Saints sign kicker Dustin Hopkins to practice squad

Watch out Shayne Graham — the Saints have a kicking competition. The Saints signed Dustin Hopkins, a former sixth-round pick of the Buffalo Bills in the 2013 NFL draft, on Tuesday. Hopkins was put on the 10-person practice squad, which is rare for kickers. Graham has converted 19 of 22 field goals this season, but missed one in… Continue reading →

Video: The Saints roster has had a lot of changes since its season-opening loss to the Atlanta Falcons

In this image made with a fisheye lens, New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) cheers with teammates before the first half of an NFL football game against the Atlanta Falcons, Sunday, Sept. 7, 2014, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

. A person will need a scorecard when they compare the Saints roster from its 37-34 season-opening loss to its roster for Sunday's NFC South Division showdown in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Is that a good thing or a bad thing? Saints quarterback Drew Brees explains. Click here to see the video.Continue reading →

In response to Keenan Lewis’ funeral remark, Falcons receiver Roddy White says Atlanta will do talking on the field

FILE - In this Aug. 8, 2013 file photo, Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Roddy White (84) smiles on the sideline during a preseason game against the Cincinnati Bengals in Atlanta. On the eve of training camp, the Falcons have agreed to terms on a new contract with receiver White. The Falcons announced the four-year extension Thursday, July 24, 2014.   (AP Photo/John Bazemore, File)

Roddy White said he heard Keenan Lewis say that New Orleans hoped to put the Falcons in their graves on Sunday, but the veteran Atlanta receiver preferred to wait until after the game’s opening whistle at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome to offer his response to the Saints cornerback’s funeral barb. “May we rest in peace,”… Continue reading →

New Orleans Saints sign free-agent kicker Dustin Hopkins to practice squad

. The Saints filled up an open spot on their 10-man practice squad by signing free-agent kicker Dustin Hopkins. Hopkins was a former 2013 sixth-round draft selection out of Florida State for Buffalo. Click here to see the report. Continue reading →

Saints' Akiem Hicks, Terron Armstead, Jamarca Sanford remain sidelined because of injuries

Advocate staff photo by SCOTT THRELKELD --  New Orleans Saints offensive tackle Terron Armstead (72) protects New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) against the Minnesota Vikings during the second quarter Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014, at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

The Saints (6-8) did not do team drills Wednesday; but if they had, defensive lineman Akiem Hicks (ankle), tackle Terron Armstead (neck) and safety Jamarca Sanford (hamstring) would've been sidelined because of injuries, the team said. All three played in the Saints' 31-15 victory at Chicago. But Armstead was hurt 13 snaps into the game and was… Continue reading →

Video: Saints cornerback Keenan Lewis not worried about repercussions from previous Falcons comments

Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Harry Douglas (83) jumps by New Orleans Saints cornerback Keenan Lewis (28) during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 7, 2014, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

New Orleans Saints tight end Jimmy Graham finishes second in Pro Bowl voting at tight end

Advocate staff photo by SCOTT THRELKELD -- New Orleans Saints tight end Jimmy Graham (80) finds his hips but not the football after a dropped pass against the Carolina Panthers during the third quarter Sunday, Dec. 7, 2014, at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Carolina won 41-10.

New Orleans Saints tight end Jimmy Graham finished 2nd in fan Pro Bowl voting for tight ends on Wednesday behind New England's Rob Gronkowski. Graham had 413,366 votes. Gronkowski leads all tight ends with 76 catches for 1,093 yards and 11 touchdowns. Graham leads the Saints with 73 catches for 782 yards and… Continue reading →

The Saints grade out well in win against Chicago, but the troubled Bears made some things easy

Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler (6) is sacked by New Orleans Saints inside linebackers David Hawthorne (57) and Ramon Humber (53) during the first half of an NFL football game Monday, Dec. 15, 2014, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

If Monday night’s win over the Chicago Bears were a scene in a sports movie, this would be the game early in the season when the team that is the subject of the movie is still trying to get it together and the New Orleans Saints would be the villainous outfit. That’s how it felt watching the… Continue reading →

