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Fleur-de-Links: Saturday, August 4



Saints Nation Blog@SaintsNationBlg On first flight headed to Charlotte. Then Canton. Don't worry I won't say wheels up, that is so lame.

Andrew Juge@AndrewJuge Um, huh? RT @WojYahooNBA: So Kleiza hits a three-pointer and it's 82-80 Lithuania over the USA

Andrew Juge@AndrewJuge I guess the 92 dream team would have no shot against Lithuania

skooks@skooks The bead dog at Napoleon and Magazine is missing again.

Thomas Morstead@thomasmorstead #WHODAT One day till KICKOFF

Saints Nation Blog@SaintsNationBlg In Charlotte safely. Next stop: Canton!

Hans Petersen@hansdat - Say, Andrew: you travellin' solo?

Chase Daniel@ChaseDaniel Happy Birthday! RT @captainamyy 1 thing would make my 20th birthday amazing would b for my favorite qb to wish a happy birthday @ChaseDaniel

Jedidiah Collins@JedCollins45 It is a rare & awesome experience getting to watch a master at work. Fortunate to be around & learn from so many Veterans @Saints Camp

Mike Triplett@TripTP @JeffDuncanTP and I talked #Saints bounty issue with #NFL commish Roger Goodell this morning. Here's a sampling:

Mike Triplett@TripTP What stood out to me is Goodell does not believe there is any semantics gray area with #Saints. He said any payment for injury is a bounty.

Courtney Roby@robyslyfe I must say, it has been a very entertaining day within the Olympics..Serena wins & C' walks..then I see a guy runs a 12.81 in the 100m, .. (HansDat note: Courtney, I'm sorry I couldn't remember you in the "name the players on the training camp roster" game...)

Mike Triplett@TripTP Goodell not swayed by #Saints insisting there was no intent to injure or targeting players. Said rewards for injuries have no place in #NFL.

Mike Triplett@TripTP Good point RT @MitchDMS: Frustrating that he keeps defining 'cartoff' literally when only publicly documented instance wasn't actual cartoff

Mike Triplett@TripTP Also good point - but not to the accused. RT @RedEyeTip: that bounty story kind of played out I'll rather hear more about Spags new scheme.

Jason Cole@JasonColeYahoo In talking to a NFL source today, he said pens on players would have been much less if NFLPA had worked with league. Maybe only 4 gs 4 Vilma

Jonathan Vilma@JonVilma51 jason cole reports if i wouldve cooperated my sus might have been 4games...u kidding me?!?! how does this make any sense?!?

Jonathan Vilma@JonVilma51 ohhh bc the NFLPA didn't help the league corroborate a nonexistent bounty program, i'm done 4 a yr. lack of evidence is irrelevant now. ok.

Saints Nation Blog@SaintsNationBlg What I won't be reading: Jeff Duncan's article about meeting with Roger Goodell to "talk bounty". Two men tongue kissing isn't my thing.

Saints Nation Blog@SaintsNationBlg There is an 83% chance I'll see Goodell pulling Jeff Duncan by a dog leash at some point this weekend.

Brian de la Puente@BriandelaPuente "@jilly_louie_mom:Just ordered my son his favorite Saints player's jersey #60 He is gonna be so excited!Cant wait 2 see his face!" love it!

NFL: AroundTheLeague@NFL_ATL Here's Tom Dempsey's shoe. Despite being born with half a right foot, he nailed a 63-yard FG for the @Saints in 1970.

Wendell Pierce@WendellPierce #BreakingNight debuts at New Orleans Film Festival. Director @YolondaRoss , "Treme" Star

Sarah Gisclair@therealgisclair @thomasmorstead pl rt, my mother is newly dx with acute leukemia. Having a blood drive in Hammond Aug 11th 10-3 at cypress pointe surgical.

Thomas Morstead@thomasmorstead "@Who_Dat_Saint: @thomasmorstead big contract and still shop at Target. Wish I would have said hi." You should have said hi

Mark Ingram @Mark_Ingram28 When I was 14 I told my mom we will see better days, and sure enough, I did exactly what I say!!

Jedidiah Collins@JedCollins45

Mark Ingram @Mark_Ingram28 Is it Sunday yet??!!!!

Jedidiah Collins@JedCollins45 "@Mark_Ingram28: Is it Sunday yet??!!!!" No Bro Bro its Saturday. #haha

JUNIOR GALETTE@JuniorG93 My Barber Just Pushed My Hairline Back Smh I'm So #Tight I Still Tipped Him #MrNiceGuy

JUNIOR GALETTE@JuniorG93 Ohhh #BangBang @Big_Tah47: @JuniorG93 as long as I knew u its been pushed back

Chris Ivory@ivory_29 Anybody know the name of the movie where they have time clocks in there skin?

JUNIOR GALETTE@JuniorG93 #InTime With Justin Timberlake RT @ivory_29: Anybody know the name of the movie where they have time clocks in there skin?

Chris Ivory@ivory_29 Been Trying to figure that out Thanks!

Chris Ivory@ivory_29 Pretty good movie

Chris Chamberlain@Chambo57 "@tharbryant: @Chambo57 how's camp so far?" Great man, how you doing?

JUNIOR GALETTE@JuniorG93 Packing getting ready to get on plane! RT @ProInterviews: @JuniorG93 whatsup junior?

Johnny Patrick@JohnnyPatrick32 "@KipForce: "@JohnnyPatrick32: Posted a pic @Saints"---nice" thanks

Johnny Patrick@JohnnyPatrick32 About to get on this plane in a few with the team, we are so ready to play...


