Who Dat ! Who Dat !
By Sports Network
The Sports Network
Rookie Pierre Thomas scored on a three-yard run in the first quarter, as the New Orleans Saints beat Miami, 7-0, in the final preseason matchup for both teams.
Thomas ran for 81 yards and caught two passes for 47 more, as the Saints (3-2) used a dominating defense in a game that had sparse starters for both squads. Antonio Pittman ran for 77 yards in the win.
Veteran backup Jamie Martin complete 11-of-15 passes for 136 yards for the Saints, who will open the regular season next Thursday night at Indianapolis. It will mark the first regular season game in the NFL this year with the defending Super Bowl champion Colts hosting the team that was knocked off by the Chicago Bears in the NFC championship game.
John Beck connected on 8-of-15 passes for 63 yards and was picked off twice for the Dolphins (2-2), who will start their season at Washington September 9. Miami was limited to 121 yards of offense as the Saints came up with four interceptions.
Thomas’ 38-yard gain helped the Saints to the game’s only score on the initial drive.
Beck drove the Dolphins to the Saints 13 in the closing minutes of the game, but was sacked on third down. He then threw incomplete on fourth down inside of two minutes, and the Saints ran out the clock.
The New Orleans Saints announced on Tuesday that they have reached the NFL-mandated roster size of 75 players. The Saints parted ways with P Chris Hanson, RB Jamal Branch and WR Jamal Jones.
The Saints needed to trim their roster by three players by 3:00 p.m. and will need to reach the NFL roster size limit of 53 players by 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 1. Which means they have to cut 22 more people.
This Thursday night in the Superdome !
Who will be the next to be cut from the team ?
Any veterans ?
The New Orleans Saints put together their most complete
and impressive effort of the 2007 preseason to date, as
they traveled to Kansas City and defeated the host
Next on the list Miami !
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Went to the 40th Annual, “Meet the Saints luncheon,” sponsored by the Touchdown Club of New Orleans today. First I want to thank the Touchdown Club for putting on a first class event, from start to finish. If you have never been to a “Meet the Saints luncheon” you should try to attend next year.
The one thing that is clear about the Saints Quarterbacks is we have a great clear cut number one quarterback in Drew Brees who pulled off an MVP type season last year throwing for over 4400 yards last year.
The most unaswered question is who will be our number two if something were to happen to Brees. There are four options the most likely will be Jamie Martin a fourteen year veteran who has a total of eight games in his career. He has been a journey man backup quarterback throughout his career. So far this pre-season he is 17 for 27 with 165 yards through the air appearing in the two of the three games so far. He seemily could not hold onto the ball fumbling three times last week vs the Bengals.
Another option is undrafted rookie Tyler Palko who has looked good in training camp and in two pre-season games so far. He is 19 for 35 with 225 yards passing with a touchdown. He showed signs of being a great quarterback as well as showing that he is also very young. He can run and is not afraid to as he is averaging 12 yards a rush.
Jason Fife a third option for the spot of Drew Brees’ understudy. He has been in the league for a year and dressed as the teams emergency quarterback from weeks three through six. He looked good in his only pre-season apperance going 5 for 8 with 47 yards passing and threw for the Saints only touchdown in the pre-season opener against the Steelers.
The final and most unlikely option is Matt Baker who was added late in camp to give the Saints another option. He spent all of last season on the Dallas Cowboys’ practice squad. He made his pre-season debut against the Bengals going 7 for 13 with 75 yards.
The final depth chart will not be out for a few weeks and we will see who will win the battle for the right to backup Drew Brees.
Well the Saints broke the winless slump and beat the Cincinnati Bengals
27 – 19 !
We know the exhibition season does not matter but its always good for the
boys in black and gold to win one !
Drew Brees had a great game and passed 6 for 6 for 55 yards, and he only played one offensive set, which lead to a touchdown, an 8-yard score by Deuce McAllister.
I guess the big question coming up, will be who will be the back up Quarterbacks for the Saints this year ? Tonight we had Jamie Martin, who was 14/19 for 139 yards, and Matt Baker, who was 7/13 for 75 yards ? Or did you like Tyler Palko who was 15/27 for 172 yards last week. And what about Jason Fife, he played against Pittsburgh and was 5/8 for 47 yards.
And what about Robert Meachem ? Meachem was a first round draft pick, do you see him being a big part of the team in 2007 ?
Well I guess only time will tell.
Who dat.. 2007 is here time for some new plays to be captured on video !