Episode to debut at 8 p.m. Tuesday (Aug. 21).
@TheFalcoholic Favorite comment thus far on the blog: “I’m going to buy Matt Ryan a fanny pack. He needs a pocket.”
@CoreyWhiteJr3 I didn’t get nothing done with this break. Well, back to the film room.
@JohnnyPatrick32 Maybe I said this wrong!! But my bday is tomorrow… I’ll be in the dome come support…. Wouldn’t want to be no other place…
@drewbrees Brittany and I are proud to say that Callen Christian Brees was born yesterday evening in New Orleans. Mama and baby boy are happy & healthy
@JohnnyPatrick32 Got meetings tonight.. Going over the game for tomorrow we are exited to be in the dome tomorrow…
@MalcolmJenkins Can’t wait to sleep in my own bed again… Last day of the training camp blues! Anyone excited about being back in the Dome tomorrow night?
@JonVilma51 Anybody seen the campaign? Was it good?
@ivory_29 People swear they have it figured out but they really have no clue. 😏 smh
DREW BREES IS THE PATERFAMILIAS:
Drew, Brittany Brees announce birth of their third son, Callen Christian Brees – New Orleans Saints Football NFL News – NOLA.com
Quarterback says mom and son are ‘happy and healthy’
SAINTS CAMP/JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS
Joe Vitt: “I Don’t Know Of A Tougher Venue To Play”
Assistant Head Coach/Linebackers Joe Vitt met with media following Thursday’s practice and discussed returning to the Mercedes-Benz Superdome and the end of training camp.
Coordinators Preview Jaguars Contest
Offensive Coordinator Pete Carmichael and Defensive Coordinator Steve Spagnuolo met with the media following practice on Thursday to preview the game against the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Darren Sproles, Jabari Greer among those who won’t play Friday for the New Orleans Saints | wwltv.com New Orleans
Four Saints players have been ruled out for Friday’s game between New Orleans and Jacksonville.
New Orleans Saints players expect ‘next man up’ philosophy with head coach come regular season | wwltv.com New Orleans
New Orleans Saints linebacker Scott Shanle isn’t sure who is going to take over for acting head coach Joe Vitt once the regular season begins.
NFL Rumors: Saints Travaris Cadet Could Take Chris Ivory’s Roster Spot : New Orleans Saints
NFL Rumors: Running back Travaris Cadet could bump Chris Ivory for a roster spot on the Saints’ 53-man roster.
New Orleans Saints running back Chris Ivory needs to improve ball security – New Orleans Saints Football NFL News – NOLA.com
He is being pushed by Travaris Cadet
What to watch for in New Orleans Saints vs. Jacksonville Jaguars – New Orleans Saints Football NFL News – NOLA.com
They play Friday at 7 p.m. in Superdome
New Orleans Saints offense looks to get back on track against Jacksonville Jaguars – New Orleans Saints Football NFL News – NOLA.com
“(The offense needs) Longer drives,” Bushrod said, who struggled to defend Patriots rookie defensive end Chandler Jones leading to consecutive holding calls last week. “Continue to try to execute all 11 at a time. When you have three-and-outs, it’s really a small problem. It’s usually one guy not doing their job and that’s really kind of starting with myself.
New Orleans Saints defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo looking for defense to continue progression – New Orleans Saints Football NFL News – NOLA.com
“I’m going to present the same goals and objectives that we have for the first two games, which basically is to find a way to outhit our opponent, tackle well and make sure we’re in pursuit of the football,” Spagnuolo said. “That’s not all exciting stuff for you. It’s cliché, but I think if we go past or beyond that and start talking about other things, you don’t get a good foundation laid, so that part won’t change.”
New Orleans Saints tight end Jimmy Graham ready to play against the Jacksonville Jaguars – New Orleans Saints Football NFL News – NOLA.com
His back isn’t aching anymore. He’ll be on the field Friday night against the Jacksonville Jaguars. And he’s sporting a new gold medal, awarded to him by a local television crew after his teammates voted him the most likely player to have success at the Olympics.
