WATCH: Chris Olave has a ‘painful’ grin after being quizzed about Saints fans booing the team following loss to the Lions

Chris Olave had 119 receiving yards against the Lions on Sunday.


WATCH: Chris Olave has a ‘painful’ grin after being quizzed about Saints fans booing the team following loss to the Lions

Chris Olave had a wry smile during the interview (via screengrab)

The New Orleans Saints slipped to 5-7 after losing their week 13 matchup against the Detroit Lions. Although the final score read 28-33, the Saints were in a 21-point first-quarter hole as the Lions came out of the blocks firing. The Saints tried to rally in the second half, but they failed to topple the Lions’ early lead and lost the game. This was the Saints’ third loss in a row and their chances of making the playoffs are diminishing rather quickly.

It was a frustrating loss for New Orleans’ fans as they packed the Superdome on Sunday, only to see their team falter early. They let their feelings be known to the Saints’ players as they booed the entire team after the game. Their 2022 first-round pick, WR Chris Olave, was asked if the fans booing was warranted or not. All the receiver could do was manage a ‘painful’ smile.

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While talking to the reporters after the game, Olave was asked about the fans booing the team.

There should never be boos in a home stadium. 

As a follow-up to that statement, a reporter asked Olave if the boos were warranted after a difficult start to the season. The 23-year-old receiver could only muster a smile.

I don't know..Like I said, we just gotta be better as a team and just keep moving forward.

Olave so far this season has racked up 890 yards and 3 touchdowns on 68 receptions. He averages 13.1 yards per reception and is projected to have more than 1,200 receiving yards this season. Against the Lions on Sunday, Olave finished with 5 receptions for 119 yards.

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Derek Carr had high praise for Chris Olave

The Saints are having an up-and-down season so far. They are 5-7 and are on a three-game losing streak. Their young receiver Chris Olave has been a bright spot for them this campaign. The Saints’ QB Derek Carr had huge praise for Olave after their week 9 win over the Bears.

Chris Olave (L) and Derek Carr (R)
Chris Olave (L – via New Orleans Saints) and Derek Carr (R – via Sports Illustrated)

Carr told the reporters:

He's a young player..This is another thing that I think is a problem in this league, we don't give young guys a chance to grow and develop and go through their process. He's developing into what I think is going to be a tremendous player for a long time.

Carr further continued:

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He's a great teammate...He does anything you ever ask him. Sometimes even when it's the hard stuff, he goes in there and he does it. We called on him to put us in better field goal position. Boom, he comes up for us.

There have been rumors of a possible rift between the quarterback and the receiver. However, neither of those guys has acknowledged those rumors and continue to play together. They will hope that it translates to some wins going forward.

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