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Two Different Stars Align in Saints Training Camp

Well, training camp is done. All four of the preseason games are in the books. By the time you read this, Mickey Loomis and Sean Payton will have put the finishing touches on the final 53-man roster. In essence, the only thing left is to face off against those "Dirty Birds" and tee it up, right? Here in the South, we practically consider Opening Day as an unofficial holiday...
Via Pro Football Spot
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Saints fall to Ravens in preseason finale

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Saints coach Sean Payton watched as New Orleans' offense failed time and again to move the ball into scoring position. And while the Saints defense allowed only one touchdown, it couldn't stop the Ravens from driving into field goal range several times. Ravens kicker Justin Tucker hit five field goals of distances ranging from 24 to 45 yards, and the Ravens...
Via AP on Fox
3 days ago  |  Discuss

5 things to watch for in the New Orleans Saints preseason finale

Can we be honest for two seconds? Nobody cares about Week 4 of the preseason. Most of the players have a pretty good idea of whether or not they’ll make the team, and for the few positional battles that do truly come down to the last game those players very rarely impact games on a week-to-week basis. However, there are a few things to keep an eye on if you are in fact going to...
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3 days ago  |  Discuss

Saints kicker battle going down to wire

The New Orleans Saints still haven't decided on their kicker, according to coach Sean Payton, who said both Shayne Graham and Derek Dimke will get work in Thursday's preseason finale against the Baltimore Ravens. Payton stressed, however, that the fact the battle is still ongoing shouldn't be taken as a sign of any lack of confidence in the candidates. When asked if...
Via Pro Sports Daily
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Jimmy Graham fined $30,000 for dunks over goal posts

New Orleans Saints tight end Jimmy Graham was fined $30,000 on Friday for twice dunking over the goalpost during a preseason game against the Tennessee Titans. The NFL outlawed dunks over the goalpost in the offseason. Graham was flagged twice for 15-yard unsportsmanlike penalties against the Titans.   Saints coach Sean Payton wasn’t happy with his Pro Bowl tight end after...
Via Sports-Glory
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Jimmy Graham fined $30K for goal post dunks

If coach Sean Payton ripping into him during the Saints 31-24 preseason victory over the Tennessee Titans did not do the job, perhaps shelling out $30,000 might do the trick. Jimmy Graham has been fined $30K for his two goal post dunks following touchdowns from that August 15 game. Both dunks resulted in unsportsmanlike conduct penalties which were assessed on the kickoff. Both also...
Via Gumbeaux Sports
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Will the Saints’ fullback not be Erik Lorig in 2014?

Sean Payton dropped a nugget of information at his press conference today stating: Our preparation has to be with the idea that, as Erik is rehabbing, we’ve got to be ready to have a fullback Week 1, with the chance it’s not going to be Erik. That to means suggests pretty strongly that Erik Lorig will not be ready for the Falcons game, and maybe beyond. The big question becomes...
Via The Saints Nation
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Saints Projected 53 Man Roster – Preseason Week 3

Deuce Windham New Orleans Saints Writer Projected Offensive Roster #465430855 / gettyimages.com Who Dat Nation’s thirst for mock drafts was never quenched, it seems, as now the cry is out for who will make the 53 man roster. It is a valid question and the New Orleans Saints find themselves in a position they aren’t necessarily used to: Depth on both sides of the ball.  While...
Via TopSportsReport
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Grade Day: Another solid performance from the New Orleans Saints

The Saints rolled to another preseason victory on Friday, winning their first game in the Superdome in 2014 31-24 over the Tennessee Titans. Storylines from the game include another good performance from backup quarterback Ryan Griffin, matched by a solid outing by incumbent Luke McCown. The Saints defense also managed to create five turnovers, which was the first time since 2007...
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13 days ago  |  Discuss

Predicting the New Orleans Saints’ final roster after preseason Week 2

The New Orleans Saints possess one of the most talented rosters in the National Football League. We knew that coming into preseason. Through two “ugly” football games—as head coach Sean Payton described them in Friday’s night postgame press conference—the Saints have proven, at the very least, that their talent level is commensurate with the expectations. Guessing the final...
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13 days ago  |  Discuss

Jimmy Graham says he has to stop dunking the football

New Orleans Saints tight end Jimmy Graham twice dunked the football over the crossbar of the goal post in Friday’s preseason game. Each time he was hit with a 15-yard penalty earning the ire of head coach Sean Payton. Talking on Sunday to ESPN, Graham said he “would never do anything to hurt the team” once the regular season rolls around. While Graham is certainly not about...
Via Tireball.com
13 days ago  |  Discuss

Sean Payton has handed off play calling duties to Pete Carmichael, for now

Saints head coach Sean Payton has been one of the NFL’s top offensive play callers over the past several seasons.  It looks like he might be ready to hand over the job to offensive coordinator Pete Carmichael. Interesting from #Saints preseason games: Sean Payton said he handed off play-calling to OC Pete Carmichael. It may continue into the season — Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet...
Via Pro Football Zone
13 days ago  |  Discuss

New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton unamused by Jimmy Graham’s dunking

When the NFL promised several months ago to crack down on goal post dunking, New Orleans Saints tight end Jimmy Graham vowed that he would continue to enjoy his favorite post-touchdown celebration. Last night in a preseason game against the Tennessee Titans he followed through. Graham caught two touchdown passes in the first half from Luke McCown, and promptly dunked the ball over...
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14 days ago  |  Discuss

