Sunday, August 4, 2013
Around the NFC South
By Pat Yasinskas
Time for a Sunday morning run through some news and notes from around the division:
TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS
Coach Greg Schiano said bringing in offensive tackle Gabe Carimi came with low risk and could bring a high reward. Carimi worked with Tampa Bay offensive line coach Bob Bostad in college at Wisconsin. Carimi was a first-round pick by Chicago, but that didn’t work out. He has a chance to get his career back on track as a backup to right tackle Demar Dotson.
NEW ORLEANS SAINTS
Running back Travaris Cadet and receiver Joe Morgan each sustained injuries in Saturday’s scrimmage. Coach Sean Payton didn’t have any specifics on the injuries.
Bradley Handwerger writes that outside linebacker Junior Galette looked like a force as a pass rusher in the scrimmage. If Galette can do that in the regular season, Rob Ryan’s defense will have a chance to succeed.
Scott Fowler has a lengthy profile on offensive coordinator Mike Shula. He’s one of the keys to Carolina’s season I think this is the year Shula shows the world he is a good coach. He was in difficult situations when he was Tampa Bay’s offensive coordinator and the University of Alabama’s head coach. I think he’ll succeed because he finally has a lot of talent to work with.
John Manasso writes that it became obvious at Friday night’s scrimmage that Kroy Biermann is competing with Stephen Nicholas at outside linebacker. Biermann has been a defensive end, but the Falcons have been using him mostly at linebacker in camp. Nicholas has been a starter in recent years, but that could be in jeopardy.