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Video THE ANTI-TEBOW! Saints TE Taysom Hill Deserves Praise For Embracing New Role

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After Further Review On Demand is powered by BREC Golf Matt Moscona breaks down the new role for Saints TE Taysom Hill. Moscona explains why his new role compares to the one the Broncos wanted former QB Tim Tebow to play. Moscona praises Hill for embracing the move and explains why he will still have a very successful career.

Video New Orleans Saints Chase Hansen shines, Ian Book struggles in preseason opener

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New Orleans Saints linebacker Chase Hansen and running back Dwayne Washington make their cases for roster spots with great performances against the Houston Texans. Meanwhile, Ian Book, Tre'Quan Smith, and other young players will need a bounce back performance next week against the Green Bay Packers to solidify their roles. Andy Dalton, Dai'Jean Dixon, and Wil Lutz all also provide reasons for optimism for Saints fans.

Quarterback Andy Dalton, first-team defense shine for New Orleans Saints in 17-13 loss to Texans in preseason opener

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By John DeShazier | Senior Writer -

The culmination of the New Orleans Saints' preseason opener was along the lines of what can be expected of a first preseason game: Some good, some bad, some sharp, some sloppy, some head-turners and some head-scratchers.

And a great deal of film to study and improve off for the Saints, who dropped a 17-13 decision to the Texans on Saturday night at NRG Stadium in Houston.

New Orleans had to have been pleased with what it saw from its starting units on offense and defense; a 10-play, 67-yard touchdown drive directed by quarterback Andy Dalton (five for five for 51 yards and a 9-yard score) and two three-and-outs generated by the defense.

"I was pleased with the way the first units went in there and played," Coach Dennis Allen said. "We'll get back and take a look at the tape and have a better evaluation, but there were some good things I saw tonight."

It couldn't have been a cleaner open and Dalton, especially, was sharp with completions to four receivers. His touchdown pass to running back Dwayne Washington was a perfectly-executed screen – Washington patiently allowed left guard Andrus Peat and center Erik McCoy to get in position to throw the blocks and cleared his path to the end zone.

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Wide receiver Dai'Jean Dixon embraces rockstar mentality as he fights to make New Orleans Saints roster

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For an undrafted free agent looking to make an impact in a deep New Orleans Saints receiver room, Dai'Jean Dixon doesn't lack confidence.

In fact, if you ask him, he's a superstar, complete with black-painted toe nails.

"I feel like I'm a rockstar, I don't really show that to everybody," Dixon said. "Gameday, practice, everyday, I'm trying to rock out."

A New Orleans native who played collegiately at Nicholls State, Dixon had a decorated career with the Colonels. The 6-foot-4, 200-pound receiver was named first team All-Southland Conference three times and was the first Colonel to produce two 1,000-yard receiving seasons. In 2019, Dixon finished second in the FCS with 116.0 yards receiving per game. He finished his college career ranked second in Southland Conference history in receptions, third in receiving yards and fourth in touchdown receptions.

"I've always believed that I belonged here," Dixon said. "That's what I worked for, and I'm getting closer and closer to my dreams."

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Saints fall to the Texans 17-13 in first preseason game

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Andy Dalton impressive in lone possession

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The New Orleans Saints lost a last-minute heartbreaker to the Houston Texans 17-13 in the team's preseason debut Saturday at NRG Stadium in Houston.

A number of Saints didn't dress for the game, including Jameis Winston, Alvin Kamara, Mark Ingram, Jarvis Landry, Michael Thomas, Marcus Davenport, Cam Jordan, David Onyemata, Alontae Taylor, Pete Werner, Zack Baun and Tyrann Mathieu.

The defense starred in the Lone Star state Saturday night, allowing 275 total yards from Houston. It locked down the Texans completely in the first and third quarters, allowing 33 yards in each period and one combined first down. New Orleans forced six punts and allowed just three third down conversions on 12 attempts. ...

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AFC North 2022 preview: Odds, win totals, fantasy picks for Ravens, Bengals, Browns, Steelers

  • News source: BY JIM DERRY | Sports betting writer
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We are well into the second half of our NFL previews, having wrapped up the AFC North this past Friday. And on Tuesday, we move on to an interesting division with potential surprises and the NFC North.

Before we take a look at Chicago, Detroit, Green Bay and Minnesota, we go back and have one last peek at our predictions on win totals and fantasy outlooks for Baltimore, Cincinnati, Cleveland and Pittsburgh.

Below are our preview videos and links to all of our NFL preview content from the week of Aug. 9-12.

Each Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from July 12 through Sept. 2, we...
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Fleur-de-Links, August 15: Andy Dalton impresses in Saints preseason opener

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The Saints lost to the Houston Texans in their first preseason game.

