Rookie cornerback Jean-Baptiste still waiting to take active role with Saints


Wed, 24 Dec 2014 20:04:12 GMT
By Ted Lewis
tlewis@theadvocate.com

Ask Sean Payton and Rob Ryan about rarely used rookie cornerback Stanley Jean-Baptiste, and they say virtually the same thing about the Saints’ second-round draft pick from Nebraska:
“When we made that selection, we kind of understood what we were getting..

Graham, Evans Pro Bowl-bound

Wed, 24 Dec 2014 06:43:09 GMTAdvocate news servicesAt least two members of the New Orleans Saints will get the opportunity to continue playing football once the regular season ends.
The NFL announced Tuesday night that New Orleans tight end Jimmy Graha..

Rapid release Ryan


Wed, 24 Dec 2014 01:48:56 GMT
By Nick Underhill
nunderhill@theadvocate.com

It seemed like Matt Ryan had all the time he needed to get the ball out of hands Sunday afternoon against the Saints.
He was pressured only about a dozen times during New Orleans’ 30-14 loss to the Atlanta Falcons. The Saints pass rushers, despite their b..

WEEK 17: FIRST LOOK AT SAINTS AT BUCS

Wed, 24 Dec 2014 00:59:10 GMTby ramon antonio vargas
rvargas@theadvocate.comTHE BASICS
WHEN: Noon Sunday
WHERE: Raymond James Stadium; Tampa, Florida
TV: Fox
RADIO: WWL-AM, 870 in New Orleans; KMDL-FM, 97.3 in Lafayette; WDGL-FM, 98.1 in Baton Rou..

Forget the top pick: Bucs to play to win


Tue, 23 Dec 2014 07:14:01 GMT
By FRED GOODALL
AP sportswriter

TAMPA, Fla. — Winning could hurt Tampa Bay’s chances of landing the No. 1 selection in the 2015 NFL draft.
But coach Lovie Smith expects his team to practice well and do everything it can to close out a disappointing season with a victory.
At 2-13 heading..

Offseason overhaul? Saints won’t say it … yet


Tue, 23 Dec 2014 06:14:34 GMT
By Ted Lewis
tlewis@theadvocate.com

“Have yourself a merry little Christmas.
Let your hearts be light.
From now, on our troubles will be out of sight.”

Well, actually, for the New Orleans Saints, the team’s troubles were in plain sight in Sunday’s 30-14 loss to Atlanta that brought the t..

Turnover curse


Tue, 23 Dec 2014 05:12:20 GMT
BY GUERRY SMITH
Special to The Advocate

Of all the factors contributing to the New Orleans Saints’ 6-9 record, coach Sean Payton singled out one Monday as the primary reason they won’t be in the playoffs: turnover margin.
After committing four turnovers and causing none in Sunday’s 30-14 loss ..

Packers beat Bucs to clinch postseason


Mon, 22 Dec 2014 04:42:19 GMT
By FRED GOODALL
AP sportswriter

TAMPA, Fla. — Nothing Aaron Rodgers does as a quarterback surprises the Packers.
The NFL’s top-rated passer shrugged off the flu and played most of Sunday with a strained left calf, leading Green Bay to a 20-3 victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers — clinc..

Graham’s goal line gaffe a microcosm of miserable season

Mon, 22 Dec 2014 03:12:05 GMTBY SCOTT RABALAIS
srabalais@theadvocate.comFor once Sunday, Drew Brees was able to drop back in the pocket unhurried to find his favorite target open over the middle: tight end/wide receiver/amateur pilot Jimmy Graham.
Gra..

Fumble or tide-turning TD? Graham’s miscue looms large

Mon, 22 Dec 2014 02:16:34 GMTby Sheldon Mickles
smickles@theadvocate.comAfter struggling for most of the first three quarters Sunday, the New Orleans Saints offense finally put together its most promising drive of a must-win game with the Atlanta Falc..