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Saints News, 10/2/14: Darren Sproles Says He Felt 'Disrespected' By Saints

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The former Saints RB and current RB on a team that is 3-1 rather than the Saints' dismal record of 1-3, told NJ.com how he felt about the transaction that sent him to the Eagles. Can't say I fault him for being upset. “I felt disrespected there. Listen, I understand this is business and all of that, but they put it up on Twitter. That’s how I found out. There was a screen shot and a friend of mine texted it to me. I felt they did me wrong,” Sproles said, via NJ.com. “First Sean [Payton] told me they were going to cut me. Then I find out on Twitter they’re trading me. That’s just not right. So I really haven’t been in contact with anyone there since I left. I really haven’t paid attention to what they’re doing. I’m more focused on what’s happening here.”

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Darren Sproles: I felt Saints did me wrong with handling of trade <a href="http://t.co/PL3xmxdrD0">http://t.co/PL3xmxdrD0</a></p>&mdash; ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) <a href="https://twitter.com/ProFootballTalk/status/517757731051417600">October 2, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Rumor is <a href="https://twitter.com/DarrenSproles">@DarrenSproles</a> never pisses his wife off, as he fears she will take the Yellow Pages away and then he wont be able to watch TV</p>&mdash; Jason (@Bravesoul79) <a href="https://twitter.com/Bravesoul79/status/517754266321444864">October 2, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Makes little sense why Erik Lorig was gifted a 53 man roster spot. He still isn&#39;t practicing. If it was this bad why not IR him w/ return?</p>&mdash; Saints Nation Blog (@SaintsNationBlg) <a href="https://twitter.com/SaintsNationBlg/status/517771746033025024">October 2, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Could&#39;ve kept Champ Bailey or someone else. Instead a #2 non practicing injured fullback has kept a job for 5 weeks now</p>&mdash; Saints Nation Blog (@SaintsNationBlg) <a href="https://twitter.com/SaintsNationBlg/status/517771949427408898">October 2, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Of note, on <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Saints?src=hash">#Saints</a> injury list: C Jon Goodwin (neck) didn&#39;t practice; Marcus Ball (hamstring) limited, P-Rob (hamstring) full participant.</p>&mdash; Evan Woodbery (@TheSaintsBeat) <a href="https://twitter.com/TheSaintsBeat/status/517769728866017280">October 2, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Got a press release from the NFL Refs Association saying NFL is publicly saying refs getting calls wrong but grading them correct internally</p>&mdash; Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) <a href="https://twitter.com/JasonLaCanfora/status/517767110723141632">October 2, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Saints?src=hash">#Saints</a> haven&#39;t drafted QB before 7th rd since Sean Payton, Drew Brees arrived. But <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Bucs?src=hash">#Bucs</a> Mike Glennon tempted them <a href="http://t.co/at585M1Rj4">http://t.co/at585M1Rj4</a></p>&mdash; Mike Triplett (@MikeTriplett) <a href="https://twitter.com/MikeTriplett/status/517766894334394368">October 2, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Sproles is beating the rookie who effectively replaced him by 18 rushing yards, a quarter of a touchdown and negative 2 catches per game</p>&mdash; Ebola Jairus (@angrywhodat) <a href="https://twitter.com/angrywhodat/status/517759509092401152">October 2, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Sean Payton&#39;s Thursday press conference (VIDEO) <a href="http://t.co/K46UmulpgI">http://t.co/K46UmulpgI</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/TBvsNO?src=hash">#TBvsNO</a> <a href="http://t.co/JctS8nW1rS">pic.twitter.com/JctS8nW1rS</a></p>&mdash; New Orleans Saints (@Saints) <a href="https://twitter.com/Saints/status/517754931185344513">October 2, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Whewwww, Darren Sproles is NOT happy. Nice follow up to his wife&#39;s rant: <a href="http://t.co/HYjnsh9bp9">http://t.co/HYjnsh9bp9</a></p>&mdash; Katherine Terrell (@Kat_Terrell) <a href="https://twitter.com/Kat_Terrell/status/517752178694692864">October 2, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Saints?src=hash">#Saints</a>&#39; Curtis Lofton offers strong support for Rob Ryan <a href="http://t.co/bWJLiNLlFE">http://t.co/bWJLiNLlFE</a></p>&mdash; Mike Triplett (@MikeTriplett) <a href="https://twitter.com/MikeTriplett/status/517736629088174081">October 2, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>The <a href="https://twitter.com/Saints">@Saints</a> believe talk won’t lead to wins, but more fun will <a href="http://t.co/oqIvsQU3Wa">http://t.co/oqIvsQU3Wa</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/WWLTV">@WWLTV</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/wwltvsports">@wwltvsports</a></p>&mdash; Lyons Yellin (@LyonsYellin) <a href="https://twitter.com/LyonsYellin/status/517731989643075584">October 2, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Jim Henderson preview the Saints-Buccaneers game on today&#39;s <a href="https://twitter.com/blackbluereport">@BlackBlueReport</a> podcast <a href="http://t.co/ExubeWjxRt">http://t.co/ExubeWjxRt</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/TBvsNO?src=hash">#TBvsNO</a> <a href="http://t.co/hkpwwQ2iao">pic.twitter.com/hkpwwQ2iao</a></p>&mdash; New Orleans Saints (@Saints) <a href="https://twitter.com/Saints/status/517723216622534656">October 2, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Saints?src=hash">#Saints</a> offense has been better than last year&#39;s 4-0 start in almost every relevant category (except wins, of course) <a href="http://t.co/8vah9kuOxX">http://t.co/8vah9kuOxX</a></p>&mdash; Mike Triplett (@MikeTriplett) <a href="https://twitter.com/MikeTriplett/status/517703677251817473">October 2, 2014</a></blockquote>

