Why Saints WR Brandin Cooks is poised to breakout vs. Packers

New Orleans Saints wide receiver Brandin Cooks (10) carries in the second half of an NFL football game against the Minnesota Vikings in New Orleans, Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014. (AP Photo/Rogelio Solis) ORG XMIT: NYOTK  Brandin Cooks

Once the land of opportunity for receivers around the league, those who split out wide in New Orleans haven’t exactly been prospering this season. Last week’s 24-23 loss to the Lions was the second time a wide receiver has reached 100 yards, with Kenny Stills and Marques Colston both eclipsing the mark, but the first five weeks… Continue reading →

Keenan Lewis to run into old pal Eddie Lacy

Advocate staff photo by SCOTT THRELKELDSaints cornerback Keenan Lewis

First, cornerback Keenan Lewis said hello from New Orleans. “That’s my guy,” Lewis, grinning, said of Green Bay Packers running back Eddie Lacy on Thursday afternoon. Lewis, though, had more to say of Lacy, also a Westbank product in Greater New Orleans. Like most of the NFL, Lewis will be in no rush Sunday night to greet… Continue reading →

Saints' Jimmy Graham, Brodrick Bunkley, Ramon Humber, Keenan Lewis limited in Thursday practice

New Orleans Saints tight end Jimmy Graham listens to music on Bose headphones during warms up before a NFL football game against the Detroit Lions in Detroit Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014.  (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

The Saints’ injury report remained unchanged from Wednesday. Tight end Jimmy Graham (shoulder), defensive tackle Brodrick Bunkley (concussion), linebacker Ramon Humber (ankle), and cornerback Keenan Lewis (knee/shoulder) were limited during Thursday’s session. Center Jonathan Goodwin (knee/ankle), running back Khiry Robinson (forearm), linebacker Kyle Knox (ankle), and running back Pierre Thomas (rib/shoulder) did not practice. Cornerback… Continue reading →

Saints offense hoping to ‘feed’ Drew Brees

Associated Press photo by Rick OsentoskiSaints strong safety Kenny Vaccaro (32) runs the ball after making an interception against the Lions on Sunday.

The Saints offense twice experienced a luxury they haven??t experienced all year during Sunday’s 24-23 defeat at Detroit. They started in their opponents’ territory. New Orleans (2-4) converted those opportunities into a touchdown pass from quarterback Drew Bees and a field goal that both nearly gave the team its third victory of the season. And… Continue reading →

Saints' Khiry Robinson, Pierre Thomas, Jonathan Goodwin and Kyle Knox all miss Wednesday practice

New Orleans Saints running back Pierre Thomas (23) rushes against the Detroit Lions during an NFL football game at Ford Field in Detroit, Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014. (AP Photo/Rick Osentoski)

Saints running back Khiry Robinson, running back Pierre Thomas, center Jonathan Goodwin and linebacker Kyle Knox on Wednesday all missed New Orleans’ first day of full preparations for their game at home against the Green Bay Packers on Sunday night. Robinson missed with a forearm injury Wednesday after playing five of the Saints’ 74 snaps during their… Continue reading →

Film study: Who's to blame for the Saints' loss to the Lions?

Associated Press photo by Rick Osentoski -- Saints quarterback Drew Brees hurries a pass under pressure from Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh (90) and defensive end Darryl Tapp (52) during the Lions' 24-23 win Sunday in Detroit.

The Saints’ late meltdown against the Lions might be more stunning on second viewing. Even though you are already aware of what’s coming and how it happens, it’s odd to see the Detroit Lions raise their game to such a high level and New Orleans crumble under the pressure. This late disparity was evident across the… Continue reading →

Saints sign backup offensive lineman Eric Olsen to active roster

New Orleans Saints' Eric Olsen (69) warms up with teammates before a preseason NFL football game Sunday, Aug. 25, 2013, in Houston. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

The Saints added depth to their offensive line Tuesday by signing free-agent guard/center Eric Olsen to the active roster. Olsen will occupy the roster spot once held by defensive end Glenn Foster, who suffered a season-ending knee injury during the 24-23 loss at Detroit on Sunday. He also arrives after Saints center Jonathan Goodwin left the… Continue reading →

Rodgers-led Packers hitting their midseason stride

Green Bay Packers' Casey Hayward (29) and Morgan Burnett celebrate a fourth and short stop during the second half of an NFL football game against the Carolina Panthers Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014, in Green Bay, Wis. (AP Photo/Tom Lynn)

GREEN BAY, Wis. — Their quarterback is playing near-perfect football, their offense is stirring memories of the juggernaut it was in 2011 and their much-maligned defense is coming together after some early-season struggles. It’s almost a rite of autumn for the Green Bay Packers —the calendar turns to October, and they start playing well. Packers coach… Continue reading →

A day later, officials still on Sean Payton’s mind

New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton talks with quarterback Luke McCown during warmups before an NFL football game against the Detroit Lions in Detroit, Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014. (AP Photo/Rick Osentoski)

A day after a frustrating 24-23 loss to Detroit, Saints coach Sean Payton could not help but talk about the officiating again. New Orleans was penalized a season-high 12 times for a season-high 134 yards, prompting some heated discussions between Payton and the referees down the stretch and at the end of the game. Although he again refused… Continue reading →

Rabalais: The Saints’ engine blows another rod for a stunning loss in Detroit

New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton walks the sidelines during the second half of an NFL football game against the Detroit Lions in Detroit, Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014. (AP Photo/Duane Burleson) ORG XMIT: otkco215

Here in the Motor City, where they know about recalls all too well, the New Orleans Saints have a simple question: Can they have a do-over? Hit the reset button? Bring this defective lemon of a team back to the factory and fix the parts that always seem to go… Continue reading →

Corey White’s miscue leads to Lions’ long touchdown and sparks Saints late-game woes

Detroit Lions wide receiver Golden Tate celebrates their 24-23 victory over the New Orleans Saints after a NFL football game in Detroit, Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

DETROIT — If New Orleans Saints cornerback Corey White could do it again, he would. He would go for the interception and not the tackle on the short, third-and-14 pass that Lions wide receiver Golden Tate turned into a 73-yard touchdown Sunday. That play sparked Detroit’s comeback from a 13-point deficit with less… Continue reading →

Lions receivers stand up in second half

Associated Press photo by Duane Burleson -- Detroit wide receiver Golden Tate leaves Corey White and the Saints defense behind on a 73-yard touchdown reception during the fourth quarter of the Lions' 24-23 win Sunday at Ford Field in Detroit. Tate had a career-high 10 catches for 154 yards.

DETROIT — With Calvin Johnson out of the lineup, the Detroit Lions offense has struggled. Johnson, one of the top wide receivers in the NFL, hasn’t done much since suffering a high ankle sprain in a Week 3 victory over the Green Bay Packers. Johnson missed his second straight game Sunday against the New… Continue reading →

Three and out: Saints-Lions

1 -- WHAT WE LEARNED Amid mounting frustrations and shocking failures, the Saints are inventing ways to lose. Sunday’s 24-23 loss to the Detroit Lions was a new low point, as New Orleans blew a 23-10 lead with four minutes left in what was until then the Saints’ best overall effort… Continue reading →