Saints News, 10/10/13: Jimmy Graham Is NFL's Most Unstoppable Weapon

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ESPN's 'Numbers Never Lie' is the most interesting and entertaining sports show on TV, IMHO. They did a great animated breakdown today on why Jimmy Graham is the NFL's most unstoppable weapon and detail how he is on a pace this season to totally shatter previous tight end records. See the video below. Today's Saints injury report is the exact same as yesterday's. Should we be concerned about OT Zach Strief?

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Saints Prepare For Patriots, Will Leave Tomorrow For Foxborough, MA

New Orleans Saints release their Thursday injury report
The New Orleans Saints and New England Patriots released their second injury reports of the week Thursday with four players not participating in practice for the Saints. The Patriots listed three players as did not practice while a fourth, defensive lineman Michael Buchanan, wasn't listed on the report.

Saints again leave early for Pats game | Saints | The Advocate — Baton Rouge, LA
The Saints (5-0) will fly up on Friday for Sunday’s game against the New England Patriots (4-1) at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass., coach Sean Payton said Thursday. He said the team made the decision because flying early worked well in last week’s win against Chicago, and the flight will be longer than usual.

Saints road success based on Payton’s focus, attention to detail | wwltv.com New Orleans
ince Sean Payton took over as the Saints’ head coach in 2006, New Orleans has been among the best in the NFL at winning on the road.

Drew Brees at his best against Tom Brady, Patriots - ESPN
Saints QB Drew Brees plays a cut above when facing Tom Brady, Patriots

Saints morning report: Sleepless nights - New Orleans Saints Blog - ESPN
"At the end of the day, Tom Brady is still under center. You can't sleep on anything," Vaccaro said. "Especially me, I'm telling you. They're coming for me. I definitely ain't sleeping."

Tedy Bruschi's Breakdown -- New England Patriots vs. New Orleans Saints - ESPN Boston
It all comes down to solid team defense this weekend against the Saints.

Sean Payton, Bill Belichick share mutual admiration - ESPN
METAIRIE, La. -- New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton and New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick don’t cross paths all that often. But it&rsq

Saints’ nickel-and-dime approach - NFC South Blog - ESPN
METAIRIE, La. -- I’ve noted in the past that the New Orleans Saints' defense is spending the majority of its time this season in nickel and dime

New Orleans Saints top performances vs New England Patriots
A look at the top individual performances for Saints players against the Patriots in the previous 12 meetings between the two clubs

PFT’s Week Six picks | ProFootballTalk
The Saints proved that they can win away from home against a competent team like the Bears. With an elite offense and a much-improved defense, why not a clean road sweep of the Super Bowl XX teams that played in New Orleans?

Saints game-planning for Gronk's return | Comcast SportsNet - CSNNE.com
"I don't necessarily think there's two defensive game plans," said Saints coach Sean Payton in a conference call on Wednesday. "I think it's more a case, when you go against your scout teams that are trying to simulate the opponent, you often times use jersey numbers, and sometimes the fronts and coverages can be dictated by a lineman.

Saints' Payton has high praise for Pats' Talib | Comcast SportsNet - CSNNE.com
"He's playing in a little bit different system," said Payton. "He's doing a great job. He's having an outstanding season. He's played a lot of man coverage, often times drawing the opponent's best receiver. He's got very good ball skills, so you've got to be very careful on where you're locating the football. He's got great makeup speed. And he's also got the size. He's having a fantastic season.

Will no Wilfork boost Saints' run game? | Comcast SportsNet - CSNNE.com
"The two allies for good quarterback play starts with good defensive football, and then the ability to have some balance with the running game, to go along with the passing game," said Saints coach Sean Payton in a conference call on Wednesday. "We're still a work in progress with our running game, but I think that it becomes more challenging at that position when you're playing in high-scoring games, and there's that pressure that you feel like you have to score X amount of points each week to win."

Saints’ Pierre Thomas savors turn to be mentor (Video) | Saints | The Advocate — Baton Rouge, LA
Pierre Thomas quickly rattled off the names of some of the players he’s previously shared the New Orleans Saints backfield with: Deuce McAllister, Aaron Stecker, Reggie Bush and Mike Bell. Those men, he said, were his mentors after he joined the Saints as an undrafted rookie.

New Orleans Saints, New England Patriots, Week 6 Matchups, Sean Payton
Oct 6, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; New Orleans Saints running back Pierre Thomas (23) is congratulated by tackle Zach Strief (64) for scoring a touchdown again

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Patriots Prepare For Saints

Jimmy Graham a nightmare | Boston Herald
Jimmy Graham is the man. He’s considered the best, especially with Rob Gronkowski inactive this season. He’s emerged as not only Drew Brees’ top gun but one of the game’s most feared offensive weapons.

Brady thinks Patriots will need more than a touchdown | ProFootballTalk
"We’ve got to try and score quickly, methodically, whatever it takes, because they have a good offense, they have a good team, they play well on special teams. We are going to have to play a very well-rounded game."

Rob Gronkowski of New England Patriots says he is still day-to-day - ESPN Boston
Amid reports that the Patriots are optimistic that Rob Gronkowski will make his season debut this Sunday against the Saints, the tight end reinforced on Thursday that his status remains day to day.

Gronkowski return could boost Patriots run game | Comcast SportsNet - CSNNE.com

Belichick on the trouble with Jimmy Graham - Extra Points - Boston.com
Saints tight end Jimmy Graham stands 6-7, weighs 265 pounds and ran a 4.53 40-yard dash at the NFL combine in 2010.