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Saints News

Still bitter, Eagles RB Darren Sproles says, 'I felt disrespected' by Saints | NJ.com
Sproles is aware of the Saints’ record and the fact they lost to the Cowboys, 38-17

Darren Sproles: I felt Saints did me wrong with handling of trade | ProFootballTalk
"I felt disrespected there. Listen I understand this is business and all of that, but they put it up on Twitter. That’s how I found out. There was a screen shot and a friend of mine texted it to me. I felt they did me wrong," Sproles said, via NJ.com. "First Sean [Payton] told me they were going to cut me. Then I find out on Twitter they’re trading me. That’s just not right. So I really haven’t been in contact with anyone there since I left. I really haven’t paid attention to what they’re doing. I’m more focused on what’s happening here."

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The biggest difference, obviously, is that New Orleans' defense got off to a great start last year and is off to a lousy start this year. And the offense hasn't been good enough to make up the difference. The Saints’ points per game are down from 27.0 to 23.8 through four games, but that's largely because the Saints aren’t getting as many possessions. They’ve had 9.75 drives per game, which ranks 31st in the NFL.

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FOOTBALL OUTSIDERS: Innovative Statistics, Intelligent Analysis | Film Room: Orlando Scandrick, Teddy Bridgewater
The Cowboys ranked so low in DVOA because their defense is still not dominant. Instead it relies on timely plays to prevent the offense from scoring. In Week 4, the New Orleans Saints found that out as they were held to just 17 points during a comfortable victory for the Cowboys in Dallas. No player epitomized Rod Marinelli's overachieving defense than the recently reinstated Orlando Scandrick.

Saints Lofton processes criticism with honesty, humor
In a few moments of brutal honesty and gut-wrenching humor, Lofton addressed several topics about the Saints' struggles.

New Orleans Saints deny training camp or leadership issues are to blame for poor start | NOLA.com
Drew Brees says the Greenbrier is not the reason for the Saints' woes

NFL Week 5: New England Patriots, Tom Brady biggest disappointment - NFL - SI.com
Two NFC South teams sought to improve their secondaries in the offseason by giving long-term deals to seemingly underrated players. The New Orleans Saints signed ex-Bills safety Jairus Byrd to a six-year, $54 million contract with $26.3 million guaranteed to shore up a secondary that had been shaky at best. It isn't any better now, and Byrd is clearly struggling -- he underwent back surgery in May, and that delayed his preparation with his new team, but he's missed five run tackles against four made, and though he hasn't been targeted much just yet (five receptions allowed on eight targets), things aren't working out so far for Byrd in Rob Ryan's scheme.

New Orleans Saints release second injury report of Tampa Bay Buccaneers week
David Hawthorne was among the New Orleans Saints players on Thursday's injury report

Broadcast Information: New Orleans Saints vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers
The Saints host the Buccaneers on Sunday at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on FOX

This date in New Orleans Saints history: Saints beat Buffalo in Texas; Drew Brees wins NFC Offensive Player of the Month | NOLA.com
Saints facts of the day

Sean Payton says Saints had Mike Glennon high on draft board in 2013 | NOLA.com
The last quarterback drafted by the Saints was Sean Canfield in the seventh round in 2010.

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NFL News

Former judge to preside over Ray Rice appeal | ProFootballTalk
Two days after the Ray Rice appeal hearing should (in theory) have been conducted, the NFL and NFLPA have selected a hearing officer to handle it. The NFLPA has announced that former U.S. District Judge Barbara S.

DeMarco Murray runs off with NFC offensive player of the month | ProFootballTalk
There have been many calls in recent years for the Cowboys to make more of a commitment to the running game, but they have gone largely unheeded until this year. The Cowboys ran the ball early and often with DeMarco Murray over the first month of the season.

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Video

VIDEO: Sean Payton talks about facing Mike Glennon
Sean Payton speaks with reporters on Thursday, October 2 2014. Video by Alex Restrepo. (New Orleans Saints video)

VIDEO: Drew Brees message to fans after 1-3 start
Drew Brees' response when he was asked if he had a message for fans after the team's disappointing start. Video by Ashley Amoss (New Orleans Saints video)