Fleur-de-Links: April 18, 2011

TWEETS:

NFLPlayerNews
Source: New England Patriots to host Alabama running back Mark Ingram: The New ...

I think I'm starting to miss my teammates!
NFLPlayerNews
NFL says concussion treatment improved in '10: NFL medical personnel say there ...

Jeff Duncan
Correct & corrected. RT @: didn't Saints wind up getting two first rounders for R. Williams because he ran for 1800 the next season

I don't know about no eggs and avocado, but grits with sugar and butter is bomb!!!!!

Reggie Bush
Is it normal to eat Avocado on your eggs? I've never seen that before? Lol

Join me for my Memorial Day Bash and I want to THANK New Orleans by throwing the Biggest party of the Summer!

Darren Sharper
5/29/11 Republic Nightclub Get your tickets republicnola.com

Adam Schefter
RT @: Schedule released tomorrow? ... Would guess not. My guess is now next week -- and what's the rush anyway?

Adam Schefter
Coach Belichick did not approve this tweet. RT @ Headed to the airport, off to Boston...

14,657 fans voted in our Facebook "Do you use Twitter" poll & 84% said NO! They don't know what they're missing...




SAINTS:

New Orleans Saints: Darren Sharper’s Career Choice After Football, Comedy " Who Dat Dish | A New Orleans Saints Blog
Saints safety Darren Sharper trys his hand at comedy.

NFL Draft: 10 best and worst of the New Orleans Saints -- No. 5 best | NOLA.com
Continuing series on Saints picks leading up to the draft. DEUUUUUUCE!

New Orleans Saints safety Darren Sharper takes up acting during break from football | NOLA.com
Sharper makes guest appearance in short film for web series on WorkingBug.com

Saints Provide Relief At Ironman Event

Who will the Packers host in the NFL’s Thursday night opener? - Shutdown Corner - NFL Blog - Yahoo! Sports
1. New Orleans Saints -- A matchup of the last two Super Bowl champions, each of which are helmed by marquee quarterbacks, would be a nice way for the NFL to start the process of healing after the lockout. If the game is half as good as it sounds, that process should last all of three hours. Chance: 45%

New Orleans Saints: Inside the War Room : The XLog

Saints Nation: Revisiting the 2009 Saints' Draft | April

 

2011 NFL DRAFT:

If Patriots want Mark Ingram, they are not hiding it | ProFootballTalk
The New England Patriots run one of the most tight-lipped organizations in the National Football League. So with ten days left before the start of the 2011 draft, it's noticeable how public their alleged interest in Alabama running back Mark Ingram has become. SI.

Teams expect a lack of draft trades | ProFootballTalk
The lack of veteran trades (and signings) has made this pre-draft period quieter than usual.   Most team executives expect a similar lack of action during the draft, when only picks can be dealt. "It’s completely dead out there this year," a NFC G.M.

Ryan Mallett’s willingness to address drug use seen as positive | ProFootballTalk
No one has been the subject of more pre-draft rumors and innuendo than Ryan Mallett.  He faced a number of questions about possible drug use at the Combine from the media, but said that information would stay between him and the team.

USC's Jordan Cameron hoping to copy New Orleans Saints' Jimmy Graham | NOLA.com
Longtime NFL scout Gil Brandt wrote for NFL.com that Cameron reminds him of Graham, "but has even more upside."

Falcons might have to leap for Kerrigan - NFC South Blog - ESPN
Even if you go on the assumption that Kerrigan ranks slightly behind North Carolina’s Robert Quinn, Missouri’s Aldon Smith and Clemson’s Da’Quan Bowers, who seems to be falling in most mock drafts due to concerns about a knee injury, it’s difficult to imagine Kerrigan still being available when the NFC South really gets on the clock in this draft.

You Called It: NFC South draft needs - NFC South Blog - ESPN
The polls just closed (at 5 p.m. ET) on our Call It votes for the draft needs of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Atlanta Falcons and New Orleans Saints.

 

AROUND THE LEAGUE:

NFL to announce 2011 schedule 6 p.m. Tuesday | NOLA.com
Will Saints open the season at Green Bay?

Schedule will be announced Tuesday night | ProFootballTalk
That random ESPN2 listing Florio spotted over the weekend was right. The NFL confirmed Monday that the league's schedule will be released Tuesday night (4/19) at 7 p.m. ET on NFL Network and NFL.com.   ESPN will have their own counterprogramming.

It’s Hillis vs. Vick for the Madden 12 cover | ProFootballTalk
In one of the only upsets we may see in 2011, given the whole lockout thing, Browns running back Peyton Hillis has ousted Super Bowl MVP Aaron Rodgers from the Madden 12 cover competition. Somehow, Hillis mustered more votes than Rodgers in an election that was opened up to the fans. WHAT!? RODGERS GOT VOTED OUT!?

Al Davis would listen to offers to move to L.A. | ProFootballTalk
Florio had Paul Gutierrez of CSNCalifornia.com on PFT Live for a wide-ranging segment that had to include some discussion about Oakland's tenudous stadium situation. "You hear the Raiders involved with L.A.

Theismann confirms he won’t be back on Thursday Night Football | ProFootballTalk
Confirming once again the perception that he talks a bit too much, Joe Theismann posted earlier today on his Twitter page a message confirming that he won't be returning to NFL Network's Thursday Night Football in 2011.

Madden wants to add "no go" to the concussion lexicon | ProFootballTalk
In a conference call aimed at explaining the league's plans moving forward for dealing with concussions, Hall of Fame coach John Madden, co-chair of the league's Player Safety Advisory Panel, said that he wants a new term to be used when characterizing players who have suffered concussions during a ...

Report: Federal agents raid athletic facility | ProFootballTalk
A relatively quiet Monday afternoon in the NFL experienced a jolt when Josina Anderson of FOX31 in Denver and Showtime's Inside the NFL wrote he following tweet: "Source: Just heard federal agents raided an athletic training facility in Florida this am where NFL/CFL players and college prospect...

As mediation stalls, propaganda returns to the labor fight | ProFootballTalk
Well, it was fun while it lasted.  For 10 days or so, the players and the league kept quiet about the ongoing labor dispute, presumably after being told by Judge Susan Nelson that the renewed mediation would be subject to the strictest of confidence. But the positive vibes were short-lived.

 

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