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WATCH: Marcus Davenport shows power, agility in Saints debut

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By James Parks | 247 Sports

Marcus Davenport was behind in getting a hang of the New Orleans Saints’ defensive system this summer, according to head coach Sean Payton, who said that the rookie first round draft pick needs to get acclimated to how they do things before the season begins.

In the Saints’ impressive exhibition showing in Los Angeles against the Chargers on Saturday, Davenport got every opportunity to get back up to speed, and in the process showed some of the stuff that...

Forecast: Marcus Davenport to Canton, Saints Roster Looks Amazing

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The 2017 Saints draft is a superhero, riding a unicorn, handing out money to the needy. Is there nothing it can't do?

By Ralph Malbrough | WWL

The New Orleans Saints third preseason felt weird because while watching it I thought to myself, “The Saints starting defense is getting run on, they are sort of getting shoved around, Drew Brees threw an interception, and this is definitely not great for the practice football game everyone says is almost practically but not really like an actual football game that matters.”

The Saints also defeated the Los Angeles Chargers 36-7. We are drowning in first world football problems when the Saints are winning any game 36-7 and the...

Smith up? Meredith down? Saints' WR depth chart 'written in chalk'

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By Mike Triplett | ESPN Staff Writer

METAIRIE, La. -- Sean Payton gave one of the best pieces of fantasy advice in recent memory two years ago, when he said of rookie receiver Michael Thomas: "I don't follow fantasy football, but shoot, I'd try to have him."

Unfortunately, the New Orleans Saints coach isn't doing any favors in that department this summer.

Outside of Thomas, the pecking order for the rest of the Saints' wide receiver corps is one of the hardest to pin down in the entire NFL. Their preseason usage has offered little guidance. And Payton said after Saturday's win at the Los Angeles Chargers:

"That depth chart is like written in chalk...

Touchdowns, fake punts and tackles: Versatile Taysom Hill earning respect

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By Luke Johnson, | The Times-Picayune

Before he ever saw the field as a quarterback, Taysom Hill had already impacted the New Orleans Saints' 36-7 preseason win against the Los Angeles Chargers in a couple different ways.

There was the fourth down he converted when the Saints called his number on a fake punt. He was lined up as the upback and took a direct snap for 5 yards, keeping alive a drive that eventually resulted in a New Orleans touchdown.

Then there was the ensuing...

Saints hoping receivers step up during final week before season

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By Josh Katzenstein, | The Times-Picayune

After the New Orleans Saints' second preseason game, coach Sean Payton said the wide receiver play had been "average at best" this summer.

After the third preseason game on Saturday, Payton said the team's depth chart at receiver is "written in chalk."

Entering training camp, this breakdown would've been stunning because the receiver position was supposed to be one of the team's strengths. That could still be the case, but as the Saints approach their preseason finale, there are more questions than answers at the position.

And, while the Saints certainly want as many weapons as possible for quarterback...

Rookie spotlight: Tre'Quan Smith steps up big in blowout win

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By John Sigler, | Saints Wire

The New Orleans Saints rookie class hasn’t made much noise throughout the summer, but there’s been one consistent young standout: wide receiver Tre’Quan Smith. New Orleans’ third round draft pick has seemed to make a big play in every day of practice, and he’s continued to keep making himself known through three preseason games.

Smith set the pace for the rest of the team against the Chargers by catching all four of his targets for 39 yards and a score, though he wasn’t credited for a fifth 23-yard pickup due to a holding penalty on receiver Michael Floyd. Smith also tied with Tommylee Lewis to play the most...

Saints' Marcus Davenport brushed off nerves and flashed his potential in debut

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By Luke Johnson, | The Times-Picayune

Marcus Davenport was nervous.

That feeling struck the New Orleans Saints' rookie defensive end as he went through pregame warmups at the StubHub Center for the first time as a professional. He missed the first two preseason games while nursing a groin injury, but was finally cleared to play on the road against the Chargers. The anticipation was eating him up.

But as soon as he hit the field? Poof, the nerves were gone.

"I was just really happy to go play with my teammates," Davenport said.

Then he...

How many games will the Saints win in 2018? The crystal ball says ...

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By Jeff Duncan | Picayune

When you think of the New Orleans Saints, you usually think of their high-flying, record-breaking offense and flashy playmakers like Drew Brees, Michael Thomas, Alvin Kamara and Mark Ingram.

But the biggest reason the Saints have re-established themselves as playoff contenders in Year 13 of the Brees-Sean Payton era are the big guys inside.