Atlanta Falcons receiver Roddy White says his team will do its talking on the field against the Saints on Sunday

Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Roddy White (84) walks off the field during the second half of an NFL football game against the Pittsburgh Steelers, Sunday, Dec. 14, 2014, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson )

. Roddy White heard Keenan Lewis say that New Orleans hoped to put the Falcons in their graves on Sunday, but the veteran Atlanta receiver preferred to wait until after the game’s opening whistle at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome to offer his response to the Saints cornerback’s funeral barb. “May we rest… Continue reading →

Who's this version of Roddy White? Falcons wide receiver saving trash talk for game vs. Saints

Advocate staff photo by SCOTT THRELKELD -- Falcons receiver Roddy White has his helmet spun around by Saints cornerback Keenan Lewis during the fourth quarter Sunday, Sept. 8, 2013, at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

New Orleans Saints defensive back Keenan Lewis said after the team's win in Chicago that he and his teammates hoped to give the Atltanta Falcons their funeral on Sunday. What's the reaction from known trash-talking Falcons wide receiver Roddy White? Continue reading →

Lewis: Ever called into your boss' office and told your job is in jeopardy? Here's what clicked for the Saints

New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton and Chicago Bears head coach Marc Trestman talks after an NFL football game Monday, Dec. 15, 2014, in Chicago. The Saints won 31-15. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

Ever been called in by your boss and put on notice that your job is jeopardy? That’s exactly what happened with the Saints last week. And as if to make sure everyone knew they were on double-secret probation, Sean Payton made an example of Joe Morgan for the players who were cuttable and Kenny Vaccaro for… Continue reading →

Atlanta Falcons prepare to face New Orleans Saints with all-world receiver Julio Jones, league’s worst defense

Associated Press photo by TOM LYNN -- Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones is tripped up by Green Bay Packers cornerback Tramon Williams after a catch during the second half Monday in Green Bay, Wis.

When: Noon, Sunday Where: Mercedes-Benz Superdome TV: Fox Radio: WWL-AM, 870 in New Orleans; KMDL-FM, 97.3 in Lafayette; WDGL-FM, 98.1 in Baton Rouge Records: The Saints are 6-8. The Falcons are 5-9. Last week: Owners of a 4-0 record in the NFC South and a 1-9 mark outside of it, the Falcons trailed 13-0 and 20-7… Continue reading →

Report: Saints fan accused of shoving Chicago Bears chairman George McCaskey during Monday's game

Chicago Bears chairman George McCaskey smiles as he speaks at a news conference at Halas Hall in Lake Forest, Ill., Tuesday, July 26, 2011., after the NFL Players Association executive board and 32 team reps voted unanimously Monday to approve the terms

. The Chicago Bears players weren't the only ones being shoved around Soldier Field in their 31-15 loss to the New Orleans Saints on Monday. According to the Chicago Sun Times, Richard Kohnke of New Orleans was charged with one count of simple battery by the Chicago Police for pushing Chicago Bears chairman George McCaskey during… Continue reading →

New Orleans Saints name punter Thomas Morstead their man of the year, nominate him for the league-wide honor

Advocate Photo by VERONICA DOMINACH --New Orleans Saints punter Thomas Morstead (6) punts the ball in a NFL pre-season game between the New Orleans Saints and the Baltimore Ravens in the Superdome in New Orleans Thursday, August 28, 2014.

. For his charity work benefiting children and people battling cancer, punter Thomas Morstead deserves to win this season’s Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award, the Saints said Tuesday. The Saints honored Morstead as their team’s man of the year, and that enters him into consideration for an award presented by… Continue reading →

After snagging two interceptions vs. Bears, Saints safety Pierre Warren: I was brought back for takeaways

New Orleans Saints free safety Pierre Warren (42) celebrates after intercepting a pass intended for Chicago Bears wide receiver Alshon Jeffery (17) during the second half of an NFL football game Monday, Dec. 15, 2014, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

