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Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers threw a game-changing interception in the red zone during the second half of Sunday’s 38-3 loss to the New Orleans Saints.

A painful and unexpected hit to a sensitive area was at least partly to blame for the throw, which ended up behind receiver Davante Adams and in the arms of Saints cornerback Paulson Adebo.

“I don’t like to make a lot of excuses for interceptions…That one was entirely due to the double nut shot I took,” Rodgers told “The Pat McAfee Show” on Tuesday.

On the play, Rodgers had to step up into the pocket to avoid the rush and get rid of the ball. Two Saints defenders, including Cam Jordan, converged on Rodgers as he made the throw.

“I was going to throw across my body to Davante, who was running a shallow cross. It’s a ball I’ve thrown in practice before,” Rodgers said. “Right before I’m throwing it, I took a left clothesline, and somebody on the right with right cross, a double shot. I guess I gotta overcome that and throw a better ball. That was a painful one. They got their money’s worth on that one.”

After the play, FOX cameras caught Rodgers on the ground holding his legs, likely in an effort to let the pain subside from the hit.

The interception was a painful one for the Packers. The offense had a chance to score a touchdown and get the game to 17-10. Instead, the turnover snowballed into more mistakes, and the Packers ended up losing 38-3.

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New Orleans Saints player power rankings, Week 2

Saints Wire 15 September, 2021 - 02:50am

Week 1 is behind us, so it’s time to update our New Orleans Saints player power rankings. This is formed by each of our Saints Wire staff writers submitting a ballot of the week’s top 25 players, which are scored and averaged to find cumulative results.

So what changed from last week’s player power ranking? Five players who were ranked going into Week 1 didn’t make the cut: Ken Crawley, who is on injured reserve; backups P.J. Williams, James Hurst, Carl Granderson, and Blake Gillikin. Five newcomers took their places.

As for the changes: as you might expect, no one jumped higher than Jameis Winston, who climbed nine spots, though Cesar Ruiz came close by moving up seven slots after unexpectedly sliding over to center. That change was necessitated by Erik McCoy’s injury, which created the biggest drop (ten slots) of all returning players. The next-largest fall was Andrus Peat (seven spots), who didn’t play too badly but was a victim of other players improving rapidly.

Let’s dig into the results, with last week’s placement (if applicable) in parantheses:

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Aaron Rodgers Has No One To Blame But Himself

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Aaron Rodgers Has No One To Blame But Himself

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Saints Reunite With WR Kenny Stills

Sports Illustrated 14 September, 2021 - 11:56am

Stills was among a few receivers that the team brought in for a tryout on Monday after their 38-3 season opening win against the Green Bay Packers.

New Orleans was looking to add experienced production to its receiving corps. Saints QB Jameis Winston had a strong debut in his first start with the team, throwing for 148 yards but five touchdowns on 20 attempts.

Five of Winston's 14 completions, totaling 101 yards, went to his wideouts, including a 55-yard scoring strike to WR Deonte Harris.

The Saints will be without All-Pro WR Michael Thomas for at least the first six weeks of the season. Thomas underwent ankle surgery just before the start of training camp.

Wideout Tre'Quan Smith on injured reserve late last week. Smith will be eligible to come off IR for the team's October 3 game against the New York Giants.

Stills, 29, reunites with the franchise that he started his career with. New Orleans spent a fifth-round choice on Stills, out of Oklahoma, in the 2013 NFL Draft.

Kenny Stills made an immediate impact for the Saints as a rookie in 2013. He had 32 receptions and scored five touchdowns, and his 641 yards receiving were the third highest on a team that finished second in the league in passing. Stills had a reception in 15 of 16 games and had one outing of over 100 yards receiving.

Stills was an even bigger part of the Saints offense in 2014. His 931 yards led the team, while his 63 receptions were second only to TE Jimmy Graham. Stills had two games of over 100 yards receiving and again registered a catch in 15 of 16 contests.

The 2014 season would mark Stills' career-highs in both receptions and yardage. Over two years with the Saints, he missed just one game and had 95 receptions for 1,572 yards and 8 touchdowns.

New Orleans traded Stills to the Miami Dolphins early in the 2015 offseason. In return, they got LB Dannell Ellerbe and a third-round draft choice, which they used on defensive back P.J. Williams.

