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  • Saints praising Williams' response to unhappy ending

    METAIRIE, La. (AP) — The New Orleans Saints can only hope safety Marcus Williams' recent refusal to discuss the last play of last season isn't a sign of mental fragility.New Orleans is counting on Williams, a 2017 second-round draft choice , to build on a largely promising rookie campaign that helped solidify the Saints' secondary and propel the club back to the playoffs for the first time in four years.At issue now is how Williams will move forward from the cruel way his first...

  • Jaguars' Bortles solid in exhibition opener against Saints

    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Blake Bortles was poised in the pocket and nearly perfect in one series of work, a significant improvement from the way his preseason started a year ago.Bortles completed 6 of 9 passes for 53 yards and scored on a short bootleg in Jacksonville's 24-20 loss to New Orleans in the exhibition opener for both teams Thursday night.Bortles had a five-interception performance during a training camp practice in 2017 and continued to struggle during joint practices with...

  • LSU linebacker Taylor implicated in burglary, suspended

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — LSU has suspended sophomore linebacker Tylor Taylor, apparently after learning he'd been arrested about two months ago in connection with a firearms theft from a pawn shop in Georgia.An official university statement says only that the suspension stems from a violation of team rules. However, police records in Cumming, Georgia, show that authorities suspect Taylor drove four suspected burglars to and from the pawn shop where the theft occurred on Jan.

  • Run-happy LSU sees potential for a prominent passing game

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — LSU receiver Jonathan Giles chuckles as he recounts the incredulous responses he got when he decided to transfer from pass-happy Texas Tech to LSU."A bunch of my friends were like: 'You're going to LSU? You know they don't throw the ball there?'"But Giles looks like he timed his arrival in Baton Rouge well.As he prepares to play his first snaps for LSU, it's not clear whether any of the Tigers' current running backs will approach th...

  • LSU completes high-rated basketball signing class with Hyatt

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — LSU men's basketball coach Will Wade says he has completed the Tigers' roster for the upcoming season with the addition of 6-foot-7 forward Aundre Hyatt.The 215-pound Hyatt is from White Plains, New York, but spent the past academic year at the Miller School in Charlottesville, Virginia. Shooting nearly 47 percent, Hyatt averaged 18 points and 8.5 rebounds for a squad that won a state title.Hyatt's addition rounds out one of the nation's top-rated re...

  • Titans sign pair of safeties with neither named Eric Reid

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Kenny Vaccaro says he believes fellow safety Eric Reid should be on a team playing in the NFL. Needing a job himself, the veteran is very happy that the Tennessee Titans signed him instead.Vaccaro signed a one-year deal with the Titans on Saturday morning and was with them for individual drills at practice at Nissan Stadium hours later.

  • LSU's Orgeron says starter Ingram suspended 'indefinitely'

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — LSU coach Ed Orgeron says guard Ed Ingram has been suspended indefinitely for an unspecified violation of team rules.The suspension of the 6-foot-4, 314-pound Ingram was announced Friday. The decision comes as players report for the first practices of fall camp this weekend and leaves the Tigers with three returning starters on the offensive line.Orgeron says junior college transfer Damien Lewis will be the first-team right guard when practice begins Saturday.The 6-...

  • Saints waive receiver Coleman, lineman Fullington

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton says the club has waived receiver Brandon Coleman and offensive lineman John Fullington.Both players have been sidelined recently with injuries.Coleman started training camp on the team's physically unable to perform list. Payton, who discussed the moves after a practice at Tulane on Sunday night, says the receiver has hip and neck injuries that both will take longer to rehabilitate than initially anticipated.Payton says he antici...

  • Floyd hopes Saints provide salvation for sagging NFL career

    METAIRIE, La. (AP) — Michael Floyd made it clear that he's looking for a fresh start to what's left of his once-promising NFL career.So the St. Paul, Minnesota, native, who floundered with his hometown Vikings last season, is now working on the opposite end the Mississippi River, trying to show Sean Payton and Co.

  • Saints bring in Floyd, Tate, activate Hoomanawanui from PUP

    METAIRIE, La. (AP) — Veteran receivers Brandon Tate and Michael Floyd joined practice at New Orleans Saints training camp on Wednesday, bolstering a receiver corps thinned by injuries and adding to the mix of players competing in the return game.New Orleans also has activated veteran tight end Michael Hoomanawanui, who began training camp on the physically unable to perform list.The 30-year-old Tate played in 13 games for Buffalo last season, when his most significant contributions came in...

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