Let’s catch up on some odds and ends from around the division:
Former Atlanta running back Michael Turner was sentenced to probation and fined $1,000 for reckless driving. That stems from an incident that happened in September. The Falcons released Turner after last season. He remains unsigned, but probably will go to training camp with some team that’s looking for veteran help.
Coach Ron Rivera said he saw significant improvement from Armanti Edwards during minicamp. I saw plenty of good things from Edwards as I watched the Panthers the past couple of days. But Edwards still could have trouble making the roster, because the Panthers have a lot of receivers and return men.
Nakia Hogan writes that Martez Wilson appears to be the likely replacement at outside linebacker after Victor Butler suffered a knee injury that will sideline him for the season. Wilson has said his goal for this season is to produce 10 sacks. That’s pretty ambitious for a guy that hasn’t had a lot of playing time. But it looks like Wilson will get his shot this season.
Tampa Bay receiver Mike Williams told the media that he and the team are very close to working out a contract extension. I’d expect things will get wrapped up quickly, and Williams will have his new deal well before training camp.
The Bucs signed veteran receiver Derek Hagan. Tiquan Underwood and Kevin Ogletree appear destined to be the top two backup receivers. Hagan will be battling for a roster spot, and could solidify it if he can help on special teams.