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Saints News, 11/5/15: Are Saints Winning all of their 2015 Trades, Including Jimmy Graham Deal?

From Mike Triplett at The New Orleans Saints stayed quiet before Tuesday's NFL trade deadline. But they made plenty of waves already this year with some of the league's biggest and most surprising deals...."I think that their offseason goal was, 'We've got cap problems, we need to get young, we're not gonna get rid of Drew (Brees), so let's try to sit on the fence of contender and rebuilder.' And I think they accomplished all those," said ESPN scouting analyst Matt Williamson, who acknowledged that his positive judgment might be clouded by New Orleans' 52-point outburst last Sunday. "If we were having this conversation in Week 3, we would've been like, 'Well, they accomplished none of those,'" Williamson said.

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Saints News

Are Saints winning all their 2015 trades, including Jimmy Graham deal? - New Orleans Saints Blog - ESPN
The Saints have made some big trades in an effort to get younger and improve their O-line and defense. The verdict? So far, so good.

Wednesday's Saints locker room interviews
Drew Brees, Benjamin Watson, Brandin Cooks, Michael Mauti and Keenan Lewis spoke with the media on Wednesday

John DeShazier: Benjamin Watson's strong production no fluke
Veteran tight end has looked good since training camp

Drew Brees' Wednesday press conference
Quotes from Drew Brees' Titans week press conference

As he rejoins New Orleans Saints, Tim Hightower understands Khiry Robinson's pain |
Four years ago, a devastating injury knocked Hightower out of football. Now, a serious injury to someone else is giving him a chance to get back in.

What is an NFL catch? New Orleans Saints players still don't know |
NFL ruled that a Willie Snead fumble was really an interception by Drew Brees

Tim Hightower: 'I was sitting there calling the plays on the film' | Videos - Video |
New Orleans Saints running back Tim Hightower talks about his return to the team after the injury to Khiry Robinson, Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2015.

Never-Say-Die Saints Makes Coaching Fun Again for Sean Payton
The never-say-die attitude of the 2015 New Orleans Saints team has made coaching football fun again for Saints head coach Sean Payton

Brees' trust growing in Saints' younger receivers
Brees says his improving chemistry with new receivers contributed to prolific outing

Drew Brees fine with stat correction, but not sold on NFL catch rule - New Orleans Saints Blog - ESPN
The Saints are still in the process of determining whether the stat correction can be overturned.

Keenan Lewis has been using muscle activation techniques in recovery from hip injury - Black and Gold

Payton: Ben Watson a 'great addition' to 2015 Saints
New Orleans' source for complete news coverage of the Saints football team with schedules, scores and stats.

Saints never wavered despite rocky start
The Saints never wavered. Not when they were 0-3 and certainly not after they fell to 1 and 4 following a bad loss to Philadelphia.

Titans notebook: Mariota preparing to start vs. Saints
Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota was officially listed as a full participant at practice Wednesday, the first under interim coach Mike Mularkey.

NFL picks and predictions, Titans vs. Saints 2015: New Orleans expected to keep rolling -
The Saints have won four of five behind a resurgent Drew Brees.

Saints Rewind: Willie Snead, Terron Armstead miss practice; youth pushing veterans |
A look at our New Orleans Saints coverage from Wednesday at

Saints tight end Benjamin Watson featured at book signing |
"It's not a skin problem; it's a sin problem," Watson wrote in the Nov. 25, 2014 Facebook post that went viral and soon garnered more than 800,000 "likes."


NFL News

Former ref Scott Green: Punishment of officials arbitrary PR move | ProFootballTalk
Earlier this week, former NFL referee and current CBS rules analyst Mike Carey criticized the NFL for their decisions to suspend and reassign officials for mistakes during games because he feels they serve to weaken officiating.

PFT’s Week Nine picks | ProFootballTalk
We had our best showing of the season last week, with 12-2 records and a lingering tie through eight frames of a 17-round fight. This week, MDS and yours truly disagree on two games of the 13-contest slate. All picks, along with the reasoning for them, appear below.

NFL won’t change plans for Houston Super Bowl after rejection of HERO | ProFootballTalk
In early 2014, the NFL considered alternatives to staging the 2015 Super Bowl in Arizona as Arizona considered passing a law that would have permitted discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation.

Peyton could break Favre’s passing yardage record on Sunday | ProFootballTalk
Indianapolis fans saw many of the greatest moments in Peyton Manning's Hall of Fame career, but on Sunday they may experience something a little different, as Manning could break an NFL record while playing against the Colts.

Rivera: Evolution of our offense has been the evolution of Cam Newton | ProFootballTalk
The Panthers have won their last 11 regular season games, a streak that started when the team was 3-8-1 last year and coincided with a decision to run more no-huddle on offense.

Report of elimination pylons and first-down markers is premature | ProFootballTalk
The item posted Wednesday by CNN Money suggests that a revolution could be coming for the NFL. The truth is far less definitive. "NFL says it has tech to eliminate pylons and first-down markers," the headline declares.