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Thomas Morstead is 'paranoid': A look inside 'anxious' mind of Saints' little-used punter

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By Nathan Brown | The Advocate

As the New Orleans Saints offense continues to thrash opponents, embarrassing opposing coaches and defensive coordinators, you may not find anyone on either sideline more tense than Thomas Morstead.

While Alvin Kamara, Mark Ingram and Michael Thomas dance to “Choppa Style” on the sidelines, Morstead, the Saints' punter since 2009, paces back and forth, practices place-kick holds, all with his helmet on in a constant state of purposeful paranoia. For Morstead, the Saints' best New Orleans offensive performances typically mean the most stressful days.

“I’m paranoid,” he said after the Saints 48-7 home win over the Philadelphia Eagles. “The less I punt, the more I try to do because there’s no flow to my game. When I’m not playing much, honestly, it’s hard to keep the sword sharp when you’re constantly being tested.”

As Drew Brees and Michael Thomas march on with their historically successful campaigns, Morstead’s contribution — or lack of it — has begun to stand out in the record books itself.

Through 10 games, the 2009 fifth-round pick out of SMU has punted just 21 times. Against the Redskins in Week 5 and the Bengals in Week 10, Morstead wasn’t forced to launch a single kick. Instead, he jogged on to hold 16 field goals or extra points for kicker Wil Lutz. ...

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Improved New Orleans Saints secondary will be tested by Atlanta passing attack

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John DeShazier | Senior Writer - NewOrleansSaints.com

Partly new and undoubtedly improved, the New Orleans Saints secondary will take a second swing at Atlanta quarterback Matt Ryan and his productive trio of receivers Thursday night in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

This time, it’ll be seeking more hits and fewer misses.

In the first game against Atlanta this season, a 43-37, overtime victory by the Saints on Sept. 23, Ryan and his receiving corps riddled New Orleans. He completed 26 of 35 passes for 374 yards and five touchdowns, without an interception; rookie receiver Calvin Ridley caught seven passes for 146 yards and three touchdowns; Julio Jones chipped in five catches for 96 yards; and Mohamed Sanu added four catches for 36 yards and a touchdown.

Also in the first game, the Saints were undergoing a lineup change – P.J. Williams replaced Ken Crawley in the starting lineup at left cornerback, then played poorly enough to be replaced by Crawley at halftime, then came back on the field to play the nickel when Patrick Robinson suffered a season-ending ankle injury. ...

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Next up: New Orleans Saints vs. Atlanta Falcons, Thanksgiving edition

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(Photo by Michael DeMocker, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune)

By Luke Johnson, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune

For the first time ever, New Orleanians will get a chance to spend Thanksgiving with the Saints in the Superdome.

New Orleans is playing its second-ever Thanksgiving day game, and its first at home, and it gets to do so in a milestone matchup against its most bitter rival.

Just do yourself a favor and do not eat so much turkey that you fall into a food coma, because Thursday’s game should be a fun one between two high-powered offenses.

The stars align

As always seems to be the case, this game will feature some of the NFL’s top offensive playmakers.

Saints quarterback Drew Brees is putting together a monster season, and he has had plenty of help from some of the NFL’s best young playmakers. Between them, running back Alvin Kamara and receiver Michael Thomas have already accounted for more than 2,300 yards from scrimmage and 23 touchdowns.

The connection between Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan and receiver Julio Jones is as strong as ever. Ryan leads the NFL in passing yards per game (330.8) and Jones leads in receiving yards per game (115.8, which is the best per-game average of his stellar career).

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What went wrong for the Saints passing game Monday & how they can fix it

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There’s a little bit more hope for the New Orleans Saints passing attack to get going as they gear up to face the Green Packers on Sunday Night Football, after taking a look at every passing snap from Monday night.

The Monday Night Football broadcast footage made Drew Brees look a lot worse than the All-22 did against the Raiders.

Not that he was great by any means, but the 41-year-old quarterback had a few, dare-I-say, encouraging plays that showed off his anticipation and ability to look off defenders. But the chemistry with the receiver just wasn’t there.

