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NFC South evening update

May, 3, 2012
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Let's take a spin through some of the day's headlines from around the NFC South.
  • ESPN.com's Mark Kreidler writes that New Orleans linebacker Jonathan Vilma was a scapegoat for the NFL. Vilma drew a season-long suspension for his role in the bounty program. That’s about half a season longer than I expected Vilma to be suspended for. But the reality here is NFL commissioner Roger Goodell was faced with all sorts of legal implications when making his decision. He had to be harsh to make sure that no team ever again runs a bounty program because that potentially could bankrupt the NFL and every one of its teams. Yeah, I guess that makes Vilma a scapegoat. But some player had to be used as an example to the rest of the league. Goodell went hard after the player who was the leader of the New Orleans defense.
  • Former Texans receiver Jacoby Jones reportedly visited with the Carolina Panthers. If he’s signed, it would make lots of sense. The Panthers have Steve Smith as one starting receiver, but the other spot is open. The team has high hopes for Brandon LaFell and David Gettis, but there is no guarantee either is ready to be a full-time starter. The Panthers also think Kealoha Pilares and Joe Adams could have bright futures, but they’re viewed as backups and return men at the moment.
  • ESPN draft guru Todd McShay never stops. The 2012 NFL draft is over and he’s already got a mock draft for 2013. Check out this Insider post. The good news is none of the NFC South teams are projected to have top-10 picks. Perhaps anticipating huge seasons from Drew Brees, Matt Ryan, Cam Newton and Josh Freeman, McShay sees the NFC South teams going heavy on defense in next year’s first round.
  • Joseph Person has a post-draft projected depth chart for the Carolina Panthers. He’s starting rookie linebacker Luke Kuechly in the middle and sliding Jon Beason to the outside. It could sort out that way or the two could swap spots. I think the Panthers will let their linebacker situation sort itself out in training camp.
  • Wesley College linebacker Mike Asiedu hasn’t been signed by the Carolina Panthers yet, but he reportedly will get a tryout with them during their upcoming rookie camp.
  • Former Atlanta running back Jamaal Anderson has joined a legion of other retired players suing the NFL for allegedly not properly protecting its players from concussions.
TAMPA, Fla. -- The frequent criticism -- even from fans -- is that the Buccaneers haven’t brought in any high-profile free agents.

Quarterback Josh Freeman doesn’t agree with that and said Sunday that the Bucs already have what they need.

“We’re only continuing to get better,’’ Freeman said. “We’re solid on all fronts. Our offensive line is as solid as I’ve ever seen them. They’re looking awesome. We had all the time in the world the other night in the preseason game. You look at Mike Williams, LeGarrette Blount, Arrelious Benn and Kellen Winslow and I think we’ll be extremely strong on offense.’’

Freeman went on to praise the defense, which added defensive ends Adrian Clayborn and Da'Quan Bowers in the draft.

“People will say you don’t have a big deep threat and you don’t have this or you don’t have that,’’ Freeman said. “If you start worrying about what you don’t have, then you’re not going to make the most out of what you do have.’’

You’ll hear much more from Freeman and general manager Mark Dominik in our Camp Confidential profile on the Bucs, which is scheduled to run Wednesday.

Meantime, a few other notes and observations on the Bucs.
  • The team made a few transactions. Receivers Aundrae Allison and Maurice Price were signed. Receiver Raymond Webber was placed on injured reserve and quarterback Mike Coughlin was released.
  • Receivers Mike Williams and safety Sean Jones were the stars of Sunday’s practice. Each made several splash plays.
  • Cornerback Aqib Talib (hamstring), defensive tackle Gerald McCoy (shoulder) and Benn (knee) remain “iffy’’ for Thursday’s preseason game with New England, coach Raheem Morris said.
  • A television crew from NFL UK was in town filming interviews to prepare for Tampa Bay’s October game against Chicago in London.
  • Morris had a quick one-liner about defensive end Kyle Moore’s two sacks in the preseason victory against Kansas City. “It could have been three,’’ Morris said.
  • Morris praised the way outside linebacker Quincy Black handled calling the defensive plays in the preseason opener. The Bucs have given that duty to Black because they don’t want to overload rookie middle linebacker Mason Foster.

Bucs announce undrafted rookies

July, 27, 2011
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It already had been reported that the Bucs had agreed to contract terms with rookies Adrian Clayborn, Mason Foster and Daniel Hardy. You can add second-round pick Da'Quan Bowers to that list. The team just put out a release officially announcing those four moves.

The Bucs also announced their list of undrafted free agents who have agreed to terms:
  • RB Armando Allen Jr., Notre Dame
  • C Matt Allen, Texas A&M
  • T Quintin Borders, Union College (KY)
  • T Cory Brandon, Oklahoma
  • QB Mike Coughlin, Boise State
  • LS Aaron Feld, Mississippi State
  • LB Brandon Heath, Louisville
  • S Devin Holland, McNeese State (LA)
  • K Josh Jasper, LSU
  • WR Detron Lewis, Texas Tech
  • RB Mossis Madu, Oklahoma
  • LB Nick Reveiz, Tennessee
  • WR Jock Sanders, West Virginia
  • LB Derrell Smith, Syracuse
  • WR Raymond Webber, Arkansas-Pine Bluff
  • LS Christian Yount, UCLA

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