NFL Nation: A.J. Davis

One thing is for sure. Champ Bailey's new teammates with the New Orleans Saints are fired up about the arrival of the 12-time Pro Bowler and future Hall of Famer.

Several of the Saints’ players expressed their excitement to play alongside one of the NFL’s all-time great defensive backs, via social media. Here’s a sampling:

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The New Orleans Saints announced some roster moves Saturday afternoon. They signed veteran tight end Daniel Graham, cornerback Nick Hixson and guard Paul Fenaroli. They also waived linebacker Nate Bussey, cornerback A.J. Davis and guard Andrew Tiller, a sixth-round draft pick this year.

Tiller is expected to be re-signed and placed on injured reserve if he clears waivers.

The most interesting of the additions is Graham. He’s an 11th-year player, who had 117 career starts with the New England Patriots. The Saints have been a little banged up at tight end with starter Jimmy Graham sitting out Thursday’s preseason game with what the team said was a minor injury. Veteran backup David Thomas has a history of injury problems and Daniel Graham could end up providing valuable veteran depth.

NFC South evening update

July, 31, 2012
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Time to take a look at the day’s headlines from around the NFC South.
  • Carolina general manager Marty Hurney said he plans to meet with offensive tackle Jeff Otah on Wednesday. The Panthers previously traded Otah to the New York Jets, but that deal was rescinded after Otah couldn’t pass a physical. The Panthers already were prepared to move on without Otah, and I don’t see them hanging onto him now. It will be tough to find another trade partner now because the fact Otah couldn’t pass a physical was made very public. I think Carolina’s only choice is to release Otah. But we’ll see if Hurney has something up his sleeve.
  • Undrafted rookie quarterback Dominique Davis drew some praise from coach Mike Smith. The coach talked about Davis’ strong arm. I can verify that. When I was at Atlanta’s camp, it clearly was evident Davis has a strong arm. But the thing that caused me a little concern was that he seemed to have only one speed -- fast. It didn’t matter if it was a screen pass or a shot over the middle to a receiver or a tight end, Davis was throwing the ball very hard, and didn’t seem to have a lot of touch.
  • Tampa Bay middle linebacker Mason Foster said he knows there are no guarantees as to how the linebacker group will be utilized in the regular season. But it’s pretty obvious the Bucs want Foster starting in the middle, with Quincy Black and rookie Lavonte David on the outside. Unless they really struggle in the preseason, I don’t think you’ll see any changes.
  • The Buccaneers got their first day off from training camp Tuesday. That’s probably a good thing. This team is off to a rough start when it comes to injuries, and a little rest can’t hurt.

Browns: Cutdown analysis

August, 30, 2008
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Posted by ESPN.com's James Walker

Biggest surprise: The Browns were tired of waiting on third-year receiver Travis Wilson to come around. But just when the light was starting to come on this summer (he had six catches Thursday), Cleveland let him go. Wilson, a former third-round draft pick, likely will get a look elsewhere soon.

No-brainers: The fact that four defensive backs were cut was no surprise with the way Cleveland's secondary played in the preseason. Travis Key, A.J. Davis, Jereme Perry and Brandon Mitchell all had a chance to make an impression but failed.

What's next: Speaking of which, the Browns are looking to address their cornerback position. Veteran Ty Law is one consideration as a free agent. Cleveland also will monitor cuts this weekend to see if there are more affordable options in the secondary.

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