September 23, 2012; New Orleans, LA, USA; Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Steve Breaston (15) is pursued by New Orleans Saints cornerback Patrick Robinson (21) during the fourth quarter of a game at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. The Chiefs defeated the Saints 27-24 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

New Orleans Saints News, Rumors And Links For 8/8

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Believe it or not the New Orleans Saints are set to play in an actual game on Friday for the first time in Week 1 preseason action against the Kansas City Chiefs.

As we have mentioned in the past, the team will be without Joe Morgan and Kenyon Coleman for the season, so it’s time to see who will step up in their absence. Let’s take a look at some of the news around the league concerning the team.

 

Steve Breaston could be the answer in the slot

Per NOLA.com’s Jeff Duncan:

Stills has shown the versatility and talent to become a factor, but he’s also just a rookie. The only rookie receiver to make an immediate impact in Payton’s system was Colston, and he was a notable exception.

That’s why Breaston was signed. If his knee is sound, he’ll likely get a long look at the third receiver spot and will be lining up next to Moore and Colston for a good portion of the Saints’ offensive snaps. Not a bad landing spot for a guy who was on the street just a few days ago.

 

Jim Leonhard’s experience in 3-4 has been huge so far

Per NOLA.com’s Terrance Harris:

Leonhard won’t be pushing Roman Harper out of the way for playing time but his knowledge of new defensive coordinator Rob Ryan’s scheme has allowed him to always seem to be in the right place to make a play.

Leonhard, a nine-year veteran, has never played for Rob Ryan but he did play for his brother, Rex Ryan, with the Baltimore Ravens and New York Jets.

 

Members of the team continue to support rookie Kenny Vaccaro 

Per ESPN’s Pat Yasinskas:

  • Much has been made about the aggressiveness New Orleans rookie safety Kenny Vaccaro has displayed so far in camp. He was involved in a play in Saturday’s scrimmage on which receiver Joe Morgan was injured. The team said Wednesday that the injury will end Morgan’s season. After that news came, teammates Drew Brees and Marques Colston defended Vaccaro and said he is just doing his job.

 

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