Stills was lightly used in his first season with Miami, catching just 27 passes for 440 yards. He’d become a much bigger part of their offense over the next three years.

He had 42 receptions for 726 yards for the Dolphins in 2016, scoring a career-high 9 touchdowns. Stills was targeted a career-high 105 times in 2017, pulling in 58 passes for 847 yards and six touchdowns.

His production dipped in 2018, as Stills hauled in 37 passes for 553 yards, scoring six touchdowns. In four years with Miami he had 164 receptions for 2,566 yards and 24 touchdowns.

Stills was traded to the Houston Texans just before the start of the 2019 season. He was part of a mammoth deal that included OT Laremy Tunsil and two late-round draft picks for 2 first-round picks and a second-round selection to Miami.

As part of a talented receiving corps for Houston in 2019, Stills had 40 catches for 561 yards and four scores. He had one outing of over 100 yards during the year and caught a late go-ahead touchdown pass in an eventual season-opening loss to the New Orleans Saints.

Stills was released by the Texans 12 games into the 2020 season. He finished the year on the Buffalo Bills practice squad. In two years with Houston, he caught 51 passes for 705 yards and five scores.

Stills adds another potential deep threat for a Saints offense that will threaten defenses more down the field in 2021 with Winston. He’s never been known as a precise route runner, but still has the speed to take the top off opposing defenses. 

Saints Reunite With WR Kenny Stills

Cheesehead TV 14 September, 2021 - 11:56am

Stills was among a few receivers that the team brought in for a tryout on Monday after their 38-3 season opening win against the Green Bay Packers.

New Orleans was looking to add experienced production to its receiving corps. Saints QB Jameis Winston had a strong debut in his first start with the team, throwing for 148 yards but five touchdowns on 20 attempts.

Five of Winston's 14 completions, totaling 101 yards, went to his wideouts, including a 55-yard scoring strike to WR Deonte Harris.

The Saints will be without All-Pro WR Michael Thomas for at least the first six weeks of the season. Thomas underwent ankle surgery just before the start of training camp.

Wideout Tre'Quan Smith on injured reserve late last week. Smith will be eligible to come off IR for the team's October 3 game against the New York Giants.

Stills, 29, reunites with the franchise that he started his career with. New Orleans spent a fifth-round choice on Stills, out of Oklahoma, in the 2013 NFL Draft.

Kenny Stills made an immediate impact for the Saints as a rookie in 2013. He had 32 receptions and scored five touchdowns, and his 641 yards receiving were the third highest on a team that finished second in the league in passing. Stills had a reception in 15 of 16 games and had one outing of over 100 yards receiving.

Stills was an even bigger part of the Saints offense in 2014. His 931 yards led the team, while his 63 receptions were second only to TE Jimmy Graham. Stills had two games of over 100 yards receiving and again registered a catch in 15 of 16 contests.

The 2014 season would mark Stills' career-highs in both receptions and yardage. Over two years with the Saints, he missed just one game and had 95 receptions for 1,572 yards and 8 touchdowns.

New Orleans traded Stills to the Miami Dolphins early in the 2015 offseason. In return, they got LB Dannell Ellerbe and a third-round draft choice, which they used on defensive back P.J. Williams.

Stills was lightly used in his first season with Miami, catching just 27 passes for 440 yards. He’d become a much bigger part of their offense over the next three years.

He had 42 receptions for 726 yards for the Dolphins in 2016, scoring a career-high 9 touchdowns. Stills was targeted a career-high 105 times in 2017, pulling in 58 passes for 847 yards and six touchdowns.

His production dipped in 2018, as Stills hauled in 37 passes for 553 yards, scoring six touchdowns. In four years with Miami he had 164 receptions for 2,566 yards and 24 touchdowns.

Stills was traded to the Houston Texans just before the start of the 2019 season. He was part of a mammoth deal that included OT Laremy Tunsil and two late-round draft picks for 2 first-round picks and a second-round selection to Miami.

As part of a talented receiving corps for Houston in 2019, Stills had 40 catches for 561 yards and four scores. He had one outing of over 100 yards during the year and caught a late go-ahead touchdown pass in an eventual season-opening loss to the New Orleans Saints.

Stills was released by the Texans 12 games into the 2020 season. He finished the year on the Buffalo Bills practice squad. In two years with Houston, he caught 51 passes for 705 yards and five scores.

