Saints running game gains early momentum


Sat, 09 Aug 2014 05:56:56 GMT
by ramon antonio vargas
rvargas@theadvocate.com

ST. LOUIS — Saints running back Mark Ingram headed into the down period between the 2013 and 2014 NFL seasons on a definite high note. Ingram had averaged 5.6 yards an attempt on 89 carries for 501 yards and two touchdowns over the previous 11 games, two ..

With Brees on sideline, McCown, Griffin show stuff


Sat, 09 Aug 2014 05:36:09 GMT
By nick underhill
nunderhill@theadvocate.com

ST. LOUIS -— The punches have been tallied, the scorecards are in, and the first of the four-round battle between the New Orleans Saints’ backup quarterbacks guarantees that the next three will be interesting.
With Drew Brees’ strained left oblique keepin..

At long last, for Sam, the game’s the thing


Fri, 08 Aug 2014 06:50:28 GMT
By Ted lewis
tlewis@theadvocate.com

WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. — Entering Friday’s exhibition opener against the Saints, Michael Sam is listed as a third-team defensive end for the St. Louis Rams.
Which is exactly where you would expect a rookie seventh-round draft pick to be.
And it’s pr..

Summer heat

Fri, 08 Aug 2014 06:48:42 GMTBy Nick Underhill
nunderhill@theadvocate.comThe Saints remember how they approached their 2011 preseason opener against the San Francisco 49ers. They blitzed, blitzed again and then blitzed some more.
So while most exhibiti..

Friday brings actual football … kind of


Thu, 07 Aug 2014 05:25:24 GMT
By Ted Lewis
tlewis@theadvocate.com

WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. — Up here this week, the inevitable first question to Saints coach Sean Payton has been about Drew Brees’ availability for Friday’s exhibition opener at St. Louis.
And the inevitable answer is, “He’s day-to-day.”
And my inev..

With Lorig still out, FB Jones is added


Thu, 07 Aug 2014 02:37:54 GMT
by ramon antonio vargas
rvargas@theadvocate.com

WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. — With fullback Erik Lorig sidelined by a leg injury, the Saints signed an 11-year veteran at the position off the street.
Greg Jones spent his first 10 NFL seasons with Jacksonville, who chose him out of Florida State in the..

THE DREAM LIVES ON


Thu, 07 Aug 2014 02:37:53 GMT
By Gary Estwick
Special to The Advocate

WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. — Charles Hawkins lives his dream every day at Saints training camp, wearing the jersey of his hometown team.
“Every kid that’s from New Orleans wants to play for the Saints,” said Hawkins, a receiver who went to St. Augustin..

CAMP REPORT: Graham says Saints ‘have to be ready’ for Rams’ aggressiveness


Thu, 07 Aug 2014 00:48:57 GMT
By Ramon Antonio Vargas
rvargas@theadvocate.com

WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. — As they prepare to face their former defensive coordinator for the first time since he left the team, the Saints fired up some infamous film: the game when Gregg Williams ordered blitz after blitz in the 2011 preseason opene..

‘At the end of every play the ball is the issue’


Thu, 07 Aug 2014 00:27:25 GMT
By Nick Underhill
nunderhill@theadvocate.com

WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. — “Ball, ball, ball!”
This cry can be heard echoing between the Allegheny Mountains whenever the ball hits The Greenbrier grass during practice at the New Orleans Saints’ training camp. It doesn’t matter if it has been fumble..

Austin Johnson

Wed, 06 Aug 2014 23:56:07 GMTBy Ramon Antonio Vargas
rvargas@theadvocate.comn Position: Fullback
n Years in the NFL: 1
n Acquired: Free agency (2012)
n College: Tennessee
n Career highlights: Johnson spent the 2013 season on and off the Saints prac..