Bill Belichick coy on Rob Gronkowski’s playing status | Saints | The Advocate — Baton Rouge, LA
During his daily news conference Wednesday, Belichick told reporters three times that Gronkowski, who’s been practicing on a limited basis, is "day-to-day."

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Other Saints News

New Orleans Saints announce formation of Ring of Honor
The New Orleans Saints announced Wednesday the formation of a Ring of Honor that will recognize former players, administrators and individuals who have played a significant role both on the field and off the field in the franchise’s history. The Ring of Honor will be displayed prominently along the Mercedes-Benz Superdome’s Terrace Level fascia. The Saints will unveil their introductory class Sunday, Nov. 10 when the team hosts the Dallas Cowboys before a nationally televised audience.

Film Study: Jimmy Graham, Leading Receiver in the NFL, Opens It Up Against the Bears | The Big Lead
Graham has the most receiving yards by a tight end ever through five games, and should break the record for yards in a season if he stays healthy.

Drew Brees says NFL is better educated on concussions | Saints | The Advocate — Baton Rouge, LA
"I think certainly there were mistakes made in the past in regards to what people knew or how it was handled," Brees, a member of the NFL Players Association’s executive board, told reporters after practice. "But as we think about moving forward here, and especially when you talk about youth sports, there are protocols that need to be in place and that need to be followed to a ‘T.’ "

Forecast: Great 2006 Saints draft class is getting old | wwltv.com New Orleans
Getting old stinks. I had to run to catch a bus at work on Tuesday for an off site function and I was so winded I thought I might drop dead.

Saints Nation: Did the Saints Really Even Switch to a 3-4?

John DeShazier: Malcolm Jenkins a major reason for defense's turnaround
Saints safety has been making plays this season

Kiko Alonso among rising rookies; Tavon Austin off to slow start - NFL.com
John Jenkins, NT, New Orleans Saints

Cameron Jordan joins NFL.com's Dave Dameshek Football Program - Who Dat Dish - A New Orleans Saints Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and more.
Saints DE Cameron Jordan joins Dave Dameshek on his podcast to talk Saints, Patriots and much more

Candidates for the Saints 'Ring of Honor' | wwltv.com New Orleans
The Saints are going to put up a 'Ring of Honor' in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. They said the first group will be announced on Nov. 10.

This Week in Saints History: October 9-15
1977—Saints lose at home to San Diego, 14-0. Saints FB Tony Galbreath had nine catches. The Chargers score touchdowns on an 88-yard Mike Fuller punt return and 5-yard RB Rickey Young run. Chargers defense has eight sacks. Both teams has two turnovers.

Derland Moore headlines speakers at Oct. 14 New Orleans Quarterback Club
Former New Orleans Saints defensive lineman Derland Moore, Tulane assistant coach David Johnson, former LSU lineman Jeff Brignac and St. Charles Catholic head coach Frank Monica will be the featured speakers at the weekly Greater New Orleans Quarterback Club Luncheon on Monday, October 14 at noon at The Cannery, 3803 Toulouse Street in New Orleans.

2009 New Orleans Saints - In Photos: Ranking the Super Bowl Winners From This Century - Forbes
Regular season record: 13-3 Simple rating system (SRS): 10.8 Net points: 169 Average margin of victory in playoffs: 17 Super Bowl margin of victory: 14 The Saints were 13-0 at one point in the season before losing their last three games. Quarterback Drew Brees was the Super Bowl MVP, but the defense played a big role in the win when Tracy Porter ran back a 74-yard interception return to seal the game.

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Around the League

League of Denial fails to tell the whole story on concussions | ProFootballTalk
We saw this one coming last November, when Steve Fainaru and Mark Fainaru-Wada dusted off the Mike Webster disability case and incorrectly sold it as a smoking gun.

Bucs announce sellout for Sunday | ProFootballTalk
Earlier this afternoon, the Buccaneers issued a press release declaring that Sunday's game against the Eagles has been sold out, and thus will be televised locally. It's not really news, given that the team previously has declared that all home games will be televised.

Cultures showing MRSA in Carl Nicks’ foot again | ProFootballTalk
The Buccaneers got guard Carl Nicks back on the field a couple of weeks ago after a bout with a MRSA infection in his foot, but it looks like Nicks hasn't made it all the way out of the woods yet.

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Video

VIDEO Sean Payton's Thursday Review
New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton talks to reporters on Thursday, October 10, 2013. (New Orleans Saints video)

VIDEO Preview: New Orleans Saints vs. New England Patriots - NFL Videos
NFL Films previews the Week 6 matchup between the New Orleans Saints and the New England Patriots.

VIDEO Drew Brees Talks Saturday Night Live
See what question made New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees think of a Saturday Night Live skit in an interview on Wednesday, October 9, 2013 (New Orleans Saints video)

VIDEO Patriots Today - Little room for error vs. Saints
The Patriots have a tall task ahead of them on Sunday against the undefeated New Orleans Saints. Last week against the Bengals, the Patriots struggled to click on offense, something that Brady and his receivers work to improve daily.

VIDEO Bigger impact New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski or New Orleans Saints tight end Jimmy Graham?
This week New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski could return against the New Orleans Saints. Will he have a bigger impact on the game than Jimmy Graham?

VIDEO New Orleans Saints Morning Report: October 10
New Orleans Saints senior writer John DeShazier previews Thursday's Saints news and talks to RB Khiry Robinson in the Morning Report (New Orleans Saints video)


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