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Hill rallies Saints to 19-17 victory over Chargers

Sun Aug 18 7:14pm ET
By JOE REEDY
AP Sports Writer

Players: Drew Brees, Philip Rivers, Taysom Hill, Teddy Bridgewater, Melvin Gordon, Austin Carr, Wil Lutz, Dwayne Washington, Easton Stick, Devine Ozigbo

New Orleans Saints wide receiver Austin Carr, left, runs into the end zone for a touchdown during the second half of a preseason NFL football game against the Los Angeles Chargers, Sunday, Aug. 18, 2019, in Carson, Calif. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull )


Los Angeles Chargers running back Troymaine Pope (35) returns a punt for a touchdown against the New Orleans Saints during the first half of a preseason NFL football game Sunday, Aug. 18, 2019, in Carson, Calif. (AP Photo/Kelvin Kuo )


Los Angeles Chargers wide receiver Andre Patton, left, makes a touchdown reception against the New Orleans Saints during the first half of a preseason NFL football game Sunday, Aug. 18, 2019, in Carson, Calif. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)


Los Angeles Chargers wide receiver Andre Patton (15) celebrates after a touchdown reception against the New Orleans Saints during the first half of a preseason NFL football game Sunday, Aug. 18, 2019, in Carson, Calif. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull )


Los Angeles Chargers defensive back Jaylen Watkins (27) intercepts a pass during the first half of a preseason NFL football game against the New Orleans Saints, Sunday, Aug. 18, 2019, in Carson, Calif. (AP Photo/Kelvin Kuo)


New Orleans Saints quarterback Teddy Bridgewater fumbles during the first half of a preseason NFL football game against the Los Angeles Chargers, Sunday, Aug. 18, 2019, in Carson, Calif. (AP Photo/Kelvin Kuo )


New Orleans Saints quarterback Teddy Bridgewater (5) is pressured by Los Angeles Chargers linebacker Uchenna Nwosu (42) during the first half of a preseason NFL football game Sunday, Aug. 18, 2019, in Carson, Calif. (AP Photo/Kelvin Kuo)


CARSON, Calif. (AP) Taysom Hill had 191 yards of offense and directed three second-half scoring drives to help the New Orleans Saints rally for a 19-17 exhibition victory over the Los Angeles Chargers on Sunday.

In a game where Philip Rivers and Drew Brees were sideline observers, Hill supplied most of the quarterback highlights. The third-year, all-purpose player was 11 of 15 for 136 yards and a pair of touchdowns and ran for 55 yards. New Orleans trailed 17-3 at halftime.

Hill threw a 27-yard TD pass to Austin Carr with 3:10 remaining in the third quarter to bring the Saints (1-1) to 17-10.

He then directed an 11-play, 69-yard drive midway through the fourth quarter that culminated in a 1-yard TD pass to Devine Ozigbo. The Saints went for 2, but Hill was sacked by Anthony Lanier II.

Following a Chargers punt, Hill drove the Saints into field goal range, where Will Lutz made a 28-yarder with 1:08 remaining.

Troymaine Pope returned a punt 81 yards and Andre Patton had five receptions for 62 yards for the Chargers (0-2).

The Chargers led 10-3 late in the second quarter when Pope ran back Thomas Morestead's punt with three seconds remaining. Pope - a second-year running back - made three New Orleans defenders miss within the first 15 yards before finding an opening up the left sideline and outrunning Dwayne Washington to the end zone.

Patton, who did not play in the Aug. 8 preseason opener at Arizona due to injury, gave the Chargers a 7-3 lead with 5:32 remaining when he got past New Orleans cornerback P.J. Williams and hauled in a 26-yard pass from Cardale Jones to complete a 10--play, 98-yard drive.

Jones, who is in a battle with fifth-round pick Easton Stick for the third quarterback spot, was 10 of 14 for 111 yards and a touchdown.

CHARGERS BACKFIELD

Austin Ekeler and Justin Jackson, who have been getting most of the snaps at running back while Melvin Gordon holds out, struggled.

Ekeler was held to nine yards on three carries while Jackson had eight rushes for 33 yards. Both backs didn't have many clean rushing lanes as the Saints' defensive line had the advantage over the Chargers' offensive line.

SELF-INFLICTED ERRORS

New Orleans moved the ball well at times but had two critical turnovers in the red zone. Washington had a ball bounce off his hands and into the arms of safety Jaylen Watkins at the Chargers' 2-yard line for an interception during the second quarter. Los Angeles would take advantage and drive for a touchdown.

During the fourth quarter, linebacker Denzel Perryman forced Ozigbo to fumble and it was recovered by Adarius Pickett at the LA 9.

STRONG DEBUT

Chargers first-round pick Jerry Tillery played in his first game and recorded a sack during the second quarter. The defensive tackle, the 28th overall selection in April's draft, got past two offensive linemen to bring down Teddy Bridgewater.

