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Fleur-de-Links: Saturday, February 17

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NEW ORLEANS, LA:  New Orleans Saints tight ends Josh Hill (89) and Jimmy Graham (80) celebrate after Hill scored a touchdown against the Minnesota Vikings defense during a game at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.
NEW ORLEANS, LA: New Orleans Saints tight ends Josh Hill (89) and Jimmy Graham (80) celebrate after Hill scored a touchdown against the Minnesota Vikings defense during a game at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.
Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images

Another day, another set of links to cover the New Orleans Saints and the NFL-at-large. Here’s what’s in the news:


Around the NFC South

Saints' 2018 schedule shaping up as NFL's second-toughest | Saints |
The New Orleans Saints won the NFC South in 2017 despite facing the NFL's eighth-hardest schedule, a slate of opponents that looked relatively easy at first but got much harder

Saints position outlook: Things appear to be set at running back, though decision on fullbacks loom | Saints |
There were many doubters when the Saints signed Adrian Peterson last offseason.

Several Saints 'My Cause, My Cleats' Shoes Available for Auction
Several Saints players have their autographed cleats available for auction

Former Saints, Eagles long snapper Jon Dorenbos to have movie made about life |
The Eagles are giving Dorenbos a Super Bowl ring, too.

Bucs Interview Monachino For D-Line Coach Position | Pewter Report
According to a report, there has been another interview for the Bucs defensive line coach position.

2018 NFL coaching changes: Carolina Panthers | The Huddle
Norv Turner brings a familiar offense to the declawed Panthers.

Falcons announce hiring of RBs coach Bernie Parmalee and two others, cut ties with assistant special teams coach - The Falcoholic
That includes Mayur Chaudhari, a new special teams assistant.

Three Falcons offseason tropes we’re already sick of - The Falcoholic
The Falcons probably aren’t looking to replace these guys.

The Carolina Panthers have a tough choice to make about Charles Johnson’s future - Cat Scratch Reader
According to ESPN’s David Newton, Charles Johnson could benefit from a change of scenery and the Panthers could benefit from the $3.25 million in cap savings. Should the Panthers make the move and release him?


Jarvis Landry's 5 best non-Dolphins fits in NFL free agency | NFL | Sporting News
There's good reason to think about how much receiving damage Landry could do playing off Michael Thomas, Ted Ginn Jr. and Alvin Kamara.

5 free agents Dallas Cowboys could target at DB (is it finally time to add Kenny Vaccaro?) | SportsDay
The Cowboys were pleased with the progression of their young secondary as the 2017 season unfolded.

NFL's top 10 cornerbacks in 2017: A.J. Bouye rules the roost -
Who were the best covermen in the NFL this past season? Matt Harmon ranks the top 10 cornerbacks according to four crucial Next Gen Stats.

Josh Rosen: The good, the bad and the highly volatile | NFL Draft news and analysis | Pro Football Focus
Lead Draft Analyst Steve Palazzolo takes a closer look at what former UCLA QB Josh Rosen did well, where he struggled and just how highly-volatile he was with the football during his career with the Bruins.

Ignore Virtually All Offseason NFL Strength of Schedule Information
Measuring future strength of schedule by incorporating prior year win rate is lazy, inaccurate and inefficient. But like most things in the NFL, because it has been an accepted method from years past, there is a strong reluctance to shift from this process.

Larry Fitzgerald returning is good news, but Cardinals still need a QB -
He’s coming back for another season, and we should all be glad about that. But we also need to appreciate what he’s done.

The new life of 49ers GM John Lynch | Sporting News
So, John Lynch ... are you sure it was a wise move to leave the cushy broadcast booth and ride the roller coaster that is the everyday life of an NFL general manager?

Free agency fits: Kirk Cousins to Browns? Le'Veon Bell to Bucs? -
Gil Brandt pairs notable free agents with strong team fits. Could Kirk Cousins turn the Browns around? Will Le'Veon Bell help unlock the Buccaneers' offense?

After parting, Giants and Steve Spagnuolo both will rebound from 'one of those years' | Sporting News
The 2017 NFL season didn't go the way Steve Spagnuolo or the New York Giants had hoped.