Player News - Saints

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Saints coach Sean Payton said RB Marcus Murphy is "making this team."

The rookie out of Missouri had 110 total yards against the Texans on Sunday. He is also one of the favorites to return kicks this season. Murphy making the roster could be bad news for veteran RB Tim Hightower.
Source: ESPN
Aug 31 - 12:40 PM

Saints WR Willie Snead caught four balls for 56 yards in Sunday night's third preseason game.

Snead was the chain-moving receiver during Luke McCown's time on the field, running with the second-team offense opposite Brandon Coleman. Snead has been a ball-catching machine in Saints practices, according to beat reporters, and through three preseason games is up to an 8-117 receiving line. Snead stands 5-foot-11, 195, but ran 4.62 coming out of Ball State in 2014. He failed to make the 53-man roster in Browns camp last year. The Saints reportedly see some Lance Moore in Snead's skill set.
Aug 30 - 7:03 PM

Josh Hill caught one pass for five yards in the Saints' third preseason game.

Playing behind Ben Watson but still working with the ones, Hill was targeted on an end-zone pass at the end of the Saints' opening drive, but the ball was thrown widely by Drew Brees. Hill continues to have all the appearances of a sub-package tight end and red-zone weapon, while Watson operates as New Orleans' every-down tight end. Through three preseason games, Hill has six catches for 59 yards and a touchdown.
Aug 30 - 6:40 PM

Marques Colston went catch-less in the Saints' third preseason game.

Colston didn't play on the Saints' first snap of the game, but entered on the second play from scrimmage, manning slot receiver with Brandin Cooks and Brandon Coleman outside. Colston was targeted on a red-zone pass in the first quarter, but Drew Brees' throw was broken up by Texans ILB Brian Cushing. Colston may no longer technically be a starter, which is something of a concern for his playing time. Now 32 years old, Colston is not a great bet to improve significantly on last year's 59-902-5 receiving line.
Aug 30 - 6:37 PM

Brandon Coleman caught one pass for 27 yards in the Saints' third preseason game.

Coleman ran with the Saints' first-team offense in two-wide sets, playing ahead of Marques Colston, who entered for three-wide packages at slot receiver. Coleman's lowlight was a drop on a pass from Luke McCown. His highlight was a 27-yard second-quarter gain on a deep crosser. Coleman is a legitimate threat to Colston's playing time, but his snap share remains somewhat unclear, and Coleman's lack of preseason production is a slight concern. He has one catch on four targets through three exhibition games.
Aug 30 - 6:30 PM

Ben Watson caught a nine-yard pass in the Saints' third preseason game.

As he has all camp, Watson operated as an every-down tight end with the Saints' first-team offense. He caught a nine-yard pass on New Orleans' opening possession, getting the offense in scoring position. Watson continued to play ahead of Josh Hill and has a chance to be a viable streamer against sub-par defenses this year. Watson has a 3-21-1 receiving line this preseason. Watson's season-long ceiling remains low going on age 35.
Aug 30 - 5:36 PM

Mark Ingram rushed four times for 13 yards and caught a 12-yard pass in the Saints' third preseason game.

Ingram was sharp on early outside-zone runs and caught a nifty screen pass on the Saints' opening drive, picking up a dozen. Ingram's increased role in the passing game has come to fruition this August, catching four balls for 57 yards over the last two exhibition games. Ingram is a low-end RB1 pick who could benefit in PPR if C.J. Spiller (knee) misses regular season time.
Aug 30 - 5:25 PM

Brandin Cooks caught two balls for 19 yards in the Saints' third preseason game.

Cooks caught Drew Brees' first two completions of the game, showing quicks and explosion for a first-down gain on his second catch. Cooks is up to seven catches for 164 yards and two touchdowns this preseason, in addition to a seven-yard run. His ADP is near WR1 range, which is unideal, but Cooks is a legitimate threat to top 100 offensive touches this year. He could get there on receptions alone and will get carries every now and then, too.
Aug 30 - 5:20 PM

Drew Brees completed 4-of-6 passes for 40 yards in the Saints' third preseason game.

Playing only one possession, Brees marched the Saints downfield with hookups to Brandin Cooks (6, 13), Mark Ingram (12), and Ben Watson (9) before a converted field goal. Amid concerns about a ball-control offense, the Saints are continuing to spread the field with three wide receivers on the majority of plays. With Ben Roethlisberger losing Martavis Bryant, Brees is in the top-five fantasy quarterback conversation behind Andrew Luck and Aaron Rodgers, and along with Russell Wilson and Peyton Manning.
Aug 30 - 4:40 PM

Saints CB Brandon Browner will likely miss Sunday’s game against Houston, giving fellow CB Delvin Breaux a chance to start.

Breaux has turned in a solid offseason and will get a chance to shine on Sunday in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome as the Saints host the Houston Texans. The New Orleans D/ST had a rough 2014 season, but defensive coordinator Rob Ryan will look to turn things around in his third season as the leader of the Saints defense. The Saints D/ST can be safely ignored in fantasy drafts and also draws a rough Week 1 matchup on the road against Arizona.
Aug 30 - 2:17 AM

Khiry Robinson missed practice this week with an undisclosed injury.

The Saints don’t expect the injury to affect his Week 1 status. Robinson isn’t more than an early-down backup to Mark Ingram, though there are rumblings C.J. Spiller (knee scope) might not be ready for the opener. Robinson should go undrafted in 12-team leagues.
Source: ESPN.com
Aug 29 - 3:12 PM

Saints QB Luke McCown will get an extended look in the Saints' third preseason game.

Drew Brees is only expected to play "a handful" of snaps before ceding the reigns to McCown. The news suggests McCown is well ahead of Ryan Griffin for the team's No. 2 job. With rookie Garrett Grayson almost guaranteed a roster spot, Griffin's roster spot is in danger.
Aug 29 - 1:59 PM

Saints coach Sean Payton said WR Willie Snead has played his way into the wide receiver competition.

"I think he's done well," Payton said. ""He's right there in the thick of it, competing for playing time, competing for a roster spot." Brandin Cooks, Marques Colston and Brandon Coleman should occupy the top three spots on the depth chart, but it is wide open behind them. Snead needs to beat out at least one of Josh Morgan, Joe Morgan or Nick Toon to land a roster spot.
Aug 29 - 1:29 PM

Mark Ingram wants to be used more in the passing game.

"I know I'm a three-down back," said Ingram. "I take pride in being an every-down back, being a back that doesn't have to come off the field, being a back that can do everything that's asked of him within the scheme of the offense." Ingram has reportedly been "featured" in the passing game during practice and had three receptions in the second preseason game. C.J. Spiller will be the primary receiver out of the backfield when healthy, but Ingram has a decent shot to top 30 receptions for the first time in his career.
Source: ESPN
Aug 25 - 9:22 AM

Saints WR Nick Toon suffered a high ankle sprain in Saturday night's preseason game and will be shelved 2-3 weeks.

The injury effectively ends New Orleans' No. 3 wideout battle, where Brandon Coleman will open the season in three-receiver sets alongside Marques Colston and Brandin Cooks. Toon had been something of a disappointment in camp following a fast finish to the 2014 season. Toon finished the 2015 preseason with two catches for 11 yards. His roster spot should still be secure.
Source: FOX Sports
Aug 23 - 3:55 PM


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