Andy Dalton completed every one of his passes, including a pass for a touchdown, in the Saints preseason game.

While Dennis Allen criticized Abram Smith for fumbling the ball, he also offered some praise, saying that Smith “looked explosive.”

Photos from a meet-and-greet hosted by the Saints.

Chris Olave speaks with NBC Sports’ Peter King and shares his thoughts on joining the NFL and working with his fellow Saints players.

Analyzing the performance of Dai’Jean Dixon in the Saints preseason game.

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Saints Backup QB Andy Dalton Returned Home a Winner in Preseason Loss

  • News source: Kyle T. Mosley
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(Houston, TX) — Andy Dalton returned to his hometown by engineering a touchdown drive on the Saints' first possession in front of family and friends inside NRG Stadium. Dalton's from Katy, a suburb of Houston that produces great football players in Texas.

I asked Dalton how did it feel to return home. "It was good. I got to see family. My family came in from New Orleans. And then my parents still live out in Katy. I got a sister and brother-in-law that live out in Katy. And my in-laws came in from Dallas. It was good to get to see a lot of people and a lot of family."

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Homegrown: Dai'Jean Dixon, ex-Edna Karr and Nicholls star, making mark with hometown Saints

  • News source: BY ROD WALKER | Sports columnist
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It’s the first thing Dai’Jean Dixon does when he puts on his No. 85 New Orleans Saints jersey before practice.

“I look at myself in the mirror and just think about the opportunity I have,” Dixon said.

For Dixon, that’s not just any old jersey he’s wearing.

It’s the jersey of his hometown team.

So the undrafted rookie from Algiers who played at perennial powerhouse Edna Karr High School and then Nicholls State doesn’t take any of this for granted.

This is a chance for him to make the NFL, just like his New Orleans born and raised cousins Kendrick Lewis and Dion Jones.

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Saints Locker Room Interview: Rookie RB Abram Smith 'Looked Explosive', Vows to 'Come Back Better' After Fumble

  • News source: Kyle T. Mosley
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(Houston, TX) — A compelling backup running back battle is occurring in New Orleans. With Alvin Kamara and Mark Ingram solidified as the top two rushers, the remaining four toted the ball on Saturday night in Houston.


Dennis Allen said of Smith, "You can't put the ball on the ground. That's a huge negative when you when you do that." The head coach had minor praise but returned to the fumbling. "I will say this. I thought he looked explosive running the football. And I thought there was a couple of really good runs that he made. But it doesn't matter how many good...
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Forecast: A lot of positives, some negatives in preseason opener

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NEW ORLEANS — Editor's Note: Ralph is a Saints fan who writes a column from a fan's perspective. He is a New Orleans native who has been watching his favorite team from afar for more than a dozen years now.

New Orleans Saints football is back! Let’s recap the Saints preseason opener before our brains forget the game between the Houston Texans and New Orleans Saints took place at all. Can you even recall a single thing from a preseason game from previous seasons? Without using Google I mean?

Give new Saints head coach Dennis Allen credit for one thing - he got the few players who we...
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With all eyes on them, here's how the Saints running backs performed in the preseason opener

  • News source: BY TERRIN WAACK | Staff writer
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HOUSTON — Hard. The New Orleans Saints running backs ran hard.

That was the word repeatedly used to describe the effort Abram Smith, Devine Ozigbo, Dwayne Washington and Tony Jones Jr. showed during Saturday’s 17-13 preseason loss to the Houston Texans in NRG Stadium.

“I thought they ran the ball hard,” coach Dennis Allen said. “Again, we’ll look at the tape to see exactly how they read it. But I felt like they ran the ball hard.”

What does that even mean?

“Just running physical,” Washington said. “Putting your shoulder pads down low, falling forward and trying to get those extra...
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Greater New Orleans Quarterback Club celebrates 84th year with August 30 meeting featuring Gayle Benson, Willie Fritz

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The 84th year of the Greater New Orleans Quarterback Club, presented by the Lamarque Motor Company, debuts on Tuesday, August 30 at noon at The Cannery on 3803 Toulouse Street in New Orleans with a stellar panel of speakers.

New Orleans Saints owner/chairman Mrs. Gayle Benson, Tulane head football coach Willie Fritz, LSU Executive Deputy Athletic Director/Executive Director of External Relations Verge Ausberry, De La Salle head coach Graham Jarrott and Karr head coach Brice Brown will speak at the August 30 luncheon.

