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Fleur-de-Links, May 18: Brees surprises injured high schooler with prosthetic

Saints quarterback Drew Brees continues to be one of football’s good guys.

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - SEPTEMBER 18:  Quarterback  Drew Brees #9 of the  New Orleans Saints talks with head coach Sean Payton as they take  on  the New York Giants during the second half at MetLife Stadium
EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - SEPTEMBER 18: Quarterback Drew Brees #9 of the New Orleans Saints talks with head coach Sean Payton as they take on the New York Giants during the second half at MetLife Stadium.
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Word on the Street

Drew Brees surprises California teen with prosthetic leg: report | NOLA.com
Alex Ruiz's foot was amputated after a football-related injury last year.

Rookie tackle Rick Leonard's familiarity with Saints offensive line dates back to Florida State days | theadvocate.com
Rick Leonard had never met Zach Strief until last weekend.

How an NFL Linebacker Reads Plays Before the Snap | SI.com
Craig Robertson has made it in the NFL thanks to a sharp eye and keen sense of what’s coming next. The Saints linebacker walks us through five plays—telling us how he can figure out what’s coming—from a game against the Rams last fall

A matter of when: Dan Campbell on deck for real shot at NFL head coaching | Sporting News
As part of the Saints coaching contingent at the NFL Combine, Dan Campbell is back in the same city where he interviewed for the Colts job just three weeks prior.

Top 25 NFL players under age of 25: Goff only QB to make it, two Saints rank in top five | CBSSports.com
DeForest Buckner and Hunter Henry found a way onto the list while the Rams boast No. 1 player, and the New Orleans Saints have 3 of the top 15 players.

Atlanta's Super Bowl planning includes focus on winter weather risk | AJC.com
As Atlanta prepares for the Super Bowl next February, the memory of the ice storm that marred the mega-event’s last visit to the city in 2000 looms large.

Will David Tepper move the Carolina Panthers from the Charlotte area? | Cat Scratch Reader
Fans have expressed concern that the Panthers’ new owner will relocate the team, but would he actually do that?

Lagniappe

Report: Browns to be this year’s Hard Knocks team | ProFootballTalk
No team has undergone a more aggressive makeover this offseason than the Browns.

The Biggest Bets of the 2018 NFL Offseason | The Ringer
The Giants stuck with Eli Manning, the Cowboys filled Dez Bryant’s role with a receiver-by-committee approach, and the Bears put all their chips down on Aaron Lynch. But did they make the right call?

Cracks are forming in the Pac-12: Will they be patched before it's too late? | CBSSports.com
The last year has been a rough one for the Pac-12, which is trying to figure out how to move forward

How To Get That NFL Break With The Houston Texans' Amy Palcic | Forbes.com
The Houston Texans guru of communications offers insight on how to get a job in the NFL.

Nagy: Allen Robinson ahead of the game in ACL rehab | NFL.com
Chicago Bears coach Matt Nagy hopes Allen Robinson will be a valuable contributor for the team in 2018, and is very optimistic about the wide receiver's ongoing recovery from a torn ACL.

Prosecutors: Mississippi man stole more than $100M in scheme, $1.75M from seven NFL players
Prosecutors say a Mississippi man raked in "well in excess" of $100 million from more than 250 investors in at least 14 states in a Ponzi scheme that promise