Thursday, June 20, 2013
Links: Sapp -- Strahan was no Simeon Rice
By ESPN.com staff
New running back Steven Jackson says what he will be doing in Atlanta isn't much different from what he did with the Rams for the past few seasons, writes Daniel Cox of the team's website. Said Jackson: "I think (offensive coordinator) coach (Dirk) Koetter’s going to allow me to still be a downhill runner, allow me to catch the ball out of the backfield and, most importantly, protect (quarterback) Matt (Ryan). "
Matt Ryan believes the Falcons' window to win a championship is open, writes Cox.
The Panthers signed Dale Moss, a 6-foot-3, 213-pound receiver who went undrafted out of South Dakota State in 2012, writes Jonathan Jones of the Charlotte Observer. Moss bounced around practice squads last year with Green Bay, Tampa Bay and Chicago before getting released by the Bears this month.
Linebacker Thomas Davis believes the Panthers have the pieces to field the best defense in the NFL. Scott Fowler of the Charlotte Observer has the story.
New Orleans Saints
Rookie defensive tackle John Jenkins says the transition from college to the NFL is a big step, writes Mike Gegenheimer of the Times-Picayune.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
The Bucs continued to add secondary depth with the signing of veteran cornerback Michael Adams.
The feud between Warren Sapp and Michael Strahan took a fresh turn when the Hall of Fame defensive tackle of the Buccaneers said Strahan wasn't even close to former Tampa Bay teammate Simeon Rice as a pass-rusher, writes Ira Kaufman of the Tampa Tribune. "Nobody ever talks about Simeon,'' said Sapp, who played three seasons with Rice in Tampa and saw the right defensive end average 14 sacks between 2001-03. "Simeon was a better rusher than Michael Strahan any day of the week and twice on Sunday.'' Sapp also said Strahan's 15-year career with the New York Giants didn't take off until he was moved from right end to the left side, where he faced less-talented offensive tackles.