Player News - Saints

Date: Team: Pos:

Saints CB P.J. Williams will start over CB Ken Crawley in Week 3.

Crawley has been torched for 7-129-2 and 3-79-1 in the Saints' first two games this season (via PFF). Williams was average as New Orleans' third corner last year, allowing just 391 yards, one score, and two interceptions over 375 snaps. Crawley could rotate in, but as it stands, he'll move into a depth role behind Marshon Lattimore and Patrick Robinson.
Sep 21 - 4:44 PM

Ted Ginn (knee) wasn't listed on the Saints' final injury report for Week 3 against the Falcons.

G Andrus Peat and OT Terron Armstead were also removed from New Orleans' injury report. Although Ginn appears healthy and will start on the outside, Cameron Meredith is expected to be active against the Falcons. Tre'Quan Smith notably started in Week 2 but still ran fewer routes (and logged fewer snaps) than Austin Carr. All could rotate around Michael Thomas.
Sep 21 - 3:48 PM

Ted Ginn (knee) told reporters Thursday that he expects to play Week 3 against the Falcons.

Ginn has been limited in practice, but the 33-year-old was adamant he'll be out there come Sunday. Ginn has gotten off to a productive start this season, delivering nine catches for 123 yards and a touchdown through two games.
Sep 20 - 3:39 PM

Ted Ginn (knee) wasn't seen during the open portion of Thursday's practice.

Ginn was a limited participant at Wednesday's practice and that may very well be the case again today. An absence, however, would signal a setback and could threaten his availability for Week 3. Ginn played through the injury last week, totaling 55 yards in a win over Cleveland.
Sep 20 - 3:08 PM

Saints coach Sean Payton said Teddy Bridgewater is the No. 2 quarterback.

Acquired in late August, Bridgewater has already learned the offense well enough to be the top option behind Drew Brees. "He's a quick study," Payton said. "I think right away, you can tell he got comfortable with what we're calling things, protections." Brees has missed two games since joining the Saints, but having someone like Bridgewater ready behind him is good insurance.
Sep 20 - 10:44 AM

Saints coach Sean Payton said Cameron Meredith could be active this week.

After missing time during camp, Meredith was a healthy scratch the first two weeks of the season. Payton said New Orleans will see if they can get him in the game plan this week. It is not a ringing endorsement, and Meredith obviously should not be in any fantasy lineups. Still, it is a step in the correct direction.
Sep 20 - 9:59 AM

Saints coach Sean Payton plans to get Tre'Quan Smith more touches.

"We've got to find ways to get him more touches. He's handling our installation. And I think he's ready to prove that," Payton told reporters at Wednesday's media session. Smith got the start over Austin Carr last week, but played only 36 percent of snaps. That should rise with Ted Ginn battling a knee injury and Carr a non-factor. Smith's grasp of the playbook limited him the first two games, but he has impact potential now that he's playing in three-wide sets.
Sep 19 - 6:29 PM

Saints placed WR Tommylee Lewis (knee) on injured reserve.

Lee injured his knee in Sunday's victory over Cleveland. His loss will be felt on special teams. Lee's roster spot has been absorbed by DT Jay Bromley.
Sep 19 - 5:49 PM

Ted Ginn (knee) was limited at Wednesday's practice.

Ginn's knee injury may explain why he played just over half of the Saints' snaps against the Browns. It's not a threat to Ginn's Week 3 status, but this is a situation to monitor going forward. The Saints have exciting rookie Tre'Quan Smith behind Ginn.
Sep 19 - 5:27 PM

Tre'Quan Smith played 24-of-66 snaps (36 percent) of snaps Week 2 against the Browns.

Smith started, but caught his only target for 18 yards. Despite the low target share, it's an encouraging sign Smith started over Austin Carr. A college producer, Smith crushed the preseason and should see his role grow as the year progresses. Smith has blowup upside if there's an injury to one of the Saints' top wideouts.
Sep 19 - 4:20 PM

Ben Watson caught 3-of-5 targets for 19 yards in Sunday's Week 2 win over the Browns.

Watson's overall line was a disappointment, but he had a wide open touchdown opportunity in the first quarter in which he was overthrown. Through two games, Watson has just nine catches for 63 yards and is only a desperation TE2 option in Week 3 versus the Falcons.
Sep 16 - 4:37 PM

Ted Ginn caught 4-of-7 targets for 55 yards in Sunday's Week 2 win over the Browns.

Ginn also lost a fumble in the first half, but made up for a lackluster day with a 42-yard yard catch and run that set up the game-winning field goal late in the 4th quarter. A much more productive player at home, Ginn will only have FLEX appeal in Week 3 when the Saints visit the Falcons.
Sep 16 - 4:33 PM

Alvin Kamara rushed 13 times for 46 yards and caught all six of his targets for 53 yards in Sunday's Week 2 win over the Browns.

Kamara also added a 2-point conversion in the 4th quarter. Out of the gates, Kamara has struggled to gain yardage on the ground, rushing 21 times for just 75 yards (3.6 YPC) but has been electric in the receiving game, catching 15-of-18 targets for 165 yards. His pass catching ability should once again be a major asset in Week 3 when he faces an Atlanta defense that has struggled to defend backs in the passing game over the past three seasons.
Sep 16 - 4:25 PM

Drew Brees completed 28-of-35 passes for 243 yards and two touchdowns in Sunday's Week 2 win over the Browns.

Despite completing 80 percent of his passes, Brees got off to a slow start in the first when he rushed a throw to a wide open Ben Watson in the end zone and underthrew a wide open Ted Ginn for potential scores. He bounced back in the second half to connect for two touchdowns to Michael Thomas and lead back-to-back drives for scores to give the Saints the lead in the 4th quarter. Brees will have his first road game in Week 3 visiting Atlanta, but will remain in the QB1 mix for fantasy.
Sep 16 - 4:17 PM

Michael Thomas caught 12-of-13 targets for 89 yards and two touchdowns in Sunday's Week 2 win over the Browns.

Thomas did lose a fumble for the second straight game, but that was his only blemish on a nearly perfect day. Thomas scored both of the Saints' touchdowns, catching a 2-yard score in the third quarter to pull the Saints within a score and then catching a 5-yard touchdown over Denzel Ward to give New Orleans a lead with 2:40 left in the fourth quarter. Thomas now has reeled in 28 receptions through two weeks, which is the most for any player through two weeks in NFL history. Thomas will be a set and forget WR1 option next week when the Saints head to Atlanta.
Sep 16 - 4:09 PM


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