Wednesday, September 4, 2013
Around the NFC South
By Pat Yasinskas
Time for a run through some odds and ends from around the division:
The team put out its first depth chart and Harry Douglas is listed as the punt returner. Douglas returned punts early in his career and the team wants him to do it again. The feeling is that Douglas has some explosiveness and the team wants the ball in his hands more often. As a receiver, he doesn’t get that many opportunities because he’s overshadowed by Roddy White, Julio Jones and Tony Gonzalez.
After the release of Drayton Florence, Josh Thomas is listed as a starting cornerback. As David Newton points out, this shouldn’t come as a surprise because Thomas is solid in zone coverage.
NEW ORLEANS SAINTS
Defensive coordinator Rob Ryan tells Peter Finney he has a lot to prove after being fired from three jobs in five years. It’s good that Ryan comes with a chip on his shoulder because this defense needs to have an aggressive attitude to be any better than it was a year ago.
TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS
The Bucs are listing defensive end Daniel Te’o-Nesheim ahead of Da’Quan Bowers on the depth chart. Bowers hasn’t had the type of preseason the Bucs were expecting. But I also think the Bucs have been trying to light a fire under Bowers and they’re hoping he’ll step up and claim the starting job.