Saturday, July 30, 2011
Around the NFC South
By Pat Yasinskas
Time for a morning run through the top headlines from around the NFC South.
John DeShazier writes that New Orleans defensive tackle Shaun Rogers is excited to be with a team with a shot to go deep into the playoffs after spending his career in Detroit and Cleveland.
Here’s another difference between new Carolina coach Ron Rivera and predecessor John Fox. Rivera admitted to being nervous as camp kicked off. Fox would never admit to being nervous or surprised and would get snippy when questions using those words were asked.
Atlanta running back Michael Turner says he’s fine after offseason surgery to repair a groin injury.
The Panthers released veteran defensive end Tyler Brayton. Believe it or not, this was a salary-cap move. Although the Panthers came out of the lockout among the league leaders in cap space, their recent spending spree has them close to the $120 million cap and they want to make more moves. Cutting Brayton frees up $3.5 million in cap space.
Although Aqib Talib could face discipline by the league after being charged with aggravated assault in March, coach Raheem Morris said it’s great to have the cornerback in camp.