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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 extremely well and finished with two touchdowns. He also looked decent on special teams. He boosted his chances of making the team, without question. But so did Preston Parker. Not sure where that leaves them. I don't really see how you can justify cutting either.
Luke McCown was outstanding. He had excellent command of the offense and ran the 2 minute drill better than Brees could have. I think we should all feel good that the Saints have a very capable backup. To me he looks much better than Chase Daniel ever did.
Ryan Griffin was pretty solid in his own right, too. He's got a place locked up on the practice squad.
Eric Olsen started in place of Jahri Evans and was a disaster in pass protection. When he moved to center in the second half he seemed to do better. Tim Lelito came in for Olsen after he gave up an easy sack, and Lelito seemed to do ok. It makes me wonder what the team's vision is for backup linemen. The depth at o-line doesn't feel too strong to me.
Kenny Stills looked great, once again. I'll admit it, he's much better than I expected. We all know he has speed, but he's also shown good route running ability, hands and some blocking to boot. He's the #3 receiver as far as I'm concerned.
Nick Toon was a little up and down. He seems like he needs to polish up his game a bit more for the offense to trust him with more reps.
Travaris Cadet and Khiry Robinson both seemed to do well, so they remain in a dead heat.
Austin Johnson is so so as a blocker, but he has decent speed and really good hands. He's also got some special teams ability. I'm curious if Johnson has a shot at making the team instead of a third tight end? Especially since Michael Higgins has shown close to nothing this preseason.
Glenn Foster had a sack. Again. Sean Payton after the game said he's playing for playing time during the season, not a roster spot. Very impressive camp from the undrafted rookie.
Kenny Vaccaro laid the wood and was active. Also a positive.
The defense didn't play that well, particularly the pass defense. The pass rush wasn't much better. Keenan Lewis had a rough time covering Andre Johnson and was exposed repeatedly.
I was not impressed with Matt Schaub. I feel like there were numerous wide open receivers where he missed throwing a perfect ball and it cost his team first downs and therefore points. The Saints were fortunate because I feel like if he had played better, the Saints would've been down by a couple scores at halftime.
Ramon Humber and Kevin Reddick showed some nice things in the middle, again, particularly Humber who came up with a 4th and goal tackle at the 1. David Hawthorne made a nice play, too.
This defense took a step back and I still think they'll be improved this year, but I still fail to see any playmaking ability anywhere on the unit. So many times they come up just short of making a big play. I'm hoping the return of Junior Galette and Martez Wilson could change that but I doubt it.
Pierre Thomas' touchdown was just vintage PT cruiser stuff. I love that guy.
Jim Leonhard made a case for making the team with a great open field special teams tackle. IAQ looked good in limited play on defense, so maybe his fate isn't sealed yet, but I think Leonhard's tackle on special teams is the kind of thing that makes a difference.
The Saints gave up 141 yards rushing on 27 carries, so we'll have to suspend the praise we've been giving the run defense for a bit.
Corey White seemed to play ahead of Chris Carr most of the game, which is surprising considering Carr's good showing early in camp. Carr did play well late.
The Saints are going for 4-0 on Thursday. One more worthless game and the season is upon us!
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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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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...
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...