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Joe Morgan gave a very candid interview today regarding his recent DWI arrest. He said the team was very supportive and also seemed to indicate without going into much detail that Sean Payton gave him a very stern talking to about it. In other news, Roman Harper, Terron Armstead, and Patrick Robinson were limited today. Plus, 'Harper's Inspirational Tweets' returns for your reading pleasure!

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Players are taking headshots for @<a href="https://twitter.com/snfonnbc">snfonnbc</a> today. Here is @<a href="https://twitter.com/kennyvaccaro4">kennyvaccaro4</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/search/%23Saints">#Saints</a> <a href="http://t.co/7I9Iqc2EbJ" title="http://twitter.com/Saints/status/342728382439632896/photo/1">twitter.com/Saints/status/…</a></p>&mdash; New Orleans Saints (@Saints) <a href="https://twitter.com/Saints/status/342728382439632896">June 6, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>.@<a href="https://twitter.com/kglewis28">kglewis28</a> taking his headshot for @<a href="https://twitter.com/snfonnbc">snfonnbc</a> <a href="https://t.co/w7gaokLzDj" title="https://vine.co/v/bLmPQtlLlKq">vine.co/v/bLmPQtlLlKq</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/search/%23Saints">#Saints</a></p>&mdash; New Orleans Saints (@Saints) <a href="https://twitter.com/Saints/status/342724718241148928">June 6, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Roman Harper thanks <a href="https://twitter.com/search/%23Saints">#Saints</a> fans for coming out to Minicamp! <a href="https://twitter.com/search/%23SaintsCamp">#SaintsCamp</a> <a href="https://t.co/3ksb7FVuvs" title="https://vine.co/v/bLmpK0p5QiV">vine.co/v/bLmpK0p5QiV</a></p>&mdash; New Orleans Saints (@Saints) <a href="https://twitter.com/Saints/status/342718430467723266">June 6, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Mr. @<a href="https://twitter.com/nick2oon">nick2oon</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/search/%23SaintsCamp">#SaintsCamp</a> <a href="http://t.co/jAhzs9sipb" title="http://twitter.com/Saints/status/342706182319898624/photo/1">twitter.com/Saints/status/…</a></p>&mdash; New Orleans Saints (@Saints) <a href="https://twitter.com/Saints/status/342706182319898624">June 6, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Sean Payton's post practice press conference <a href="https://twitter.com/search/%23SaintsCamp">#SaintsCamp</a> <a href="https://t.co/mvrZ0Pvfk3" title="https://vine.co/v/bLZ2zZjb6W9">vine.co/v/bLZ2zZjb6W9</a></p>&mdash; New Orleans Saints (@Saints) <a href="https://twitter.com/Saints/status/342692556599087104">June 6, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Photos from this morning's practice! <a href="http://t.co/bwB1in4W6h" title="http://on.fb.me/15EpEMr">on.fb.me/15EpEMr</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/search/%23SaintsCamp">#SaintsCamp</a></p>&mdash; New Orleans Saints (@Saints) <a href="https://twitter.com/Saints/status/342690162519703553">June 6, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Former @<a href="https://twitter.com/ulmwarhawks">ulmwarhawks</a> WR @<a href="https://twitter.com/bleonardulm">bleonardulm</a> at practice today <a href="https://twitter.com/search/%23SaintsCamp">#SaintsCamp</a> <a href="http://t.co/tSH98eyLJ3" title="http://twitter.com/Saints/status/342685278286274560/photo/1">twitter.com/Saints/status/…</a></p>&mdash; New Orleans Saints (@Saints) <a href="https://twitter.com/Saints/status/342685278286274560">June 6, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Moore &amp; Colston <a href="https://twitter.com/search/%23SaintsCamp">#SaintsCamp</a> <a href="http://t.co/wr977S2tfK" title="http://twitter.com/Saints/status/342681135291191296/photo/1">twitter.com/Saints/status/…</a></p>&mdash; New Orleans Saints (@Saints) <a href="https://twitter.com/Saints/status/342681135291191296">June 6, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Give Give Give Give Naw it can't b all Dat show me u can eat when u starving bring something 2 Da Table Stop going broke tryna look rich!</p>&mdash; NuLa C.E.O. (@JuniorG93) <a href="https://twitter.com/JuniorG93/status/342734252732977152">June 6, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Ladies and gentlemen join me for 1st Friday @ Blue Byrds Bar June 7th hosted by Me Roman Harper to kickoff A Sainted Weekendin Montgomery</p>&mdash; Roman Harper (@Harp41) <a href="https://twitter.com/Harp41/status/342732413677473792">June 6, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>"@<a href="https://twitter.com/portcitymade">portcitymade</a>: Great workout today time to hit burger king for lunch lol"lol u fat as hell 4 dat</p>&mdash; NuLa C.E.O. (@JuniorG93) <a href="https://twitter.com/JuniorG93/status/342731035039129600">June 6, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>OK TODAY IS THROW BACK <a href="https://twitter.com/search/%23THURSDAY">#THURSDAY</a> LETS GO BACK IN TIME <a href="http://t.co/HYBu0pCKfb" title="http://youtu.be/GjyuI-zLXLk">youtu.be/GjyuI-zLXLk</a></p>&mdash; Martez Wilson (@MartezWilson95) <a href="https://twitter.com/MartezWilson95/status/342718800623456256">June 6, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>2years ago <a href="https://twitter.com/search/%23interview">#interview</a> by @<a href="https://twitter.com/mikemayock">mikemayock</a> about Me <a href="http://t.co/wM3YKLKzcP" title="http://youtu.be/B4mVkRoxOt4">youtu.be/B4mVkRoxOt4</a></p>&mdash; Martez Wilson (@MartezWilson95) <a href="https://twitter.com/MartezWilson95/status/342709994682200065">June 6, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Celebrating the end of mini-camp w a nice chicken burrito bowl from @<a href="https://twitter.com/chipotletweets">chipotletweets</a>. Needed this!!!