1 NEW ORLEANS SAINTS WEEKLY MEDIA INFORMATION GUIDE HOUSTON TEXANS VS. NEW ORLEANS SAINTS SEPTEMBER 25, LOUISIANA SUPERDOME GAME INFORMATION ROSTERS DEPTH CHART STATISTICS PLAY-BY-PLAY
2 NEW ORLEANS SAINTS (1-1) TO HOST HOUSTON TEXANS (2-0) IN SUPERDOME SHOWDOWN The New Orleans Saints, coming off a strong performance on offense, defense and special teams in a dominating victory over the Chicago Bears will face the Houston Texans on Sunday at the Louisiana Superdome. Kickoff is noon CT. This will be New Orleans final home game until October 23, as they will play Jacksonville, Carolina and Tampa Bay on the road the following three weeks. In their final Superdome contest during this stretch they ll look to continue their home success where they ve posted an 18-7 mark since The Saints enter the game versus the 2-0 Texans, who are ranked first in the NFL on defense coming off a consistent offensive display. QB Drew Brees completed 26-of-37 passes for 270 yards with TD passes to WR Devery Henderson, WR Robert Meachem and RB Darren Sproles, posting a rating. Henderson continued his blistering start to the season as one of Brees favorite targets, making three receptions for a team-best 103 yards (34.3 avg.) with a 79-yard scoring grab. In an outstanding defensive performance, New Orleans surrendered only 246 net yards, including only 60 on the ground from Chicago. The Bears managed to convert only 2-of-12 third down attempts (16.7%) The New Orleans defense sacked QB Jay Cutler six times. Special teams also provided a big boost in the win for the Saints. K John Kasay, made three-of-three field goal attempts, including a successful second quarter 53-yard attempt. P Thomas Morstead booted five punts for a 46.6 net average as he and the Saints coverage units successfully bottled up Chicago return man Devin Hester to return only one punt for a four-yard loss on the day. SAINTS SCHEDULE/RESULTS PRESEASON Date Opponent Aug. 12 SAN FRANCISCO 49ers W, 24-3 Aug. Houston Texans L, Aug. Oakland Raiders W, Sept. 1 TENNESSEE TITANS L, 9-32 REGULAR SEASON Sept. Green Bay Packers L, Sept. 18 CHICAGO BEARS W, Sept. 25 HOUSTON TEXANS Noon/CBS Oct. Jacksonville Jaguars Noon/FOX Oct. Carolina Panthers Noon/FOX Oct. Tampa Bay Buccaneers 3:15/FOX Oct. 23 INDIANAPOLIS COLTS 7:20/NBC Oct. St. Louis Rams Noon/FOX Nov. 6 TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS Noon/FOX Nov. Atlanta Falcons Noon/FOX Nov. 20 BYE Nov. 28 NEW YORK GIANTS 7:30/ESPN Dec. 4 DETROIT LIONS Noon/FOX Dec. Tennessee Titans Noon/FOX Dec. Minnesota Vikings Noon/FOX Dec. 26 ATLANTA FALCONS 7:30/ESPN Jan. 1 CAROLINA PANTHERS Noon/FOX GAMEDAY AT A GLANCE DATE: Sunday, Sept. 25 TIME: 12:00 (CT) SITE: Louisiana Superdome WORTH NOTING: The Saints and Texans have played only twice in the regular season, with each club winning their respective home contest...the two teams have played five times in the preseason with Houston holding a 3-2 edge, including a Texans win at Reliant Stadium on August 20...With a Saints win, the Texans would become the eighth franchise the Saints would have a winning mark against all-time...the Saints are ranked fifth in the NFL in offense (17th rushing, fifth passing) and 12th on defense (seventh rushing, 18th passing)...sunday s contest will be televised on CBS (WWL-4 in the New Orleans area) with Greg Gumbel handling play-by-play and Dan Dierdof serving as color analyst...the game can be heard throughout the Gulf Coast on the New Orleans Saints Radio Network (870 AM or FM serve as the flagship stations locally in the New Orleans area) with Jim Henderson handling play-by-play duties, former Saints fullback Hokie Gajan serving as color analyst and Kristian Garic providing reports from the Saints sidelines...a Spanish language broadcast is available on WFNO 830 AM with Emilio Peralta handling play-by-play duties and Marco Garcia serving as the color analyst.
3 NEW ORLEANS-HOUSTON PREVIEW SAINTS-TEXANS SPECIFICS THE COACHES Sean Payton has posted a regular season record and a 4-2 postseason mark, guiding the team to the Super Bowl XLIV championship. He s the club s lone head coach to open a season with 13 straight wins and post a 13-game win streak, and has the franchise s top all-time winning percentage (.610). Since 2006, the Saints are tied for the best winning percentage in the NFC, fourth in the NFL. Payton s (.610) home record and (.610) road mark are the club s top winning percentages. He s recorded a (.629) mark vs. NFC opponents. Since taking over, the Saints have the best record among NFC South teams. In 2006, he took the Saints to the NFC Championship and was named NFL Coach of the Year by most major outlets. Calling offensive plays, the Saints are one of only two teams to finish in the top 10 in net yards per game each season since Payton was hired as New Orleans 14th head coach on Jan. 18, 2006, after serving on the Dallas Cowboys staff from Prior to joining the Cowboys, Payton served on the New York Giants staff from , including the final three seasons as offensive coordinator. His tenure was highlighted by a Super Bowl berth in his first full season as coordinator. Payton s prior NFL coaching experience came as quarterbacks coach for the Philadelphia Eagles from Houston head coach Gary Kubiak took the Houston Texans coaching reins in Kubiak is in his 18th season as an NFL coach and sixth leading the Texans franchise. Kubiak played for the Denver Broncos from as the backup for Hall of Fame quarterback John Elway. Kubiak started his coaching career at his alma mater Texas A&M from After one season tutoring 49ers QB Steve Young for the Super Bowl Champion San Francisco 49ers in 1994, he returned to Denver, where he served as offensive coordinator from Kubiak also coached quarterbacks from Kubiak has a record and is the franchise s winningest head coach all-time. SERIES HISTORY The regular season series between Houston and New Orleans is currently knotted at 1-1, with each club winning the respective contest at their home stadium. Even though they ve met only twice in the regular season, the Saints and the Texans have great familiarity, as they ve met five times in the preseason, including each season since 2008, with the Texans having defeated the Saints most recently on August 20 at Houston s Reliant Stadium. CONNECTIONS Owner/Executive Vice-President Rita Benson LeBlanc is a graduate of Texas A&M...Secondary coach Tony Oden served as asst. secondary coach with the Texans from Texans WR Jacoby Jones prepped at Abramson HS and was originally enrolled at Southeastern Louisiana on a track scholarship...texans special teams coordinator Joe Marciano coached special teams and tight ends for the Saints from Marciano coached Director of Player Programs Fred McAfee in New Orleans from and in Tampa Bay in P Thomas Morstead prepped at Pearland HS...Houston defensive coordinator Wade Phillips served as defensive coordinator of the Saints from , serving as head coach for the final four games of the 1985 campaign...defensive coordinator Gregg Williams served on the coaching staff at the University of Houston from and then served on the staff of the Houston Oilers franchise from Texans director of pro personnel Brian Gardner is a New Orleans native who played at Nicholls State and served as defensive coordinator and director of player personnel with the New Orleans Night of the Arena Football League from WR Robert Meachem, Houston CB Jason Allen and RB Arian Foster were teammates at Tennessee...S Jonathon Amaya, Allen and Texans LB Tim Dobbins were teammates in Miami in RB Darren Sproles and Dobbins were teammates in San Diego from Houston director of video operations Joe Malota served as video director of the Saints from Texans director of player development Sean Washington played DB for the Saints in S Roman Harper and Texans LB Demeco Ryans were teammates at Alabama...Wide receivers coach Curtis Johnson tutored Texans WR Andre Johnson at the University of Miami (Fla)...LB Jonathan Vilma, Texans T Rashad Butler and Johnson were college teammates with the Hurricanes. K John Kasay and Butler were teammates in Carolina in DT Shaun Rogers prepped at LaPorte HS and starred at the University of Texas. Rogers and Texans DT Shaun Cody were teammates in Detroit from Special teams coordinator Greg McMahon tutored Texans K Neil Rackers at the University of Illinois...DT Sedrick Ellis, Texans LB Brian Cushing and QB Matt Leinart were teammates at Southern California...RB Mark Ingram, Texans G Antoine Caldwell and CB Kareem Jackson were teammates at Alabama...TE Jimmy Graham and Texans CB Brandon Harris were teammates at the University of Miami (Fla.)...TE John Gilmore, C Olin Kreutz and Houston CB S Danieal Manning were teammates in Chicago.
4 2011 GAME SUPERLATIVES REVIEW WEEK 1: Green Bay Packers 42, Saints 34; September 8, Lambeau Field New Orleans fell to the Packers in the NFL s kickoff contest, despite rebounding from a third quarter 15-point deficit to be withing a touchdown and two-point conversion at the Green Bay one-yard line for an untimed play following a pass interference penalty. New Orleans was also aided by a second quarter dramatic 72-yard punt return for a touchdown by RB Darren Sproles, but the Saints would be victimized by losing the turnover battle, some struggles on short yardage and an explosive Packers offense. New Orleans QB Drew Brees completed 32 of 49 passes for 419 yards with three touchdown passes. Sproles led the Saints with 250 all-purpose yards, which would be the most by a Saint since 2008 and the second-highest week one NFL total. Packers QB Aaron Rodgers completed 27 of 35 passes for 312 yards with three touchdown passes. Green Bay WR Greg Jennings recorded seven catches for 89 yards with one touchdown. Packers RB James Starks rushed 12 times for 57 yards, including a second quarter 17-yard touchdown burst. New Orleans outgained Green Bay in total net yardage , but the Packers held the ball for 32:54 of the contest in winning the time of possession battle. In his Saints debut, Sproles led the Saints in receiving (7 catches for 75 yards), while his 72-yard punt return for a score was the third of his career, also running back a kickoff 57 yards. WR Devery Henderson added six receptions for 100 yards and a 100-yard TD, the first time he reached the century mark since S Roman Harper led the Saints with ten tackles (seven solo) and also split a sack of Rodgers with DE Junior Galette The Saints fell to 7-15 against the Packers in the alltime series, losing to Green Bay for the first time to them since The Saints had two rookies in the starting lineup on opening day (Ingram and DE Cameron Jordan) for the first time since the 2008 season (DE Sedrick Ellis and CB Tracy Porter). WEEK 2: Saints 30, Chicago Bears 13; Sept. 18, Louisiana Superdome The Saints got in the win column for the 2011 season with an impressive effort on offense, defense and special teams. The Saints defense surrendered only 246 yards of total offense, sacked Bears QB Jay Cutler six times and stopped the Bears on all but two of their third down attempts (2-12). After trailing 7-0 in the first quarter, the Saints scored 16 unanswered points in the second half and widened what was a six-point halftime lead (16-10) to a 17-point lead as they surrendered only three points in the second half. QB Drew Brees threw three scores and scored on an eight yard TD run to stake the Saints to a commanding lead. Brees would complete 26-of-37 passes on the day for 270 yards with three touchdown passes and a passer rating of DE Junior Galette and S Roman Harper had two sacks apiece in an effort that saw six takedowns. DE Turk McBride had his first sack as a Saint in the third quarter and forced Cutler to fumble, as LB Jonathan Vilma recovered for the Saints. Five plays later, New Orleans would score a touchdown off the third quarter turnover. WR Devery Henderson had three receptions for a team-leading 103 yards (34.3 avg.), including a 79-yard touchdown reception. It was the second straight game that Henderson reached the century mark in yardage, the second time in his career he has done so and first since 2006 The Saints defense surrendered a only 246 total net yards. They held Chicao to only 60 yards on the ground, as starting RB Matt Forte rushed for only 49 yards on ten carries. S Roman Harper led the team with six tackles (five solo). Brees 79-yard scoring throw to Henderson opened up a 13-point second quarter that extended New Orleans lead to K John Kasay kicked three field goals, giving him 438 for his career and moving him past Jason Elam for sixth place in NFL history. Kasay s 53-yard field goal in the second quarter was the 41st field goal of 50 or more yards in his career, breaking a tie with former Saint Morten Andersen for second place all-time in NFL history. Jason Hanson (45 entering today) holds the NFL record for most field goals of 50 or more yards.
5 SEAN PAYTON NOTES Since he was named head coach in 2006, the Saints have enjoyed a significant turnaround under Payton, leading them to three postseason appearances and the Super Bowl XLIV title, posting a (.610) regular season record and 4-2 postseason mark. He holds the top winning percentage for a Saints coach all-time. No NFC team has won more games during this period and only four AFC clubs have more victories. Payton s home and road (25-16,.610) winning percentages are tops in club history. He s recorded a (.629) mark vs. NFC opponents. New Orleans division record is best in the NFC South. Under his supervision, the offense has been ranked first in yards per game three of the last five seasons. New Orleans has excelled in the biggest spotlight under Payton. 8 of the club s 13 victories on Monday Night Football have occurred since New Orleans has posted an 11-6 record in primetime since The Saints are the only NFC South club to capture two division titles since SAINTS HEAD COACHES Payton has the highest winning percentage among the 14 head coaches in Saints history: Coach Seasons Record Pct. Sean Payton Jim Mora Jim Haslett Records reflect regular-season contests only. Playoff games with the Saints: Jim Mora 0-4, Jim Haslett 1-1, Sean Payton 4-2. IN THE NFL Under Payton, the Saints are tied for the best record in the NFC and fifth-best in the NFL since Team W L Pct. New England Patriots Indianapolis Colts San Diego Chargers Pittsburgh Steelers New Orleans Saints Green Bay Packers IN THE NFC SOUTH Under Payton, the Saints have enjoyed the best regular season record among NFC South teams since Team W L Pct. New Orleans Saints Atlanta Falcons Carolina Panthers Tampa Bay Buccaneers TEAM NOTES WIN STREAKS After starting 13-0 in 2009, which marked the club s longest winning streak and best start, New Orleans put together a six-game winning streak in Under Payton, the Saints have put together five win streaks of at least three games. DOUBLE DIGIT WINS In 2010, New Orleans won at least ten games for the third time since Payton became head coach and for the second straight season for the first time since 1991 and It was only the second time that the Saints have posted back-to-back 11-win campaigns. DOMEFIELD ADVANTAGE In 2010, the Saints posted a 5-3 record at home. For the first time since the period between , the Saints posted home winning records for three straight seasons. Since 2008, the Saints have an 18-7 home regular season record. ROAD WARRIORS Since Payton became head coach in 2006, the Saints have the fourth-best road record at (.625). The Saints posted a 6-2 regular season road record in 2010, giving them back to back winning records at visiting stadiums for the first time since 1991 and NFL s BEST REGULAR SEASON ROAD RECORDS SINCE 2006 Team Record 1. New England Indianapolis New York Giants New Orleans Philadelphia PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT The Saints have ten players who have moved up to their 53-man roster after being on practice squads, seven who spent time on the Saints practice squad. The most notable member is WR Lance Moore. After spending most of 2005 and 2006 on the club s practice squad, he s evolved into one of the team s leading playmakers with 22 career TD receptions to rank eighth in club history. In 2010, he made 66 catches for 763 yards (11.6 avg.) with a team-best eight TD grabs. LB Jo-Lonn Dunbar started on the club s practice squad in 2008 and has become a contributor on defense and special teams. In 2010, he started eight of 13 games, recording 50 tackles (28 solo), two pass defenses, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery one sack and four special teams stops.
