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30.12.2019 06:41
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The Saints have seen tight ends catch a fair number of passes from Drew Brees since Jimmy Graham was traded ahead of the 2015 season Antonio Brown Jersey White , but Benjamin Watson Coby Fleener and others didn’t make the same kind of offensive impact that Graham made in New Orleans.There’s hope that Jared Cook can provide that kind of wrinkle to the offense after joining the team as a free agent this offseason. In fact, tight ends coach Dan Campbell suggested the team will reach into the vault to break out some of the plays they used when Graham was in town in order to get the most out of Cook this season.“The base is already here, the foundation for that is already here because they had a guy like [Graham],” Campbell said, via Luke Johnson of “Look, we’ve already got what we need, we can brush off some of the stuff we’ve done before without any problem. We’re going to do what [Cook] does best, we’re going to use those plays Bo Jackson Jersey White , but let’s see everything he can do. Let’s test him.”Scoring points wasn’t a problem for the Saints without Cook in the lineup. If he meets expectations, it should be even less of an issue for the team this time around. Nine snaps. That’s all team captain and $8 million man Bruce Irvin played in Thursday night’s loss to the 49ers. On a team that can’t generate pressure, having their sack leader standing on the sideline doesn’t seem like an ideal plan. But that’s what the Raiders are going with, for better or for worse.Friday after the 34-3 loss in which the Raiders were held without a sack and just two QB hits, Gruden was asked to explain Irvin’s drop in playing time.“Last night we were not in our nickel defense very much,” said Gruden. “Remember we’re a 4-3 team now, we’re not a 3-4, so in the base defense , sometimes he doesn’t fit the role that we need done. No disrespect to Bruce, but he’s an edge rusher and we haven’t had a lead and we haven’t had the opposition behind in the chains a lot, so his role has been reduced. I know he’s frustrated. I’m frustrated and we’ll try to solve that as soon as possible. He’s a good player. He’s a good player.”Irvin had been given just 24 snaps (31%) in the loss to the Colts last week despite the team holding a lead into the fourth quarter and it being a one-score game with just over three minutes left in the game. And the game in London against the Seahawks was the first time since week two that Irvin has played more than 60% of the snaps.After that bad loss in London, Irvin was clearly frustrated and seemed to be trying to be flippant about it, saying “We may have lost, but I got a hot wife to go home to.”He has seen 33 snaps in the two games since. And the Raiders haven’t had a sack with just three total QB hits. The worst pass rushing team in the league is actually getting worse. Seemingly by design.Follow @LeviDamien

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