Saturday, July 28, 2012
NFC South afternoon update
By Pat Yasinskas
BUFORD, Ga. -- I just arrived at temporary NFC South Blog Headquarters and will be heading over to Flowery Branch in a bit to take in the Falcons’ Saturday afternoon practice and do some interviews.
But, before I do that, let’s quickly catch up on what’s going on around the NFC South.
- I reported Friday night that Tampa Bay cornerback E.J. Biggers has a broken bone in his foot. Coach Greg Schiano wouldn’t go into specifics about the injury Saturday, but acknowledged that Biggers will be out for at least a couple weeks. The Bucs better hope this injury doesn’t drag on into the regular season because they have very little depth at cornerback after starters Aqib Talib and Eric Wright. They’re chatting up Anthony Gaitor, Myron Lewis and some other young guys. I don’t know that any of them are the answer, but they’ll get a chance to show what they can do in the preseason. In a worst-case scenario, Biggers could be out for an extended period and the Bucs may have to consider moving Ronde Barber from safety back to cornerback.
- Tampa Bay defensive end Da’Quan Bowers, who ruptured his Achilles tendon in May already is jogging and continues to hope he may be able to play later this season.
- Carolina center Ryan Kalil spoke publicly for the first time since he took out a full-page newspaper ad in which he said the Panthers would win the Super Bowl. Kalil didn’t back off that a bit, instead explaining that he made the move to inspire fans and his teammates. I truly don’t think there is anything wrong with that. Optimism sure beats the alternative.
- On the day the Panthers practice for the first time, Joseph Person has a look at the top position battles. He lists free safety as one of them. But I don’t know that the Panthers are as down on incumbent starter Sherrod Martin as a lot of fans are. The Panthers think that a lot of Martin’s troubles last year were related to a series of injuries at linebacker. The belief within the team is that Martin will be fine with a more stable situation at linebacker in front of him.
- Bradley Handwerger writes that New Orleans receiver Adrian Arrington is looking good so far in camp. I was there the last two days and I don’t disagree with that. But I’ve seen Arrington look sharp in minicamps and training camps in the past. If he’s going to get some real playing time, he’s got to look good once the defense is in pads and the real hitting starts.