6 BUCKING THE ODDS Players whose names are not called in the NFL draft often face challenging odds in sticking on a team. Yet, the Saints roster features 17 who have bucked convention. Among of the most notable undrafted players on the club are Moore, Dunbar, S Isa Abdul-Quddus, LB Jonathan Casillas, DE Jeff Charleston, DE Junior Galette, CB Jabari Greer, K Garrett Hartley and RB Pierre Thomas. After making the club s 53-man roster as an undrafted free agent out of Fordham, Abdul-Quddus has played a key role in the club s special teams units with one tackle and one forced fumble. Originally signed as an undrafted free agent in 2009 out of Wisconsin, Casillas started two games as a rookie and also played a key role on special teams on the Super Bowl championship squad. Fully recovered from a 2010 foot injury that cost him the season after pushing for a starting role in training camp, Casillas is ranked third on the club with two sacks in Originally signed by Houston as an undrafted free agent in 2006, Charleston spent 2007 with Indianapolis. Picked up by the Saints at midseason in 2008, Charleston s appeared in 43 games for New Orleans and recorded six sacks, two forced fumbles, one recovery and 31 special teams tackles. Signed as undrafted free agent in 2010 out of Stillman College after starting his undergraduate career at Temple, Galette has evolved into one of the club s most feared pass rushers, tying for the team lead with 2.5 quarterback takedowns in A 2004 undrafted signing by Buffalo out of Tennessee, Greer s become one of the NFL s elite defenders. Joining New Orleans in 2009, He often covers the opposition s top wideouts. Greer s returned two interceptions for touchdowns as a Saint and has recorded 25 pass defenses. Signed by New Orleans at midseason in 2008, Hartley has made 42-of-49 field goal attempts, as well as nailing the game-winning kick in the NFC Championship and being the only kicker in Super Bowl history to make three attempts of 40 yards or more. Signed after the 2007 draft, Thomas led the club in rushing in 2008 and 2009, scoring 23 touchdowns as a Saint. WORTH NOTING ON OFFENSE SCORING EXPLOSION Since 2006, the Saints have scored an average of 27.0 points per game (2,183 points) in 82 regular season games, ranking third in the NFL. During this period since Payton became head coach, New Orleans has scored 20 or more points in 64 games (78.1%) and 30 or more points in 37 contests (45.1%). The Saints have again gotten off to a quick start in 2011, scoring at least 30 points in both contests and ranking fifth in the NFL averaging 32.0 points per game. NFL POINTS PER GAME LEADERS SINCE 2006 Team Pts. Pts./Gm. 1. NE 2, SD 2, NO 2, DOMINATING OFFENSE Since 2006, the Saints have been the NFL s top ranked offense, averaging net yards per game. In the past four seasons, they ve been ranked first three times. They re the only team to be ranked in the top ten each season since In 2011, through the first two games, they are ranked fifth, averaging net yards per game. NFL TOTAL OFFENSE LEADERS SINCE 2006 Team Yds. Yds./Gm. 1. NO 31, NE 31, Phi. 30, NFL TOTAL OFFENSE LEADERS IN 2011 Team Yds. Yds./Gm. 1. NE 1, Car SD Dal NO THROUGH THE AIR For four consecutive seasons the Saints have been ranked in the NFL s top five in net yards passing. In 2011, they are currently ranked fifth, averaging 330 net yards per game. The Saints have ranked in the top five each year since Payton was named coach and lead the NFL during the period (283.5 net yards per game). NFL PASSING OFFENSE LEADERS SINCE 2006 Team Yds. Yds./Gm. 1. NO 23, Ind. 21, GB 20, NFL PASSING OFFENSE LEADERS IN 2011 Team Yds. Yds./Gm. 1. NE Car Dal SD NO
7 KEEPING DRIVES GOING In 2010, the Saints converted 106-of-217 (48.8%) third down attempts to rank first in the NFL for the second straight season. Third down efficiency s been a benchmark of the offense since Payton arrived in 2006, as the Saints have converted an NFL-best 46.6% of their attempts during that period to rank second in the NFL. In 2011, the Saints are ranked first in the NFC and third in the NFL, converting 17-of-31 (54.8%) of their third down attempts. NFL THIRD DOWN CONVERSION PERCENTAGE LEADERS SINCE 2006 Team Made Att. Pct. 1. Ind , NO 512 1, NE 484 1, NFL THIRD DOWN CONVERSION PERCENTAGE LEADERS Team Made Att. Pct. 1. SD NE NO FIRST DOWNS Since 2006, the Saints are ranked first in the NFC and third in the NFL in first downs. In 2010, New Orleans finished second in the conference and fifth in the league with 351 first downs, the second-most in club history. NFL FIRST DOWN LEADERS SINCE 2006 Team No. Rush Pass Pen 1. NE Ind NO YARDS AFTER THE CATCH Since 2006, the Saints offense has been ranked first in the NFL in yards after the catch. The Saints finished ranked sixth in 2010 with 1,999 yards after the catch. In 2011, they are ranked fifth in the league with 342 yards after receptions. YARDS AFTER THE CATCH BY NFL TEAMS SINCE 2006 Team YAC 1. NO 11, NE 10, GB 10,718 HOLDING THE LINE The Saints offensive line remains one of the New Orleans offensive unit s foundations. Since 2006, New Orleans has been the second-least sacked club in the NFL, surrendering only 102 in 82 games. In 2010, the line gave up only 26 sacks for the NFL s sixth-ranked offense, the fifth-lowest total in the NFL. LEAST SACKS ALLOWED BY NFL TEAMS FROM 2006-PRESENT Team Sacks 1. Ind NO Tenn. 115 LEAST SACKS ALLOWED BY NFL TEAMS IN 2010 Team Sacks 1t. Ind. 16 1t. NYG Atl NE NO 26 Ahead is a synopsis of the Saints offensive line: LT Jermon Bushrod - A 2007 fourth round draft pick, this promising young lineman has helped the Saints continue to run as one of the NFL s highest-ranked offenses. The Towson product has continued adding strength and working on his technique as he continues to line up against many of the NFL s elite pass rushers entering his third season as a starter on one of the offensive line s most challenging positions. LG Carl Nicks - This 6-5, 343 pound mauler who was a 2008 fifth-round draft choice, has needed very little time to make a smooth transition to life in the NFL trenches. Selected for All-Rookie honors by several publications, Nicks has opened every contest since the fourth of his first year and combines with Jahri Evans for one of the NFL s top young interior offensive line combinations, as the two were both selected to the Pro Bowl in C Olin Kreutz - This six-time Pro Bowl selection was lured to New Orleans to anchor the middle of the offensive line. A third round draft pick of the Chicago Bears in 1998, the former University of Washington standout has appeared in 193 career NFL games with 185 starts, appearing in every game with the exception of one since Overall, Kreutz, who was elected by his Saints teammates as an offensive team captain, has opened 136 consecutive games, the second-longest current games started by an active NFL center.
8 MOST CONSECUTIVE GAMES STARTED AMONG ACTIVE NFL CENTERS Center No. 1. Casey Wiegmann, KC Olin Kreutz, NO Chris Myers, Hou. 91 4t. Matt Birk, Bal. 82 4t. Eric Mangold, NYJ 82 RG Jahri Evans - The 2006 fourth round draft choice has made a rapid ascent from his small school roots at Bloomsburg into one of the NFL s top guards. Evans was has been named to two consecutive Pro Bowls, elected as a starter. His 82 straight starts with the Saints is the longest streak in team history among offensive linemen to begin a career, second overall among Saints, the most by a current Saint and also tied for the fourth-longest current streak by an active NFL guard. Re-signed to a seven-year contract in 2010, Evans is a cornerstone of the line for years to come. MOST CONSECUTIVE GAMES STARTED BY A SAINTS OFFENSIVE LINEMAN TO OPEN CAREER Player Pos. No. Years How acq. Jahri Evans G D4, 06 William Roaf T D1, 93 Don Morrison T D4e, 71 MOST CONSECUTIVE GAMES STARTED BY A SAINT TO OPEN A CAREER Player Pos. No. Years How acq. Rickey Jackson LB D2b, 81 Jahri Evans G D4, 06 Bob Pollard DT D11, 71 MOST CONSECUTIVE GAMES STARTED AMONG ACTIVE NFL GUARDS Tackle No. 1. Jake Scott, Ten Brandon Moore, NYJ Chris Snee, NYG 98 4t. Jahri Evans, NO 82 4t. Daryn Colledge, Arz. 82 T Zach Strief - This 2006 seventh round pick out of Northwestern has appeared in 73 regular season games, most recently becoming the club s starting tackle on the right side in The versatile Strief has also served as an extra blocking tight end in short yardage situations. T Charles Brown - Considered one of the top blockers in the 2010 NFL draft, as a rookie, the club s secondround pick provided depth at both tackle spots, appearing in three games, contributing primarily on special teams as a rookie. A first-team All-Pac-10 selection as a senior and two-year starter at left tackle at Southern Califonria, Brown will serve as the club s primary backup at both tackle positions, also serving as a blocking tight end. WORTH NOTING ON DEFENSE Shrewd roster moves in free agency and the draft and the tutelage of coordinator Gregg Williams and his defensive coaching staff have produced an opportunistic, resurgent unit, resulting in a improvement to a defense that has moved up significantly in the league rankings in several categories since The improvement continued into 2010 as they finished ranked fourth in the NFL in opponent yards per game, fourth against the pass and seventh in opponent points per game. YARDAGE IMPROVEMENT After finishing ranked ranked 25th in the NFL in total net yardage surrendered (357.8 yards per game) in 2010, the Saints improved their ranking to fourth (306.3 ypg.) in NFL TOTAL DEFENSE LEADERS IN 2010 Team Yds. Yds./Gm. 1. SD 4, Pit. 4, NYJ 4, NO 4, GB 4, OPPONENT POINTS PER GAME In 2009, the Saints were ranked 20th in the NFL in opponent points per game. In 2010, they moved up 13 spots and finished ranked seventh in points allowed per game (19.2) OPPONENT POINTS PER GAME LEADERS Team Pts. Pts./Gm. 1. Pit GB Bal Chi Atl NYJ NO
9 PASS DEFENSE After finishing the 2009 season ranked 26th in the NFL in opponent net passing yards per game, surrendering an average of yards per game through the air, the Saints gave up passing yards per game in 2010, improving their ranking by 22 places to fourth overall in the league NFL OPPONENT NET PASSING YARDS PER GAME LEADERS Team Yds. Yds./Gm. 1. SD 2, Oak. 3, Buf. 3, NO 3, GB 3, IN THE RED ZONE The New Orleans defense continued stopping opponents from reaching the end zone inside the 20 yard line in 2010, allowing only 20 touchdowns on 45 possessions (44.4%) inside the 20 to rank second in the NFC and sixth in the NFL. NFL OPPONENT TOUCHDOWN PERCENTAGE IN- SIDE THE 20-YARD LINE LEADERS IN 2010 Team Poss. TD Pct. 1. Arz Pit Ten Mia Bal NO THIRD DOWN DEFENSE The Saints allowed opponents to convert 82-of-216 (38.0%) on third down attempts in In 2010, New Orleans significantly improved their third down efficiency by allowing opponents to successfully convert only 67-of-193 (34.7%) of their third down attempts to rank fifth in the NFL NFL OPPONENT THIRD DOWN CONVERSION PERCENTAGE LEADERS Team Made Att. Pct. 1. NYG StL Pit SD NO PASSER RATING Since Williams arrived to coordinate the Saints defense in 2009, opposing clubs have only managed a 76.7 rating, fifth-lowest in the NFL. LOWEST NFL OPPONENT PASSER RATINGS SINCE 2009 Team Rating 1. NYJ GB Bal NO Buf TOUCHDOWN PASSES Opponents only threw for 13 touchdowns against New Orleans in 2010, the lowest total in the NFL. The 32 thrown against the defense since 2009 is also the lowest NFL total. FEWEST TOUCHDOWN PASSES ALLOWED IN 2010 Team Passing TDs 1. NO Chi Pit. 15 FEWEST TOUCHDOWN PASSES ALLOWED SINCE 2009 Team Passing TDs 1. NO NYJ Car. 37 PICK CITY Since the 2009 season, an opportunistic New Orleans defense has snared 33 interceptions for 848 yards, seven for touchdowns. It s the highest number of return yardage off of the interceptions (848) and tied for the most returns for touchdowns in NFL totals over the twoyear period. INTERCEPTION RETURN YARDS SINCE 2009 Team Return Yds. 1. NO Arz GB 801
10 AVERAGE YARDAGE PER AN INTERCPETION RE- TURN SINCE 2009 Team Average Ydg. 1. NO Arz KC 19.0 INTERCEPTION RETURNS FOR TOUCHDOWNS SINCE 2009 Team Interception TDs 1t. NO 7 1t. NE 7 3t. GB 6 3t. TB 6 QUARTERBACKS DREW BREES Since arriving in New Orleans in 2006, Brees has ranked among the NFL s elite quarterbacks, throwing for 4,000 or more yards each season and ranking at the top or among leaders in nearly every passing category, breaking nearly every club record. His list of achievements culminated with leading his club to the Super Bowl XLIV Championship. The five-time Pro Bowl selection has gotten off to a sterling start in 2011, completing 58-of-86 throws (67.4%) for 689 yards with six touchdown passes, zero interceptions and a passer rating. Brees is currently ranked first in the NFL in third down passer rating (157.7), third in overall passer rating and fourth in yardage and touchdown passes. Few players in the free agency era have made the impact both on and off the field that Brees has had on the Saints. Since arriving in 2006 after spending the first five years of his career with the San Diego Chargers, he leads the league with 23,607 yards, 161 touchdown passes, 3,099 attempts, 2,078 completions, a 67.1 completion percentage, 38 games with at least 300 yards, six with at least 400 yards and 177 completions of 25 yards or more. Brees passing yardage total from was the most in a four-year period in NFL history and his total from is the most in a five-year period. Brees is the first quarterback in league record books to pass for at least 20,000 yards and 150 touchdowns in the first five seasons with a new team. Brees has been selected to play in four Pro Bowls as a Saint, five overall including once with San Diego in He s been selected twice as the NFC s starting signal caller. Brees is the only Saints quarterback to be selected to the All-Star game more than twice. His four selections as a Saint are tied for fourth all-time in club record books. With a regular season record in contests he s started since signing with the Saints, Brees has the fourth-most victories by NFL quarterbacks since 2006, the most by a Saints signal caller all-time. Including four postseason victories, he has 53 total wins as a Saint. His 13-game winning streak in 2009 is the longest by a New Orleans signal-caller in team record books. Brees has helped lead the Saints to numerous dramatic comebacks since in He s engineered 15 regular season game-winning drives in the fourth quarter and overtime, including five in Brees also engineered a pair of comebacks in the club s 2009 postseason, including in overtime of the NFC Championship game and a fourth quarter scoring drive in Super Bowl XLIV. In his ten-year NFL career, Brees has completed 3,203-of-4,908 passes (65.3%) for 35,955 yards, 241 touchdown throws and a 92.1 passer rating. He s the league s third-most accurate passer all-time, owns the NFL s ninth-best passer rating ever, is ranked 16th in passing yardage and 17th in touchdown passes. Overall in seven postseason games, Brees has completed 189-of-285 passes (66.3%) for 2,052 yards with 15 touchdown passes, two interceptions and a passer rating. Brees was named the 2010 Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year, the 57th honoree of the award since the magazine s founding in 1954, which is based on both his on the field and off the field accomplishments. He also was only the fourth quarterback to be honored as the Associated Press Male Athlete of the Year. Single-Game Superlatives Attempts: 60, at Chicago (12/30/07) Completions: 39, at Denver (9/21/08) Completion Pct.: 88.0, at Oakland (10/31/04) Passing Yards: 510, vs. Cincinnati (11/19/06) Long Pass: 86t, at Carolina (10/1/06) TD Passes: 6 vs. Detroit, (9/13/09) Passer Rating: 158.3, vs. New England (11/30/09) Rushes: 8, at Kansas City (11/28/04) Rushing Yards: 31, at Kansas City (12/24/05) Long Rush: 22, vs. Oakland (10/31/04) Rushing TDs: 2, at Miami (10/25/09)
11 Brees By The Numbers 168 Touchdown passes as a Saint, ranked first in club records, and tied for first in the NFL during this time. With 241 career touchdown passes, he s ranked 17th all-time. 5,069 Club record and career-high 2008 passingyardage total, the second highest in NFL history, making him only the second player to reach 5,000 yards, joining former Miami Dolphins signal-caller Dan Marino (1984-5,084) NFL single-season record completion percentage in In 2011, he s completed 67.4 percent of his throws. 2,078 Completions since 2006, which ranks first in franchise history, and is the most in the NFL over a fiveseason period. 5 Brees is only the second player in NFL history to throw for 4,000 yards in five consecutive seasons. It s the number of contests where he s has thrown for 400 or more yards. Five is also the number of consecutive seasons Brees has thrown 25 touchdown passes, making him only the fourth player in league record books to do so. 6 The number of contests where Brees has thrown for 400 yards, tied for fifth among NFL quarterbacks. All have occurred as a Saint including the Sept. 8 season opener where he tossed for Consecutive games with at least one touchdown pass, the fourth-longest streak in NFL record books. If Brees throws for a score on Sunday vs. Houston, he will move into a tie for the third-longest streak in league history with Marino. 38 Team-record regular season games with 300 yards or more passing as a Saint, the highest NFL total since 2006 and an NFL record for a five-season period. With ten 300 yard games in 2008, he tied the NFL singleseason record. He did so six times in 2010 and tossed for 419 in the season opener at Green Bay, Sept. 8. Overall in his NFL career, Brees has reached the mark 45 times, seventh-most in league record books 38 The number of regular season games as a Saint with a passer rating of 100 or more owning a 30-8 record in these games. This is the second-highest total among NFL quarterbacks since Brees reached the century mark in both contests in Overall, in his ten-year NFL career, he has reached the milestone 54 times. 35,955 Passing yardage total in his NFL career, the 16th-best in NFL history. Brees has tossed for a club record 23,607 yards since coming to New Orleans in 2006, the top NFL total during that time. 18,500 Passing yardage total from , the highest passing yardage total in a four-year period in NFL records. Brees By The Numbers 10 NFC Offensive Player of the Week awards won by Brees as a member of the Saints. He s captured the most weekly conference awards by an individual in club history. Brees won the weekly award three times in He s the only player in NFL history to win multiple Player of the Week Awards in four consecutive seasons. Brees is the first player in league annals to be named Offensive Player of the Week three times in back-to-back years. 2 NFC Offensive Player of the Month awards won by Brees in his career, capturing the honor in September of 2008 and Club-record victories as a starter. Brees won his 50th on Sunday in Chicago, surpassing Bobby Hebert. Including the postseason, Brees has a record as the Saints starter Brees franchise-record completion percentage in a Saints uniform, ranked second in the NFL during this six-season period. With a 65.3 career completion percentage, Brees is the third-most accurate passer in NFL history. 22 Consecutive contests from December 16, September 20, 2009 when Brees threw for at least 200 yards Memorable Moments Sept. 8, at Green Bay: Completed 32-of-49 passes for 419 yards, tied for the sixth-highest total in franchise history, three TDs and a passer rating. Brees had a perfect passer rating on third down, completing eight-of-nine throws for 129 yards with two TDs. Trailing with only 1:08 remaining and starting at their 20, Brees led the Saints to the Packers one-yard line for a final play that could have tied the game, completing five-of-six throws for 71 yards. Sept. 18, vs. Chicago: Brees led the Saints to their first victory of the season in their home opener when he completed 26-of-37 passes for 270 yards with touchdown passes to WR Devery Henderson, WR Robert Meachem and RB Darren Sproles, zero interceptions and a passer rating. Brees 79-yard touchdown throw to Henderson gave New Orleans a 10-7 second quarter lead they would not relinquish. It was the longest play from scrimmage by the Saints in nearly a year. He also tossed a touchdown for the 29th straight game, putting him at fourth on the NFL s all-time list. Brees three touchdown passes increased his career total to 241, passing fellow Purdue Alumnu Len Dawson for 17th place on the NFL list.
