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Saints News, 1/19/15: Bears Snag Saints Regional Scout Josh Lucas as Player Personnel Director

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From Mike Triplett: Lucas was promoted twice during his time in New Orleans, most recently becoming one of two regional college scouts who worked between college scouting director Rick Reiprish and the area scouts. Lucas, a Harvard graduate, spent three years with the Jacksonville Jaguars before he joined New Orleans as a scouting assistant in 2005. He became the southwest area scout in 2007 and the south regional scout in 2012. The Saints have not yet announced any changes to their scouting department since Pace left for Chicago earlier this month.

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Bears add another personnel man from the Saints <a href="http://t.co/R3wlXIToj9">http://t.co/R3wlXIToj9</a></p>&mdash; ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) <a href="https://twitter.com/ProFootballTalk/status/557168628664401920">January 19, 2015</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Man Everytime I see the replay of Burnett sliding with that much time on left on the clock..man</p>&mdash; rafael bush (@rbush36) <a href="https://twitter.com/rbush36/status/557193715522211840">January 19, 2015</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>If u a Seahawks fan who left the NFC championship game early u should have to turn in your &quot; I&#39;m the biggest seahawks fan ever&quot; badge today</p>&mdash; Scott Shanle (@scottshanle) <a href="https://twitter.com/scottshanle/status/557191300437389312">January 19, 2015</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Patriots quarterback Tom Brady dubs deflate-gate accusations &#39;ridiculous&#39; --&gt; <a href="http://t.co/kvb7zp34NF">http://t.co/kvb7zp34NF</a></p>&mdash; Yahoo Sports (@YahooSports) <a href="https://twitter.com/YahooSports/status/557189146331336706">January 19, 2015</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>We&#39;re only a week removed from ThighGate. That&#39;s like three Gates ago. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/NeverForget?src=hash">#NeverForget</a></p>&mdash; Larry Holder (@LarryHolder) <a href="https://twitter.com/LarryHolder/status/557188987731714048">January 19, 2015</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>The one comp these Patriots&#39; cheating allegations have is the USC situation two years ago -- Trojans were fined $25K <a href="http://t.co/9tYlfjlugt">http://t.co/9tYlfjlugt</a></p>&mdash; Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) <a href="https://twitter.com/AlbertBreer/status/557187275595841537">January 19, 2015</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>League likely will be saying more about Patriots deflated ball controversy this morning <a href="http://t.co/siNpqJ5mmA">http://t.co/siNpqJ5mmA</a></p>&mdash; ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) <a href="https://twitter.com/ProFootballTalk/status/557180242193055744">January 19, 2015</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Remembering the man whose words continue to inspire and give us hope. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/MartinLutherKingDay?src=hash">#MartinLutherKingDay</a> <a href="http://t.co/FVxMbKx0aG">pic.twitter.com/FVxMbKx0aG</a></p>&mdash; Roman Harper (@Harp41) <a href="https://twitter.com/Harp41/status/557179741732892672">January 19, 2015</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Believe it or not, even tho I come in like My Cousin Vinny, Mobile has long been my favorite stop of my NFL travel each yr. I love the place</p>&mdash; Jay Glazer (@JayGlazer) <a href="https://twitter.com/JayGlazer/status/557179409828827136">January 19, 2015</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Thanks <a href="https://twitter.com/WWLTV">@WWLTV</a> for giving the Holders some love. I never looked better! <a href="https://twitter.com/JoniNHolder">@JoniNHolder</a> <a href="http://t.co/cQg5djPT2a">pic.twitter.com/cQg5djPT2a</a></p>&mdash; Larry Holder (@LarryHolder) <a href="https://twitter.com/LarryHolder/status/557178871758336000">January 19, 2015</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Falcons will interview Dan Quinn for a second time on Monday. Expect copious winking and nodding about what will happen in two weeks.</p>&mdash; ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) <a href="https://twitter.com/ProFootballTalk/status/557156184986484736">January 19, 2015</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>So strange that there’s a breaking NFL story about deflated balls that has nothing to do with Mike McCarthy’s Sunday.</p>&mdash; Dan Rubenstein (@DanRubenstein) <a href="https://twitter.com/DanRubenstein/status/557155186779897856">January 19, 2015</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>The quarterback depth chart for the Pro Bowl is starting to resemble the one in the city in which it will be played <a href="http://t.co/K9nDW31qwe">http://t.co/K9nDW31qwe</a></p>&mdash; ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) <a href="https://twitter.com/ProFootballTalk/status/557147158030581760">January 19, 2015</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>I&#39;m told at one point the officials took a ball out of play and weighed it. Should hear more tomorrow on this subject.</p>&mdash; Bob Kravitz (@bkravitz) <a href="https://twitter.com/bkravitz/status/557054224924950528">January 19, 2015</a></blockquote>

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