New Orleans Saints; New England Patriots provide a snoozer of a preseason game

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Aug 9, 2012; Foxborough, MA, USA; New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) is hit by New Orleans Saints defensive end Will Smith (91) during the first quarter of the preseason game at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-US PRESSWIRE

The preseason game between the New Orleans Saints and New England Patriots was expected to provide a little excitement but instead ended up being a very vanilla experience with the Saints losing 7-6.

The Hall of Fame Game against the Cardinals delivered more on the hype factor with the Saints taking the field for the first time since January in the playoff loss to the San Francisco 49ers.

Against the Patriots, quarterback Drew Brees played only two series and went 1 of 4 for 4 yards.  Backup Chase Daniel had the same amount of reps but faired a little better with 4 of 6 passes completed for 86 yards.

The second dreadful performance by quarterback Sean Canfield was witnessed thankfully only for a short time with Luke McCown coming in during the second part of the game.  McCown seemed nervous and had 9 of 14 completions for 86 yards after numerous miscues.

Wide receiver Andy Tanner once again made the most of his opportunities at the position as did rookie Travaris Cadet who is showing he can be a dual threat as a running back and receiver with 26 yards rushing and 6 receptions for 29 yards.

Another wide receiver making a case is Courtney Roby who mainly has played on special teams for the Saints.  He seems to sense the urgency in being a more dependable receiver and has a total of 9 receptions for 139 yards in the last two preseason games.  He had 5 for 85 yards against the Patriots.

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