writer
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LAS VEGAS — An expletive rang out from somewhere inside Allegiant Stadium.

A mere millisecond before the word, which started with an F, echoed in the empty venue, Las Vegas Raiders receiver Zay Jones reeled in a pass from quarterback Derek Carr, taking it to the house to bring the Raiders within three points with 1:44 left in the second quarter.

Las Vegas turned it up a notch from there, tying it up at halftime and continuing to roll on in the second half to take the lead and then some, topping the Saints 34-24 on Monday night to hand New Orleans its first loss of the season.

The Saints...
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What we learned, what is trending and final thoughts from the Saints 34-24 loss in Las Vegas

  • News source: BY LUKE JOHNSON | Staff writer
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LAS VEGAS — The very first game in Allegiant Stadium — the gorgeous new home of the now-Las Vegas Raiders ... well, it went well for the home team.

The Saints jumped out to a quick start, but they fizzled out quickly thereafter in a 34-24 road loss to the Raiders that might've exposed some critical weak points that need to be shored up in a short week.

Here's a quick take from Monday night's loss in Las Vegas.

As deep as this Saints roster is — and Monday’s game does not change that — there is some sort of flaw with this team that needs to be addressed and patched in the coming weeks...
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After fast start, Saints stumble in humbling loss to Raiders

  • News source: Ken Trahan
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It was the dawning of a new day, make that night, for the Raiders franchise.

From Oakland to Los Angeles to Oakland and now to Las Vegas, the Raiders opened Allegiant Stadium.

It is nicknamed “Death Star.” The Al Davis Memorial Torch was lit for the first time to kick things off.

For a while, it looked like the opening act would die quickly for the home team. New Orleans jumped all over the Raiders early.

Then, the game changed dramatically.

The underdog simply dogged the favored team.

The players failed on both sides of the ball. The coaches failed in preparation and adjustments...
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Derek Carr tosses three touchdowns as Raiders win Las Vegas debut 34-24 over Saints

  • News source: Curtis Crabtree
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The Raiders are undefeated in Las Vegas.

After falling in a 10-0 hole in the first quarter, Derek Carr led the Las Vegas Raiders to a 34-24 victory over the New Orleans Saints in the first game at Allegiant Stadium.

The Raiders had just 34 yards of total offense at the end of the first quarter as Drew Brees and the Saints built an early lead. Will Lutz converted a 31-yard field goal and Alvin Kamara scored on a 1-yard touchdown in giving New Orleans the 10-point advantage.

But from that point forward it seemed as though it was the Raiders carrying the pedigree of a prodigious offensive...
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Raiders rule out Richie Incognito with Achilles

  • News source: Charean Williams
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The Raiders began the night without their top two right tackles. Trent Brown (calf) and Sam Young (groin) were inactive. Denzelle Good made the start.

They lost left guard Richie Incognito in the first half.

The Raiders have ruled him out with an Achilles, though the extent of the injury is unknown. Rookie John Simpson replaced him.

Running back Josh Jacobs came up gimpy after a run on the final play of the third quarter. His replacement Jalen Richard dropped a pitch three plays later. P.J. Williams recovered for the Saints.

Jacobs returned on the team’s next series.

The Saints, who...
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