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5 (169)  Ronald Powell DE
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2013 Schedule
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8/9 CHIEFS Win
8/16 RAIDERS Win
8/25 @Texans Win
8/29 @Dolphins Loss
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9/8 ATLANTA Win
9/15 @Tampa Win
9/22 ARIZONA Win
9/30 MIAMI Win
10/6 @Chicago Win
10/13 @Patriots Loss
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10/27 BUFFALO Win
11/3 @Jets Loss
11/10 DALLAS Win
11/17 SAN FRAN Win
11/21 @Atlanta Win
12/2 @Seattle Loss
12/8 CAROLINA Win
12/15 @St.Louis Loss
12/22 @Carolina Loss
12/29 TAMPA Win
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1/4 @Eagles Win
1/11 @Seattle Loss
2013 Saints Draft
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1 (15)  Kenny Vaccaro S
3 (75)  Terron Armstead T
3 (82)  John Jenkins DT
5 (144)  Kenny Stills WR
6 (183)  Rufus Johnson DE
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John DeShazier: With preseason over, players left waiting for the call Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On Yesterday 06:50 PM


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Even after giving all he had last training camp and preseason, and playing better than almost anyone could have forecast, Khiry Robinson still was unsure.

He had needed a rookie tryout just to earn an invitation to join the New Orleans Saints as an undrafted rookie out of West Texas A&M. He wasn’t assured of anything as the Saints prepared for the final roster cuts and went about the business of trimming the roster to 53 players entering the 2013 regular season.

“I was in a room just waiting, waiting for the call,” Robinson said. “I didn’t know what to expect. I didn’t know if they were supposed to call or not call.

“I actually had my bags packed already. I was like, ‘I guess it’s time to go.’

By John DeShazier / New Orleans Saints.Com

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Sean Payton talks about upcoming roster cuts, Falcons game Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On Yesterday 06:37 PM


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Opening Statement: “We just finished meeting as a team, this would be kind of like our in season Monday schedule, the day after. The players have been lifting, they will watch the film, and we will get the corrections made, some easy observations after watching the tape. The two areas that stood out, we really struggled offensively on third down and when you have a game like that time of possession, really that shifts in favor of your opponent.

I think defensively against the zone scheme and those are the two things that stood out and then our inability on offense to stay on the field. A lot of guys received a lot of different looks, a lot of snaps. We will begin, we already begun, but we will continue through today and tonight with regards to the roster and kind of go from there. We will announce those decisions I know as soon as possible.

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NFL Preseason Report Cards for Every Team Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On Yesterday 11:53 AM


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New Orleans Saints- Grade 'A'
What We Learned


There’s no doubt that the New Orleans Saints, much improved on the defensive side of the ball in 2013, still have some work to do when it comes to that aspect of their game.

But they may have found one cure for what ails them courtesy of Drew Brees and Co.

It may come in the form of running back Mark Ingram, who may be on the verge of a breakout year in his fourth NFL campaign

By Russell S. Baxter / Bleacher Report

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WR Joe Morgan makes up for lost time Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On Yesterday 11:47 AM


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For a long time this summer, New Orleans Saints receiver Joe Morgan talked about taking "baby steps" in his recovery from a 2013 knee injury. He didn’t even begin practicing until training camp.

Lately, however, Morgan has been in a dead sprint.

No Saints receiver has stood out more during the past three games than Morgan, who caught another four passes for 33 yards in Thursday’s preseason finale against the Baltimore Ravens.

He appears to have gone from the roster bubble to possibly even starting in Week 1 if Kenny Stills is still nursing a quad injury.

By Mike Triplett / ESPN

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How to be a Saint Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On Yesterday 11:45 AM


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STANDING IN THE hot Louisiana sun after a recent Saints practice, swarmed by a battalion of reporters with their television cameras, microphones and notebooks, Jimmy Graham couldn't help but feel as if he'd committed a heinous crime. The charges -- though ambiguous -- were serious: dishonor, disrespect, selfishness, immaturity. The evidence had been broadcast on national TV just a few nights earlier when the Saints played the Titans at the Superdome, only Graham's motive was unclear. As the cross-examination intensified, the fifth-year tight end couldn't help but roll his eyes at the theater of the absurd surrounding him.

Jimmy, were your actions a spur-of-the-moment thing, or was there premeditation?

Does this mean there's lingering animosity between you and the Saints?

