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Old 10-05-2006, 05:13 PM   #1
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All cell phone references aside, the New Orleans Saints continue to call on wide receiver Joe Horn. In his 11th year, the fiery veteran is the sparkplug on a relatively young offense. Horn’s numbers last season weren’t up to his usual standards, but that was largely due to a nagging hamstring injury and inconsistent quarterback play – both of which are no longer issues. A better representation of Horn’s ability is demonstrated by his 2004 season when he led the NFC in catches with 94 for 1,399 yards and 11 touchdowns. The four-time Pro Bowler has posted a team-record 25 games with 100 or more yards receiving, and the Saints are 18-7 when he reaches the century mark. Here are five other New Orleans players to watch on Sunday:

RB Deuce McAllister – The hype this season has been centered on the Saints running back and first-round pick Reggie Bush, but don’t forget about the team’s other running back. Slowed last season by a knee injury that forced him to miss 11 games, McAllister appears to be healthy again and back to the form that made him a three-time Pro Bowl selection from 2002-2004. During that time, the 2001 first-round pick had a stretch of nine straight 100-yard games, and last season became the Saints’ all-time leading rusher. Even with the much-heralded Bush now on the team, the smooth-running McAllister is still the Saints’ main threat out of the backfield, carrying 64 times for 257 yards and three touchdowns so far this season.

WR Marques Colston – As the fourth-to-last player selected in the 2006 NFL Draft, Colston knows what its like to be passed on. Since then, the seventh-round selection out of Hofstra has done nothing but get passed to - so much so that he leads the Saints in receiving yards. At 6-4, 231 pounds, Colston provides quarterback Drew Brees with a big target, and the rookie receiver has quickly become one of Brees’ favorite targets, catching 20 passes for 336 yards over his first four games. As a senior in 2005, Colston was an All-Atlantic 10 first-team choice, hauling in 70 receptions for 975 yards and nine touchdowns. Thus far in the season, Colston is proving just as much a threat in the NFL, increasing his yardage output in each of his first four games and catching a touchdown in three of his first four outings.

QB Drew Brees – Over the past two seasons, Brees has proven two things: he’s a winner, going 21-11 as a starter with the San Diego Chargers, and he’s accurate, completing 65 percent of his passes during that period. So when the sixth-year quarterback became a free agent after last season, the Saints wasted no time signing him to a six-year, $60 million contract and bringing much-needed stability to their quarterback position. Brees, the 32nd overall pick of the 2001 NFL Draft, has thrown for more than 3,000 yards each of his last two seasons. Together with McAllister, Bush and Horn, Brees is reinvigorating the New Orleans’ offense, leading the team to a 3-1 record while throwing for 1,063 yards and four touchdowns.

RB Reggie Bush – Between the commercials, magazine covers and video games, it’s not easy to overlook Bush. Not only has the explosive running back out of USC and second overall pick in the 2006 NFL Draft become the face of the franchise, he’s evoked comparisons to Gale Sayers and Barry Sanders. Such comparisons might be unfair to place on any rookie, but the 2005 Heisman Trophy winner, nicknamed “Baby Matrix,� seems ready to live up to the expectations. In his professional debut against Cleveland, Bush racked up 141 all-purpose yards (61 rushing yards, 58 receiving yards and three punt returns for 22 yards). With the agility to stop and start in an instant and the speed to outrun nearly any defender, Bush is a threat to score every time he touches the football.

K John Carney – After their last game against the Carolina Panthers, the Buccaneers know all too well the impact of opposing kickers. In that game, the Buccaneers saw Panthers kicker John Kasay kick field goals of 51, 50 and 49 yards before booting a 46-yarder to win it. In their first game since suffering that defeat, they’ll face the threat of another clutch kicker in Carney. Since signing with the Saints in 2001, the 17th-year kicker has converted 81.9 percent of his field goal attempts and last year led the team in scoring with 97 points. Over the course of his career, Carney has kicked 13 game-winning field goals. This season, he’s 10-for-11, with three field goals in the 40-49-yard range and one over 50 yards.

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Old 10-05-2006, 08:22 PM   #2
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RE: 5 Saints to watch

Love this article. Even though this won't stop us
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Old 10-06-2006, 11:41 AM   #3
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RE: 5 Saints to watch

Let me see............

Joe Horn
Reggie Bush
Drew Brees
Marques Colston
Duece McAllister
John Carney

That's 1,2,3,4,5...........hang on, let me switch hands..........6.
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Old 10-06-2006, 11:53 AM   #4
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RE: 5 Saints to watch

I wonder why the obvious people whom we'd be watching anyway would be noted here. Why not Bullocks and Harper, who's development will be critical as the team gets into the meat of the schedule. Or Stinchcomb, who's critical to the offense's performance at RT. Or even Hollis Thomas, an unknown who's starting at RDT and essential to the run defense.

Put some effort into reporting and maybe there'll be no more catastrophies like W.
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I wonder why the obvious people whom we'd be watching anyway would be noted here.
Because the we you are speaking of is them. The above is from a Bucs site.



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