12 Clutch Quarterback Since 2006, Brees has engineered 15 regular season drives in the fourth quarter or overtime for a touchdown or field goal to lead New Orleans to victory from a deficit or tie, including five in In the 2009 postseason, Brees engineered a game-winning overtime drive in the NFC Championship Game and a fourth-quarter goahead touchdown drive in Super Bowl XLIV. Rating Success With 37 games (min. 10 attempts) of a passer rating of at least 100 since 2006, Brees is ranked second in the NFL. The Saints have posted a 30-7 (.810) record in these contests. MOST GAMES WITH A 100+ PASSER RATING BY QUARTERBACKS SINCE 2006 (min. 10 attempts) Quarterback No. 1. Philip Rivers, SD Drew Brees, NO Tom Brady, NE 36 With a 92.2 career passer rating, Brees has the ninthbest passer rating of all-time in NFL record books. TOP 10 CAREER PASSER RATINGS (Min Att.) Rating Quarterback 99.5 Aaron Rodgers 96.9 Philip Rivers 96.8 Steve Young 95.0 Tony Romo 95.8 Tom Brady 94.9 Peyton Manning 93.7 Kurt Warner 92.3 Joe Montana 92.2 Drew Brees 92.2 Ben Roethlisberger Pinpoint Passer Brees 65.3 percent career completion percentage is ranked third all-time in NFL record books. He s completed a club record 67.1 percent of his passes since coming to the Saints in 2006, the best percentage in the NFL during this time period. NFL ALL-TIME LEADERS IN COMPLETION PERCENTAGE (min. 1,500 atts.) Quarterback Years Comp. % 1. Chad Pennington (1,632-2,471) 2. Kurt Warner (2,666-4,070) 3. Drew Brees (3,203-4,908) 4. Matt Schaub (1,326-2,040) 5. Peyton Manning (4,682-7,210) Brees 70.6% completion percentage in 2009, set a single season NFL record. He was only the fifth passer in NFL history to complete at least 70 percent of his passes in a single season. In 2010, Brees was ranked first in the NFL in completion percentage (68.1%) NFL SINGLE-SEASON COMPLETION PCT. LEADERS Quarterback Team Comp. % 1. Drew Brees NO 68.1 ( ) 2. Peyton Manning Ind ( ) 3. Philip Rivers SD 66.0 ( ) Where He Ranks The tables below show where Brees ranks in all major NFL passing categories since 2006: ATTEMPTS Quarterback No. 1. Drew Brees, NO 3, Peyton Manning, Ind. 2, Eli Manning, NYG 2,639 COMPLETIONS Quarterback No. 1. Drew Brees, NO 2, Peyton Manning, Ind. 1, Brett Favre, GB, NYJ, Min. 1,622 COMPLETION PERCENTAGE Quarterback Pct. 1. Drew Brees, NO Chad Pennington, NYJ, Mia Peyton Manning, Ind YARDS Quarterback No. 1. Drew Brees, NO 23, Peyton Manning, Ind. 21, Philip Rivers, SD 20, PASSING YARD GAMES Quarterback No. 1. Drew Brees, NO 38 2t. Peyton Manning, Ind. 28 2t. Tony Romo, Dal. 28 TOUCHDOWN PASSES Quarterback No. 1. Drew Brees, NO Peyton Manning, Ind Tom Brady, NE 145
13 Where He Ranks COMPLETIONS OF 25+ YARDS Quarterback 25+ Comp 1. Drew Brees, NO Philip Rivers, SD Tony Romo, Dal. 150 PASSER RATING Quarterback Rat. 1. Tom Brady, NE Aaron Rodgers, GB Philip Rivers, SD Peyton Manning, Ind Drew Brees, NO 96.4 THIRD DOWN PASSER RATING Quarterback Rat. 1. Aaron Rodgers, GB Drew Brees, NO Tom Brady, NE WINS (as a starter) Quarterback Wins 1. Peyton Mannng, Ind. 61 2t. Philip Rivers, SD 56 2t. Tom Brady, NE Drew Brees, NO Eli Manning, NYG* 49 SAINTS QUARTERBACKS ALL-TIME ATTEMPTS Quarterback No. 1. Archie Manning, , , Drew Brees, , Aaron Brooks, ,771 COMPLETIONS Quarterback No. 1. Drew Brees, , Archie Manning, , , Aaron Brooks, ,563 COMPLETION PERCENTAGE Quarterback Pct. 1. Drew Brees, Jim Everett, Bobby Hebert, , YARDS Quarterback No. 1. Drew Brees, , Archie Manning, , , Aaron Brooks, ,156 TOUCHDOWN PASSES Quarterback No. 1. Drew Brees, Aaron Brooks, Archie Manning, , TOUCHDOWN PERCENTAGE Quarterback Pct. 1. Drew Brees, Aaron Brooks, Bobby Hebert, , PASSER RATING Quarterback Rat. 1. Drew Brees, Jim Everett, Aaron Brooks, WINS (as a starter) Quarterback Wins 1. Drew Brees, Bobby Hebert, , Aaron Brooks, Yardage Leader With 35,955 career passing yards, Brees is currently ranked fourth among active passers and 16th all-time. TOP FIVE ACTIVE NFL PASSING YARDAGE TOTALS Yards QB Team 54,828 Peyton Manning Indianapolis 40,829 Kerry Collins Indianapolis 36,517 Donovan McNabb Minnesota 35,955 Drew Brees New Orleans 35,684 Tom Brady New England Brees amassed 18,500 yards passing from , more than any player in a four-year period in NFL history. Ahead are the top three totals: PLAYERS WITH THE MOST PASSING YARDS IN NFL HISTORY IN A FOUR-SEASON PERIOD Quarterback Yds. 1. Drew Brees, NO ( ) 18, Drew Brees, NO ( ) 18, Drew Brees, SD, NO ( ) 17,486
14 The 4,000 Club Brees is only the second quarterback to have passed for 4,000 or more yards in at least five straight seasons. FIVE OR MORE STRAIGHT 4,000-YARD SEASONS Rk. Player No. Yrs. 1. Peyton Manning t. Drew Brees t. Peyton Manning Fabulous At 50 Brees amassed 14,579 yards passing in his first 50 games with the Saints, more than any player in his first 50 contests with a new NFL team (rookies and veterans). Below are the top three totals: NFL QUARTERBACKS WITH THE MOST PASSING YARDAGE IN THEIR FIRST 50 GAMES WITH A TEAM (ROOKIE OR VETERAN) Quarterback Yds. 1. Drew Brees, NO 14, Kurt Warner, StL 13, Marc Bulger, StL 13,551 6 of 400 Brees has thrown for 400 yards six times, all as a Saint, including tossing for 419 in the opener at Green Bay on Sept. 8. This is tied for fifth in the NFL. MOST GAMES WITH 400-PLUS YARDS PASSING Rk. Player No. 1. Dan Marino Peyton Manning 8 3t. Joe Montana 7 3t. Warren Moon 7 5t. Drew Brees 6 5t. Drew Bledsoe 6 5t. Dan Fouts 6 Top Of The Charts Brees has posted nine of the top ten passing yardage days in team history. Below is a rundown: TOP 10 SAINTS SINGLE-GAME PASSING YARDAGE Yds. Quarterback Att. Cmp. Opponent Date 510 Drew Brees vs. Cincinnati 11/19/ Drew Brees vs. Jacksonville 11/4/ Aaron Brooks vs. Denver 12/3/ Drew Brees 58 Atlanta 11/9/ Drew Brees 48 Denver 9/21/ Drew Brees 49 Washington 12/6/ Drew Brees 49 Green Bay 9/8/ Drew Brees 47 Pittsburgh 11/12/ Drew Brees vs. Carolina 12/28/ Drew Brees 38 Dallas 12/10/06 Five Straight Of 25 Brees is only the fourth NFL quarterback to have thrown for at least 25 touchdowns in five consecutive seasons. FIVE OR MORE STRAIGHT 25 TD PASS SEASONS Rk. Player No. Yrs. 1. Peyton Manning t. Drew Brees t. Dan Marino t. Brett Favre Six Of 25+ Brees is tied for fourth in NFL record books for the most seasons of 25 or more touchdown passes (6). MOST SEASONS WITH 25-PLUS TD PASSES Rk. Player No. 1. Peyton Manning Brett Favre Dan Marino 7 4t. Drew Brees 6 4t. Tom Brady 6 4t. Joe Montana 6 Three Straight Of 30 In 2010, Brees became only the third NFL quarterback to have thrown for at least 30 touchdowns in three consecutive seasons. THREE OR MORE STRAIGHT 30 TOUCHDOWN PASS SEASONS BY NFL QUARTERBACKS Rk. Player No. Yrs. 1. Brett Favre t. Drew Brees t. Dan Marino Three Of 30+ Brees is tied for fourth in NFL record books for the most seasons of 30 or more touchdown passes (3). MOST SEASONS WITH 25-PLUS TOUCHDOWN PASSES Rk. Player No. 1. Brett Favre 9 2. Peyton Manning 6 3. Dan Marino 4 4t. Drew Brees 3 4t. Kurt Warner 3
15 Brees Team-Record Watch Brees owns or shares a total of 19 team records: Career 300-Yard Passing Games - 37 Career Completions - 2,078 Career Passing Yards - 23,607 Career Completion Percentage Career Passer Rating Career Touchdown Passes Single-Season Passing Yards - 5,069 Single-Season 300-Yard Passing Games - 10* Single-Season Pass Attempts Single-Season Completions Single-Season Completion Percentage & Single-Season Touchdown Passes - 34 Single-Season Passer Rating Single-Game Passing Yards Single-Game Pass Attempts - 60 Single Game Pass Completions - 39 Single Game Passer Rating Tied w/mike Buck* Consecutive Completions - 19 Single Game TD Passes - 6 Tied with Billy Kilmer & NFL Record * Tied NFL record The Saints Record When Brees Passes for more than 250 yards Passes for less than 250 yards Passes for more than 300 yards Throws three or more TD passes Completes more than 60% of passes Posts a passer rating of 90.0 or more Posts a passer rating of 100 or more Home Games Road Games Indoors Outdoors Artificial Turf Natural Grass Day Games Night Games vs. NFC teams vs. AFC teams RUNNING BACKS PIERRE THOMAS In 49 games with 16 starts, Thomas has carried 425 times for 2,011 yards (4.7 avg.) with 18 TD runs and added 122 receptions for 989 yards (8.1 avg.) with six TDs. He s ranked third in club history in yards per carry. In 2011, Thomas has carried 14 times for 72 yards (5.1 avg.), also catching six passes for 51 yards for 123 total yards from scrimmage. Single-Game Superlatives Rushing Attempts: 22, at Chicago (12/11/08) Rushing Yardage: 126, at Buffalo (9/27/09) Long Rush: 42t, at Chicago (12/11/08) Long touchdown Run: 42t, at Chicago (12/11/08) Rushing TDs: 2 (3x), last at Buffalo (9/27/09) Receptions: 12, last at Chicago, (12/30/07) Receiving Yards: 121, at Chicago (12/30/07) Long Reception: 36, vs. New York Jets (10/4/09) Long Touchdown Reception: 20t, at Tampa Bay (11/30/08) Receiving Touchdowns: 1 (6x), last vs. New England (11/30/09) Total Yards from Scrimmage: 226, at Chicago (12/30/07) Kickoff Returns: 8, vs. St. Louis (12/5/04) Kickoff Return Yardage: 233, vs. St. Louis (11/11/07) Long Kickoff Return: 88, vs. Atlanta (12/7/08) Scoring: 12 points (6x), last vs. Atlanta (11/2/09) Total Touchdowns: 2 (6x), last vs. Atlanta (11/2/09) DARREN SPROLES Darren Sproles comes to the Saints entering his seventh season in the NFL. The former Kansas State standout is a 5-6, 190 pound all-purpose threat who has been one of the NFL s most dynamic players running the ball, catching it and on both kickoff and punt returns, garnering a career total of 10,283 all-purpose yards. Since 2007, no NFL player has matched his 8,585 allpurpose yards. In his NFL career, Sproles has carried 255 times for 1,178 yards (4.6 avg.) with six touchdowns and recorded 161 receptions for 1,518 yards (9.4 avg.) with 12 touchdowns. On special teams, Sproles has returned 261 kickoffs for 6,569 yards (25.2 avg.) with two touchdowns and returned 118 punts for 1,028 yards (8.7 avg.) with three scores. This all-purpose threat has provided an immediate injection into the Saints running, passing and return game. Sproles has carried six times for 24 yards (4.0 avg.) and is tied for first in the NFC and third in the NFL with a team-high 15 receptions for 118 yards (7.9 avg.), including a 12-yard touchdown grab. The former Kansas State standout has been particularly effective in working with Brees on third down, where he has seven catches for 70 yards (10.0 avg.) and his scoring grab. On punt returns, Sproles is ranked second in the NFC and fourth in the NFL with a 23.3 average, including a 72-yard touchdown and on kickoff returns he s ranked third in the conference and sixth in the league, averaging 33.3 yards per return. His 335 all-purpose yards currently ranks second in both the conference and the league in 2011.
