NFC South: Zack Williams

Around the NFC South

December, 19, 2012
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Let's take a quick run through the top headlines from around the NFC South:

ATLANTA FALCONS

Jeff Schultz revisits last season’s game between the Falcons and Lions in which defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh reportedly made some harsh comments when quarterback Matt Ryan was injured. The Falcons weren’t saying much about Suh on Tuesday, but you can bet the incident is something they’ll use as motivation.

CAROLINA PANTHERS

The Panthers placed guard Zack Williams on injured reserve. They now have 17 players on injured reserve. They set a franchise record last season with 18 players on injured reserve.

NEW ORLEANS SAINTS

The Saints placed rookie cornerback Corey White on injured reserve. White missed four of the past five games with a knee injury. The Saints filled his roster spot by promoting wide receiver Saalim Hakim from the practice squad.

TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS

A lot of fans are questioning whether Josh Freeman is the long-term answer at quarterback. Gary Shelton writes that a lot of teams have bigger problems than Freeman at quarterback. That’s why I don’t think the Bucs are ready to give up on Freeman. At times, he has played well. At other times, he hasn’t. But there still appears to be potential there. It might be difficult for the Bucs to find a better quarterback in free agency or the draft. They need to stick with Freeman a little longer and find out exactly what they have.

Catching up on NFC South roster moves

September, 2, 2012
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Let’s catch up on a bunch of roster moves around the NFC South.

-- The Carolina Panthers signed veteran defensive tackle Dwan Edwards and released defensive tackle Terrell McClain. Edwards was a second-round pick by Baltimore in 2004 and most recently was with Buffalo. The release of McClain comes as a bit of surprise. He was pressed into starting duty by injuries as a rookie last season and showed some promise. But the move shows the Panthers want more experience to go with veteran Ron Edwards up front.

The Panthers also signed guard Bryant Browning, receiver Lamont Bryant, defensive tackle Nate Chandler, receiver Jared Green, tight end Nelson Rosario, running back Armond Smith and guard Zack Williams to their practice squad.

-- The New Orleans Saints claimed safety Rafael Bush off waivers from the Denver Broncos and waived safety Jonathon Amaya. Isa Abdul-Quddus emerged as New Orleans' top backup safety and Amaya wasn’t much more than a special-teams player. Amaya’s claim to fame was that he came as part of the Reggie Bush trade in 2011.

-- The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have signed running back D.J. Ware and released cornerback Brandon McDonald. The Bucs already seemed set at running back with Doug Martin, LeGarrette Blount and Michael Smith. Ware has history with offensive coordinator Mike Sullivan from their time together in New York. Makes you wonder if the Bucs might be looking to trade Blount.

The Bucs signed defensive tackle Corvey Irvin guard Julian Vandervelde and guard/center Cody Walllace. They also released defensive tackle Wallace Gilberry and Cody Wallace. The fact that the Bucs still are bringing in guards is a strong sign they haven’t made a firm decision on how they’ll replace Pro Bowl guard Davin Joseph, who suffered a season-ending injury.

-- The Falcons signed receiver Drew Davis, tackle Bryce Harris, receiver Marcus Jackson, cornerback Peyton Thompson and defensive tackle Micanor Regis to their practice squad.
We mentioned some Carolina transactions in the earlier item on the Saints releasing defensive end Alex Brown. But the Panthers just sent out their official list of transactions, so let’s get them all on the record for posterity.

The Panthers reached an injury settlement with quarterback Tony Pike. They also waived (injured) guard Duke Robinson and released long-snapper Chris Massey.

The Panthers also placed tight end Gary Barnidge, guard Geoff Schwartz, center Zack Williams and receiver David Gettis on the injured reserve list. That puts the roster at 80 players. The Panthers and the rest of the league have until Saturday evening to get down to 53 players.

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