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Saints News, 6/24/14: Upcoming Graham Ruling Drawing Watchful Eyes Of NFL Tight Ends

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Still no ruling on last week's Jimmy Graham grievance hearing on how the franchise tag should be applied to him. Other tight ends around the NFL are watching closely to see what happens and how that ruling might apply to them in future years. Vernon Davis is one who has spoken to the media about it and Lions rookie TE Eric Ebron is another. Ebron said he thinks it’s time for the NFL to create a new position to encompass hybrid players who don’t really fit the traditional mold of a wide receiver or a tight end.

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Saints News

July 15 looms for Graham, Saints | ProFootballTalk
As the system arbitrator ponders the evidence and prepares to issue a ruling on the question of whether Saints tight end Jimmy Graham should be regarded as a tight end or a receiver for franchise tag purposes, a key date looms on the calendar.

Eric Ebron thinks NFL needs a hybrid tight end-receiver designation | ProFootballTalk
As Jimmy Graham awaits an arbitrator's ruling about whether he's a tight end or a wide receiver, a young player who is expected to play a Graham like role says the answer is really both. Or neither.

Saints TE Jimmy Graham ruling drawing watchful eyes of NFL tight ends | Updated Links | NOLA.com
Arbiter's decision on Graham's position may come this week

Graham ruling won’t affect Vernon Davis | ProFootballTalk
Earlier this year, 49ers tight end Vernon Davis said on NBCSN's Pro Football Talk that he's more receiver than tight end.  Coupled with his support for Jimmy Graham's effort to get paid as a receiver, Davis presumably is looking for similar treatment.

Jimmy Graham: Tight end or wide receiver? | New Orleans Saints

Brandin Cooks receives new nickname from New Orleans Saints teammates | New Orleans Saints
Fresh Legs.

Hungry, Hungry, WHODATS! | The Saints Nation

Saints rankings: No. 19 WR Kenny Stills - New Orleans Saints Blog - ESPN
I’m ranking the top 20 New Orleans Saints players leading up to training camp. It’s based on their current value – meaning both past

USA Football to instruct New Orleans-area coaches on heads up football player safety initiatives
The event will take place at the New Orleans Saints Facility

Saints sign rookie linebacker Todd Davis | ProFootballTalk
The Saints made a pair of roster moves Monday, signing rookie linebacker Todd Davis and waiving injured cornerback A.J. Davis, the club said. A Sacramento State product, Todd Davis notched 131 tackles and five sacks as a senior in 2013.

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NFL News

Falcons waive WR Dominique Croom, have three open roster spots | ProFootballTalk
The Falcons have opened another roster spot, announcing the release of wide receiver Dominique Croom on Tuesday. The departure of Croom leaves the Falcons with 87 players, according to their online roster. This would give Atlanta three vacant roster slots.

Sherman, fans don’t get their way on Madden cover | ProFootballTalk
Yes, discussion about the athlete(s) who'll land on the cover of the Madden game is far more interesting than the game itself. This year, the discussion took on an expected wrinkle when cornerback Richard Sherman tried to share the honor with the rest of the Legion of Boom.

Richard Sherman has boycotted Seattle media, unless he hasn’t | ProFootballTalk
Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman recently purchased a new home in Seattle, a $2.31 million estate previously owned by NBA star Jamal Crawford.  The local media -- specifically the Seattle Times and seattlepi.com -- published information about the transaction, including the address of the home.

Rodgers thinks young quarterbacks of bad teams should sit and wait | ProFootballTalk
Nine years ago, the Packers used a first-round pick on quarterback Aaron Rodgers because Brett Favre already was nearly three years into his will-I-or-won't-I-retire routine.

Emmitt expresses concern for Manziel’s "short career lifestyle" | ProFootballTalk
As the Browns continue to have no concerns about quarterback Johnny Manziel's off-field antics, plenty of folks connected to the sport do. Enter Hall of Fame running back Emmitt Smith, who knows a thing or two about working hard and playing harder; he was a member of the notorious Cowboys of the ...

Harlem Globetrotters jump on the Johnny Manziel bandwagon | ProFootballTalk
Johnny Manziel is the most popular rookie in America's most popular sport, so it's no surprise that other sports are trying to get into the Johnny Football business. First it was the San Diego Padres, who drafted Manziel even though Manziel has no interest in playing professional baseball.