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The Saints are one of just three teams left undefeated in preseason, not that that means anything at all, but they'll have a chance to play for the perfect meaningless record on Thursday at Miami thanks to today's win over Houston. Overall it was a very up and down game with many positives and of course some negatives as well. Some of the happenings made roster decisions pretty easy, while others confused the issue significantly. But that's a good problem to have, and the Saints have a number of young players playing good football. Young talent and good depth are things to be excited about going into the season. Here are my thoughts on the game:
I have to give kudos to Garrett Hartley. He drilled a 51 yarder perfectly right down the middle and has been perfect all preseason with his kicking. He gets some criticism from fans and seems to get little love from his teammates, but the guy has been rock solid. I feel good about kicker.
Andy Tanner played extrem...
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The New Orleans Saints are in desperation mode, trying to fill the void left by linebacker Will Smith is done for the season with a torn ACL. The first act of business to address the glaring hole at outside linebacker comes with a quick trade with the San Francisco 49ers for Parys Haralson, acquiring the 29-year-old for a seventh round draft pick, in 2014 presumably.
Ok here's my final stab at this. The big surprise I have is Jonathan Vilma on IR with the ability to come back later in the season, which means Victor Butler is done for the year. The Saints should cut a few guys by Tuesday to pare down to 75, and then they'll need to go to 53 after the Thursday night game by 6:30pm on 8/31 (Saturday). For me the toughest decision by far...
The New Orleans Saints suffered another unneeded blow to the defense. Outside linebacker Will Smith, the longest tenured Saint, sustained a knee injury and is out for the rest of season. Smith was making the transition to the 3-4 outside linebacker after playing his whole career at 4-3 defensive end. Though Smith was having his issues with the transition, his loss is yet another...
When the New Orleans Saints travel to Houston to meet the Houston Texans they will be facing one of the most complete teams in the NFL. The Super Bowl contending Texans will provide challenges in most facets of the game from offense to defense to special teams. Being that it is the third preseason game, the starters will get the majority of the work, and will play at least 2 quarters...
Nick Toon and Kenny Stills both performed well this preseason and earned some good playing time this regular season.
The New Orleans Saints beat the Houston Texans 31-23, remaining undefeated this preseason. In what is consider the most important preseason game, the Saints showed some bright spots, as well as some parts that are a work in progress.
The offense took a little while...
The Saints revamped, yet dinged-up defense must now find a way to survive another painful season-ending injury after the news that defensive end-turned linebacker Will Smith is now out for the season with a knee injury, according to several league sources.
Smith went down Sunday during the Saints third preseason game against Houston on a play that looked so promising: defensive...
Sean Payton is mad. And this makes the Saints dangerous.
Whether they are 10-6-with-a-playoff-win dangerous or Super Bowl dangerous is TBD dependent on variables not yet in evidence — such as how far away from a hot mess this Saints defense travels in a year and Drew Brees' ability to be Drew Brees-ish yet again.
New Orleans definitely is dangerous though in the way teams...
New Orleans Saints linebacker Will Smith limped off the
field during last night’s preseason contest against the Houston Texans after
sustaining what appeared to be a leg injury. Pro Football Talk characterized
the ailment as a potential knee injury, and Smith’s status moving forward isn’t
clear at this time.
Smith suffered the injury during a play which ended by
New Orleans Saints linebacker Will Smith exited the field under his own power after suffering what appeared to be a leg injury during Sunday’s preseason contest against the Houston Texans. While the ailment didn’t
seem to be extremely significant, Pro Football Talk has reported that Smith
will miss the remainder of the season due to the knee injury.
Smith has since told reporters...
The Saints have received some more bad news, amid their restructure to a 3-4 defense.
Pro Football Talk is reporting that Saints outside linebacker Will Smith will likely miss the entire season with a knee injury.
Bad news for the Saints — LB Will Smith is expected to be out for the year with a knee injury suffered Sunday against the Texans.
— ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk...
New Orleans Saints' defensive big man, Will Smith bit the dust during Sunday's preseason matchup with the Houston Texans at Reliant Stadium. Everything seemed fine after he walked off the field unassisted, but it was just the opposite. The team announced on Monday that the 32-year-old veteran will miss the entire 2013 season with an unfortunate knee injury. The former...
We reported earlier that Saints linebacker Will Smith will likely miss the 2013 season with a knee injury.
According to Ed Werder of ESPN, Smith told him that he suffered a torn ACL.
Saints OLB Will Smith confirms via text message the injury he suffered is a torn ACL and will have Dr James Andrews perform surgery
— Ed Werder (@Edwerderespn) August 26, 2013
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In a series of games that don’t count, you might say that NFL Preseason Game 3 is the only one that actually does. That’s because we see the starting players on the field for a longer length of time than any other game. Most starters won’t play for a single snap in the 4th game and in the first two games, they might just play for the first quarter. But in the first half...
Well that didn’t take long…
Hours after news broke that outside linebacker Parys Haralson was being shopped. The 49ers media was reporting on twitter that Parys Haralson was saying his goodbyes to his teammates. Early indication was that he was infact traded, but no reports on to whom or for what.
Cam Inman was the first to report that it was apparently the New Orleans Saints...