NFL Nation: A.J. Davis
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:
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.
- 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 The Panthers previously traded Otah to the New York Jets, but that deal was rescinded after Otah couldn’t pass a physical.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.
- With starting cornerbacks Jabari Greer and Patrick Robinson missing practice time with injuries, the Saints are giving almost all their cornerbacks some first-team work. Johnny Patrick, Marquis Johnson, Elbert Mack, Corey White and A.J. Davis all got some first-team work. There’s a plus side to that. Patrick, Johnson, Mack, White and Davis are competing for backup jobs. Lining them up against the likes of Marques Colston, Lance Moore and Devery Henderson will give the Saints a pretty good idea of who might be worthy of playing time in the regular season.
- 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.
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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.