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New Orleans Saints vs. Houston Texans Tonight; New Reggie Bush

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Reggie BushThe Saints will face the Texans in Week 2 of the preseason on Saturday at 7 p.m. at Houston's Reliant Stadium.

Saints quarterback Drew Brees wants to reboot his offense and coach Sean Payton and Texans coach Gary Kubiak both said they plan to play their starters 20-25 snaps which should fall some- where in the second quarter

The Saints (1-0) won't open up their playbook too much because they face the Texans (1-0) again in Week 3 of the regular season.

One thing that makes this game interesting is that the Saints took a completely different approach in last Friday's victory over the 49ers. Head coaches sometimes speak to one another before a preseason game to discuss how long the starters will play and where the thing goes from there.

When Payton didn't hear from 49ers rookie head coach Jim Harbaugh, he told defensive coordinator Gregg Williams, "Go for it." Williams called 18 blitzes in the first half, and the Saints forced two fumbles and got six sacks on their way to a 24-3 win.

"Gregg's aggressive," Kubiak told the Houstron Chronicle. "They're a very fast offensive team and they're very aggressive on defense, a lot of pressure. He's one of the best, he's been doing this for a long time and I've got a lot of respect for him. You better be on your toes when you play him.

The Saints made very few changes a year ago after winning the Super Bowl. This season, they could have 20 new faces on the roster.

Undrafted rookie wide receiver Joe Morgan is focused on "improving every way I can." He returned a punt 78 yards for a touchdown and made an acrobatic 21-yard catch along the sideline in his first NFL game.

His touchdown was named the No. 1 play of week one of the NFL preseason by Sports Center and No. 2 by NFL Network.

"It has been a normal week for me except for some of my teammates joking about it and calling me No. 1," joked Morgan. "I have to put that touchdown and the 49ers game behind me."

Morgan played two seasons at Walsh after spending his first two at Illinois and had 79 catches for 1,317 yards and 9 touchdowns.

He will get his second chance to prove himself Saturday night. Despite the fanfare that came with his highlight plays in the opener, he knows it didn't guarantee anything.

There are 90 players on the Saints roster and only 53 will make the final roster that will be announced on Sept. 3. Morgan said his approach is to take very opportunity he gets as it is his last.

"Friday night was fun and exciting, but I haven't earned anything yet," said Morgan. " "Right now, I'm focusing on ways I can improve and working with coach as much as I can. I don't know when my number will be called, but I know I will be ready."

The game will be regionally telecast on CST and Fox 8 with Tim Brando handling play-by-play, Solomon Wilcots serving as color analyst and Mike Nabors covering the action on the Saints sidelines.

The contest can be heard throughout the Gulf Coast on the Saints Radio Network (870 AM or 105.3 FM) with Jim Henderson handling play-by-play, former Saints fullback Hokie Gajan serving as color analyst and Kristian Garic on the Saints sidelines.

Reggie, Reggie

Welcome to Miami, Reggie Bush. One half of football and you're officially a hit. The former Saints running back totaled 81 yards from scrimmage in three series. He ran 8 times for 48 yards and caught 2 passes for 33 yards. "I wanted to make an impression with the fans right away," Bush told the Miami Herald. "I thought that was important. I'm all about respect and I'm about earning respect, too." Was that really Reggie Bush? "It's always been me," said Bush. "The difference is in the past I got away from that a little bit because I knew in my mind I was only going to touch the ball three or four times, run the ball three of four times a game. So I got away from an element of who I am and that's being aggressive and attacking." "Reggie, Reggie, Reggie," the fans repeated in unison during the first quarter and then again before halftime."...Bush's former girlfriend, Kim Kardashian, was married on Saturday...

Al Davis, 82, managing general partner of the Raiders, did not make an appearance at the Oakland training camp. Defensive tackle Tommie Kelly put it best when he said, "The old man is always around even when he's not around."...Name of the week: Dallas Butts, one of those Navy offensive linemen...Parting shot: "I give 100 per cent, 10 per cent of the time."...

by Ed Staton

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Ed Staton is a former sports writer for the Times Picayune and New Orleans States Item.  He also served as the New Orleans Saints Information Director.  He has won 43 media awards in writing, design and photography. | This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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