NFC South Tuesday morning mailbag


FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. – Time to swing through the NFC South mailbag before I head out to watch the Atlanta Falcons and Jacksonville Jaguars in another day of combined practice. Monday’s sessions weren’t action packed as both coaching staffs did a lot of teaching. However, I’ve been told by someone high up with the Falcons to expect a very aggressive morning session today.

James in Bristol, England, writes: Not much has been said about Kellen Winslow at camp and I haven’t seen many, if any pictures of him while sifting through camp photos. So I was wondering, is he at camp?

Pat Yasinskas: Yes, Kellen Winslow is definitely at Tampa Bay’s camp. He’s been getting some practices off because of his knee, but I believe the Bucs are just being cautious with a guy who is probably the best player on their roster. Winslow took part in Thursday’s practice when I was out at One Buccaneer Place. He looked very good and coach Raheem Morris raved about him after practice. Think the Bucs are just being conservative and making sure Winslow is rested and ready for the start of the regular season.

Ryan in Atlanta writes: I am curious as to where Jacksonville players dress for practice and such during the joint practices? Also, what do they do between practices? Go back to their hotel via bus?

Pat Yasinskas: I was totally stumped by your question at first, so I went straight to Jacksonville public relations man Dan Edwards, one of the best in the business to get the answers. During their joint workouts with the Falcons, the Jaguars are staying at a hotel near Flowery Branch and using it as their home base. They have a locker room and training room set up at the hotel, and they get ready for practices there. Then, they hop on the bus and come over to Atlanta’s facility and go through practice. As soon as they’re done, they go back to the hotel. They watch their film, eat their meals and do everything else there. Basically, it sounds like the Jaguars have taken over the hotel and made it their home for a couple of days.

Jeff in Charleston, S.C., writes: Do you think Brent Grimes, who had six interceptions last season, will start opposite Dunta Robinson?

Pat Yasinskas: Grimes is definitely in the mix for that spot, but the Falcons are letting this competition play out during the preseason. Christopher Owens, Brian Williams and Chevis Jackson also are in the mix. Atlanta coaches and players will tell you Grimes is the best pure athlete on the team. However, his height is the one knock on him. His leaping ability helps him overcome a good portion of that, and he’ll definitely get a good amount of playing time. However, I think Owens is the guy the Falcons hope will emerge as the long-term starter. Williams is a veteran and coming off an injury, but he was playing very well before he got hurt last season.

Roy in Greenville, S.C., writes: What's the deal with William Moore. I saw he was held out from practice Monday. Is he hurt again, or was that just precautionary?

Pat Yasinskas: Like a lot of NFL teams, the Falcons can be a little tight with injury information. Coach Mike Smith only said that Moore does not have a new injury and was held out as a precautionary measure. He said Moore is day-to-day and I wouldn't be surprised if he's on the practice field Tuesday. We'll see.