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As expected, it's all anyone is writing, talking, or prognosticating about. I'm just glad the Saints aren't involved this time. Roger Goodell is now on the clock and the pressure is on. Unlike the Saints in 2012, the Patriots and their fans are lucky that the NFL isn't currently facing litigation related to their issue. They'll probably get off light.

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">This passage here is one where Ted Wells seems to call for the Patriots (as a team) to be sanctioned ... <a href="http://t.co/DoNtLYgkBp">pic.twitter.com/DoNtLYgkBp</a></p>&mdash; Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) <a href="https://twitter.com/AlbertBreer/status/596312073887428608">May 7, 2015</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">The NFL should have warnedNE just like they warned the NO to stop also the NFL needs a better system to measure the psi &amp; securing the balls</p>&mdash; Pat Kirwan (@PatKirwanCBS) <a href="https://twitter.com/PatKirwanCBS/status/596311002666401792">May 7, 2015</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">NFL reinstates ex-Washington tight end Fred Davis <a href="http://t.co/Xp847BN3m0">http://t.co/Xp847BN3m0</a></p>&mdash; ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) <a href="https://twitter.com/ProFootballTalk/status/596307255064014848">May 7, 2015</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Yee: &quot;Wells report omitted nearly all of Tom’s testimony,&quot; which... &quot;would have provided this report with the context that it lacked.&quot;</p>&mdash; Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) <a href="https://twitter.com/JasonLaCanfora/status/596305980683595776">May 7, 2015</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Statement from Tom Brady&#39;s agent, Don Yee: &quot;The Wells report, with all due respect, is a significant and terrible... <a href="http://t.co/uGDRJutIk1">http://t.co/uGDRJutIk1</a></p>&mdash; Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) <a href="https://twitter.com/AdamSchefter/status/596305657759965184">May 7, 2015</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Brady&#39;s agent: Wells report &quot;suggests it may be more probable than not the league cooperated w/Colts in perpetrating a sting operation.&quot; Wow</p>&mdash; Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) <a href="https://twitter.com/JasonLaCanfora/status/596304446558175233">May 7, 2015</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">NFL reinstated former Redskins TE Fred Davis, who&#39;s now eligible to sign with a team, effective immediately, as <a href="https://twitter.com/ProFootballTalk">@ProFootballTalk</a> said.</p>&mdash; Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) <a href="https://twitter.com/AdamSchefter/status/596302478041284609">May 7, 2015</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Dennis Allen said neither he nor Rob Ryan has ego too big to work together with <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Saints?src=hash">#Saints</a>, calls Ryan a &#39;damn good&#39; DC <a href="http://t.co/wHUvHbFMB2">http://t.co/wHUvHbFMB2</a></p>&mdash; Mike Triplett (@MikeTriplett) <a href="https://twitter.com/MikeTriplett/status/596295356448542720">May 7, 2015</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Attention Patriots fans: The legal standards that apply when a person&#39;s liberty is on the line do not apply to workplace investigations.</p>&mdash; ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) <a href="https://twitter.com/ProFootballTalk/status/596295084842340352">May 7, 2015</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Shaq completely eats it during Inside the NBA halftime show | For The Win <a href="http://t.co/pOojgKmiPE">http://t.co/pOojgKmiPE</a></p>&mdash; WWL-TV Sports (@wwltvsports) <a href="https://twitter.com/wwltvsports/status/596263707686137856">May 7, 2015</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Rob Gronkowski has a perfectly Rob Gronkowski response to the <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Deflategate?src=hash">#Deflategate</a> report <a href="http://t.co/DLc5Xl5yu7">http://t.co/DLc5Xl5yu7</a></p>&mdash; ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) <a href="https://twitter.com/ProFootballTalk/status/596253948266356738">May 7, 2015</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Man I&#39;m mad I&#39;m missing the lip sync battle I hope someone is recording this for me! Lol!</p>&mdash; Reggie Bush (@ReggieBush) <a href="https://twitter.com/ReggieBush/status/596181105729908736">May 7, 2015</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">This was not scripted. <a href="https://t.co/zIc3At8uh1">https://t.co/zIc3At8uh1</a></p>&mdash; NBA on TNT (@NBAonTNT) <a href="https://twitter.com/NBAonTNT/status/596147622437588993">May 7, 2015</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Former <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/NFL?src=hash">#NFL</a> LB <a href="https://twitter.com/sfujita55">@sfujita55</a> talks weed in the league w/ <a href="https://twitter.com/jimrome">@jimrome</a>. Rome welcomes Costas, <a href="https://twitter.com/mariamenounos">@mariamenounos</a> &amp; more at 9p.&#10;<a href="https://t.co/wwwHxKCyeA">https://t.co/wwwHxKCyeA</a></p>&mdash; SHOWTIME SPORTS (@SHOsports) <a href="https://twitter.com/SHOsports/status/595968956302659584">May 6, 2015</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">You down, but you not out! Keep fighting/pushing. That&#39;s goes to whoever needed that today!. Bless</p>&mdash; Khiry Robinson (@_numberthreeRB) <a href="https://twitter.com/_numberthreeRB/status/596122175792250880">May 7, 2015</a></blockquote>

