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As a player, Mike Vrabel once invoked Drew Brees while trash talking Philip Rivers

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By John Sigler | Saints Wire

Mike Vrabel has quickly risen within the NFL coaching ranks, but the Tennessee Titans’ head coach was better known for his feats as a player. He rose to prominence with the New England Patriots from 2001 to 2008, making a ton of plays at linebacker and occasionally mixing it up on offense in red zone packages — he was thrown to 14 times in his Patriots career, scoring a touchdown on all 10 of the passes that he caught.

But Vrabel’s experience on defense was the subject of a question from ESPN’s Dianna Russini before his Titans kicked off with the Indianapolis Colts on Thursday night. When asked if he had any memories of interacting with Colts quarterback Philip Rivers during his playing career, Vrabel had to smile.

“We were out in Qualcomm Stadium,” Vrabel said, smirking and recalling a game with Rivers and the then-San Diego Chargers. “And I told him (and) anybody within earshot that he would never be Drew Brees, that I knew it, he knew it, and everyone else knows it. We laughed about it and it looks like both of ’em ended up having really great careers.”

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NFL trade deadline winners and losers: Saints, Titans among rare victors as league stays quiet

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A look at who came away on the right (and wrong) side of the deadline

By Cody Benjamin| CBS Sports

When Tuesday began, it wasn't just the start of Election Day. It also marked trade deadline day in the NFL. But if somehow you were completely unaware of the latter, you'd be fully forgiven for your mistake thanks to an especially quiet afternoon around the league. Despite big names like Jimmy Garoppolo, Amari Cooper, Golden Tate, Duane Brown and Dante Fowler being moved mid-season from 2017-2018, this year's deadline -- much like that of 2019 -- failed to produce just about any notable action.

With teams hesitant to take on future salary cap space and part with 2021 draft picks, per Sports Illustrated's Albert Breer, only a handful of low-tier reserves found new homes on Tuesday, with the New England Patriots landing wide receiver Isaiah Ford and the Miami Dolphins acquiring running back DeAndre Washington.

That said, it's not too hard to identify winners and losers from this year's deadline: ...

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49ers GM John Lynch issues statement on trading Kwon Alexander to Saints

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By John Sigler | Saintswire

The New Orleans Saints made their first and maybe only move ahead of the NFL trade deadline on Nov. 3 by acquiring San Francisco 49ers linebacker Kwon Alexander, who should add a ton of athleticism and starting experience to their defense.

And according to 49ers general manager John Lynch, Alexander is also bringing an impressive strength of character and leadership qualities with him.

“Kwon’s time with our team might not have been long but it was very impactful,” Lynch said in a statement from the team. “A tremendous teammate, his non-stop motor, ferocious play and selfless nature helped establish a standard for our locker room that will carry on. On behalf of the entire organization, I want to wish Kwon all the best and think him for all of his contributions to our team.” ...

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Panthers release former Saints cornerback Eli Apple

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By John Sigler | Saintswire

One former member of the New Orleans Saints is looking for a new team. The Carolina Panthers announced Tuesday that they are releasing cornerback Eli Apple, who signed with them as a free agent this summer. If he joins a new squad, it will be his fourth team in three years after the Saints acquired him in a midseason trade with the New York Giants back in 2018.

Apple coincidentally took his first defensive snaps with the Panthers against his old squad, totaling four tackles on 28 reps versus the Saints. Pro Football Focus dinged him with three completions allowed on three passes into his coverage, giving up two catches to Deonte Harris (for 25 yards) and another reception to Marquez Callaway (for 7 yards, converting a first down).

A lingering hamstring injury had kept Apple off the field throughout Carolina’s training camp and the opening weeks of the season; his only action before Week 7’s Saints-Panthers game came on a handful of special teams snaps. ...

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Saints at Broncos Thursday injury report: Michael Thomas limited second day

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Almost a wash rinse and repeat. Not Practicing for the Saints on the second consecutive day were G Andrus Peat (Concussion) and WR Deonte Harris (Neck).

