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First Look at Saints vs. Browns: This isn't the hapless Cleveland you might remember

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WHEN: Noon

WHERE: Mercedes-Benz Superdome

TV: Fox

RADIO: WWL-AM, 870; WWL-FM, 105.3 in New Orleans; KMDL-FM, 97.3 in Lafayette; WDGL-FM, 98.1 in Baton Rouge; en español: WGSO-AM, 990; WVDU-FM, 97.9

RECORDS: New Orleans 0-1; Cleveland 0-0-1

COACHES: Saints, Sean Payton, 11th season, 105-71; Browns, Hue Jackson, 3rd season, 1-31-1 (4th season, 9-39-1 overall)

BROWNS BREAKDOWN

LAST WEEK: The Browns are already better off than they were when they went 0-16 last season, but Cleveland doesn't quite have a win. Playing in a rain-soaked atmosphere, the Browns erased a 21-7 deficit to force overtime against the Steelers, then tied 21-21 when a last-second field-goal attempt was blocked. ...

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Saints should bounce back, but here are 6 concerns moving forward

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By Josh Katzenstein, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune


NFL fans begin every season hopeful.

I lived in Detroit for five years, and even though the Lions have never played in a Super Bowl and have won just one playoff game since 1957, the local fans still thought every September that this would be their year.

New Orleans Saints fans, meanwhile, had legitimate reasons to have high expectations this year. In 2017, the team had its typical offensive firepower and a defense that made significant strides. With many of the key contributors last season being first- or second-year players, it was logical to expect them to improve and the team to be even better in 2018.

This could still be the case. Sunday’s loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers was ugly, but one game doesn’t determine how the season will play out. Everyone remembers the Saints overcoming a 0-2 start last year to finish 11-5 and win the NFC South. ...

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Saints’ Payton focuses on accountability after stunning loss

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AP | Fox Sports

METAIRIE, La. (AP) — Saints coach Sean Payton spent the first part of Monday urging players and his own coaching staff to acknowledge everything they did wrong heading into a surprising season-opening loss to Tampa Bay.

“Today’s a tough day in our league, obviously, after a loss like that,” Payton said. “It wasn’t a good tape. It was not a good film.

“The first thing I said this morning was: ‘It is oftentimes said that these early weeks of the season, your team can improve a lot.’ I believe that to be true,” Payton recounted.

“Now, if that is to happen, then today has to be a day where we’re willing to shoulder and not deflect (criticism). That is me as the head coach and everyone in that room. What I mean by that — shoulder — is accept, ‘Hey, I have to do this better. I have to find a way to improve this rather than try to deflect.'”

While Payton wanted his team focused primarily on addressing what went wrong in Sunday’s 48-40 loss , a lot had to go right — namely on offense — in order for the Saints to score as many points as they did.

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Who was Dat in the loss against Tampa Bay in New Orleans?

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By Brian Allee Walsh - Special to the Sun Herald

It would be wrong to draw concrete conclusions or make snap decisions based on one game. One game does not constitute a trend or provide an airtight litmus test.

But surrendering points and yards by the bushel to a prohibitive road underdog, a journeyman quarterback and a perennial bottom-feeding opponent does make one pause.

I am speaking about Sunday’s shocking 48-40 loss by the New Orleans Saints to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

Shocking in the sense that Saints coach Sean Payton and his staff had a whole offseason to game-plan for an all-too-familiar divisional foe that put 35-year-old bearded wonder Ryan Fitzpatrick under center instead of suspended franchise quarterback Jameis Winston. ...

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Seahawks not fretting over Saints QB choice

  • News source: Darin Gantt
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Saints coach Sean Payton won’t say which quarterback he’s starting this week, hanging on to the perceived advantage of the unknown.

But the Seahawks aren’t worrying too much about how things might change if the Saints put Taysom Hill on the field alongside of instead of Teddy Bridgewater.

