Friday, April 12, 2013
Around the NFC South
By Pat Yasinskas
Let's take a look at the morning headlines from around the NFC South:
TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS
The team has signed wide receiver Eric Page, who was in Denver’s camp last year before being released with an injury settlement. Tampa Bay has focused on adding depth at wide receiver this offseason. Prior to signing Page, the Bucs added Kevin Ogletree and Steve Smith to go with holdovers Vincent Jackson, Mike Williams and Tiquan Underwood.
NEW ORLEANS SAINTS
Mike Triplett provides a reminder that the Saints have three draft picks from last year that essentially had a red-shirt season. Receiver Nick Toon and offensive linemen Andrew Tiller and Marcel Jones all spent last season on injured reserve. I think Toon has the best chance of the trio to get substantial playing time in 2013, because the Saints need depth at receiver. But the Saints also have a history of developing linemen taken in the later rounds, so I wouldn’t be shocked if Tiller and Jones end up being factors.
Mel Kiper Jr. has the Panthers taking South Carolina safety D.J. Swearinger in the second round. That makes a lot of sense. But I wouldn’t be totally surprised if the Panthers address their safety need earlier and take Kenny Vaccaro in the first round.
The San Francisco 49ers were the only thing standing between the Falcons and a Super Bowl berth last season. New Atlanta running back Steven Jackson knows the 49ers well from his days in the NFC West, and he says the key to beating the 49ers is being able to run the ball. With Jackson, the Falcons should have a better running game than they did with Michael Turner.