NFL Preseason 2010: New Orleans Saints Report

Bryan DietzlerSenior Analyst IAugust 19, 2010

NFL Preseason 2010: New Orleans Saints Report

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    FOXBORO, MA - AUGUST 12: Larry Beavers # 18 of the New Orleans Saints gains yardage in the second half against the New England Patriots during the preseason game at Gillette Stadium on August 12, 2010 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty
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    Well the preseason hasn’t started off the way that the Saints and their fans may have hoped as they fell to their “practice partner” the New England Patriots, by a score of 27-24.  The Saints played some pretty good football but it wasn’t good enough to beat the Patriots although keep in mind, this was a preseason game.

Taking It Easy

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    FOXBORO, MA - AUGUST 12: Julian Edelman # 11 of the New England Patriots gains yards against the defense of Jabari Greer # 33 of the New Orlean Saints during the preseason at Gillette Stadium on August 12, 2010 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rog
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    The Saints practiced light after their game against the Patriots on Thursday night.  After having practiced with the Patriots and played a game against the, head coach Sean Payton decided to take it a little bit easy on his players allowing them to practice in just shells and not tackle.  The Saints will resume regular practice early this week. 

Comings and Goings

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    METAIRIE, LA - MAY 08:   Stanley Arnoux #57 of the New Orleans Saints works out during the Rookie Minicamp at the New Orleans Saints Training Facility on May 8, 2009 in Metairie, Louisiana.  (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
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    The Saints let injured running Lynell Hamilton go after he was lost for the season with an injury.  In turn, they signed linebacker Harry Coleman to help fill Hamilton’s spot on special teams.  While he is a longshot to make the team the Saints could look at him to help at the linebacker position especially since Clint Ingram and second year player Stanley Arnoux are missing some playing time so perhaps Coleman can step in and help out there.

Out of Favor?

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    METAIRIE, LA - JULY 30:  Patrick Robinson #34 of the New Orleans Saints during training camp on July 30, 2010 in Metairie, Louisiana.  (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
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    Defensive coordinator Greg Williams has come out publicly to state that he has no trust or confidence in first round draft pick Patrick Robinson.  Robinson played poorly in the Saints preseason opener against the New England Patriots and drew the ire of coaches and fans.  Remember, it’s the preseason and Robinson is a first round pick.  There are bound to be some problems right away.

All Betts Are On

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    LANDOVER, MD - NOVEMBER 15:  Ladell Betts #46 of the Washington Redskins runs the ball against the Denver Broncos at FedExField on November 15, 2009 in Landover, Maryland. The Redskins won 27-17. (Photo by Larry French/Getty Images)
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    The Saints decided to replace Lynell Hamilton (at his running back spot) with former Washington Redskins running back Ladell Betts.  Betts is an experience runner with fewer “miles” on him than some other running backs (because he wasn’t used that often in the past) but he does have an injury history.  He was a good option for the Saints now that Hamilton is gone and should be able to be productive.

    The Saints cut wide receiver Larry Beavers to help make room for Betts.

Was He or Wasn’t He?

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    FOXBORO, MA - AUGUST 12: Drew Brees #9 of the New Orleans Saints looks to pass during pregame of the preseason game against the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium on August 12, 2010 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
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    There was a little bit of a disagreement between the offense and defense during a recent practice held in the Louisiana Superdome.  The offense felt that quarterback Drew Brees scored a touchdown when he ran it into the end zone but the defense had something different to say about it.  They said that he didn’t get into the end zone and this stirred up quite a bit of controversy during practice. 

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