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Fleur-de-Links, May 25: Saints rookies get crash course on crawfish

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It’s fun to see which rookies know what’s up and who needs some guidance.

NEW ORLEANS, LA - New Orleans Saints rookies Tre’Quan Smith (left), Marcus Davenport (center), and Henry Mondeaux (right) are introduced at the annual Rookie Crawfish Boil presented by the Touchdown Club of New Orleans.
NEW ORLEANS, LA - New Orleans Saints rookies Tre’Quan Smith (left), Marcus Davenport (center), and Henry Mondeaux (right) are introduced at the annual Rookie Crawfish Boil presented by the Touchdown Club of New Orleans.
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Word on the Street

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J.T. Barrett: Joe Burrow's intelligence should help him become LSU's starting QB | NOLA.com
Burrow officially transferred from Ohio State to LSU this week.

Photo Gallery: Touchdown Club hosts Rookie Crawfish Boil | NewOrleansSaints.com
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When the New Orleans Saints plucked Jonathan Williams off of Denver's practice squad in mid-November, the move was both a blessing and something of a curse.

Jonathan Williams among players vying for role during Mark Ingram's suspension | NOLA.com
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Cover 3: Godwin's Rookie Year In Review; Is He Ready For A Starting Role? | Pewter Report
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Turner: Panthers QB Cam Newton can be 'toughest guy to defend' | ESPN
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Lagniappe

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The Anthem Policy: Another Signature Moment for Roger Goodell and the Stumbling, Bumbling NFL | SI.com
Yet again with this new policy, the commissioner and the owners have painted themselves into a corner through their own indecisiveness and lack of foresight, making a complex and layered problem worse

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OTAs, Minicamps and Off Days: How Rookies Can Thrive in Their First NFL Summer | Bleacher Report
You're wearing a helmet you've never strapped up before with an unfamiliar logo on it. Your last name is taped to the front of it in all-caps so the coaches who know nothing about you outside of the scouting report they read in April can yell instructions at you. This is OTAs—better known as "organized team activities"—but for you, it's a chance to make an impact.

The Rams’ All-in Approach Has Complicated the Aaron Donald Contract Dispute | The Ringer
Why has Los Angeles been reluctant to give the reigning Defensive Player of the Year a massive payday?

Elite teams have success in the NFL draft on Day 3 and later | The Denver Post
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The road back to football health is a long one—and a worthy one for fans to track