The New Orleans Saints, New Orleans Pelicans, NFL and NBA announced further plans to aid victims of this week’s devastating floods in southern Louisiana.
The Saints said proceeds from a new 50/50 raffle program in their first two home preseason games will go toward flood victims through the American Red Cross. And owners Tom and Gayle Benson “have generously offered to make sizable and meaningful contributions towards the proceeds from the raffles.”
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Based on Sean Payton’s comments Saturday night, it was apparent that he and the New Orleans Saints had grown weary of waiting for cornerback Keenan Lewis to get back on the practice field with a lingering hip/sports-hernia injury.
Payton said the decision to release Lewis ultimately came down to “availability.”
“You know, he’s 52 weeks post-surgery,” Payton said — a reference to Lewis’ original surgery around this time last year. “We wish him well. I think ultimately it was just trying to get him on the field. It’s just been … it seems like a long time.”
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HOUSTON — In a shocking turn of events, the New Orleans Saints offense has looked like the more problematic unit through two preseason games.
The Saints lost their second straight exhibition game, falling to the Texans 16-9 Saturday night at NRG Stadium, as the offensive line struggled from start to finish.
Despite playing without star defensive end J.J. Watt, Houston was able to consistently disrupt the offense, as outside linebacker Jadeveon Clowney dominated Saints tackles Andrus Peat and Zach Strief.
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The New Orleans Saints will wear a black and gold helmet decal honoring the late Will Smith for the rest of the season starting Saturday night in the team’s game against the Houston Texans at NRG Stadium.
The black and gold decal showcases the former Saints defensive captain’s last name and jersey number 91.
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The New Orleans Saints have a few running backs that could be fantasy-relevant this year, but Mark Ingram remains a true No. 1, every-down back for them. You can draft him with confidence as a top-10 overall running back.
Here is my analysis of how the Saints’ running backs will fare against ESPN’s projections for 2016:
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Sean Payton has earned his reputation as one of the NFL’s most brilliant offensive minds during 10-plus years as head coach of the New Orleans Saints.
But during that same decade, Payton also has burned through four defensive coordinators. He is now on No. 5, Dennis Allen.
Most of them have been fired because the defense just plain stunk — it set the NFL record for yards allowed in a season under Steve Spagnuolo in 2012 and set NFL records for TD passes allowed and opponents’ passer rating last season before Rob Ryan was fired in November.
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New Orleans will travel to face the Houston Texans at NRG Stadium for their second preseason contest. The Saints and Texans have played each other every preseason since 2008 except for one, with the two clubs split at 4-4 in the preseason and at 2-2 in the regular season. New Orleans fell to the defending NFC South champions in both a preseason contest at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in 2015 and in a regular season matchup in Houston.
Michael Thomas, WR, second round: When is it OK to declare someone a “preseason superstar?” Thomas’ legend kept growing with two more fantastic catches in the preseason opener — continuing what he started early in training camp. Most importantly, coach Sean Payton and New Orleans’ quarterbacks are talking about the trust they have quickly developed in Thomas, who attacks the ball at its highest point and really uses his 6-foot-3, 212-pound frame. Whether he’s the No. 2 or No. 3 receiver, he looks poised to make an early impact.
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