Saints Morning News: 12/18

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Sean Payton’s presser just ended a few minutes ago, let’s see what the coach talked about.

Left Tackle Position

Payton announced that LT Charles Brown will not start Sunday against the Carolina Panthers; rookie Terron Armstead will get his first career start in the NFL. He is a 6-foot-5, 304-pound third-round draft pick out of Arkansas-Pine Bluff and has been active for four games so far.

Terron Armstead will start at LT: is this the right thing to do?

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Garrett Hartley

After six years with the Saints kicker Garrett Hartley has been waved. He missed eight field goals this season and Payton decided to replace him with veteran Shayne Graham. He was acquired by the Saints as an undrafted free agent in 2000 but was cut once the regular season started. He then played for several NFL teams, including the Cincinnati Bengals (2003-2009); he was a Pro-Bowler in 2005.

Other moves

DB Chris Carr was also waved and replaced by S Eric Frampton, who played a couple of games with the Dallas Cowboys in 2012. Frampton was signed to add some special teams depth.

Also, make sure to check out this Best Tickets Blog report on NFL penalties since 2009. The Saints are right in the middle of the pack when it comes to times penalized, as well as penalty yardage.

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  • ahrcshaw

    Any player move by the Saints prior to the Panther game is meaningless unless the Panthers Coaching staff thinks a move on their defensive strategy is needed. Not knowing how he has played in the past matters, why he only played in 4 games this year? Sure he will get tested, but I do not think this matters much either as I believe all the linemen on the Saints team will be tested again after reviewing what they did to keep the Panthers front 4 at bay in the last game. Go Panthers and pound those Saints.