Saints Preseason News, 8/22/13: Jahri Evans and Marques Colston Return to Practice


Colston is not expected to play this week against the Texans. In other news, The 49ers have signed QB Seneca Wallace. Did they not see last weeks Saints vs. Raiders game?



Who dat talkin' 'bout dem Saints?

New Orleans Saints' Marques Colston returns for Thursday's practice, but doubtful vs. Houston Texans |
All-Pro guard Jahri Evans also returns to practice

Evans, Colston practice after missing Saints' Wednesday workout | New Orleans
Jahri Evans returned to practice Thursday, one day after missing the Saints’ session for undisclosed reasons.

Marques Colston, Jahri Evans return to Saints practice | Saints | The Advocate — Baton Rouge, LA
New Orleans Saints wide receiver Marques Colston and right guard Jahri Evans practiced Thursday during the 30-minute period open to the med…

New Orleans Saints' 53-man roster projection comes down to veterans vs. undrafted rookies |
Saints columnist Mike Triplett projects the Saints' 53-man roster, with roughly one week remaining before final cut-down day

Colston worried only about Saints win, not stats or Pro Bowls | New Orleans
Six times in seven seasons, Marques Colston has finished with at least 1,000 yards receiving. Three times in the past four seasons he has scored at least eight touchdowns. He has at least 80 catches in the past three seasons.

Saints appear to have found gem in undrafted rookie Glenn Foster | New Orleans
Every once in awhile, a player will file into training camp as an undrafted rookie and flash signs of brilliance, setting the hearts of a team’s fan base aflutter.

John DeShazier: Roman Harper wants New Orleans Saints to resume winning ways
Safety wasn't used much as a blitzer in 2012

From the Coach's Office: Saints-Raiders Preseason Defense Review
The New Orleans Saints defense of coordinator Rob Ryan showed improvement from week one against the Chiefs to week two versus the Raiders.

New Orleans Saints players post-practice quotes: August 22
Chris Carr and Preston Parker met with media after practice on Thursday

moosedenied " Blog Archive " No Fn Problem
Well that was fun. Nothing like dropping a big steaming deuce on Oakland to reinvigorate the ole preseason boner. Sorry about that, Tracy & Matt. But hey, you know how it is.

Saints Nation: Bryce Harris Has Thrust Himself Into Primary Backup Blocker Role
Bryce Harris looked poor in his incredibly short stint on the field last season. Put simply, he wasn't ready, and when he came in to replace an injured right tackle in Charles Brown he didn't perform well against the Raiders.

Get to Know 2013 New Orleans Saintsation Stephanie S
Video bio, photos and Q&A with 2013 New Orleans Saintsation Stephanie S

Five things to know about the New Orleans Saints on Thursday, August 22
Saints released tackle Jason Smith on Wednesday

Saints WR Andy Tanner hopes its his turn to stay on team (Video) | Saints | The Advocate — Baton Rouge, LA
METAIRIE — Andy Tanner flips through photos in his cell phone before every Saints practice and preseason game. These private moments with h…

A few minutes with ... Ryan Griffin | Saints | The Advocate — Baton Rouge, LA
Quarterback Ryan Griffin talks about trying to make the roster as an undrafted free agent at such a demanding position, how it feels like h…

New Orleans Saints players post-practice quotes: August 21
Nick Toon, Jimmy Graham, Travaris Cadet, Will Smith and Glenn Foster met with media after Wednesday's practice

Sean Payton talks about the young defensive linemen
Sean Payton met with media after Wednesday's practice

New Orleans Saints: Recapping the day's coverage
Stories, videos, photos and more

Get to Know 2013 New Orleans Saintsation Stephanie M
Video bio, photos and Q&A with 2013 New Orleans Saintsation Stephanie M


Saints @ Texans

Litmus test for New Orleans Saints' defense comes Sunday at Houston Texans |
Texans will provide first real test for Saints' new-look defense.

