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HOUSTON — New Orleans Saints rookie Michael Thomas had yet another spectacular, vialis 40mg one-handed catch during one-on-one drills Thursday against Houston Texans cornerback Charles James.

But it remains to be seen if the wide receiver drew “oohs and ahhs” in the film room or a “nuh-uh” from Saints coach Sean Payton.

Thomas has been sensational this summer, sick making one highlight-reel catch after the next. But Payton pointed out the other day that Thomas dropped a ball he tried to catch with one hand instead of securing it with two. And Payton emphasized that most times, two hands are better than one.

 

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The New Orleans Saints acquired defensive end Chris McCain in a trade with the Miami Dolphins on Monday.

The Dolphins will get a conditional seventh-rounder, according to a league source.

The trade was first reported by the NFL Network and later confirmed by McCain on Twitter.

The Dolphins were deep at defensive end, which put McCain on the roster bubble and ultimately made him expendable. They have starters Cameron Wake and Mario Williams, who have combined for eight Pro Bowls, along with veteran backups Jason Jones and Andre Branch.

McCain (6-foot-5, 236 pounds) has pass-rush ability and can play a variety of special teams. His two signature plays in Miami were a blocked punt during his rookie season and a sack of New England Patriotsquarterback Tom Brady.

The Dolphins signed McCain as an undrafted rookie in 2014. He played in 18 career games and registered seven tackles and two sacks. New Saints tight ends coach/assistant head coach Dan Campbell is familiar with McCain after serving as the Dolphins’ interim head coach last year.

 

 

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So much for the idea of improving each week in the preseason.

The New Orleans Saints‘ offense was downright dreadful throughout Saturday’s 16-9 loss to the Houston Texans — from the starters on down.

The Saints officially had only three turnovers (interceptions thrown by Drew Brees and Garrett Grayson and a fumbled kickoff return by Marcus Murphy). But the ball seemed to be on the ground all night, from dropped passes to fumbles that were overturned by penalties or replays. They couldn’t score touchdowns, they couldn’t protect Brees and they couldn’t run the ball to save their lives.

Coach Sean Payton said “it was as bad as we’ve been in a while” offensively, and “it was across the board.”

It was an ugly end to an ugly week that started with first-round draft pick Sheldon Rankins suffering a broken leg in practice Monday and continued with cornerback Keenan Lewis announcing Friday night that he was being released.

At least the defense played well again at Houston — and at least the Saints still have two more weeks to try to reverse the momentum.

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The New Orleans Saints acquired defensive end Chris McCain in a trade with the Miami Dolphins on Monday.

The Dolphins will get a conditional seventh-rounder, according to a league source.

The trade was first reported by the NFL Network and later confirmed by McCain on Twitter.

The Dolphins were deep at defensive end, which put McCain on the roster bubble and ultimately made him expendable. They have starters Cameron Wake and Mario Williams, who have combined for eight Pro Bowls, along with veteran backups Jason Jones and Andre Branch.

McCain (6-foot-5, 236 pounds) has pass-rush ability and can play a variety of special teams. His two signature plays in Miami were a blocked punt during his rookie season and a sack of New England Patriotsquarterback Tom Brady.

The Dolphins signed McCain as an undrafted rookie in 2014. He played in 18 career games and registered seven tackles and two sacks. New Saints tight ends coach/assistant head coach Dan Campbell is familiar with McCain after serving as the Dolphins’ interim head coach last year.

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HOUSTON — New Orleans Saints rookie Michael Thomas had yet another spectacular, one-handed catch during one-on-one drills Thursday against Houston Texans cornerback Charles James.

But it remains to be seen if the wide receiver drew “oohs and ahhs” in the film room or a “nuh-uh” from Saints coach Sean Payton.

Thomas has been sensational this summer, making one highlight-reel catch after the next. But Payton pointed out the other day that Thomas dropped a ball he tried to catch with one hand instead of securing it with two. And Payton emphasized that most times, two hands are better than one.

