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Saints News, 6/19/14: Brandin Cooks Shines During Saints' Final OTA Practice

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“Today, I didn’t even see him when he got that hand-off,” outside linebacker Junior Galette said, describing a play at Thursday’s practice where Cooks got a hand-off on a reverse and sped up the sidelines. “I haven’t seen that speed in quite a while. His speed is definitely top-tier in the league.”

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Lotsa stories today will be about Brandin Cooks. Catching on quickly, Payton said. Speed makes him candidate for reverse, special plays.</p>&mdash; Ramon Antonio Vargas (@RVargasAdvocate) <a href="https://twitter.com/RVargasAdvocate/statuses/479669028164628481">June 19, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>.<a href="https://twitter.com/brandincooks">@BrandinCooks</a> talks about returning to practice (VIDEO) <a href="http://t.co/qtsZtQLh8Q">http://t.co/qtsZtQLh8Q</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Saints&amp;src=hash">#Saints</a> <a href="http://t.co/Ull4nAn6Wa">pic.twitter.com/Ull4nAn6Wa</a></p>&mdash; New Orleans Saints (@Saints) <a href="https://twitter.com/Saints/statuses/479694930290294784">June 19, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>.<a href="https://twitter.com/SeanPayton">@SeanPayton</a>&#39;s foundation donates 2 18-wheelers of food for <a href="https://twitter.com/2ndHarvestGNOA">@2ndHarvestGNOA</a> <a href="http://t.co/dN3UoSGQpo">pic.twitter.com/dN3UoSGQpo</a></p>&mdash; New Orleans Saints (@Saints) <a href="https://twitter.com/Saints/statuses/479691974136442880">June 19, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>I play hard But I work So Much Harder So I can Live How I&#39;ve always Dreamed OF Work Hard And Spread LOVE <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23BLESSED&amp;src=hash">#BLESSED</a></p>&mdash; SACKMAN (@JuniorG93) <a href="https://twitter.com/JuniorG93/statuses/479691205153157121">June 19, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Offseason program is over! Y&#39;all know what&#39;s next! <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23WhoDat&amp;src=hash">#WhoDat</a> <a href="http://t.co/C4bKr2IT3g">http://t.co/C4bKr2IT3g</a></p>&mdash; Benjamin Watson (@BenjaminSWatson) <a href="https://twitter.com/BenjaminSWatson/statuses/479689084307525632">June 19, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>In his fight for more pay, it&#39;s Jimmy Graham&#39;s Twitter profile that could cost him millions <a href="http://t.co/Ef3ojYWUqJ">http://t.co/Ef3ojYWUqJ</a> <a href="http://t.co/BsObPG6Cgb">pic.twitter.com/BsObPG6Cgb</a></p>&mdash; Yahoo Tech (@YahooTech) <a href="https://twitter.com/YahooTech/statuses/479699635884552193">June 19, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Aside from .<a href="https://twitter.com/Saints">@saints</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23FOOTBALL&amp;src=hash">#FOOTBALL</a> practice today, selected <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23dancers&amp;src=hash">#dancers</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/Saintsations">@Saintsations</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23SwimsuitCalendar&amp;src=hash">#SwimsuitCalendar</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/CoxSportsTV">@CoxSportsTV</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23WHODAT&amp;src=hash">#WHODAT</a> <a href="http://t.co/x3GMz1wgPy">pic.twitter.com/x3GMz1wgPy</a></p>&mdash; rita rita (@ritaleblanc) <a href="https://twitter.com/ritaleblanc/statuses/479685822942167040">June 19, 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>&#39; sentiment about Jimmy Graham unchanged. &#39;Can&#39;t wait to have him back; we know it will happen; til then, we focus on our jobs.&#39;</p>&mdash; Ramon Antonio Vargas (@RVargasAdvocate) <a href="https://twitter.com/RVargasAdvocate/statuses/479677509311537152">June 19, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Resilience is all about bein able to overcome the unexpected. Sustainability is about survival. The goal of resilience is to thrive - Cascio</p>&mdash; Joseph Morgan (@jmthegreat) <a href="https://twitter.com/jmthegreat/statuses/479678318124363777">June 19, 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> Reporter Robert Meachem getting a question in during rookie <a href="https://twitter.com/brandincooks">@brandincooks</a>&#39; interview <a href="http://t.co/M1o29NT1oJ">pic.twitter.com/M1o29NT1oJ</a></p>&mdash; New Orleans Saints (@Saints) <a href="https://twitter.com/Saints/statuses/479673526018785280">June 19, 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> DNPs at last OTA were Pierre Thomas, Jahri Evans and Ben Grubbs. &#39;Nothing surprising, earth-shattering,&#39; was coach Payton&#39;s comment</p>&mdash; Ramon Antonio Vargas (@RVargasAdvocate) <a href="https://twitter.com/RVargasAdvocate/statuses/479667385046032384">June 19, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Payton: I think we got in a productive series of practices. I was pleased with our health, no significant injuries.</p>&mdash; WWL-TV Sports (@wwltvsports) <a href="https://twitter.com/wwltvsports/statuses/479666106072694784">June 19, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Last day of <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Saints&amp;src=hash">#Saints</a> OTAs! <a href="http://t.co/VIcDNHAJsK">http://t.co/VIcDNHAJsK</a></p>&mdash; New Orleans Saints (@Saints) <a href="https://twitter.com/Saints/statuses/479600140609523712">June 19, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Yo last practice of OTA&#39;s, next time we put pads on we&#39;ll be so much closer to the first game... It&#39;s… <a href="http://t.co/GlItq1uzjL">http://t.co/GlItq1uzjL</a></p>&mdash; cameron jordan (@camjordan94) <a href="https://twitter.com/camjordan94/statuses/479594419721482240">June 19, 2014</a></blockquote>

