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WR Ted Ginn - New Orleans Saints

5-11, 185Born: 4-12-1985College: Ohio StateDrafted: Round 1, pick 9

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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Nov 20): Ginn's Week 10 was just a blip in an otherwise productive year. The Saints passing game came alive and losses on defense could keep him in more high-scoring games going forward. Keep Ginn in your WR3/Flex consideration list.

Week 12: at Los Angeles Rams

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FBG says: Tough matchup. Drew Brees returned to form last week as he had his best game of the season, passing for 385 yards and two touchdowns while giving up one interception. These are the kind of big games we used to expect of Brees on a weekly basis, but he hasn't had as much of a need to pass this season since the Saints have been rushing the ball so effectively and are finally getting good play out of their defense. Michael Thomas had double-digit targets for the third straight week and sixth time this season as he hauled in six of 11 targets for 91 yards. Brees really spread the ball around last week as four players finished with five or six receptions and between 74 and 91 yards. Alvin Kamara continues to play a big role in the passing offense while Ted Ginn bounced back from a one-catch showing in Week 10 to post 87 yards from six receptions. Colby Fleener had his best game of the season also with 91 yards on five receptions, but he has been a non-factor since back to back touchdowns in the Saints first two games this season. The Rams defense had one of their worst games of the season last week as they gave up 24 points with neither a sack nor a turnover. Coming into last week, the Rams secondary had been playing pretty well as they had at least one interception eight of nine games with just one quarterback passing for over 260 yards against them. They were torched on a few big plays by the Vikings last week, particularly on behalf of Adam Thielen. The big culprit here was slot cornerback Dominique Hatfield, who was forced into the game when Kayvon Webster sustained a concussion in the first half. Webster's status this week is uncertain, but if he sits, this should provide a mismatch opportunity for Michael Thomas and Ted Ginn on the outside. The Saints let Ginn and Thomas alternate sides, so Thomas should see Trumaine Johnson on some snaps as well. Johnson did a great job on Stefon Diggs last week, so this is not as positive of a matchup. Overall, the Rams still have a solid secondary with very talented safeties and a couple of elite interior defensive linemen to apply pressure on the quarterback. While the Rams still may not be able to stop this high-powered Saints offense in the midst of an eight-game winning streak, it still should be a tough matchup on the road for Drew Brees and company.

Recent Stats and Projections

8 vs CHI 37 0 0 0 4 2 68 0 0 6.8
9 vs TB 37 0 0 0 5 4 59 1 0 10.9
10 at BUF 50 0 0 0 1 1 3 0 0 0.3
11 vs WAS 53 1 -12 0 6 6 87 0 0 7.5
12 at LAR PROJ-Dodds * 1 * * 3 * * * *
12 at LAR PROJ-Tremblay * 1 * * 3 * * * *
12 at LAR PROJ-Bloom * 0 * * 4 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2017 Week 11 vs WAS (6 / 6 / 87 / 0 rec, 1 / -12 / 0 rush)

Ted Ginn bounced back nicely after a disappointing game last week against Buffalo in which he was held to just one catch for three yards. Ginn caught all six of his targets which has been a trend this season as he has caught 35 of his 43 targets as the Saints are trying to put him in position in which he can make a catch and run after the catch. Ginn primarily worked over the middle of the field on post routes in which he caught two catches over 20-yards in the first half one for 22 yards the other for 23 yards. For as good as Ginn was in this game, he was only credited with three yards after the catch as most of his receptions in this game were contested catches in which he was either going to the ground or brought down quickly.

2017 Week 9 vs TB (5 / 4 / 59 / 1 rec)

Another week and another big play from Ted Ginn. The speedy receiver has not lost any volume of work with the return of Willie Snead and continues to be a down field threat for Drew Brees. Ginn was third on the team in targets, third in receiving yards and broke a 36-yard play for a touchdown. Ginn beat his man off the line and was able to haul in a 36-yard pass in the end zone before the safety could come across and make a play. Brees made a beautiful fake pitch that seemed to fool half the defense and it was an easy pass and catch from there. Ginn has always been known for his blazing speed and big play ability and today was just another show case. The Saints have relied more on Brandon Coleman and Alvin Kamara in the screen game, but it is still Ginn that stretches the field and opens things up for everyone else.