16 All-Purpose Leader With 8,585 all-purpose yards (rushing, receiving, punt return, kickoff return) since 2007, Sproles total is ranked first in the NFL over this period. In 2011, his 335 all-purpose yards are ranked second in the league. MOST ALL-PURPOSE YARDS IN NFL SINCE 2007 Player No. 1. Darren Sproles, SD, NO 8, Josh Cribbs, Cle. 8, Adrian Peterson, Min. 7, Maurice Jones-Drew, Jax. 7, Leon Washington, NYJ, Sea. 7,308 MOST ALL-PURPOSE YARDS IN NFL IN 2011 Player No. 1. Ted Ginn Jr., SF Darren Sproles, NO Steve Smith, Car Joshua Cribbs, Cle Matt Forte, Chi Memorable Moments Sept. 8, at Green Bay: Sproles made an immediate quick impression in the season opener at Green Bay, Sept. 8 in his debut in black and gold as he garnered 250 all-purpose yards, the most by a Saint since 2008 and the second-highest NFL week one total. Sproles carried two times for seven yards, had a team-best seven receptions for 75 yards, returned two punts for a career-high 92 yards, including a 72-yard runback for a touchdown and had two kickoff returns for 76 yards, including a 57-yarder. Sept. 18, vs. Chicago: Sproles garnered 85 all-purpose yards, primarily fueled by a team-best eight receptions for 43 yards, including a 12-yard reception where he rolled along the sideline for a fourth quarter touchdown to give the Saints a lead. Sproles also carried four times for 17 yards. MARK INGRAM A hard-nosed runner who punishes opposing defenses with a formidable combination of power and speed, the 2009 Heisman Trophy winner played in 39 games at Alabama with only 24 starts - but rushed for 3,261 yards and ran for 42 touchdowns, scoring 46 times overall. A unanimous first-team All-American, Ingram shattered school records in 2009 with 1,658 yards rushing on 271 carries with 17 touchdowns for the Crimson Tide s BCS National Championship squad, as he became the first player in their storied history to capture the Heisman. Chosen with a first round pick acquired by the Saints from New England in a draft day trade, Ingram is the ninth running back picked by the Saints in the first round and the fourth Heisman Trophy winner among the group. Ingram in New Orleans leading rusher as a rookie with 27 carries for 91 yards, leading the Saints in rushing in their first two contests. JOIQUE BELL After joining the Saints following the end of the 2010 regular season, Bell enjoyed a productive preseason as their leading rusher with 31 carries for 182 yards (5.9 avg.) with one TD, also adding nine receptions for 139 yards to lead the NFL in the preseason with 321 total yards from scrimmage. The 2009 Harlon Hill Trophy winner, who also spent time on the rosters of Philadelphia and Indianapolis as a rookie, will add to the depth at the running back position. WIDE RECEIVERS MARQUES COLSTON Since being chosen as the 252nd overall choice in the seventh round of the 2006 NFL Draft, Colston has become one of the league s top targets. Colston has recorded 375 catches for 5,178 yards (13.8 avg.) and 40 receiving touchdowns to put him among the club s all-time leaders in every receiving category. Colston s currently ranked third in franchise record books in receptions, receiving yardage and receiving touchdowns. Colston was again New Orleans leader in 2010 in catches and yardage with 84 grabs for 1,023 yards (12.2 avg.) and ranked second with seven TDs, finishing tenth in the NFL in catches and 15th in yardage. After going over 1,000 yards receiving in 2010, Colston s one of seven who have reached 1,000 in at least four of the past five seasons joining Reggie Wayne (5), Andre Johnson (4), Roddy White (4), Donald Driver (4), Brandon Marshall (4) and Larry Fitzgerald (4). Colston also joined Lance Alworth, Torry Holt, Randy Moss, Chad Ochocinco and Jerry Rice as only the sixth NFL player to have recorded 1,000 receiving yards in four of his first five seasons. With yard receiving games, only two Saints have surpassed the mark on more occasions than Colston. He s recorded at least one touchdown catch in 31 of 72 games, including eight with multiple scoring grabs. Of his 375 career receptions, 264 have moved the chains for a first down. Over that time span, Colston has 96 catches for 1,377 yards and 14 TDs on third down.
17 Colston s recorded 74 total receptions of 20 yards or more, including 12 TD catches of 20 or more yards. Class of the Draft Colston has the second-most receptions and touchdown grabs and third-most receiving yardage of the 2006 draft class. Each player s selection is in parentheses: Name, Team Rd. Rec. Yds. Avg. TD Marques Colston, NO 7 (252) 375 5, Greg Jennings, GB 2 (52) 331 5, Brandon Marshall, Mia. 4 (119) 426 5, Fast Start Only ten NFL players have recorded more catches in their first four seasons than Colston s 285, only seven more than his 215 in his first three. No NFL player caught more passes in their first two seasons than the 168 that hauled in from MOST RECEPTIONS BY A PLAYER IN HIS FIRST TWO NFL SEASONS Player Years Rec. Yds. TDs 1. Marques Colston , t2. Reggie Bush ,159 4 t2. Larry Fitzgerald , Grand Achievement With a career-high 1,202 receiving yards in 2007, Colston became only the third player since the 1970 AFL- NFL merger to record over 1,000 yards receiving in each of their first two seasons: Player Year Rec. Yds. TDs WR Marques Colston ,038 8 WR Marques Colston , WR Randy Moss , WR Randy Moss , WR John Jefferson , WR John Jefferson , By The Numbers 375 Career grabs, the third-highest total in club history and tied forbthe 13th highest number in the NFL since ,178 Career receiving yardage, 11-highest in the NFL since 2006 and the third-highest in club history. 40 Career receiving touchdowns, the third-most in franchise history and tied for theseventh-most in the NFL since yard receiving games, third in franchise history - including four games with over 150 yards. 17 The number of contests over the last five seasons when Colston has recorded eight or more receptions. 285 Receptions from , the most by a Saints draft pick over his opening four years. Only ten other NFL players have more grabs in their first four seasons. 264 Career receptions that have moved the chains for a first down percent of his catches. 44 Catches of 25 yards or more, including 86 and 70- yard TDs. He has 74 catches of 20 or more. 455 Receiving yardage in a three-game stretch in 2006 (10/29-11/12), the most yardage over such a span in club record books. He had over 100 yards in all three contests, a streak that he equaled again in Colston has had over 90 yards in seven contests. 9 Career multiple-touchdown games. 5 Consecutive games with a TD reception that Colston posted from Dec. 11, 2008 through the 2009 contest at Philadelphia, Sept. 27. Colston shares the record with Lance Moore who first extended the mark in DEVERY HENDERSON One of the NFL s top deep threats, the speedy wideout is another dangerous component to the New Orleans offense with his ability to stretch opposing defenses, averaging 19.2 yards per reception since 2006, second-best in the NFL. He has 17 catches of over 50 yards in his career. His five catches of 75 yards or more since 2006 is tied for first in the NFL. Henderson s 24.8 yards per catch average in 2008 was ranked first in the NFL by nearly five yards, the fourth-best figure since He has two of the top six receiving average single-season figures since HIGHEST SINGLE-SEASON RECEIVING AVERAGE SINCE 1950 (Min. 32 Receptions) Player Year Rec. Yds. Avg. 1. Bucky Pope, LA Rams Mervyn Fernandez, Raiders Theo Bell, Pit Devery Henderson, NO Roy Jefferson, Pit Devery Henderson, NO HIGHEST RECEIVING AVERAGE BY NFL PLAYERS SINCE 2006 (Min. 100 Receptions) Player Rec. Yds. Avg. TD 1. Mike Wallace, Pit , Devery Henderson, NO 178 3, DeSean Jackson, Phi , Malcolm Floyd, SD 136 2, Vincent Jackson, SD 221 3,
18 MOST RECEPTIONS OF 75 YARDS OR MORE SINCE 2006 Player No. 1t. Devery Henderson, NO 5 1t. Lee Evans, Buf., Bal. 5 1t. Greg Jennings, GB 5 4t. Hank Baskett, Phi., Ind., Min. 3 4t. Calvin Johnson, Det. 3 4t. Terrell Owens, Dal., Buf., Cin. 3 Henderson has come up big as the club s top receiving threat with Colston sidelined with a shoulder injury. He has nine receptions for a team-best 203 yards (22.6 avg.), reaching the century mark each game with two touchdowns. The former LSU standout is ranked fifth in the NFL in receiving average, tied for fifth in scoring grabs and tenth in yardage. Henderson made big plays in the passing game again in the season opener at Green Bay, Sept. 8, when he finished with six receptions for 100 yards with a 29-yard touchdown. It was the first time Henderson reached the century mark since the 2009 season. In the home opener vs. Chicago, Sept. 18, Henderson made three receptions for a team-best 103 yards (34.3 avg.) with a 79-yard scoring receptions from Brees that he came under perfectly in the second quarter to give New Orleans a 10-7 lead they would no relinquish as he reached the century mark in yardage for the second consecutive week and for the ninth time in his career, tying him for fifth in club record books with Donte Stallworth ( ) and Wes Chandler ( ). In his eight-year career, Henderson, a second-round draft choice of the club in 2004, has averaged 18.8yards per reception, the highest receiving average of a Saint with at least 100 grabs and the highest of any NFL players during this period. Of his 178 grabs since 2006, 39 have been completions of 25 yards or more, the second-most on the team during this period. Henderson has enjoyed nine 100-yard days, which ties for fifth in club record books, 3,761 receiving yards, which ranks sixth, 19 touchdown catches, to tie for tenth with teammate and fellow wideout Robert Meacheam and has rushed for one touchdown. He owns three of the five-top single-season yards per catch figures in club history. NEW ORLEANS SAINTS ALL-TIME RECEIVING AVERAGE LEADERS (Min. 100 Receptions) Player Years Rec. Yds. Avg. 1. Devery Henderson , Ike Harris , Danny Abramowicz , Robert Meachem , Henry Childs , HIGHEST SINGLE-SEASON RECEIVING AVERAGE IN SAINTS HISTORY (Min. 20 Receptions) Player, Year Rec. Yds. Avg. TD 1. Devery Henderson, Devery Henderson, Keith Poole, Tyrone Young, Devery Henderson, LANCE MOORE This former undrafted free agent and member of the Saints practice squad from Toledo has developed into one of Brees most reliable targets, ranking eighth in club record books with 22 touchdown catches. Moore enjoyed renewed health in 2010 as he ranked second on the club in receiving, with 66 receptions for 763 yards (11.6 avg.) with a team-leading eight touchdown catches, adding a 72-yard punt return. He also led the Saints in punt return average (10.2). ROBERT MEACHEM This 2007 first round draft choice recorded 44 catches for 638 yards with five touchdown grabs, averaging a club-best 14.5 yards per reception in Big plays in the passing game have been a specialty throughout Meachem s career as he has averaged 16.3 yards per a reception to rank third in franchise record books in receving avrage. 19 of his 110 catches have occurred in the end zone to tie for tenth in scoring grabs with teammate Devery Henderson, a pair through the first two games of 2011 to tie for the team lead. TIGHT ENDS JIMMY GRAHAM The club s third round draft choice in 2010, Graham has made a successful transition from basketball, which he played at the University of Miami (Fla.) for four years, to the football field. Following his only fall of college football in 2009, Graham s become a big play target for Brees. He recorded 31 catches for 356 yards (11.5 avg.) with five touchdown grabs in his rookie campaign, establishing himself as an effective red zone target.
19 Serving as the club s starting tight end in 2011, Graham is ranked second on the Saints in receiving with ten receptions for 135 yards and one touchdown. Graham had four receptions for 56 yards in the season opener at Green Bay, Sept. 8, including a fourth quarter five-yard scoring grab that put the Saints within eight points. Graham set career-highs for catches and yardage in the home opening win vs. Chicago, Sept. 18, when he finished with six receptions for 79 yards (13.2 avg.). DAVID THOMAS Acquired from New England in 2009 in a trade at the conclusion of training camp, Thomas will form a strong tandem at the tight end position in 2011 with Jimmy Graham. The University of Texas product recorded 30 catches for 219 yards with a career-high two touchdowns in 2010 in 13 games, despite missing the final three contests following knee surgery. DEFENSIVE ENDS WILL SMITH One of the club s two defensive team captains, Smith has recorded 489 tackles (296 solo), 55 sacks to rank fourth in club record books, two interceptions, 22 pass defenses, 17 forced fumbles, six fumble recoveries and one Pro Bowl selection (2006) in 109 games with 90 starts since being drafted 18th overall in Smith recorded 70 tackles (31 solo) and ranked second on the club with 5.5 sacks, adding four pass defenses, one interception and one forced fumble in SAINTS ALL-TIME LEADERS IN SACKS Player No. 1. Rickey Jackson, Wayne Martin, Pat Swilling, Will Smith, Frank Warren, , By The Numbers 3 Consecutive seasons Smith led the Saints in sacks from Career forced fumbles, including a club record fivegame stretch in with one in each game. 13 Career-high sack total in 2009, the highest by a Saint since Smith s takedown total was ranked second in the NFC and fifth in the NFL. 55 With 55 sacks since being drafted, Smith has the fourth-highest total in team record books. 85 Tackles in 2005, a career-high despite starting just nine games. 7.5 The NFL-leading number of sacks by Smith in the month of November, Smith was selected out of Ohio State 18th overall in 2004, the highest the Saints drafted a defensive end since selecting Joe Johnson 13th overall in TURK McBRIDE Turk McBride came to New Orleans in training camp, after enjoying the most productive two seasons of his career with the Detroit Lions. Originally a second round draft pick of the Kansas City Chiefs in 2007, McBride has appeared in 53 games with 24 starts and has career totals of 113 tackles (68 solo), 8.5 sacks, one pass defense, six forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries and five special teams stops. In his final season in Detroit in 2010, McBride appeared in 15 games with eight starts, opening the last five games, recording 33 tackles, five sacks, three forced fumbles and one fumble recovery. McBride has started both games from the left defensive end position in 2011 and made his presence know vs. Chicago, Sept. 18, when his third quarter sack of Bears QB Jay Cutler forced a fumble that was recovered and would put the Saints in position to score a touchdown that would extend their lead to JEFF CHARLESTON Charleston, a fifth-year defensive end has been a key member of the line rotation since coming as a free agent midway through the 2008 season. This maximum effort player has appeared in 57 career games, four which he s started and has recorded 107 tackles (56 solo), seven sacks, four passes defensed, three forced fumbles and one fumble recovery, also contributing 31 special teams tackles. Charleston appeared in all 16 regular season contests in 2010 with one start and recorded 35 tackles (21 solo), three sacks, two forced fumbles, one fumble recovery and two pass defenses, while adding seven special teams stops. DE JUNIOR GALETTE Galette is a speed-rushing defensive end who also has excelled on the club s special teams coverage units. One of two undrafted free agents to make the Saints opening day roster in 2010, Galette saw limited action on defense and contributed to special teams as a rookie.
20 In 2011, Galette has seen extensive action in the club s defensive line rotation and is tied for the team lead and tied for fourth in the NFC and fifth in the NFL with 2.5 sacks. In his most extensive action to date, Galette had three tackles (one solo) and split a sack of QB Aaron Rodgers with S Roman Harper to record his first career takedown in the season opener at Green Bay, Sept. 8. Galette tied for the team lead with Harper in recording two quarterback takedowns of Cutler vs. Chicago, Sept. 18. DE CAMERON JORDAN New Orleans first pick in the 2011 draft (24th overall) out of the University of California was a four-year letterman, who played both left and right defensive end in a 3-4 alignment and appeared in 50 games with 33 starts. He ended his college career with 175 tackles (88 solo), 16.5 sacks for minus-89 yards, 34 tackles for a loss of 122 yards, four forced fumbles, four fumble recoveries, one interception and five pass defenses. Possessing a non-stop motor, he was stout against the run and emerged as one of the elite pass rushers in the collegiate ranks for the Golden Bears. As a senior in 2010, the defensive team captain started all 12 games at left defensive end in 3-4 and recorded 62 tackles (33 solo), 5.5 sacks for minus-32 yards, 12.5 stops behind the line of scrimmage, three forced fumbles, one recovered for a touchdown and four pass defenses. Jordan is expected to contribute in the club s defensive line rotation in DEFENSIVE TACKLES SEDRICK ELLIS The seventh choice in the 2008 NFL draft out of the University of Southern California, Ellis led the Saints in 2010 with a career-high six sacks, tied for fourth in the league among defensive tackles, and also recorded a career-best 78 tackles (30 solo), to rank first on the line, one forced fumble and three pass defenses NFL DEFENSIVE TACKLE LEADERS IN SACKS Player No. 1. Ndamukong Suh, Det Israel Idonjie, Chi Tommy Kelly, Oak. 7 4t. Sedrick Ellis, NO 6 4t. Fred Robbins, StL 6 4t. Antonio Garay, SD 6 Ellis has opened all 41 games he s played in his NFL career. His combination of skills to both defend against the run and ability to rush the passer effectively have been an asset to the New Orleans defensive line rotation. He s posted 171 tackles (74 solo), 12 sacks, 12 passes defensed, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery. SHAUN ROGERS In 11 NFL seasons, Rogers has started 124 of 142 games, recording 575 tackles, 38 sacks, one interception, 24 pass defenses, four forced fumbles and eight fumble recoveries. The three-time Pro Bowl selection, who spent the last three seasons with the Cleveland Browns, is expected to help the interior of the line in both stopping the run and rushing the passer. The former University of Texas standout has also taken advantage of his powerful build to block 14 field goal attempts in his career. AUBRAYO FRANKLIN Franklin comes to New Orleans after playing an instrumental role as a starter on the San Francisco 49ers defensive line from A stalwart against the run, Franklin played a big role in the 49ers holding opponents to 3.7 yards per carry from , ranked fourth in the NFL in this period. Originally a fifth round draft choice of the Baltimore Ravens in 2003, Franklin s appeared in 100 games with 63 starts and has recorded 380 tackles (199 solo), four sacks, one interception, eight pass defenses, three forced fumbles and one fumble recovery. LINEBACKERS SCOTT SHANLE Shanle s been a vastly underrated and vital part of the defense since arriving in He s a three-down linebacker who can blitz, cover running backs and tight ends and fill holes in the running attack. Making 572 tackles since 2006, Shanle has more stops than any other Saints defender during this period. In 2010, Shanle finished the regular season ranked third on the club with 98 tackles (46 solo) with three passes defensed, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery. Again in 2011, he s among team leaders with ten tackles (four solo) with a special teams stop. JONATHAN VILMA Vilma s brought a blend of youth and experience to the middle of the defense. The University of Miami (Fla.) product is one of the top middle linebackers in the NFL and has earned three Pro Bowl selections in his career, two coming as a Saint the last two seasons.