Jimmy, do you regret what you did?

At one point, Graham chuckled at the severity of the questions. He answered each one with a wink or a playful shrug of his huge shoulders. He cracked a few jokes. He also reminded those in attendance that he'd never do anything to hurt his team (in a game that mattered, at least). He didn't say "I'm sorry."

By ESPN

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10 things we learned from New Orleans Saints training camp Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On Yesterday 11:25 AM


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1. Brandin Cooks is for real. The rookie receiver lived up to the hype, and then some, at New Orleans Saints training camp. True, every NFL team has had its share of “Training Camp All-Pros,” which may be one of the reasons that Coach Sean Payton has appeared to temper his public enthusiasm regarding Cooks. No doubt, he has seen more than a few flameouts in his day. But, that said, there doesn’t appear to be anything Cooks doesn’t do well. Teammates gushed about him from Day 1 and every day thereafter, he delivered. It’s not just that he’s fast; he’s also shifty, smart (he knows several receiver positions), athletic and appears to have great hands. If the Saints can get him in space – and nobody will figure out ways to do that better than Payton – then he’ll provide highlights all season. If opponents try to take him away, that’ll leave more operating room for his teammates. It’s a win-win situation for the Saints.

2. The jump from Year 1 to Year 2 generally is significant for a player. That certainly seems to be the case for safety Kenny Vaccaro. Vaccaro has dialed back the aggression toward teammates (he tackled almost anything that moved last year as a rookie) while becoming even wiser in Rob Ryan’s defense, and that’s saying something because Ryan called him probably the smartest rookie he has coached. Vaccaro now knows how to align teammates and his responsibilities have decreased with the addition of free agent safety Jairus Byrd and the overall improvement of the defense. If that means he’ll play faster, opposing offenses should beware because Vaccaro is a weapon in coverage, as a rusher and definitely as a tackler.

By John DeShazier / New Orleans Saints.Com

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New Orleans Saints' defensive line ready to take it next level Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On Yesterday 10:08 AM


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Rarely is Junior Galette at a loss for words, and he certainly isn't short on them when it comes to discussing how good the New Orleans Saints' defensive line can be this season.

As long as the unit doesn't rest on what it accomplished last year, as far as Galette is concerned there is no ceiling.

"The sky is the limit," he said. "We obviously can't just go out there and think we are the Yankees on paper and not show up. We have to come out here and work; it's going to take work because there are other talented teams in the NFC.

"So you have to come out and work. We look terrific on paper, but at the end of the day we have a lot of great guys and great athletes -- but at the end of the day you have to come out and get the job done."

By Terrance Harris / Times-Picayune

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New Orleans Saints lose preseason finale to Baltimore Ravens, 22-13 Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On Yesterday 08:07 AM


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The New Orleans Saints failed to convert a single third down and left their beleaguered defense on the field for more than 40 minutes in a 22-13 loss to the Baltimore Ravens on Thursday night at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

The Saints ended the preseason at 3-1, the same record they had a year ago. The Ravens finished the exhibition season at 4-0.

The Ravens reached the end zone twice in the final four minutes. The first score was called back because of a penalty, and the other was overturned on review. After all that, Justin Tucker's 24-yard field goal was enough to give the Ravens' an insurmountable two-score margin with 3:49 left.

By Evan Woodbery / Times-Picayune

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New Orleans Saints kickers Shayne Graham, Derek Dimke still battling Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On Yesterday 08:05 AM


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Don't take New Orleans Saints kicker Shayne Graham's lack of snaps against the Baltimore Ravens as a sign.

It was just a matter of bad luck.

Graham didn't get any snaps in favor of rookie kicker Dimke. The two have been locked in a battle all preseason. Neither has held a noticeable lead.

But if the Saints have decided on their kicker, coach Sean Payton isn't telling yet. Payton quickly dismissed the notion that the snap count meant anything.

By Katherine Terrell / Times-Picayune

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Luke McCown appears to be Saints' clear-cut No. 2 quarterback after Thursday night Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On Yesterday 07:12 AM


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If there were any doubt before, there should be none after the New Orleans Saints finished the preseason with a 22-13 loss to the Baltimore Ravens at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on Thursday night.

Luke McCown is the Saints' No. 2 quarterback.

The 33-year-old who has spent most of his 10-year NFL career wearing a baseball cap on the sideline was on the field for only one drive Thursday before giving way to Ryan Griffin.

