NFC South: Darrell Pasco

TAMPA, Fla. -- Just finished watching the Tampa Bay Buccaneers practice and we’ll be meeting with coach Raheem Morris in just a bit. I’ll be back with some of what he had to say.

But first, a few quick observations and notes:
  • The Bucs just announced they have signed cornerback Darrell Pasco and released defensive back Matt O’Hanlon.
  • I kept hearing good things from inside the Bucs about linebacker Quincy Black during the offseason. That’s only getting stronger. I saw Black light up fullback Ryan Purvis with a big hit.
  • Sean Jones seemed to get most of the first-team work at strong safety this morning, but the starting job hasn’t been decided yet. The Bucs have been rotating Jones and incumbent Sabby Piscitelli.
  • There’s been a lot of buzz about fourth-round draft pick Mike Williams and not nearly as much about second-round choice Arrelious Benn. Both have a shot to be starting wide receivers. Let the Benn buzz begin. He made a great catch this morning, diving in the end zone to catch a pass from Josh Johnson. Observers say Benn’s been starting to show a bit more the last few practices.
  • Speaking of Williams, I saw a couple more flashy plays out there today. Second-year pro Sammie Stroughter also made some plays and the Buccaneers are pretty happy with what they’ve seen from Reggie Brown, who has a chance to start. All that’s putting heat on veterans Michael Clayton and Maurice Stovall. I’m guessing only one of them makes the roster.
  • I saw cornerback Aqib Talib make a very nice interception this morning. That’s a reminder that this guy is as physically talented as any cornerback in the league. If he can stay focused and consistent, Talib has a chance to be a special player.
  • I’ll have an item a little later on how Tampa Bay safety Cody Grimm is getting the day off from practice Saturday. He’s getting a free pass to go up to Ohio to watch his father, Russ Grimm, get inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
  • I'll jump into Training Camp Chatter at some point later this afternoon. I haven't had a chance to figure out the schedule on that just yet, but I'll post a heads-up and try to give you at least a 30-minute warning.
It’s been a pretty quiet day in the NFC South, particularly in Carolina and New Orleans. Tampa Bay’s the hot spot right now because the Buccaneers have some practice sessions open to the media this week and the Falcons are keeping active. I’ve got a few minor notes that I’ve stored up throughout the day.

The Buccaneers signed defensive end Carlton Powell to a two-year contract while releasing cornerback Darrell Pasco. Powell’s a long shot, but the Bucs have room for long shots to come through, especially at defensive end. Powell was a fifth-round pick by Denver in 2008 and spent some time on Cleveland’s practice squad.

As I mentioned Monday, Atlanta Falcons coach Mike Smith hosted his second annual Huddle Up For Miracles dinner. I’ve got a little update. The event raised nearly $200,000, about the same as last year. No surprise here: Wide receiver Roddy White, who is one of the more charismatic Falcons, came in with the most tips of all the Falcons who helped out as celebrity waiters. White raised more than $8,000. Safety Thomas DeCoud was the winner in the karaoke contest.

In what’s probably the biggest news of the day in the NFC South, Tampa Bay running back Derrick Ward showed up after not being around for Monday’s OTA day. More surprisingly, Ward talked to the media, something he rarely did last season. He said he was keeping quiet because he was unhappy about the team losing, but wasn’t pouting about playing a rather insignificant role behind Cadillac Williams.

By the way, I have received an advance copy of New Orleans coach Sean Payton’s book, which is scheduled for release in June. I hope to dive into that in the next couple of days and will give you a quick book report.

Bucs make roster moves

May, 3, 2010
After going through their weekend minicamp, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers made a series of roster moves this morning.

They signed five undrafted free agents they had in for tryouts during the minicamp and released two other players from the roster.

Nebraska receiver Chris Brooks, Texas A&M guard Lee Grimes, Rutgers defensive end George Johnson, Clemson fullback Rendrick Taylor and Georgia Southern cornerback Darrell Pasco were signed to contracts. The Bucs also released guard Vladimir Richard and defensive end Matt Featherson.