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Mark Ingram gone and will be missed, but Saints know the show must go on

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By Rod Walker | The Advocate

The music blared during the stretching portion of the Saints' organized team activities Thursday, just like it always does during practice.

But this time, there was no Mark Ingram around dancing to the music or yelling out wisecracks to his teammates.

The black and gold No. 22 jersey now belongs to a rookie defensive back instead of the former Heisman Trophy-winning running back who donned it for the past eight seasons in New Orleans.

Ingram is about 1,100 miles away, playing in Baltimore after signing with the Ravens in free agency.

"He was our heart and soul, a guy that we all loved being around," quarterback Drew Brees said. "He's a guy who I looked forward to seeing the most coming into the facility every day. You're always disappointed when all of a sudden you're not together anymore. But it's not the first time that guys retire or move on or whatever it may be. I think you just have to be appreciative for the time you had together."

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Saints OTAs recap: Get first look at offensive line starters; Jordan, Rankins absent; more

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By Rod Walker | The Advocate

The Saints held their second day of OTAs on Thursday.

It was the first session open to the media.

Cam Jordan, Sheldon Rankins among 4 absent

Four Saints players were absent during Thursday's portion of practice the media was allowed to observe.

The four players were Cam Jordan, Larry Warford, Chris Banjo and Sheldon Rankins.

Rankins is out rehabbing from the torn Achilles he injured during the Saints' playoff game against the Philadelphia Eagles and is expected to miss the beginning of the season.

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Ryan Ramczyk, "I think it's a big thing to be dependable in this league"

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Saints offensive tackle Ryan Ramczyk speaks with media following Saints organized team activities on May 23, 2019

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Jared Cook can provide large presence for New Orleans Saints offense

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John DeShazier | Senior Writer - NewOrleansSaints.com

Literally, you can’t miss him.

Jared Cook almost towers above his teammates; the 6-foot-5, 254-pound tight end seemingly has been shorted an inch or two on his official bio.

Whether the free agent signee will make an equally impressive presence on the New Orleans Saints offense remains to be seen, but the feeling is that he’ll provide an element to the Saints that has been missing for a few seasons.

“It’s always been a very tight end-friendly offense,” Cook said Thursday, May 23, “and I just thought this was a great place for me to come and extend my career and come and shine for a little bit.”

New Orleans is eager to learn just how much shine the 11-year veteran has remaining. His previous two seasons with the Raiders – 68 catches for 896 yards and six touchdowns in 2018, and 54 catches for 688 yards and two scores in ’17 – have been the best combined two-year stretch of his career in catches and yards, and the second-best in touchdowns.

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Saints back to work! Check out photos of the action from first week of OTAs

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By CHRIS GRANGER | The Advocate

Check out photos of the action from first week of OTAs.

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How much for a Saints-49ers ticket? Buyers 'willing to travel' for one NFL priciest games

  • News source: BY JEFF NOWAK | Staff writer
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When the New Orleans Saints and San Francisco 49ers match up in Week 14, they'll be with some of the biggest implications in their series' history -- and ticket prices will reflect it.

With an average ticket price of $322, according to data from StubHub, the 2019 matchup is trending to be the most expensive of any of the five previous regular season meetings between the two franchises dating back to 2010.

That number is on pace to easily outstrip the $271 average...
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Cowboys vs. Bears: Thursday Night Football open thread

  • News source: Wallace Delery
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The Chicago Bears host the Dallas Cowboys tonight in the Windy City. Both of these teams made the playoffs last season but are struggling this season, with only Dallas in control of a playoff spot this season. Will Dallas dominate the Bears defense? Can Chicago’s offense get anything going? Let’s tune in and find out!

Enjoy the game with the CSC family and join the thread below!
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The Edge: Saints vs. 49ers — Assessing how New Orleans, San Francisco stack up

  • News source: BY AMIE JUST | Staff writer
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The New Orleans Saints and the San Francisco 49ers, despite playing at noon on Sunday, have one of the biggest games on Sunday.

Both teams are 10-2 heading into this one and playoff seeding is on the line.

The Saints currently have the No. 1 seed, if things were to end now, and the 49ers are at No. 5, due to some tiebreaker scenarios.

For the Saints, this marks the fewest combined losses ever for New Orleans and its opponent in December.

On a grander scale, this...
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Saints kicker Wil Lutz has been 'all good' since mid-season blip on the radar

  • News source: BY LUKE JOHNSON | Staff writer
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It would not really be fair to say Wil Lutz hit a skid in his 2019 season, but there was that one uncharacteristic blip in the radar.