</p>&mdash; Lance Moore (@LanceMoore16) <a href="https://twitter.com/LanceMoore16/status/342704817434669057">June 6, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Ok @<a href="https://twitter.com/chipotletweets">chipotletweets</a> when you all are looking for someone to endorse you all in the NFL then you can think of me lol</p>&mdash; Lance Moore (@LanceMoore16) <a href="https://twitter.com/LanceMoore16/status/342707984109023232">June 6, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>"OKAY"The Secrect is Out" Today's @<a href="https://twitter.com/saints">saints</a> MINI Camp Practice was a good!!</p>&mdash; Martez Wilson (@MartezWilson95) <a href="https://twitter.com/MartezWilson95/status/342704204202274816">June 6, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>What <a href="https://twitter.com/search/%23Saints">#Saints</a> WR Joe Morgan did to get arrest wasn't smart, but kudos to him for speaking candidly today about his arrest. Very contrite.</p>&mdash; Larry Holder (@LarryHolder) <a href="https://twitter.com/LarryHolder/status/342717811241660416">June 6, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>My wife brought this little guy home a few days ago. And I thought I knew what it meant to see kids going bananas. <a href="http://t.co/LdSvdZsEj3" title="http://twitter.com/sfujita55/status/342712625857167361/photo/1">twitter.com/sfujita55/stat…</a></p>&mdash; Scott Fujita (@sfujita55) <a href="https://twitter.com/sfujita55/status/342712625857167361">June 6, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Payton said you can't make quick decisions on players. Says biggest fear is cutting a guy who makes it on another roster and plays.</p>&mdash; WWL-TV Sports (@wwltvsports) <a href="https://twitter.com/wwltvsports/status/342694088556048384">June 6, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Sean Payton says the plan for training camp is to be in Metairie. Also said it doesn't seem like they will practice with another team in TC.</p>&mdash; Larry Holder (@LarryHolder) <a href="https://twitter.com/LarryHolder/status/342693637727076352">June 6, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Payton said he talked with Dennis Allen about practicing with the Raiders, but doesn't think Oakland will travel to NO early.</p>&mdash; Larry Holder (@LarryHolder) <a href="https://twitter.com/LarryHolder/status/342693904317034496">June 6, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Payton said Andy Tanner missed some early OTAs as he became a father.</p>&mdash; WWL-TV Sports (@wwltvsports) <a href="https://twitter.com/wwltvsports/status/342693119613095936">June 6, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Payton praising Andy Tanner, says he smart, good route runner. Good understanding of what the team is doing.</p>&mdash; WWL-TV Sports (@wwltvsports) <a href="https://twitter.com/wwltvsports/status/342692962003714049">June 6, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Payton says the most important thing right now is for the young guys to learn how to practice without pads. Said it went well this week.</p>&mdash; WWL-TV Sports (@wwltvsports) <a href="https://twitter.com/wwltvsports/status/342692468455784448">June 6, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Payton said Vaccaro is a quick study, has picked things up. "Football smart. Handled learning curve well."</p>&mdash; WWL-TV Sports (@wwltvsports) <a href="https://twitter.com/wwltvsports/status/342691926618800128">June 6, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>That's it for <a href="https://twitter.com/search/%23Saints">#Saints</a> minicamp practices. One more week of OTAs next week. Then they break until training camp in late July.</p>&mdash; Mike Triplett (@MikeTriplett) <a href="https://twitter.com/MikeTriplett/status/342688841536245760">June 6, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p><a href="https://twitter.com/search/%23Saints">#Saints</a> Brees just overthrew Graham in team drills and Leonhard intercepted.</p>&mdash; Mike Triplett (@MikeTriplett) <a href="https://twitter.com/MikeTriplett/status/342687224661438464">June 6, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>This is one of most action-packed minicamp drills. Up-tempo real game simulation. <a href="https://twitter.com/search/%23Saints">#Saints</a> defense wins that first one.