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Saints’ Sean Payton: Ted Ginn Jr. will ‘make more big plays than not’

METAIRIE, La. — Ted Ginn Jr.’s debut with the New Orleans Saints wasn’t exactly awe-inspiring. Two targets, zero catches and one dropped pass in the end zone before the starters called it an early night in a 20-14 loss to the Cleveland Browns on Thursday.

The drop was a little disconcerting, since that is a problem that has plagued Ginn throughout his 10-year NFL career.

But coach Sean Payton was quick to insist Friday that Ginn has done enough good things this summer after signing a three-year, $11 million contract to forgive the occasional misplay.

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Saints’ D has looked great so far, but Steelers will challenge that

METAIRIE, La. — The New Orleans Saints‘ defense has played remarkably well so far this preseason — and throughout all of training camp, really.

But Friday night’s preseason date with the Pittsburgh Steelers will provide the best test by far to show just how much New Orleans’ embattled defense has improved since last season.

For one thing, it’s the third preseason game, when teams typically play their starters the most — and actually do a little bit of game-planning. For another thing, the Steelers’ offense is really, really good.

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New Orleans Saints introduce 50/50 Raffle at all home games to benefit charities

The New Orleans Saints announced Saturday, Aug. 20 the launch of 50/50 Raffles at all Saints home games at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome this season. The Saints will use the 50/50 Central platform to allow fans an opportunity to donate to local charitable organizations or causes by participating in an electronic 50/50 raffle. At each game, half of the net proceeds collected from the raffle will benefit a designated charitable organization or cause, while one lucky fan will win the remaining half of those proceeds.

“We are pleased to be able to offer all of the fans attending our game a tremendous opportunity to greatly assist numerous worthwhile charities through our 50/50 raffles,” said Owner Tom Benson. “Our fans have always been passionate and kind and responsive to those in need, and certainly with the massive efforts facing our state in lieu of the flooding, there is a great need at this time for financial assistance.”


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Sean Payton: Keenan Lewis’ release by Saints came down to ‘availability’

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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Saints’ blocking woes lead to ugly offensive performance vs. Texans

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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Saints vs Houston

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.



Saints stumble out the gate with penalties, turnovers vs. Patriots

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Sean Payton stated the obvious when he walked to the podium for his post-game press conference.

“The first thing that stands out in a game like that is the four turnovers,” the Saints head coach said after the Saints’ 34-22 loss to the New England Patriots in the exhibition opener for both teams. “That’s disappointing.”

The Saints committed turnovers on two of their first four plays. Not how you want to start a game or the preseason.

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Saints release first unofficial depth chart of 2016

HITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. — The NFL requires teams to provide unofficial depth charts before each preseason game, and the New Orleans Saints released their first one on Sunday evening.

Most teams have their public relations department compile preseason depth charts, so anything listed on the Saints’ release should be taken with a grain of salt.

However, it’s still worth looking at the initial depth chart, if only to compare it to what happens when the Saints play the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass. on Thursday at 6:30 p.m.

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Saints vs Ravens

The New Orleans Saints open the preseason at 7:30 p.m. ET Thursday on the road against the Baltimore Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium. Here are a couple things to watch for during the game:

Why to watch: The most exciting thing to watch for is an explosive play from quarterback Drew Brees to dynamic second-year receiver Brandin Cooks, who should emerge as the Saints’ top playmaker this year now that Jimmy Graham is gone. But the first-string offense won’t be on the field long, and we know what roles those guys will be playing in Week 1. We could see even more from second-year big man Brandon Coleman, who I think could emerge as New Orleans’ No. 3 receiver this year, and under-the-radar receiver Willie Snead, who has been making a strong case in camp to crack the roster. … Others growing into bigger roles include first-round draft pick Stephone Anthony, who is trying to lock down the starting middle linebacker job, cornerback Delvin Breaux and defensive linemen Bobby Richardson and Tyeler Davison.

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New Orleans Saints ownership at a glance

Majority owner: Tom Benson, 87

Minority owners: Benson announced plans in January to name his wife, Gayle, his successor, and she is listed as a second owner on the team’s website. But former owner/heirs are fighting his decision in court — daughter Renee Benson and grandchildren Rita LeBlanc and Ryan LeBlanc.

Source of wealth: Primarily automobile dealerships and banking. Began his career by working his way up from a bookkeeper at a New Orleans Chevrolet dealership in the 1940s to eventually running, then owning his own Chevrolet dealership in San Antonio, then spawning that into ownership of more than 30 dealerships in the San Antonio and New Orleans areas over the years (according to multiple newspaper reports, including New Orleans Times-Picayune). … Also reportedly bought interest in five San Antonio banks from the 1970s to 1990s, forming Benson Financial Group, which was later sold. Got back into banking business in San Antonio in 2003, and now owns Lone Star Capital Bank there. Currently owns New Orleans Saints, NBA’s New Orleans Pelicans, local TV station WVUE FOX 8, Mercedes Benz and Chevrolet dealerships in the New Orleans area and other automobile dealerships in San Antonio, Benson Tower downtown office building in New Orleans among many other real estate holdings.

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