Hello again and welcome to another edition of Saints Linkage, live from the greater Boston metroplex.

We'll get right to it.

The big news Monday, obviously, was the Saints' visit to the White House.

In the season's first edition of The Hand Off (WWL-TV's version of the mailbag), BradleyHandwerger answers questions about the defense and it it's better than a year ago.

Les East, writing for the Baton Rouge Advocate, says the Saints and Patriots have a lot in common.

Mike Detillier gives us his Saints players to watch in the Houma Courier.

Ileana Morales of the Associated Press chronicles how President Barack Obama welcomed the Saints.

Glenn Guilbeau of Gannett says now Hall-of-Fame linebacker Rickey Jackson deserved much better.

Nakia Hogan of the T-P/ gang says running back Lynell Hamilton has put in lots of time to get into the rotation.

Jimmy Smith of the T-P/ troop wonders if the Jackson's induction into the Hall will open the door for more Saints.

Rick Garven of the Worcester Telegram &Gazette explains how Tuesday's two practices might work between the Saints and Patriots.

Glen Farley of the Milford Daily News says what excites the Patriots about these practices is that they get to hit on somebody else. The Saints, by the way, have a very similar feeling.

Monique Walker of the Boston Globe says the Saints' thrashing of the Pats in 2009 will provide incentive this week.

Friend of the EOSB Ian R. Rapoport thinks the Patriots secondary will be able to learn something from practicing against the Saints.

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