October 7, 2012; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints guard Jahri Evans (73) during introductions before a game against the San Diego Chargers at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports
We’re going to start heating up here, as the team injury report should be something to watch for around 3PM. Some really good news that you will find on today’s links? Jahri Evans is feeling much better, and should be a go for Monday Night.
New Orleans Saints’ defense can finally rest: Jeff Duncan’s First-and-10
Jeff Duncan, NOLA.com| The Times-Picayune
"The Saints’ youth movement on defense has been well documented. Sports Illustrated’s Peter King noted this week that the average age of the Saints’ front seven that played the most snaps Sunday was 24.3. Last year the average age of the front seven during Week 3 was 27.8."
New Orleans Saints already scored huge victory over Miami Dolphins by luring Drew Brees
Jueff Duncan, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune
"The Dolphins were heavily favored to land Brees. The Saints pulled off the upset, an “Ambush” before the famous Super Bowl “Ambush” of 2009. The rest is history.Although it appears someone would like to revise that history.“We chose Drew Brees,” former Dolphins now Alabama coach Nick Saban told South Florida radio station 790-AM The Ticket last December. “I’ve never ever talked about this publicly and I think a lot of players know this. … We think Drew Brees was an outstanding player. That’s the guy we made the first offer to. And, quite frankly, he didn’t pass the physical with our organization, so we had to go (with Daunte Culpepper).”"
New Orleans Saints offensive guard Jahri Evans plans to play this week: notebook
Katherine Terrell, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune
"Evans had never missed a game in his NFL career prior to last week, and snapped a streak of 114 consecutive starts when he sat out in favor of rookie Tim Lelito.“That was something to be proud of but it’s more important to be here for my team in the long run than missing a string of games,” Evans said. “Fortunately it wasn’t too serious where I had to miss more than one. I’ll be back out there this week.”"
Saints morning report: Praise for Tannehill
Mike Triplett | ESPN.com
"“He has been very efficient,” Payton said. “When you look at a lot of his numbers, not only in the red zone, but third down, I think the first and foremost important thing is leading the team to wins. I think he has the arm strength. He has the size, athleticism, and you can see on tape how much progress he’s made in the early part of this season. He is a very good talent, a very good athlete, and he’s locating the ball and doing all the things you want your quarterback to do, which starts with leading your team and giving them a chance to win each week.”"
Five things to know about the New Orleans Saints on Friday, September 27
Samantha McClain | NewOrleansSaints.com
"The Dolphins returned some of their ticket allotment. Tickets for Monday night’s game are now available. Click here for more information."