Saints News, 10/8/13: Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski Expected To Make Season Debut vs. Saints

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He's been practicing with the team all season, but has been held out of games as he fully recovers from back and arm ailments. Since he plays for Bill Belichick, it's anyone's guess as to how healthy he truly is. Looks like we'll find out Sunday when the Saints travel to New England. In other news, NFL owners passed a rule today that would allow the league to select a team of its choosing for the HBO/NFL Films reality show 'Hard Knocks' if no other teams volunteer. Teams with a first year head coach and teams that have made consecutive playoff appearances can decline if they wish.

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Week 6: Saints @ Patriots

Bill Belichick says Sean Payton’s play calling "attacks every square inch on the field’
Bill Belichick was asked about Sean Payton and Rob Ryan during a conference call on Monday

Patriots' coaches brace for 5-0 Saints - Extra Points - Boston.com
"They’re pretty impressive, they do a lot of things well," Belichick said. "They have a very good offensive attack. Good personnel, good scheme. It’s why they’ve won five games."

Quotes: Sean Payton, Bill Belichick hold Monday press conferences
Opening Statement: "We will be back to a normal schedule this week. We have another road game on Sunday. The players for the most part came in, watched the tape and lifted on their own. Tomorrow will be their day off. Wednesday will be base."

Gronkowski expects to play Sunday | ProFootballTalk
Gronkowski went through a rough offseason in which multiple surgeries were needed for a broken arm and subsequent infection, and the infection delayed his back surgery. There was some talk that the Patriots should have put Gronkowski on the physically unable to perform list and kept him out through Week Six, but if Gronkowski can help the Patriots beat the Saints on Sunday, keeping him on the active roster through five weeks will look like a wise move.

Rosters change; New Orleans Saints, New England Patriots keep winning - ESPN
The New Orleans Saints (5-0) have made no secret over the years about their admiration for their upcoming opponents, the New England Patriots (4-1). The Saints have long pointed to the Patriots as a model for sustaining success, year in and year out, while continually reshaping the roster.

Getting to know the Saints - New England Patriots Blog - ESPN Boston
Perhaps no change from 2012 has been more substantial than the return of Payton, a gifted offensive mind and the overseer of the Saints’ lone Super Bowl victory. He’s among the highest-paid coaches in football, and with good reason. The team feeds off his leadership and direction, as is evidenced by its 5-0 start.

Saints' clock control a factor in 5-0 start | Boston Herald
"It's an important statistic," Payton said Monday, acknowledging the role that his team's ability to control the clock has played in its 5-0 start.

NFL Week 6 Power Rankings - Musket Fire - A New England Patriots Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and more.
2. New Orleans Saints (5-0) - The Broncos are getting all the attention, but Drew Brees and the Saints are quietly demolishing high-quality teams. They have had a much harder schedule than the Broncos to date, and they have another tough match-up next week in New England. If they win that game, it may be time to recognize them as the top team in the league over the Broncos, who have beaten lesser opponents. Previous Rank: 4

New Orleans Saints travel to New England in Week 6: Seven Travel Points | NOLA.com
Photographer Michael DeMocker offers insider tips for Who Dats making this week's road trip

Scouting the New Orleans Saints - Going Deep - Boston.com
The New Orleans Saints have been known as one of the NFL's best offenses for years with quarterback Drew Brees at the helm, but in 2013, their defense may be the hallmark of the team. Many wouldn't have dreams of...

McDaniels: Pats' game plan doesn't depend on Gronk | Comcast SportsNet - CSNNE.com
"We've really just tried to focus on the defense that we're playing, how the best way to attack them is, and understanding that there may be an element of, are we certain, are we uncertain? I've really tried to focus on just trying to get the guys to practice as well as they can."

Quotes: Malcolm Jenkins & Jahri Evans Conference Calls
Conference Calls with New Orleans Media

Five things to know about the New Orleans Saints on Tuesday, October 8
There will be no media availability today

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Other Saints News

New Orleans Saints' Pierre Thomas plays integral role in win over Chicago Bears: Film Study | NOLA.com
Pierre Thomas' 25-yard TD screen pass seals up 26-18 win in Week 5

Saints move up a spot to fourth in NFL in scoring defense | Black and Gold

6 Plays from Sunday: Pierre Thomas reminds us he's special | wwltv.com New Orleans
We sometimes forget how much we appreciate old things we used to love. We see the bright, shine newness of a toy and think it must be better because, you know, it’s new. It’s not always.

