Brees, Payton leave Atlanta with catching up to do


Sun, 07 Sep 2014 05:50:24 GMT
By PAUL NEWBERRY
AP sportswriter

ATLANTA — Say this about a rivalry: It’s not much of one if both teams aren’t winning on a regular basis.
The Atlanta Falcons really need to step it up against the New Orleans Saints.
Since Sean Payton and Drew Brees arrived in the Big Easy, the Saints ha..

Jaguars rule out WR Shorts for opener at Eagles


Sun, 07 Sep 2014 05:38:01 GMT
By The Associated Press

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — The Jacksonville Jaguars will be without receiver Cecil Shorts III for the team’s season opener at Philadelphia.
Coach Gus Bradley downgraded Shorts from questionable to out Saturday. The team’s leading receiver in 2013, Shorts won’t ..

Out to prove he’s back


Sun, 07 Sep 2014 05:09:01 GMT
By MICHAEL MAROT
AP sportswriter

INDIANAPOLIS — Reggie Wayne never doubted he could get back to being himself on the football field.
Not last October when his right knee gave out late in the Colts’ win over Denver. Not when he put in hour after hour strengthening the torn ACL on his own…

They’re on the road again


Sun, 07 Sep 2014 02:32:51 GMT
by Ramon Antonio Vargas
rvargas@theadvocate.com

The urge the Saints get to roll their eyes whenever the topic of “road woes” comes up is palpable, but they’ve been fighting it these days.
There’s no sense in ignoring how, after winning their first two games as visitors in 2013, they lost five of their ..

Big words

Sat, 06 Sep 2014 01:46:56 GMTBy Nick Underhill
nunderhill@theadvocate.comIt was obvious throughout the preseason that there is a player missing from the Saints offense.
No longer is No. 43 lining up all over the field, taking on different roles from ..

Cooks looking to make own name

Sat, 06 Sep 2014 01:18:03 GMTby ramon antonio vargas
rvargas@theadvocate.comRookie Saints receiver Brandin Cooks is flattered by the comparisons he drew all preseason to past New Orleans playmakers such as Reggie Bush and Darren Sproles, who produced ..

Benson recovering from knee surgery on Friday


Sat, 06 Sep 2014 00:34:41 GMT
by ramon antonio vargas
rvargas@theadvocate.com

Saints owner Tom Benson was recovering in a hospital on Friday after undergoing surgery to clean up a knee that was operated on in May, a team spokesman said.
Saints spokesman Greg Bensel said Benson “is doing great,” though he could not attend the dedica..

Stills’ objective: handle quadriceps injury with care


Fri, 05 Sep 2014 06:04:01 GMT
By Nick Underhill
and Ramon Antonio Vargas
nunderhill@theadvocate.com rvargas@theadvocate.com

By the time he met with reporters Wednesday, second-year Saints receiver Kenny Stills had accepted that strengthening the quadriceps muscle he’s hurt three times in the past couple months would be a primary focus for him throughout the season.
The ideal ..

He’s happy to be back


Fri, 05 Sep 2014 06:03:22 GMT
by ramon antonio vargas
rvargas@theadvocate.com

After informing Robert Meachem on Saturday that the Saints were releasing him following six seasons and a Super Bowl victory together, coach Sean Payton told the veteran receiver, “Give me 48 hours.”
Meachem said “a few teams” called about the possibility..

Falcons’ Jones ready to roll


Fri, 05 Sep 2014 06:03:22 GMT
By GEORGE HENRY
Associated Press

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. — Falcons receiver Julio Jones has waited 11 months to return from a broken right foot and regain his Pro Bowl form.
Now that it’s just three days until Atlanta opens the season against the Saints, Jones says he’s ready to wreak havoc ..