Saints, Ginn banking on veteran’s enduring speed
METAIRIE, La. (AP) — Even as Ted Ginn Jr. enters his 13th NFL season, the 34-year-old Saints receiver still considers his foot speed his most distinguishing asset.
Saints activate receiver Ted Ginn from injured reserve
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Saints have placed receiver Ted Ginn Jr. on their active roster, making him eligible to play when New Orleans hosts Pittsburgh on Sunday.
Ginn returned to practice this week for the first time since being placed on injured reserve on Oct. 18 because of a knee injury repaired by arthroscopic surgery.
Saints scratch Peat vs. Ravens, hope Ginn plays this season
METAIRIE, La. (AP) — Saints coach Sean Payton says there is a "very realistic" possibility of injured receiver Ted Ginn Jr. playing again this season.
Meanwhile, New Orleans has ruled out left guard Andrus Peat and listed right guard Larry Warford as questionable for Sunday's game at Baltimore.
Peat has missed practice this week with a head injury, while Warford has been hampered by back soreness.
Saints place wide receiver Ted Ginn Jr on injured reserve
METAIRIE, La. (AP) — The New Orleans Saints have placed veteran receiver Ted Ginn Jr., who has been struggling with knee soreness, on injured reserve.
Ginn has played in four games this season, catching 12 passes for 135 yards and two touchdowns, but has regularly appeared on New Orleans' official injury report since early in Week 2.
Ginn's production had largely dipped since Week 2 and he did not have a reception in Week 4 before sitting out a Week 5 triumph over Washington.
Redskins without Doctson, Saints scratch Teo
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Washington Redskins have scratched receiver Josh Doctson from the lineup for Monday night's game against New Orleans.
Doctson had been listed as questionable with a heel injury on the club's final injury report on Saturday. The Redskins say Maurice Harris will start in Doctson's place.
The Saints, who'd already ruled out receiver Ted Ginn Jr. with knee soreness, also scratched linebacker Manti Teo, who'd been questionable with a knee injury.
Saints set to add Smith, Meredith to potent passing game
METAIRIE, La. (AP) — Saints record-setting quarterback Drew Brees has his three most productive receiving targets back from last season — and then some.
The addition of free agent Cameron Meredith and rookie Tre'Quan Smith, combined with the four-game suspension of 2017 rushing leader Mark Ingram, has set the stage for the Saints to revert to a more pass-heavy attack — if they choose.
SPARTANBURG, S.C. (AP) — Captain Munnerlyn took one glance at the Carolina Panthers wide receivers' 40-yard times and couldn't believe what he saw.
The veteran cornerback has never seen such a compilation of speed amassed at one position on a roster in any of his 10 NFL training camps.
"Oh man, we got some fast receivers," Munnerlyn said. "I was like, 'Wow, almost everyone runs a 4.4 or lower. That's crazy.' We have some speed on this team — and we probably needed it."
The New Orleans Saints’ 31-26 victory over Carolina on Sunday in their NFC Wild Card playoff game was every bit as exhilarating as the score suggests, and then some. New Orleans (12-5) required every bit of juice it could squeeze from the 73,186 fans inside the Mercedes-Benz Superdome to post its third victory over the Panthers this season, and to advance to a divisional round matchup against the Vikings in Minneapolis. It wasn’t all smooth, but it was enough for the win.
Vintage performance from Drew Brees leads Saints to Divisional Round
The New Orleans Saints advanced to the divisional round of the NFC playoffs with a heart-stopping 31-26 victory over the Carolina Panthers on Sunday in a wild-card game at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.
The Saints (12-5) will play at the Minnesota Vikings (13-3) next Sunday in the divisional round of the NFC playoffs at 3:40 p.m. on Fox. The Saints lost their season-opener at Minnesota 29-19
Drew Brees, Saints sound off on injury risks of Thursday night football
ATLANTA — The New Orleans Saints flew out of Atlanta on Thursday night with a team that is more banged up than after any other game this season.
Alvin Kamara and Senio Kelemete suffered concussions. A cart came to get rookie defensive end Trey Hendrickson off of the sideline after an examination. Middle linebacker A.J. Klein and safety Kenny Vaccaro both left the game due to groin injuries.
Snap Counts: Alvin Kamara, Mark Ingram split snaps right down the middle against Carolina
Trading Adrian Peterson has had its desired effect.
The New Orleans Saints cleared the deck for Mark Ingram and Alvin Kamara, who are now sharing snaps at an almost equal rate as they tear through the NFL.
Kamara took 37 snaps against the Panthers, and Ingram took 36 out of the offense's 64 snaps — and yes, that means the Saints have both running backs on the field together a handful of times per game.