UP NEXT

Saints: Visit the New York Jets next Saturday as Brees is likely to get his only snaps of the preseason.

Chargers: Host Seattle next Saturday.

Player Notes
Eddy Pineiro Sep 24 3:10am ET

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Adam Shaheen Sep 24 3:00am ET

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Anthony Miller Sep 24 2:50am ET

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Trey Burton Sep 24 2:50am ET

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Allen Robinson Sep 24 2:40am ET

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Tarik Cohen Sep 24 2:40am ET

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Cordarrelle Patterson Sep 24 2:40am ET

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Taylor Gabriel Sep 24 2:30am ET

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David Montgomery Sep 24 2:30am ET

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Mitch Trubisky Sep 24 2:20am ET

Chicago Bears quarterback Mitch Trubisky completed 25-of-31 passes for 231 yards, three touchdowns and one interception in the Bears convincing 31-15 win over the Redskins. Trubisky was on point in the first half, completing 20-of-23 passes for 173 yards and three touchdowns, all to wide receiver Taylor Gabriel. The maligned third-year quarterback cashed in on two short-field scoring opportunities thanks to a dominant defense and then made the best play of his young season. Trubisky rolled out and delivered a dime to Gabriel for a 36-yard touchdown and a 28-0 lead. Trubisky still showed glimpses of inaccuracy and his lone interception was a terrible throw in the red zone but the Bears quarterback is making progress. Trubisky is gaining confidence but will have a tough test at home in Week 4 against the Vikings.

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Jalen Hurd Sep 24 1:20am ET

San Francisco 49ers rookie wide receiver Jalen Hurd (back) is trying to recover from a hairline fracture in his back, but he could return to practice next Monday, according to head coach Kyle Shanahan. Hurd has yet to make his NFL debut, but he'll have a shot to do so after the team's Week 4 bye. It would still probably be overly optimistic to expect him to play in Week 5, though, even if he returns to practice next week. On a Niners team that is mixing in Marquise Goodwin, Deebo Samuel, Dante Pettis, Kendrick Bourne and Richie James, it's hard to see Hurd having a significant role in his rookie season. He remains more of a dynasty/keeper league stash.

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Travis Benjamin Sep 24 1:20am ET

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San Francisco 49ers cornerback Ahkello Witherspoon (foot) is expected to miss at least a month with a foot sprain, according to head coach Kyle Shanahan. Emmanuel Moseley will be first in line to replace Witherspoon, but a competition with Jason Verrett and others will take place. San Francisco's secondary will need to step up. Luckily they'll have a Week 4 bye to figure things out before being tested by Baker Mayfield and Odell Beckham Jr. on Monday night in Week 5. The Browns could have their way with San Fran's secondary in that matchup.

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DeSean Jackson Sep 24 1:10am ET

Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver DeSean Jackson (groin) was listed as a non-participant on the team's estimated Monday practice report. Jackson sat out in Week 3 and is pretty much doubtful to suit up on Thursday night against the Packers. You need to be making other plans if he's on your roster. Nelson Agholor has been the biggest beneficiary with both Jackson and Alshon Jeffery (calf) basically missing the last two games. However, Jeffery has a chance to return this Thursday and the Packers secondary has improved drastically from a year ago. If Jeffery returns and D-Jax remains out, Jeffery and tight end Zach Ertz will likely be Carson Wentz's main targets.

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Chris Carson Sep 24 1:10am ET

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Jimmy Graham Sep 24 1:00am ET

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Aaron Jones Sep 24 1:00am ET

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T Y Hilton Sep 24 12:50am ET

Indianapolis Colts head coach Frank Reich said that wide receiver T.Y. Hilton (quadriceps) aggravated his quadriceps injury in Week 3 against the Falcons. "We'll see how he progresses this week," Reich said. Thankfully for his fantasy owners, Hilton did all of his damage in the first half (eight catches, 65 yards, one touchdown) before getting injured and not returning after halftime. You'll have to keep a close eye on his practice status this week, but Hilton would remain a strong WR2 if he suits up against the Raiders. If he's inactive in Week 4, the Colts could lean heavily on the run while rookie Parris Campbell and Deon Cain work as the likely top receivers.

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Ito Smith Sep 24 12:40am ET

Atlanta Falcons running backs Ito Smith and Kenjon Barner are both in the concussion protocol after suffering head injuries in the Week 3 loss to the Colts. Smith saw just one carry on Sunday before his injury. He has very limited standalone value in fantasy if Devonta Freeman is healthy. If Smith cannot get cleared for Week 4 against the Titans, Brian Hill and rookie Qadree Ollison would likely battle for scraps behind Freeman. Barner has only one catch for four yards in 2019 and is not a fantasy option at all when he's healthy.

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