Friday, September 25, 2015, 7:02pm
Saints QB Drew Brees (right shoulder, out) missed practice Friday after taking limited reps Thursday and is out for Week 3. Luke McCown will get the start in a bad matchup against the Panthers. The Carolina defense is the biggest beneficiary of this news, as the entire Saints offense is likely to take a step back without Brees under center. Even Mark Ingram is looking like a dicey play now that the Panthers can load up and stop the run.
Sunday, August 23, 2015, 9:21am
And he saw enough.
“I’m glad we don’t have to play him twice a year,” the New England Patriots coach said after Cooks caught four passes for 117 yards – including a 45-yard touchdown – while the Saints jumped to a 21-0 lead Saturday. “He’s a really good player.”
Cooks also caught a 36-yard pass from backup quarterback Luke McCown. And he ran for seven yards on an end around before calling it a night before halftime.
Sure, it was only a preseason game. But the way Cooks has delivered so far this summer for the Saints, with touchdowns in each of their two games so far, is critical. They're counting on the 21-year-old second-year pro to emerge as their top playmaker this season after trading away Jimmy Graham and Kenny Stills. Cooks is clearly part of the Saints transition to youth at the WR position.
Monday, August 10, 2015, 5:33pm
The Saints announced their first depth chart:
There weren't a lot of surprises according to the author, except that some of the team's younger WRs were listed ahead of veterans. But it's been pretty clear the team is going with a youth movement at the position, so Brandon Coleman, who could end up as the team's WR3, and Seantavius Jones were ahead of guys like Joseph Morgan and Josh Morgan.
Three days after releasing both kickers in their cut to 53 players, the Saints have brought one back.
The team has re-signed kicker Shayne Graham, according to the NFL’s Tuesday transactions.
In a corresponding roster move, the club waived second-year quarterback Ryan Griffin.
Graham, 36, connected on all four field goals (long of 39 yards) and 4-of-5 extra points in preseason play. However, the club parted ways with Graham and Derek Dimke after the exhibition slate.
But now, Graham is back, and seemingly so for the regular season opener at Atlanta.
The move leaves Luke McCown as the lone backup behind Drew Brees. It would not be a surprise if the Saints re-signed Griffin to the practice squad, but he will have to clear waivers first, and it will be interesting to see if he’s picked up after a solid preseason (48-of-77 passing, 530 yards, three TDs, one interception, 90.3 QB rating).
Monday, August 25, 2014, 8:06pm
"Everything is going good," Payton said.
Payton said he expected the team to hear something soon.
Payton replaced Brees in early-practice drills with the quarterbacks on Monday at the team's headquarters in Metairie. Luke McCown worked with the first team.
Saints beat writer Mike Triplett: Nobody needed replay to see rookie receiver Brandin Cooks put on another dazzling display later in team drills. Cooks reeled in a touchdown pass of more than 50 yards from Luke McCown by leaping up and outdueling safety Pierre Warren for the ball. He later ran free behind the third-string defense to catch another deep ball from QB Logan Kilgore. As I've said many times, we really aren't overhyping Cooks. He simply keeps makes the biggest highlights on an almost-daily basis. I didn't think he'd be in a position to catch the deep ball against Warren, but sure enough, he rose to the challenge.
Cooks's ADP has risen into the late 6th round in PPR formats, going ahead of more established players like Marques Colston, Mike Wallace and Golden Tate. While this is too rich for our blood, there's no doubt that Cooks has had a tremendous offseason and has quite a bit of upside in the Saints' potent offense. Other than typical rookie growing pains, we're worried about the team's spread-it-around style supporting the current expectations for the young receiver.
Monday, August 11, 2014, 5:31pm
The competition for backup quarterback behind Drew Brees continues to progress, with veteran Luke McCown and youngster Ryan Griffin having submitted an addendum to their respective resumes last Friday in St. Louis.
They’re preparing to turn in another work sample Friday in New Orleans, when the Saints play their preseason home opener against Tennessee at 7 p.m. at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.
Griffin was one of the offensive stars in a 26-24 victory over the Rams, completing 16 of 23 passes for 179 yards and a touchdown, with no interceptions in five series. McCown, who started in place of Brees, completed seven of 10 passes for 49 yards and an interception in two series.
The injury was suffered during Friday morning's practice, and Brees is "day to day" as the Saints "monitor" the injury, Payton said.
The injury doesn't appear serious and the Saints have off Sunday so Brees has until Monday to get back on the field without missing much more time. Obviously something to monitor, but the Saints are likely just being cautious here. Backups Luke McCown and Ryan Griffin took reps with the first team in Brees' absence.
Tuesday, April 1, 2014, 8:44pm
Last year at this time Freeman was poised for a big year but it obviously never panned out.
Wednesday, March 26, 2014, 1:49pm
Tuesday, July 2, 2013, 1:32pm
The Falcons are set with Matt Ryan, but the backup to him is a little more unclear. Dominique Davis appears to be the frontrunner heading into training camp, and offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter thinks the upcoming preseason will be big for the second-year signal caller.
Monday, November 28, 2011, 7:42am
Coach Jack Del Rio benched rookie Blaine Gabbert in the fourth quarter, after six sacks and an interception. Luke McCown led the team to a late field goal, but his fourth-down pass with about a minute remaining fell incomplete.
Del Rio said Gabbert remains the team's starter.
"Offensively, we just are struggling to generate enough productivity to have any fun," Del Rio said. "It's tough to win in this league when you're not scoring. ... We are working hard at it, but we are just not making enough plays."
Saturday, November 5, 2011, 10:55am
Gabbert, after spending the first two games backing up Luke McCown, has started the last six games, completing 79 of 173 passes for 907 yards and five touchdowns with four interceptions.
But while there has been criticism of Gabbert in recent days and weeks, Smith said the experience of playing against the NFL’s top four-ranked defenses – Baltimore, Pittsburgh, Houston and Cincinnati – has been invaluable.
Smith said while Gabbert has thrown for fewer than 100 yards in his last two starts, he doesn’t worry that the rookie will lose confidence.
Gabbert's never going to hit full stride until the Jaguars surround him with better weapons. Dynasty league owners should remain patient with Gabbert, but he's unlikely to have any value in redraft leagues for the remainder of the 2011 season.
Wednesday, September 21, 2011, 12:20pm
Del Rio met with Gabbert and McCown Wednesday morning, then told other players about the switch at a team meeting. Gabbert will start Sunday at Carolina.
Tuesday, September 20, 2011, 7:27pm
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