The following players were limited including the new addition, RB Ty Montgomery (Hamstring), WR Michael Thomas (Ankle), and RB Alvin Kamara (Foot). Both Thomas and Kamara could be just a maintenance strategy. Last week Kamara was limited the first day, missed the second day and was full on the final day. I expect much of the same tomorrow.

RB Dwayne Washington (Back), TE Josh Hill (Concussion), and CB Marshon Lattimore (Abdomen) again...
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The Edge: The Saints have a good shot to end near 26-year, 5-game losing streak to Denver

  • News source: BY AMIE JUST | Staff writer
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The New Orleans Saints haven't beaten the Denver Broncos since 1994. Since the Denver Broncos are in the AFC, that's only a five-game losing streak.

But the Saints have a chance to end that streak come Sunday.

New Orleans was close last time, losing to Denver back in 2016 by just two points — two points that came after an extra point attempt by Saints kicker Wil Lutz was blocked and returned for two points.

What'll happen this go-round? Here's who has the edge:

Saints offense: Quarterback Taysom Hill filled in for Drew Brees last week against the Falcons for his first NFL start at...
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Washington FT vs. Cowboys: Thanksgiving open thread

  • News source: Wallace Delery
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Good afternoon and Happy Thanksgiving, Who Dat Nation! The feast is on the table and we can't wait to get started, but don’t forget we have the second of two NFL games to enjoy while dinner hits the table. Here is the second of our NFL double-header:

Network - FOX

Spend some of your holiday time conversing with your CSC family here as well. Enjoy the game and get started eating some turkey!

The easiest way to watch NFL action on your TV, smartphone, or streaming device is through fuboTV. fuboTV provides you access to live sports and TV without cable. You get access to all of the major...
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Saints' Deonte Harris, Andrus Peat miss practice again, only one change for Thursday's injury report

  • News source: BY AMIE JUST | Staff writer
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The New Orleans' Saints injury report on Thursday looked nearly identical to the one the team released on Wednesday, though they did add one player.

The new name on the list was running back Ty Montgomery, who was limited on Thursday with a hamstring injury. Montgomery has had hamstring issues this season, missing ultimately six games due to the injury while he spent five games on the injured reserve and was inactive immediately after his return.

Though, it's not known if Montgomery is dealing with the same hamstring as the one he was earlier this season.

The rest of the injury report...
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Broncos put Jeff Driskel on COVID list, rest of team cleared to practice

  • News source: Josh Alper
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The Broncos will put a player on the reserve/COVID-19 list on Thursday, but it will not interfere with their scheduled practice.

Broncos head coach Vic Fangio told reporters that backup quarterback Jeff Driskel is going on the reserve list. Fangio said that the team has gone through contact tracing procedures and determined that no other players will have to go onto the list due to contact with Driskel.

Driskel will miss Sunday’s game against the Saints. Brett Rypien will serve as the only backup to Drew Lock as a result.

Defensive end Shelby Harris is the only other Broncos player...
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Payton discusses progress of Saints defense throughout season

  • News source: Ken Trahan
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The defensive improvement for the New Orleans Saints from its early season look, chocked full of big penalties and big plays against it, to what it is today, is dramatic.

Speaking with media Thanksgiving morning, Saints coach Sean Payton discussed what has changed.

“The devil, often times, is in the details,” Payton said. “There’s times when you look at things and you say man, we’re close here. You have to start with, we can’t have like two or three dropped coverages in a game. In other words, you can play lights out but if you drop one or two of them and all of a sudden they result in...
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Saints rookie roundup, Week 11: Trautman continues to improve

  • News source: Anthony Mocklin
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The New Orleans Saints hosted the Atlanta Falcons in Week 11 looking to hold onto the NFC’s No. 1 seed. With quarterback Drew Brees nursing his rib injuries, Taysom Hill got the start under center.

The Saints took down their division rivals 24-9. Hill completed all but five of his passes for 233 yards while adding 51 yards and two touchdowns on the ground.

New Orleans’ rushing attack was as balanced as it’s been all season with running backs Alvin Kamara and Latavius Murray receiving 13 and 14 touches, respectively. Kamara recorded 45 rushing yards and a touchdown but did not have a...
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Defense gives Saints chance to be Super team

  • News source: Ken Trahan
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The defense never rests.

