Advocate staff photo by SCOTT THRELKELD New Orleans Saints tight end Jimmy Graham catches a touchdown pass against Tennessee Titans on Aug. 15 in the Mercedes Benz Superdome. Graham is nursing a sprained shoulder he injured against the Tampa Bay Bucs.

Thu, 16 Oct 2014 02:46:35 GMTBy Nick Underhill
nunderhill@theadvocate.comDrew Brees caused some ripples this offseason when he proclaimed the Saints offense would be fine with or without Jimmy Graham.
The Saints quarterback pointed to his cache of wea..

Respect for Reggie

Thu, 16 Oct 2014 01:37:40 GMTby ramon antonio vargas
rvargas@theadvocate.comFor the Saints, the debate about whether Reggie Bush fulfilled on-field expectations during his five seasons in New Orleans is a short one.
The 46-year-old franchise reached i..

On road to 1,000?


Wed, 15 Oct 2014 05:43:03 GMT
by gary estwick
Special to The Advocate

Khiry Robinson sidesteps talk about his rushing rise with the same aptitude he utilizes to avoid defenders — quick and steady.
Still, Robinson’s newfound role as the Saints’ leading rusher through five games offers a different tale.
He enters Sunday’s gam..

Comfort meets caution with Lions’ Lombardi


Wed, 15 Oct 2014 00:42:16 GMT
by ramon antonio vargas
rvargas@theadvocate.com

On one hand, the Saints defense is comfortable with the prospect of facing a Lions’ offense coordinated by Joe Lombardi, New Orleans’ former quarterbacks coach, in Detroit on Sunday.
The Saints defense clashes at every practice with the philosophies Lomba..

Bush may play Saints for first time since 2011 trade


Tue, 14 Oct 2014 03:25:26 GMT
By Nick Underhill
nunderhill@theadvocate.com

It appears the Saints reunion with Reggie Bush will take place this week in Detroit.
The Lions running back did not play in Sunday’s 17-3 win over the Minnesota Vikings because of a sprained ankle, but he told reporters Monday that he expects to take the ..

Picking up on picks


Tue, 14 Oct 2014 01:50:54 GMT
by ramon antonio vargas
rvargas@theadvocate.com

The digits on the scoreboard are enough to infuriate some Saints fans.
New Orleans’ defense through five games this season: one interception.
After the Saints deemed them as dispensable and they moved on to other teams, Roman Harper (three interceptions) ..

Saints players show off bowling skills


Mon, 13 Oct 2014 04:20:17 GMT
BY Gary Estwick
Special to The Advocate

Saints players exhibit superior ability on the football field.
Bowling?
Eh, not so much.
While several current and former Saints players exhibited competitive skills at Sunday night’s Black and Gold Charity Bowling Fundraiser, others, well, let’s just say..

49ers safety Reid ready for Rams’ quarterback


Mon, 13 Oct 2014 03:57:01 GMT
By RICK EYMER
Associated Press

SANTA CLARA, Calif. — San Francisco safety Eric Reid doesn’t pay attention to statistics, so it was news to him that the 49ers are ranked fourth in the NFC in passing defense and second in total defense.
“I’m more concerned about bringing a good defensive..

Report: Graham could miss 2-3 weeks


Mon, 13 Oct 2014 01:03:31 GMT
by Ramon Antonio Vargas
rvargas@theadvocate.com

Tight end Jimmy Graham most likely will miss the Saints’ games at Detroit on Sunday and at home against Green Bay on Oct. 26, NFL Network reported Sunday.
Citing an anonymous source, NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport said Graham is expected to miss two to three ..

It’s time for change


Sun, 12 Oct 2014 06:37:32 GMT
BY NICK UNDERHILL
nunderhill@theadvocate.com

Once Geno Smith figures out whether he’s on East Coast time or West Coast time, maybe he’ll start focusing on saving Rex Ryan’s job.
It seems fair at this point to call the Jets’ second-year quarterback a disappointment. He has completed 58 percent of his..