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Saints Camp Day 4: Links Roundup

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Here's your daily dose of links from around the web. Of most significance that I see, Shockey misses another day of practice, Goodell visits, the heat continues to be hell, and WWL says Brees has a down session. Normally I'd cry blasphemy on a statement like that last one, but I guess it's possible every once in a while. Someone might have brought a slab of kryptonite to practice today and this interfered with his superpowers. Links galore after the jump.

Practice Observations: Brees has down session, punt return needs work | New Orleans News, Local News, Breaking News, Weather | | Eye on Black and Gold

Camp 2Dat: Focus on special teams coverage improvement at New Orleans Saints training camp

Saints Head Coach Sean Payton On AM Practice {8-2} - WWL - AM870 | FM105.3 | News | Talk | Sports

Saints claim one more award for 2009 | New Orleans News, Local News, Breaking News, Weather | | Eye on Black and Gold

Henderson: Beating the heat, Payton shows compassion | New Orleans News, Local News, Breaking News, Weather | | Eye on Black and Gold

Recognition granted: Saints’ Hartley no longer anonymous | New Orleans News, Local News, Breaking News, Weather | | Eye on Black and Gold

How hot is it at the New Orleans Saints training camp? No one really knows for sure |
Temperatures vary widely depending on the source

Preseason games will be key in backup quarterback battle |
Coach Payton understands the game situations are not replicable in practice.

Jeremy Shockey misses 2nd straight New Orleans Saints practice |
Team is being cautious on the big man's knee

Woods has shown he can take the heat -
"Some guys are like, 'oh, man, how do y'all play in this heat?' " the Saints' fourth-round draft choice and Elton native said. "And I'm like, 'I've been playing in this heat all my life.' So I guess I know how to prepare for it, things like what to drink, when to drink, when to stop drinking, and things of that nature.

Q&A with Saints free safety Malcolm Jenkins
With Darren Sharper still recovering from offseason knee surgery, Malcolm Jenkins is receiving vital reps with the Saints first-team defense at free safety during training camp.

Saints looking to avoid Super Bowl hangover - NFL - Football
Five of the last 11 Super Bowl champs missed the postseason the following year. For the Saints, all of their focus is on repeating and not the annoying talk of a hangover, Larry Holder says.

Lance Moore returning to breakout '08 form at Saints camp
Lance Moore isn’t wasting any time trying to recapture his 2008 form. Only five days into training camp, he’s already showing that he’s serious about finding a productive niche in the Saints’ stacked offense.

NFL Camps: Saints prepare to defend their title in NFC South
The New Orleans Saints will try to recapture their magic as they begin the 2010 season as defending Super Bowl champions. Elsewhere, the Carolina Panthers begin life without Jake Delhomme under centre, the Atlanta Falcons try to improve their defence enough to make a playoff run, and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers continue to rebuild with youth across the board.

Ex-Colts coach Mudd lends hand to Saints | | The Indianapolis Star Ex-Colts coach Mudd lends hand to Saints news: Jackson used physical gifts to overcome tough odds
Over his 15-year career, Rickey Jackson accumulated 128 sacks. But the league didn't count sacks in his rookie year of 1981, so that number should really be higher. Unofficially, he had 40 forced fumbles in his career. While that's not a verifiable stat, it's believed that's the highest of all time.

For Saints hero Drew Brees, an off-season that bests even 'The Summer of George' | | The News Star

Camp 2Dat: Position-by-position report after one weekend | Sports | McCray's career with Saints goes from off to on — Baton Rouge, LA

New Orleans Saints rookies working to master nuances of NFL |
Charles Brown's role 'total opposite' of style at USC

Green Bay Packers' Aaron Rodgers another admirer of Drew Brees |
"I was like, 'All right, I've got to see how he does this,'" Rodgers said about his thoughts when he became a starter. "And now, I'm a Pro Bowler and he's the Super Bowl champion. So it's the same kind of deal - continue to watch the things that he does because I want to get to that level."

Tracy Porter embracing new opportunities with New Orleans Saints |
"There's definitely throughout the Super Bowl, throughout the game, things I could have done better," he said. "That was just one play I made, being in the right place at the right time. But I definitely want to analyze how I can improve, how I can get better."

New Orleans Saints offensive line wins the Madden Most Valuable Protectors Award |
"There were a lot of choices during the regular season for which group of guys would take on this first ever honor," said John Madden, former NFL coach and analyst for whom the award is named. "But the Saints offensive line has been a model of consistency last season and are truly a deserving winner.

Scott Shanle on defensive improvement this season

USA Today writer impressed with Saints team and fans

Cody: Saints starting to emphasize the run game

Garrett Hartley on the Saints kicking game
Tracy Porter says he can be better this season
Saints offensive line is given the Madden Award
Saints tight end Dave Thomas talks about getting playing time
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell on New Orleans and the NFL

Look for one of these posts each day at about this time. I'll try to link to everything out there. Well, except for the Florio stuff.