NFC South afternoon update

July, 19, 2012
7/19/12
5:18
PM ET
Time for a Thursday afternoon stroll through the headlines from around the NFC South.
  • Greg Schiano might have sounded like he was spouting the usual clichés when he talked about how Tampa Bay’s rookies have a chance to have an immediate impact. But, in this case, I think what Schiano was saying was entirely true. He’s bringing a new offense and defense to Tampa Bay. The draft picks were chosen because they fit those systems. In some cases, that will give rookies an advantage over veterans.
  • One of the things I’ve always admired about former co-worker Tom Sorensen is his willingness to depart from the mainstream. Tom’s at his best as he weighs in on the controversy about Carolina quarterback Cam Newton charging for autographs. He writes that autographs should be for children only. He might have a point.
  • Bradley Handwerger ponders if Darren Sproles can have the same impact he did for the Saints as he did last season when he set an NFL record for all-purpose yardage. Handwerger sees no reason why Sproles can’t do as much or more in 2012. I agree. I think the Saints’ coaching staff spent about half of last season fully grasping all the different things Sproles can do. Although the coaches have been dealing with some distractions, I’m guessing they still used part of the offseason to figure out ways to get even more out of Sproles.
  • Add former New Orleans defensive back Randall Gay to the growing list of former players suing the NFL and claiming the league didn’t protect them from concussions.

Pat Yasinskas | email

ESPN Tampa Bay Buccaneers reporter

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