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Fleur-de-Links, June 7: Saints play softball for charity, bowfish for teambuilding

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It’s been a busy week leading up to Thursday’s OTA’s.

METAIRIE, LA - New Orleans Saints tight end Benjamin Watson (82) signs autographs for fans after the 2018 Black and Gold Softball Classic. Watson and linebacker A.J. Klein (not pictured) sponsored this year’s game, which has previously been managed by De
METAIRIE, LA - New Orleans Saints tight end Benjamin Watson (82) signs autographs for fans after the 2018 Black and Gold Softball Classic. Watson and linebacker A.J. Klein (not pictured) sponsored this year’s game, which has previously been managed by Delvin Breaux, Tim Lelito, and Heath Evans.
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Word on the Street

Saints go bowfishing in Plaquemines Parish | FOX 8
The Saints, who are in the middle of Organized Team Activities at their team facility in Metairie, took a break from the football field to enjoy some bowfishing in Plaquemines Parish.

The Saints’ charity softball game was the feel-good moment of the NFL offseason | SBNation.com
The Saints held a charity softball game Wednesday night, like most teams around the league this time of year. But this one felt a little more special because of the people who were there.

Predicting landing spots for Delvin Breaux, Bashaud Breeland and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie | FRS Football
The NFL has an affinity for defensive backs. Over the last three drafts, an average of seven defensive backs were selected in the first round and a 23 across the first three rounds.

Can New Orleans Saints QB Taysom Hill really become Drew Brees' heir? | ESPN
The dual-threat QB is entering his second year with New Orleans and is turning heads on the field this offseason as he competes for the No. 2 job.

AJC: Atlanta Falcons have embraced Colin Kaepernick’s campaign to tackle social and racial injustices | The Falcoholic
He may be blackballed from the NFL, but the former 49ers quarterback has successfully brought national attention and change.

Lagniappe

NFL penalized the Ravens for practice violations for the 3rd time | SBNation.com
When Baltimore gets caught for breaking the rules, it gets better.

Malcolm Jenkins silently uses posters to respond to Donald Trump’s lies | SBNation.com
Malcolm Jenkins told the media "you aren’t listening" in a silent presser Wednesday.

2 women resign from NFLPA domestic violence group citing lack of change | SBNation.com
"I can no longer continue to be part of a commission that is essentially a fig leaf."

A radio producer keeps promise to quit because Bills drafted Josh Allen | SBNation.com
Stop making NFL Draft guarantees.

Which Surprise Starter Could Emerge for Each NFL Team in 2018? | Bleacher Report
Pleasant surprises populate every NFL team. Even though rosters are often set long before the regular season, a few revelations will still occur between now and then. A rise from obscurity can occur for multiple reasons.

Rob Gronkowski on his namesake racehorse running in the Belmont Stakes | SI.com
Gronkowski the racehorse isn't a favorite in this weekend's Belmont Stakes, but that doesn't take away from Rob Gronkowski's commitment to his horse

2018 World Cup teams as college football teams | SBNation.com
Let’s check in on all 32 teams, and then some.