Stills adds another potential deep threat for a Saints offense that will threaten defenses more down the field in 2021 with Winston. He’s never been known as a precise route runner, but still has the speed to take the top off opposing defenses. 

Saints Reunite With WR Kenny Stills

WWLTV 14 September, 2021 - 11:56am

Stills was among a few receivers that the team brought in for a tryout on Monday after their 38-3 season opening win against the Green Bay Packers.

New Orleans was looking to add experienced production to its receiving corps. Saints QB Jameis Winston had a strong debut in his first start with the team, throwing for 148 yards but five touchdowns on 20 attempts.

Five of Winston's 14 completions, totaling 101 yards, went to his wideouts, including a 55-yard scoring strike to WR Deonte Harris.

The Saints will be without All-Pro WR Michael Thomas for at least the first six weeks of the season. Thomas underwent ankle surgery just before the start of training camp.

Wideout Tre'Quan Smith on injured reserve late last week. Smith will be eligible to come off IR for the team's October 3 game against the New York Giants.

Stills, 29, reunites with the franchise that he started his career with. New Orleans spent a fifth-round choice on Stills, out of Oklahoma, in the 2013 NFL Draft.

Kenny Stills made an immediate impact for the Saints as a rookie in 2013. He had 32 receptions and scored five touchdowns, and his 641 yards receiving were the third highest on a team that finished second in the league in passing. Stills had a reception in 15 of 16 games and had one outing of over 100 yards receiving.

Stills was an even bigger part of the Saints offense in 2014. His 931 yards led the team, while his 63 receptions were second only to TE Jimmy Graham. Stills had two games of over 100 yards receiving and again registered a catch in 15 of 16 contests.

The 2014 season would mark Stills' career-highs in both receptions and yardage. Over two years with the Saints, he missed just one game and had 95 receptions for 1,572 yards and 8 touchdowns.

New Orleans traded Stills to the Miami Dolphins early in the 2015 offseason. In return, they got LB Dannell Ellerbe and a third-round draft choice, which they used on defensive back P.J. Williams.

Stills was lightly used in his first season with Miami, catching just 27 passes for 440 yards. He’d become a much bigger part of their offense over the next three years.

He had 42 receptions for 726 yards for the Dolphins in 2016, scoring a career-high 9 touchdowns. Stills was targeted a career-high 105 times in 2017, pulling in 58 passes for 847 yards and six touchdowns.

His production dipped in 2018, as Stills hauled in 37 passes for 553 yards, scoring six touchdowns. In four years with Miami he had 164 receptions for 2,566 yards and 24 touchdowns.

Stills was traded to the Houston Texans just before the start of the 2019 season. He was part of a mammoth deal that included OT Laremy Tunsil and two late-round draft picks for 2 first-round picks and a second-round selection to Miami.

As part of a talented receiving corps for Houston in 2019, Stills had 40 catches for 561 yards and four scores. He had one outing of over 100 yards during the year and caught a late go-ahead touchdown pass in an eventual season-opening loss to the New Orleans Saints.

Stills was released by the Texans 12 games into the 2020 season. He finished the year on the Buffalo Bills practice squad. In two years with Houston, he caught 51 passes for 705 yards and five scores.

Stills adds another potential deep threat for a Saints offense that will threaten defenses more down the field in 2021 with Winston. He’s never been known as a precise route runner, but still has the speed to take the top off opposing defenses. 

Saints sign WR Kenny Stills, per reports

Canal Street Chronicles 13 September, 2021 - 09:41pm

Saints reuniting with former draft pick

Kenny Stills going back where it began. The veteran wide receiver is signing to the #Saints' practice squad after working out for the team today, source says. Have to figure he's a possible add to their active roster soon.

The Saints offense already looked explosive with a 38-3 win over the Green Bay Packers, adding Kenny Stills will just add another explosive element to their offense. Stills will admittedly get a shot to get a roster spot with the similarity with the coaching staff and playbook.

Kenny Stills was drafted by the Saints in the 5th-round of the 2013 draft. He spent two years with the team before being traded to the Miami Dolphins. His best years came with the Houston Texans, most Saints fans will remember his almost walk-off touchdown in week one of 2018. Most recently he was on the Buffalo Bills practice squad. He now reunites with his former team that needs some bodies in the wide receiver room. Stills could be a huge contributor in the Saints’ new-look offense.

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