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What's the plan for Saints linebackers? New Orleans was mixing, matching vs. Bucs

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By Nick Underhill | The Advocate

Throughout the New Orleans Saints' training camp, it was anyone’s guess as to which linebackers would be playing where.

The Saints have a lot of players who can play different spots, so it made sense for the coaches to mix and match. After a while, it looked like the team was settling in on A.J. Klein, Manti Te’o and Demario Davis in the base defense, with Te’o, a run-stuffer, dropping out in nickel packages and Klein moving to the middle.

But then Anzalone took some snaps at middle linebacker during one practice at Tulane on Aug. 5, then got some snaps at the spot in the next preseason game. The targets have been moving ever since.

Sunday’s regular-season opener against Tampa Bay was supposed to provide concrete answers.

The base package was the expected one. The surprise came in the Saints' nickel package when Anzalone played in the middle alongside Davis. And that’s how it held until the second half of their 48-40 loss to the Buccaneers, when New Orleans started rotating through middle linebackers. It went from Anzalone to Klein to Te’o. ...

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Browns at Saints: What you need to know

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By James Parks | 247 Sports

This Sunday finds the reigning NFC South champion New Orleans Saints looking to avoid an 0-2 start to the year and the Cleveland Browns in search of their first victory since 2016 when both teams meet in the Superdome in Week 2 action.

Here’s what you need to know about the game.


Week 1 result: Lost, 48-40, vs. Buccaneers

Offense: 475 yards per game

Defense: 529 yards per game

Sean Payton’s record vs. Browns: 1-2

Last meeting: Lost, 26-24, in 2010

Drew Brees: Completed 82 percent of his passes last week for 439 yards, three touchdowns, and no interceptions. Last season, Brees established an NFL record for efficiency, completing 72 percent of his pass attempts, and this season is expected to surpass Peyton Manning for the league’s record in passing yardage. His 16 games of 400 plus passing yards are the most ever, and in his last 11 home games against AFC competition, Brees has 3,952 yards, 34 touchdowns, and six interceptions. ...

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Top 10 receiving corps: Chiefs, Bucs, Saints well-built

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By Chris Wesseling
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It's a long-held pro football axiom, particularly among descendants of the Bill Walsh coaching tree, that a receiving corps should resemble a starting five on the basketball court. A quarterback doesn't want to be handed a collection of power forwards, strong in the paint but lacking quickness and ball skills on the perimeter.

The key is to compile a host of weapons with diversity in talent, providing distinct but complementary skill sets while filling particular roles. A top-notch NFL aerial attack should have a big, physical "X" receiver such as Julio Jones or A.J. Green complemented by a tough, run-after-catch flanker (Z) along the lines of JuJu Smith-Schuster.

Beginning just over a decade ago, that duo was regularly joined by an elusive slot receiver, offering sure hands, a mind meld with the quarterback on option routes and the quickness to beat coverage in and out of his breaks in heavy traffic. If you can recruit...

Roger Goodell, Saints players learn about New Orleans' criminal justice system

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By Mike Triplett | ESPN Staff Writer

METAIRIE, La. -- NFL commissioner Roger Goodell joined New Orleans Saints owner Gayle Benson and a trio of Saints players on Tuesday for an in-depth look at New Orleans' criminal justice system.

Also, Arizona Cardinals president Michael Bidwill joined three of his players in a Tuesday meeting with Arizona governor Doug Ducey as part of the NFL's ongoing efforts to effect social change.

Goodell's visit to New Orleans was the latest in a series of "Listen & Learn" tours that have taken place around the league over the past year -- one of many initiatives introduced by the Players Coalition in the wake of Colin Kaepernick's national anthem protest and the social movement that followed. ...

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DK Metcalf is having fun, and looking for a hobby

  • News source: Mike Florio
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Seahawks receiver DK Metcalf has gotten off to a fast start in the NFL, with 150 receiving yards and a touchdown in his first two games. And one thing about the professional level has stood out to him.

