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New Orleans Saints rookie roundup heading into Week 8 against Tampa Bay

Here’s how the rookies played against Seattle

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The New Orleans Saints keep on rolling as they’re now 4-2 and sixth in the NFC following their 13-10 win over Seattle on Monday night.

Quarterback Jameis Winston went 19-of-35 passing for 222 yards and a touchdown, but it was running back Alvin Kamara who got the bulk of the offensive workload. Kamara rushed 20 times for 51 yards and caught 10 passes for 128 yards and New Orleans’ only touchdown.

Pete Werner and the linebackers terrorized Seattle

Werner saw the field for just over 70 percent of defensive snaps. He only recorded six total tackles but finished second on the team behind Demario Davis. Davis put up a monster game with 10 total tackles, four for loss, two sacks, three quarterback hits and one pass defended.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers tight end Rob Gronkowski, who missed the last four games due to rib and lung injuries, will reportedly suit up on Sunday. The Saints’ linebacking corps will need to step up to try and keep Gronkowski in check.

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Paulson Adebo has another solid performance

Adebo played two-thirds of defensive snaps and recorded four total tackles including a tackle for loss that sent Seattle running back Rashaad Penny into a flip.

Adebo allowed just two catches for ten yards and had a pass defended. The Seahawks were held to 167 passing yards - 85 of which came on one play. New Orleans will need to put up a similar performance if they want to slow down the Buccaneers’ passing game.

Brian Johnson will need to step up without Wil Lutz

Johnson was signed off the Chicago Bears’ practice squad two weeks ago, but he’s now in line to be the full-time starting kicker. Pro Bowl kicker Wil Lutz was placed on injured reserve in the preseason and was designated to return last week.

Lutz underwent core muscle surgery but announced that he had suffered a setback during recovery that would cause him to miss the rest of the year. Johnson, the undrafted rookie from Virginia Tech, stepped by drilling both field goal attempts and an extra point. He delivered the go-ahead field goal with just under two minutes to play in the fourth quarter.

28th overall defensive end Payton Turner missed his first game due to a calf injury. Fourth-round quarterback Ian Book was once again a healthy scratch while sixth-round offensive tackle Landon Young logged three special teams snaps.

Jameis Winston will get his first crack at his former team on All Hallows’ Eve. The Saints won both of their regular season matchups in 2020, but the Tampa Bay Buccaneers avoided a sweep with a 30-20 win in the NFC Divisional round.


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