Saints News, 10/11/13: OT Bryce Harris Ready To Start If Zach Strief Can't Play

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Starting right tackle Zach Strief sustained an ankle injury against the Bears and has missed both practices thus far this week. Back-up offensive lineman Bryce Harris has been practicing with the first string offense this week and says he's ready to go if needed. "That's my job as a backup: Be always ready. I've been ready for the first five weeks, and I'm gonna be ready for Week 6," said Harris. In other news that is both sad and infuriating, Adrian Peterson's two-year-old son is in critical condition after being severely beaten by his mother's boyfriend.



Saints Prepare for Patriots

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. The New England Patriots are coming off their first loss of the season, and questions are mounting about the team’s revamped offense. There ar

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The Saints will travel to New England tonight

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Patriots Prepare for Saints

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FOXBORO -- If it’s not one Ryan, it’s the other. While Rex gets more than his share of headlines in New England, brother Rob -- a linebackers coach for the Patriots from 2000 through 2003 who now is the defensive coordinator for the unbeaten Saints -- also has made life difficult for Tom Brady and the Patriots offense in the past.

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Bill Belichick knows a good receiver when he sees one.
New Orleans’ Jimmy Graham fits that mold.

Cut by the Saints, signed by the Pats, Ninkovich has insight into both clubs | New Orleans
It’s not uncommon these days to read about how good the New Orleans Saints are at finding undrafted rookie free agents to fill out their roster.

Groupings: 4 WR package emerges - New England Patriots Blog - ESPN Boston
One of the things that will be charted on a weekly basis is the positional groupings utilized by the New England Patriots offense, as they reveal play

Shades of development for Aaron Dobson - Extra Points -
A closer look at rookie wide receiver Aaron Dobson's development, tweet of the week, reader reaction, and what's to come.

Brady and Brees have plenty in common - Sports - The Boston Globe
They’ve combined for 677 touchdowns and four Super Bowl victories, they hold single-season NFL records for yards and touchdowns, and their career pass completions, when measured, would travel from Gillette Stadium well past Worcester. Tom Brady is 17 months older and 4 inches taller, but he and Drew Brees share plenty of similarities. Since becoming the starting quarterback for the Patriots in 2001 – the year Brees joined the NFL – Brady has put together a body of work not many can match. Brees, though, comes pretty close. Two of the best at their position – maybe ever – they’ll be on the same field for just the fifth time this Sunday, when Brees brings the 5-0 New Orleans Saints to town for a date with Brady and the 4-1 Patriots. Only a loss last week at Cincinnati – when Brady had one of the worst games of his career – kept this from being a battle of unbeatens.

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The Patriots usually work against a Ryan-coached defense twice each year. This season is a bonus. It is happening three times.

Bill Belichick talks Sean Payton, Saints
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Other Saints News

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"That sun was sitting hard to our left into the field," Payton said on his radio show. "So if you’re a receiver and you’re looking back into that sun it was going to be really challenging. We felt by the second quarter that was going to be diminished some. With the direction we went, the eyes of our receivers were going to look into a clear blue sky, not the sun. Plus, there was a slight wind advantage [for us in the first quarter]."

Sean Payton to appear at fund-raiser to benefit K9s for Warriors
Wendy Diamond's is staging the Bark Business Tour

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Time of possession is one of the most maligned statistics in football. With the rise of up-tempo, no-huddle offenses, it’s common to hear t…

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LeBlanc receives Paul Singer Award

John DeShazier: Saints have been squeezing opponents in middle quarters
New Orleans has outscored opponents by a combined 78-24 in the middle quarters


Around the League

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Report: Another Bucs player has MRSA | ProFootballTalk
Right about now, the Buccaneers likely are longing for the good old days, when their biggest problem was a fallen franchise quarterback who was creating daily headaches for the coaching staff and the front office.

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Tampa Bay coach Greg Schiano has said, "The easiest way to be defeated is to be distracted." The Buccaneers now have a huge distraction, two days before a game against the Eagles. In a press conference conducted earlier this afternoon at the team's facility, G.M. Mark Dominik and Dr.

Deion Sanders is fired . . . by Deion Sanders’ school | ProFootballTalk
It's still unclear whether Deion Sanders will be prosecuted for allegedly assaulting an employee at Prime Prep Academy. It is clear that Sanders has been fired by the charter school Sanders co-founded in 2012. The allegations arose on Thursday.



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VIDEO Tom Brady: Saints are playing great in all phases
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VIDEO New Orleans Saints Morning Report: October 11
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VIDEO Junior Galette talks Cam Jordan, Patriots
New Orleans Saints LB Junior Galette talks about DE Cameron Jordan's progress and facing the New England Patriots after practice on Thursday, October 10, 2013. (New Orleans Saints video)

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