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Saints still have a lot of work to do if they want to contend this year

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By Nick Underhill | The Advocate

We should probably start by saying the Saints didn’t lose.

Yes, they won, but it feels weird to tell the story with that sentence. That phrase implies action, and it doesn’t feel like there was action taken. It feels more accurate to say the Saints survived and benefitted from a flurry of mistakes by Cleveland, which on Sunday employed a kicker who missed two field goals and two extra points in a 21-18 game. You usually don’t get that lucky.

But it wasn’t a loss. That is what matters today. The Saints are 1-1 and have another opportunity next week to...

Ted Ginn Jr. leads group competing to replace Tommylee Lewis as Saints punt returner

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By Joel A. Erickson | The Advocate

As long as Ted Ginn Jr. has been in the NFL, he's been returning punts in the NFL.

A couple of fumbles forced the Saints to pull Ginn off of that duty a year ago.

But Ginn will likely be back in the saddle Sunday against the Atlanta Falcons. With Tommylee Lewis on injured reserve because of the knee injury he suffered Sunday, Ginn is the most experienced punt returner on the roster.

"Ted Ginn's someone who's done it, and we've just got to get that gas can in his locker and get him going," Payton said. "He's someone that can give you some juice in that...

Teddy Bridgewater impresses Saints, has been backup since season opener

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By Joel A. Erickson | The Advocate

Teddy Bridgewater was picked up by New Orleans 10 days before the season opener.

One of those days was a preseason game, the next two were devoted to roster cuts and a few more were days off for a lot of the players after a long training camp.

Bridgewater made the most of those 10 days. Despite a lack of time and repetition in the offense, Bridgewater walked onto the Superdome turf for the season opener knowing that he'd be taking over if something happened to Drew Brees.

"We're pleased," Saints head coach Sean Payton said. "He was our backup Week...

Week 3 FOX Saints @ Falcons Preview

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BY PFF PREVIEW TEAM

Beyond providing data for all 32 NFL teams, PFF also supports network broadcasters with game-preview packets that are used to enhance the in-game experience for fans and viewers. This Saints-Falcons preview features the same information our broadcast partners use for team research and in-game production.

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BREES’ CONSISTENCY IS UNPARALLELED

At 39-years-young, Saints quarterback Drew Brees hasn’t ranked outside the top-10 in adjusted completion...

No changes to Saints' participation report; Falcons' Jones misses second straight practice

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

Neither the New Orleans Saints nor the Falcons saw many changes to their practice participation reports Thursday (Sept. 20), which may end up being good news for the Saints.

Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones (calf) and running back Devonta Freeman (knee) each missed their second consecutive day of practice, as did defensive ends Takkarist McKinley (groin) and Derrick Shelby (groin).

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Saints' Cameron Meredith excited by possibility of playing in Week 3

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

There's a good chance wide receiver Cameron Meredith will make his New Orleans Saints debut in Sunday's game against the Atlanta Falcons.

With Tommylee Lewis going on injured reserve and Ted Ginn Jr. dealing with a knee injury, the Saints will likely need Meredith available Sunday after having him as a healthy scratch in the first two games.

"I feel good, and I'm excited to go out there and make some plays this week," Meredith said Thursday.

Coach Sean Payton on Thursday said the Saints are looking into the possibility of getting Meredith involved in the game plan...

Saints new safety Kurt Coleman has plenty experience facing Falcons

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By Christopher Dabe - NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune

The New Orleans Saints have a relatively young defensive backfield, but there's one newcomer to the team who has more experience against the Atlanta Falcons than anybody back there.

Kurt Coleman, a ninth-year NFL safety, played three full seasons in the NFC South while with the Carolina Panthers, and that experience within the division played a part in the Saints choosing to sign him during the offseason.

The game Sunday will be the ninth of Coleman's career against the Falcons, the sixth against them...

Veteran nose tackle Jay Bromley happy to be back with Saints

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By Joel A. Erickson | The Advocate

Jay Bromley spent the first two weeks of the NFL season in an unfamiliar place.

On his couch.

Bromley, a veteran of four seasons with the Giants, was cut by the Saints at the end of training camp, and he spent the first weeks of the season unsigned.

"It sucks," Bromley said. "I realized that I haven't been in that position in a while, sitting down watching Sunday football, unless I had a game on Monday, so it was different doing that."

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Battle of Saints, Falcons backfields might be down to just Alvin Kamara, Tevin Coleman

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By Joel A. Erickson | The Advocate

The New Orleans Saints and Atlanta Falcons boast two of the running back tandems in the NFL.