New Orleans Saints safety Pierre Warren picked a good time to corral his first two career interceptions. In his fourth start, Warren was a key piece in the Saints' 31-15 win vs. the Chicago Bears on Monday night. "I wasn't expecting (any) of this a month ago," Warren said after the game. Check… Continue reading →

Saints defensive back Keenan Lewis on Falcons: 'We're definitely gonna give them their funeral' Sunday

Chicago Bears running back Matt Forte (22) is stopped by New Orleans Saints cornerback Keenan Lewis (28) and defensive end Akiem Hicks (76) during the first half of an NFL football game Monday, Dec. 15, 2014, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

. After the New Orleans Saints' 31-15 win Monday night against the Chicago Bears, defensive back Keenan Lewis said the Saints can't allow Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan to throw for 500 yards next week and expect to win. "Hopefully we come in this week and get to the details and try to figure out what… Continue reading →

Photos: Jimmy Graham leaps, New Orleans Saints celebrate big win vs. Chicago Bears

New Orleans Saints tight end Jimmy Graham (80) carries the ball after receiving a pass from quarterback Drew Brees (9) during the second half of an NFL football game against the Chicago Bears Monday, Dec. 15, 2014, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

A season that just a few days ago appeared to be in disarray is now once again filled with hope, thanks in part to a hapless effort by the Chicago Bears, as the New Orleans Saints head into the final two weeks in control of their destiny in the NFC South race. New Orleans defeated Chicago, 31-15, on… Continue reading →

Saints move back atop the NFC South by manhandling the Bears 31-15

New Orleans Saints wide receiver Marques Colston (12) celebrates a touchdown with wide receiver Kenny Stills (84) during the first half of an NFL football game Monday, Dec. 15, 2014, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

CHICAGO — The New Orleans Saints have made many statements this season, each one seemingly contradicting the previous one. On Monday night, they finally made the one they wanted to make. A season that just a few days ago appeared to be in disarray is now once again filled with hope —… Continue reading →

Rabalais: Domination of the hibernating Bears gives Saints a lift

New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) celebrates as he leaves the field after an NFL football game against the Chicago Bears Monday, Dec. 15, 2014, in Chicago. The Saints won 31-15. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

CHICAGO — It’s been a crazy, unpredictable, hard-to-define, upside-down cake of a season for the New Orleans Saints. But there are worse things than coming into Week 15 of the regular season 5-8. There are the Chicago Bears. In the latest episode of “Chicago No Hope,” Bears coach Marc Trestman is facing withering criticism… Continue reading →

Video: Saints quarterback Drew Brees says the team responded well to the changes after the Carolina loss

Associated Press photo by Nam Y. HuhSaints quarterback Drew Brees throws a pass as Bears defensive tackle Stephen Paea pursues during Monday's game.

Saints quarterback Drew Brees completed 29 of 36 passes for 375 yards and three touchdowns to lead the team to a 31-15 victory at the Chicago Bears. Click here to see the video. Continue reading →

Saints cornerback Keenan Lewis says the team hopes to give the Atlanta Falcons a "funeral" in next week's game

New Orleans Saints cornerback Keenan Lewis (28) tackles Chicago Bears running back Matt Forte (22) during the first half of an NFL football game Monday, Dec. 15, 2014, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

. CHICAGO — The New Orleans Saints have their confidence back. Monday’s 31-15 victory over the Chicago Bears keeps New Orleans in control of its destiny heading into next week’s home game against the Atlanta Falcons, and cornerback Keenan Lewis is confident things will go well for the Saints after the defense recorded seven sacks and… Continue reading →

Playoff scenarios: Saints are back in charge of the NFC South

New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) and Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler (6) talk after an NFL football game Monday, Dec. 15, 2014, in Chicago. The Saints won 31-15. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

After beating Chicago, New Orleans (6-8) has sole possession of first place in the NFC South, a half-game ahead of Carolina (5-8-1) and a game ahead of Atlanta (5-9). If New Orleans beats Atlanta and Tampa Bay to close the season, the Saints will clinch the division title and will have a home game in… Continue reading →

Drew Brees right on target as Saints roll over Bears

Associated Press photo by Nam Y. HuhSaints quarterback Drew Brees throws a pass as Bears defensive tackle Stephen Paea pursues during Monday's game.

