Fleur-de-Links: February 24, 2011

TWEETS:

Jeff Duncan
SEC representing big-time here with 53 of the 329 prospects, the most of any conference. LSU & Georgia lead SEC with eight players apiece.

Jeff Duncan
Interesting, Mike Mayock just compared Alabama RB Mark Ingram to RB Pierre Thomas on NFL Network.

Passed my first physical. Drinking some Vita Coco, getting hydrated, and about to go work out. I feel healthier...
" Im just tired of keeping my head up and pretending everything is alright when I am dying inside." - Imavictim.com

Heath Evans
(photos) NFL vs SWAT Softball Showdown 2011

Jeff Duncan
Shocking! RT @: @ I thought the G.M. Ireland said they hadn't discussed bringing in Shockey...HE LIED!!!

Jeff Duncan
Makes sense. RT @: Former Saints TE Jeremy Shockey took and passed a physical today with the Miami Dolphins.

Adam Schefter
Fans in 32 cities tweeting, asking if their team will sign Nnamdi. My sense is he'd like to be on East Coast. But no guesses till a new CBA.

Jeff Duncan
It's a hack attack in Indy. RT @: The NFL has issued a record 450 credentials for the combine. This place is packed.

Jeff Duncan
RT @: Sean Payton was on my flight yesterday. He said his kids will attend Liberty Christian. His family is moving to Westlake.

Heading out to John carney's charity event with @. San Diego here we come...

Jeff Duncan
Neither coach Sean Payton nor GM Mickey Loomis are scheduled to brief the media here today at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indy.

Statement by FMCS Director George H. Cohen on NFL-NFLPA Talks

I'm in Marion, Alabama today. Wow!! And I can admit I'm actually learning more about Perry county and it's black history. Nuff said

NOLA Saints Nation
#4 All time Saint... you might have heard of him. The one and only @ - story:

Jeff Duncan
My early flight to Indy for the Combine includes former Bama RB Mark Ingram, who is training in Nola.



SAINTS STUFF:

Seahawks | Tight end Jeremy Shockey is released by New Orleans Saints | NFL | Seattle Times Newspaper

Draft needs: New Orleans Saints - NFC South Blog - ESPN
1. Defensive end. The Saints let Charles Grant go last season and Alex Brown and Jimmy Wilkerson were adequate. But neither of them give the Saints anything special. The Saints need another pass rusher to go with Will Smith. The Gregg Williams defense is at its best when it can force other teams into turnovers.

New Orleans Saints reader comment: Mixed feelings about Jeremy Shockey's release | NOLA.com
Highlighting comments from our readers

Miami Dolphins general manager Jeff Ireland says 'no talks' so far with former New Orleans Saints tight end Jeremy Shockey | NOLA.com
Miami would seem like a nice fit for Shockey, but no link between the two so far

Former New Orleans Saints tight end Jeremy Shockey reportedly takes physical with Miami Dolphins | NOLA.com
Shockey was released by Saints earlier this week

 

NFL COMBINE BEGINS:

NFL Scouting Combine Information

NFL scouting combine is underway in Indianapolis | NOLA.com
Media availability begins today with offensive linemen, tight ends, specialists and selected coaches and general managers

 

CBA TALKS:

Mediation ends for now, resumes March 1 | ProFootballTalk
"Some progress was made, but very strong differences remain on the all-important core issues that separate the parties," mediator George Cohen said in a statement released by the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service.

NFL warning coaches not to talk to players during lockout | ProFootballTalk
Although the NFL is downplaying the significance of today’s big meeting with all 32 head coaches and general managers, the league office does have an important message for the bigwigs who run every team: Once the lockout starts, cut off all contact with players.

NFL, union meeting to wrap up week of mediation
WASHINGTON (AP) - There's a week left until the NFL's collective bargaining agreement with the players' union expires.

NFL general managers insist that labor uncertainty won't affect draft planning | NOLA.com
'Best available player' philosophy will reign, even if draft comes before free agency this year

 

LAGNIAPPE:

Terrytown couple wins Pro Bowl tickets from the Saints | NOLA.com
Beth even got to meet Saints kicker Garrett Hartley, who had also attended the "meeting."

LSU offensive tackle Joseph Barksdale hopes to showcase athleticism at NFL scouting combine | NOLA.com
Barksdale is considered mid- to late-round draft prospect

 

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