NFC South: Drew Stanton

NFC South free-agency quick hits

March, 12, 2013
The news is coming out very rapidly. So let’s take a quick trip through some of the odds and ends:
  • Adam Schefter just reported that the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have discussed a potential trade with the New York Jets for cornerback Darrelle Revis. But Schefter said the Bucs could move in another direction (there are plenty of cornerbacks on the market) if a trade isn’t worked out quickly.
  • Speaking of quarterbacks, there have been reports that the Falcons have interest in Drew Stanton. If Atlanta signs Stanton, it means Luke McCown won’t be back. McCown could be a candidate for the backup job in New Orleans. He spent the 2011 preseason with the Saints.
  • There have been some tweets saying Atlanta center Todd McClure is retiring. That may be true, but it may not. General manager Thomas Dimitroff said an announcement either way would come from McClure. As of now, McClure hasn’t said anything. We'll wait to hear from him.
  • It’s all quiet in Carolina so far. That’s probably because the Panthers’ tight salary-cap situation is prohibiting them from being players in free agency. But one thing I can tell you is that the Panthers have designated James Anderson as a June 1 release. That means his cap hit will be spread over this year and next. Also, the Panthers reportedly have re-signed backup tight end Ben Hartsock.

Chris Ivory inactive for Saints

December, 4, 2011
NEW ORLEANS -- Running back Chris Ivory is inactive for Sunday night’s game against the Detroit Lions.

Ivory is healthy, but the Saints made him inactive last week as well. They’ve been using Darren Sproles, Pierre Thomas and rookie Mark Ingram in a backfield rotation.

Also inactive for the Saints are receiver Adrian Arrington, cornerback Johnny Patrick, linebacker Martez Wilson, lineman Will Robinson, defensive end Turk McBride and tight end Michael Higgins.

Linebacker Jonathan Vilma, who had been out with a knee injury, is active and is expected to start.

The inactives for Detroit are safety Louis Delmas, defensive back Chris Houston, quarterback Drew Stanton, defensive end Lawrence Jackson, guard Leonard Davis, running back Aaron Brown and cornerback Brandon McDonald are inactive.

Wrap-up: Lions 23, Buccaneers 20

December, 19, 2010
Some observations from the Detroit Lions' 23-20 victory against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

What it means: Thick in the middle of the playoff race, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers did the inexcusable. They lost at home to the Detroit Lions, a team that hadn’t won on the road since Josh Freeman was two years old. All right, I’m stretching that a little. But the Lions stopped the longest road-losing streak in NFL history at 26 games. That drops the Bucs to 8-6. They’re still in the playoff picture. But, next week’s game with Seattle no longer looks like a certain win. Maybe it’s best the Bucs don’t make the playoffs anyway. The way they’ve been getting hit by injuries lately, a playoff game likely would be an ugly loss to end the season. Maybe it’s best the injuries caught up to the Bucs before they could get into the playoffs.

Déjà vu: Speaking of the injuries, the current Bucs remind me a lot of the Carolina Panthers back in the 2005 season. John Fox did his best job as a coach that season, somehow finding a way to get the Panthers all the way to the NFC Championship Game, even though Carolina was down to running backs you’d never heard of before. Fox got everything he possibly could have from that team. But, when the Panthers went out to Seattle for the title game, they simply ran out of gas. It appears that’s kind of what’s happening with the Bucs this season. Raheem Morris has gotten everything he possibly can from this young team. Heck, the Bucs already might have more wins than they realistically should have. Although the future looks incredibly bright for the Bucs, it’s fair to say that any defense that allows Drew Stanton to throw for 252 yards and Maurice Morris to run for 115 has hit a wall and needs an offseason to fix what’s broken.

What’s next: The Bucs host the Seahawks the day after Christmas in a game that was flexed to the 4:15 p.m. time slot. The game still has playoff implications for both teams. But Raymond James Stadium, which has had its share of empty seats this season, will be far from full. It was going to be that way no matter what. But the loss to the Lions makes it even less appealing.

Moore could be QB class of 2007

December, 21, 2009
Great stat from the Elias Sports Bureau on Carolina quarterback Matt Moore.

Entering Sunday night’s game against Minnesota, Moore had thrown for only one touchdown pass in his last 72 attempts, which dated back to December 2007. Moore had three touchdown passes without an interception against the Vikings on Sunday.

Injured starter Jake Delhomme had only one game where he threw at least three touchdowns without an interception in his last 52 regular-season starts, a span that dates back to November 2005.

By the way, Moore came out of Oregon State as an undrafted player in 2007. JaMarcus Russell, the first pick in that draft, never has had a game with three touchdowns and zero interceptions. Neither have Kevin Kolb, John Beck or Drew Stanton, who were second-round picks in that draft.

Brady Quinn, the No. 22 overall pick in that draft, has had two career games where he’s thrown for three touchdowns without an interception.