2017 Week 8 vs CHI (4 / 2 / 68 / 0 rec)

While Ginn may have been second on the team in receiving yards this week, the majority of those yards came on one play. Ginn ran down the right sideline and went up to make an unbelievable catch in double coverage. Brees did not quite have enough arm strength to hit Ginn in stride after he had beaten his man and the safety came barring down as the ball hung up in the air. Ginn had to stop his route and come back to catch the ball at the highest point. This may not have been the smartest throw and Mark Ingram fumbled the ball back to the Bears two plays later. Ginn continues to be a boom or bust option for the Saints but is still a viable deep threat with his speed.

2017 Week 7 vs GB (7 / 7 / 141 / 0 rec)

Ginn was the most productive receiver today, catching all 7 of his targets and eclipsing 100 receiving yards. The only thing he did not do was find the end zone. His biggest play came on a 47-yard catch and run in a back and forth second half. This play helped to set up the field goal that would put the Saints up for good. Ginn caught the ball after settling into the void between the linebacker and safety in zone coverage. He then broke all the way across the field and worked up the sideline. If he had beaten Ha-ha Clinton Dix to the corner, he would have strolled into the end zone and put the game further out of reach. Ginn has always been a boom or bust receiver, relying on these big plays to make an impact. 7 catches establishes a season-high for Ginn and with how successful Ingram and Kamara have been there was no need to get him involved in the running game.

2017 Week 6 vs DET (4 / 4 / 66 / 1 rec, 1 / 3 / 0 rush)

There was not a lot of success to be had through the air today but Ginn was able to make his own magic. Brees hit him on two different crossing routes that were only 10 yards deep that Ginn was able to turn upfield and run past his man. The first play resulted in a 25-yard total gain with more than half of the yards coming from Ginn after the catch and the second play resulted in a 20-yard reception that Ginn turned the corner and ran into the end zone. Brees did not try any down the field shots to Ginn like he is known for but the speedy receiver was able to make a few guys miss and lead the team in reception yards this week. Brees has several weapons and Ginn just happened to be the most effective receiver today.

2017 Week 4 vs MIA (2 / 2 / 25 / 0 rec, 1 / 9 / 0 rush)

The speedy receiver has faded into the background for the Saints as the season wears on. Brees was content to check the ball down to running backs out of the backfield and only looked Ginn's way twice. The big play on the day came on a 21-yard pass down the left side of the field. Ginn went up and over the corner to make a spectacular catch. His legs were taken out from under him on the tackle but he popped back up uninjured. Ginn also added one rush for 9-yards on the end around but was not used again.

2017 Week 3 vs CAR (3 / 2 / 44 / 1 rec, 1 / 15 / 0 rush)

With all of the added attention going to Michael Thomas after the game's first drive, Ginn was able to break free for a big 40-yard touchdown. Ginn ran a deep crossing route and then simply outran the entire defense to get into the end zone. Brees also overthrew Ginn on what would have been an easy touchdown earlier in the game and missed by a wide margin. Ginn was unable to break free for the rest of the game even with the Panthers focusing more on Michael Thomas than anyone else.

2017 Week 1 vs MIN (5 / 4 / 53 / 0 rec, 1 / 5 / 0 rush)

Ginn had the potential for a big night as he was covered by 39-year old corner Terrance Newman for the majority of the night, but was unable to really break free. Issues with the Saints' offensive line did not give Brees enough time to let many of the longer developing plays to Ginn to really get going. The lone big play came on a 27-yard strike to Ginn where he burned Newman down the sideline to help setup another Saints field goal. Some of Ginn's deep routes were taken by speedster TommyLee Lewis, and Ginn's name was only called on one jet sweep in the running game.


Latest News

Saints | Solid line for Ted Ginn Jr. (Sun Nov 19, 10:35 PM) - New Orleans Saints WR Ted Ginn Jr. caught six passes for 87 yards in a 34-31 win over the Washington Redskins in Week 11.

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Saints | Ted Ginn quiet in blowout win (Sun Nov 12, 07:20 PM) - New Orleans Saints WR Ted Ginn Jr. managed just one catch for three yards on his only target in Week 10 against the Buffalo Bills.

Our View: Ginn was quiet because the Saints didn't need to air it out to win this blowout. He's still worth a boom/bust WR3/Flex look next week against the Washington defense that couldn't contain Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs.
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