McCown completed all four of his pass attempts, including the Saints' only touchdown, a 3-yarder to Travaris Cadet.

By Evan Woodbery / Times-Picayune

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Kasim Edebali, Joe Morgan, Tyrunn Walker impress in Saints' preseason loss Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On Yesterday 06:25 AM


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Rapid reaction from the New Orleans Saints' 22-13 loss to the Baltimore Ravens on Thursday night at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome:

1. Edebali received a long look


Kasim Edebali, the undrafted outside linebacker/defensive end, started and recorded three tackles and one quarterback hit in about a half of work. He also played on most special teams units. Once the longest of long shots, he now looks like a solid bet to make the final roster.

2. Morgan impresses


It was a good night also for wide receiver Joe Morgan, who started and saw extensive action in place of regulars Marques Colston and Kenny Stills. The third-year speedster appeared to solidify a roster spot with four catches for 33 yards, both team highs. Saints coach Sean Payton said he wanted to see Morgan follow up his strong performance against the Titans with another good night, and he responded.

By Jeff Duncan / Times-Picayune

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Drew Brees fueled by the drive to compete -- and win Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On 08-27-2014 02:40 PM


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In the middle of the night in the middle of nowhere, nearly half of the New Orleans Saints' football team stood at the dock along the bayou and peered into the ink-black night. They were sweaty, stinky and tired.

It'd been a fun night of team bonding, but the bow-fishing trip that began at 8 p.m. the previous night in Port Sulphur, La., was now stretching into the next morning and everyone was just ready to go home. The informal contest to determine who could catch the most fish and the biggest lunker had been tallied.

But one boat remained on the water, more than an hour after the others had returned to the dock. Finally, sometime in the wee hours before dawn, the last boat came in.

By Jeff Duncan / Times-Picayune

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New Orleans Saints' Drew Brees approaches more milestones heading into 2014 NFL season Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On 08-27-2014 02:37 PM


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New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees has a chance to finish the 2014 season at No. 4 in all the major career-passing categories.

The top three -- Brett Favre, Peyton Manning and Dan Marino -- are the same in each category, too. Tom Brady is the only other active quarterback near that quartet in any category.

By Gene Guillot / Times-Picayune

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Nine for No. 9: Drew Brees' most impressive NFL records Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On 08-27-2014 02:35 PM


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Here's a look at New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees' nine most impressive records:

1. Most 5,000-yard passing seasons: 4 (2008, 2011-13).

Other NFL quarterbacks have combined for four all-time, the same amount Brees has by himself. Peyton Manning, Dan Marino, Tom Brady and Matthew Stafford each has one.

2. Consecutive 4,000-yard passing seasons: 8 (2006-13).

Manning is second all-time at six. The only quarterbacks with a current streak of at least three are Matt Ryan, Brady and Stafford.

By Gene Guillot / Times-Picayune

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John DeShazier: Saints defense turning the corner in takeaway game Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On 08-27-2014 08:05 AM


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Anyone within earshot of a New Orleans Saints practice this offseason undoubtedly understood the emphasis that has been placed on forcing turnovers this season. Booming voices muscling through the air during the flight of almost every pass in a team drill, or at the sight of any ball on the field, was a constant reminder that the defense was all about gaining possession of the football any way it could.

For the last two games, those who haven’t been able to attend a practice nonetheless have been able to see how the emphasis can manifest.

In the last two preseason games, against Tennessee and against Indianapolis last Saturday, New Orleans has produced a combined eight turnovers – three interceptions and five fumble recoveries. And other than a muffed punt by the Colts (recovered by linebacker Todd Davis), all of the takeaways truly have been takeaways.

By John DeShazier / New Orleans Saints.Com

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John DeShazier: Thursday's game has real meaning for Saints QB Ryan Griffin Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On 08-27-2014 08:02 AM


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There are those who will accuse Thursday’s preseason finale between the New Orleans Saints and Baltimore Ravens at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome as being little more than a glorified practice between backups, a game with no significance other than serving as a conclusion to the period of time that precedes the “real” season.

Those people perhaps should talk to Saints quarterback Ryan Griffin, who has battled Luke McCown all offseason for the No. 2 position behind Drew Brees and, perhaps, for a roster spot, period.