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How the Saints defensive line rotations performed in week two

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It was another busy day along the New Orleans Saints defensive line. Didn’t help that the Las Vegas Raiders held the ball for 76 offensive plays per ESPN. New Orleans had some success along the line in the first quarter coming up with three sacks in the first 15 minutes. Unfortunately though, no more sacks after that.

Before we dig in, you can go and review vocabulary, gap assignments, and defensive line techniques in last week’s piece.

One of the more remarkable things about Monday night’s gameplan in the trenches was the variety of looks they gave. Last week, we broke down...
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Interview with the Enemy: Drew Brees could find success attacking middle of Packers defense

  • News source: Chris Dunnells
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Another week of football, and another week of our Interview with the Enemy series. This week, Jon Meerdink of Acme Packing Company answers 5 quick questions before our Week 3 Sunday Night Football showdown: the New Orleans Saints welcoming Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers into the Superdome.

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How is the health of the Packers team? Specifically, what’s the status of Davante Adams?

Who is one player on both sides of the ball that Saints fans might not be familiar with that you expect to make an impact on this game?

Finish this sentence: The Packers will win this game unless...
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Davante Adams doubtful, but still hoping to play tonight

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Packers receiver Davante Adams is still hoping to play tonight against the Saints.

Although Adams is still officially listed as doubtful with a hamstring injury, he wants to play and he’ll be given every opportunity to show he can go in pregame warmups, according to multiple reports.

Adams did make the trip to New Orleans, which he wouldn’t have done if there were no chance of him playing, so the Packers are holding out hope.

Adams is the Packers’ leading receiver with 17 catches for 192 yards and two touchdowns this season. He was also the Packers’ leading receiver last season, but the...
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Source: Saints WR Thomas eyes Week 4 return

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New Orleans Saints star wide receiver Michael Thomas, who will miss his second straight game Sunday night with a high ankle sprain, was "moving really well" during Friday's workout and wants to play in Week 4 against the Detroit Lions, a league source told ESPN.

Thomas' availability ultimately will hinge on whether he is cleared by doctors, but the record-setting receiver "looked good" this weekend, according to the source.

Thomas has not practiced since he suffered the ankle injury during the final minutes of New Orleans' Week 1 victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

The Saints chose...
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How to watch Saints vs. Packers: TV information, expert predictions, how to get live updates, more

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The New Orleans Saints look to bounce back from Monday night's loss to the Las Vegas Raiders on Sunday, squaring off against the Green Bay Packers back at home in the Superdome.

The Saints have never lost a Sunday Night Football game in the Dome during the Sean Payton-Drew Brees era, but they'll have a tough task in containing Aaron Rodgers, Aaron Jones and the rest of the Packers' league-best offense, which is averaging 505 yards per game.

Get important gameday information, including how to watch, stream and follow the game, below.

When: Sunday, Sept. 27 (7:20 p.m. CT)

Series...
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Can Saints offense get back on track? Who are Green Bay's non-QB stars? 3 things to watch for

  • News source: BY LUKE JOHNSON | Staff writer
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At least the New Orleans Saints didn’t have to wait as long as usual to get the bad taste out of their mouths.

Last week was a tough one for the Saints, losing 34-24 to the Las Vegas Raiders in a nationally televised game. Their punishment is to play a surging Green Bay Packers team after a shortened week of preparation in another prime time game.

But history is working on the Saints side. Since the start of the 2010 season, New Orleans has gone 19-3 in prime time games at the Superdome, and they’ve won five straight. The Saints also haven’t lost back-to-back regular-season games since...
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'How does a kid like this get cut?' Saints' Taysom Hill faces Packers team that let him go

  • News source: BY AMIE JUST | Staff writer
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The 2017 Green Bay Packers had begun trimming their roster to 53 players and Max McCaffrey didn’t make the cut, so he started exchanging goodbyes.

The wide receiver was in good spirits, though, after signing to the New Orleans Saints’ practice squad. As he continued to finish up his business in the locker room, one more person walked in. And McCaffrey had to thank him, because without this rookie quarterback, McCaffrey himself might not have found a landing spot.