</p>&mdash; Mike Triplett (@MikeTriplett) <a href="https://twitter.com/MikeTriplett/status/342687621530664960">June 6, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Big gain on screen pass to Pierre Thomas for <a href="https://twitter.com/search/%23Saints">#Saints</a> 2ndstring offense. I imagine wed see a lot of that if McCown ever gets thrown in a game</p>&mdash; Mike Triplett (@MikeTriplett) <a href="https://twitter.com/MikeTriplett/status/342688098402045952">June 6, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>But defense wins again. Corey White tips McCown pass and Ramon Humber intercepts to end <a href="https://twitter.com/search/%23Saints">#Saints</a> practice.</p>&mdash; Mike Triplett (@MikeTriplett) <a href="https://twitter.com/MikeTriplett/status/342688548333441024">June 6, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Yikes. Busted coverage by <a href="https://twitter.com/search/%23Saints">#Saints</a> first-string D allowed Brees to hit Andy Tanner for a bomb. Looked like S Jenkins missed an assignment.</p>&mdash; Mike Triplett (@MikeTriplett) <a href="https://twitter.com/MikeTriplett/status/342680942504189954">June 6, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>I'm hesitant to tweet this, but Brees is under pressure a lot in these drills right now. Again, OL not allowed to fully block in offseason.</p>&mdash; WWL-TV Sports (@wwltvsports) <a href="https://twitter.com/wwltvsports/status/342680245641555968">June 6, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Three straight plays in team where <a href="https://twitter.com/search/%23Saints">#Saints</a> defense forced Brees to hold onto the football longer than he'd like.</p>&mdash; Larry Holder (@LarryHolder) <a href="https://twitter.com/LarryHolder/status/342680235969490944">June 6, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Now that they're in team, Payton is back to reading the plays to the QBs</p>&mdash; WWL-TV Sports (@wwltvsports) <a href="https://twitter.com/wwltvsports/status/342679570828374016">June 6, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Looks like Morstead and McCown battling for PK holder right now.</p>&mdash; WWL-TV Sports (@wwltvsports) <a href="https://twitter.com/wwltvsports/status/342678819020369922">June 6, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p><a href="https://twitter.com/search/%23Saints">#Saints</a> o-line depth chart same as its been. Charles Brown at first-string LT, Jason Smith second string. Armstead out with injury.</p>&mdash; Mike Triplett (@MikeTriplett) <a href="https://twitter.com/MikeTriplett/status/342676177598685184">June 6, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p><a href="https://twitter.com/search/%23Saints">#Saints</a> 2nd-team D today: DL Hicks, Jenkins, Richardson. LB Galette, Wilson, Chamberlain, Herring. DB Leonhard, Bush, Lewis, Davis.</p>&mdash; Mike Triplett (@MikeTriplett) <a href="https://twitter.com/MikeTriplett/status/342675930831011841">June 6, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p><a href="https://twitter.com/search/%23Saints">#Saints</a> D starting team drills in base today: DL Jordan, Bunkley, Johnson. LB Smith, Butler, Lofton,Vilma. DB Jenkins, Vaccaro, Greer, White</p>&mdash; Mike Triplett (@MikeTriplett) <a href="https://twitter.com/MikeTriplett/status/342674911816478721">June 6, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Some <a href="https://twitter.com/search/%23Saints">#Saints</a> vets have let newcomers know they don't realize how good they've had it so far. Rude awakening come training camp.</p>&mdash; Mike Triplett (@MikeTriplett) <a href="https://twitter.com/MikeTriplett/status/342673892323758080">June 6, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>My unofficial observation: this is steamiest day yet during <a href="https://twitter.com/search/%23Saints">#Saints</a> minicamp. So far OTAs and minicamp have been relatively comfortable ...</p>&mdash; Mike Triplett (@MikeTriplett) <a href="https://twitter.com/MikeTriplett/status/342673574076755969">June 6, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Sean Payton may say they haven't decided on play caller, but he has spent more time viewing defense this minicamp than I can remember.</p>&mdash; WWL-TV Sports (@wwltvsports) <a href="https://twitter.com/wwltvsports/status/342672372182179840">June 6, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Pete Carmichael, meanwhile, has been the guy delivering plays to Drew Brees and the offense. May not mean anything but could also be a sign.</p>&mdash; WWL-TV Sports (@wwltvsports) <a href="https://twitter.com/wwltvsports/status/342672581528260608">June 6, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>The @<a href="https://twitter.com/drewbrees">drewbrees</a> - @<a href="https://twitter.com/lancemoore16">lancemoore16</a> Handshake <a href="https://t.co/yr6Qy852Dl" title="https://vine.co/v/bL7ZgpnexjD">vine.co/v/bL7ZgpnexjD</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/search/%23SaintsCamp">#SaintsCamp</a></p>&mdash; New Orleans Saints (@Saints) <a href="https://twitter.com/Saints/status/342671975992410112">June 6, 2013</a></blockquote>

