For the moment, the NFL is smack in the middle of its quietest period, a time frame signaled by the fireworks, family and grilled or slow-cooked meat most enjoyed over the weekend.

Twenty-three days remain until the Saints report for camp in West Virginia and the news starts hitting hot and heavy. For the moment, though, The Advocate is still rolling out a few Saints stories, and the annual offseason trickle of opinions is on its way from the national writers.

With that in mind, here’s a look at what was written in the week leading up to the Fourth of July.

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