Around the NFC South
September, 1, 2009
By Pat Yasinskas | ESPN.com
Posted by ESPN.com’s Pat Yasinskas
Time for a quick trip through the morning's NFC South headlines.
D. Orlando Ledbetter wonders if it’s time for the Falcons to bring back safety Lawyer Milloy. The secondary, really the whole defense, hasn’t looked sharp in the preseason. That goes with the territory when you’ve got five new starters on defense. I wouldn’t rule anything out when it comes to personnel moves and I think you could see the Falcons pluck a defensive back off waivers. But I think bringing back Milloy is a long shot. The Falcons let him (along with Keith Brooking and Grady Jackson) go because they wanted to get younger on defense. Even with the preseason struggles, I’m not sure they suddenly want to get old again.
Atlanta receiver Roddy White might not have endeared himself to fans with his training-camp holdout, which resulted in a massive new contract. But here’s something to cushion the blow. The Falcons just announced that White will be speaking to the football team at Booker T. Washington High School in Atlanta on Tuesday. He’s also buying new cleats for the team. He did the same thing for his old high school, James Island Charter School in Charleston, S.C.
Mike Triplett projects the 53-man roster for the Saints. He’s got Courtney Roby and Rod Harper as the fifth and sixth receivers in one close battle, but he’s cutting linebacker Jonathan Casillas in another one.
Former Saints running back Deuce McAllister is being sued for $750,000 in unpaid loans. McAllister said the debt stems from his failed car dealership.
Carolina cornerback Chris Gamble admitted what was obvious to anyone who watched Saturday night. He had a bad game against Baltimore. But Gamble says the mistakes will be corrected.
The Bucs have told injured kicker Matt Bryant he needs to practice and play this week if he’s going to have any chance at beating out Mike Nugent. But Bryant said his hamstring isn’t fully healed and he’s not sure returning this week is the best long-term move for his career.
Martin Fennelly has a nice look at how Tampa Bay running back Derrick Ward rose up out of tough circumstances in South Central Los Angeles. He also reveals that Reggie Bush isn’t the only NFC South running back keeping up with the Kardashians.