NFL submits sworn statement from Goodell on March 21 issue | ProFootballTalk
The judge presiding over the bounty cases recently has focused on a specific factual contention from the NFL, and the NFL has now answered the judge’s question by producing a letter from the NFLPA along with a sworn statement from Commissioner Roger Goodell. On Wednesday, Judge Helen G.
New Orleans Saints TE Jimmy Graham gold with envy over Olympians’ medals | wwltv.com New Orleans
New Orleans Saints tight end Jimmy Graham watched as Anthony Davis and LeBron James won an Olympic gold medal in London and could do nothing to hide his jealousy.
Greater New Orleans Smoothie King Stores Team Up With TE Jimmy Graham
Pro Bowl Saints TE joins as Spokesperson, Donates Portion of Sales to Boys Town Louisiana
Jimmy Graham isn’t thinking about “breaking the bank,” yet | ProFootballTalk
“I’m already breaking the bank I think,” Graham told the media on Thursday, via comments transcribed and distributed by the team. “I don’t even think about those aspects of it right now. We have such a big season and we have so many hurdles to get over until that really comes in the picture. I know if I handle and I take care of the things I need to on the field that this organization will take care of me.”
WVUE-TV to debut Champions Square studio before New Orleans Saints game Friday | NOLA.com
Saints pre-game coverage to originate from new facility on Friday.
Replacement officials no answer for NFL ‘serious’ about safety — Gerry V | NOLA.com
Why doesn’t the NFL just tell the players, “Look, your safety means the world to us … we’re just going to dangle you over a hot pit for awhile ’til the real officials cave.”
Bush on the Hard Knocks experience: ‘I don’t know if it’s good or bad but it is what it is right now.’(US PRESSWIRE)
There’s a reason HBO had trouble finding an NFL team to be featured on Hard Knocks: any publicity isn’t always good publicity, especially in a billion-dollar industry where the lines between public perception and reality are often blurred. But HBO finally found a willing partner in the Miami Dolphins.
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In theory, the marriage made sense. The Dolphins are an organization in search of an identity and through the right storylines and subplots, Hard Knocks could help accomplish that. Chad Johnson, Ryan (and Lauren) Tannehill, Reggie Bush — all big names with interesting backstories that could make for compelling television. The problem: compelling doesn’t always mean flattering. Coach Joe Philbin cutting Johnson was a gripping moment but hardly painted the team in the best light. And its these moments that give Bush pause. During a recent appearance on the Dan Patrick Show, Bush was asked about Life After Chad around the Dolphins’ facility. “Obviously with Chad being dismissed from the team, it was obviously not good media so it may cause a little bit of a small distraction but I think guys were pretty focused and we still have to go to work,” he said via SportsRadioInterviews.com. “Still have to get better and correct our mistakes from the last preseason game and just find a way to get better as a team.” Bush said that he didn’t watch Hard Knocks last Tuesday when Johnson was released and admitted that he’s not sure if having cameras documenting the entirety of training camp is a good idea. “I don’t know if it’s good or bad but it is what it is right now,” he said. “We have it so let’s make the best of it. That’s our mentality. I think you can make a case for both situations. When I was in New Orleans Coach Payton opted not to do Hard Knocks so I think you can make a case for both. Some coaches may feel that it’s more of a distraction, some coaches may use it as fuel to bring back passion to the football team and do it for the fans purposes. So while you have it you make the most of it but you still have a job to do and you still have to focus in and kind of go about your business as if the cameras aren’t even there.” Bush sounds like he’s making the best of a less-than-ideal situation but that’s a microcosm of the NFL. Whether this experience will have any bearing on the Dolphins season is another matter. Hard Knocks history has been a mix of winners and losers, playoff teams and underachievers. Ultimately, Miami’s success won’t be contingent on the inner workings Les Brown’s relationship with his girlfriend but on consistency and execution. Just like every other year when there weren’t cameras perpetually lurking. “My expectations are for us to be just a dominant team this year and improve on the mistakes that we made from last year,” Bush said. “We want to win the division and the number one goal is to win the Super Bowl but obviously there are things that go into play underneath that. .. I think one of the things that hurt us last year was we didn’t do a lot of fundamental things right. We found ourselves 0-7 pretty quick and having to dig ourselves out of a deep hole so this year we want to get off to a fast start, play good fundamental Dolphin football and just be a tough team all around.” For more NFL news, rumors and analysis, follow @EyeOnNFL on Twitter, like us on Facebook, and subscribe to our Pick-6 Podcast and NFL newsletter. You can follow Ryan Wilson on Twitter here: @ryanwilson_07.
