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Saints Run Offense vs. Broncos Run Defense

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Previewing the New Orleans running game against the Denver rush defense for their Week 12 matchup.

Bob Rose | SI

The 8-2 New Orleans Saints look to notch their eighth straight victory with a win on the road against the 4-6 Denver Broncos this Sunday. They come into the game with the NFL's 12th ranked offense, averaging 373.4 yards per game, with their 29.5 points per contest 5th best in the league. They rank 5th in 3rd down percentage, converting 46.9% of their opportunities, and have turned the ball over just ten times this season.

The Saints are best known for the passing efficiency of quarterback Drew Brees, but in recent years have had one of the NFL's most balanced offensive attacks. New Orleans has the league's 8th ranked rushing game, averaging 125 yards per game on the ground, and their 15 rushing touchdowns are the second-most in the league.

That balance has helped New Orleans to continue to be effective offensively despite injuries to their receiving corps early in the year and a rib injury to Brees that forced him to miss last week and at least the next two games. Taysom Hill stepped in for Brees last week against Atlanta and was not only an effective passer, but helped the team to their most productive rushing output in a game this season with 166 yards. ...

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Saints QB Drew Brees sums up Taysom Hill’s true impact on New Orleans

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By Jeremy Chua | Clutch Points

New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees remains sidelined due to a recently sustained collapsed lung and multiple rib fractures which led him to be placed on the team’s injured reserve list. Saints head coach Sean Payton turned to the versatile Taysom Hill to lead the team’s offense in lieu of the veteran’s extended absence.

Although Payton’s decision to start Hill over Jameis Winston was met with a bevy of disagreement from critics, Brees backed it up and spoke that Hill was deserving to get where he is right now in his career, given his undying team-first mentality.

“Patience and perseverance is exactly right. The ultimate team player,” he told ESPN. “Think about all the roles he has played for us over the last few years to help us win. A real testament to his commitment and willingness to sacrifice for the team [in addition to] his work ethic and desire to constantly improve.

“A lot of mental toughness and fortitude.”

Taysom Hill has been a mainstay on the New Orleans-based squad since he was claimed off waivers after going undrafted in the 2017 NFL Draft. ...

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Broncos practice squad receiver Kendall Hinton to start at quarterback

  • News source: Michael David Smith
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All of the Broncos’ quarterbacks are out of today’s game because one tested positive for COVID-19 and the others had close contact with them, and so Denver is taking drastic measures.

Kendall Hinton, a wide receiver on the practice squad, will be the Broncos’ starting quarterback today against the Saints.

Hinton was a high school quarterback who started two games at quarterback for Wake Forest as a true freshman in 2015. After that he spent three seasons as a backup quarterback before moving to receiver in 2019.

For his entire college football career, Hinton had 1,504 passing yards, a...
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Kendall Hinton, the Denver Broncos' potential QB vs. the Saints: 3 things to know

  • News source: BY KYLE WHITFIELD | Staff writer
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The Denver Broncos won't have any of their four quarterbacks available Sunday when they face the New Orleans Saints because of coronavirus concerns, multiple people familiar with the NFL's investigation told The Associated Press.

The Broncos were scrambling on Saturday night to prepare practice squad rookie receiver Kendall Hinton and No. 3 running back Royce Freeman to share snaps at quarterback.

According to NFL.com, Hinton will play "plenty" against the Saints.

Here are three things to know about Hinton:

Hinton caught 73 passes for 1,001 yards and four touchdowns last season at Wake...
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Saints vs Broncos live scoreboard, updates: See broadcast info, key storylines, more

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Well, get ready for a strange one at Mile High Stadium.

The Saints travel to Denver to take on the Broncos in Week 12 of the 2020 NFL Season, but both teams are lacking key players heading into the game.

Left tackle Terron Armstead will be out for the game after testing positive for COVID-19 on Saturday, adding another crucial name to the Saints' injured list along with quarterback Drew Brees, left guard Andrus Peat and All-Pro returner Deonte Harris.

Meanwhile, the Broncos will have to get creative to even field an eligible team after all four of their quarterbacks on the roster were...
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Broncos have a quarterback mess, and only themselves to blame

  • News source: Mike Florio
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When Broncos backup quarterback Jeff Driskel first landed on injured reserve, coach Vic Fangio expressed confidence that Driskel’s condition wouldn’t knock out the team’s other quarterbacks.

“The other quarterbacks were only on there minimal amounts, like two minutes and some seconds — four minutes,” Fangio told reporters on Thursday. “That’s over a three- or four-day period. They thoroughly checked those guys that were on the two minutes, three minutes, four minutes, and they came back and said nobody else needs to go on the list and they cleared us to have normal activities and normal...
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Saints LT Terron Armstead tests positive, out for Sunday

  • News source: Lenny Vangilder
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Taysom Hill will be without the left side of his offensive line for his second career start at quarterback Sunday in Denver.

Saints left tackle Terron Armstead has tested positive for COVID-19 Saturday. He confirmed the news via Twitter.

“Found out this morning that I tested positive for Covid!” he wrote. “I feel completely normal and ready to go play with my guys tomorrow. Unfortunately that can’t happen … I can’t downplay the impact covid has had on so many lives. Everyone stay safe.”

The timing of the positive test likely takes Armstead out of next Sunday’s rematch with the Falcons...
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All 4 Broncos quarterbacks ineligible to play vs. Saints on Sunday: report

  • News source: BY AMIE JUST | Staff writer
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DENVER — All four quarterbacks for the Denver Broncos are ineligible to play for Sunday's game against the New Orleans Saints, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.