21 Through eight NFL seasons, the last four in New Orleans, he s recorded 886 tackles (592 solo), 11 interceptions, 9.5 sacks, ten forced fumbles, eight fumble recoveries and 34 pass defenses, starting 102 of the 104 regular season games he s played in. Vilma has recorded at 100 tackles in six of his first seven campaigns, only missing out in 2007 due to a season-ending knee injury. Vilma s 11 picks since 2004 are tied for fourth among NFL linebackers. His five since 2008 when he joined the Saints are tied for fifth. MOST INTERCEPTIONS BY NFL LINEBACKERS SINCE 2008 Player Team No. 1. Jon Beason Car. 7 2t. Lance Briggs Chi. 6 2t. Takeo Spikes SD 6 2t. Ray Lewis Bal. 6 5t. Jonathan Vilma NO 5 5t. Derrick Johnson KC 5 5t. Stephen Cooper SD 5 5t. A.J. Hawk GB 5 5t. Keith Bulluck FA 5 Again voted as one of the club s five season-long captains in 2010, Vilma made a significant impact on and off the field and throughout the categories of the defensive stat sheet, leading New Orleans with 131 tackles (69 solo), two forced fumbles, one fumble recovery one interception, four passes defensed and a career-high four sacks, which ranked third on the club. In 2011, he s ranked second on the club with 14 stops (nine solo) and one fumble recovery. WILL HERRING Competing for a starting position on the outside with the Saints, Herring has recorded 78 tackles (61 solo), one sack, one interception, three passes defended, and 2 forced fumbles in his five-year NFL career with 34 special teams tackles. He spent his first four seasons in Seattle before joining the Saints as an unrestricted free agent. Herring has started 9 games and appeared in 55 contests since being drafted by Seattle in the fifth round of the 2007 draft. In 2010, he played in 15 games and finished with 26 tackles (22 solo), one sack, one interception, two pass defenses and one forced fumble. A standout on coverage units, Herring also finished with ten special teams tackles. JO-LONN DUNBAR Since joining the club as an undrafted free agent in 2008, Dunbar s been an asset on defense and special teams, possessing the ability to play all three positions. Appearing in 39 career games with 14 starts, he s made 79 tackles (42 solo), one sack, five pass defenses, a forced fumble, a fumble recovery and 32 special teams stops. Dunbar has appeared in both games, with one start at strongside in 2011 and has six tackles (four solo). JONATHAN CASILLAS After starting two games in place of an injured Shanle as an undrafted rookie in 2009, collecting 20 defensive tackles and five special teams stops, Casillas was primed for a starting role in 2010 before he suffered a season-ending foot injury in the preseason finale. Fully recovered following surgery, Casillas has seen extensive action on the outside in 2011 and has recorded five tackles and two sacks to rank third on the Saints. CORNERBACKS TRACY PORTER The fleet-footed Porter, the club s 2008 second-round draft choice out of Indiana University has been a starter since day one in the New Orleans secondary. In 2010, the Port Allen native finished among leaders in the Saints defensive backfield with 63 tackles (48 solo) to go with one interception, one fumble recovery and eight pass defenses despite undergoing knee surgery that caused him to miss four games before returning in week nine. JABARI GREER Greer was a significant offseason addition in 2009 as an free agent signing from Buffalo that has bolstered the Saints secondary. Greer has evolved from the role of undrafted special teams demon to covering the NFL s top wideouts. One of the NFL s fastest players, Greer has returned two interceptions for touchdown as a Saint, four overall in his eight-year NFL career which began as an undrafted free agent. In 2011, Greer leads Saints cornerbacks in stops and pass breakups with ten tackles (six solo) and three pass defenses and is tied for the team lead with one forced fumble. PATRICK ROBINSON The 2010 first round draft pick possesses the speed needed to keep up with the NFL s fastest wideouts and outstanding ball skills. Over his four-year college career at Florida State, he played 45 games with 25 starts and posted 117 tackles, seven interceptions, 21 pass defenses, a blocked punt and four forced fumbles, earning second-team All-ACC, recording 52 tackles, 11 pass defenses and two forced fumbles as a senior.
22 Robinson appeared in 11 games and made four starts in his 2010 rookie campaign, recording 25 tackles (20 solo), three pass defenses and four special teams stops. LEIGH TORRENCE Acquired by the Saints off the waiver wire in 2008, Torrence has been an integral part of the club s special teams units. In his five-year NFL career, He s recorded 77 tackles (56 solo), 2.5 sacks, one interception, seven pass defenses and 56 special teams stops. In 2011, Torrence has seen extensive action in nickel and dime packages and has contributed three tackles, while ranking first on the Saints with three special teams stops. SAFETIES ROMAN HARPER For the past five seasons, this hard hitter has been one of the Saints most consistent and dependable performers in the defensive backfield. The team s second round draft choice in 2006 and the longest-tenured member of the secondary, has started all 69 games he s been active for at strong safety and has recorded 477 stops (340 solo), 12 sacks, four interceptions, 35 pass defenses and 11 forced fumbles and one fumble recovery. He s the only Saints safety to have been selected to two Pro Bowls. In 2011, Harper has filled up the defensive stat sheet for the Saints as the hard-hitter leads the team with 16 tackles (12 solo) and has tied for the lead with 2.5 sacks, which is tied for fourth in the NFC and fifth in the NFL, while adding one pass defense. This sure tackler and fierce blitzer has recorded 12 sacks since his NFL debut in 2006, ranked first in the league at his position during this period and first among Saints safeties all-time. His 11 forced fumbles since 2006 ranks first on the club over the period, fourth among NFL safeties and first among Saints safeties. NFL LEADERS AMONG SAFETIES IN SACKS FROM 2006-PRESENT Player No. 1. Roman Harper, NO Adrian Wilson, Arz Kerry Rhodes, Arz. 11 NFL LEADERS AMONG SAFETIES IN FORCED FUMBLES FROM 2006-PRESENT Player No. 1. Oshiomogho Atogwe, Wash Brian Dawkins, Den Chris Harris, Chi Roman Harper, NO 11 MALCOLM JENKINS A consensus All-American at Ohio State and the toprated defensive back in the 2009 NFL Draft, where he was picked 14th overall, Jenkins converted to free safety in 2010, ranking second in the secondary with 82 tackles (56 solo), two interceptions, one returned for a TD, one sack, a team-leading 11 pass defenses, one forced fumble and two fumble recoveries. Jenkins was named NFC Defensive Player of the Week twice, the most by a Saints defender since 2001 and was named an Associated Press second-team All-Pro in his first season at a new position. The NFL weekly honors came twice in a three week period. Jenkins made one of the NFL season s most spectacular plays at Dallas, Nov. 25, when he stripped Cowboys WR Roy Williams of the ball at the New Orleans 11 yard line with just over three minutes remaining, to give New Orleans the ball back for their game-winning drive. His play in the contest earned him NFC Defensive Player of the Week honors. Jenkins second quarter 96-yard interception return for a touchdown vs. St. Louis, Dec. 12, gave New Orleans a 21-6 lead. It was the fourth-longest return in Saints history. He added another pick in the red zone in the second half for five yards, making his 105 return yards, the second-best figure in club history. He was named NFC Defensive Player of the Week for the second time in three weeks. JONATHON AMAYA Amaya joined the Saints entering his second NFL season after the former Dolphin was acquired via a trade at the start of training camp. The former University of Nevada standout spent time on the Dolphins practice squad in 2010 after being signed as a rookie free agent following the NFL draft. Amaya was added to the team s active roster at midseason and the safety made his most significant contributions on special teams, leading the Dolphins with 15 tackles and one fumble recovery while appearing in 10 games. Amaya, who recorded one interception in the preseason, is expected to contribute both in the club s nickel and dime packages as well as on special teams.
23 SPECIAL TEAMS SPECIALISTS K Garrett Hartley has made 42-of-49 (85.7%) field goal attempts in 27 games over three seasons. In his first full NFL season in 2010, Hartley drilled 20-of-25 (80%) attempts, as he had 100 total points and four touchbacks on kickoffs. Hartley s 13 consecutive successful field goals in 2008, is tied for the third longest streak by an NFL rookie. His first field goal at Washington, Dec. 6, 2009 and 14th straight overall, broke a ten-year-old league record for consecutive field goals to start a career. With his first two subsequent successful attempts carrying over into the 2009 season, he had booted 16 straight field goals, before the first miss of his career. Most recently, Hartley has drilled 14-of-15 field goal attempts. K John Kasay aquired in training camp, is one the of best kickers in NFL history and the NFL s longest tenured player entering his 21st season. He comes to New Orleans after spending the last 16 seasons with the Carolina Panthers, where he ranks as the club s alltime leader in most scoring categories and games plays (221). Originally breaking into the professional ranks a fourth-round draft pick of the Seattle Seahawks in 1991, Kasay ranks eighth in NFL history for points scored with 1,845, while his 438 field goals rank sixth in league history. He ranks second in points and field goals made among active kickers behind Jason Hanson. Kasay has made at least one field goal of at least 50 yards in 18 of his 20 NFL seasons. In substitute for an injured Hartley, Kasay leads the NFL in scoring among kickers with 22 points, as he is a perfect five-for-five on field goal attempts, tying for the league lead in field goal conversions. Kasay enjoyed a perfect start to his Saints career in the season opener at Green Bay, Sept. 8, when he drilled both field goal attempts and four extra points. John Kasay kicked three field goals on three attempts vs. Chicago, Sept. 18, giving him 438 for his career and moving him past Jason Elam for sixth place in NFL history. His 53-yard field goal in the second quarter was the 41st field goal of 50 or more yards in his career, breaking a tie with former Saints K Morten Andersen for second place all-time in NFL history. Hanson (46) holds the NFL record for most field goals of 50 or more yards. P Thomas Morstead, the club s fifth round draft pick in 2009, was among the nation s top punters at Southern Methodist University. In 2011, he s ranked fourth in the NFC and fifth in the NFL with a 43.7 net average on seven punts, including one pinned inside the 20-yard line. Also handling kickoffs, eight of his kicks have sailed into the end zone to rank second in the conference and tie for second in the league. PUNT/KICKOFF COVERAGE UNITS Players who are expected to play key roles on coverage units in 2011 include Abdul-Quddus, Amaya, Charleston, Dunbar, DE Junior Galette, FB Korey Hall, Herring, Harper, Jenkins, Robinson, WR Courtney Roby, Shanle and Torrence. The only undrafted rookie to make the 53-man opening day roster, Quddus has beaten the odds coming out of Fordham and has one special teams stop and a forced fumble. Acquired from the Dolphins at the start of training camp, Amaya tied for the team lead as a rookie in 2010 with 15 special teams stops in ten games. Charleston has recorded 31 special teams tackles in four seasons, finishing with seven stops in Dunbar has started 14 games since coming to the club as an undrafted free agent in 2008 and has also been among their leaders with 32 special teams stops. He has the ability to play all three linebacker positions. Galette is one of two undrafted rookies who made the 2010 opening day 53-man roster. He had a career-high three special teams stops of his career at Baltimore, Dec. 19, Hall, is a five-year NFL veteran who joined the Saints as an unrestricted free agent from Green Bay in training camp, where he recorded 52 special teams tackles, including leading the Super Bowl XLV champions with 15 stops in In addition to serving as the club s starting strong safety since being drafted in 2006, Harper has also excelled in spot duty on special teams with 36 career stops during his career, including nine in The size and speed that aids Herring at outside linebacker also assists him on special teams, where he s recorded 34 stops.
24 In addition to possessing the ability to play either safety or cornerback, Jenkins combination of instincts and intelligence make him one of the club s most talented special teams players. In two seasons he s recorded 12 tackles, two forced fumbles and a recovery. In addition to starting four games as a rookie in 2010, Robinson, the club s first round pick has contributed four stops on the club s coverage units. In addition to handling kickoff return duties for the Saints for the past three season, Roby has also recorded 38 special teams stops in his five-year career, 33 which have come over the last two seasons. In 2011, he was voted the club s special teams captain. In the season opener at Green Bay, Sept. 8, Roby sprung a key block for his cousin Sproles on a 72-yard punt return for a touchdown. Shanle has recorded 33 career special teams tackles, including one in the season opener at Green Bay, Sept. 8, and is an eager participant down the sidelines when called into coverage duty. Torrence is a five-year NFL veteran who enters his fourth season in New Orleans. He s been a contributor both in multiple DB packages, making 80 tackles (59solo), 2.5 sacks, one interception and seven pass defenses to go with 56 special teams stops in his NFL career, including a team-leading three in RETURN UNITS Sproles is expected to be the club s primary kickoff and punt returner. He displayed his burst in the season opener at Green Bay, Sept. 8, when he had a 72-yard punt return for a touchdown and also had a 57-yard runback on a kickoff. For his career, Sproles has recorded three punt returns for touchdowns and has also brought two kickoffs into the end zone. Moore has extensive experience in the punt return game, with the burst necessary for the position, averaging a club best 10.2 yards per return in Roby reprised his role returning kickoffs in 2010, prior to suffering a season-ending concussion in December. He ranks fourth all-time in club record books with a 25.6 kickoff return average. Henderson and Meachem also have the ability and speed to handle kickoff returns. Henderson handled kickoff returns in the 2010 regular season finale and the playoff contest. Meachem also has experience on the return unit.
25 SAINTS HEAD COACH SEAN PAYTON In just five seasons as Head Coach of the New Orleans Saints, Sean Payton s established himself as one of the most successful coaches in the NFL. Since coming to New Orleans, Payton has led the Saints to their first Super Bowl title and two division titles. During his tenure, he has compiled a record and his teams have reached the postseason three times. Payton was hired as the 14th head coach in Saints history on Jan. 18, 2006 after being a member of the Dallas Cowboys staff since In 2011 he enters his 15th season in the NFL and 23rd in coaching. In this five-year span, he holds the top winning percentage (.616) for a Saints coach all-time. No NFC team has won more than the 53 contests Payton has won during this period and only four AFC clubs have more. His 53 wins are the most during any five-year span in Saints history and tied for the second-most by an NFL coach during this period. He s posted a 4-2 (.667) mark in the postseason after the team had won only one playoff game prior to his arrival. Serving as the club s play-caller, Payton s presided over the most prolific offense in the NFL, leading the league in yards per game three times and finishing first in scoring in 2008 and These are the only three times the Saints have led the NFL in total offense. In franchise history, the Saints have scored at least 45 points 10 times. Six of these outputs have occurred under Payton s watch. In 2010 Payton led the Saints to their second straight postseason appearance and third in five seasons with an 11-5 record, becoming only the second Saints coach to post three double-digit win seasons. It was only the second time that the Saints had back-to-back seasons of at least 11 wins. The club had six road wins in 2010 as they had back-to-back winning records at visiting stadiums for the first time since 1991 and In fact, three of the top six road campaigns in team history (7-1 in 2009, 6-2 in both 2006 and 2010) have come under Payton. His regular season road winning percentage (25-15,.625) is tops in club history and the NFL s fourth-best over that period. In 2009, en route to the Super Bowl XLIV title, Payton guided the Saints to the team s second NFC South title with a 13-3 record. Along the way the Saints set a franchise-record for most regular season wins (13). Their SAINTS UNDER PAYTON Leading after first quarter: 26-6 Leading at halftime: 42-6 Leading after third quarter: 43-5 Saints score first: 29-9 Saints 200+ yards passing: Opponent under 200 yards passing: Saints have 100+ yards rushing: 35-9 Forcing 3+ turnovers: 18-2 Defense has three or more sacks: 21-9 Indoors: Outdoors: At Home: On the road: On artificial turf: Scoring 20 or more points: Allowing 20 or fewer points: 31-3 Committing zero turnovers: overall victories were the most in franchise history. The Saints also posted the longest winning streak in team history when they won their first 13 contests. Payton was named as the top head coach in the NFL by numerous media outlets and recognized football chapters. Payton scrapped the traditional timetable for rebuilding an NFL club in In his opening season, the Saints jumped out to a 3-0 record, equaling the team's win total from the previous year, and captured the NFC South title. New Orleans led the NFL in total offense, went to the postseason for the first time since 2000 and advanced to the NFC Championship for the first time. When 2006 came to a close, Payton was voted the Coach of the Year by the Associated Press and several other media outlets. Prior to his final season with the Cowboys, Payton was promoted to assistant head coach/passing game coordinator and was responsible for the team's play-calling. For the previous two years, he had been assistant head coach/quarterbacks coach. Payton came to Dallas after four years with the New York Giants ( ), the last three as offensive coordinator after spending his first season as quarterbacks coach. Payton solidified his reputation as one of the game's brightest offensive minds in In his first season as coordinator, the Giants captured the NFC title and went to Super Bowl XXXV. Payton has had particular success tutoring quarterbacks. Drew Brees has thrived since arriving in New Orleans, as he holds or has tied a total of 19 club records. Since 2000, every passer under Payton's guidance has thrown for over 3,000 yards. Payton earned a bachelor s degree in communications at Eastern Illinois, where as a quarterback he had 10,665 passing yards, then the third-highest total in NCAA Division I-AA history. The three-time AP All- American selection had professional stints with Chicago of the AFL, Ottawa of the CFL and the Chicago Bears in Payton was inducted into the Eastern Illinois Hall of Fame in September of 2000 and had his jersey retired in a 2010 ceremony. Born Dec. 29, 1963 in San Mateo, Calif., and raised in Naperville, Ill., Payton and his wife, Beth, have a daughter, Meghan and a son, Connor.
