With Chris Olave (hamstring) out, the Saints' wideout corps will consist of Rashid Shaheed, Tre'Quan Smith, Marquez Callaway, Kirk Merritt and Kirkwood. 1 HOUR AGO • ROTOWIRE Taysom Hill - Could benefit from poor weather Hill may be in store for more carries than usual in Saturday's game against the Browns due to a forecast in Cleveland that includes frigid temperatures and sustained winds of almos... Impact Though Hill is listed as tight end on the Saints' official roster, he continues to be deployed in a variety of ways on offense.
Impact Merritt was promoted to the active roster for each of the last two games, though he did not record a catch while playing just nine of his 35 snaps on offense during this span. The 25-year-old could be in line for increased playing time versus Atlanta after veteran wideout Jarvis Landry (ankle) was placed on injured reserve Thursday. With Chris Olave (hamstring) also ruled out for Week 16, expect Merritt to slot in as New Orleans' No. 4 wideout behind Rashid Shaheed, Tre'Quan Smith and Marquez Callaway on Saturday. 1 DAY AGO • ROTOWIRE Marcus Maye - Status up in the air for Saturday Maye is considered questionable to play in Saturday's game against the Browns due to a shoulder injury, Terrin Waack of The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.
The Saints left Eno Benjamin on the inactive list last week, while David Johnson carried just four times behind Kamara and Hill and lost a fumble. 6 HOURS AGO • ROTOWIRE Alvin Kamara - Could be headed for heavy usage New Orleans could lean more heavily on the Kamara-led ground attack in Saturday's game against the Browns due to a forecast in Cleveland that includes frigid temperatures and susta... Impact With 32 pass attempts per game, the Saints have already ranked in the bottom half of the league this season, but the poor weather and the absence of two key receivers in Chris Olave (hamstring) and Jarvis Landry (ankle) could prompt New Orleans to skew even more run-heavy than usual. Moreover, the Browns defense has proven to be more vulnerable against the run, as the unit surrenders 133.
1 rushing yards per game, tied for the eighth-worst mark in the league. Coming off a 21-carry, 91-yard effort in the Week 15 win over the Falcons, Kamara should be busy again Saturday, as should Taysom Hill. Though he's listed as a tight end, Hill essentially served as the primary backup to Kamara last week, as he carried seven times for 30 yards in addition to throwing for 80 yards and a touchdown on two pass attempts. 6 HOURS AGO • ROTOWIRE Rashid Shaheed - Could be No. 1 wideout Saturday Shaheed appears to be in line to serve as the Saints' No. 1 receiver Saturday in Cleveland with Chris Olave (hamstring) ruled out for the contest and with Jarvis Landry (hamstring)... Impact Though the undrafted rookie out of Weber State didn't make his NFL debut until Week 6 and was initially deployed as a return man and gadget player, Shaheed has pushed for a more prominent role on offense in recent weeks. His snap share on offense has steadily been trending upward for each of the past six games, culminating in a breakout Week 15 outing against Atlanta in which he hauled in three of four targets for 95 yards and a touchdown while playing 71 percent of the snaps.
Impact The transaction effectively ends Landry's season, as the Saints will have to advance to the divisional round of the playoffs and the wideout's injury will need to be a relatively short-term concern if he's to have any chance at suiting up in the postseason. Landry had previously missed five consecutive games from Weeks 5 through 9 due to an ankle injury, so he may be dealing with a related setback after playing in each of the Saints' last five contests. Landry handled his second-lowest snap share of the season (35 percent) in this past week's win over the Falcons before failing to practice Wednesday and Thursday and then landing on IR.
1 DAY AGO • ROTOWIRE Dwayne Washington - Dealing with migraine issues Saints coach Dennis Allen said that Washington is dealing with a cluster of migraine headaches and will be ruled out for Saturday's game against Atlanta, Mike Triplett of NewOrlean... Impact Washington also sat out each practice of Week 15 prep while dealing with an illness before being ruled out for Sunday's win over the Falcons, though it's unclear if these migraines were the cause of his absence. Allen also said that the 28-year-old running back could be in line to miss multiple weeks while dealing with this issue, which would leave New Orleans without one of its core special-teamers moving forward.
Impact Limited for a second straight day, Trautman should be able to play Saturday in Cleveland after playing through the same injury last week and handling 65 percent of the offensive snaps in a 21-18 win over the Falcons. He was targeted just once, which isn't unusual when fellow tight end Juwan Johnson is healthy. 2 DAYS AGO • ROTOWIRE Cesar Ruiz - Dealing with Lisfranc injury Head coach Dennis Allen said Wednesday that Ruiz has a Lisfranc injury, Katherine Terrell of ESPN. com reports. Impact New Orleans placed Ruiz on injured reserve Tuesday with what has since been revealed as a Lisfranc injury. The 316-pounder will now miss at least the next four games.
If he ends up active for the Week 16 contest, Trautman will be the Saints' No. 2 option at tight end behind Juwan Johnson, but there could be an uptick in targets headed in both players' direction while New Orleans is without two of its starting receivers in Chris Olave (hamstring) and Jarvis Landry (ankle). 1 DAY AGO • ROTOWIRE Jarvis Landry - Heads to IR The Saints will place Landry (ankle) on injured reserve Thursday, Terrin Waack of The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.