Camp Stuff

New Orleans Saints FB Jed Collins comfortable, confident heading into 2012 |
The New Orleans Saints' Jed Collins has found a home in the one NFL offense that on the surface would least likely need a full-time fullback.

Saints high-octane offense to keep on marching without Payton | The Advocate
Sheldon Mickles - If you think the New Orleans Saints’ record-shattering offense is going to change in the absence of suspended coach Sean Payton, you’re mistaken.

Jabari Greer sidelined with sports hernia | The Advocate
Brian Allee-Walsh - Veteran cornerback Jabari Greer is expected to miss the first three exhibition games after undergoing surgery to repair a sports hernia injury, New Orleans Saints interim coach Joe Vitt said Thursday.

Junior Galette looking to be a more complete player | The Advocate
Brian Allee-Walsh - Fan favorite Junior Galette has carved a niche for himself since making the Super Bowl XLIV champion New Orleans Saints as an undrafted rookie free agent in 2010.

Jonathan Casillas ready for linebacker competition | The Advocate
Brian Allee-Walsh - For New Orleans Saints linebacker Jonathan Casillas, it seems the more things have changed, the more they have remained the same.

Saints’ Marquis Johnson fills cornerback void | The Advocate
Sheldon Mickles - Even though Marquis Johnson has appeared in only five NFL regular-season games during his first two years in the league, thanks to three major injuries, no one had to tell him it was time to go to work Tuesday.

New role just fine with Saints DE Cameron Jordan | The Advocate
Sheldon Mickles - When Cameron Jordan was selected by the New Orleans Saints in the first round of the 2011 draft, they saw him as much more than just another defensive end who could rush the passer.

Saints receiver Joe Morgan knows Canton well | The Advocate
Sheldon Mickles - When Joe Morgan isn’t thinking about making the New Orleans Saints’ regular-season roster, which is most of the time, he might allow himself to think about the team’s preseason opener Sunday night.

Video: Chase Daniel Interviews Drew Brees |
Chase Daniel was bombarded with questions about Drew Brees this offseason. Now Daniel gets a chance to ask the questions.

Three-and-out: New Orleans Saints' camp questions |
Nate Davis - Now it's time to tee up the New Orleans Saints' issues.



Vitt mum on reps for his starters | The Advocate
Brian Allee-Walsh - Appearing to be in midseason form on the first Friday in August, New Orleans Saints acting coach Joe Vitt declined to publicize how much his starters will play in Sunday night’s Hall of Fame game against the Arizona Cardinals in Canton, Ohio.

5 Things To Look For in Hall of Fame Game |
Andrew Juge

New Orleans Saints won't reveal QB rotation for Hall of Fame exhibition |
New Orleans Saints interim coach Joe Vitt won't reveal the quarterback rotation against the Arizona Cardinals for the Hall of Fame game on Sunday in Canton, Ohio, saying only that it will be similar to other preseason openers.

What to watch for on Hall of Fame weekend - Audibles |
Chris Burke - Yes, folks, it’s that time of year again. That time when you turn on the TV on a Sunday night in August and say, "Holy crap, the NFL preseason started already?"

Saints and Cardinals Set to Open NFL Preseason |
New Orleans and Arizona battle in Fawcett Stadium in Canton, Ohio at 7 p.m. CT for a contest nationally televised by the NFL Network, as well as locally on FOX WVUE-8.


Roaf's Road to Canton

Willie Roaf grew into an NFL great | The Advocate
Sheldon Mickles - As an aspiring young athlete growing up in Pine Bluff, Ark., William Roaf never envisioned being enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame one day.

Visiting Hall of Fame a big deal for Saints | The Advocate
Sheldon Mickles - A weekend trip to Canton, Ohio, which will include a tour of the Pro Football Hall of Fame and the game itself, will mean many different things to New Orleans Saints players and coaches.

Sean Payton attends Roaf Hall of Fame ceremony | The Advocate
Sheldon Mickles - Suspended New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton has been granted permission to attend the Pro Football Hall of Fame induction ceremonies Saturday night in Canton, Ohio.

2012 Hall of Fame weekend: Photo Gallery -



Roger Goodell says New Orleans Saints targeted players for injury |
Jeff Duncan - Goodell said the league has more evidence than it has released.

NFL wants injunction denied for Vilma to halt suspension |
Mike Perlstein - The NFL claims that Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma cannot be granted an injunction to halt his year-long suspension because he has not exhausted all remedies under the league’s collective bargaining agreement.

NFL, players' union haggle over legal details of Jonathan Vilma case in federal court |
Ryan Jones

NFL, NFLPA file motions in preparation for bounty case hearing |
Attorneys for the NFL and the NFL Players Association filed motions Friday as they continue to battle in federal court over the suspensions of four current and former New Orleans Saints players for what the NFL says were illegal bounties against opposing players.



Reflecting on early part of camps - NFC South Blog |
Pat Y. - But let’s reflect a bit on what I’ve seen so far and touch on some things that I haven’t used in the Camp Confidential profiles or in other notes.

Around the NFC South - NFC South Blog |
Pat Y. - A look at the top Saturday morning headlines from around the division.

NFC South cap space for 2012 and '13 - NFC South Blog |
Pat Y. - If you follow recent history and believe the criticisms many Tampa Bay fans have made, you might not believe what you’re about to read.

The Greatest Moments in Saints History- No. 2 |
Return to the Dome

Behind the Facemask: Jimmy Graham |
Fans were able to submit questions for TE Jimmy Graham to the Saints Twitter account

New Orleans Saints Rank Ninth In AP Pro32 Power Rankings |
Alejandro Aviles - The New Orleans Saints are ranked ninth in the first ever AP Pro32 power rankings.