NFC South News and Rumors

  • Ronde Barber sees “zero fear” in Jameis Winston

    Ronde Barber sees “zero fear” in Jameis Winston

    profootballtalk.com Updated 8 hours ago
    Former Buccaneers cornerback Ronde Barber struck plenty of fear in the hearts of quarterbacks, thanks to a level of versatility that made his approach to any given play unpredictable. But Barber apparently wouldn’t have rattled new Buccaneers quarterbac…
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  • Vick’s former dogfighting property returns to the spotlight

    Vick’s former dogfighting property returns to the spotlight

    profootballtalk.com 9 hours ago
    For multiple years, then-Falcons quarterback Mike Vick ran a dogfighting operation under the nose of Surry County, Virginia prosecutor Gerald Poindexter. Once the dogfighting operation was discovered, Poindexter created the impression in the opinion of …
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  • RB Khiry Robinson not feeling like odd man out in Saints' backf…

    RB Khiry Robinson not feeling like odd man out in Saints' backfield

    ESPN.com Jul 3 (2 days ago)
    RB Khiry Robinson not feeling like odd man out in Saints' backfield
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  • NFC South Q&A: Do Tampa Bay Buccaneers have the best receivers?

    NFC South Q&A: Do Tampa Bay Buccaneers have the best receivers?

    ESPN.com Jul 3 (3 days ago)
    NFC South Q&A: Do Tampa Bay Buccaneers have the best receivers?
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  • Colts sign linebacker Justin Shirk, waive Camaron Beard

    Colts sign linebacker Justin Shirk, waive Camaron Beard

    profootballtalk.com Jul 3 (3 days ago)
    The Indianapolis Colts signed linebacker Justin Shirk and waived defensive end Camaron Beard on Thursday. Shirk, an undrafted free agent out of Division II Bloomsburg, spent time with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during their rookie mini-camp in May. A tran…
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  • Drew Brees thinks opposing defenses will have “too many things …

    Drew Brees thinks opposing defenses will have “too many things to think about” this season

    profootballtalk.com Jul 2 (3 days ago)
    Saints quarterback Drew Brees said recently that the team has “all the pieces in place” to be the best team that he’s been on in New Orleans and he explained a bit more about why he feels that way on the offensive side of the ball during an appearance o…
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  • Kaufman knows he’d have a hard time getting Warren Sapp in the …

    Kaufman knows he’d have a hard time getting Warren Sapp in the Hall of Fame now

    profootballtalk.com Jul 2 (3 days ago)
    In early 2013, Ira Kaufman of the Tampa Tribune managed to persuade the Hall of Fame voters to induct former Buccaneers defensive tackle Warren Sapp on the first ballot. While off-field, post-career behavior technically isn’t an official factor in the s…
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  • NFC South Q&A: Saints still imposing without Jimmy Graham?

    NFC South Q&A: Saints still imposing without Jimmy Graham?

    ESPN.com Jul 2 (4 days ago)
    NFC South Q&A: Saints still imposing without Jimmy Graham?
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  • Brandon Magee still waits for NFL call, would give up baseball

    Brandon Magee still waits for NFL call, would give up baseball

    profootballtalk.com Jul 1 (4 days ago)
    In March, the Buccaneers released linebacker Brandon Magee. The next day, he reported for Red Sox training camp. The offseason program came and went without any team offering Magee an NFL job. In the interim, Magee has kept playing baseball — continuing…
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  • Saints WR Josh Morgan off to good start as he aims to revive ca…

    Saints WR Josh Morgan off to good start as he aims to revive career

    ESPN.com Jul 1 (4 days ago)
    Saints WR Josh Morgan off to good start as he aims to revive career
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  • Construction worker suffers “severe head injury” at Falcons sta…

    Construction worker suffers “severe head injury” at Falcons stadium

    profootballtalk.com Jul 1 (4 days ago)
    Football can be dangerous, but so can building football stadiums. According to Tyler Estep of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, a construction worker suffered a “severe head injury” after metal scaffolding fell on him at the construction site for the Fa…
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  • Panthers still adjusting to lack of defensive line pressure