“You’ve got to know where he is,’’ Seahawks linebacker K.J. Wright said of Hill, via Bob Condotta of the Seattle Times. “But you can’t get too caught up in [worrying about where...
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DK Metcalf is having fun, and looking for a hobby

  • News source: Mike Florio
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Seahawks receiver DK Metcalf has gotten off to a fast start in the NFL, with 150 receiving yards and a touchdown in his first two games. And one thing about the professional level has stood out to him.

“How fun it is, it’s just like playing in college,” Metcalf told reporters on Wednesday. “I’m happy for my teammates every time they score or get a first down. My energy level is just like playing back in college.”

Part of the fun for Metcalf includes showcasing his...
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Brees or no Brees, Saints' players ready to answer the call and chase Super Bowl dreams

  • News source: BY ROD WALKER | Staff writer
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SEATTLE - Don't start shoveling that dirt and burying the Saints' season just yet.

The Saints players surely aren't.

With Drew Brees or without him, they know the show must go on. Their expectations havent changes one bit.

Just ask Alvin Kamara, who had this to say when a reporter asked him if the team still had Super Bowl aspirations.

"Do I still have a fleur-de-lis on my helmet?" Kamara answered. "Alright then."

Not that you should have expected any other...
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What They’re Saying: Sean Payton, Pete Carroll, Teddy Bridgewater, Taysom Hill on Saints-Seahawks week

  • News source: Justin Macione
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New Orleans Saints Head Coach Sean Payton

Media Conference Call

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Can you give us any update on Drew Brees?

“The latest today, he will have surgery on his thumb. It will be done in Los Angeles. I am not going to speculate on a recovery timeframe, but I know just having texted with him and visited with our trainers and doctors (that) we are optimistic. I know it is being done this afternoon.

I know you won’t speculate on an injury...
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Who's officiating Saints vs. Seahawks? NFL announces referees for game

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Veteran NFL official Ron Torbert will be lead the referee for the Saints-Seahawks matchup in Seattle on Sunday.

Torbert, a Michigan State graduate, has an been an NFL official for 20 years.

These are the officials who'll join Tobert on the field:

Officiating has been a major topic for the Saints in the past three games, each one prompting the NFL to concede that mistakes were made at key moments.

Against the Los Angeles Rams in Week 2, Walt Anderson's crew...
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Biggest Week 3 injury questions for all 32 NFL teams - Latest on Johnson, Singletary, Williams and more

  • News source: www.espn.com - New Orleans Saints
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Quarterbacks around the league have fallen victim to a variety of maladies in recent weeks, and following Week 2, Ben Roethlisberger, Drew Brees and Cam Newton joined the ranks of passers on the shelf.

But there's more to the sport than just the players behind center, and just about every team has a key player in question as we look ahead to Week 3. NFL Nation reporters provide the latest intel from inside every locker room:

Jump to: ARI | ATL | BAL | BUF | CAR |...
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Saints at Seahawks Wednesday Injury Report: Drew Brees and Tre’Quan Smith do Not Practice

  • News source: cajuncommando58
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QB Drew Brees who had surgery this afternoon on his right thumb missed practice. No surprise there. WR Tre’Quan Smith ankle also did not practice.

The following players were all limited. WR Ted Ginn Jr. thigh, RB Zach Line knee, G Andrus Peat ankle, and DT Sheldon Rankins achilles.

While that may seem a lot for week two, it’s nothing compared to the Seahawks.

Not practicing were G Ethan Pocic neck, CB Neiko Thorpe hamstring, S Tedric Thompson hamstring, and G D.J...
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Far from Shy, Saints rookie Tuttle has forced his way onto the field

  • News source: Rene Nadeau
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When defensive tackle Shy Tuttle stepped into the starting lineup in the season opener against the Houston Texans, it marked a milestone in Saints franchise history. It had been 47 seasons since an undrafted rookie at that position had started to open a season.

