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Fleur-de-Links, April 20: Saints celebrate Pelicans’ playoff success

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There’s been plenty of crossover between New Orleans’ pro football and basketball teams.

NEW ORLEANS, LA - New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis (23) dunks against the  Portland Trail Blazers during the first quarter in game three of the  first round of the 2018 NBA Playoffs at the Smoothie King Center.
NEW ORLEANS, LA - New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis (23) dunks against the Portland Trail Blazers during the first quarter in game three of the first round of the 2018 NBA Playoffs at the Smoothie King Center.
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Word on the Street

Underhill: No more codes to solve; Saints expected to win big in 2018 | theadvocate.com
The schedule release comes with more talking points when a team is fighting for a return to relevance.

2018 NFL schedule release: New Orleans Saints need a fast start | ESPN
With a schedule backloaded with tough opponents, the Saints cannot afford the slow starts that have plagued them in recent seasons.

2018 NFL mock draft: The Saints get an edge player early in Sam Hubbard | SBNation.com
The versatile Ohio State defender is a fit in New Orleans in the SB Nation NFL writers’ mock draft.

NFL Draft Needs: Saints | Rotoworld.com
Evan Silva and Josh Norris walk through the Saints' top three needs and offer options for each of their draft picks.

BREAKING: Bucs LB Beckwith Injured In Car Crash; Could Miss Week 1 | Pewter Report
Bucs GM Jason Licht announced that linebacker Kendell Beckwith was involved in a car accident and had to get surgery last week.

New Orleans Pelicans come home and destroy Portland Trail Blazers to take commanding series lead | The Bird Writes
Anthony Davis first home playoff win was a rout!

Lagniappe

The Moneyball Guide to the 2018 NFL Draft | Bleacher Report
Moneyball is much more than a set of commandments about how to build a team, a talk-radio euphemism for stuff "Real Football Guys" hate or an excuse for going 1-31 for two seasons...

Report: Tom Brady still hasn't committed to playing in 2018 | Sporting News
Is Tom Brady ready to retire? The 40-year-old Patriots quarterback has not yet committed to playing for New England in 2018, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.

Jimmy Graham: Packers hunger was defining factor for me | ProFootballTalk
Tight end Jimmy Graham started work with his new team this week and he took some time on Tuesday to explain what led him to sign with the Packers in the first place.

2018 NFL Draft: Lamar Jackson could really thrive with these teams | SBNation.com
SB Nation’s Thomas George talked to Super Bowl winning coach Dick Vermeil about where the Louisville product could thrive in the NFL.

Mel Kiper has to retire, due to Jimmy Clausen bet in the 2010 NFL Draft | SBNation.com
The ESPN analyst made an eight-year bet on the former Notre Dame quarterback.