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NFL Training Camp Reports, NFC South – Aug 3: Freeney to the Falcons

The seasoned veteran makes a possible final run with the Dirty Birds


Atlanta Falcons

The biggest news to hit the front page of Falcons news is the signing of defensive end Dwight Freeney. According to reports the one year deal is worth two million plus two million more in incentives for the 13 year veteran. Despite being 36, his eight sacks in just 11 games last year proved he still has plenty of fuel left in the tank. His presence could be a huge boost for the rookie and new apprentice, Vic Beasley. A sleeping star within camp has emerged as well, coming from rookie wide receiver David Glidden. The former Oklahoma State wideout went undrafted but has done enough to catch the eye of Matt Ryan. His backing from the franchise quarterback will no doubt strengthen the chances of him making the team.

Carolina Panthers

Coming out of Panthers camp is unfortunately a dash of bad news. Injury plagued Stephen Hill needed to be examined today by team doctors, and the reports following weren’t anything promising.

Hill looked good in camp up until the injury, and it’s been a rocky journey for the former Georgia Tech wideout since his ACL tear. Also on the doctors’ table was defensive end Rakim Cox who appears to be suffering from back issues. Given the routine of a squad like Carolina, it could just be a sign of jadedness in a long training camp. Thankfully, the Panthers were unfazed by the bumps in the road, showing off an epic day on offense led by none other than Cam Newton. Newton was seen talking trash to the defense, still unchanged from his charming personality, and backed it up with highlight plays all day long.

New Orleans Saints

So far the takeaway of this pre-season for New Orleans has been their young and promising talent. Mike Thomas is a all around receiver who’s gone the extra mile every practice, Brandin Cooks has been finding his rhythm with Drew Brees, and now joining is rookie Tyeler Davison. The rookie from Fresno State is on the tail of John Jenkins for the starting defensive tackle role. Just take a look at one of the drills he participated in.

The Saints will now leave their special week of training camp in Virginia to make a return to Louisiana in preparation for the pre-season.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Every day the news just comes flying out the bay for the Bucs. New head coach Dirk Koetter named tight end Cameron Brate the starter for the team. The announcement came as a little bit of a surprise as last year’s top man was Austin Seferian-Jenkins, but evidently that’s not the case this year. It’s possible he could serve as a solid pass blocker on the line, considering how dominant the defense has been lately in training camp. Jameis Winston has been pressured all day long and even in a calm pocket, his throws are struggling to hit the mark thanks to the coverage of Alterraun Verner.

Thankfully, it wasn’t all too woeful as Evan Spencer reportedly burned Vernon Hargreaves not too long after. With all the competitiveness in the team it leaves a big question for the depth chart. Koetter had only one simple answer for such a question. “The guys that are playing the best are going to play.”


NFL Training Camp Reports, NFC South – Aug 3: Freeney to the Falcons

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