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'Harper's Inspirational Tweets' returns

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Having vision is seeing something not just for what it is but also for what it could be. <a href="https://twitter.com/search/%23LookAhead">#LookAhead</a></p>&mdash; Roman Harper (@Harp41) <a href="https://twitter.com/Harp41/status/342738542595821568">June 6, 2013</a></blockquote>

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Who dat talkin' 'bout Saints minicamp?

Keenan Lewis back at Saints practice | Saints | The Advocate — Baton Rouge, LA
Cornerback Keenan Lewis was back for the second day of minicamp Wednesday after having spent Monday night in a local hospital for treatment…

Roman Harper, Patrick Robinson limited in Thursday's practice | NOLA.com
Roman Harper and Patrick Robinson were two of the newest faces to be held out of practice at New Orleans Saints minicamp on Thursday. Robinson, who left practice early to wrap his knee on Wednesday, was on the exercise bike during morning practice.

Saints are buying into new defensive coordinator Rob Ryan - ESPN
"He doesn’t have to really instill it," middle linebacker Curtis Lofton said. "He just does it by being himself and saying the things he says, like, 'We’re going to be a great defense and you guys are great players.' As a player, that gives you confidence. When you’re a confident player and your coach believes in you, you want to make him right. That’s how he gets the aggressiveness part."

Payton: Saints play-calling role still undecided | ProFootballTalk
The New Orleans Saints are getting a much-needed boost from the return of head coach Sean Payton to the sidelines after a yearlong suspension stemming from the Bountygate case.

Live updates from New Orleans Saints minicamp: Day 3 | NOLA.com
Updates from the Saints facility in Metairie

Saints WR Toon healthy, says IR season was beneficial to him | wwltv.com New Orleans
"Obviously I’m still a young guy," said Toon, all of 24 years old. "That’s what it boils down to. … Still have a lot to learn. Obviously last year was beneficial in terms of being able to be here, be around the guys and get acclimated to this level and get acclimated to the offense."

