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New Orleans Saints head to training camp with star power, few holes; here are factors to watch

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By Herbie Teope | The Advocate / Picayune

he early-summer pageantry of Saints players practicing in shorts and no pads during organized team activities and mandatory minicamp is in the rear-view mirror.

Now, it’s time to temper past enthusiasm on who looked good wearing shells in no-contact drills throughout the install phase of the offseason workout program.

The true assessment period during the march to the regular season begins in less than a week on July 26 when the Saints kick off training camp, where players have a total of 15 padded practices to show the Saints coaching staff what they learned from OTAs.

“Every year since I’ve been here, there’s something about the pads that defined certain players that had it not been for the pads, then you might not have seen their talents,” coach Sean Payton said during last month’s mandatory minicamp. “So, we’re slow to evaluate that way, but quick to evaluate if someone has trouble or can’t learn.”

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2019 New Orleans Saints training camp preview: Cornerback

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Will the Saints secondary avoid a repeat of their 2018 early season letdown?

By Bob Rose | Canal Street Chronicles

The New Orleans Saints came into the 2018 season with the thought that they had one of the better cornerback corps in the league. Marshon Lattimore was coming off Defensive Rookie of the Year honors and a Pro Bowl bid, Ken Crawley seemed to be a solid number two compliment, P.J. Williams looked like a potentially competent slot corner, and the Saints had brought back former 1st round draft pick Patrick Robinson. The Saints instead began the '18 season with their pass defense getting embarrassed against Tampa Bay in the season opener, then again two weeks later against rival Atlanta, giving up a combined 88 points, 776 passing yards, and 9 touchdowns through the air in the two contests. Crawley regressed badly, and would eventually be benched. Williams' play was nearly as bad, and Robinson went down with a...

Rams extend lead to 14 points before end of third quarter

  • News source: Josh Alper
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The Rams and Saints were playing a defensive slugfest for most of the first three quarters, but the Rams opened up a sizable lead over the final minutes of the third quarter.

Jared Goff found Brandin Cooks for a two-yard touchdown less than five minutes after Todd Gurley‘s four-yard touchdown run broke a 6-6 tie. That puts the Rams up 20-6 at the end of three quarters against a Saints team that’s playing without quarterback Drew Brees.

Brees left the game with a...
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Tyler Higbee, Andrus Peat, Austin Blythe leave with injuries in L.A.

  • News source: Josh Alper
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Defensive tackle Aaron Donald returned to Sunday’s game against the Saints, but the Rams have seen a couple of other starters knocked out of action.

Right guard Austin Blythe needed the help of a cart to get to the locker room after injuring his ankle at the end of the first half. Jamil Demby replaced him and remains in the game in the second half.

The team also announced that tight end Tyler Higbee is out for the rest of the day with a chest injury. He had two...
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Brees sidelined with hand injury; Bridgewater in

  • News source: www.espn.com - New Orleans Saints
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LOS ANGELES -- Drew Brees has been sidelined by an injury for just the second time in his 14 years as the New Orleans Saints' quarterback.

Brees was replaced by Teddy Bridgewater late in the first quarter after his right throwing hand hit Los Angeles Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald's hand at the end of an incomplete pass. Brees had his right thumb and lower hand/wrist area taped up by a trainer on the bench. He has remained on the sideline in uniform, and he was...
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Saints' Andrus Peat heads to locker room with ankle injury; Will Clapp in at guard

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The injuries keep piling up for the New Orleans Saints in Sunday's game vs. the Los Angeles Rams.

Offensive guard Andrus Peat left the game in the third quarter with an ankle injury. Peat was kicked in the ankle by running back Alvin Kamara during a play before he left the game.

He was seen walking back to the locker room after being evaluated in the injury tent. Second-year guard Will Clapp, out of LSU, stepped in to replace Peat on the offensive line.

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Another blown call: Cameron Jordan's fumble return TD vs. Rams overturned after refs call play dead

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New Orleans Saints defensive end Cameron Jordan ripped off an impressive 80-plus yard fumble recovery for a touchdown on Sunday vs. the Los Angeles Rams.

Until the referees said he didn't.

In a bit of deja vu for New Orleans, a blown call ended up costing the Saints a chance to take a 7-point lead vs. the Rams in their big rematch in Los Angeles in their first meeting since the infamous "no-call" during the NFC Conference Championship.

Defensive end Trey...
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Rams 6 Saints 3 Second Half Game Thread

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Rams win coin toss and defer. Saints start on their 25. 5 plays later Jared Cook loses a easy pass leading to an interception. Seven plays and 57 yards later the rams settle for 3.

