Player News - Saints

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Tre'Quan Smith played 52-of-71 snaps (73 percent) Week 7 against the Ravens.

Smith was always the most likely option to take over for Ted Ginn, and that is exactly what happened as Cameron Meredith was limited to just 18 snaps and zero targets. Smith only managed 44 yards on three catches in the tough matchup, but his rest-of-season outlook is strong. He needs to be rostered in all formats.
Oct 22 - 10:23 AM

Alvin Kamara played 39-of-71 snaps (55 percent) Week 7 against the Ravens.

Mark Ingram played just four fewer snaps but was out-touched 19-to-14 by Kamara a week after winning the touch battle 18-to-9. The usage against the Ravens is more in line with expectations, but it is too early to draw any firm conclusions. Kamara will be a mid-range RB1 this week against the Vikings while Ingram will be in the RB2 group.
Oct 22 - 10:20 AM

Ben Watson caught 6-of-6 targets for 43 yards and a touchdown in the Saints' Week 7 win over the Ravens.

Both the grabs and targets were Watson's most of the season. The score was his first of the year. Watson is averaging just 38 weekly yards, but that is more than enough to make him a weekly TE2 in a down campaign for the position.
Oct 21 - 8:14 PM

Cameron Meredith was not targeted in the Saints' Week 7 win over the Ravens.

It's a step back for Meredith after he went 5-of-5 for 71 yards in Week 5. Drew Brees' volume has been down during that span — coinciding with Mark Ingram's return — and Tre'Quan Smith has looked like the biggest beneficiary of Ted Ginn's absence. Meredith isn't much of a WR5 for the time being.
Oct 21 - 8:12 PM

Tre'Quan Smith caught 3-of-6 targets for 44 yards in the Saints' Week 7 win over the Ravens.

Smith almost made a one-handed catch in the end zone in the first quarter but couldn't haul it in. It was a quiet day thereafter, though Smith made an excellent sideline grab. He has six receptions on nine targets in two contests with Ted Ginn sidelined. Drew Brees is averaging just 30 attempts in two games since Mark Ingram's return, and the Saints are headed on the road to take on the Vikings' tough defense in Week 8. It could be a minute before Smith becomes a legitimate WR4.
Oct 21 - 8:03 PM

Michael Thomas caught 7-of-9 targets for 69 yards and a touchdown in the Saints' Week 7 win over the Ravens.

The catches were Thomas' most since Week 3, while the score was his first since Week 2. Surprisingly, Thomas has failed to clear 10 targets or 75 yards in each of his past three games. He has a tough Week 8 matchup in Xavier Rhodes and the Vikings, though Rhodes could end up missing the game with an ankle injury.
Oct 21 - 7:45 PM

Mark Ingram rushed 12 times for 32 scoreless yards in the Saints' Week 7 win over the Ravens, adding two catches for 10 additional yards.

Ingram out-touched Kamara 18-9 in his Week 5 debut, but Kamara had a 19-14 upper hand in Baltimore. Ingram received carries from the Ravens' six- and five-yard line but could not cash either in. Kamara found the end zone from two yards out in the fourth quarter. This is more how we were expecting the Saints' backfield to look following Ingram's return but nothing is settled after only two games. Ingram will be a touchdown-dependent RB2 for Week 8 against the Vikings.
Oct 21 - 7:41 PM

Alvin Kamara rushed 17 times for 64 yards and a touchdown in the Saints' Week 7 win over the Ravens, adding two catches for 11 additional yards.

Kamara got the start and out-touched Mark Ingram 19-14 one game after Ingram out-touched Kamara 18-9 in his 2018 debut. Both players received goal line looks, but only Kamara cashed his in. We would expect today's touch distribution to be closer to the norm than Week 5's going forward. With Taysom Hill emerging as a bigger nuisance, however, Kamara will remain a mid-range to low-end RB1 for Week 8 in Minnesota.
Oct 21 - 7:37 PM

Drew Brees completed 22-of-30 passes for 212 yards and two touchdowns in the Saints' 24-23, Week 7 win over the Ravens.

The scores were Nos. 500 and 501 of Brees' Hall-of-Fame career. He is just the fourth member of the 500-touchdown club. The Saints were methodical in the road victory, rushing 39 times while trying to gobble up clock. No. 2 quarterback Taysom Hill remained extremely involved as a red zone gadget player. Hill is little more than a nuisance, though he is curbing both Brees and Alvin Kamara's ultimate upside. The Saints are headed on the road to Minnesota's dome for Week 8.
Oct 21 - 7:15 PM

Saints declared G/T Jermon Bushrod, G/C Will Clapp, DB J.T. Gray, DE Trey Henrickson, DL Mitch Loewen, OT Andrus Peat and DT Taylor Stallworth inactive for Week 7 against the Ravens.

It's a quiet week for the Saints after their biggest injury question mark (Ted Ginn) was placed on injured reserve.
Oct 21 - 2:50 PM

Saints LG Andrus Peat (concussion) has been ruled out for Week 7.

The Saints confirmed Peat has a concussion after listing him with a head injury earlier this week. With RG Larry Warford (questionable, back) also not a lock to play, it's a run-blocking downgrade for Alvin Kamara and Mark Ingram. Josh LeRibeus will start in Peat's place.
Oct 20 - 4:41 PM

Saints CB Marshon Lattimore (concussion) has been removed from the Week 7 injury report.

Lattimore practiced full all week. He's cleared the concussion protocol coming off a bye. The Saints defense is healthy going into Week 7.
Oct 19 - 7:11 PM

Cameron Meredith (knee) was removed from the Week 7 injury report.

Meredith practiced fully the last two days. He's healthy coming off the Saints' bye and is in line for an expanded role with Ted Ginn on IR. Tre'Quan Smith will start opposite Michael Thomas, but Meredith should see snaps in three-wide sets.
Oct 19 - 4:19 PM

Cameron Meredith (knee) was upgraded to full participation at Thursday's practice.

Meredith was limited Wednesday coming off the Saints' bye week but he was back to full work on Thursday. Obviously he'll be ready for Sunday's game in Baltimore. Meredith hasn't made much fantasy noise yet but that could change now that Ted Ginn (knee) is on I.R.
Oct 18 - 4:54 PM

Saints placed WR Ted Ginn (knee) on injured reserve.

Ginn injured his knee in Week 4 and apparently did not make enough progress during the Saints' Week 6 bye for the team to stick it out. We would assume the 33-year-old deep threat will be a candidate for return after missing the required eight weeks. In the interim, third-rounder Tre'Quan Smith is going to be the main beneficiary. Smith already rained hellfire on the Redskins in Ginn's Week 5 absence. He's worth a flier in all leagues where he remains unowned.
Oct 18 - 4:46 PM


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