Mrs. Benson serves as owner of the New Orleans Saints and New Orleans...
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Saints Rookie Dai'Jean Dixon Has a Solid NFL Debut

  • News source: Kyle T. Mosley
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(Houston, TX) -- Making an NFL roster is a daunting task. The New Orleans Saints wide receiving corps is loaded with talent ahead of rookie wideout Dai'Jean Dixon. Besides the eventual locks in the unit with Michael Thomas, Jarvis Landry, Chris Olave, and Deonte Harty, each day at training camp is a battle.

One way to separate yourself from the other players is to perform well during preseason game action. In New Orleans' opener against Houston, Dai'Jean Dixon took a considerable step closer to improving his stock with the Saints coaching staff.

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Saints vs. Texans: Thumbs Up/Thumbs Down

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In their first game in over seven months, the New Orleans Saints dropped their preseason opener at the Houston Texans 17-13 on Saturday night. The final score didn't matter at all. Coaches use preseason games as part of the evaluation process.

Defensively, the Saints looked sharp and ready for the regular season opener at Atlanta on September 11. Several New Orleans starters on both sides of the ball didn't suit up at all, with most others ending their night after a series or two.

The Saints starting offense was impressive on their first and only drive, taking the ball 67 yards in 10...
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If Ravens, Lamar Jackson don’t get a deal done by Week One, what happens next?

  • News source: Mike Florio
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Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson has set a Week One deadline for getting a new contract in place with the team. Coach John Harbaugh has said a deal will get done when it gets done.

So what happens if it doesn’t get done by Week One?

Obviously, it could still get done after the first game of the regular season. It’s not a real deadline, but something imposed by Jackson. He can change his mind at any time, and the Ravens at any point could give him an offer close enough to what he wants to make it happen.

If the deal doesn’t get done before the conclusion of the 2022 season, the Ravens...
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What We Learned from the Saints Preseason Opener

  • News source: John Hendrix
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Saints preseason action is met with a few different takes the morning after the game. In the moment, there's a lot of fun and wild stuff that ends up flying out there on social media. After letting the dust settle a bit, here's a few things that we learned from the team's first exhibition game against the Texans.

Book had a relatively tough outing overall. He finished 15-of-21 for 121 yards and a pick, and was sacked five times on the evening. He also was credited with two fumbles, one that was lost to the Texans defense. He took full responsibility for the errors during postgame, and now...
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LeCompte: Some good and bad in preseason opener

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NEW ORLEANS — It wasn’t the finish that the Saints wanted, as they fell 17-13 in a preseason game number one against the Texans. Three turnovers and breakdowns late caused the Saints to fall short.

But, there were some positives to take even though they didn’t get the win on Saturday night.

Number one, the offense looked good in its opening drive. Andy Dalton, who was starting in place of an injured Jameis Winston, was 5-5 on his opening drive and made some big third down throws to Tre’Quan Smith and Marquez Callaway and Dwayne Washington capped off the 10-play, 67-yard drive with a...
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Don’t buck NFL preseason Week 1 trend and take over: Best Bet for August 14

  • News source: BY JIM DERRY | Sports betting writer
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Each day, one of our experts at will offer up a best bet (or two or three) that mobile sportsbooks in Louisiana are offering. It might be a traditional spread bet, a player prop or one of the various odds boosts that books offer.

A reminder for those who haven’t signed up yet: Caesars is offering a deal through in which one can get a risk-free bet up to $1,500. In other words, if you were to lose your first bet after you sign up, you will receive a credit for one bet equal to the amount of your bet up to $1,500.

Here is the best bet for Sunday, August 14:

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Saints camp is “business as usual” without Sean Payton; how unusual will it be when season starts?

  • News source: Mike Florio
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Reporting from Saturday night’s preseason game between the Saints and Texans, Peter King explained that training camp for post-Sean Payton New Orleans is “business as usual” under Payton’s successor, Dennis Allen.

The vibe underscores the fact that, but for Payton’s departure, everything else is pretty much the same for the Saints. The players haven’t dramatically changed from last year’s roster. The coaching staff is basically identical, with Allen getting bumped up to the top spot — like he did on a Sunday night last season when Payton was COVID-positive and the Bucs were held to zero...
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Chase Hansen showed off why the Saints keep bringing him back with strong performance

  • News source: BY LUKE JOHNSON | Staff writer
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HOUSTON — Chase Hansen signed with the New Orleans Saints last week, and he did not wait long to announce his presence with authority.

On the first play from scrimmage in the Saints 17-13 loss to the Houston Texans in the preseason opener, Hansen quickly diagnosed the play and met running back Marlon Mack in the hole with sudden violence.

“That was one of those where I was just itching,” Hansen said. “There were a couple after where, if you watch it closely, you could tell I was a little bit too hyped.”

Who can really blame him? The last couple years have taught Hansen quite a bit about...
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