CHICAGO — As the Saints prepared to visit the Bears at Soldier Field, where they’d lost the three times they played there in December or January under coach Sean Payton, most of the players in the locker room were reluctant to talk about the importance of the showdown. Most said it was the biggest… Continue reading →

New Orleans Saints tight end Josh Hill has first two-touchdown game of career in win over Chicago Bears

Associated Press photo by NAM Y. HUH -- New Orleans Saints tight end Josh Hill celebrates his 8-yard touchdown catch to start the second quarter Monday night in Chicago. The Saints beat the Chicago Bears 31-15.

CHICAGO — As passing options for New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees go, second-year pro Josh Hill is third among his team’s tight ends behind All-Pro Jimmy Graham and 11-year veteran Benjamin Watson. Of course, the 6-foot-7, 265-pound Graham is usually the prime target whenever the Saints offense reaches the red zone. But not Monday… Continue reading →

Video: Saints make their changes work in a 31-15 victory against the Chicago Bears

New Orleans Saints running back Mark Ingram (22) runs against the Chicago Bears during the first half of an NFL football game Monday, Dec. 15, 2014, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

Saints coach Sean Payton promised changes for Monday's game at the Chicago Bears, and he delivered. Advocate sportswriters Ramon Antonio Vargas and Nick Underhill review the changes and the Saints' 31-15 victory. Click here to see the video.Continue reading →

Notebook: Drew Brees’ 4,000-yard passing streak climbs to nine

New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) throws a pass during the second half of an NFL football game against the Chicago Bears Monday, Dec. 15, 2014, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

CHICAGO — With a 39-yard pass to running back Pierre Thomas on the the second drive in Monday night’s game with the Chicago Bears, New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees surpassed the 4,000-yard mark for the ninth season in a row. That extended Brees’ own NFL record he set in 2012. Peyton Manning held the old mark… Continue reading →

New Orleans Saints 35, Chicago Bears 15: Instant replay (Did Sean Payton’s moves pay off?)

Associated Press photo by CHARLES REX ARBOGAST -- New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton watches during the first half against the Chicago Bears on Monday.

Nothing. The Saints were fortunate the schedule set them up to play against another mediocre team in the Chicago Bears, who had just as many if not more issues as they did. Chicago played like the Berenstain Bears. The Saints also got an assist from Mother Nature, who provided the cold, wet weather that helped… Continue reading →

Coming up next for the Saints

Falcons at Saints WHEN: Noon Sunday WHERE: Mercedes-Benz Superdome TV: Fox RADIO: WDGL-FM, 98.1; WWL-AM, 870; WWL-FM, 105.3; KMDL-FM, 97.3 Scouting report The Falcons — who beat the Saints in Week 1 — are 4-0 against the division they and… Continue reading →

Saints-Bears Three and Out

1 What we learned No squabbles between Sean Payton and Rob Ryan on Monday night. The Saints showed they can play some defense. Sure, their effort came against a Chicago Bears offense that is setting new standards for in-fighting and dysfunction. New Orleans ended up giving up a couple of late touchdowns and 278… Continue reading →

‘A sense of urgency’ surrounds the struggling Saints as they visit Chicago on Monday night

Advocate staff photo by SCOTT THRELKELD -- New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) is smacked down by the Carolina Panthers defense after making a pass during the fourth quarter Sunday, Dec. 7, 2014, at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Carolina won 41-10.

