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Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Sean Payton explains his comment to CBS' broadcast team that Saints quarterback Taysom Hill could be the "next Steve Young."

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Training camp MVPs for all 32 NFL teams

NFL Nation tabs Mr. Training Camp for every team, from the reigning Defensive Player of the Year to a potential quarterback of the future.

Hill tosses two second-half TDs (0:39)

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Sean Payton revealed after Sunday's game that Teddy Bridgewater was sick and that he thought about taking him out of the game a little earlier -- but the Saints only had two QBs available since they wanted to keep Drew Brees sidelined. Payton also stressed that Bridgewater "didn't get a lot of help" while the Saints offense struggled in the first half. ... Meanwhile, backup QB Taysom Hill deserves praise for rallying the Saints to a come-from-behind win with his arm (11-of-15 for 136 yards and 2 TDs) and his legs (five carries for 53 yards). CBS' broadcasters also revealed that Payton compared Hill's potential to Steve Young in their pregame meetings.

Perryman hit sticks runner to force fumble (0:26)

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

For the second straight preseason game, the long shot making the best case to make New Orleans' 53-man roster is undrafted kick returner Deonte Harris from Assumption College. Harris, who set the NCAA all-divison record with 14 career return TDs, has three punt returns for 40 yards Sunday, with a long of 26 yards. He also had a 19-yarder negated by penalty, and he has two kickoff returns for 50 yards. The Saints signed veteran punt-return specialist Marcus Sherels in free agency, but Sherels has missed the first two preseason games because of a poorly-timed injury.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Rough day for Saints QB Teddy Bridgewater, who started in place of Drew Brees for the second straight week. Bridgewater completed just 5 of 12 passes for 40 yards and an interception -- with a paltry passer rating of 16. Bridgewater has looked much more polished throughout training camp and the preseason opener. But he was off-target several times Sunday against the Chargers, missing receivers high and behind them to kill multiple drives. Fortunately, his backup job is secure in New Orleans. Unfortunately, Bridgewater wants to thrive in these precious opportunities before hitting the open market again after the season.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Third-year DE Trey Hendrickson has been a dominant presence in the first quarter of the Saints' second preseason game while starting in place of Cameron Jordan. He has been in the backfield three or four times to disrupt plays, drawing one holding penalty. Hendrickson has flashed throughout training camp. A third-year leap would be huge for the Saints, who need a third DE to emerge behind starters Jordan and Marcus Davenport now that veteran Alex Okafor is gone. ... Saints DT David Onyemata is also having a good game, including a tipped pass that was intercepted. Onyemata will also play a vital role this year while Sheldon Rankins recovers from a torn Achilles.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Second-year Saints WR Keith Kirkwood returned to practice Thursday after missing two weeks with an unspecified injury. The 6-foot-3, 210-pounder played a significant role with the Saints during the second half of last season as an undrafted rookie. And he has a chance to be their No. 3 or 4 receiver again if he can hold off this year's crop of undrafted rookies. ... The Saints were pretty healthy overall in their first practice against the Chargers in Los Angeles. RB Alvin Kamara and OTs Terron Armstead and Ryan Ramczyk returned from shorter absences — though Kamara and WR Michael Thomas were limited to just individual drills before working off to the side with trainers, according to reporters in attendance. LB Alex Anzalone remained sidelined.

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Superdome to be renovated before '24 Super Bowl

New Orleans' Superdome, the iconic domed stadium that's home to the Saints football team, will be getting a $450 million facelift before it hosts its next Super Bowl in 2024.

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The Saints signed undrafted rookie LB Drew Lewis. The 6-foot-2, 225-pounder from Colorado spent time with both the Texans and Colts this offseason but was waived by both teams.

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Judge: NFL can hold off on depositions in suit

Louisiana's Supreme Court has ruled that the NFL can hold off, for now, on providing documents and answering questions in a Saints fan's lawsuit over referees' failure to call crucial penalties in a playoff game won by the Rams.

Carpenter expects Brees to still have good season (1:13)
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Louisiana Gov. working on extending Saints lease

Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards says the state is working on lease extensions with the New Orleans Saints designed to keep the NFL club in the Superdome for up to 30 additional years.

WR Matthews retires from NFL (0:53)

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Second-year Saints WR Tre'Quan Smith made an impressive catch from Drew Brees in the middle of traffic during a hurry-up 11-on-11 drill Monday. It was a different kind of catch than we typically saw from Smith as rookie, when the third-round pick mostly played on the outside and admittedly struggled a bit to learn multiple positions/nuances. I've heard he has progressed in those areas in Year 2. The Saints could really use more consistency from him as they look for receivers to rely on beyond Michael Thomas and Ted Ginn Jr.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Saints rookie LB Kaden Elliss, as usual, was the last player signing autographs after practice Monday. He said he sees Drew Brees out here doing it all the time. And if Brees can make time, he certainly can too. Defensive coordinator Dennis Allen said of Elliss' positive personality: "He's never had a bad day." Elliss has also earned praise on the field. He played the most defensive snaps and the most special teams snaps of anyone on the team in the preseason opener.

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WR Matthews retires days after leaving Saints

Rishard Matthews announced his retirement from the NFL on Monday, writing on Instagram that he was fed up by feeling he was disposable as an NFL player.

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