Having a game on Friday just always feels incredibly strange, but the Saints will host the Jaguars tonight in the Superdome for their first home game this season. In this third preseason game we’ll probably get a bit of an extended look at the first teams, which should give us a better feel for where the team is at.1. Can the Saints’ starting unit dominate a team that was the NFL’s worst last year?Based on how both teams fared last season, there should be a huge game in terms of talent, experience and chances of success between the two teams. In theory, the Saints’ starting units should look much stronger. Anything less than that is still no reason to panic because it’s just preseason, but all the same it would be disappointing to see the Saints’ starting leave the game tied.2. Does anyone come out of this game a clear favorite for the #4 running back spot?
Travaris Cadet has been promising and Chris Ivory has struggled mightily with fumbles, but I still t…
Preseason live is UNAVAILABLE live in local team markets. This game will be available in the NFL Preseason Live archives following the conclusion of the game broadcast.
The New Orleans Saints signed veteran tight end Daniel Graham to bolster their depth at tight end.
Good Friday morning to one and all! HansDat’s here with a special Friday edition of the Hot Reads.
So far this preseason, the Saints have played on Sunday night, Thursday night, and now Friday night. Next week they play on Saturday night and then another Thursday nighter to close out their exhibitionism for 2012. Hope they’ll be ok with a daytime game when it’s for real in September.
Make the jump for the four things I’ll be putting under the microscope in tonight’s game.
Changing things up, am I. This time the kicking game is first, JUST FOR KICKS, and it’s about time we see Garrett Hartley get some serious reps with the placekicking. As it stands now, I’ve hardly seen enough of either Hartley or the encumbent, John Kasay, to give me confidence in either one of them.
What I’d Like To See: Lots and lots of field goal attempts for both Hartley and Kasay, from short and long range to help us get a read on who’s really got the best leg and no “yips” anywhere near him.
CHECKDOWN # 1
New defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo likes to generate pressure from his front four, and they’ve been working with his system for three weeks in Training Camp, so this week, I want to try and get the DOWNLOW ON THE D-LINE.
What I’d Like To See: Just how well these guys get pressure on the QB, and how they hold up against the run.
CHECKDOWN # 2
What I’d Like To See: Whether or not he’s getting reps as gunner, and then to speculate about it if it means anything for the regular season. Just above my comment linked to above, CP says that playing gunner would not preclude him from being in the regular WR rotation.
There’s been a bit of concern lately over Chris Ivory’s ability to hang onto the ball in practice. I’m going to jump on this preseason over-reaction bandwagon and say that TUSK IS HANGING ONTO HIS JOB FOR DEAR LIFE.
What I’d Like To See: If Ivory can get some good carries while hanging onto the ball and get some good work in this game, or can Travaris Cadet usurp Tusk’s role as the # 4 running back on the team with an actual breakout performance in the running game, not the screen game, not the return game, but the running game.
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Now that the Hot Reads are out there, we can start warming up our Friday Night Lights. Get after it in the Comment Thread, and I’ll see you back here tonight with my earbuds in, WWL.com Big Talkers on the interwebs, and a Blue Moon Pale Ale in hand. Mazel Tov!
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The NFL on Thursday provided a federal judge with what it says is evidence Commissioner Roger Goodell did not improperly pre-judge the four players suspended in the bounty investigation.
Who’s ready for some football? Seriously, the start of the first regular season game can’t come any sooner.
Second-year QB fires pair of TD passes in win over Saints.