Quarterbacks Drew Lock, Blake Bortles and Brett Rypien were all designated as "high-risk" contacts to quarterback Jeff Driskel, who tested positive for COVID-19 on Thursday, Schefter reported.

The Broncos will not be forfeiting the game, Schefter reported — meaning that the team will go with a emergency quarterback.

Lock, Bortles and Rypien were pulled out of Saturday's practice after concerns arose regarding contact tracing...
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Reports: All Denver QBs may be out for Sunday’s game against Saints

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Multiple reports Saturday indicate that all three active quarterbacks on the Denver Broncos roster could be out of Sunday’s scheduled game with the Saints because of exposure to COVID-19.

Broncos quarterback Jeff Driskel tested positive for the coronavirus on Thursday, and the other quarterbacks on the roster – starter Drew Lock, backup Brett Rypien and Blake Bortles, who is on the practice squad – all had interaction with Driskel on Wednesday.

Reportedly, the NFL told the Broncos to remove all three players off the practice field on Saturday.

According to 9News’ Mike Klis, sources said...
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All Broncos quarterbacks ruled out because of COVID-19 exposure

  • News source: Michael David Smith
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The Broncos are heading into tomorrow’s game against the Saints with an unprecedented challenge: They don’t have a single quarterback.

All of the quarterbacks on the Broncos’ roster have been ruled out of Sunday’s game because they were exposed to COVID-19, according to multiple reports.

Broncos backup quarterback Jeff Driskel has tested positive for COVID-19, and the report says all of the Broncos’ other quarterbacks have been in close contact with Driskel, with no one wearing masks.

It’s unclear what the Broncos will do. It’s not feasible to bring in a quarterback from the outside in...
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Broncos pull all 3 quarterbacks from practice out of COVID-19 contact tracing concerns: report

  • News source: BY AMIE JUST | Staff writer
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DENVER — The Denver Broncos sent all three of their active-roster quarterbacks home during practice Saturday out of COVID-19 contact tracing concerns, according to multiple reports.

This comes two days after the fourth Broncos quarterback Jeff Driskel was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list on Thursday. The three other quarterbacks are Drew Lock, Blake Bortles and Brett Rypien.

Earlier this week Denver coach Vic Fangio said that Lock, Bortles and Rypien were only around Driskel "minimal amounts."

The Broncos canceled Friday's practice after Driskel's positive and moved their meetings...
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Returner Deonte Harris downgraded to out with neck injury; Saints promote 3 practice squad players

  • News source: BY AMIE JUST | Staff writer
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DENVER — The New Orleans Saints have downgraded All-Pro returner Deonte Harris to out with his neck injury, the team announced Saturday.

Harris had missed all three practices in the week leading up to their game against the Denver Broncos after sustaining a stinger against the Atlanta Falcons last week.

This will be the second game Harris has missed this season. He missed the Week 5 game against the Los Angeles Chargers with a hamstring injury. In his place, rookie Marquez Callaway returned punts and kicks for a combined 129 yards.

The Saints also placed starting left tackle Terron...
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Contact tracing concerns keep Broncos QBs from practicing Saturday

  • News source: Josh Alper
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Broncos quarterback Jeff Driskel went on the reserve/COVID-19 list this week due to a positive test and head coach Vic Fangio said at the time that the team did not have concerns about the availability of other quarterbacks due to contact with Driskel.

The NFL appears to have some concerns, however. Mike Klis of KUSA reports that the NFL told the Broncos to keep Drew Lock, Brett Rypien, and Blake Bortles from practicing on Saturday after reviewing film of their interaction with Driskel on Wednesday.

Klis reports that all three quarterbacks are asymptomatic and that they have all tested...
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Film Study: Recipe for success between Taysom Hill & Emmanuel Sanders in Saints offense

  • News source: KSkiver35
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Taysom Hill did anything but disappoint in his debut as the starting quarterback of the New Orleans Saints offense last week. He went 18 of 23 for 233 yards, and he rushed another 10 times for 49 yards. However, there are certainly things if you dig a bit deeper that he’ll need to work on for the sake of consistency.

One of those things is keeping his receivers involved. Half of his completions went to Michael Thomas, which is to be expected when a new quarterback has a top 3 receiver in football to throw to. However, Emmanuel Sanders is right there as well, and Hill appeared to have a...
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3 things to watch as Saints make first trip to Denver in 8 years

  • News source: BY LUKE JOHNSON | Staff writer
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How long has it been since the New Orleans Saints made the trip to Denver? This long: Joe Vitt was on the Saints sidelines as coach Sean Payton was serving a year-long suspension, Peyton Manning was midway through his first season in Denver and Drew Brees’ two touchdown passes went to Darren Sproles and Jimmy Graham.

A lot can change in eight years, and Denver is a prime example. Since that last meeting, the Broncos won a Super Bowl, but have also cycled through four head coaches and nine starting quarterbacks. They are 4-6 this season and in danger of finishing with a losing record for...
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Saints LT Terron Armstead tests positive for COVID-19, won't play vs. Broncos

  • News source: BY AMIE JUST | Staff writer
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New Orleans Saints starting left tackle Terron Armstead has tested positive for COVID-19 and will not play Sunday against the Denver Broncos, he announced Saturday.

Armstead said on Twitter that he feels "completely normal and ready to go play with my guys tomorrow," but "unfortunately that can't happen."

The Athletic's Kat Terrell first reported that a Saints player had tested positive and that the Saints have other players in the contract tracing protocol.

With Armstead out for Sunday's game, the Saints will be down at least two offensive linemen, as starting left guard Andrus Peat...
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