Tuesday, September 11, 2012
NFC South evening update
By Pat Yasinskas
It’s the players’ day off around the NFC South, but some news and notes are still surfacing. Let’s take a run through the latest headlines:
- With Brent Grimes lost to a season-ending injury, the Falcons are expected to work out some cornerbacks Wednesday. D. Orlando Ledbetter has a list of the veteran cornerbacks available. As you might expect the list of guys available is not that impressive at this time of year. The name that jumped out at me most was Lito Sheppard. I have no idea what he has left physically. But Shepperd was a very good cornerback earlier in his career and might be able to still give the Falcons something, just based on his wisdom. The Falcons did announce Tuesday afternoon they’ve signed cornerback Terrence Johnson, who spent last season with Indianapolis. But the Falcons may be looking for someone with more experience than Johnson.
- The mother of former Rutgers player Eric LeGrand says she and her son will make themselves available to help Tulane player Devon Walker and his family. Walker suffered a spinal injury last weekend. LeGrand was paralyzed in a 2010 game while playing for coach Greg Schiano, who moved to Tampa Bay this year. In a symbolic gesture, the Bucs signed LeGrand as a free agent after the draft.
- In his weekly film study, Mike Triplett writes that the New Orleans defense spent Sunday on its heels against the Redskins. We knew not to expect new coordinator Steve Spagnuolo to blitz as often as Gregg Williams did. But Triplett puts out the few times the Saints blitzed early on produced disastrous results.
- Stephen Holder points out that the fact the Bucs used recently-acquired cornerback Brandon McDonald ahead of Myron Lewis on Sunday probably does not bode well for Lewis’ future with the team. Lewis might have a tough time staying on the roster once E.J. Biggers and Anthony Gaitor return from injuries.
- Although Tampa Bay’s rookie class is drawing rave reviews for its performance in the opener, Carolina’s is not. Bryan Strickland points out that linebacker Luke Kuechly got burned on Tampa Bay’s first touchdown drive, cornerback Josh Norman got flagged for pass interference and guard Amini Silatolu drew a couple penalties and lost some one-on-one battles.