Saints’ Ginn relishes high-stakes showdown with Panthers
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The chance to play in an elite passing offense with quarterback Drew Brees was one obvious factor that brought receiver Ted Ginn Jr. to the Saints.
Multiple opportunities to make the Carolina Panthers pay for letting him walk in free agency was another.
"If they didn't want to bring me back, I wanted to go somewhere to play against them," Ginn said this week. "I felt like I did everything I was supposed to do to be there."
Tommylee Lewis makes a big impact for Saints on first punt returns of season
Tommylee Lewis hadn't returned a punt all season.
The offseason arrival of Ted Ginn Jr. had taken that job from Lewis, who'd offered glimpses of brilliance in the role as a rookie but had also been frustratingly inconsistent.
Fumbling problems by Ginn put Lewis under the lights against Washington, and with the game hanging in the balance, Lewis responded with two big returns that played a key role in the Saints' improbable 34-31 comeback at the Superdome.
Saints film room: Ted Ginn makes difference by making catch, then ‘using my shoes’
It was a small moment. One that likely elicited a minor reaction in the stands and living rooms, if any at all, and then forgotten about as soon as the next play started.
But the moment showcased why Ted Ginn Jr. has been a quality addition for the New Orleans Saints. During the first play of Sunday’s 30-10 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the wide receiver ran a curl route, a pass he’s been targeted on five times this season, and caught it in unremarkable fashion.
Green Bay, Wis. - It wasn't easy and it wasn't always pretty but the New Orleans Saints certainly earned their fourth consecutive win with a 26-17 victory over the Packers Sunday at Lambeau Field.
Brees throws 3 TDs, Saints dominate Panthers 34-13
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Drew Brees did not want to head across the Atlantic Ocean three games behind the Atlanta Falcons and Carolina Panthers in the NFC South.
The veteran quarterback made sure the Saints could rest a little easier on their eight-hour flight to London for next week's game against the Miami Dolphins.
Saints Preview Capsule
NEW ORLEANS SAINTS (7-9)
New faces: RB Adrian Peterson, RG Larry Warford, LB A.J. Klein, WR Ted Ginn Jr., DE Alex Okafor, CB Marshon Lattimore, OT Ryan Ramczyk, S Marcus Williams, RB Alvin Kamara, LB Manti T'eo.
Key losses: WR Brandin Cooks, DT Nick Fairley, RB Tim Hightower, S Jairus Byrd.
Panthers Preview Capsule
CAROLINA PANTHERS (6-10)
New faces: DE Julius Peppers, CB Captain Munnerlyn, S Mike Adams, LT Matt Kalil, RB Christian McCaffrey, WR Russell Shepard, WR Curtis Samuel, LT Matt Kalil.
Key losses: FB Mike Tolbert, LT Michael Oher, RT Mike Remmers, WR Ted Ginn Jr., WR Philly Brown, LB A.J. Klein, S Tre Boston, DE Kony Ealy.
METAIRIE, LA -- Eleven year veteran Ted Ginn Jr. has had problems with dropped passes in the past and in the Saints preseason opener, the problem reappeared.
During the first quarter of New Orleans loss to the Browns, Ginn let a third and goal pass slip through his hands in the endzone, forcing the Saints to settle for three points.
Another blocked kick, more ‘catastrophic’ results for Saints
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — If the New Orleans Saints hope to make a run at the playoffs they'll first need to figure out how to kick the football through the uprights.
Seems pretty simple, right?
And yet for the second straight week, disaster struck when rookie kicker Wil Lutz walked on the field.
Carolina Panthers Preview Capsule
CAROLINA PANTHERS (17-2)
New faces: DT Vernon Butler, DT Paul Soliai, CB James Bradberry, CB Daryl Worley, CB Zack Sanchez, C-G Gino Gradkowski, P Andy Lee.
Key losses: CB Josh Norman, CB Charles Tillman, S Roman Harper, DE Jared Allen, WR Jerricho Cotchery.
Panthers-Titans preseason game delayed by severe weather
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Titans' preseason game against the Carolina Panthers is being delayed in the second half by severe weather in the area.
Carolina led Tennessee 19-10 with 1:34 left in the third quarter Saturday when an announcement came over the Nissan Stadium loudspeaker that lightning in the Nashville area had forced a delay, causing both teams to head into the locker room while the stands emptied.
Before football careers, many NFL stars excelled at track
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Carolina Panthers wide receiver Ted Ginn Jr. has a unique perspective on the exploits of Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt, who has become the star of the final week of the Rio Olympics.
Ginn competed against Bolt when their 4x100-meter relay teams squared off in high school. Ginn's team won.