26 2011 TRANSACTIONS NOT IN MEDIA GUIDE (AUGUST 16-PRESENT) AUGUST Signed RB Patrick Cobbs 18 Signed CB Quincy Butler. Placed T Alex Barron on Injured Reserve. 30 Waived/Injured G Roger Allen, LB Ezra Butler, WR Jarred Fayson and RB Chris Taylor. Released DE Alex Brown. Waived WR John Chiles, T Dan Gay, FB Kolby Hurt, S DeAndre McDaniel, CB Mark Parson and C Ryan Taylor. Agreed to terms with K John Kasay. 31 Placed CB Fabian Washington on Injured Reserve. SEPTEMBER Placed RB Chris Ivory on Physically Unable to Perform list, DE Greg Romeus on Reserve/Non-Football Injury List, RB Patrick Cobbs, WR Joseph Morgan and S Paul Oliver on Injured Reserve. Released T Jordan Black, CB Quincy Butler, T George Foster, TE Tory Humphrey, LB Clint Ingram,CB Trumaine McBride, S Pierson Prioleau and S Chris Reis. Waived WR Montez Billings, TE Tyler Lorenzen, DT Dexter Larimore, LB Dwight Roberson, QB Sean Canfield, WR Andy Tanner, CB Terrail Lambert, LS Kyle Nelson, LB Nate Bussey, C Cecil Newton, TE Michael Higgins and DT Swanson Miller. Released RB Chris Taylor from Injured Reserve and waived WR Jarrod Fayson from Injured Reserve. 4 Signed LB Nate Bussey, QB Sean Canfield, WR Andy Tanner, DT Swanson Miller, TE Michael Higgins, CB Terrail Lambert, LS Kyle Nelson and C Cecil Newton to Practice Squad. 5 Signed TE John Gilmore. Waived LB Ramon Humber. Released QB Sean Canfield, C Cecil Newton and LS Kyle Nelson to Practice Squad. Signed T Dennis Landolt, WR Montez Billings and T William Robinson to Practice Squad. 8 Signed QB Sean Canfield to Practice Squad. Released WR Montez Billings from Practice Squad. 14 Released QB Sean Canfield from Practice Squad. Signed WR Montez Billings to Practice Squad. Reached injury settlements with RB Patrick Cobbs, S Paul Oliver and CB Fabian Washington. 17 Signed QB Sean Canfield to Practice Squad. Released WR Montez Billings from Practice Squad.
27 HOW THE SAINTS WERE BUILT 2004 DRAFT WR Devery Henderson (2a) 2006 DRAFT S Roman Harper (2) G Jahri Evans (5a) T Zach Strief (7a) WR Marques Colston (7b) FREE AGENTS QB Drew Brees (UFA-SD) TRADES LB Scott Shanle (Dal.) 2007 DRAFT WR Robert Meachem (1) T Jermon Bushrod (4b) FREE AGENTS WR Lance Moore (FA) RB Pierre Thomas (Rookie FA) 2008 DRAFT DT Sedrick Ellis (1) CB Tracy Porter (2) G Carl Nicks (5b) FREE AGENTS DE Jeff Charleston (FA) LB Jo-Lonn Dunbar (FA) K Garrett Hartley (FA) TRADES LB Jonathan Vilma (NYJ) 2009 DRAFT S Malcolm Jenkins (1) P Thomas Morstead (5) 2010 DRAFT CB PatrickRobinson (1) T Charles Brown (2) TE Jimmy Graham (3) C/G Matt Tennant (5) FREE AGENTS WR Adrian Arrington (FA) FB Jed Collins (FA) G Brian de la Puente (FA) LS Justin Drescher (FA) DE Junior Galette (Rookie FA) DT Mitch King (FA) CB Leigh Torrence (FA) 2011 DRAFT DE Cameron Jordan (1a) RB Mark Ingram (1b) LB Martez Wilson (3a) CB Johnny Patrick (3b) FREE AGENTS S Isa Abdul-Quddus (Rookie FA) RB Joique Bell (FA) DT Aubrayo Franklin (UFA-SF) TE John Gilmore(FA) FB Korey Hall (UFA-GB) LB Will Herring (UFA-Sea.) DT Tom Johnson (FA) K John Kasay (FA) C Olin Kreutz(UFA-Chi.) DE Turk McBride (UFA-Det.) DT Shaun Rogers (FA) RB Darren Sproles (UFA-SD) TRADES S Jonathon Amaya (Mia.) FREE AGENTS LB Jonathan Casillas (Rookie FA) QB Chase Daniel (FA) CB Jabari Greer (UFA-Buf.) WR Courtney Roby (FA) TRADES TE David Thomas (NE)
28 THE LAST TIME 300+ yards passing in a game by a player SAINTS 429, QB Drew Brees (32 of 49) at Green Bay, 9/8/11. Opponent 312, QB Aaron Rodgers (27 of 35), at Green Bay, 9/8/ yards rushing in a game by a player SAINTS 117, RB Chris Ivory (15 Cincinnati, 12/5/10. Opponent 153, RB Ray Rice (31 Baltimore, 12/19/10. Two 100-yard rushers in a game SAINTS 126, RB Reggie Bush (20 att.) and 108, RB Deuce McAllister (27 NY Giants, 12/24/06. Opponent 126, RB Ottis Anderson (22 att.) and 102 RB Wayne Morris (22 att.) vs. St. Louis Cardinals, 10/5/ yards rushing in a game by a player SAINTS 203, RB Rueben Mayes (28 att.) vs. Miami, 12/7/86. Opponent 213, RB Willie Parker (22 Pittsburgh, 11/22/06. Two rushing touchdowns in game by a player SAINTS RB Chris Cincinnati, 12/5/10 Opponent RB Cedric Cincinnati, 12/5/ yards receiving in a game by a player SAINTS 103, WR Devery Henderson (3 rec.) vs. Chicago, 1. Opponent 117, RB Matt Forte (10 rec.) vs. Chicago, 9/18/11 Two 100-yard receivers in a game SAINTS 121, WR Marques Colston (4 rec.) and 116 (3 rec.) WR Devery Henderson, vs. New England, 11/30/09. Opponent 104, TE Brent Celek (8 rec.) and 101, WR DeSean Jackson (4 Philadelphia, 9/20/ yards receiving in a game by a player SAINTS 200, WR Torrance Denver, 12/24/94 (6 rec.) Opponent 220, WR Jimmy Jacksonville, 11/21/99 (9 rec.) 300+ yards receiving in a game by a player SAINTS Has never happened Opponent 336, WR Willie Anderson, vs. L.A. Rams, 11/26/89 (15 rec.) NFL Record Three touchdown catches in game by a player SAINTS WR Marques San Francisco, 10/28/07 Opponent WR Chad Johnson vs. Cincinnati, 11/19/06 Four touchdown catches in a game by a player SAINTS WR Joe Horn, vs. New York Giants, 12/14/03 Opponent WR Dave Williams, at St. Louis Cardinals, 11/2/69* Team Opponent Record Three TDs in a game by a player (rushing, receiving, return) SAINTS WR Marques Colston, at San Francisco, 10/28/07 (all receiving) Opponent WR Ricky Williams at Miami, 10/25/09 (all rushing). Four TDs in a game by a player (rushing, receiving, return) SAINTS RB Reggie Bush vs. San Francisco, 12/3/06 (three rushing, one receiving). Tied team record. Opponent RB Mike Anderson, vs. Denver, 12/3/00 (all rushing) Seven FGs attempted in a game by player (converted) SAINTS K Morten Andersen, vs. San Fran., 10/25/87 (Five made) Opponent K Bobby N.Y. Jets, 12/3/72 (Six made) Six field goals attempted in a game by a player (converted) SAINTS K John St. Louis, 9/26/04 (Five made) Opponent K John Kasay, vs. Carolina, 12/5/04 (Six made) Five field goals attempted in a game by a player SAINTS K Garrett Washington, 12/6/09 (Four made) Opponent K John Kasay, vs. Carolina, 12/28/08 (Four made) Four field goals converted in a game by a player SAINTS K Garrett Washington, 12/6/09 (Five att.) Opponent K Olindo Mare, vs. Seattle, 11/21/10 (Four att.)
29 THE LAST TIME (CONT.) Three interceptions in a game by a player SAINTS S Sammy Buffalo, (40 yds.) Opponent LB Keith Bulluck, vs. Tennessee, 9/24/07 (51 yds.) Interception returned for a touchdown SAINTS S Malcolm Jenkins (96 yds.), vs. St. Louis, 12/12/10 Opponent DE Chauncey Davis (26 Atlanta, 12/27/10 Fumble returned for a touchdown SAINTS WR Robert Washington, 12/6/09 (44 yds.) Opponent S Kerry Arizona, 10/10/10, (27 yds.) Punt returned for a touchdown SAINTS RB Darren Sproles, at Green Bay, 9/8/11 (72 yds.) Opponent WR Michael Spurlock, vs. Tampa Bay, 12/27/09 (77 yds.) Kickoff returned for a touchdown SAINTS WR Courtney Roby, at St. Louis, 11/15/09 (97 yds.) Opponent WR Randall Green Bay, 9/8/11 (108 yds.) Fumble recovered in end zone for a touchdown SAINTS DT Remi Ayodele, vs. NY Jets, 10/4/09 Opponent WR Kevin Curtis, vs. Philadelphia, 12/23/07 (recovered teammate s fumble in end zone) Punt blocked SAINTS S Steve Gleason, vs. Atlanta, 9/25/06 Opponent S David Gibson, vs. Tampa Bay, 12/7/03 Punt blocked and returned for a touchdown SAINTS DE Frank San Diego, 11/17/91 (37 yds.) Opponent FB Mosi Tatupu, vs. New England, 11/30/86 (17 yds.) Punt blocked and recovered in end zone for TD SAINTS CB Curtis Deloatch, vs. Atlanta, 9/25/06 (blocked by S Steve Gleason). Opponent LB Roy San Diego, 10/9/88 Punt blocked for a safety SAINTS CB Robert Massey, vs. Cleveland, 10/14/90 Opponent Has never happened Safety scored SAINTS Fumble out of bounds in end San Francisco, 9/20/10 Opponent QB Drew Brees fumble out of bounds in end Philadelphia 9/20/09 Field goal blocked SAINTS S Josh Seattle, 10/14/07 (44- yd. att.) Opponent DE Dewayne White, vs. Detroit, 9/13/09 (34-yd. att.) Field goal blocked and returned for touchdown SAINTS CB Fred Thomas, vs. New York Giants, 12/14/03 (64 yds.), kick blocked by DT Kenny Smith. Opponent CB Antoine Winfield, vs. Minnesota, 10/6/08 (59 yds.), kick blocked by DT Kevin Williams. PAT kick missed SAINTS K Garrett Atlanta, 12/13/09 Opponent K Clint Cincinnati, 12/5/10 PAT kick blocked SAINTS DT Remi Ayodele, vs. Minnesota, 9/9/10 (K Ryan Longwell attempt) Opponent DT Fred Robbins, vs. New York Giants, 10/4/09 (K John Carney attempt) Two-point attempt made SAINTS RB Pierre Thomas Chicago, 12/30/07 Opponent QB Alex Smith to TE Vernon San Francisco, 9/20/10 Two-point attempt failed SAINTS QB Drew Brees Miami, 10/25/09 Opponent QB Josh Freeman Tampa Bay, 10/17/ points scored in a game SAINTS Miami, 10/25/09 Opponent Green Bay, 9/8/ points scored in a game SAINTS 51, vs. Green Bay, 11/24/08 (tied team record) Opponent 55 vs. Indianapolis, 9/28/ points scored in a game SAINTS Has never happened Opponent 62, vs. Atlanta, 9/16/73 Shutout scored in a game SAINTS N.Y. Jets, 12/24/95 Opponent 0-38, vs. San Francisco, 1/6/01
30 PLAYER BIOS NOT IN 2011 MEDIA GUIDE 89 John Gilmore TE HEIGHT: 6-5 WEIGHT: 257 COLLEGE: Penn State JOINED SAINTS: FA-11 NFL EXPERIENCE: 10 BIRTHDATE: 9/21/79 NFL CAREER Originally a sixth-round draft pick of the Saints in 2002, Gilmore returns to New Orleans and is expected to provide depth at the tight end position, his blocking abilities are expected to be an asset to both the run game and passing game. In his nine-year NFL career, the former Penn State standout has recorded 52 receptions for 524 yards with five touchdowns, while adding 34 tackles on special teams. CAREER TRANSACTIONS Signed by New Orleans, 9/5/11; Released by Pittsburgh Steelers, 9/3/11; Signed by Pittsburgh to a one-year contract, 8/4/11; Signed by Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 3/2/08; Re-signed by Chicago Bears, 3/17/06; Signed by Chicago, 6/10/03; Waived by Houston Texans, 6/6/03; Signed by Houston, 2/2/03; Signed by Chicago to active roster from practice squad, 10/25/02; Signed by Chicago to practice squad, 9/3/02; Waived by New Orleans, 9/1/02; Signed by New Orleans to a three-year contract, 7/22/02; Originally picked by New Orleans in the sixth round (196th overall) of the 2002 NFL Draft Appeared in 16 games with 11 a career-high 11 starts for Tampa Bay and had 13 receptions for a career-best 160 yards and one TD Had two receptions for six yards with one TD vs. Atlanta, Dec. 5 Finished with three receptions for a career-high 52 yards vs. Carolina, Nov. 14 Had a seasonlong 30-yard receptions at Baltimore, Nov Played in 13 games with two starts in his second season with Tampa Bay Recorded three catches for 23 yards in 2009 and one special teams tackle Saw first action of season against N.Y. Giants, Sept Played in all 16 games with 10 starts in his first season with Tampa Bay Set career highs with 15 receptions for 147 yards and also added one touchdown and three special teams tackles Started at tight end against Atlanta, Sept. 14 and had two receptions for a thencareer-best 41 yards and a five-yard touchdown Also recorded a career-long 36-yard reception against the Falcons Appeared in his 100th career game at Atlanta, Dec In final season in Chicago, appeared in 15 games with one start and had three receptions for 14 yards and five special teams tackles Appeared in 16 regular season games with three starts and had six receptions for 38 yards with a career-high two TDs and two special teams tackles...had two receptions for eight yards with a career-best two TDs, scoring grabs of three-and five-yards vs. Detroit, Sept. 17 Appeared in all three postseason games, including Super Bowl XLI and had a three-yard reception Appeared in all 16 games and had a one-yard TD at Tampa Bay, Nov. 27, also adding five special teams tackles on the season Also appeared in one postseason contest Played in 16 games with one start and had an 11-yard reception and a career-high 15 special teams tackles Played in 15 games with one start in his first full NFL season and had three special teams tackles After spending the first part of the season on the Bears practice squad was promoted to active roster and played in eight games, recording ten receptions for 130 yards. COLLEGE Four-year letterman at Penn State ( ) Totaled 58 career catches for 634 yards and three touchdowns Honorable mention All-Big Ten selection as a senior Received the Hall Foundation Award as the Nit tany Lions outstanding senior Graduated in 2001 with a degree in recreation and park management. PERSONAL Married to Rebecca, and the couple has one son, Grayson James Named Associated Press first-team big school all-state and first-team all-county as a senior at Wilson (West Lawn, PA) High School Caught 53 passes for 992 yards and eight touch downs while just playing football his final two years of high school Born John H. Gilmore, Jr. on September 21, 1979 in Marquette, Michigan. 2 John Kasay K HEIGHT: 5-10 WEIGHT: 210 COLLEGE: Georgia JOINED SAINTS: FA-11 NFL EXPERIENCE: 21 BIRTHDATE: 10/27/69 NFL CAREER One of best kickers in NFL history, the league s longest tenured player comes to New Orleans to supplement the club s special teams. Kasay ranks eighth alltime in NFL history for points scored with 1,823 and his 433 field goals rank seventh in league history.the former University of Georgia standout ranks second in points and field goals made among active kickers behind Detroit s Jason Hanson. CAREER TRANSACTIONS Agreed to terms with Saints, 8/30/11; Released by Carolina, 7/29/11; Signed to a four-year contract extension by Carolina Panthers, 10/30/08; Signed to a five-year contract by Carolina, 2/17/04; Placed on injured reserve by Carolina, 9/21/02; Placed on injured reserve by Carolina, 8/14/00; Placed on injured reserve by Carolina, 12/14/99; Signed to three-year contract by Carolina, 2/11/99; Signed by Carolina to a five-year contract (UFA-Sea.), 2/20/95; Originally selected by Seattle in fourth round (98th pick overall) of 1991 NFL Draft. (continued on next page)