Griffin will receive his most extensive playing time this preseason in his final opportunity to pad his resume and enhance his reputation with the Saints coaching staff.

By John DeShazier / New Orleans Saints.Com

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Mike D's 10 Weekly Observations sponsored by Thibodaux Regional Medical Center
Posted On 08-22-2014


Mike D's 10 Weekly Observations sponsored by Thibodaux Regional Medical Center -- @thibodauxregion

By Mike Detillier

1. Even though it is preseason...

Every "Who Dat Nation" member wants to see the best player to ever wear the black and gold in quarterback Drew Brees connect with 2014 1st round pick Brandin Cooks.

Brees is still one of the elite players in the game today and you are looking at a future superstar and the next "Steve Smith" in Brandin Cooks.


2. Free Safety Jairus Byrd is something special...

Despite missing a host of time on the field in the OTA's and training camp due to recovery from off-season back surgery, Byrd stood out so much once he hit the practice field for the first time this week.

He made a play on a pass over the middle that Saints QB. Ryan Griffin looked one way and threw to the other side of the field and Byrd took an angle to the ball that you rarely see and broke up the would-be completion.

Byrd is a special player and you can clearly see why the Saints paid what they did to get him and why he has intercepted 22 passes over the past 5 seasons.

Kenny Vaccaro and Jairus Byrd are the best safety tandem east of Earl Thomas and Kam Chancellor in Seattle.


3. The Saints OL. is much improved...

Last season the Saints Offensive Line gave up more QB sacks and Drew Brees got hit more than any other time in his carer in New Orleans.

The Saints O-Line playing without Ben Grubbs and Jahri Evans in the starting lineup early on has given up just one QB sack in 82 passing plays. Kudos to Terron Armstead, Zach Strief, Tim Lelito, Jonathan Goodwin, Bryce Harris, Marcel Jones, Thomas Welch, Jason Weaver and Senio Kelemete..

They have done well to protect Ryan Griffin and Luke McCown.


4. The Most Important Player on D

Right now due to health, depth and injuries on defense the most important player defensively for the New Orleans Saints is cornerback Keenan Lewis. It would be a Mount Everest dropoff in cornerback play if Lewis were to miss playing time for an extended period.

With injuries to Patrick Robinson, injury and Father Time issues with Champ Bailey and Stanley Baptiste in the learning stages, cornerback is a real concern from a starting and depth issue...
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Morgan Steals the Show -- Mike Detillier
Posted On 08-17-2014


Morgan Steals the Show

By Mike Detillier

Last training camp, early on New Orleans Saints wide receiver Joe Morgan was the player virtually everyone talked about offensively being the most improved football player.

But Morgan’s season came to an end when he was tackled hard in the Black and Gold scrimmage by Kenny Vaccaro and he ended up missing the 2013 season due to a torn knee ligament.

Morgan missed practicing with the team during the OTA sessions in the spring while working with trainers off to the side and so his ability to show everyone he was back from the major knee surgery was cut off until the preseason started.

Friday night against the Tennessee Titans Morgan was the star offensively for the Saints catching three passes for 108 yards in the Saints 31-24 victory over the Titans.

Morgan displayed again a certain burst and pull away speed we all saw from him in 2012 and early on in the training camp period of 2013.

“It’s been a long process,” Morgan said. “I just went out there and did things I felt comfortable with and that I knew I could do. I got to keep working hard and not get complacent. I trust my knee will hold up and I trust myself too. Very excited to get back in the groove and play some football. With Brandin (Cooks), Marques Colston, Kenny Still, Nick Toon, Robert Meachem and Jimmy Graham out there I am just excited to get in some catches. It was really special to walk back on the field, especially in the Super Dome and feel the love from the “Who Dat Nation.”

The ability to hit the deep pass plays was a missing part of the New Orleans Saints offensive team in 2013.

With a healthy Joe Morgan and an emerging young star talent in Brandin Cooks in the lineup the Saints will have that element in 2014.


Big Battle at the Backup Quarterback Slot

Saints head coach Sean Payton was livid despite the 31-24 victory over the Tennessee Titans over the unbelievable amount of penalties, 22 for the Saints, in Friday night’s win, but he also will have a huge decision to make when the final cut down to 53 happens in late August.

Ideally Payton would like to keep just two quarterbacks on the roster and have an extra roster spot open for a wide receiver, safety or a linebacker that could help out on special...
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