    Panthers still adjusting to lack of defensive line pressure

    profootballtalk.com Jul 1 (4 days ago)
    The Panthers were willing to let Greg Hardy walk, and they didn’t replace him this offseason with an impactful pass-rusher. But they’re hoping they can cover for his loss in other ways, and with other positions other than defensive ends. The Panthers fe…
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  • Josh Hill sees “just subtle changes” with Jimmy Graham gone

    Josh Hill sees “just subtle changes” with Jimmy Graham gone

    profootballtalk.com Jul 1 (5 days ago)
    There are going to be several players on the Saints Defense impacted by the departure of tight end Jimmy Graham in a trade this offseason and Josh Hill would seem to be at the top of the list. Hill played 293 snaps at tight end for New Orleans last seas…
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  • Jeremy Hill focused on breaking more tackles this year

    Jeremy Hill focused on breaking more tackles this year

    profootballtalk.com Jun 30 (5 days ago)
    After Bengals running back Jeremy Hill ran for 40 yards on 13 carries against the Buccaneers last season, he said there wasn’t a lot of running room available because the Bucs were playing eight men in the box. Offensive coordinator Hue Jackson didn’t c…
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  • Brian Dixon set to go on trial during Saints’ training camp

    Brian Dixon set to go on trial during Saints’ training camp

    profootballtalk.com Jun 30 (5 days ago)
    Saints cornerback Brian Dixon may miss some of training camp as a result of his March arrest. Dixon is scheduled to go on trial in Florida on August 3, the Times-Picayune reports. The Saints will be in training camp in West Virginia at that time. Dixon …
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  • NFL Nation TV wonders if Russell Wilson should be league's high…

    NFL Nation TV wonders if Russell Wilson should be league's highest-paid QB

    ESPN.com Jun 30 (5 days ago)
    NFL Nation TV wonders if Russell Wilson should be league's highest-paid QB
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  • Michael Bennett comes closer to making his best argument for ne…

    Michael Bennett comes closer to making his best argument for new deal

    profootballtalk.com Jun 30 (5 days ago)
    A year ago, Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett signed a new four-year deal to stay with Seattle, after jumping to the Seahawks from the Buccaneers on a one-year contract. Now, he’s not happy with the contract he signed, and he’s not getting much sym…
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  • NFC South Q&A: Are Panthers' receivers on the rise?

    NFC South Q&A: Are Panthers' receivers on the rise?

    ESPN.com Jun 30 (6 days ago)
    NFC South Q&A: Are Panthers' receivers on the rise?
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  • Report: Free agent linebacker Kyle Knox suspended four games

    Report: Free agent linebacker Kyle Knox suspended four games

    profootballtalk.com Jun 29 (6 days ago)
    Free agent linebacker Kyle Knox has been suspended for the first four games of the regular season, according to Howard Balzer of lockerdome.com. Knox, 26, has spent time with the Seattle Seahawks, Jacksonville Jaguars, New Orleans Saints and Dallas Cowb…
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  • Plenty of memorable plays for Atlanta Falcons receiver Julio Jo…

    Plenty of memorable plays for Atlanta Falcons receiver Julio Jones

    ESPN.com Jun 29 (6 days ago)
    Plenty of memorable plays for Atlanta Falcons receiver Julio Jones
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  • Devin Funchess: I don’t care about the Combine, I’m fast on the…

    Devin Funchess: I don’t care about the Combine, I’m fast on the field

    profootballtalk.com Jun 29 (6 days ago)
    Add Panthers rookie receiver Devin Funchess to the list of those who don’t think 40-yard dash times at the Scouting Combine are meaningful. Funchess told Josh Katzenstein of the Detroit News that when he ran a 4.7-second 40, making him the slowest recei…
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  • Saints' Hau'oli Kikaha learning to become more than just a pass…

    Saints' Hau'oli Kikaha learning to become more than just a pass-rusher

    ESPN.com Jun 29 (6 days ago)
    Saints' Hau'oli Kikaha learning to become more than just a pass-rusher
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  • Jim Haslett finally has an offseason, realizes it’s not the wor…

