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Fleur-de-Links: Friday, January 19

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TGIF, Who Dat Nation.

NEW ORLEANS, LA:  New Orleans Saints wide receiver Ted Ginn Jr (19) outraces Atlanta Falcons defensive back Desmond Trufant (21) to score a touchdown during a game at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.
NEW ORLEANS, LA: New Orleans Saints wide receiver Ted Ginn Jr (19) outraces Atlanta Falcons defensive back Desmond Trufant (21) to score a touchdown during a game at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.
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Congratulations, you made it through another week. Here’s some news on the New Orleans Saints and the NFL at large that you may have missed:

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Saints' Alex Anzalone 'excited to get back and help out' in 2018 | NOLA.com
Anzalone spent majority on 2017 campaign on injured reserve

Saints' Hau'oli Kikaha: Expected back for OTAs - CBSSports.com
"I'm ready [for OTAs] right now," Kikaha said to Herbie Teope of the New Orleans Times-Picayune.

Despite leverage, Saints QB Drew Brees says he won't field offers from other teams | Saints | theadvocate.com
METAIRIE, La. (AP) — Drew Brees says he still expects to remain with the New Orleans Saints as long as they'll have him.

Saints punter's gutty performance earns respect, donations from Vikings fans - New Orleans Saints Blog- ESPN
Vikings fans appreciated that Saints punter Thomas Morstead played through a painful rib injury and came back on the field to close out the game.

Agent's Take: Has Drew Brees thrown his last pass in a Saints uniform? - CBSSports.com

Reaching a new agreement might not be a smooth process for the 39-year-old quarterback

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Eagles coach Doug Pederson faces challenge of fooling another defense | Bob Ford
What worked against Atlanta will need some tweaks against Minnesota in the NFC championship game.

Shaquem Griffin: One-handed UCF linebacker eyes NFL | SI.com
How did UCF's one-handed linebacker go from unrecruited to the defending conference defensive player of the year? One simple rule: no excuses.

Worst to first? A look at the climb ahead for Bears - Chicago Tribune
Can the Bears, coming off their fourth consecutive last-place finish in the NFC North, engineer a worst-to-first turnaround in 2018?

Bill Belichick and Nick Saban's Friendship | SI.com
A little more than 35 years ago, Bill Belichick was introduced to Nick Saban over dinner at the home of Belichick’s parents. How the two coaches — and their friendship — evolved as they conquered the highest levels of football

2018 Puppy Bowl starting lineup
The most important update on the tail-end of football season is here.

Shrine Game Scout Conversation - All Star Circuit - Rotoworld.com
Josh Norris elaborates on the differences between the Shrine and Senior Bowls, plus shares a conversation he had with a Director of College Scouting.