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Saints Postgame Notes

Posted Aug 5, 2012

Saints Rookie RB Travaris Cadet led the game in receiving with eight receptions for 80 yards and a touchdown

Pierre Thomas

Arizona Cardinals vs. New Orleans Saints ● Sunday, August 5, 2012

Hall of Fame Game

Saints Postgame Notes

*New Orleans now has a 23-23 all-time record in preseason openers. They also now have a 2-3 record now playing in the Hall of Fame game. The Saints have won their preseason opener for the second consecutive season.

*New Orleans is now 5-0 all-time against the Cardinals in the preseason with two of the meetings taking place while the Cardinals were located in St. Louis.

*New Orleans will immediately travel to New England, where they will practice with the Patriots on Tuesday and Wednesday before playing them in their second exhibition of the season at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass. on Thursday. Kickoff is at 6:30 p.m. CST and will be regionally televised on Cox Sports Television as well as being available in the New Orleans market on WVUE-8. The game can be heard on the Saints Radio Network (WWL 870 AM and 105.3 FM) in the New Orleans area.

*WR Joe Morgan, who played his home games at Fawcett Stadium in high school at adjoining McKinley and in college at Walsh, returned the opening kickoff for 29 yards. Morgan had three receptions for 35 yards. He also returned two punts for 34 yards.

*On New Orleans’ first drive, they went 77 yards on ten plays into the end zone on a one-yard touchdown run by RB Mark Ingram. Key plays on the drive included a screen pass from QB Drew Brees to RB Pierre Thomas for 20 yards, 12- and 11-yard runs by Thomas and RB Darren Sproles, a 12-yard completion from Brees to Morgan and a ten-yard run by Ingram.

*Brees played the opening series, where he drove New Orleans to a touchdown, ending with a one-yard run by Ingram. Brees completed four-of-five passes for 41 yards with a 100.8 passer rating.

*Ingram, Sproles, and Thomas all had carries of 10-yards or more on New Orleans’ opening drive.

*QB Chase Daniel entered on New Orleans’ second series and played most of the first half and the first series of the second half. Daniel finished 15 of 20 for 203 yards with one touchdown, one interception and a passer rating of 102.7. He was especially impressive in New Orleans’ final drive of the first half, where he took the ball with 1:48 remaining at the New Orleans six and drove the Saints to a touchdown, ending with a four-yard throw to RB Travaris Cadet. At one point in the first and second half, Daniel completed nine consecutive passes before he was intercepted.

*Making his NFL debut, the rookie runner Cadet proved to be a weapon in the passing game, as he led the Saints in catches, receiving yardage and receiving touchdowns with eight grabs for 80 yards with one TD.

*Seeing extensive action at wide receiver, Courtney Roby enjoyed an impressive performance with four receptions for 54 yards. Andy Tanner also had four receptions for 75 yards.

*The New Orleans starting defense enjoyed an impressive first three series’ as they recorded an interception and forced two three-and-outs, allowing only 21 net yards.

*S Malcolm Jenkins intercepted Arizona QB Kevin Kolb on their first possession at the Arizona 42-yard line.

*A fourth quarter third down sack by rookie DL Tyrunn Walker forced the Cardinals to punt.

*Rookie CB Laron Scott returned a kickoff in the second quarter 67 yards, helping set up a 22-yard field goal by K John Kasay.

*Martez Wilson and DT Tom Johnson split a sack at the two minute warning to force the Cardinals back to midfield and force Arizona to punt. Wilson later had a third down sack at the start of the third quarter of Cardinals QB Richard Bartel that forced Arizona to punt. Wilson finished with two tackles (one solo).

*LB Lawrence Wilson intercepted Cardinals QB Richard Bartel at the end of the fourth quarter on the New Orleans one-yard line. Wilson returned the ball 46-yards.


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