Saints start again at the 25 and punt 4 plays later. Drew Brees is hit in his throwing hand and is out of the game.

Rams start at the 8 and punt after 6 plays.

Teddy Bridgewater is the Saints quarterback. Six plays later with several penalties called against the Saints Thomas Morstead...
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Rams grab 6-3 lead before halftime

  • News source: Josh Alper
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Saints Cameron Jordan thought he had a touchdown that broke a 3-3 tie late in the second quarter, but officials wrongly ruled Jared Goff had thrown an incompletion on a play that should have been ruled a fumble.

The Saints got the ball, but their drive stalled on a failed fourth-down run by Alvin Kamara near midfield. The Rams used the good field position to their advantage as a 20-yard run by Todd Gurley and a 14-yard completion to Robert Woods put them in the red...
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Rams DT Aaron Donald questionable to return vs. Saints with back injury

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Los Angeles Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald has left Sunday's game vs. the New Orleans Saints due to a back injury during the first half of play.

Donald was seen jogging back to the locker room on the Fox broadcast after talking with trainers on the sidelines. He is questionable to return.

His last play before leaving the game involved him rushing Saints quarterback Teddy Bridgewater, who is filling in for Drew Brees, then falling to his back and taking a bit...
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Incorrect call costs the Saints a touchdown in Los Angeles

  • News source: Josh Alper
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The last time the Saints and Rams faced each other, a bad call by the officials helped lead to an overtime win for the Rams.

There’s no Super Bowl berth on the line this time and there’s a lot of football left to play in Los Angeles on Sunday, but there’s big reason for the Saints to be upset with the officiating again.

Defensive lineman Trey Hendrickson stripped Rams quarterback Jared Goff of the ball before Goff could throw a pass and Cameron Jordan scooped the...
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Aaron Donald questionable to return with back injury

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The Saints lost a key player in the first quarter to injury and the Rams have lost one of their own in the second quarter.

Defensive tackle Aaron Donald went to the locker room while the Saints were driving for a field goal. The Rams announced a short time later that his return to the game is considered questionable because of a back injury.

Losing Donald for the rest of the contest would be a major blow to the Rams defense, although it doesn’t look like the unit...
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Drew Brees questionable to return vs. Rams after passing hand injury; Teddy Bridgewater in at QB

  • News source: Staff report
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Teddy Bridgewater is in at quarterback for the Saints as Drew Brees gets his passing hand checked out during the first quarter of Sunday's big game vs. the Los Angeles Rams.

Brees possibly injured his hand after bumping into Aaron Donald on a third down throw that was incomplete during the first quarter of the game.


Brees was seen with his wrist and base of his thumb wrapped in tape momentarily before Bridgewater relieved him.

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Saints WR Keith Kirkwood out for game vs. Rams with hamstring injury

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The New Orleans Saints will be without Keith Kirkwood for their Week 2 matchup vs. the Los Angeles Rams.

The second-year wide receiver is out for the game with a hamstring injury. He reportedly sustained the injury during warmups for the game and will not return.

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Kirkwood was active for last week's win over the Houston Texans, but did not register a...
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Teddy Bridgewater in after Drew Brees hurts hand

  • News source: Josh Alper
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It’s Teddy Bridgewater time for the Saints.

Quarterback Drew Brees banged his right hand on Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald‘s right hand at the end of a first quarter drive and walked off the field shaking his hand in pain. He tried to throw a few passes on the sideline, but trainers quickly halted that and wrapped his thumb with tape.

The Saints call Brees questionable to return due to a hand injury, but he’s wearing a baseball cap and isn’t handling a football...
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Saints vs. Rams: Week 2 open thread

  • News source: Wallace Delery
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The Saints face the Rams at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in the game most Saints fans have had circled on their calendars since January. These Saints aren't mired in the past, but are focused on the present, and the present in front of them today is another dangerous and talented Rams squad. These aren't the exact same teams that faced each other last November or this past January, and both of those were vastly different games in New Orleans, so we should be in...
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Saints at Rams: Craig Robertson, Mario Edwards active for 1st time, see inactives list

  • News source: BY AMIE JUST | Staff writer
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LOS ANGELES — New Orleans Saints linebacker Craig Robertson and defensive end Mario Edwards Jr. will make their season debuts as they are both active for Week 2's clash with the Los Angeles Rams.

Defensive tackle Sheldon Rankins (Achilles), wide receiver Austin Carr, offensive lineman Ethan Greenidge, defensive tackle Taylor Stallworth, offensive lineman Nick Easton, cornerback Ken Crawley and rookie safety Saquan Hampton were inactive.

Rankins, Crawley...
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