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Saints News

From one 'Gate' to the next: Thoughts on bounties, deflated footballs, and Roger Goodell's uneven brand of justice - Black and Gold

Dennis Allen on return to New Orleans Saints, working with Rob Ryan - New Orleans Saints Blog - ESPN
Many sources I’ve talked to about the Allen hire suggested he will have a "calming influence" on the defense and may help bring more structure -- whether during the work week, in Ryan’s expansive game plans or both. I don't believe Allen has been working with any specific position group yet, though his exact role has not been detailed.

Saints defensive players primed for bounce-back 2015 seasons: Larry Holder's Podcast | NOLA.com
Two defensive linemen and possibly two defensive backs could rebound for New Orleans in 2015

Of 22 New Orleans Saints rookies, which are likeliest to make the team? | NOLA.com
Here's one very preliminary attempt at ranking each rookie's likelihood of making the club. Check back again in August to see if these were on the mark.

Ex Saints still looking for jobs | The Saints Nation

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NFL News

Report confirms NFL had chance to avoid #DeflateGate | ProFootballTalk
The Ted Wells report insists, at footnote 25 on page 46, that the NFL did not launch a "sting" operation against the Patriots.  But that's not the impression the body of the report creates.

NFL initially gave Patriots bad information about PSI readings | ProFootballTalk
To no surprise, the 274-page report generated by Ted Wells contains plenty of information. And that information includes some bad information that initially was given to the Patriots. At page 100 of the report, Wells explains that the January 19 letter from NFL senior V.P.

Suspension of Tom Brady seems unavoidable | ProFootballTalk
It's difficult to predict the discipline will be imposed as a result of the Ted Wells report without knowing who will be imposing it. (More on that in a later blurb.

No evidence that Patriots broke k-ball rules | ProFootballTalk
So many stories surfaced during the Deflategate media feeding frenzy that it's hard to remember them all. One that has been largely overlooked was a report from ESPN that a Patriots locker room attendant tried to put an unapproved ball, not an NFL-mandated kicking ball, into the game on a special te...

Tom Brady’s agent blasts the Wells report | ProFootballTalk
The agent for Patriots quarterback Tom Brady is coming out swinging in response to the Ted Wells Deflategate report, claiming that the league set up the Patriots and that a skewed investigation was designed to smear Brady.

Brady, not his agent, needs to be doing the talking | ProFootballTalk
The statement issued by Don Yee, the agent for Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, makes several very good points -- specifically regarding the non-sting sting operation. Ultimately, however, it's not Don Yee who should be talking. It's his client.

Bell: NFL must hammer Tom Brady, Patriots in Deflategate aftermath
Remember, ignorance is no excuse, as the Saints and others have learned. Now the marquee QB must sit.

LeSean McCoy tells magazine Philadelphia Eagles coach Chip Kelly got rid of 'good black players' | NOLA.com
Bills running back LeSean McCoy was traded to Buffalo this offseason from Philadelphia. In a recent interview with ESPN the Magazine McCoy was asked about Eagles coach Chip Kelly and didn't pull any punches.