Oct 15, 2017; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton on the sidelines in the second half against the Detroit Lions at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

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Saints young players are ascending

Coach Sean Payton sounds off on his rookies

Kristian Garic
October 17, 2017 - 10:09 am
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The Saints have one of the youngest rosters in the NFL.  The younger players like rookie CB Marshon Lattimore, OL Ryan Ramczyk, RB Alvin Kamara, and CB Ken Crawley are making significant contributions on the Saints current three game winning streak. Coach Sean Payton really likes what he's seen from his young team mixed in with some really good play from veterans like defensive end Cam Jordan.

"I liked our energy I thought we were the more physical team. I thought we did a good job disrupting the passing game. Cam (Jordan), Marshon Lattimore, was outstanding. It was a good team win," explained Saints coach Sean Payton after his team won their third straight game of the season on Sunday against the Detroit Lions 52-38. 

New Orleans placed a big emphases regaining home field advantage this season after struggling in the dome since 2013.  The Saints were able to cash in on three defensive touchdowns in the win over Detroit.  That is a franchise record. 

"I thought the crowd noise was a factor," Payton praised the Who Dat Nation in the Dome on Sunday. Payton also likes the way his team has battled out of an 0-2 deficit to start the season. "Digging out of a 0-2 hole, and the players starting to feel that confidence. You can't be a roller coaster up and down team". 

While the team is growing up and improving week in week out, the Saints have a real shot at going on a nice run in the next four games. This week they'll travel to Green Bay to take on the Packers, but it's without QB Aaron Rodgers under center for the Pack, he suffered a broken collarbone on Sunday and will likely miss the remainder of the season.  After the Packers, the Saints have two straight home games against the Bears and Buccaneers. 

"They understand what's at stake, and this stretch here.  This is a quarter poll with three of the next four games at home. We're watching some young players right in front of our eyes ascend into starters and playing well," Payton said. ​

I'm sure Payton will do his best to keep a young team grounded but it's hard not to be excited about what you've see from the Saints in last three games.  For the better part of three years the offense has carried this franchise, and it looks like that's changing with an opportunistic defense and a really solid special teams group. 

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