“We start talking like, ‘Taysom, it’s been awesome, man. I’m heading out to New Orleans,’” McCaffrey said. “He’s like, ‘Oh...
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WATCH: Week 2 preview video, Saints and Raiders on Monday Night Football

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Drew Brees versus Aaron Rodgers - can football get any better?

Tomorrow night, the 1-1 New Orleans Saints - coming off a humiliating upset at the hands of the Las Vegas Raiders - return home to face the undefeated Green Bay Packers.

This matchup has lot a bit of its star power of late, as 2019 Offensive Player of the Year Michael Thomas is already ruled out for tomorrow game and Packers star receiver, Davante Adams is listed as “doubtful” to play after missing practice all week.

Both teams are hoping to make a deep playoff run in 2020, and each team has the talent to be a contender in...
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Source: Saints DE Cameron Jordan fined $15,000 for unnecessary roughness against Raiders

  • News source: BY AMIE JUST | Staff writer
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New Orleans Saints defensive end Cameron Jordan was fined $15,000 for unnecessary roughness stemming from a horse collar tackle against the Las Vegas Raiders on Monday, a source told The Times-Picayune | New Orleans Advocate.

Jordan was flagged in the fourth quarter of that game for a horse collar tackle on Raiders running back Josh Jacobs.

Jordan was called for two penalties against the Raiders, a neutral zone infraction and the horse collar. Jordan said after the game that he wanted clarity on that.

"At the end of the day when you see those penalties, there's no excuse to be made,"...
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Walker: For Drew Brees, Saints' showdown vs. Packers about more than matchup vs. Aaron Rodgers

  • News source: BY ROD WALKER | Staff writer
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Remember all the hype surrounding Brees vs. Brady in Week 1?

The Week 3 matchup could be even more intriguing.

And no, I'm not referring to Drew Brees vs. Aaron Rodgers, which I'll get to later.

How about Brees vs. himself?

If you're a Saints' fan, that's really what you'll be paying attention to Sunday night when the Green Bay Packers come to town.

Will it be the Brees of old? Or will it the Brees who's getting old, as many are starting to think after the first two weeks of the season.

With a scaled back offseason and no preseason, it's too soon to write Brees off based on a sample...
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Source: Saints' Cameron Jordan, Marshon Lattimore, D.J. Swearinger fined for Week 1 incidents

  • News source: BY AMIE JUST | Staff writer
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Three different New Orleans Saints defenders were fined more than $9,000 for three respective incidents in their Week 1 game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, a source told The Times-Picayune | New Orleans Advocate.

The three receiving fines were defensive end Cameron Jordan, cornerback Marshon Lattimore and defensive back D.J. Swearinger.

Swearinger was fined $9,412 for unnecessary roughness, per source. Swearinger's flag for a hit on a defenseless receiver came in the fourth quarter after Tampa Bay quarterback Tom Brady connected with wide receiver Chris Godwin for a gain of 9 yards...
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With WR Davante Adams injured, Packers promote Darrius Shepherd

  • News source: Mike Florio
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Packers receiver Davante Adams is officially doubtful for Sunday’s game against the Saints, with a hamstring injury. Although he wasn’t downgraded to out (which means, as the team has confirmed, he made the trip to New Orleans), the Packers have promoted a receiver from the practice squad.

Darrius Shepherd joins the roster for Sunday night’s game against the Saints.

Joining Shepherd in making the climb from the practice squad are tight end John Lovett and defensive lineman Billy Winn.

The other Packers receivers are Marquez Valdes-Scantling, Allen Lazard, and Malik Taylor. Last week...
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Saints add DE Hunt and WR Fowler to active roster, place RB Montgomery on IR, waive OL Clapp

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The New Orleans Saints have officially signed wide receiver Bennie Fowler and defensive end Margus Hunt back to their active roster, placed running back Ty Montgomery on injured reserve and waived offensive lineman Will Clapp.

It’s been routine during the week early in the season to moved the veterans Fowler and Hunt back and forth from the practice squad to the 53-man roster ahead of game day.

Montgomery (hamstring) was added to the Saints’ injury report Friday. Since he is now on IR, he will miss at least three weeks.

Clapp, the former Brother Martin and LSU standout, has been a...
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