Sean Payton on the Houston Texans: 'They are certainly a contending team'
Payton's post-practice media availability from Thursday, August 22

Ultimate Texans " Texans’ Watt on Icognito being dirty player, Foster’s return, Smith’s suspension, Saints’ Brees
"Drew Brees is a very good quarterback and he’s a guy who’s been around — he’s had a lot of success in this league. He gets the ball out fast. He has great eyes. He makes his decisions quick. And as a defensive lineman, that puts pressure on you to get there faster."

NFL makes suspension of Antonio Smith official - Houston weather, traffic, news | FOX 26 | MyFoxHouston
The NFL announced on Wednesday that Houston Texans defensive end Antonio Smith has been suspended for the final two preseason games and for the first regular season game "for a flagrant violation of

Ultimate Texans " Gary Kubiak blames himself for Antonio Smith’s actions
Gary Kubiak blames himself for Antonio Smith’s actions

Arian Foster of Houston Texans comes off PUP list - ESPN
Houston Texans running back Arian Foster was taken off the physically unable to perform list and practiced with the team on Wednesday for the first time since the start of training camp.

New Orleans Saints vs. Houston Texans Connections
Check out the connections between the Saints and the Texans before Sunday's preseason game


Around the league

Hernandez indicted for murder of Odin Lloyd | ProFootballTalk
As expected for weeks, a grand jury has indicted former Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez for the murder of Odin Lloyd, via the Boston Globe. The indictment comes on the same day Hernandez was due in court for a probable cause hearing, making the hearing moot.

Tony Gonzalez: Hit me in the head, not my knees | ProFootballTalk
Atlanta Falcons tight end Tony Gonzalez is among the group of NFL players taking issue with the play that ended Miami Dolphins tight end Dustin Keller's season last week. Houston Texans safety D.J.

NFL head official: Competition Committee will review hit on Keller | ProFootballTalk
The low hit that ended Dolphins tight end Dustin Keller's season has drawn a great deal of scrutiny. And it will be scrutinized by the NFL's Competition Committee as well. But while NFL V.P.

Cam Newton, Carolina Panther offense must get untracked in Baltimore |
Cam Newton and the Panthers offense have scored only one touchdown in eight preseason possessions. They hope to improve in Thursday night’s nationally televised exhibition at Baltimore.

Falcons' Umenyiora trades for old No. 50 jersey
New Falcons defender Osi Umenyiora got creative in trading for the No. 50 jersey, writes John Manasso.

Bucs' Freeman brushes off Tarkenton criticism | Tampa Bay Times
TAMPA — If nothing else, quarterback Josh Freeman has proved he can take a hit this preseason. Not only has he been sacked four times in as many series, he has taken more shots to his reputation.

What does Tim Tebow have to do to make Patriots?
The veteran quarterback has struggled in two preseason games, but don't count him out.

Former Raider Ray Guy a big step closer to breaking Hall of Fame barrier - Yahoo! Sports
From Yahoo! Sports: One of two candidates named by the Senior Committee for the 2014 class, Guy would become the Hall's first punter.

Colin Kaepernick not a fan of new 49ers practice jersey -
Jim Harbaugh wants players to stay away from Colin Kaepernick. The San Francisco 49ers quarterback isn't too happy about his new practice attire meant to emphasize the coach's point.

Tony Gonzalez livid over 'ridiculous' hit on Dustin Keller
And Gonzalez said he is further incensed with the notion that recent rules changes -- outlawing hits to the head area -- have forced defenders to target the knees when tackling. When asked about the controversial play, Gonzalez didn't hold back.

Seattle Seahawks use unusual techniques in practice - ESPN The Magazine - ESPN
Meditation? Yoga? No yelling or swearing? In ESPN The Magazine's NFL Preview issue, Alyssa Roenigk writes that Russell Wilson and the Seahawks believe their kinder, gentler philosophy is the future of football



VIDEO: Sean Payton encouraged with Marques Colston's play
New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton speaks with reporters after practice on Thursday, August 22, 2013.

VIDEO: Preston Parker: "I have to keep working"
New Orleans Saints receiver Preston Parker speaks with reporters after practice on Thursday, August 22, 2013.

Video: Chris Carr says consistency key to making the Saints team | Saints | The Advocate — Baton Rouge, LA

Video: Sean Payton says Texans will be a good preseason test | Saints | The Advocate — Baton Rouge, LA

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