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Saints News, 6/18/14: Jimmy Graham's Twitter Proves He's A Tight End, Claims NFL

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Jimmy Graham's grievance hearing is expected to conclude today; the Saints star is seeking to be labeled as a wide receiver instead of a tight end for franchise tag purposes. According to Ian Rapoport, one of the NFL's arguments is that Graham lists himself as a tight end in his Twitter bio.

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Among <a href="https://twitter.com/nfl">@NFL</a>’s arguments: Jimmy Graham meets in the TE room, lines up where TEs line up… and lists himself as a TE on Twitter (really).</p>&mdash; Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) <a href="https://twitter.com/RapSheet/statuses/478885687542837248">June 17, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Approached <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23saints&amp;src=hash">#saints</a> All Pro Jimmy Graham for comment at a New Orleans-area hotel. He said, &#39;I can&#39;t say anything.&#39;</p>&mdash; Ramon Antonio Vargas (@RVargasAdvocate) <a href="https://twitter.com/RVargasAdvocate/statuses/479327101665832960">June 18, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>I asked <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23saints&amp;src=hash">#saints</a> All Pro Jimmy Graham if he could say something after things wrapped up. He said, &#39;No.&#39; All for the record.</p>&mdash; Ramon Antonio Vargas (@RVargasAdvocate) <a href="https://twitter.com/RVargasAdvocate/statuses/479327380146642945">June 18, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Win! Again! Win! Again! Win! Again! <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Saints&amp;src=hash">#Saints</a> <a href="http://t.co/h6OP4zE4pM">http://t.co/h6OP4zE4pM</a></p>&mdash; New Orleans Saints (@Saints) <a href="https://twitter.com/Saints/statuses/479345551683510272">June 18, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p><a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Falcons&amp;src=hash">#Falcons</a> are working out former <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Saints&amp;src=hash">#Saints</a> linebacker Jonathan Vilma today, I’m told. If deemed healthy, could fill Weatherspoon’s void</p>&mdash; Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) <a href="https://twitter.com/RapSheet/statuses/479338026720456704">June 18, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Good news/bad news for Madden franchise: Effort to get full LOB on cover is more interesting than the game itself <a href="http://t.co/KqXndthcCM">http://t.co/KqXndthcCM</a></p>&mdash; ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) <a href="https://twitter.com/ProFootballTalk/statuses/479336483128479747">June 18, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Drew Brees: Brandin Cooks could fill Darren Sproles&#39; role <a href="http://t.co/mbUbC98mvy">http://t.co/mbUbC98mvy</a></p>&mdash; ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) <a href="https://twitter.com/ProFootballTalk/statuses/479324945281843200">June 18, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>NFL has no comment on USPTO ruling in Washington case <a href="http://t.co/4lEPuou7lY">http://t.co/4lEPuou7lY</a></p>&mdash; ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) <a href="https://twitter.com/ProFootballTalk/statuses/479319255255490560">June 18, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Redskins will appeal trademark ruling, remain overtly confident <a href="http://t.co/0nMTTlFfRo">http://t.co/0nMTTlFfRo</a></p>&mdash; ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) <a href="https://twitter.com/ProFootballTalk/statuses/479297623120031744">June 18, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Redskins say patent ruling: &quot;Will have no effect at all on the team’s ownership of and right to use the Redskins name/logo&quot;</p>&mdash; Will Brinson (@WillBrinson) <a href="https://twitter.com/WillBrinson/statuses/479290344178073600">June 18, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Incredible feeling to officially sign my NFL contract. Such a dream come true and so many people to… <a href="http://t.co/9Tp788U8m4">http://t.co/9Tp788U8m4</a></p>&mdash; Johnny Manziel (@JManziel2) <a href="https://twitter.com/JManziel2/statuses/479295646722457601">June 18, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>About a week, most likely RT <a href="https://twitter.com/MBGsr">@MBGsr</a>: how long after Jimmy Graham&#39;s hearing is done should everyone expect the decision to be announced?</p>&mdash; Mike Triplett (@MikeTriplett) <a href="https://twitter.com/MikeTriplett/statuses/479292092985114624">June 18, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p><a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Saints&amp;src=hash">#Saints</a> made last-minute change. Today&#39;s OTA closed to the media. Tomorrow&#39;s session will be open instead. Not sure why.</p>&mdash; Mike Triplett (@MikeTriplett) <a href="https://twitter.com/MikeTriplett/statuses/479288477314736129">June 18, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p><a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Saints&amp;src=hash">#Saints</a> said practice access was switched because of schedule change when they didn&#39;t practice yesterday and went to paintball.</p>&mdash; Mike Triplett (@MikeTriplett) <a href="https://twitter.com/MikeTriplett/statuses/479290005500985345">June 18, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Payton&#39;s final OTA press conference &amp; player interviews have been pushed to tomorrow. Payton&#39;s presser will be at same time (12:10 pm CT)</p>&mdash; New Orleans Saints (@Saints) <a href="https://twitter.com/Saints/statuses/479289077498273792">June 18, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>&quot;We&#39;ll never change the name. ... NEVER — you can use caps.&quot; --WAS owner + aspiring copy editor Dan Snyder last year <a href="http://t.co/1pmTl5YB4f">http://t.co/1pmTl5YB4f</a></p>&mdash; Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) <a href="https://twitter.com/MikeGarafolo/statuses/479274961236811777">June 18, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>If you want to read the Trademark ruling, here it is but it&#39;s pretty long. <a href="http://t.co/HeHIHWdDOF">http://t.co/HeHIHWdDOF</a></p>&mdash; Rick Snider (@Snide_Remarks) <a href="https://twitter.com/Snide_Remarks/statuses/479266167694303232">June 18, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>I kind of like the sound of the Washington Wishful Thinkers. What about you? <a href="http://t.co/1cA73paCNt">http://t.co/1cA73paCNt</a></p>&mdash; Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) <a href="https://twitter.com/JasonLaCanfora/statuses/479281457349668867">June 18, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>At 9ET <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Saints&amp;src=hash">#Saints</a> CB <a href="https://twitter.com/champbailey">@champbailey</a> joins the show. Your turn to ask some questions. Use <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23AskChamp&amp;src=hash">#AskChamp</a> with your question <a href="http://t.co/vDOKV5YWae">pic.twitter.com/vDOKV5YWae</a></p>&mdash; Mike &amp; Mike (@MikeAndMike) <a href="https://twitter.com/MikeAndMike/statuses/479237731823124480">June 18, 2014</a></blockquote>