Is Kenny Vaccaro Potentially a Pro Bowl Player?
Does Kenny Vaccaro have the potential for a Pro Bowl berth? Will he even beat out the incumbents?

Will Smith embracing position change - NFC South Blog - ESPN
"I’m still rushing the passer,’’ Smith said. "I’m still doing the same things I’ve always done. I wouldn’t say it reinvigorates me. It just puts me in a better position than I was in last year.’’

Blaine Gabbert, Ryan Mathews among 10 guys who must step up - NFL.com
Mark Ingram, RB, New Orleans Saints: The devaluation of running backs has prompted teams to pause before investing a first-round pick in the position. Ingram's modest contributions to the Saints' offense further cement this line of thinking. The third-year pro has totaled just 1,076 rushing yards over two seasons, failing to crack the lineup as a full-time starter. Most importantly, Ingram hasn't wowed observers when he has been on the field. The Alabama product is a hammerhead runner with strength and power, but he lacks the burst and speed to run away from defenders. As a result, he fails to break off big runs, amassing just six runs of 20-plus yards in 278 rushing attempts.

Quietly, Marques Colston turns 30 - NFL Nation Blog - ESPN
"Really?" Ellard asked when a reporter informed him it was Colston’s birthday. "OK, well, all the young guys will have to sing 'Happy Birthday' to him in the meeting room.’’

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Meet Joe Blackout

Saints’ Joe Morgan feared for his job after he was arrested | ProFootballTalk
The Saints didn't take any action against receiver Joe Morgan after he was arrested for drunk driving, but Morgan was worried they would. Morgan talked to reporters about the arrest today, and he said he was afraid his job could be in jeopardy.

New Orleans Saints WR Joe Morgan on his DWI arrest: 'I made a mistake for sure' | NOLA.com
"One of the good things about this team, is that it's not like guys don't care about you at all," Morgan said. "They actually look at you like family. I call a lot of the guys around here my brother. When they found out the situation, everyone was calling to say 'Joe, are you OK?' They were making sure my well being was taken care of first besides the football aspect of it. I love that part of the New Orleans Saints, that it's a family atmosphere."

Saints WR Morgan says he learned lesson from DWI, 'made a mistake' | wwltv.com New Orleans
"I made a mistake for sure," Morgan said. "As a man I can say that. It was something that was truly a mistake. The good thing about it is I didn’t get hurt and that more importantly, nobody else got hurt, so that was a God-given thing. I think God teaching me a lesson. I learned the hard way but it’s good that I actually learned that lesson."

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Other NFL News

London calling: NFL wants UK team, and soon; Jags look like best fit - CBSSports.com
Forget the long flights, crotchety coaches and spurned fans. Jason La Canfora says the money is just too good for the NFL not to have a team in London in the next decade.

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Lagniappe

Recent success characterizes Saints’ Mt. Rushmore | ProFootballTalk
The Saints' franchise went 33 years without winning a playoff game. In recent years, they've been a consistent contender, winning a Super Bowl. And so that history is reflected in any effort to identify the organization's all-time greats. Half of the Pro Football Talk on NBCSN Mt.

Covington's oldest resident sought for June 29 bicentennial parade | NOLA.com
The city's most senior citizen will ride in the parade that will also feature New Orleans Saints super fans as special guests. Fleur-D-Licious, Who Dat Chef, Whistle Monster, Mack the Quack, the Who Dat Clown, Gris-Gris Man, Soul Saint, Stunt Double Coach, the Saints Joker and the Sign Man will all ride on a special Saints float.

Ted Lewis: ‘Lombardi’s Legacy’ to have captive audience | Saints | The Advocate — Baton Rouge, LA
Born nine months after Vince Lombardi died in 1970, Saints quarterback coach Joe Lombardi never knew his legendary grandfather. So over the…

Podcast: Report from the Saints OTA's on Wednesday | Saints | The Advocate — Baton Rouge, LA
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Video

VIDEO: Offense Minicamp Highlights - June 5, 2013
Highlights from offensive drills from the first day of Saints Minicamp presented by Verizon on Wednesday, June 5, 2013.