“How fun it is, it’s just like playing in college,” Metcalf told reporters on Wednesday. “I’m happy for my teammates every time they score or get a first down. My energy level is just like playing back in college.”

Part of the fun for Metcalf includes showcasing his...
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Brees or no Brees, Saints' players ready to answer the call and chase Super Bowl dreams

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SEATTLE - Don't start shoveling that dirt and burying the Saints' season just yet.

The Saints players surely aren't.

With Drew Brees or without him, they know the show must go on. Their expectations havent changes one bit.

Just ask Alvin Kamara, who had this to say when a reporter asked him if the team still had Super Bowl aspirations.

"Do I still have a fleur-de-lis on my helmet?" Kamara answered. "Alright then."

Not that you should have expected any other...
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What They’re Saying: Sean Payton, Pete Carroll, Teddy Bridgewater, Taysom Hill on Saints-Seahawks week

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New Orleans Saints Head Coach Sean Payton

Media Conference Call

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Can you give us any update on Drew Brees?

“The latest today, he will have surgery on his thumb. It will be done in Los Angeles. I am not going to speculate on a recovery timeframe, but I know just having texted with him and visited with our trainers and doctors (that) we are optimistic. I know it is being done this afternoon.

I know you won’t speculate on an injury...
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Who's officiating Saints vs. Seahawks? NFL announces referees for game

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Veteran NFL official Ron Torbert will be lead the referee for the Saints-Seahawks matchup in Seattle on Sunday.

Torbert, a Michigan State graduate, has an been an NFL official for 20 years.

These are the officials who'll join Tobert on the field:

Officiating has been a major topic for the Saints in the past three games, each one prompting the NFL to concede that mistakes were made at key moments.

Against the Los Angeles Rams in Week 2, Walt Anderson's crew...
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Biggest Week 3 injury questions for all 32 NFL teams - Latest on Johnson, Singletary, Williams and more

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Quarterbacks around the league have fallen victim to a variety of maladies in recent weeks, and following Week 2, Ben Roethlisberger, Drew Brees and Cam Newton joined the ranks of passers on the shelf.

But there's more to the sport than just the players behind center, and just about every team has a key player in question as we look ahead to Week 3. NFL Nation reporters provide the latest intel from inside every locker room:

Jump to: ARI | ATL | BAL | BUF | CAR |...
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Saints at Seahawks Wednesday Injury Report: Drew Brees and Tre’Quan Smith do Not Practice

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QB Drew Brees who had surgery this afternoon on his right thumb missed practice. No surprise there. WR Tre’Quan Smith ankle also did not practice.

The following players were all limited. WR Ted Ginn Jr. thigh, RB Zach Line knee, G Andrus Peat ankle, and DT Sheldon Rankins achilles.

While that may seem a lot for week two, it’s nothing compared to the Seahawks.

Not practicing were G Ethan Pocic neck, CB Neiko Thorpe hamstring, S Tedric Thompson hamstring, and G D.J...
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Far from Shy, Saints rookie Tuttle has forced his way onto the field

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When defensive tackle Shy Tuttle stepped into the starting lineup in the season opener against the Houston Texans, it marked a milestone in Saints franchise history. It had been 47 seasons since an undrafted rookie at that position had started to open a season.

On Sept. 16, 1973 against the Atlanta Falcons, undrafted rookie Elex Price was a starter for the Black and Gold, alongside veteran Bob Pollard. The Yazoo City, Mississippi native played at Alcorn State before...
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2 Saints miss Wednesday practice, 4 more limited

  • News source: BY AMIE JUST | Staff writer
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SEATTLE — Two New Orleans Saints players did not practice on Wednesday due to injury: quarterback Drew Brees and wide receiver Tre'Quan Smith.

Brees underwent surgery for his right thumb on Wednesday, saying the surgery was "successful," and Smith left the game against the Rams with an ankle injury.

