Friday, August 2, 2013
NFC South afternoon update
By Pat Yasinskas
Time for an afternoon run through some news and notes from around the division:
Defensive end Cliff Matthews added about 10 pounds in the offseason at the team’s request. The Falcons want to move Matthews inside on some of their packages. I think you’re going to see the Falcons rotate their defensive linemen even more than they have in the past.
Defensive coordinator Mike Nolan said rookies Desmond Trufant and Robert Alford are competing for the starting right cornerback spot. Although Trufant was the first-round pick, Alford might have an early advantage because he was able to take part in all of the offseason program while Trufant had to sit out some of it due to NCAA and NFL rules.
Defensive ends Charles Johnson and Frank Kearse both left practice with sore backs and receiver Domenik Hixon left with a hamstring injury. Coach Ron Rivera has talked about various ways he’s tried to prevent camp injuries. But this is the point of camp where fatigue sets in and injuries are bound to follow.
NEW ORLEANS SAINTS
A fan was arrested after trying to get on the field during Friday morning’s practice.
Reserve quarterback Seneca Wallace (groin injury) is among eight players that won’t take part in Saturday’s scrimmage.
TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS
Undrafted cornerback Rashaan Melvin has been one of the pleasant surprises of camp. He faces an uphill battle to make the roster. But he has a chance if he continues to perform like he has and shows he can contribute on special teams.