    Jim Haslett finally has an offseason, realizes it’s not the worst thing

    profootballtalk.com Jun 29 (7 days ago)
    It took him a few decades, but Jim Haslett figured out this offseason there was life outside the NFL. The former Saints head coach, most recently Washington’s defensive coordinator, had dialed things back this offseason anyway before he took a job as a …
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  • Jameis Winston won’t stop using social media now

    Jameis Winston won’t stop using social media now

    profootballtalk.com Jun 29 (7 days ago)
    Within hours of being drafted, Buccaneers quarterback James Winston had already found at least a small pot of hot water, tweeting out of a photo of him sitting behind a plate of crab legs. And while that caused a bit of temporary embarrassment (and subs…
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  • Longtime Patriots guard Dan Connolly may call it a career

    Longtime Patriots guard Dan Connolly may call it a career

    Dan Connolly has been a starting guard for the Patriots for the last five years, but he may be done. Connolly, whose contract with the Patriots expired after last season, drew some interest from the Buccaneers and Seahawks in free agency but declined to…
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  • Falcons hope to get plenty of bang for free-agent bucks

    Falcons hope to get plenty of bang for free-agent bucks

    ESPN.com Jun 28
    Falcons hope to get plenty of bang for free-agent bucks
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  • Jahri Evans feels OK about his pay cut

    Jahri Evans feels OK about his pay cut

    Saints guard Jahri Evans took a pay cut this offseason, but he’s not angry about it. Evans told ESPN that he understands that it’s just the reality of being a 31-year-old NFL player with a fairly hefty salary that the team may come to you and tell you t…
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  • Atlanta Falcons' Devin Hester has a shot at another ESPY

    Atlanta Falcons' Devin Hester has a shot at another ESPY

    ESPN.com Jun 27
    Atlanta Falcons' Devin Hester has a shot at another ESPY
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  • Video - Young Panthers fan to coach at fan fest 02:24

    Young Panthers fan to coach at fan fest

    Jul 1
    Panthers fan Braylon Beam joins SportsCenter, along with Carolina LB Thomas Davis, to talk about signing a contract to coach the Panthers at their fan fest on Aug. 7.
  • Video - Who will lead the Falcons? 02:29

    Who will lead the Falcons?

    Jun 29
    ESPN Falcons reporter Vaughn McClure talks about a pair of players who could step into leadership roles this season.
  • Video - Bengals DC: Manziel should emulate Brees 02:57

    Bengals DC: Manziel should emulate Brees

    Jun 29
    Mark Brunell and Jim Trotter discuss Bengals defensive coordinator Paul Guenther's comments that Browns QB Johnny Manziel should to look Saints QB Drew Brees for inspiration, and share expectations for Manziel this season.
  • Video - Winston: 'It's about my actions' 01:54

    Winston: 'It's about my actions'

    Jun 26
    ESPN Buccaneers reporter Pat Yasinskas discusses whether Tampa Bay quarterback Jameis Winston will be able to manage his image in the spotlight.

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    Jul 3
    Jackson had a good season last year, after bouncing back from an ACL injury. Mel Kiper Jr. believes Alabama will move Jackson from corner to safety to...
  • One Team, 25 Years On

    Jul 2
    Mike Martin (Michael J. LeBrecht II/1Deuce3 Photography) This week The MMQB is running a few stories by Peter King from the pages of Sports Illustrated. This story first appeared in the December 12, 2011 issue. With Special Reporting by Matt Gagne, Joan…
  • Countdown: A Week in the Life of the ’95 Packers

    Jul 1
    Favre’s game against the Lions, as well as past injuries, left him battered, bruised and in full recuperation mode on Monday morning. (Focus on Sports/Getty Images) This week The MMQB is running several past stories by Peter King from the pages of Sport…
  • Mel Kiper's top 2016 prospects by position - NFL

    Jun 29
    With the 2015 college football season nearly here, Mel Kiper turns his attention to the 2016 draft, ranking the top 10 prospects at each position.