If there’s anything the New Orleans Saints dislike about their job as professional football players, it’s the repetitive nature of the media that cover them. Receiver Marques Colston hasn’t given an on-the-record interview in months, because he feels writers always ask him the same things — and not always in different ways. Tackle Zach… Continue reading →

NFC South playoff scenarios: Saints still control their destiny, but it’s getting dicier after Panthers’ win

New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton, left, and defensive coordinator Rob Ryan watch from the sideline in the first half of an NFL football game against the Carolina Panthers in New Orleans, Sunday, Dec. 7, 2014. (AP Photo/Bill Haber)

The Panthers are back in the playoff picture. Carolina (5-8-1) would be in first place in the NFC South in all of those meaningless “if-the-season-ended-today” playoff graphics by virtue of its 19-17 win Sunday against Tampa Bay and after Atlanta (5-9) lost 27-20 to Pittsburgh. The New Orleans Saints (5-8) can take over first… Continue reading →

Gameday: Saints at Bears

New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) scrambles under pressure from Carolina Panthers defensive end Charles Johnson (95) in the second half of an NFL football game in New Orleans, Sunday, Dec. 7, 2014. The Panthers won 41-10. (AP Photo/Bill Feig)

SCOUTING REPORT: Quite similar to the sentiment in the Crescent City, the Second City’s squad has been surprisingly second-rate this season If you think you’re alone in your despair, fear not, Saints fans: The city of Chicago is in collective need of Prozac thanks to the play of the disappointing Bears. Like… Continue reading →

Video: Can the Chicago Bears take advantage of the Saints' roster turmoil in Monday night's game?

Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler (6) celebrates a touchdown pass with his teammates during the second half of an NFL football game against the Dallas Cowboys Thursday, Dec. 4, 2014, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

In "The Advocate's Saints One Minute Scouting Report (Chicago Bears)," Advocate sportswriter Nick Underhill previews the key matchups in Monday's game and talks about how the Bears offense could take advantage of the Saints's defensive personnel changes. Click here to see the video.Continue reading →

Lewis: After scary on-air incident, WWL Radio’s Deke Bellavia thrilled to be back

Advocate staff photo by SHERRI MILLER -- WWL's Deke Bellavia talks with Saints punter Thomas Morstead during a show at Hooters in Metairie on Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014.

The worst day of Deke Bellavia’s professional life also probably saved it. Bellavia’s rambling, confused state during WWL Radio’s postgame show following the Saints’ 24-23 loss to Detroit on Oct. 19 concerned listeners so much that 18 of them made 911 calls, trying to alert somebody that something was wrong. And it… Continue reading →

Panthers reshape NFC South race with win over Falcons

Carolina Panthers' Derek Anderson (3) looks to pass under pressure from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the first half of an NFL football game in Charlotte, N.C., Sunday, Dec. 14, 2014. (AP Photo/Bob Leverone)

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Greg Olsen has a date with his television set Monday night. Carolina’s veteran tight end plans to stay up a little later and watch the Saints-Bears game — one that suddenly has major playoff implications for the upstart Panthers. Despite a 5-8-1 record after their 19-17 win over the Tampa… Continue reading →

Steelers aid Saints’ cause with win in Atlanta

Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan (2) is leveled by Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Jason Worilds (93) during the second quarter in the NFL football game on Sunday, Dec. 14, 2014, in Atlanta. Worilds was called for a personal foul of roughing the quarterback for a 15-yard penalty giving the Falcons a first down keeping alive their touchdown drive. (AP Photo/Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

ATLANTA — The Falcons are headed to their second straight losing season. They’re not in first place anymore, either. But there’s always hope in the hapless NFC South. Even with a 27-20 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday, the Falcons can still make the playoffs by winning their final two games… Continue reading →

Win probabilities play a part for Saints coach Sean Payton on Sundays

New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton watches warmups before an NFL football game against the Carolina Panthers in New Orleans, Sunday, Dec. 7, 2014. (AP Photo/Bill Haber)

The thing about being a football coach is that, when things work, you’re a genius. When they don’t, you’re, well, something less than a genius. The who, what and whys of each situation are not considered. Only the result is. Imagine how New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton would be viewed if the Indianapolis Colts… Continue reading →

Jamarca Sanford ready to step into starting role if needed

Advocate staff photo by SCOTT THRELKELD -- Saints inside linebacker David Hawthorne (57), strong safety Jamarca Sanford (38) and defensive back A.J. Davis (20) tackle Panthers running back Jonathan Stewart as coach Sean Payton looks on during the fourth quarter of last Sunday's game.

