Sunday, May 5, 2013
Around the NFC South
By Pat Yasinskas
Time for a look at the Sunday morning headlines from around the NFC South:
Brian Banks opened rookie minicamp working at middle linebacker. Banks was signed by the Falcons in April. He spent more than five years in prison before being exonerated. Banks will be trying to earn a backup spot behind Akeem Dent. Playing on special teams also could help his chances of making the roster.
Daniel Cox has a feature on the hands of rookie defensive end Malliciah Goodman. That may seem a little unusual, but Goodman has unusually large hands. That could give him an advantage against offensive linemen. Goodman also has long arms, which could help him bat down some passes.
The Panthers may not have any superstars at cornerback, but Joseph Person points out that Drayton Florence brings plenty of experience. Florence said he’s ready to fill whatever role is asked and will be happy to help tutor young corners Josh Norman and Josh Thomas.
NEW ORLEANS SAINTS
Steve Spagnuolo, who was fired as defensive coordinator after one season with the Saints, has been hired by Baltimore as a senior defensive assistant. Despite what happened in New Orleans last year, Spagnuolo still is a good coach. New Orleans was just the wrong place at the wrong time for him. The defensive side of the ball didn’t have a lot of talent and the Saints were going through a lot of turmoil with coach Sean Payton serving a suspension.
TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS
After letting Roy Miller go in free agency, the Bucs are hoping rookie Akeem Spence can become their starting nose tackle.
In this radio interview, general manager Mark Dominik said he fully expects cornerback Darrelle Revis to be ready for the start of the regular season. Revis is coming off a major knee injury. The team's medical staff did its homework on Revis and is confident his knee won't be a problem.