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Fleur-de-Links, June 9: Ken Crawley, Michael Thomas looking to improve in Year 3

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Even 25-year old Pro Bowlers can find ways to get better.

New Orleans, LA - New Orleans Saints cornerback Ken Crawley (20)  breaks up a pass intended for Chicago Bears wide receiver Kendall Wright  (13)  during the first half of a game at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.
New Orleans, LA - New Orleans Saints cornerback Ken Crawley (20) breaks up a pass intended for Chicago Bears wide receiver Kendall Wright (13) during the first half of a game at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.
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Word on the Street

Fully established as a starter, Saints cornerback Ken Crawley focuses on taking ball away | theadvocate.com
Making an NFL starting lineup as an undrafted cornerback in the NFL is no easy task.

Saints' Michael Thomas focusing on 'small details' as he seeks improvement | NOLA.com
He holds single-season Saints record for receptions as well as an NFL record for most catches in a player's first two seasons.

City of Biloxi, Saints Hall of Fame Weekend Invitation to Shuckers game
The New Orleans Saints Experience will be outside of MGM Park from 3 p.m.-5 p.m.

Bow Up is the code word for the 2018 New Orleans Saints | NOLA.com
Saints establish season motto on Port Sulphur fishing trip

New Orleans Saints largest active contracts in 2018 | 247Sports
The biggest deals on the books for the NFC South champs.

Saints need this plan to challenge for Super Bowl LIII | The Sun Herald
Back in mid-February, I compiled a 10-step off-season plan to upgrade the Super Bowl-minded New Orleans Saints, beginning with kicking General Manager Mickey Loomis upstairs and turning the football operations over to draft clairvoyant Jeff Ireland. Well, I’m oh-for-1.

Lagniappe

Texans' Andre Hal diagnosed with Hodgkin's Lymphoma | Houston Chronicle
Texans veteran free safety Andre Hal has been diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma, the team announced Friday.

San Francisco 49ers: George Kittle poised for big jump | The Sacramento Bee
The San Francisco 49ers' George Kittle was the NFL's second most prolific rookie tight end last season. Imagine what he could do when healthy.

NFL players take a lot of s***, but are doing amazing things we need to talk about | SBNation.com
Friday’s Rise ‘n Grind takes a look at the incredible things NFL players are doing off-the-field.

Seahawks sign Brandon Marshall: Why I think that’s a problem | Field Gulls
Adding to their depleted wide receiver corps late last month, the Seattle Seahawks signed veteran free agent receiver Brandon Marshall.

6 things we learned from the Patriots' mandatory minicamp | Pats Pulpit
The three-day camp is over – let's take a look at what happened.

The NFC North is really, really good | Daily Norseman
As evidenced by this set of divisional Power Rankings