Let's take a run through some odds and ends from around the division:
A lot of people automatically are assuming that second-year pro Lamar Holmes will be the starting right tackle. It could turn out that way, but Holmes will have to beat out Mike Johnson, which might not be easy. As Daniel Cox points out, Johnson has the edge when it comes to experience.
Defensive tackle Terrell McClain said he’s out to prove the Panthers made a terrible mistake by releasing him. McClain, a third-round pick in 2011, is now with the Houston Texans. I don’t think McClain’s release from Carolina was just about his playing ability. I’ve been told the Panthers weren’t happy with his attitude and decided it was best to move on.
NEW ORLEANS SAINTS
Guard Jahri Evans said practicing against a 3-4 defense on a daily basis is only going to help the offense. Evans said the Saints will be better prepared for opponents that use the 3-4 scheme.
Jeff Duncan has a list of Saints that are flying under the radar. One of them is wide receiver Saalim Hakim. I watched him in minicamp the last couple days and he looked like he might be the fastest player on the team. That speed could earn Hakim a roster spot.
TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS
There’s a new multi-sport facility in Clearwater, thanks largely to the Buccaneers. Tampa Bay Buccaneers Field has opened on the site of the former spring training home of the Philadelphia Phillies. The project was funded by the Buccaneers and will be home to youth sports programs.