Sean Payton ‘Very Upset’ Over Jimmy Graham’s Post-Touchdown Dunking

New Orleans Saints tight end Jimmy Graham clearly doesn’t care about the NFL’s ban on goal-post dunking as a touchdown celebration, but his coach does. Graham dunked on the goal post twice during New Orleans’ preseason game against the Tennessee Titans on Friday and was flagged 15 yards for unsportsmanlike conduct each time. And Saints head coach Sean Payton was not too happy...
Via NESN.com
15 days ago  |  Discuss

Sean Payton unhappy with Jimmy Graham penalties for celebrating

This year the NFL has outlawed dunking over the crossbars. One of the biggest offenders of this rule has largely ignored it. On Saturday night Jimmy Graham earned not one but two penalties for dunking the football over the crossbar of the goal post. Both instances resulted in Graham earning a 15-yard unsportsmanlike penalty. Graham’s touchdown celebration was largely ignored until...
Via Tireball.com
15 days ago  |  Discuss

Sean Payton upset with Jimmy Graham over goal post dunks

The NFL has banned dunking on goal posts this season, and Jimmy Graham has already been very vocal in expressing his displeasure over the rule change. On Thursday night, the New Orleans Saints tight end decided to make a point by accepting two unsportsmanlike conduct penalties after scoring touchdowns. Sean Payton was not pleased about […]
Via Larry Brown Sports
15 days ago  |  Discuss

Sean Payton & Jimmy Graham Argue Over His Dunking Over Crossbar

Jimmy Graham is going to dunk on the goal posts and he doesn’t care what you, the NFL or his coach thinks about it. His coach Sean Payton was not pleased and this is what happened after Graham’s second penalty for dunking over crossbar via Nola.com. Graham and Saints coach Sean Payton appeared to engage in some tense verbal sparring on the sideline after Graham was flagged for...
Via BlackSportsOnline
15 days ago  |  Discuss

Sean Payton 'very upset' with Jimmy Graham

New Orleans Saints tight end Jimmy Graham caught two touchdown passes in Friday night’s 31-24 win over the Tennessee Titans and both times he celebrated by dunking over the goal post, and both times he was penalized 15-yards. The NFL outlawed dunking over the goal post this offseason. Saints coach Sean Payton was not happy with Graham after the second dunk.  He chased the Pro...
Via Sports-Glory
15 days ago  |  Discuss

Sean Payton on Jimmy Graham dunking: ‘I’m very upset’

Maybe the first dunk was cute. After tight end Jimmy Graham stuffed the ball through the uprights a second time coach Sean Payton was livid. “Yes, I was (upset),” Payton said. “I’m very upset. Would you be upset? I was, particularly.” The so-called “Jimmy Graham rule” was put in place this offseason to prohibit players from using the goal posts as part of touchdown...
Via Pro Sports Daily
15 days ago  |  Discuss

New Orleans Saints: Sean Payton “Very Upset” with Graham’s TD Celebrations

New Orleans Saints tight end Jimmy Graham’s go-to touchdown celebration is the goalpost dunk, and he didn’t seem to care that that celebration will draw a 15-yard unsportsmanlike conduct penalty in 2014. Graham caught two touchdowns last night in the Saints preseason game against the Titans, followed them up with two dunks, and drew two penalties. His teammates didn’t seem...
Via Standing O Sports
15 days ago  |  Discuss

Saints had 22 penalties but two made their coach upset

“The New Orleans Saints had 22 penalties last night but two of them fired up Sean Payton. These two were the penalties caused by Jimmy Graham dunking over the goal post. He was asked by Nick Underhill about the penalties. Yes, I was [upset],” Payton told reporters, via Nick Underhill of the Baton Rouge Advocate. […] The post Saints had 22 penalties but two made their coach...
Via NFL Draft Diamonds
15 days ago  |  Discuss

Saints survive 22 penalties to beat Titans 31-24

Sean Payton was really unhappy about 10 penalties last week, so that leaves one to wonder how he’ll feel about more than double this time around. That’s not including maybe as many as five or six others that were declined. Like any preseason game there was a mixture of some good stuff and some painful stuff, but this one in particular was miserable to sit through given all the...
Via The Saints Nation
16 days ago  |  Discuss

Sean Payton takes on Ice Bucket Challenge head first

Before the Saints departed the Greenbrier Resort Thursday, head coach Sean Payton had one final order of business: tackle the Ice a Bucket Challenge to raise awareness for ALS.  Payton, however, wanted to give people a different perspective than what they've been getting when watching these challenges. In honor of former Saint Steve Gleason, Payton donned some special headgear...
Via Fox Sports Southwest
16 days ago  |  Discuss

The national confidence level in the New Orleans Saints right now could surprise you

Finally, there were games to watch. After nothing but glowing reports coming out of 32 training camps, NFL fans finally got to see their favorite team play against a real opponent this past weekend. And the opening week of the preseason provided some interesting tidbits of information. Yes, plenty of marquee players sat out the exhibition opener. And granted, few coaches were too...
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20 days ago  |  Discuss

Saints head coach Sean Payton expects cornerback Champ Bailey back soon

After getting beaten handily twice by the Seattle Seahawks last season, the New Orleans Saints decided to take a page out of their playbook and remake their secondary in Seattle’s image. The Saints signed free safety Jairus Byrd and veteran cornerback Champ Bailey, hoping to include their own defensive backs in the conversation about the best secondaries in the NFL. But as of yet...
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20 days ago  |  Discuss
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