The Tampa Bay Buccaneers just announced they have signed tight end Nate Byham and released defensive end Jeff Charleston. Byham is known as a strong blocker and that’s something the Bucs didn’t have at tight end through the first four games. He also played at the University of Pittsburgh with current Tampa Bay tight ends coach Brian Angelichio.
Now, let’s move on to some other Tuesday afternoon headlines from around the division:
In his weekly film study, Mike Triplett writes about the Saints' non-existent pass rush. It was especially ineffective against Green Bay. There’s no doubt this is a disappointment, but it shouldn’t come as a surprise. From the day they hired coordinator Steve Spagnuolo, they knew he liked to generate most of his pass rush from the front four. The Saints didn’t have a lot of pass-rushers up front. Faced with limited salary-cap room and a shortage of draft picks, the Saints didn’t give Spagnuolo any new help with the pass rush.
Although former New Orleans defensive coordinator Gregg Williams recently got permission to attend an NFL game during his suspension, New Orleans coach Sean Payton told Larry Holder he won’t ask the league to let him attend Sunday night’s game in which Drew Brees has a chance to set a new NFL record by completing a touchdown pass in his 48th straight game.
Speaking of Payton, he sounds intent on returning to the Saints when his suspension is over. Asked recently if he’d ever like to coach the Dallas Cowboys Payton said, “I’d rather answer a bounty question."
You can read Roddy White’s detailed description (and see photos) of his 59-yard catch that helped give Atlanta a last-minute win over Carolina. Perhaps the most significant detail in all of this is that Carolina blitzed cornerback Chris Gamble on the play. Gamble is the best cover guy on the defense and the front four had been doing a great job of generating its own pressure all day.
The ESPN documentary “Broke," which features the financial downfall of former Atlanta receiver Andre Rison, airs Tuesday at 8 p.m. ET.
Tampa Bay coach Greg Schiano said he’d like to see more big plays from rookie running back Doug Martin. But Schiano’s not faulting Martin and thinks more explosive plays will come once an offensive line that lost Davin Joseph in the preseason builds more continuity.