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Saints News, 11/21/14: Jalen Saunders Grateful For Opportunity With Saints

From NOLA.com: If Saunders had grandiose dreams about life in the NFL, they were quickly shattered. After being selected in the fourth round out of Oklahoma by the New York Jets, very little has gone as planned. "It hasn't been my best year, to say the least," Saunders said Thursday. Saunders was in a one-car accident in August after suffering a "medical event" that was later reported to be a seizure. After being cleared to play, he was waived in late September after muffing a punt. "I've bounced around and it's the first time I haven't played a full season in my life," he said. "It's humbled me and it's made me a better player."

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>The Sio Moore/Khalil Mack sack-dance summit ran a little long ... <a href="http://t.co/Mmn2CkPr31">pic.twitter.com/Mmn2CkPr31</a></p>&mdash; Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) <a href="https://twitter.com/AlbertBreer/status/535656133386833920">November 21, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Game on the line and 3 penalties on one play....all on the raiders. Seems about right <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/smh?src=hash">#smh</a></p>&mdash; Scott Shanle (@scottshanle) <a href="https://twitter.com/scottshanle/status/535651898708082688">November 21, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>EXCLUSIVE: Adrian Peterson: &#39;I won&#39;t ever use a switch again&#39; <a href="http://t.co/JkKV423mEv">http://t.co/JkKV423mEv</a> (<a href="https://twitter.com/TomPelissero">@TomPelissero</a>) <a href="http://t.co/Wv2zHcQKT3">pic.twitter.com/Wv2zHcQKT3</a></p>&mdash; USA TODAY NFL team (@usatoday_nfl) <a href="https://twitter.com/usatoday_nfl/status/535637517891280896">November 21, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Totally random thought: Corey White is about as standup a guy with the media as possible. Always available despite criticism. Kudos to Corey</p>&mdash; Larry Holder (@LarryHolder) <a href="https://twitter.com/LarryHolder/status/535625698476433408">November 21, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p><a href="https://twitter.com/SaintsCSC">@SaintsCSC</a> That&#39;s exactly who I compare him to. David was even worse and yet took the heat. Always respected him for that.</p>&mdash; Larry Holder (@LarryHolder) <a href="https://twitter.com/LarryHolder/status/535632023444942849">November 21, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>.<a href="https://twitter.com/Saints">@Saints</a> Insider report: Brees confident without Cooks; shows off photographic memory <a href="http://t.co/DHn2SPiYOq">http://t.co/DHn2SPiYOq</a></p>&mdash; Lyons Yellin WWL-TV (@LyonsYellin) <a href="https://twitter.com/LyonsYellin/status/535631003692564482">November 21, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>NFL announces the Bills/Jets game moved to 7pm Monday night in Detroit</p>&mdash; Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) <a href="https://twitter.com/JasonLaCanfora/status/535613259693686784">November 21, 2014</a></blockquote>

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Saints News

Jalen Saunders grateful for opportunity with New Orleans Saints after rough year | NOLA.com
Saunders, who was signed by the Saints this week from the Seattle Seahawks practice squad, is on the fourth team of his rookie season.

Sean Payton previews the Baltimore Ravens game
Quotes from Coach Payton's post-practice press conference on Thursday, November 20, 2014

Q&A with Drew Brees about Monday night's game against the Baltimore Ravens
Quotes from quarterback Drew Brees' post-practice press conference on Thursday, November 20, 2014.

New Orleans Saints aiming for 15th straight prime-time win at home - ESPN
The New Orleans Saints have won 14 straight prime-time home games, including the playoffs, by nearly 20 points per game.

Scouting the Saints with Jabari Greer - New Orleans Saints Blog - ESPN
Former New Orleans Saints cornerback Jabari Greer is still keeping close tabs on the team and shares his thoughts.