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Saints News

Jimmy Graham's Twitter Proves He's A Tight End, Claims NFL
Jimmy Graham's grievance hearing is expected to conclude today; the Saints star is seeking to be labeled as a wide receiver instead of a tight end for franchise tag purposes. According to Ian Rapoport, one of the NFL's arguments is that Graham lists himself as a tight end in his Twitter bio.

Twitter bio used vs. Jimmy Graham of New Orleans Saints - ESPN
One of the NFL's arguments for why Jimmy Graham shouldn't receive the franchise tender as a wide receiver is the fact he lists himself as a tight end on his Twitter bio, according to a report.

Graham refuses to comment on status of grievance hearing with Saints | Saints | The Advocate — Baton Rouge, LA
When approached at a New Orleans-area hotel for comment about his franchise tag-related dispute and grievance hearing with the Saints on Wednesday, tight end Jimmy Graham replied, "I can't say anything."

Drew Brees: Brandin Cooks could fill Darren Sproles’ role | ProFootballTalk
"Even though Darren Sproles played the running back position, we were creative with him," Brees said, via Tom Pelissero of USA Today. "We did a lot of things with him out of the backfield. We’d split him out. We’d throw him screens. We’d do all kinds of stuff with him. So, that role can be filled by maybe even a receiver. Hey, we go out in the draft and get a guy in Brandin Cooks out of Oregon State — an explosive player, great speed, great talent, tremendous young man, loves to learn, loves the game of football. … From all indications, this guy can do a lot of things for us, and he’s eager to fill a role that we need him to on offense."

New Orleans Saints Spotlight | Get to know offensive coordinator Pete Carmichael | NOLA.com
Carmichael talks receivers

Erik Lorig adds more versatility to New Orleans Saints' offense - ESPN
METAIRIE, La. -- Erik Lorig's most defining trait? His versatility. The New Orleans Saints' new fullback actually began his career as a defensive end

Saints postpone media access to OTAs on Wednesday | Saints | The Advocate — Baton Rouge, LA
The Saints postponed the scheduled media access for Wednesday's organized team activities practice until Thursday, according to officials. …

Victor Butler still working on his fastball - ESPN
METAIRIE, La. -- New Orleans Saints linebacker Victor Butler is excited to be back out on the practice field this summer after missing all of last sea

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More Pretentious Scoldings From Nola.com (Is that all they do now?)

Some New Orleans Saints fans should be ashamed of themselves -- Gerry V podcast | NOLA.com
Fans need to understand the business side of sports

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NFL News

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Cancels Redskins Trademark - Hogs Haven
The USPTO has cancelled the Washington Redskins trademarks, calling the name disparaging.

U.S. Patent and Trademark office cancels protection of Washington team name | ProFootballTalk
Whenever the government gets involved in the question of whether the Washington NFL team should change its name, people who support the current name ask whether the government has anything better to do.  For one specific agency of the government, the answer is a resounding no.

Steve Smith, Lardarius Webb fight at Ravens practice | ProFootballTalk
Steve Smith must be feeling right at home in Baltimore. He's already had his first practice fight. Smith and cornerback Lardarius Webb got in a fight today, according to Jamison Hensley of ESPN.

Report: Chargers meeting with Brandon Flowers | ProFootballTalk
Could cornerback Brandon Flowers find a soft landing with one of his former club's division rivals? Flowers, whom the Chiefs released Friday, will meet with the Chargers on Wednesday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reported.

Seahawks fan launches Legion of Boom petition for Madden game | ProFootballTalk
After "winning" the right to be on the cover of the next Madden game, which would be far better if it actually had some competition, Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman made a plea for some of his teammates to join him.

Bruce Allen claims "we’re fine" after Redskins lose trademark case | ProFootballTalk
As a legal matter, Allen is correct: The trademark issue does not compel the Redskins to change their name or logo. It just says they no longer have the right to federal trademark protection on their name and logo.

Jets rookie blasts rule keeping him from getting to work | ProFootballTalk
Jets rookie wide receiver Shaq Evans is trying to get a better job, which is the ostensible reason for going to college. But as one of the players falling victim to the league's rule preventing rookies from schools on the quarter system from joining their teams until their college class graduates...

Carroll says Seahawks expected Lynch to show | ProFootballTalk
When a report emerged last week that the Seahawks didn't expect running back Marshawn Lynch to show up for a mandatory minicamp, we were told by a well-placed source in the organization that the Seahawks expected Lynch to be there and that they hadn't heard anything to the contrary.

Only 10 unsigned draft picks remain league-wide | ProFootballTalk
Former Giants General Manager George Young famously said "Nothing ever gets done until Bastille Day." This year, the process of signing NFL Draft picks was nearly done by Father's Day, leaving July 14 looming as a lonely relic of a previous era.