Power Rankings: No. 2 New Orleans Saints - NFC South Blog - ESPN
The New Orleans Saints (5-0) are an easy choice for No. 2 on this list, which is where they were voted unanimously. The Saints haven’t been quite as dazzling on offense as the No. 1 Denver Broncos and quarterback Peyton Manning. But New Orleans has been the more complete team, with standout performances from the defense and special teams on a weekly basis.

Week Five Power Rankings | ProFootballTalk
2. Saints (5-0; No. 3): If they keep playing away from home like they played in Chicago, maybe they won’t need home-field advantage in the playoffs.

Saints Running Game, Khiry Robinson Continue to Improve
Saints Running Game, Khiry Robinson Continue to Improve

Is Jimmy Graham A Tight End or Wide Receiver?
Is Jimmy Graham A Tight End or Wide Receiver?

Sean Payton shows off a new trick: Patience - ESPN
METAIRIE, La. -- New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton praised several of his players for being smart and patient during Sunday’s 26-18 victory against the Chicago Bears, namely quarterback Drew Brees. But Payton himself deserves the most credit.

Saints morning report: Graham a WR or TE? - New Orleans Saints Blog - ESPN
Staying humble: FOX showed a glimpse of Saints coach Sean Payton’s postgame speech to his players in the locker room after last Sunday’s 26-18 victory over the Chicago Bears. During the speech, Payton singled out linebacker Junior Galette and reminded him to stay "humble" in victory, which caused some laughter among players. Last week, Galette ripped the Miami Dolphins offensive linemen in postgame interviews and on Twitter.

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Around the League

New Orleans named finalist to host Super Bowl LII in 2018
Indianapolis and Minneapolis are the other two finalists

NFL will pick team for 'Hard Knocks' if no one volunteers - NFL - Sporting News
With the league running out of active volunteers to participate on the HBO series "Hard Knocks," NFL owners passed a rule that would allow the league to select a team of its choosing for the HBO/NFL Films reality show that goes behind the scenes of training camp.

'Frontline's' 'League of Denial' examines NFL' s head-injury crisis | NOLA.com
The documentary airs at 8 p.m. Tuesday (Oct. 8) on WYES.

NFL to play 3 games in London in 2014 | wwltv.com New Orleans
The NFL will play three regular-season games at London's Wembley Stadium next year, hosted by the Jaguars, Falcons and Raiders.

Falcons fear Julio Jones lost for season | ProFootballTalk
If you were a Falcons fan who thought things couldn't get much worse after Monday night's loss to the Jets, you were wrong. Jay Glazer of FOX Sports reports that the Falcons fear receiver Julio Jones will miss the rest of the season with a foot injury suffered on Monday night.

NFL To Narrow List of Super Bowl 2018 Cities This Week
According to NFL Media's Albert Breer, six cities submitted applications to host Super Bowl LII (52) - New Orleans, Miami, Dallas, Minneapolis, Indianapolis and Tampa.

Nike gives Pro Bowl uniforms radical facelift - ESPN
In what might be seen as Nike's boldest move since it began its deal as the official on-field apparel brand of the NFL last season, the world's largest shoe and apparel company unveiled its Pro Bowl uniforms Tuesday morning.

‘Oh’ line: LG Silatolu out for the season with ACL tear | CharlotteObserver.com
Monday, Carolina’s offensive line was dealt more bad news. An MRI Monday revealed starting left guard Amini Silatolu tore his ACL and MCL and he will be out for the remainder of the season.

Carolina’s Steve Smith: Panthers-Cardinals game official was ‘garbage’ | CharlotteObserver.com
Carolina Panthers wide receiver Steve Smith took responsibility for his dropped touchdown pass in Sunday’s 22-6 loss at Arizona, but also called one of the game officials "garbage" on Monday.

Bucs hot reads: Nicks makes most of time

Mike Smith says 1-4 Falcons are disappointed but not discouraged | ProFootballTalk
After losing just three games last year, Atlanta has already lost four through five games this season. But Falcons coach Mike Smith says his team is not discouraged. "We simply came up short," Smith said after Monday's loss to the Jets, via the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

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Video

VIDEO Drew Brees Nominated for NFL Weekly Award
New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees has been nominated for Week 5's FedEx Air Player of the Week!

Video: Tyrone Hughes at Greater New Orleans Quarterback Club

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