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Detillier: It's Taysom time for the Saints

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By Mike Detillier / Sports Correspondent

The rivalry between the Atlanta Falcons and the New Orleans Saints is built on competition and hatred for one another.

And this game always seems to have some of the most unusual things happen since the Saints started playing the Falcons back in 1967.

But in Sunday’s game, the swerve came before the game was even played.

When Saints quarterback Drew Brees went down last week against the San Francisco 49ers due to a rib/lung injury, Sean Payton didn’t hesitate a second to put in Jameis Winston in the second half of the 49ers game.

Virtually every one of us fans, media, and even Saints players thought that Winston would get the starting nod versus the Falcons at quarterback.

As the week went by more and more the word had gotten out that Taysom Hill was getting the majority of snaps with the first-team unit and reports are that the former BYU quarterback will make his first NFL regular-season start versus the Falcons Sunday.

Saints head coach Sean Payton has not confirmed the report, nor has he denied it either.

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4 bold Saints predictions for Week 11 vs. Falcons

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By Ashish Mathur | Clutch Points

The 7-2 New Orleans Saints will host the 3-6 Atlanta Falcons in Week 11 at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

While the Saints are favored to win the game, the team’s offense is going to look much different since superstar quarterback Drew Brees is out with five broken ribs and a collapsed right lung. New Orleans will be starting Taysom Hill over Jameis Winston, and everyone is looking forward to seeing what Hill can do as the full-time QB instead of his usual role as a gadget guy.

The Falcons, who have one of the best offenses in the NFL with Matt Ryan and Julio Jones leading the way, are coming off their by week in Week 10. Atlanta enters the Saints game on a two-game winning streak. They defeated the Carolina Panthers in Week 8 and the Denver Broncos in Week 9.

With the Saints-Falcons game almost here, let’s take a look at four bold predictions for the contest from a New Orleans point of view.

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Source: Taysom Hill, not Jameis Winston, to start at QB for New Orleans Saints

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By Mike Triplett | ESPN Staff Writer

METAIRIE, La. -- The New Orleans Saints will start Taysom Hill at quarterback ahead of Jameis Winston on Sunday against the Atlanta Falcons, a source told ESPN's Adam Schefter.

Hill took all the starter reps at practice this week, according to the source. A source also told ESPN's Dianna Russini that Winston will not be part of any offensive packages unless needed because of injury.

The move comes as a mild surprise, because Winston is more experienced and replaced Drew Brees during the second half of last Sunday's 27-13 win over the San Francisco 49ers after Brees suffered cracked ribs and a punctured lung.

The Saints' decision is a reminder that coach Sean Payton and team executives have always maintained that Hill could be a starting NFL quarterback. They backed up that belief by signing him to a two-year, $21 million contract extension as a restricted free agent this offseason.

Hill, who was a dual-threat quarterback at BYU from 2012 to 2016, has carved out a unique role with the Saints over the past four seasons as a read-option QB/RB/WR/TE/FB/special-teams specialist.

He has completed just 11 of 20 passes in his career, including the playoffs, for a total of 255 yards with zero touchdowns and one interception. Hill has not thrown a touchdown pass since Nov. 26, 2016, in his final season at BYU.

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Saints Defense vs. Falcons Offense Preview

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By Bob Rose | SI

The New Orleans Saints and Atlanta Falcons renew one of the NFL's most bitter rivalries this Sunday in the Superdome. New Orleans enters the contest with a 7-2 record and winners of their last six, most recently a 27-13 victory at home over the San Francisco 49ers last Sunday. The team's defense has played at an elite level in the previous two games and ranks 4th in the league in total yardage, allowing 308 yards per game and less than 300 in four of their last six outings.

Their defense and special teams have forced 13 turnovers this season, including 7 in the last two games. The Saints rank 22nd in 3rd down defense (44.6%), 29th in red-zone percentage (75%), and have allowed an average of 23.7 points per game, surrendering 24 or less in all four contests after their bye.

Atlanta is coming off a bye week and enters the game with a 3-6 record, but is 3-1 since replacing head coach Dan Quinn with Raheem Morris in October. The Falcons have one of the league's most explosive offenses. They rank 5th in total yardage with an average of 397 yards per game but an average of 27 points per outing. Atlanta has converted 43.4% of their 3rd down chances, ranking 12th in the league, but their 52.7% red zone percentage ranks just 27th. They've turned the ball over 8 times, including once in each of the last five games.

Here's how the New Orleans defense matches up against the offense of their rivals from Atlanta.

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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

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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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Interview: Former Saints receiver Torrance Small recalls career-best game at Denver, talks what it takes to win at altitude

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It doesn’t seem that long ago.

With a 4-year-old daughter, a 1-year-old son and their mother waiting patiently for dad/husband to return home to spend Christmas together, we were all hoping for a rather quick game and safe, on-time charter flight back to Kenner.

On Dec. 24, 1994, the New Orleans Saints went to Mile High Stadium and downed the Broncos 30-28.

That was the last victory for the Saints at Denver.

Of course, the two teams seldom play each other, having met just 11 times over the course of the previous 53 years of New Orleans Saints football. Denver has dominated, winning...
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Lattimore, Hill, Washington return to practice for Saints ahead of Broncos trip

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A pair of key starters for the Saints who missed last week’s game with the Falcons were back at practice today in the first injury report ahead of Sunday’s game at Denver at 3:05 p.m.

Marshon Lattimore and Josh Hill returned in full. Lattimore had been out with an abdomen injury while Hill missed the Atlanta game with a concussion.

Another player who was out last week, Dwayne Washington, also returned in full after being out with a back injury.

Andrus Peat did not practice after suffering a concussion in the Atlanta game while Deonte Harris was also out with a neck injury.