31 PLAYER BIOS NOT IN 2011 MEDIA GUIDE John Kasay (continued on next page) HONORS 2006: NFC Special Teams Player of Week (Week 3); 2004: NFC Special Teams Player of Week (Week 13); 2003: NFC Special Teams Player of Month (October), NFC Special Teams Player of the Week (Week 15); 1997: NFL Player of the Week (Week one); 1996: NFC Special Teams Player of the Month (September), NFC Special Teams Player of the Week (Week one), NFC Special Teams Player of the Week (Week two), Pro Bowl, UPI-All Pro, Football News All-NFC; 1991: First-Team All-Rookie (Pro Football Weekly/Pro Football Writers Association, Football News, Pro Football Newsweekly) Appeared in 16 games to extend team-record streak to Connected on 25-of-29 FG attempts and 17 extrapoint opportunities for team-leading 92 points...ranks seventh in NFL history with 433 FGs and eighth with 1,823 points...converted third quarter 53-yard FG vs. Chicago, Oct Made the 13th career game-winning FG and 11th with Carolina on a 37-yard FG with 39 seconds left vs. San Francisco, Oct yard third quarter FG equaled secondlongest of career, previously accomplished for Seattle at Kansas City (1/2/94) and moved him into second place tie with Morten Anderson for the most field goals of 50 yards or more in NFL history (40) Played in 16 games, connected on 22-of-27 FG attempts and 31-of-32 extra-point opportunities for team-best 97 points...made season-long 50-yard FG, at Atlanta, Sept Had team record of 157 consecutive successful extra points snapped when Vikings defensive end Ray Edwards blocked PAT following Panthers' TD in second quarter vs. Minnesota, Dec Played in 16 games, converted 28-of-31 FG attempts and all 46 extra-point opportunities for 130 points...point total ranks second in team history to his 145 in Established personal best with a 90.3 FG percentage...set team record for most extra points in a season (46)...Did not handle kickoffs for first time in career...tied team record for most field goals in a quarter with three in the second quarter, at San Diego, Sept. 7. Connected on all four attempts for the game in win...missed short on a 54-yard FG attempt at Oakland, Nov. 9. Ended streak of 21 consecutive FGs made, one shy of his team mark of 22...Kicked game winning 42-yard FG with one second remaining in victory that clinched NFC South, at New Orleans, Dec. 28. Successful on all four FG attempts in the game...converted only XP attempt in 10th career postseason game in NFC Divisional Playoff vs. Arizona, 1/10/ Played in 16 games...converted 24-of-28 FG attempts and 27-of-27 XP opportunities for a team-leading 99 points...made 11th career game-winning FG on a 52-yarder as time expired at New Orleans, Oct. 7. Finished with 10 points on three FGs and a extra point...connected on season-high four FGs out of five attempts and was successful on his only XP opportunity for a season-high 13 points at Arizona, Oct Kicked season-long 53-yard FG vs. Seattle, Dec Played in 16 games...converted 24-of-27 FG attempts and 28-of-28 XP opportunities to rank first on team with 100 points FG conversion rate established a career-high and tied for second in the NFC and sixth in the NFL...Stands as the second-highest FG percentage in team history behind by Joe Nedney in Sixth career 100-point season...became 25th player in NFL history to score 1,000 points with same club...four field goals beyond 50 yards equaled personal best, previously accomplished in Named NFC Special Teams Player of the Week at Tampa Bay, Sept. 24, after converting an NFL-record four FGs of 46 yards or longer in one game, including a 46-yard game-winner with two seconds remaining in win...converted attempts from 51, 50, 49 and 46 yards...46-yard game winner, 10th of career...increased Player of Week awards to six...missed short on a career-long 65-yard attempt vs. Dallas, Oct Converted 51-yard FG at Washington, Nov Played in 16 games...converted 26-of-34 FG attempts and 43-of-44 extra point opportunities for 121 points...established personal bests for XP attempts and conversions...punted once for 36 yards...converted 23-of-26 FG attempts from 49 yards or less...contributed to team that ranked eight in NFL in scoring (24.4 points per game)...played in all three postseason games...successful on all six FG attempts and six-of-seven extra point attempts...led NFL kickers with 24 points.2004 Played in 14 games...converted 19-of-22 FG attempts and 27-of-28 extra point opportunities to rank second on team with 84 points field goal percent conversion rate ranked second in the NFC and sixth in the NFL...Ranks as third-highest field goal percentage in team history behind registered by Joe Nedney in 2000 and 88.0 achieved by Kasay in Field goal conversion rate stands as second highest of career, trailing 88.0 mark in Season included streak of 15 straight FGs that ended when 60-yard attempt was blocked in finale vs. New Orleans (1/2)...Inactive at San Francisco (11/14) and vs. Arizona (11/21) with injured right calf...earned NFC Special Teams Player of Week recognition after converting team-record and career-high six FGs in win at New Orleans (12/5)...Two-time Player of Month recipient...at New Orleans (12/5): Established team record and career high with six FGs and 20 points...converted two extra point attempts to end with 20 points...named NFC Special Teams Player of Week...Six FGs were NFL high for Converted FGs from 30, 50, 46 and 25 yards as well as two 21-yarders...At Tampa Bay (12/26): Missed extra point attempt...vs. New Orleans (1/2): Converted 54-yarder yard attempt with four seconds left that could have tied contest was blocked...60-yard attempt career-long.(continued on next page)
32 PLAYER BIOS NOT IN 2011 MEDIA GUIDE John Kasay (continued from last page) 2003 Converted 32-of-38 FG attempts and 29-of-30 extra point opportunities to score 125 points...ranked second in the NFC in scoring among kickers...led Panthers in scoring with the secondhighest total of his career and in team history...fourth season in which he scored 100 or more points and first since he tallied a team-record 145 points in FG attempts and 32 field goals stand as second-highest totals of his career and in team history...established team record with 22 consecutive FGs...Kicked at least three FGs in five games. POSTSEASON: Led NFL with 35 points, converting nine-of- 11 FGs and all eight extra point opportunities...including 1996 postseason, extended streak to 14 consecutive FGs before hitting the left upright on 53-yard attempt at St. Louis (1/10)...Streak of consecutive FGs tied for third-longest in NFL history, equaling Jacksonville's Mike Hollis, who registered his streak from PLAYER OF THE WEEK/MONTH: Named NFC Special Team Player of Month for October after converting all nine of his FG attempts and all nine extra point opportunities...included game-winning kicks in overtime of 47 yards at Indianapolis (10/12) and 31 yards at New Orleans (10/26)...Made game-saving tackle of dangerous Saints kick returner Michael Lewis in overtime...named NFC Player of the Week for performance at Arizona (12/14) in which he converted field goals from 21 and 49 yards as well as two extra point opportunities...49-yard FG came with four seconds remaining and clinched NFC South division title...fourth career player of the week award, the most won by a player in team history...first honor since winning in 1997 for performance at Atlanta (9/7/97). GAME- WINNING FIELD GOALS: Converted four game-winning field goals in 2003, increasing his Panthers total to eight and career total to nine...49-yard FG with four seconds left secured a win at Arizona (12/14) and NFC South division title...converted three game-winning FGs in overtime on 47- yarders at Tampa Bay (9/14) and at Indianapolis (10/12) and 31-yarder at New Orleans (10/26)...Second kicker in NFL history to record three game-winning overtime FGs in same season, joining Jason Hansen...Increased career total to five game-winning overtime FGs in 2003 and were his first since converting a 29-yarder for Panthers in overtime victory at New England (10/29/95)...Since overtime was instituted by the NFL in 1974, the Panthers became first team to win three overtime games on the road in the same season and the first to have overtime contests in their first three road games of the season. CONSECUTIVE FIELD GOALS: Set team record with 22 consecutive field goals...made final FG attempt of 2002 season, a 23-yarder versus Detroit (9/15/02) before being placed on injured reserve with a sports hernia, and first 21 attempts of Did not miss a FG until vs. Washington (11/16) when he was short on a 47-yard attempt after connecting on his first attempt of the game, a 25- yarder...marked third time of career that he connected on at least 13 field consecutive FGs...Kicked 13 consecutive FGs in1996 and 16 in a row in At Tampa Bay (9/14): Responsible for all 12 of the Panthers points with four field goals from 28, 35, 20 and 47 yards...47-yard FG provided gamewinning points with 3:28 left in overtime...marked third career game-winning FG in overtime and first since converting 29- yarder in win at New England (10/29/95)...Bettered Carolina's record to 5-1 in games where he kicked four or more FGs...Panthers second win of season by margin of three points or less. At Indianapolis (10/12): Converted FGs from 29, 23, and 47 yards...47-yard FG secured win with 9:21 left in overtime...third career game-winning FG in overtime and his second of the season... At New Orleans (10/26): Successful on field goals from 24, 29 and 31 yards...converted 31-yarder with 10:28 left in overtime...contributed game-saving tackle of dangerous Saints KR Michael Lewis in overtime...marked fourth career game-winning FG in overtime and his third of the season, tying NFL single-season record set by Jason Hanson with Detroit in Improved Panthers all-time record to 4-5 in overtime contests. Vs. Philadelphia (11/30): Converted one-of-four field goals...after opening contest with 20-yarder, was wide left on 32-yarder and wide right on tries from 38 and 49 yards...missed first and only extra point of season...third game of career with three missed FGs At Arizona (12/14): Connected on FGs from 21 and 49 yards...49-yard FG came with four seconds left and was difference in victory that clinched the NFC South...Earned NFC Special Teams Player of the Week recognition for the fourth time of his career, his first such honor since 1997 for his effort at Atlanta (9/7/97)...Fourth game-winning field goal of the season that was converted in the game's final two minutes or overtime...nfc Wild Card vs. Dallas (1/3): Tied career-high with 17 points on five field goals and two extra points...converted field goals from 18, 38, 19, 32 and 34 yards...five field goals tied NFL postseason record last accomplished by Brad Daluiso of the New York Giants versus Minnesota (12/27/97)...Tied single-game career-high and own team record for field goals in a game, set versus Atlanta (9/1/96) and equalled at New Orleans (9/8/96)...17 points tied career-high established versus Atlanta (9/1/96). NFC Divisional Playoff at St. Louis (1/10): Converted first three FGs before missing last two...connected on FGs from 45, 52 and 34 yards before hitting the left upright on a 53- yard attempt in fourth quarter and missing wide right on a 45- yard attempt in overtime...initially converted on 40-yarder in overtime but Carolina was penalized for delay of game...wide right on subsequent 45-yard attempt...success on first three field goals extended streak of consecutive postseason field goals to 14, matching the third-longest streak in NFL postseason history...52-yard field goal was the longest of his career during postseason.(continued on next page)
33 PLAYER BIOS NOT IN 2011 MEDIA GUIDE John Kasay (continued from last page) 2003 Super Bowl XXXVIII vs. New England (2/1): Converted 50-yard field goal and both extra point attempts...delivered 50-yard field goal with 18 seconds remaining in the first half to narrow deficit to Played in two games before being placed on injured reserve (9/21) with a sports hernia...converted two-of-five FGs and all five extra point opportunities to score 11 points Rebounded to lead the Panthers in scoring for sixth season with 91 points...converted 23-of-28 FGs and 22-of-23 extra points...had one special teams tackle...vs. New York Jets (10/28): Missed his lone extra point of the season...miss ended a team record of 69 consecutive extra points that dated to Vs. Arizona (12/30): Collected an extra point but missed wide left from 44 yards and was short on a 52- yarder After spending the offseason rehabbing his left knee, John re-injured the same knee when he fractured his kneecap on a field goal attempt while participating in his first training camp practice (8/13) with the team since his 1999 injury...placed on injured reserve (8/14) Appeared in 13 games...led the Panthers in scoring for the fifth consecutive season, tallying 99 points...converted 22-of-25 field goal attempts, a personal-best 88.0 percent, with a long of 52 yards and all 33 extra point opportunities...ranked second among NFC kickers in scoring with 99 points through Week 14 before suffering a torn ACL in his left knee at Green Bay (12/12) while trying to slow a kick returner...placed on injured reserve (12/14)...Also accounted for two special teams tackles...vs. Atlanta (11/28): Consecutive field goal streak ended at 16 after converting from 30 and 24 yards but missing wide right from 47 yards...miss ended a string of 23 consecutive field goals inside of 50 yards that dated to Scored 92 points on 19-of-26 field goals and 35-of-37 extra points...set a career single-season mark with four field goals longer than 50 yards, including a career-long 56 yarder...posted a career-long 57-yard attempt...vs. Green Bay (9/27): Connected on career-long 56-yard field goal...at Atlanta (10/4): Experienced first extra point blocked of his career and in team history...at Dallas (10/11): Had an extra point blocked...at San Francisco (11/8): Registered a careerhigh six attempts...32-yard attempt blocked and wide left from 51 yards away...fell short on a potential game-winner from 57 yards at San Francisco, the longest attempt of his career Scored 91 points on 25-of-25 extra points and connected on 22-of-26 field goal attempts, missing just one field goal inside of 50 yards on a block...player OF THE WEEK/MONTH: Earned NFC Special Teams Player of the Week for his efforts at Atlanta (9/7/97) when his last-second kick gave the Panthers a 9-6 win...at Atlanta (9/7): Earned NFC Special Teams Player of the Week when his three fourth-quarter field goals, including a 39-yard game winner with no time remaining, lifted the Panthers to a 9-6 win...his lone miss in the game was a 55-yard attempt at the end of the first half that hit the upright...vs. New Orleans (11/30): 26- yard attempt blocked, marking his only miss inside of 50 yards in 1997 and his first miss inside 30 yards since Led NFL with a career-best 145 points...converted an NFL-record 37 field goals, missing just four of 38 field goals inside of 50 yards...postseason: Panthers leading scorer with 21 points...converted all six field goal attempts and all three of his extra point opportunities...pro BOWL: Selected to first career Pro Bowl...One of eight Carolina players who played in the game, joining kick returner Michael Bates, cornerback Eric Davis, tight end Wesley Walls, linebackers Kevin Greene, Lamar Lathon and Sam Mills and quarterback Kerry Collins who appeared as an alternate...honors: First-team all-pro by UPI...Second team allpro by The Associated Press and Football Digest...All-NFC choice by Football News...PLAYER OF THE WEEK/MONTH: Named NFC Special Teams Player of the Week for weeks one and two in 1996, after he posted consecutive five-for-five field goal games versus Atlanta (9/1/96) and at New Orleans (9/8/96)...Garnered NFC Special Teams Player of the Month honors for September 1996 after connecting on 13-of-14 field goals in five games...vs. Atlanta (9/1): Opened the season by earning NFC Special Teams Player of the Week honors for connecting on a career-best five-of-five attempts form 32, 36, 53, 38 and 42 yards in addition to two extra points for a career-high 17 points...at New Orleans (9/8): Scored 16 points, matching his five-for-five performance by connecting from 51, 22, 29, 51 and 23 yards along with a PAT to earn NFC Special Teams Player of the Week for the second consecutive week...his 23-yard conversion in the fourth quarter lifted the Panthers to a win, while his two conversions in the same game from beyond 50 yards tied a League record...back-to-back five-for-five weeks made him the second kicker in NFL history to record such performances (John Carney, San Diego, 1994) and the fourth kicker in NFL history to convert 10 field goals in two consecutive games...at Jacksonville (9/29): Missed his only attempt...also missed a PAT at Jacksonville, his fourth miss in six years on a PAT...His scoreless performance ended a scoring streak that stretched 62 consecutive games...vs. St. Louis (10/13): Converted career-high six extra points...at San Francisco (12/8): Missed 31-yard attempt, snapping a string of 27 consecutive conversions inside 40 yards...vs. Pittsburgh (12/22): Converted all three field goal attempts...35-yard field goal tied the NFL record for field goals in a season at 35 (held by the Giants Ali Haji-Sheikh in 1983 and the Raiders Jeff Jeager in 1993), while his 30 and 29-yard conversions extended the record beyond Indianapolis Colts kicker Cary Blanchard, who kicked 36 field goals in Led the League in the preseason with 46 points...connected on 26-of-33 field goal attempts en route to 105 points, including conversions on game-winning attempts at New England (10/29) and versus Indianapolis (12/3). 