Monday, July 16, 2012
NFC South afternoon update
By Pat Yasinskas
Time for a run through some Monday headlines from around the NFC South.
- The New Orleans Saints now have signed their entire draft class. They announced a deal with fourth-round receiver Nick Toon on Monday afternoon.
- Bradley Handwerger tackles the issue of if the Saints will blitz more or less with new defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo next season. The answer is a pretty obvious less if you go back and look at what Spagnuolo did in his St. Louis days and what the Saints did under former coordinator Gregg Williams. That might not be a bad thing because the Saints need more stability in their secondary. But they’re going to have to find ways to generate a consistent pass rush from the front four.
- When he hasn’t been busy signing autographs, Carolina quarterback Cam Newton has been making television commercials. He’s got a new one out.
- Atlanta defensive tackle Jonathan Babineaux pulled off a surprise tribute to his mother.
- Stephen Holder explains why the Buccaneers were the only team to take advantage of a new NFL rule designed to help prevent home teams from having games blacked out on local television.
- Knox Bardeen has cornerback Dunta Robinson at No. 17 on his list of the top 20 Falcons. Fellow cornerbacks Asante Samuel and Brent Grimes haven’t appeared in the rankings yet, so I think it’s safe to assume they’re going to come in ahead of Robinson.