On Sept. 16, 1973 against the Atlanta Falcons, undrafted rookie Elex Price was a starter for the Black and Gold, alongside veteran Bob Pollard. The Yazoo City, Mississippi native played at Alcorn State before...
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2 Saints miss Wednesday practice, 4 more limited

  • News source: BY AMIE JUST | Staff writer
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SEATTLE — Two New Orleans Saints players did not practice on Wednesday due to injury: quarterback Drew Brees and wide receiver Tre'Quan Smith.

Brees underwent surgery for his right thumb on Wednesday, saying the surgery was "successful," and Smith left the game against the Rams with an ankle injury.

Four players were limited in practice, as wide receiver Ted Ginn Jr. has a thigh injury, fullback Zach Line has a knee injury, offensive lineman Andrus Peat has an...
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Drew Brees posts on social media after surgery

  • News source: Charean Williams
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Drew Brees had a smile on his face and a cast on his hand after coming out of surgery Wednesday.

The Saints quarterback used social media to post an update on his surgically repaired thumb.

“Step 1. Complete…successful surgery. This is my attempt at giving everybody a [thumbs up],” Brees wrote.

Dr. Steven Shin performed the surgery in Los Angeles.

The Saints have offered no timetable on a return, but they will not place Brees on injured reserve. Reports on Monday...
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Saints complete more roster moves

  • News source: Don Kellum
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The Saints completed more roster moves today in the wake of multiple injuries to key contributors.

Yesterday, wide receiver Keith Kirkwood was placed on injured reserve which prompted the team to promote rookie UDFA Lil’Jordan Humphrey to the active roster from the practice squad.

Humphrey impressed in preseason after signing with the team out of the University of Texas, hauling in 4 receptions for 103 yards and one touchdown.

Linebacker Ray-Ray Armstrong was...
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Seeking an edge, Payton leaves door open for two-quarterback system without Brees

  • News source: Ed Daniels
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For you Louisiana football fans who double as seasoned citizens, you have experienced the two quarterback system before.

At LSU in the 1970’s, head coach Charley McClendon had Bert Jones and Paul Lyons. Later that same decade, current LSU offensive coordinator Steve Ensminger alternated with David Woodley.

At Tulane in the early ’70’s, head coach Bennie Ellender went with Steve Foley and Terry Looney.

Welcome to Teddy Bridgewater and Taysom Hill.

Saints head...
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Saints add linebacker Ray-Ray Armstrong, wide receiver Lil’Jordan Humphrey to active roster

  • News source: Jude Young
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The Saints have now filled their two remaining open roster spots by signing veteran linebacker Ray-Ray Armstrong as a free agent and promoting rookie wide receiver Lil’Jordan Humphrey from their practice squad.

Armstrong has spent time with the Browns, Giants, 49ers, Raiders and Rams since entering the league in 2013 and has been used mostly on special teams.

Humphrey signed with New Orleans after going undrafted out of the University of Texas. He made four catches...
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Saints roster moves: Lil'Jordan Humphrey promoted to main roster, Ray-Ray Armstrong signed, more

  • News source: BY AMIE JUST | Staff writer
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SEATTLE — New Orleans Saints rookie practice squad wide receiver Lil'Jordan Humphrey has been elevated to the franchise's 53-man roster, according to Wednesday's NFL transactions list.

The Saints also signed veteran linebacker Ray-Ray Armstrong to the active roster. Armstrong wore No. 50 at practice.

Humphrey went undrafted out of Texas this year and has been with the Saints since after the NFL Draft.

Armstrong went undrafted out of Miami in 2013, and has spent...
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Saints sign Ray-Ray Armstrong, promote Lil’Jordan Humphrey

  • News source: Josh Alper
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The Saints filled the roster spots left open when wide receiver Keith Kirkwood and linebacker Alex Anzalone were placed on injured reserve this week.

The NFL’s daily transaction wire includes word that the Saints have signed linebacker Ray-Ray Armstrong as a free agent and promoted wide receiver Lil'Jordan Humphrey from the practice squad.

Armstrong played nine games in Cleveland last season and was released by the Browns at the cut to 53 players. He’s also spent...
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