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    As health progresses, so do Saints WR Cameron Meredith's reps

    By Luke Johnson, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune Cameron Meredith was the middle target in a trio of New Orleans Saints receivers sprinting into the deep portion of the Redskins' zone coverage. Drew Brees found Meredith right at the top of his drop, and it was no wonder why. It looked to be a...
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    Saints run defense came up big in Washington win

    By Luke Johnson, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune Sheldon Rankins knew the statistical line off the top of his head. The Redskins, who came into Monday (Oct. 8) ranking No. 5 in the NFL in rushing yards per game (137.7), managed just 39 yards on 18 carries against the New Orleans Saints. After...
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    Saints secondary stepped up after Marshon Lattimore injury. 'We keep everybody ready'

    By Luke Johnson, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune This had a chance to take a bad turn for the New Orleans Saints. Early in the first quarter, Marshon Lattimore and A.J. Klein converged on Washington receiver Maurice Harris. Harris ducked low to avoid the shot from Klein, and Lattimore's helmet...
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    Saints goal for Marcus Williams: 'Let the natural ability and instincts take over'

    By Luke Johnson, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune Marcus Williams wants to make every play on the field. "That's Marcus," said New Orleans Saints defensive backs coach Aaron Glenn with a chuckle. "That's who he is." The trade off with that is that not every play can be made. Sometimes early in...
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    'That boy deuce-deuce is loose!' Mark Ingram speaks for the first time since his return

    By Luke Johnson, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune Shortly after Mark Ingram settled into his locker to speak for the first time since returning from a four-game suspension, surrounded by a wall of cameras and voice recorders, his teammate Cam Jordan yelled from across the locker room. "Ooh, that...
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    Saints offensive line off to great start, but its standards are higher

    By Luke Johnson, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune When you are tasked with protecting a guy you are not shy to say is the greatest to ever play the game, you take pride in keeping him clean. New Orleans Saints left tackle Terron Armstead did not mince words a few weeks ago after Drew Brees put a...
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    Mark Ingram is back and 'ready to work' with the Saints

    By Luke Johnson, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune That Mark Ingram was there to meet his New Orleans Saints teammates when they arrived at the airport after a 33-18 win in New York was not a surprise to teammate Demario Davis. "He's a guy who is ready to get back to work," Davis said. Ingram is...
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    Did the Saints defense find its mojo in New York? 'We got our swagger back'

    By Luke Johnson, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune There was a key member of the New Orleans Saints defense who dared to use that key word in the aftermath of an impressive 33-18 road win against the New York Giants. "We came out here and we were playing for each other today," defensive back...
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    Alvin Kamara puts it away late for the Saints in 33-18 win against the Giants

    By Luke Johnson, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- It was the second Alvin Kamara touchdown of the second half that got the Who Dat chants rolling in MetLife Stadium and sent Giants fans streaming toward the exits. It was his third touchdown that officially iced it. It...
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    Giants RB Saquon Barkley presents a unique set of challenges for Saints defense

    By Luke Johnson, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune In defensive tackle Sheldon Rankins' opinion, the New Orleans Saints have not seen anybody quite like Saquon Barkley yet this season. It is the balance and strength that makes the Giants rookie running back so difficult to bring down in the open...
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    Cameron Meredith's first catch as a Saint goes for a touchdown

    By Luke Johnson, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune ATLANTA -- On the play he officially announced his arrival with the New Orleans Saints, Cameron Meredith was one of Drew Brees' last reads. Still, Meredith thought he had a chance to make something happen. If Brees got hurried or flushed out of...
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    Marcus Williams interception provided missing ingredient for Saints' defense

    By Luke Johnson, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune After they got embarrassed by Tampa Bay in Week 1, the New Orleans Saints were putting together a bounce-back defensive performance Sunday (Sept. 16) against the Cleveland Browns, but it still did not taste right, it still was missing that one key...
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    Saints stars, young and old, key in 4th quarter rally to sink Browns

    By Luke Johnson, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune The first three quarters belonged to the Cleveland Browns, the fourth quarter belonged to the New Orleans Saints' young stars and the final minutes belonged to those who say age is just a number. Michael Thomas, Alvin Kamara and Marcus Williams...
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    Saints DT Tyeler Davison, Browns DE Emmanuel Ogbah out for Sunday's game

    By Luke Johnson, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune New Orleans Saints defensive tackle Tyeler Davison missed his third consecutive day of practice with a foot injury Friday (Sept. 14) and was officially listed as out for this Sunday's game against the Cleveland Browns. Ted Ginn Jr., Michael...
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    Remember when other teams passed on Michael Thomas in the draft? So does Thomas.

    By Luke Johnson, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune After New Orleans Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas hauled in a franchise record 16 passes in a losing effort against the Buccaneers last week, the response was not quite as apathetic as a shrug, but it was close to that. "When the ball is in...
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    'Walk-on mindset' meant Boston Scott was not sweating Saints cut down day

    By Luke Johnson, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune Maybe ignorance truly is bliss: As the New Orleans Saints pared their roster down to 53 players Saturday (Sept. 1), rookie running back Boston Scott did not spend much time thinking about his fate. That was not done intentionally. "I thought the...
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    New Orleans Saints fill out their practice squad; Williams a late addition

    By Luke Johnson, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune A little less than 24 hours after getting their roster down to 53 players -- and, in the process, exposing some of their depth to the waiver wire -- the New Orleans Saints added nine players to their practice squad Sunday (Sept. 2). On the squad...
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    After Teddy Bridgewater trade, Saints and backup QB Tom Savage part ways

    By Luke Johnson, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune The New Orleans Saints released quarterback Tom Savage Saturday (Sept. 1), five months after he was signed to compete for the top job backing up Drew Brees. After spending the first four seasons of his career with Houston, Savage was signed to a...
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    How the New Orleans Saints shut out the Los Angeles Rams in preseason finale

    By Luke Johnson, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune Just about all the players the New Orleans Saints cannot live without were safely tucked away on the sidelines by the time the opening kickoff signaled the start of the 2018 preseason finale. Thursday (Aug. 30) belonged to everybody who still had...
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    Touchdowns, fake punts and tackles: Versatile Taysom Hill earning respect

    View: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cv2WUp6uduc&feature=youtu.be By Luke Johnson, NOLA.com | 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...


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