NFC South: A.J. Davis

One thing is for sure. Champ Bailey's new teammates with the New Orleans Saints are fired up about the arrival of the 12-time Pro Bowler and future Hall of Famer.

Several of the Saints’ players expressed their excitement to play alongside one of the NFL’s all-time great defensive backs, via social media. Here’s a sampling:

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A look at the New Orleans Saints' projected defensive depth chart as it stands today:

DE1 –- Cameron Jordan, Tyrunn Walker

DE2 –- Akiem Hicks, Glenn Foster

NT –- Brodrick Bunkley, John Jenkins

OLB1 –- Junior Galette, Keyunta Dawson, Kyle Knox

OLB2 –- Parys Haralson, Victor Butler, Rufus Johnson

SILB –- Curtis Lofton, Ramon Humber

WILB –- David Hawthorne, Kevin Reddick

CB1 –- Keenan Lewis, Rod Sweeting, A.J. Davis, Trevin Wade

CB2 –- Corey White, Patrick Robinson, Terrence Frederick, Derrius Brooks

SS –- Kenny Vaccaro, Rafael Bush

FS –- Jairus Byrd

Thoughts: There aren't too many glaring holes here. I keep ranking cornerback as the Saints' top defensive need because they could use a more proven starter opposite Keenan Lewis. But they obviously have plenty of depth at the position.

Conversely, the Saints don't have much depth at safety. But if they sign a veteran corner such as Champ Bailey, they could use him as a pseudo-safety in nickel and dime packages. They could potentially do the same thing with White, who played safety in college.

The one position I really think the Saints need to address at some point in the draft is linebacker. They could use young backups who can play special teams right away and eventually push to replace veterans such as Hawthorne and Haralson.

And as coach Sean Payton said last week, teams are always on the lookout for more pass-rushing help -- though they should be improved in that area with Victor Butler returning from injury and Rufus Johnson having another year to develop.

Saints make roster moves

August, 19, 2013
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The New Orleans Saints apparently like what they’ve seen out of young wide receivers Kenny Stills and Nick Toon.

The team released veterans Steve Breaston and Patrick Crayton. Those two were brought in as insurance after Joe Morgan, who was ticketed for the third receiver spot, suffered a season-ending injury. But Toon and Stills have fared well in training camp and the preseason.

The Saints also released linebacker Chase Thomas, cornerbacks A.J. Davis and Dion Turner, guard Ricky Henry and receiver Jarred Fayson. As previously reported, the Saints also released quarterback Seneca Wallace.

As expected, defensive end Kenyon Coleman was placed on injured reserve.
The New Orleans Saints announced some roster moves Saturday afternoon. They signed veteran tight end Daniel Graham, cornerback Nick Hixson and guard Paul Fenaroli. They also waived linebacker Nate Bussey, cornerback A.J. Davis and guard Andrew Tiller, a sixth-round draft pick this year.

Tiller is expected to be re-signed and placed on injured reserve if he clears waivers.

The most interesting of the additions is Graham. He’s an 11th-year player, who had 117 career starts with the New England Patriots. The Saints have been a little banged up at tight end with starter Jimmy Graham sitting out Thursday’s preseason game with what the team said was a minor injury. Veteran backup David Thomas has a history of injury problems and Daniel Graham could end up providing valuable veteran depth.

NFC South evening update

July, 31, 2012
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Time to take a look at the day’s headlines from around the NFC South.
  • Carolina general manager Marty Hurney said he plans to meet with offensive tackle Jeff Otah on Wednesday. The Panthers previously traded Otah to the New York Jets, but that deal was rescinded after Otah couldn’t pass a physical. The Panthers already were prepared to move on without Otah, and I don’t see them hanging onto him now. It will be tough to find another trade partner now because the fact Otah couldn’t pass a physical was made very public. I think Carolina’s only choice is to release Otah. But we’ll see if Hurney has something up his sleeve.
  • Undrafted rookie quarterback Dominique Davis drew some praise from coach Mike Smith. The coach talked about Davis’ strong arm. I can verify that. When I was at Atlanta’s camp, it clearly was evident Davis has a strong arm. But the thing that caused me a little concern was that he seemed to have only one speed -- fast. It didn’t matter if it was a screen pass or a shot over the middle to a receiver or a tight end, Davis was throwing the ball very hard, and didn’t seem to have a lot of touch.
  • Tampa Bay middle linebacker Mason Foster said he knows there are no guarantees as to how the linebacker group will be utilized in the regular season. But it’s pretty obvious the Bucs want Foster starting in the middle, with Quincy Black and rookie Lavonte David on the outside. Unless they really struggle in the preseason, I don’t think you’ll see any changes.
  • The Buccaneers got their first day off from training camp Tuesday. That’s probably a good thing. This team is off to a rough start when it comes to injuries, and a little rest can’t hurt.

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