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Fleur-de-Links, June 15: Lance Moore and Pierre Thomas named Saints Hall of Fame inductees

Two foundational members of Sean Payton’s Super Bowl-winning offense will enter the team’s Hall of Fame this year.

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SEATTLE, WA - Wide receiver Lance Moore #16 of the New Orleans Saints celebrates a touchdown with Pierre Thomas #23 against the Seattle Seahawks at Qwest Field in 2007.
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Breaking news on the New Orleans Saints and stories from around the NFC South.

Fan favorites Lance Moore, Pierre Thomas named latest inductees into Saints Hall of Fame |
Lance Moore and Pierre Thomas sat side by side Thursday, just as they did at their lockers when they played with the New Orleans Saints.

Saints’ Kurt Coleman likes his odds, ‘going to bet on myself every day’ |
Ninth-year safety ready to rebound after down year with Panthers

How the New Orleans Saints use Sean Payton’s sprint smash concept | USA Football
Want to see how the New Orleans Saints offense under Sean Payton and Drew Brees has been so successful? Their sprint smash concept has played a role. Here’s how it works.

Panthers LB Thomas Davis open to playing in 2019 -
Carolina Panthers linebacker Thomas Davis previously said 2018 would be his final season. However, when speaking to reporters on Thursday, Davis said he's open to extending his playing career.

All-time XI, NFC South: Michael Vick tops QB-heavy Falcons crew -
Is Michael Vick the greatest Falcons player of all time? Can anyone challenge Drew Brees for Saints supremacy? With the World Cup upon us, Adam Rank lists the all-time XI for each NFC South team.

Haunted but undaunted, health issues can't keep Archie Manning down |
Archie Manning wants you to know he's OK. He's not fighting a terminal disease or degenerative condition.

Andrus Peat on track for camp, ready to pick up where he left off for Saints |
Andrus Peat hasn't watched the play a whole lot.


The latest updates from far and wide around the football world.

Packers GM surprised to not have authority over coach -
New Green Bay Packers general manager Brian Gutekunst revealed he was surprised that he didn't inherit the authority to hire and fire the head coach.

LSU football: Kristian Fulton's odd saga, suspension by NCAA |
A former elite recruit was given a two-year ban from NCAA competition after a bad decision at a drug-testing facility. His family is still fighting back against what it believes is a punishment too harsh.

New Cornerback Duties Excite Patrick Peterson |
Star cover man expects to switch up coverages in 2018

The Most Underrated Position Groups in the NFL - The Ringer
Which teams are poised for breakout seasons at specific spots on their roster?

Christian Hackenberg Visits Patriots; Contract Not Expected Soon | Bleacher Report
After striking out with two teams, quarterback Christian Hackenberg is hoping to get another chance in the NFL . According to Field Yates of ESPN, the 2016 second-round pick visited the New England Patriots on Thursday at Gillette Stadium.

The Top 10 Pass-Catching Groups in the NFL - The Ringer
Josh Gordon says the Browns are tops in the league, but is that true? Here’s the definitive list.

Benardrick McKinney, Texans Reportedly Agree to 5-Year, $50M Contract | Bleacher Report
With Brian Cushing gone, locking up linebacker Benardrick McKinney was a top priority for the Houston Texans this offseason. A deal has reportedly been struck.

The Earl Thomas Contract Standoff Reveals Seattle Is at a Crossroads - The Ringer
Thomas has long been the NFL’s best safety and one of the driving forces behind Seattle’s run of dominance. So why is the franchise so reluctant to commit to him moving forward?