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Saints News

Cooks shines during Thursday's OTA practice | Saints | The Advocate — Baton Rouge, LA
Thursday’s organized team activities marked the first time New Orleans Saints first-round pick Brandin Cooks particiated at a practice that…

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Saints concluded practice until training camp

It’s the season for flying Pigs and Rob Ryan loves his bacon! | The Saints Nation

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Jimmy Graham, Sean Payton, others decline comment after hearing | Saints | The Advocate — Baton Rouge, LA
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Drew Brees was downright gushing Wednesday over the possibilities for first-round draft pick Brandin Cooks to replace Darren Sproles as a mismatch in the Saints' offense. Throwing in a bigger role for promising deep threat Kenny Stills and a breakout campaign for Khiry Robinson, and an offense that had grown stale down the stretch suddenly has a high-octane infusion of playmaking ability.

Rickey Jackson foundation awards five $1,000 scholarships | NOLA.com
The Rickey Jackson Community Hope Foundation Executive Director Rakeem Jackson announced the granting of five $1,000 scholarships to seniors who have participated in the New Orleans Saints Courage House Program at 1150 Barataria Blvd.

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NFL News

Update: Falcons are not going to sign Jonathan Vilma | Atlanta Falcons blog
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Cam Newton surprises teammates by doing 7-on-7s | ProFootballTalk
Cam Newton was begging for some work, so on the last day of school, the Panthers gave him some. According to Bill Voth of Black and Blue Review, Newton took part in three 7-on-7 periods during the team's final minicamp practice before training camp.

Richard Sherman, Phil Bates throw punches in fight at Seahawks mini-camp | ProFootballTalk
The Baltimore Ravens weren't the only team to have a fight break out during mini-camp on Wednesday. Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman was in the heart of a scuffle that broke out between the offense and defense during Wednesday's practice session.

Mike Pettine: Tom Brady bragged to former Jets assistant that Pats had Jets playbook | ProFootballTalk
As we've seen on every season of Hard Knocks, players who are cut from teams are asked to relinquish their playbooks before leaving the facility for the final time. According to Browns coach Mike Pettine, that doesn't stop the information from falling into the hands of other teams.

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The early returns on running back Knowshon Moreno haven't been good. And there may be a reason. Or an excuse, depending on how you look at it. According to Omar Kelly of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, Moreno is dealing with what was referred to as both a "medical issue," and an injury.

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Video

VIDEO: Sean Payton's final offseason press conference
New Orleans Saints Coach Sean Payton speaks with reporters on Thursday, June 19, 2014 (New Orleans Saints video)

VIDEO: Brandin Cooks on returning to practice
New Orleans Saints rookie WR Brandin Cooks speaks with reporters on Thursday, June 19, 2014 (New Orleans Saints video)

VIDEO: Stanley Jean-Baptiste speaks after final OTA
Rookie cornerback Stanley Jean-Baptiste spoke with reporters Thursday after the team's final offseason workout,