The strength of the 2018 Saints will be in the trenches, where the club has invested heavily in recent years to fortify their offensive and defensive lines.

The Saints have selected four linemen in the first round of the past...

5 Saints who hurt their cause in the 36-7 preseason win against the Chargers

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By Jeff Duncan | Picayune

Columnist Jeff Duncan identifies five Saints players who didn't help their cause in the team's 36-7 exhibition victory against the Los Angeles Chargers on Saturday night at theStubHub Center in Carson, Calif.

Shane Vereen

The veteran running back needed a big game to overtake Jonathan Wililams for the backup spot behind Mark Ingram and Alvin Kamara and I'm not sure he got it. He carried twice for 2 yards and added three catches for 18 yards out of the backfield. Vereen didn't play poorly but he also didn't stand out, and that's been a recurring theme for him...

Saints' Sean Payton explains decision to go for 2 every time vs. Chargers

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By Josh Katzenstein -- | The Times-Picayune

CARSON, Calif. -- The New Orleans Saints went for 2 after each of their four touchdowns in Saturday's preseason victory over the Los Angeles Chargers, but don't expect this to become a trend when the regular season begins in two weeks.

According to coach Sean Payton, the decision to go for 2 each time didn't come until the game began, and the goal was just to practice situations that could arise during the season.

"We just felt like and I felt like just getting some work and changing up some looks,"...

Veteran cornerback Marcus Williams, 'Money' to the Saints, hits paydirt in bid to turn around career

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By Joel Erickson -- Advocate

CARSON, Calif. — Marcus Williams never thought he'd be in this position.

Only two years ago, he was an established veteran, a ballhawking piece bidding for a starter's role across from one of the best cornerbacks to ever play the game.

Now, he's simply trying to make the Saints as a late addition in a crowded cornerback room, and he landed a haymaker on Saturday night.

Early in the fourth quarter, Williams picked off Geno Smith and returned the interception 58 yards for a score, breaking the game wide open and living up to the nickname his new teammates...

5 Saints who helped their cause in the 36-7 preseason win against the Chargers

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By Jeff Duncan | Picayune

CARSON, Calif. -- Columnist Jeff Duncan identifies five Saints who helped their cause in the team's 36-7 exhibition win against the Los Angeles Chargers on Saturday night at the StubHub Center.

Austin Carr

The second-year wide receiver saw extensive action in the first half with the first-team offense and fared well. In 19 snaps, he caught three passes for 38 yards, including a 29-yarder that helped set up a field goal in the second quarter. At 6-1, 195 pounds, Carr isn't the biggest receiver around but he showed a willingness to block on the perimeter, which...

Brees gives clues to greatness, feels Gates' absence with Chargers

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By Tom Krasovic -- San Diego Union Tribune

At 39, Drew Brees is still a really good quarterback.

He completed 72 percent of his passes last year and led the Saintsto the cusp of the NFC title game.

How is the longtime Del Mar resident able to do it, almost two decades after his...

Drew Brees 'chomping at the bit' after preseason debut lasted 17 plays

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By Luke Johnson, -- The Times-Picayune

CARSON, Calif. -- After playing in his first exhibition football game of the 2018 season, New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees looked a little disappointed during his postgame press conference.

It was not necessarily because both he and the offense stumbled out of the gates, with an interception and a three-and-out in the first two offensive series -- though he clearly was not happy with that start.

It went beyond that, though. Brees knows it is smart and healthy for him at this stage...

Marcus Davenport makes a splash in his debut as a New Orleans Saint

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John DeShazier --

Carson, Calif. – There was enough to be impressed with in the New Orleans Saints’ 36-7 victory over the Los Angeles Chargers in their third preseason game, that it’ll be hard to narrow down to five points. New Orleans needed a bounce-back game after its loss to Arizona, and got one in a big way at StubHub Center. The Saints didn’t get the first-quarter start they wanted on offense or defense, but they found their rhythm in the second quarter and never looked back. Here are a handful of things to take away...

Saints cornerback Marcus Williams boosts roster case with pick-6

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By Josh Katzenstein | | The Times-Picayune

CARSON, Calif. -- Cornerback Marcus Williams thought it was funny that he signed with a team that had another player -- another defensive back, no less -- with the same name.

It didn't take long, though, for New Orleans Saints players to find nicknames to distinguish the two Marcus Williamses.

"My name is Money, and they call him Dub," said cornerback Marcus Williams.

Until Saturday's 36-7 preseason victory over the Los Angeles Chargers, it seemed likely the issue of having two Marcus Williamses would go away once the season...


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