The Falcons are digging deep in the veteran pool to strengthen the squad. After just signing Dwight Freeney they’ve gone ahead and put the pen and paper out for wide receiver Lance Moore. The former Saints wideout spent last year on the Lions, grabbing four touchdowns on 29 catches. After spending such a long tenure with New Orleans, it’s understandable why the Falcons made the move, spicing up the rivalry just a tad bit more. But coming from another perspective, Moore is 32-years-old and lacks speed, something Atlanta is lacking in the offense. Meanwhile the tight end position has five players up for grabs, and it’s most likely two or three will make the cut. One of those ends is very likely to be Jacob Tamme. Besides blocking and speed, it’s clear catching is no issue in the receiving corps
Falcons WRs making toe-tapping catches in endzone pic.twitter.com/cI0vJLvBYA
— Tim Rohan (@TimRohan)
The Panthers welcomed new competition to the field recently. Joining the practice session came the Vikings, while not from Minnesota, these hail from Spartanburg High School. The young men were able to stretch and warm up with their idols, starting off the day with an uplifting tone for everyone. Also joining the action came defensive end Kony Ealy, who sat out most of camp so far with a concussion. He became entirely cleared by doctors and suited up in pads for the day as well. Stephen Hill also made a comeback to the turf, after tweaking his knee and undergoing reports of grim news. But shining brighter than anyone else was wide receiver Devin Funchess, who grabbed a 30 yard bomb from Cam Newton during practice. Following, Funchess stated in an interview with ESPN that the Panthers, “have the best corps in the National Football League.” After seeing the reports and confidence from camp, he may just be on to something.
New Orleans Saints
New Orleans made a solid move to upgrade the offense even more, with the addition of experienced fullback John Kuhn. After playing for the Packers and Aaron Rodgers, he’ll now be under the lead of Drew Brees, another elite quarterback whose eyes are set on the playoffs. Kuhn will no doubt add a vital pass blocking effort in the back field, including acting as a pass option for check down players. But looking to break through is rookie Sheldon Rankins from Louisville. His performance has turned heads at camp so far, showing off a multitude of the power he possesses.
Sheldon Rankins with a powerful right arm. https://t.co/HUr9Yr5EOT
— Josh Katzenstein (@jkatzenstein)
One other defenseman catching the hype is cornerback P.J. Williams, who had fellow teammate Delvin Breaux claim he would “shock the league.” Williams might not be recognizable after spending the last year on the IR, but his action in the first team was enough to disrupt Drew Brees. If he can make it to the regular season, it’ll be his first time setting foot in an official NFL game. Now the Saints are just hoping he’s one of the many honed pieces who will come together for a great team.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
It was day for the offense at Bucs camp, coming in the form of toe taps and red zone highlights. Jameis Winston and his arsenal of receivers worked on playmaking throughout the day, establishing their type of offense for the upcoming season.
Video: Cool one-on-one WR/CB drills in red zone. Evan Spencer gets past FSU’s Javien Elliott for one-handed grab. pic.twitter.com/8Qp6QdToAe
— Greg Auman (@gregauman)
But for the defense, it was bad news Bucs as George Johnson was placed on the IR, ending his season before a game could be played. Meanwhile Johnthan Banks was stated to be the fourth corner on the roster, after being the team’s starter for the past three years. He ultimately regressed last year after registering zero interceptions and barely 19 tackles, a letdown compared to his first two seasons.