For the 2020 New Orleans Saints to have a genuine shot at winning the Super Bowl, their defense cannot rest. I mean that in the literal sense and on their laurels.

For a team always known for its offense under Sean Payton, it is the New Orleans defense that is making everyone around the NFL take notice

New Orleans has allowed the fewest rushing yards in the league (743) in 10 games, an average of just 74.3 yards per contest. The 3,022 yards allowed are third least in the league, an average of 302.2 per game. The Saints are eighth in points allowed (222) an...
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CSC Staff Picks Week 12: Thankful to not be the Falcons

  • News source: Chris Dunnells
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With the 2020 NFL season now entering Week 12, we’re continuing our new weekly bit where some of the staff here at Canal Street Chronicles tries to pick winners and losers for every NFL game each week.

In Week 11, it was generally a good week for the New Orleans Saints. The Saints were able to take care of business against the division rival Atlanta Falcons. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers, fighting for second place in the division, lost to the Los Angeles Rams, and the NFC North-leading Green Bay Packers dropped their contest to the Indianapolis Colts. When all was said and done, the Saints...
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NFL Picks Week 12: Running Up That Hill

  • News source: Wallace Delery
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The New Orleans Saints face the Denver Broncos in the Mile High City, in Taysom Hill’s first road start. Although the fact that the Broncos are below average, the fact remains that the Saints haven’t beaten the Broncos since 1994. Denver has just had the Saints’ number and it will be no easy feat to break this unfortunate streak. Talk of a “trap game” will not be lost on this team and they will need to keep their focus at the level we’ve seen for most of the last few games.

This Thanksgiving has Saints fans thankful to see the team playing its best right now, thankful that they are once...
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Overreactions from Saints win over Falcons: Taysom Hill edition

  • News source: Kade Kistner
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The New Orleans Saints hosted the Atlanta Falcons last Sunday afternoon in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. While the 24-9 victory was impressive, as was the Saints defense, the real talk of the town was Taysom Hill’s performance.

The week leading up to the game saw uncertainty as to which quarterback between Jameis Winston and Hill would end up getting the start. I, for one, firmly believed it would it HAD to be Winston. Instead, head coach Sean Payton named Hill the starter, and the BYU product did not disappoint.

Thanks to a phenomenal starting debut, the overreactions regarding Hill have...
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WATCH: CSC reacts to Taysom Hill’s first career start and win as Saints QB

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The New Orleans Saints are celebrating their seventh straight win after improving to 8-2. Now adding a 24-9 victory against the rival Atlanta Falcons.

This was no routine Falcons game, either. New Orleans pulled off this big win with Taysom Hill getting the start at quarterback in place of the injured Drew Brees and without top cornerback Marshon Lattimore who missed the game with an abdomen injury.

In our newest YouTube video, Ross Jackson breaks down how they pulled it off, whether or not Taysom and the offense can do it again, how far the defense has come, top performers, and more...
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Barnwell: 15 NFL free agents who could gain or lose (a lot) in the next six weeks

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The 2020 NFL season has arguably been the weirdest in league history. Next year will hopefully be something closer to normal, but the league's pending free agents will be in a bind with the salary cap projected to fall to $175 million. Teams that have relied on steady cap increases will be forced to cut veterans to create space, resulting in a flooded market. The significant cap increases that will come after the league signs its new television deals are still two or three years away.

This is a terrible time to become a free agent, which is why it's even more important to impress the...
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Fleur-de-Links, November 26: Two Saints starters miss Wednesday’s practice

  • News source: Adam Dunnells
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A new t-shirt from BreakingT is now available, commemorating Taysom Hill’s debut game, a victory of rival Atlanta Falcons.

A big game from the Saints defense could hand the Saints their first victory in Denver in over 20 years.

Markus Paul, former assistant strength and conditioning coach for the New Orleans Saints, has passed away at 54.

The Saints currently sit at an average of #3 in power rankings, receiving a #3 from every outlet aside from Bleacher Report, which ranked the Saints #4.

The San Francisco 49ers have released former Saints linebacker, Kiko Alonso.

Sheldon Rankins is...
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