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Wednesday, December 2, 2009
Around the NFC South

By Pat Yasinskas
ESPN.com

Time to catch up on a whole bunch of little things happening around the NFC South on Wednesday.

Tampa Bay’s Antonio Bryant is a wide receiver and, thus, his thought process is different than that of most players. He’s got 22 catches in a year in which he’s making almost $10 million as the franchise player. He’s not happy about the number of opportunities he’s getting and he spouted off Wednesday, taking some veiled shots at quarterback Josh Freeman and the coaching staff. Umm, this is not a real good idea when you’ve got 22 catches and you’re in a contract year. Also, this team is building around Freeman. You start questioning him publicly and you’re punching your own ticket out of town.

Speaking of wide receivers who are divas, here’s a great story about one who is not. Anna Katherine Clemmons really put a ton of work into getting the story behind New Orleans Marques Colston. For the record, Colston is the first wide receiver of any quality that I’ve ever covered (see Steve Smith, Keyshawn Johnson, Muhsin Muhammad and Alvin Harper to name just a few) who doesn’t have at least a pretty strong dose of competitive selfishness. Keary Colbert and Dwayne Jarrett didn’t have it either, but I wouldn’t put them into the category of quality wide receivers.

The Falcons signed receiver Troy Bergeron to the practice squad. He’s been bouncing between the practice squad and the regular roster most of this season.

The Bucs signed defensive end Josh Leonard and defensive back Jamar Love to the practice squad. They also released wide receiver Darnell Jenkins from the practice squad.

The Bucs said there’s been one change to the scoring of Sunday’s game. The sack that was credited initially to linebacker Quincy Black now is officially being split with defensive end Jimmy Wilkerson and each player is credited with half a sack.