Monday, August 1, 2011
Hitting the NFC South links
By Pat Yasinskas
Time for a quick run through the headlines from around the NFC South.
Linebacker Clint Ingram reportedly is signing with the New Orleans Saints. You might remember him. He signed with the Saints in 2010, was expected to compete for a starting job at outside linebacker, but never got on the field due to an injury. Ingram has a history with defensive coordinator Gregg Williams, so, if he's healthy, he has a chance to contribute.
D. Orlando Ledbetter has a quick overview of what might be the best position battle in Atlanta’s camp. It’s for the nickelback job and it’s between two young cornerbacks, Christopher Owens and Dominique Franks. Owens played that role some last season and had a rough outing in the playoff loss to Green Bay. But the Falcons still have high hopes for him. They also think Franks has potential. They’re just hoping one of them really steps forward in camp and claims the job.
Great quote from Carolina running back DeAngelo Williams: “The 'is what it is' is no more. It's time to go." That was a shot at former coach John Fox, who used those words far more times than any human should. Good thing Williams didn’t sign with the Broncos, who reportedly were interested in him, because he’d still be hearing those words.
John Romano writes that the Bucs want to keep running back LeGarrette Blount on the field more often this season. Blount didn’t join the team until late in camp last year and it took time for him to learn the playbook. Even when he took over as the main runner, the Bucs had to limit his role to simply carrying the football because Blount wasn’t fully up to speed on pass blocking or running pass routes out of the backfield. The Bucs are hoping to make Blount more of an every-down back this year and balance their offense.