Where the Saints and Ravens rank: Week 12 - New Orleans Saints Blog - ESPN
A look at where the New Orleans Saints (4-6) and Baltimore Ravens (6-4) rank in key statistical categories through 11 weeks of the NFL season.

New Orleans Saints DC Rob Ryan officially on the hot seat entering Week 12 | New Orleans Saints

Former Saints player Steve Gleason is working on building the biggest ALS research project ever | Black and Gold

New Orleans Saints re-sign Edwin Baker to practice squad, cut Tauren Poole | NOLA.com
Baker cleared waivers on Wednesday and practiced with the team on Thursday as a practice squad member.

New Orleans Saints vs Baltimore Ravens: connections
Take a look at the player and coaching connections between the two teams before Monday night's game

Jim Henderson previews Saints-Ravens matchup on Thursday's Black and Blue Report
Today’s lineup includes: Jim Henderson previewing the Saints-Ravens game, Sean Deveney (NBA Writer, Sporting News), and Hilary Landry/Laine Thomas (Crescent City Classic).

Patrick Robinson named New Orleans Saints’ recipient of the Ed Block Courage Award
Award is given annually to a player that has persevered through adversity

Monday Night Football at Champions Square & the Mercedes-Benz Superdome
Champions Square will open at 4 p.m.

Sean Payton announces New Orleans Saints roster moves
Sean Payton announced the transactions after Thursday's practice

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Ravens News

Ravens stress communication heading into rare dome game - Baltimore Ravens Blog - ESPN
The Ravens are practicing inside their field house for the entire week, and they're cranking up the music to simulate the Superdome.

Drew Brees presents multiple challenges for Ravens front seven - Baltimore Beatdown
Sacking Drew Brees is easier said than done. His spin move prior to a touchdown throw to Jimmy Graham two weeks ago against the 49ers is evidence of that.

Baltimore Ravens | Ravens Prepping For Loud MNF Superdome
Steve Smith Sr. says primetime games are ‘different,’ making offensive communication key.

Ravens practicing indoors to simulate New Orleans' Mercedes-Benz Superdome - Baltimore Sun
As the Ravens prepare to return to New Orleans on Monday night, site of their Super Bowl XLVII victory over the San Francisco 49ers, they're practicing indoors this week.

Late For Work 11/20: Round 24: Saints Can't Escape Steve Smith
Flacco wants to test Saints secondary. Running backs claimed. Simulation says Ravens make playoffs.

Baltimore Ravens have been tough to beat coming off bye week | NOLA.com
The Ravens (6-4) will have had 15 days between games when they play the Saints (4-6) on Monday night at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

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NFL News

Adrian Peterson thinks "maybe it’s time for me to get a fresh start somewhere else" | ProFootballTalk
If running back Adrian Peterson had been able to return to the Vikings this year, he would have had an opportunity to determine whether he and his family would be able to stay in Minnesota for the rest of his career in light of the events that derailed Peterson's 2014 season.

Jets-Bills game may be played in Detroit, Toronto, New Jersey | ProFootballTalk
If the Week 12 game between the Jets and Bills can't be played at Ralph Wilson Stadium in Buffalo, it will be played at a different location.  Per a source with knowledge of the situation, the three options for an alternative venue are Detroit, Toronto, and New Jersey.

Marshawn Lynch to appeal $100,000 fine | ProFootballTalk
On Wednesday, the NFL fined Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch $100,000 for failing to comply with the league's media policy.  On Thursday, Lynch's agent informed PFT that Lynch will appeal the fine.

Soldier Field: Problem with clocks has been rectified | ProFootballTalk
During last Sunday's Bears-Vikings game, the game clocks at Soldier Field malfunctioned during the Vikings' final drive and officials kept the official time on the field.

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Video

VIDEO: Ben Grubbs on the team's approach
Ben Grubbs speaks with reporters after the New Orleans Saints vs Cincinnatti Bengals game on Sunday, November 16, 2014. Video by Alex Restrepo (New Orleans Saints video)