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Saints designate Sheldon Rankins to return from IR

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The Saints designated defensive tackle Sheldon Rankins to return from injured reserve, according to Wednesday’s transactions report. That opens a 21-day window for the Saints to decide to return him to the active roster or he will finish the season on injured reserve.

The Saints could make the move in time for Rankins to play Sunday against the Broncos.

The team placed Rankins on injured reserve Nov. 6 after he sprained his MCL against the Bears. He has missed the past three games.

Rankins has 11 tackles, seven quarterback hits and 1.5 sacks in seven games this season.

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Cowboys assistant Markus Paul, formerly with Saints, dies at 54

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FRISCO, Texas (AP) — Dallas Cowboys strength coach Markus Paul died Wednesday, a day after being taken to the hospital after experiencing a medical emergency at the team's facility. He was 54.

The team said the cause of death was pending.

Paul was in his third season with the Cowboys after previously being a strength and conditioning coach with the New Orleans Saints, New England Patriots, New York Jets and 12 seasons with the New York Giants. Paul was part of five Super Bowl championships, three with the Patriots and two with the Giants.

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Here's why Taysom Hill looked to family, not a buzzing phone after Saints win in 1st QB start

  • News source: BY AMIE JUST | Staff writer
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Taysom Hill knew his cellphone was likely buzzing non-stop from text messages, social media notifications and phone calls after his first NFL start at quarterback on Sunday night for the New Orleans Saints.

But instead of responding to everyone that evening, he left his phone alone to be present with his wife, Emily, their infant son, Beau, and his parents who came in for the weekend.

"We just enjoyed the time," Hill said Wednesday, noting that he didn't have much time with his family all week due to game preparations.

It had been a long time coming, and Hill didn't shy away from how...
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Broncos activate Mark Barron from IR, waive LeVante Bellamy

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The Broncos activated linebacker Mark Barron from injured reserve to their active roster, the team announced Wednesday.

Denver waived running back LeVante Bellamy in a corresponding move. Bellamy, an undrafted rookie from Western Michigan, was activated from IR on Tuesday.

Barron, a ninth-year player, signed with the Broncos in late August after rookie linebacker Justin Strnad was lost for the season with a wrist injury.

Barron injured his hamstring Sept. 4. and went on injured reserve. He returned to practice earlier this month, giving the Broncos until Nov. 27 to activate him to their...
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Cowboys strength coach Markus Paul, 54, dies

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FRISCO, Texas -- Dallas Cowboys strength and conditioning coordinator Markus Paul, who was rushed to the hospital Tuesday morning after experiencing a medical emergency, has died, the team announced Wednesday. He was 54.

Surrounded by family, Paul passed away Wednesday evening at Plano Presbyterian Hospital.

The cause of death was not announced.

"The loss of a family member is a tragedy, and Markus Paul was a loved and valued member of our family," Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones said in a statement. "He was a pleasant and calming influence in our strength room and...
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Saints at Broncos Wednesday injury report: Lattimore is a full participant

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The New Orleans Saints are making the trip up to the Mile High City to face off with the Denver Broncos. The Saints will look to keep their winning streak alive, while also continuing to help build continuity with Taysom Hill in Drew Brees’s absence.

Luckily, the first injury report for New Orleans is relatively short, but there are some big names that pop up on it. Cornerback Marshon Lattimore was a full participant, which is the good news, as was tight end Josh Hill. Unfortunately, Michael Thomas and Alvin Kamara were both limited. Here is the full injury report:

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Saints' Andrus Peat, Deonte Harris miss Wednesday's practice; Marshon Lattimore back in full

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Seven New Orleans Saints players were listed on the injury report on Wednesday ahead of their game against the Denver Broncos, but there was good news for three of those players.

Starting cornerback Marshon Lattimore (abdomen), tight end Josh Hill (concussion) and running back Dwayne Washington (back) all practiced fully after missing last week's game against the Atlanta Falcons with their injuries.

Starting guard Andrus Peat (concussion) and All-Pro returner Deonte Harris (neck) did not practice due to the injuries, as they both sustained their respective injuries against the Falcons...
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Saints DT Sheldon Rankins designated for return from injured reserve

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The New Orleans Saints designated defensive tackle Sheldon Rankins for return from the injured reserve on Wednesday, according to the league's transactions report.

Rankins went on the injured reserve on Nov. 6 due to a knee injury he sustained against the Chicago Bears. Rankins' knee injury was an MCL sprain, and was less serious than originally feared, considering the TV broadcast refused to show replay of Rankins' injury.

The Saints have 21 days to decide whether to place him back on the active roster or have him out for the rest of the season.

Rankins missed his third game last...
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Why did the Saints sign QB Trevor Siemian? In case 'something else happened'

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With New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees on the injured reserve for at least two more games, the Saints signed backup quarterback Trevor Siemian to the active roster — a roster move made official Tuesday.


There's an added premium placed on healthy players because of the coronavirus pandemic and in case of other emergency, coach Sean Payton said.

"With everything that's going on right now, the ability for us to have a third quarterback training and ready in the event someone got COVID or something else happened," Payton said. "We just felt strongly that that was something we...
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Payton discusses Saints approach to rare high altitude test for Saints in Denver

  • News source: Ken Trahan
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It is a rare matchup in rare air.

The New Orleans Saints and Denver Broncos have only met 11 times in the previous 53 years of the New Orleans franchise.

Number 14 in the trilogy arrives on Sunday when the Saints play the Broncos at Empower Field at Mile High at 3:05 p.m.

The Saints last faced the Broncos in 2015, losing 25-23 in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

New Orleans last played at Denver in 2012, falling 34-14 to the Broncos.

Denver has dominated the series, winning nine of 11 games.

The last victory for the Saints over the Broncos was in 1994 at Denver when the Saints won 30-28...
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