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34 PLAYER BIOS NOT IN 2011 MEDIA GUIDE John Kasay (continued on next page) At Buffalo (9/10): Had his first career punt on a 32- yard quick kick, downed on the Buffalo four yard line...vs. Tampa Bay (10/1): Missed his only PAT of the year...vs. New York Jets (10/15): In the team's inaugural victory, John had 14 points on four-of-five field goals and two extra points...at New England (10/29): Went two-of-four including a game-winning 29-yard field goal into the wind in overtime that gave the Panthers their first road win in team history...at San Francisco (11/5): Two field goals provided the Panthers winning margin and ensured the first-ever win by an NFL expansion team over the defending Super Bowl champion...vs. Arizona (11/19): Attempt at the end of the first half was blocked, marking the first time he had a kick blocked in high school, college or as a professional...vs. Indianapolis (12/3): Notched his second game-winning field goal of the year, a 38-yard attempt with eight seconds remaining that gave the Panthers a win Led Seattle in scoring for the fourth straight year...converted on 20-of-24 field goals and 25-of-26 extra points...during the season, John moved into second place for career field goals by a Seahawk with 82 behind Norm Johnson's Did not miss inside of 42 yards and converted seven-of-11 attempts from outside the 40 yard line...ended his Seahawks career with a (82-105) field goal percentage, tops in Seattle history...his mark tied Johnson's record set in Missed one field goal inside 40 yards all season and converted three field goals from outside 50 yards...at Cincinnati (9/26): In a win, he connected on four-of-four attempts from 32, 35, 23 and 35 yards, providing the Seahawks only offensive points...at Denver (10/31): Hit on a 53-yard attempt...at Kansas City (1/2/94): Converted a 55-yard attempt in the season finale, the longest field goal in Seattle team history Led the Seahawks in scoring...made 14-of-22 attempts...vs. Denver (11/30): His 32-yard attempt lifted the Seahawks to a overtime win on Monday Night Football Originally a fourth-round draft choice (98th overall) by the Seahawks...Set a Seahawks rookie record with 102 points while setting a team record for field goals with 25...First rookie in Seahawks history to score more than 100 points...honors: Named first-team All-Rookie by Pro Football Weekly, Football News, the Professional Football Writers Association and College and Pro Football Newsweekly...Vs. San Diego (10/27): Tied a League record by kicking two field goals from more than 50 yards in the same game with 51 and 54- yarders...vs. Los Angeles Rams (12/22): Missed extra point on last attempt, ending a string of 27 successful conversions to start the season. points, converting 46-of-65 field goals and 79-of-82 extra points (Sr.): Named third-team All-America by Football News and second-team All-SEC selection...scored a team-high 67 points on 10-of-11 extra points and 19-of-24 field goals...converted three field goals, including a gamewinning 40-yarder with a minute left, in a win over Alabama (Jr.): Second on the team in scoring with a career-high 79 points on 19-of-24 field goals, including six-ofseven beyond 40 yards, and 22-of-23 extra points (So.): Five of eight misses were from beyond 50 yards (Fr.): Took over full-time place kicking duties midway through the season after beginning the season as the kickoff specialist...39-yard field goal as time expired gave the Bulldogs a Liberty Bowl win against Arkansas. PERSONAL Attended Clarke Central HS in Athens, Ga...Graduated from Georgia with a degree in journalism...last name is pronounced CASEY. COLLEGE Four-year letterman at Georgia...Finished career fifth on the school's career kick scoring list with 217
35 NEW ORLEANS SAINTS ALPHABETICAL ROSTER (9/19/11) No. Name Pos. Ht. Wt. Born Exp. College H.S. Hometown 42 Abdul-Quddus, Isa S /14/88 R Fordham Union, N.J. 40 Amaya, Jonathon S /25/88 2 Nevada Diamond Bar, Calif. 87 Arrington, Adrian WR /7/85 2 Michigan Cedar Rapids, Iowa 20 Bell, Joique RB /4/86 2 Wayne State Benton Harbor, Mich. 9 Brees, Drew QB /15/79 11 Purdue Austin, Texas 71 Brown, Charles T /10/87 2 Southern California Chino Hills, Calif. 74 Bushrod, Jermon T /19/84 5 Towson King George, Va. 52 Casillas, Jonathan LB /3/87 3 Wisconsin New Brunswick, N.J. 97 Charleston, Jeff DE /19/83 5 Idaho State Oregon City, Ore. 45 Collins, Jed FB /3/86 1 Washington State Mission Viejo, Calif. 12 Colston, Marques WR /5/83 6 Hofstra Harrisburg, Pa. 10 Daniel, Chase QB /7/86 3 Missouri Southlake, Texas 60 de la Puente, Brian G /13/85 2 California San Clemente, Calif. 47 Drescher, Justin LS /1/88 2 Colorado Southlake, Texas 56 Dunbar, Jo-Lonn LB /13/85 4 Boston College Syracuse, N.Y. 98 Ellis, Sedrick DT /9/85 4 Southern California Chino, Calif. 73 Evans, Jahri G /22/83 6 Bloomsburg Philadelphia, Pa. 99 Franklin, Aubrayo DT /27/80 9 Tennessee Johnson City, Tenn. 93 Galette, Junior DE /27/88 2 Stillman Spring Valley, N.Y. 89 Gilmore, John TE /21/79 10 Penn State West Lawn, Pa. 80 Graham, Jimmy TE /24/86 2 Miami (Fla.) Goldsboro, N.C. 33 Greer, Jabari CB /11/82 8 Tennessee Jackson, Tenn. 35 Hall, Korey FB /5/83 5 Boise State Glenns Ferry, Id. 41 Harper, Roman S /11/82 6 Alabama Prattville, Ala. 5 Hartley, Garrett K /16/86 4 Oklahoma Southlake, Texas 19 Henderson, Devery WR /26/82 8 Louisiana State Opelousas, La. 54 Herring, Will LB /28/83 5 Auburn Opelika, Ala. 28 Ingram, Mark RB /21/89 R Alabama Flint, Mich. 27 Jenkins, Malcolm S /20/87 3 Ohio State Piscataway, N.J. 96 Johnson, Tom DT /30/84 1 Southern Mississippi Moss Point, Miss. 94 Jordan, Cameron DE /10/89 R California Chandler, Ariz. 2 Kasay, John K /27/69 21 Georgia Athens, Ga. 75 King, Mitch DT /5/86 1 Iowa Burlington, Iowa 50 Kreutz, Olin C /9/77 14 Washington Honolulu, Haw. 90 McBride, Turk DE /30/85 6 Tennessee Camden, N.J. 17 Meachem, Robert WR /28/84 5 Tennessee Tulsa, Okla. 16 Moore, Lance WR /31/83 6 Toledo Westerville, Ohio 6 Morstead, Thomas P /7/86 3 Southern Methodist Pearland, Texas 77 Nicks, Carl G /14/85 4 Nebraska Salinas, Calif. 32 Patrick, Johnny CB /17/88 R Louisville DeLand, Fla. 22 Porter, Tracy CB /11/86 4 Indiana Port Allen, La. 21 Robinson, Patrick CB /7/87 2 Florida State Miami, Fla. 15 Roby, Courtney WR /10/83 6 Indiana Indianapolis, Ind. 92 Rogers, Shaun DT /12/79 11 Texas LaPorte, Texas 58 Shanle, Scott LB /23/79 9 Nebraska St. Edward, Neb. 43 Sproles, Darren RB /20/83 7 Kansas State Olathe, Kan. 64 Strief, Zach T /22/83 6 Northwestern Milford, Ohio 65 Tennant, Matt C/G /19/87 2 Boston College Cincinnati, Ohio 85 Thomas, David TE /5/83 6 Texas Plainview, Texas 23 Thomas, Pierre RB /18/84 5 Illinois Lynwood, Ill. 24 Torrence, Leigh CB /4/82 6 Stanford Atlanta, Ga. 51 Vilma, Jonathan LB /16/82 8 Miami (Fla.) Coral Gables, Fla. 95 Wilson, Martez LB /21/88 R Illinois Chicago, Ill. Players on Active Roster: 53 Practice Squad 59 Bussey, Nate LB /20/89 R Illinois Washington, D.C. 4 Canfield, Sean QB /12/86 1 Oregon State Carlsbad, Calif. 81 Higgins, Michael TE /7/87 R Nebraska-Omaha Beatrice, Neb. 30 Lambert, Terrail CB /1/85 1 Notre Dame Los Angeles, Calif. 72 Landolt, Dennis T /15/86 1 Penn State Burlington, N.J. 68 Miller, Swanson DT /24/86 1 Oklahoma State Alachua, Fla. 70 Robinson, William T /20/84 1 San Diego State Monterey Park, Calif. 14 Tanner, Andy WR /16/88 1 Midwestern State Rockwall, Texas Players On Practice Squad: 8 Reserve/Injured 72 Barron, Alex T /28/82 8 Florida State Orangeburg, S.C. Hunter, Jerimiha LB /9/88 R Iowa Harrisburg, Pa. 13 Morgan, Joseph WR /28/88 R Walsh Canton, Ohio Players on Reserve/Injured: 3 Reserve/Phyiscally Unable to Perform 29 Ivory, Chris RB /22/88 2 Tiffin Longview, Texas Players on Reserve/Physically Unable to Perform: 1 Reserve/Non Football Injury 79 Romeus, Greg DE /29/88 R Pittsburgh Coral Springs, Fla. Players on Reserve/Physically Unable to Perform: 1 Reserve/Suspended 91 Smith, Will DE /4/81 8 Ohio State Utica, N.Y. Players on Reserve/Suspended: 1 HEAD COACH: SEAN PAYTON (Sixth season). Assistants: Pete Carmichael Jr. (Offensive Coordinator), Gregg Williams (Defensive Coordinator), Joe Vitt (Assistant Head Coach/Linebackers), Greg McMahon (Special Teams Coordinator), John Bonamego (Assistant Special Teams), Charles Byrd (Assistant Strength and Conditioning), Dan Dalrymple (Head Strength and Conditioning), Bret Ingalls (Running Backs), Bill Johnson (Defensive Line), Curtis Johnson (Wide Receivers), Travis Jones (Assistant Defensive Line), Aaron Kromer (Offensive Line/Running Game), Joe Lombardi (Quarterbacks), Mike Mallory (Assistant Secondary), Terry Malone (Tight Ends), Tony Oden (Secondary), Carter Sheridan (Offensive Assistant/Wide Receivers), Frank Smith (Coaching Assistant), Marcus Ungaro (Coaching Assistant), Blake Williams (Coaching Assistant), Brian Young (Coaching Assistant).
36 NEW ORLEANS SAINTS NUMERICAL ROSTER (9/19/11) No. Name Pos. Ht. Wt. Age Exp. College How Acquired GP GS DNP IA 2 John Kasay K Georgia FA Garrett Hartley K Oklahoma FA Thomas Morstead P Southern Methodist D Drew Brees QB Purdue UFA-06 (SD) Chase Daniel QB Missouri FA Marques Colston WR Hofstra D7b Courtney Roby WR Indiana FA Lance Moore WR Toledo FA Robert Meachem WR Tennessee D Devery Henderson WR Louisiana State D2a Joique Bell RB Wayne State FA Patrick Robinson CB Florida State D Tracy Porter CB Indiana D Pierre Thomas RB Illinois FA Leigh Torrence CB Stanford FA Malcolm Jenkins S Ohio State D Mark Ingram RB R Alabama D1b Johnny Patrick CB R Louisville D3b Jabari Greer CB Tennessee UFA-09 (Buf) Korey Hall FB Boise State UFA-11 (GB) Jonathon Amaya S Nevada TR-11 (Mia) Roman Harper S Alabama D Isa Abdul-Quddus S R Fordham FA Darren Sproles RB Kansas State UFA-11 (SD) Jed Collins FB Washington State FA Justin Drescher LS Colorado FA Olin Kreutz C Washington UFA-11 (Chi) Jonathan Vilma LB Miami (Fla.) TR-08 (NYJ) Jonathan Casillas LB Wisconsin FA Will Herring LB Auburn UFA-11 (Sea) Jo-Lonn Dunbar LB Boston College FA Scott Shanle LB Nebraska TR-06 (Dal) Brian de la Puente G California FA Zach Strief T Northwestern D7a Matt Tennant C/G Boston College D Charles Brown T Southern California D Jahri Evans G Bloomsburg D Jermon Bushrod T Towson D4b Mitch King DT Iowa FA Carl Nicks G Nebraska D5b Jimmy Graham TE Miami (Fla.) D David Thomas TE Texas TR-09 (NE) Adrian Arrington WR Michigan D John Gilmore TE Penn State FA Turk McBride DE Tennessee FA-11 (Det) Shaun Rogers DT Texas FA Junior Galette DE Stillman FA Cameron Jordan DE R California D1a Martez Wilson LB R Illinois D3a Tom Johnson DT Southern Mississippi FA Jeff Charleston DE Idaho State FA Sedrick Ellis DT Southern California D Aubrayo Franklin DT Tennessee UFA-11 (SF) Players on Active Roster: 53 Practice Squad 4 Sean Canfield QB Oregon State D Andy Tanner WR Midwestern State FA Terrail Lambert CB Notre Dame FA Nate Bussey LB R Illinois D7b Swanson Miller DT Oklahoma State FA William Robinson T San Diego State FA Dennis Landolt T Penn State FA Michael Higgins TE R Nebraska-Omaha FA Players on Prcatice Squad: 8 Reserve/Injured 13 Joseph Morgan WR R Walsh FA Alex Barron T Florida State UFA-11 (Dal) Jeremiha Hunter LB R Iowa FA Players on Reserve/Injured: 3 Reserve/Physically Unable To Perform 29 Chris Ivory RB Tiffin FA Players on Reserve/Physically Unable To Perform: 1 Reserve/Physically Unable To Perform 79 Greg Romeus DE R Pittsburgh D7a Players on Reserve/Non Football Injury: 1 ReserveSuspended 91 Will Smith DE Ohio State D Players on Reserve/Suspended: 1 HEAD COACH: SEAN PAYTON (Sixth season). Assistants: Pete Carmichael Jr. (Offensive Coordinator), Gregg Williams (Defensive Coordinator), Joe Vitt (Assistant Head Coach/Linebackers), Greg McMahon (Special Teams Coordinator), John Bonamego (Assistant Special Teams), Charles Byrd (Assistant Strength and Conditioning), Dan Dalrymple (Head Strength and Conditioning), Bret Ingalls (Running Backs), Bill Johnson (Defensive Line), Curtis Johnson (Wide Receivers), Travis Jones (Assistant Defensive Line), Aaron Kromer (Offensive Line/Running Game), Joe Lombardi (Quarterbacks), Mike Mallory (Assistant Secondary), Terry Malone (Tight Ends), Tony Oden (Secondary), Carter Sheridan (Offensive Assistant/Wide Receivers), Frank Smith (Coaching Assistant), Marcus Ungaro (Coaching Assistant), Blake Williams (Coaching Assistant), Brian Young (Coaching Assistant).
37 NEW ORLEANS SAINTS UNOFFICIAL DEPTH CHART OFFENSE WR 12 Marques Colston 16 Lance Moore 87 Adrian Arrington LT 74 Jermon Bushrod 71 Charles Brown LG 77 Carl Nicks 60 Brian de la Puente C 50 Olin Kreutz 65 Matt Tennant RG 73 Jahri Evans 60 Brian de la Puente RT 64 Zach Strief 71 Charles Brown TE 80 Jimmy Graham 85 David Thomas 89 John Gilmore WR 19 Devery Henderson 17 Robert Meachem 15 Courtney Roby QB 9 Drew Brees 10 Chase Daniel FB 45 Jed Collins 35 Korey Hall RB 23 Pierre Thomas 43 Darren Sproles 28 Mark Ingram 20 Joique Bell DEFENSE LE 90 Turk McBride 94 Cameron Jordan NT 99 Aubrayo Franklin 92 Shaun Rogers 75 Mitch King DT 98 Sedrick Ellis 96 Tom Johnson RE 97 Jeff Charleston 93 Junior Galette SLB 54 Will Herring 95 Martez Wilson MLB 51 Jonathan Vilma 56 Jo-Lonn Dunbar WLB 58 Scott Shanle 52 Jonathan Casillas LCB 33 Jabari Greer 24 Leigh Torrence SS 41 Roman Harper 40 Jonathon Amaya FS 27 Malcolm Jenkins 42 Isa Abdul-Quddus RCB 22 Tracy Porter 21 Patrick Robinson 32 Johnny Patrick SPECIAL TEAMS P 6 Thomas Morstead K 5 Garrett Hartley 2 John Kasay LS 47 Justin Drescher H 10 Chase Daniel 6 Thomas Morstead PR 43 Darren Sproles 16 Lance Moore KR 43 Darren Sproles 15 Courtney Roby KO 6 Thomas Morstead 5 Garrett Hartley Underline = Rookie Pronunciation Guide: S Isa Abdul-Quddus (EE-sa Ab-dool-KA-doos) S Jonathan Amaya (Uh-MY-yah) RB Joique Bell (Joik) T Jermon Bushrod (Jer-MON) WR Marques Colston (Marcus) G Jahri Evans (Jah-REE) DT Aubrayo Franklin (uh-bry-uh) CB Jabari Greer (Juh-BAR-ee) LB Scott Shanle (SHAN-lee) T Zach Strief (Streef)
38 NEW ORLEANS SAINTS Houston Texans vs. New Orleans Saints Offensive and Defensive Statistics, Supplemental Statistics, Player Minibios and New Orleans-Chicago Play-By-Play HOUSTON TEXANS VS. NEW ORLEANS SAINTS September 25, 2011 at Louisiana Superdome
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