While he can't be considered a safe bet to match nearly the eight targets per game Olave has earned this season, Shaheed should at least be more of a priority in the passing attack this week than either Tre'Quan Smith or Marquez Callaway. According to Sigler, Shaheed has run 89 routes since Week 11, while Callaway and Smith have ran only 12 and 10, respectively.
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However, coach Dennis Allen said Thursday that he feels the cornerback is "as close as he's been" to returning, " and that the team will continue to monitor him heading into Saturday's game, according to Mike Triplett of NewOrleans. Football. Even if Lattimore is active, it's possible he could be eased back into a starting role opposite Paulson Adebo, so Bradley Roby and Alontae Taylor could still be in line for significant roles versus Cleveland.
New Orleans Saints News - NFLKeith Kirkwood - Elevated for Week 16 The Saints elevated Kirkwood on Friday from their practice squad to the active roster for Saturday's matchup against the Browns. Impact Kirkwood will be available for the first time since Week 6, when he caught his lone target for 14 yards across 50 offensive snaps.
1 DAY AGO • ROTOWIRE Pete Werner - Ruled out again Week 16 Werner (hamstring) will not play in Saturday's game against the Browns, Terrin Waack of The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports. Impact Werner missed four games in a row after suffering an ankle injury during New Orleans' Week 9 loss to the Ravens. While he finally returned Week 15 against Atlanta, the second-year linebacker picked up a new hamstring issue that kept him sidelined for all three practices ahead of Saturday's contest, so he'll now look to work his way back ahead of the Saints' next game against Philadelphia on Sunday, Jan. 1. With Werner out again, expect Kaden Elliss, who logged 40 tackles while filling in during Werner's initial four-game absence, to step back into a near-every down role alongside Demario Davis on Saturday.
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In last week's win over the Falcons, he completed a 68-yard touchdown pass and added another 12-yard completion, but Hill saw his most involvement on the ground, carrying seven times for 30 yards. With New Orleans down two key receivers in Chris Olave (hamstring) and Jarvis Landry (ankle) and with the heavy winds likely to affect the passing game, the Saints may have even more incentive than usual to lean on the Alvin Kamara-led ground game. Kamara logged 21 carries of his own in the Week 15 win, but there were still some touches left over for Hill, who essentially acted as the Saints' top backup running back in the contest.
That said, with heavy winds and temperatures around 10 degrees Fahrenheit in the forecast for Cleveland on Saturday, it wouldn't be surprising if Shaheed's opportunities are limited in the likelihood that both teams favor run-heavy game plans. 7 HOURS AGO • ROTOWIRE Saints place veteran receiver Landry on injured reserve The New Orleans Saints have placed veteran receiver Jarvis Landry on injured reserve because of a nagging ankle injury21 HOURS AGO • ASSOCIATED PRESS Kirk Merritt - Moved back up to active roster The Saints elevated Merritt from the practice squad Thursday for Saturday's game against the Browns, Greg Auman of Fox Sports reports.
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Washington has not recorded a rush or catch since Week 9, so his absence won't affect the team's game plan on offense. 1 DAY AGO • ROTOWIRE Brrr-owns, Saints set to battle each other, frigid elements Huddling up will take on new meaning for the Browns and Saints1 DAY AGO • ASSOCIATED PRESS Adam Trautman - Gets questionable tag for Week 16 The Saints list Trautman (ankle) as questionable for Saturday's game at Cleveland, Terrin Waack of The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports. Impact Trautman was listed as a limited participant on practice reports issued Tuesday through Thursday, with his lack of full participation presumably standing in the way of him entering the weekend minus an injury designation.
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Impact Maye logged seven tackles and a season-high two passes defended while playing every defensive snap in Sunday's win over the Falcons. However, it appears he came away from this game with a shoulder injury, as he was limited in each practice during Week 16 prep. With fellow defensive back P. J. Williams (knee) also questionable to play, it's possible the Saints' secondary could be left undermanned against Cleveland. 1 DAY AGO • ROTOWIRE Marshon Lattimore - Chance to play Saturday Lattimore (abdomen) is listed as questionable for Saturday's game against the Browns, Terrin Waack of The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports. Impact Lattimore has not played since suffering an abdomen injury against Seattle in Week 5, and he has been listed as questionable before being ruled inactive ahead of each of the Saints' last three games.
With Landry out of the mix and with Chris Olave (hamstring) sidelined for at least Saturday's game in Cleveland, the Saints are left with Rashid Shaheed, Tre'Quan Smith and Marquez Callaway as their lone healthy receivers on the 53-man roster. 1 DAY AGO • ROTOWIRE Chris Olave - Sidelined for Week 16 Olave (hamstring) has been ruled out for Saturday's game against the Browns, Terrin Waack of The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports. Impact New Orleans will have to get by without two of its starting receivers in Week 16, as neither Olave nor Jarvis Landry (ankle) will be available after both weren't able to practice Friday in any fashion. With the star rookie sidelined and the veteran slot man sitting out, the Saints are left with Rashid Shaheed, Tre'Quan Smith and Marquez Callaway as their likely starting receiver trio. 1 DAY AGO • ROTOWIRE Adam Trautman - Limited in practice Trautman (ankle) was a limited practice participant Wednesday.
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