Four players were limited in practice, as wide receiver Ted Ginn Jr. has a thigh injury, fullback Zach Line has a knee injury, offensive lineman Andrus Peat has an...
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Drew Brees posts on social media after surgery

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Drew Brees had a smile on his face and a cast on his hand after coming out of surgery Wednesday.

The Saints quarterback used social media to post an update on his surgically repaired thumb.

“Step 1. Complete…successful surgery. This is my attempt at giving everybody a [thumbs up],” Brees wrote.

Dr. Steven Shin performed the surgery in Los Angeles.

The Saints have offered no timetable on a return, but they will not place Brees on injured reserve. Reports on Monday...
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Saints complete more roster moves

  • News source: Don Kellum
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The Saints completed more roster moves today in the wake of multiple injuries to key contributors.

Yesterday, wide receiver Keith Kirkwood was placed on injured reserve which prompted the team to promote rookie UDFA Lil’Jordan Humphrey to the active roster from the practice squad.

Humphrey impressed in preseason after signing with the team out of the University of Texas, hauling in 4 receptions for 103 yards and one touchdown.

Linebacker Ray-Ray Armstrong was...
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Seeking an edge, Payton leaves door open for two-quarterback system without Brees

  • News source: Ed Daniels
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For you Louisiana football fans who double as seasoned citizens, you have experienced the two quarterback system before.

At LSU in the 1970’s, head coach Charley McClendon had Bert Jones and Paul Lyons. Later that same decade, current LSU offensive coordinator Steve Ensminger alternated with David Woodley.

At Tulane in the early ’70’s, head coach Bennie Ellender went with Steve Foley and Terry Looney.

Welcome to Teddy Bridgewater and Taysom Hill.

Saints head...
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Saints add linebacker Ray-Ray Armstrong, wide receiver Lil’Jordan Humphrey to active roster

  • News source: Jude Young
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The Saints have now filled their two remaining open roster spots by signing veteran linebacker Ray-Ray Armstrong as a free agent and promoting rookie wide receiver Lil’Jordan Humphrey from their practice squad.

Armstrong has spent time with the Browns, Giants, 49ers, Raiders and Rams since entering the league in 2013 and has been used mostly on special teams.

Humphrey signed with New Orleans after going undrafted out of the University of Texas. He made four catches...
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Saints roster moves: Lil'Jordan Humphrey promoted to main roster, Ray-Ray Armstrong signed, more

  • News source: BY AMIE JUST | Staff writer
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SEATTLE — New Orleans Saints rookie practice squad wide receiver Lil'Jordan Humphrey has been elevated to the franchise's 53-man roster, according to Wednesday's NFL transactions list.

The Saints also signed veteran linebacker Ray-Ray Armstrong to the active roster. Armstrong wore No. 50 at practice.

Humphrey went undrafted out of Texas this year and has been with the Saints since after the NFL Draft.

Armstrong went undrafted out of Miami in 2013, and has spent...
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Saints sign Ray-Ray Armstrong, promote Lil’Jordan Humphrey

  • News source: Josh Alper
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The Saints filled the roster spots left open when wide receiver Keith Kirkwood and linebacker Alex Anzalone were placed on injured reserve this week.

The NFL’s daily transaction wire includes word that the Saints have signed linebacker Ray-Ray Armstrong as a free agent and promoted wide receiver Lil'Jordan Humphrey from the practice squad.

Armstrong played nine games in Cleveland last season and was released by the Browns at the cut to 53 players. He’s also spent...
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Who is Drew Brees' thumb surgeon? Meet Dr. Steven Shin

  • News source: BY AMIE JUST | Staff writer
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SEATTLE — New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees is had surgery Wednesday to repair the ulnar collateral ligament (UCL) in the thumb on his throwing hand.

The surgeon performing the procedure? Los Angeles-based hand specialist Dr. Steven Shin.

Brees went to Shin for his first consultation regarding his right thumb after Los Angeles Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald slammed into it during the first quarter of Sunday's contest. Brees couldn't grip the football...
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