Chicago’s Soldier Field is a notoriously difficult place to kick, and to compound matters, Lutz never felt right during warmups. The New Orleans Saints kicker made everything he attempted inside of 40 yards against the Bears in Week 7, but pushed a 42-yarder wide right and came up short from 52. He then missed his first attempt the...
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Saints vs 49ers Thursday Injury Report, Growing: Jason Vander Laan limited

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For the Saints the same three miss practice, LB Kiko Alonso (Thigh), LB A.J. Klein (Knee), and G Andrus Peat (Forearm).

New on the report were TE Jason Vander Laan (Head) and G Will Clapp (Elbow) who along with T Terron Armstead (Knee) and FB Zach Line (Knee) were all limited.

For the 49ers S Jaquiski Tartt (Ribs) and DT Jullian Taylor (Knee) again did not practice.

WR Dante Pettis (Knee) who missed practice on Wednesday was limited. Also limited were DE (Dee Ford...
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Two Saints added to injury report Thursday

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Seven New Orleans Saints players were listed on Thursday’s Injury Report for Week 14 against the San Francisco 49ers.

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New Orleans Saints Head Coach Sean Payton Conference Call with Local Media Thursday, December 5, 2019

Just out of curiosity, what stands out to you about Kyle Shanahan as a play caller? “I’d say for someone his age, he has a lot of experience. I think that’s invaluable. I think that there’s a transition, when you are real young. There...
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Saints injury report: Starters' injuries status quo; 2 new faces to list

  • News source: BY AMIE JUST | Staff writer
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The New Orleans Saints' Thursday injury report ahead of the San Francisco 49ers game for Week 14 had a few changes from Wednesday, though injuries to the starters remained the same.

Guard Andrus Peat (forearm), linebackers Kiko Alonso (thigh) and A.J. Klein (knee) all did not practice for the second day this week.

Alonso and Klein sustained their injuries against the Atlanta Falcons, while Peat went down with his broken arm in their first game against the Falcons...
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Former Saints tight end Dan Arnold claimed off waivers by the Arizona Cardinals

  • News source: BY LUKE JOHNSON | Staff writer
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If the New Orleans Saints wished to sneak tight end Dan Arnold back onto their practice squad, their hopes were dashed Thursday afternoon.

The Arizona Cardinals claimed the second-year tight end off waivers after the Saints released him Wednesday to make room for linebacker Manti Te'o.

Arnold appeared in two games for the Saints this season, one of which came against the Cardinals in Week 8. He recorded his only two catches of the season in that contest, gaining...
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49ers bracing for heavy dose of Taysom Hill

  • News source: Mike Florio
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Saints coach Sean Payton said after quarterback-of-all-trades Taysom Hill had a big night against the Falcons that the team probably should use Hill even more. 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan is bracing for it.

“He’s a factor every week for them whether it’s at quarterback or any of the positions except for O-Line is I think the only one I haven’t seen him play,” Shanahan told reporters earlier this week. “He’s an unbelievable player on special teams. There’s no doubt...
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No updated timetable for Saints G Andrus Peat, but he's 'feeling good'

  • News source: BY AMIE JUST | Staff writer
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Andrus Peat's 4-inch long scar is hard to miss.

The 16 stitches are still visible in the middle of his right forearm from the surgery he had three weeks ago in Houston.

But that's progress, considering the New Orleans Saints' starting left guard is no longer toting around a cast.

"It wasn't that bad, this one, compared to my leg," Peat said of his latest surgery. "That was way worse."

Peat's leg surgery was in the 2017 season, and that's not the only playing...
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NFL Picks Week 14: The Big One

  • News source: Wallace Delery
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The New Orleans Saints host the San Francisco 49ers with an opportunity to stand firmly in control of home field advantage throughout the NFC Playoffs for a second consecutive season. Now, the Niners come to town with an identical 10-2 record, but due to Seattle’s equal 10-2 record and the tiebreaker over them, San Francisco currently sits fifth in the NFC playoff seeding.

No matter what the record or seeding, the hate Saints fans have for the Niners is always...
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Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas named NFC Offensive Player of the Month

  • News source: BY LUKE JOHNSON | Staff writer
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In the midst of chasing down a single-season record that has stood since 2002, New Orleans Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas was named the NFC Offensive Player of the Month for November.

In four games last month, Thomas caught 37 passes for 415 yards and two touchdowns, posting three 100-yard receiving efforts in that span.

With four games remaining, Thomas leads the NFL in both receptions (110) and receiving yards (1,290), putting him on pace to finish with...
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