Saints QB Drew Brees avoids a sack against the Patriots

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Saints trying to stay strong after starting 0-2

Brees & co. remain optimistic

Kristian Garic
September 21, 2017 - 11:50 pm

The Saints are desperate for a win after starting out 0-2 with losses to the Vikings and Patriots. The Saints defense has been the major source of consternation with the fans, and media. The Saints defenders think the D is close to turning it around. "We knew it was going to be a challenging start to the season. Right now we have to rally and find our selves. We have the scheme, we have the people to do it. This week has been about staying strong, rallying and getting a W this week. We're right there, this team is a lot closer than it looks.  Watching film you can tell. It's just the little details. Those details are what we're trying to bear down on this week" said nose tackle Tyeler Davison.  The Saints have been plagued missed assignments and lack of communication on defense in the first two games of the season. 

I'm certain the Saints are growing tired of hearing about the abysmal start to the season but quarterback Drew Brees still feels like the team has had a really good week responding to early adversity "If you embrace the opportunity to get better and create a sense of urgency. This week we've rallied and circled the wagon and getting back to some of the basics and understand what it takes to win" Brees said. Winless football teams are hard to predict, the confidence of this team doesn't look tarnished but I would say it's very fragile right now. Sean Payton said it best after the game on Sunday "We're going to find out a lot about this team this week".  So true, and from what we already know, I am open to having my mind changed, but time is running out on this team in a very fresh season. 

The Saints injury report had a slight change from yesterday. OT Terron Armstead (shoulder), OT Zach Strief (knee), CB Marshon Lattimore (concussion) and TE Michael Hoomanawanui (illness) did not practice today.  That's two straight days Lattimore has missed practice and the chances of seeing him against Carolina don't look promising after sustaining a concussion last week against New England.  Lattimore is currently the Saints best cover man, and it would be a pretty significant loss if he can't play this week. DE Trey Hendrickson (knee) and CB Sterling Moore (chest) were limited in practice today.  The game status and final injury report will be released Friday. 

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