Sunday, August 22, 2010, 9:05am
No confetti floated down from the Superdome ceiling this time.
But the New Orleans Saints sure showed signs of the high-powered offense that helped them win big last season in their first home game since the NFC championship.
Drew Brees , who played for only one quarter, led New Orleans to two touchdowns - handing off to Bush for a 9-yard score and leaping over center for a 1-yard TD that put New Orleans up 14-0.
Brees completed five of 10 passes for 36 yards for the defending Super Bowl champs.
Daniel worked the last three quarters and completed 15 of 21 passes for 182 yards and three touchdowns. He was intercepted once.
Steve Slaton - Foster's main challenger for the starting spot - ran five times for 19 yards, Slaton also had two kick returns for 88 yards, including one for 68 yards.
Kris Brown has been the Texans' kicker since the franchise began. This year he's competing with Neil Rackers. Houston coach Gary Kubiak said preseason performance will settle the competition. Against the Saints, Rackers kicked a 52-yard field goal and Brown hit a 43-yarder.
Here are the Saints inactives:
Inactive for the Saints: running back Deuce Mcallister, safety Chris Reis, linebacker Anthony Waters, guard Jamar Nesbit, tight end Darnell Dinkins, tight end Tory Humphrey and defensive end Paul Spicer. Chase Daniel is the third quarterback.
McAllister was released by the Saints in the offseason, and he has since signed with no one. He has a four-game suspension hanging over his head, given his membership in the StarCaps six.
But with the league suspending all suspensions pending resolution of the litigation filed by Vikings defensive tackles Pat and Kevin Williams, McAllister is free to sign with any team.
Running back Pierre Thomas has been practicing this week with a rib injury, and it's possible the McAllister would actually be needed. The more likely explanation is that the Saints are hoping to blow the roof off the Superdome on Saturday after slumping down the stretch.
The New Orleans Saints made two roster moves Friday in preparation for Sunday's regular-season finale at Carolina. They cut veteran cornerback Mike McKenzie and promoted quarterback Chase Daniel from the practice squad to the active roster.
Daniel is expected to backup Mark Brunell against the Panthers as the Saints rest starter Drew Brees. McKenzie's departure means it's likely starting cornerback Jabari Greer will be healthy enough to play Sunday. Greer has missed the last seven weeks with a sports hernia. McKenzie joined the Saints at midseason after a run of injuries to cornerbacks. It wouldn't e surprising if he he is re-signed after the Panthers game.
With the No. 1 seed in the NFC all sewn up, the New Orleans Saints will rest Pro Bowl quarterback Drew Brees and will start Mark Brunell in Sunday's regular season finale against the Carolina Panthers, according to a report in the Times-Picayune on Friday.
The report states Brees will be the third-string emergency quarterback on Sunday behind Brunell and Chase Daniel.
Most likely, Hartley will be deactivated on game days, at least in the short term.
The Redskins have cut the following players:
Robbie Agnone TE Undrafted Rookie
Anthony Alridge RB First-year Player
Jeremy Bridges G/T 7-year Vet
Scott Burley T Undrafted Rookie
Alex Buzbee DE First-year Player
Chase Daniel QB Undrafted Rookie
Antonio Dixon DT Undrafted Rookie
Dominique Dorsey RB First-year Player
Doug Dutch CB Undrafted Rookie
Keith Eloi WR Undrafted Rookie
Cody Glenn LB 2009 5th-Round Draft Pick
D.j. Hackett WR 6-Year Vet
Lendy Holmes S Undrafted Rookie
Rob Jackson DE 2008 7th-Round Draft Pick
Dave Rayner K 4-year Vet
Rueben Riley G First-year Player
Trent Shelton WR First-year Player
J.D. Skolnitsky DE Undrafted Rookie
Robert Thomas LB 8-year Vet
Eddie Williams FB 2009 7th-Round Draft Pick
Darrel Young LB Undrafted Rookie
Despite a 10.1 passer rating in the first two games and the emergence of rookie Chase Daniel, QB Colt Brennan remains upbeat about making the team. Brennan was Mr. August last year but is only 4-for-12 for 43 yards and one interception this month.
"I'm not going to let that deter or discourage me at all," he said. "I have an opportunity the next two weeks to go out and do some good things. I'm excited to make something happen."
Zorn said Todd Collins has a firm grip on the No. 2 job, leaving Brennan and Daniel to play the final preseason game Sept. 3 at Jacksonville for the final roster spot.
"I've always said Colt's trying to battle for the No. 2 spot with Todd, but I think we saw that Todd was not willing to bow down and give that up, so the competition is for the No. 3 spot," Zorn said. "Chase is making a statement about that."
While starting quarterback Jason Campbell struggled again for the Washington Redskins in their 17-13 preseason victory against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Saturday night, rookie free agent Chase Daniel looked good in his first NFL action.
Daniel then scrambled for 22 yards on third-and-11 to keep his second series going, putting the Redskins on the Pittsburgh 39 as the fourth quarter began.
Daniel was sacked for a 12-yard loss by former Missouri teammate Ziggy Hood two plays later and was run out of bounds by Hood again on the next play. The Redskins had to punt, but Fred Davis forced returner Joe Burnett to fumble. On the next play, Daniel hit Davis over the middle for an 18-yard touchdown that gave Washington a 17-13 lead.
Daniel finished 6-for-8 for 58 yards and the two scores. Campbell completed just one of seven passes for 10 yards against the Steelers' starting defense.
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