“I kid … I saw Odell Beckham‘s mom at the Manning [Passing Academy this summer], and I said, ‘Shoot, it’s becoming an epidemic now, watching my son play [high school football] and those guys warm up,'” Payton said in reference to Beckham Jr., the former LSU receiver who became an instant NFL legend for a lunging, one-handed catch as a rookie with the New York Giants in 2014.

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The next time someone chants John Kuhn’s name likely will be in the Superdome.

The former Green Bay Packers fullback, a long-time fan favorite who was often met with cheers of “Kuuuuuuhn” when he took the field, will sign a one-year deal with the New Orleans Saints.

His agent, Kevin Gold, said Kuhn flew to Saints camp in West Virginia to work out for the team on Friday. The deal will be for the veteran’s minimum and officially closes the door on a nine-year run with the Packers.

“He loved his time there, but he wanted to play,” Gold said. “This was an opportunity, and coach [Sean] Payton was excited to know he was available and wanted to play. It’s bittersweet, but it’s also a great opportunity.”

Kuhn, 33, was still living in Green Bay and said last month that he was hoping for a chance to play for either the Packers or another team.

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After coming out of retirement to make a Super Bowl run with the Carolina Panthers last season, veteran cornerback Cortland Finnegan is back at it with the New Orleans Saints.

Finnegan, 32, signed with New Orleans on Friday, according to a league source.

The Saints have had injury issues at cornerback throughout the summer. However, veteran starter Keenan Lewis told ESPN that he intends to be close to 100 percent healthy by Week 1 and wants to avoid the short-term injured reserve list.

Lewis, who has practiced only once during training camp while trying to recover from a lingering hip injury, said he doesn’t want to rush back and never get fully healthy. He said that was the case last year, when he played in only six games with zero starts and had multiple surgeries on his hip.

“I don’t want to be back on the field just to say, ‘He’s out there.’ I’m getting back to my form. If it takes a little time, then that’s what it’s gotta be,” said Lewis, who said his current injury is a “strain,” as opposed to the tear he suffered last year.

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The New Orleans Saints have released Keenan Lewis, the cornerback told ESPN on Friday.

Although the seven-year veteran was one of the Saints’ top players in 2013 and 2014, he has been plagued by a hip injury over the past two years that might have become a point of contention. And Lewis said he never meshed with new defensive coordinator Dennis Allen like he did with former DC Rob Ryan, who was fired in November.

Lewis’ base salary of $2.7 million this season is fully guaranteed, so the Saints won’t realize any salary-cap savings. But they apparently were ready to move on with a group of young cornerbacks who have shown impressive potential this summer.

“It’s a business. They can’t wait on one player. They gotta do what’s best for them, and I gotta do what’s best for me,” said Lewis, who said he still has the utmost respect for head coach Sean Payton and the Saints organization — but added he didn’t feel as comfortable over the past year, especially after Ryan was fired.

“I’m excited. I’m not even mad about it. I’m happy. I’m gonna get a fresh start on life. I’m good. Sometimes you need this type of struggle to happen,” Lewis said. “I finally have the opportunity to be myself and go somewhere else and be comfortable.”

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Local hero Michael Lewis will appear at the Saints Hall of Fame Museum on Friday, search Aug. 26 from 5 p.m.-6:15 p.m., thumb prior to the New Orleans Saints preseason opener against the Pittsburgh Steelers in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

A New Orleans native who played at Bonnabel High School and graduated from Grace King, salve Lewis played seven seasons for the Saints from 2001-06, returning one punt and three kickoffs for touchdowns while catching 28 passes for 553 yards and a score. He was named first team All-Pro in 2002. Lewis was inducted into the Saints Hall of Fame in 2015.

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The New Orleans Saints will unveil a dedicated area which pays tribute to the individual high school football programs across the state of Louisiana in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on Friday, sick August 26, abortion 2016 when the gates open before the team’s preseason contest against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

The Saints and the LHSAA reached out to every high school in the state during the offseason and collected one helmet from each school that elected to participate, viagra 40mg thus collecting well over 200 helmets from high schools. The helmets are proudly on display at Gate E (Loge level) in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome and fans attending Saints games are encouraged to visit the area to view the collection of football helmets.

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