The New Orleans Saints dropped a difficult defeat at the hands of the Jacksonville Jaguars on Thursday Night Football 31-24. The Saints’ offense was lackluster through the first three quarters of the game before finally springing to life in the fourth. Derek Carr and the Saints offense found its footing late, but New Orleans fell short, dropping to 3-4.
TE Foster Moreau took the loss worse than anyone else, following a brutal drop of a Derek Carr dime that should have resulted in a game-tying TD.
Oh no Foster Moreau…
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Moreau has battled bigger obstacles than what the Saints’ TE will encounter on the NFL football field. Moreau was diagnosed with cancer, specifically Hodgkin’s lymphoma, during a routine physical in the spring of 2023. The Saints TE publicly announced that the cancer is in remission, focusing solely on his NFL career.
Unfortunately for Moreau and the Saints, the dropped pass left the TE and his teammates searching for answers after the game.
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What Did Foster Moreau Say About the Dropped TD Pass?
The broken-hearted TE didn’t sugarcoat his comments following Thursday night’s loss, accepting all the blame and pain that comes with the error.
“It’s tough in front of every man, woman, and child that I’ve ever known. It’s a dark place to be. It’s the National Football League. It doesn’t come down to one play, but it comes down to one play. Our team fought hard. It’s unacceptable.”
Reporters asked the Saints TE to elaborate on the difficulty of the play, and Moreau continued to shoulder the blame.
“They pay us to do a job. It’s routine. It was the right throw. It was the right read. I ran a little short on the route. I thought something different. That’s a lack of focus. That’s a lack of concentration. It’s unacceptable.”
What Did Moreau’s Teammates Say Following the Game?
Saints QB Derek Carr has faced criticism throughout his NFL career and knows what it is like when you are the one who makes a critical mistake. Carr spoke on the leadership of the locker room.
“It doesn’t come down to one play. And our job as brothers, family, and teammates is to go rally around him. I’ve been in that moment where I miss a throw or throw a bad pick (interception), and you feel like everyone hates you. But our job as teammates no matter the situation, good or bad, put our arm around him and keep him pushing.
The Saints could never get the ground game going on Thursday night. They did rush for 100 yards as a team, but the Jaguars’ defensive front seven often had its way with the Saints’ injured offensive line. The Saints were missing three starters along the offensive line and it showed — they only ran for 3.6 ypc.
Carr threw 55 passes, targeting Alvin Kamara 14 times and Chris Olave 15 times. Moreau caught three of his four targets, but it will be the lone drop that everyone will remember.