Backup Saints safety Jamarca Sanford won’t say whether the shuffling around his team has done in its defensive backfield could result in him starting against the Bears in Chicago on Monday night. Nonetheless, if that happens (and there’s a fairly good chance it could), the six-year NFL veteran can guarantee this: he won’t be out there trying… Continue reading →

Sean Payton shoots down more job speculation

Advocate staff photo by SCOTT THRELKELD -- Saints coach Sean Payton greets guard Jahri Evans and every member of the team during warmups beforelast week's game with the Panthers at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

The speculation about Sean Payton’s future continues to swirl. Earlier this week, Payton answered a speculative report from TheMMQB.com by saying that there is absolutely no way he is leaving New Orleans after this season, and he reiterated those sentiments when addressing a report from a Sports Illustrated writer who reported on Twitter that the Saints coach has interest… Continue reading →

Saints’ Junior Galette says he received ‘feedback’ about his comments, but the locker room still supports him

Advocate staff photo by SCOTT THRELKELD -- New Orleans Saints outside linebacker Junior Galette (93) tackles Baltimore Ravens running back Justin Forsett (29) during the second quarter Monday, Nov. 24, 2014, at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

New Orleans Saints pass-rusher Junior Galette wouldn’t say he faced a “backlash” from inside his own locker room after he made comments last week that he would take his teammates now over the players who helped New Orleans win a Super Bowl in February 2010. He did, however, receive “feedback.” And while Galette didn’t delve into details of… Continue reading →

Saints’ secondary getting a ‘different look’

Advocate staff photo by SCOTT THRELKELD --  New Orleans Saints cornerback Corey White (24) celebrates his interception of a Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) pass during the fourth quarter Sunday, October 26, 2014, at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

Corey White’s role with the Saints could be growing. As they enter the 15th week of the season, the Saints are still looking to find their best mix of players on defense. That picture could now include White at safety. A cornerback by trade, White said Thursday that he’s been floating around… Continue reading →

Despite speculation he’s itching to move on, Sean Payton’s ‘heart is in New Orleans,’ Saints say

Advocate staff photo by JOHN McCUSKER -- New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton

Lately, it has almost become as much a part of the New Orleans Saints’ weekly routine as watching game film: The team loses a game, there’s a national media report of dysfunction within the organization and coach Sean Payton eviscerates whoever wrote the story. Payton was at it again Thursday, four days after his team lost to the… Continue reading →

Following meeting with Sean Payton, Kenny Vaccaro is looking to regain his fire

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON--New Orleans Saints strong safety Kenny Vaccaro (32) fights with Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Steve Smith (89) in a NFL football game in the Superdome in New Orleans, La. Monday, Nov. 24, 2014.

If there’s one thing that defines Kenny Vaccaro, it’s his love for football. As he tells it, he spends the majority of his evenings watching tape of himself and his upcoming opponent. After games, he rushes home to immediately digest the tape. He’s also known to spend countless hours watching draft prospects to form his own thoughts… Continue reading →

Saints coach Sean Payton disputes report that he benched safety Kenny Vaccaro

New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton watches warmups before an NFL football game against the Carolina Panthers in New Orleans, Sunday, Dec. 7, 2014. (AP Photo/Bill Haber)

Saints coach Sean Payton and safety Kenny Vaccaro respond to an erroneous report that the coach was going to bench the player for Monday's game at Chicago. Click here to see the video. Continue reading →

Shayne Graham says Saints’ kicker workouts won’t affect him

Advocate staff photo by JOHN McCUSKER --  New Orleans Saints kicker Shayne Graham (3) kicks an extra point as the Saints faced the Bucs in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome Sunday, October 5, 2014.

The past few days haven’t been the best of New Orleans Saints kicker Shayne Graham’s season. After booting a 42-yard field goal attempt wide left in Sunday’s 41-10 loss at home to the Carolina Panthers, Graham was met at the sideline by a visibly displeased coach Sean Payton, who from a distance appeared to verbally dress down… Continue reading →