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Fleur-de-Links, July 19: Saints swap running backs on Training Camp Eve

Players report for work next Wednesday, July 25th.

NEW ORLEANS, LA - Shane Vereen #34 of the New York Giants celebrates a touchdown during the second quarter of a game against the New Orleans Saints at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.
NEW ORLEANS, LA - Shane Vereen #34 of the New York Giants celebrates a touchdown during the second quarter of a game against the New Orleans Saints at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.
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Word on the Street

Breaking news on the New Orleans Saints and stories from around the NFC South.

Former Saints great Jonathan Vilma shifts to major role with ABC/ESPN | NOLA.com
Vilma will join the ABC college football studio show this fall as an analyst

The next 'Voice of the Saints'? Zach Strief looking more and more like the man for the job | theadvocate.com
One of the strongest, more insightful voices of the Saints’ locker room over the last dozen years should soon be serving as the soundtrack for future games.

What can't Saints running back Alvin Kamara do? Rookie puts on vocal show at ESPYs | theadvocate.com
New Orleans Saints running back Alvin Kamara showed off his vocal talents during a commercial break for the ESPYs awards Wednesday night.

New Orleans Saints announce roster moves | NewOrleansSaints.com
Team signs RB Shane Vereen; Daniel Lasco has been waived/failed physical

Saints' Mitchell Loewen saves man from SUV that fell from parking structure| ESPN
Saints defensive lineman Mitchell Loewen helped save a New Orleans man's life after he was trapped in an SUV that came crashing down from the fourth story of a parking structure.

New Orleans Saints owner: Gayle Benson net worth, political donations | SI.com
Learn about New Orleans Saints owner Gayle Benson, including how she made her wealth, her education and more.

Cover 3: Griffin Over Fitzpatrick? Pros And Cons To Giving Griffin The Green Light | Pewter Report
It seems to have been already decided that Ryan Fitzpatrick will start Week 1 for the Buccaneers, but there's another QB who could change that...

Lagniappe

The latest updates from far and wide around the NFL, and the greater world of sports.

How Brandin Cooks Explains the Modern NFL | The Ringer
The Rams just handed their new receiver a five-year, $80 million deal. It speaks volumes about how L.A. prizes Cooks—and it’s the latest example of Cooks’s career reflecting the NFL’s value structure at large.

Salute to Darrelle Revis, a cornerback who won big even when he lost | SBNation.com
Darrelle Revis called it quits, so we took a look back at his career

The Eagles’ Brotherhood of Blockers | SI.com
We sat in with the Eagles O-line, the most influential position group of 2017, as they reflected on their Super Bowl season and looked ahead to 2018

How Clemson’s terrifying 2018 defensive line includes 4 unique skillsets | SBNation.com
Clelin Ferrell, Austin Bryant, Dexter Lawrence, and Christian Wilkins form college football’s best unit. Here’s how each member stands apart.

Bears No. 2 QB Chase Daniel has made a fortune in the NFL, but is he fulfilled as a career backup? Yes and no. | The Athletic
On Feb. 4, Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Nick Foles hoisted the Lombardi Trophy, a backup quarterback thrust into the spotlight, where he lit up the New England Patriots. A year before, Chase Daniel was in Foles’ place as the backup behind Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz. So he watched as Foles lived out every backup quarterback’s dream.

Mitchell Trubisky Ready to Be the Bears' Savior, 'Make People Eat Their Words' | Bleacher Report
The man has every reason to be miserable. Outside on this summer day, it's a borderline monsoon. Back home, Mom just had ACL surgery after a four-wheeling excursion gone wrong in the Caribbean.

Richard Sherman’s Cornerback Academy, More NFL Offseason News | SI.com
The All-Pro DB, starting fresh with the 49ers after seven stellar seasons in Seattle, summoned the best at his position to study film and share trade secrets. Plus, unexpected fan reaction to a week of really bad NFL news, a shot at a preseason power ranking and more with training camps on the horizon