But one half of each tandem might be missing when the teams meet at noon Sunday in Atlanta.

With Mark Ingram still serving a four-game suspension for New Orleans and Atlanta's Devonta Freeman "day to day" with a knee injury that kept him out of last week's win over Carolina, this meeting between the Saints and Falcons will feature Alvin Kamara and Tevin Coleman as headliners.

"Certainly, going into this game, usually you are talking about two running backs that are really playing well," Falcons coach Dan Quinn said. "Both...

Walker: Saints' Marcus Williams helps save day for Saints, lets actions speak louder than words

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By Rod Walker | The Advocate

Marcus Williams' locker was empty by the time the media entered the Saints' dressing room on Sunday.

He was already gone, changing clothes and vanishing with the quickness of some superhero, which on this day he was.

His No. 43 cape had been removed, his heroic deed for the day already done.

The second-year safety wasn't available to talk about how he saved the day, rescuing the Saints from disaster in a game they hung on to win 21-18 over the Cleveland Browns.

In fact, Williams hasn't been around to talk to the media about much of anything this season, perhaps avoiding any further...

Wil Lutz finds redemption with game-winner for Saints, consoles Browns counterpart Zane Gonzalez after miss

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By Joel A. Erickson | The Advocate

When Drew Brees took a knee and the clock finally zeroed out on Sunday, Wil Lutz made a beeline for the opposite sideline.

Browns kicker Zane Gonzalez had just missed a 52-yard attempt, his fourth miss of the day, that would have tied up things and sent New Orleans and Cleveland into overtime.

Gonzalez was sitting on the bench, head down, and Lutz leaned down and talked to him before patting his back and heading for the locker room.

Lutz, who missed a 44-yard attempt earlier in Sunday's game, understands the precarious position Gonzalez is in now in a league where a kicker's shelf life can be short...

How the Saints handled having multiple players wear the communication device on defense last week

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By Nick Underhill | The Advocate

The Saints do not have a set group of starting linebackers.

So, with the team using a combination of players last week, none of the linebackers played all of the defensive snaps. This wouldn't be a notable development for any other position group, but it is for this one since a designated linebacker typically wears a communication device in his helmet and relays calls to the other players.

A.J. Klein handled those duties last season, but the responsibility was shared last week against the Cleveland Browns. Klein, who played 44-of-62 snaps, wore it on...

Saints see positive results after tweaking linebacker usage in Week 2

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

This time of the season is about finding the right way to get all the components to fit together.

Against the Browns last week, the New Orleans Saints switched up their deployment of the linebacker corps. It was still a four-man rotation between Demario Davis, A.J. Klein, Manti Te'o and Alex Anzalone, but the dispersion of snaps between them was noticeably different.

Some of that is dependent on the type of team the Saints face, but coach Sean Payton also sounded like he hopes the experiments with the different personnel groupings result in a more steady unit being...

Saints rookie report card after first two weeks

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By John Sigler | Saintswire

The New Orleans Saints set an impossibly-high bar to meet with their 2017 draft class, so expectations were naturally gassed up for what came next. Unfortunately for the 2018 rookies, contributors are few and far between, and half the draft selections aren’t even on the active roster. Here’s a report card for all seven draft picks and the one undrafted rookie to make the team.

DE Marcus Davenport

The Saints’ first round draft pick has appeared in just 23 snaps in each of the first two games, which is according to plan. Davenport is a naturally-strong run defender who needs as many reps rushing the passer as he can get...

Saints Film Review: Alvin Kamara Dominates Discussion

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By John Vogel -- Full Press Coverage

Wednesday may not be the day that NFL teams break down game film from the following week, but it is the day that I will be doing so here, after I have let the statistics and first reactions calm down so that we can focus on facts: The fact is that the Saints have a good team. It’s still possibly a top ten roster in the league. It takes time for a roster to come together and learn how to play off and around each other. So thus, Wednesday is a great day for me to write a Saints Film Review.

I will be breaking down four plays from the past week, looking for...

The 7 Best Players in the NFC South. Period.

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By Cameron Jordan -- The Players' Tribune

When you talk about the best defensive ends in the NFC South, I just gonna say I’m pretty sure I own that title. You want to make a case against it, I’m @camjordan94 on Twitter. Let’s see what you got.

But for the sake of this assignment, I’m going to do myself a favor and put myself at No. 8 here — take myself out of the conversation right off the bat.

Because this division is stacked.

You got Kwon Alexander and Gerald McCoy down in Tampa. The Panthers have Luke Kuechly, Thomas Davis, Mario Addison, Kawann Short and Julius Peppers — the legend, a first-ballot Hall of...

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