NFC South: Richard Samuel

NFC South afternoon update

May, 2, 2013
5/02/13
4:22
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Time for an afternoon run through some news and notes from around the division:

TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS

The Bucs did more than make the official announcement that Warren Sapp will be the next inductee into the team’s Ring of Honor. The Bucs also announced that Sapp’s number (99) will be retired. The late Lee Roy Selmon is the only other Tampa Bay player to have his number retired. Sapp will be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in August and the Ring of Honor ceremony will take place Nov. 11 when the Bucs host Miami.

NEW ORLEANS SAINTS

Charlie Campbell calls linebacker Chase Thomas the best signing of an undrafted free agent in the entire league. Thomas has some pass-rush skills and could have a chance to compete with Martez Wilson and Junior Galette.

CAROLINA PANTHERS

In an interview with Charlotte’s WFNZ, general manager Dave Gettleman wouldn’t go much further than to say running back DeAngelo Williams is on the roster "right now." Go ahead and start the speculation (again) that Williams could be traded or released. The Panthers have way too much money invested in their running backs and unloading Williams could free up a lot of cap space now and in the future.

ATLANTA FALCONS

In this radio interview, cornerback Asante Samuel said he would respect Tim Tebow if he walked into Atlanta’s locker room. Don’t worry, that’s not going to happen. The Falcons aren’t looking to put in a gimmick package in their offense because there’s no way they want to take the ball out of Matt Ryan’s hands.

Samuel might not be the only Atlanta player with that last name. Former Georgia player Richard Samuel reportedly will get a tryout during this week’s rookie camp. The younger Samuel bounced between running back and linebacker in college and his best bet to earn an NFL roster spot might be as a special-teams player.

Chris Polian, who spent last season in Atlanta's scouting department, has left to become pro personnel director in Jacksonville. Polian is joining Jacksonville general manager Dave Caldwell, who previously worked for the Falcons.

The team announced it will hold combined practices with the Cincinnati Bengals on Aug. 5 and 6. The two teams will play an exhibition game at the Georgia Dome on Aug. 8.

Around the NFC South

May, 2, 2013
5/02/13
9:27
AM ET
Time for a run through some odds and ends from around the division:

ATLANTA FALCONS

Jay Adams reports the Falcons will have 17 prospects in for tryouts during this weekend’s rookie minicamp. The list is highlighted by Florida Atlantic quarterback Graham Wilbert. There also will be some players with local ties, including Georgia running back Richard Samuel, Georgia Tech long-snapper Tyler Morgan and West Georgia defensive back Kelly Dawsey.

CAROLINA PANTHERS

Denver Broncos coach John Fox got a warm reception as he played in a golf tournament in Charlotte. Fox deserved at least that much. Although his tenure as coach of the Panthers didn’t end well, he had some very good moments, including the franchise’s only trip to the Super Bowl.

NEW ORLEANS SAINTS

Larry Holder writes that there is a lot of uncertainty about who will be in various starting positions. The biggest revelation might be that coach Sean Payton said free safety Malcolm Jenkins could move to nickelback in certain situations to help rookie Kenny Vaccaro get on the field. I’ve got a feeling the Saints are going to be doing everything possible to get Vaccaro on the field.

TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS

Scott Reynolds writes that the next order of business appears to be a contract extension for receiver Mike Williams. Now that the draft is over, general manager Mark Dominik is expected to resume negotiations with Williams’ agent. It makes sense for the Bucs to lock up Williams for the long term now. If he has another strong season and hits free agency, his price tag could go much higher.

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