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Fleur-de-Links: Saints sign 6 of 7 draft picks ahead of rookie minicamps

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Only the team’s third round pick, receiver Tre’Quan Smith, remains unsigned.

Costa Mesa, CA, USA; New Orleans Saints helmets rest on the field during joint practices with the Los Angeles Chargers at the Jack Hammett Sports Complex.
Costa Mesa, CA, USA; New Orleans Saints helmets rest on the field during joint practices with the Los Angeles Chargers at the Jack Hammett Sports Complex.
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Word on the Street

New Orleans Saints sign six draft picks | NewOrleansSaints.com
First-round pick Marcus Davenport, five others sign

Saints' Marcus Williams won't let 'Minnesota Miracle' define him | ESPN
"I'm the same person every day," says the New Orleans' star safety, who is living in the present instead of focusing on the missed play of the past.

Alvin Kamara May See Regression This Year, But He Can Still Be a Top-5 Fantasy Football Running Back | NumberFire.com
Kamara won't keep up his pace, but that doesn't mean he won't be a top running back in fantasy football this season.

Carolina Panthers RB Fozzy Whittaker to IR after tearing ACL | ESPN
Panthers running back Fozzy Whittaker tore his ACL during a noncontact drill this week and was placed on injured reserve Thursday.

Falcons to host DT Terrell McClain on Friday | The Falcoholic
That defensive tackle depth could use a boost.

Lagniappe

Ripped safety net: What's happening to the NFL's toughest position? | ESPN
The money dried up in free agency and with big names still unemployed, safety looks like a position that has become devalued for a variety of reasons.

Pat Shurmur believes in Eli Manning. Will the Giants? | SI.com
New York showed the world what it thought about its veteran leader when it passed on a QB in the draft, and the new head coach led the charge. Other sections include: Lamar Jackson’s turning point; early word on 2019 quarterback class; impact of Matt Ryan contract, and much more.

Randy Gregory is doing everything he can to get back to the Cowboys | Blogging The Boys
Cowboys fans are rooting for Randy Gregory to make a return.

Press Release: ESPN Unveils New Monday Night Football Team | ESPN MediaZone U.S.
When Monday Night Football‘s 49th season kicks off this fall, ESPN will unveil a dynamic, new NFL commentator team featuring play-by-play voice Joe Tessitore, analysts Jason Witten and Booger McFarland, and reporter Lisa Salters. Tessitore and Witten will be in the booth, while McFarland will bring a new perspective to the games each week as the first field-level analyst for sports television’s signature series.

In search of the real Mike Tomlin | The Undefeated
An ESPN The Magazine collaboration.He has one of the most famous faces in football, despite the care he takes to keep it shadowed. It’s a fearsome face, both fa…