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Fleur-de-Links, June 12: Craig Robertson hosts second annual youth bowling benefit

The veteran linebacker continues to make an impact off the field.

Minneapolis, MN, USA; New Orleans Saints linebacker Craig Robertson (52) celebrates a stop in the third quarter against the Minnesota Vikings at U.S. Bank  Stadium.
Minneapolis, MN, USA; New Orleans Saints linebacker Craig Robertson (52) celebrates a stop in the third quarter against the Minnesota Vikings at U.S. Bank Stadium.
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Word on the Street

Five reasons why the Saints will make the 2018 NFL playoffs |
Marc Sessler examines the New Orleans Saints' playoff chances, which get an undoubted boost from the presence of Drew Brees.

4 Saints ranked in PFF’s Top 50, but no sign of Alvin Kamara is upsetting | Saints Wire
Is Alvin Kamara one of the 50 best players in the NFL? According to the NFL's Top 100, he is slated to be one of the Top 30. He won’t be revealed in Pro Football Focus’ Top 50 though.

Mike Detillier's column: Defensive line play to be key for Saints | Houma Today
This past week I spoke to an NFC general manager who was high on the 2018 New Orleans Saints and thought the key to their season will be the play of the defensive line.

Saints Mandatory OTAs start up | WWL
The 2018 New Orleans Saints Minicamp presented by Verizon will allow fans to get their first look at the team during open practices from June 12-14 at the Ochsner Sports Peformance Center.

Saints' Arthur Maulet attacked playbook, weaknesses in the offseason |
'I gained a little weight, I got a little faster'

Could Stephone Anthony be under-radar answer for Miami Dolphins? | Palm Beach Post
All this talk about three-safety formations (which the Dolphins haven't really practiced yet) and about the return of linebacker Raekwon McMillan and the drafting of linebacker Jerome Baker. Completely lost in the shuffle was former first-round linebacker Stephone Anthony.

Spytek: Ronald Jones adds new dimension to Bucs O |
Buccaneers rookie running back Ronald Jones is expected to carry a heavy load for the Tampa Bay offense after Doug Martin's departure to Oakland.

Winning TD catch fuels Chris Godwin's offseason momentum | ESPN
The Bucs are excited about their budding receiver, who they believe will become an important playmaker for their passing attack.


Khalil Mack not expected to attend Raiders minicamp |
Oakland Raiders defensive end Khalil Mack is searching for a lucrative contract extension, and he's planning to not attend this week's minicamp, Ian Rapoport reports.

Zack Martin, Cowboys closing in on 6-year contract |
Dallas Cowboys right guard Zack Martin is currently fifth among right guard salary cap value, but is expected to jump to the top spot with his contract extension.

The Texans Are the NFL’s Most High-Variance Team | The Ringer
Deshaun Watson and J.J. Watt could take Houston to new heights, or the team could fall short of the postseason

What would the NFL look like if the Colts never moved to Indianapolis? |
Robert Irsay’s relocation of the Colts from Baltimore to Indianapolis had a huge impact on the NFL future of several cities.

What if Peyton Manning had played for the Titans instead of the Broncos? |
Manning almost landed in Tennessee, but would that have meant a Super Bowl for the Titans? Probably not.

Melvin Gordon could see bigger role in Bolts' passing game |
Melvin Gordon's ball-carrying capability has provided plenty of yards for the Los Angeles Chargers, but the running back could see more passes come his way in 2018.

Hue Jackson: Browns upgraded throughout with talent |
The Cleveland Browns have been ambitious in their offseason acquisitions, and coach Hue Jackson believes the team has upgraded "every position group" with talent.