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NFL Training Camp Reports, NFC South – Aug 9: Hakeem Nicks Released

The former Giants wide receiver didn't show enough to beat out the young, talented athletes of the Saints


Atlanta Falcons

For WR Lance Moore, it was a short-lived career in Atlanta. The 32-year-old barely signed with the Falcons last week, and has announced his retirement before getting a single snap. It’s unclear as to why Moore decided to make this decision but there are of course many conspiracies theories doing the rounds. Meanwhile hard hitting rookie Safety, Keanu Neal, injured his torso, giving him a “50/50” chance of playing in the first preseason game. Also hitting the medical table is running back Terron Ward, who was listed as third string on the first unofficial depth chart by the Falcons. His chance at making the team is seemingly shot with reports of him wearing a boot, but only time will tell.

Carolina Panthers

The Panthers came out shaky on offense, going six passes without completing one. Even on the defensive side there seemed a lack of competence, as seen from the group meeting called by Ron Rivera during practice. The talk was meant to make sure younger players knew their roles and fulfilled them, according to Joe Person. Thankfully, though, Carolina proved they were capable physically, putting on a show through playmakers like Kelvin Benjamin.

Also after Chas Alecxhi suffered an injury the Panthers have been looking to sign a defensive tackle. Their search has brought them to James DeLoach, and Ray Drew, although reports say a deal fell in the hands of Tom Lally from Mount Union.

New Orleans Saints

Much like their Atlanta rivals, the Saints had to let go of a once, talented wide receiver in Hakeem Nicks, signaling the possible end of his career. For New Orleans, this move came after a surge in the presence of young wideouts like Mike Thomas and Travis Snead who continue to impress with style each day in camp. Also good news for Saints fans is Terron Armstead was activated off the PUP list, yet he will not play against New England in the preseason opener.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Trying not to join the list of cast-off pass catchers is Austin Seferian-Jenkins from the Bucs. The tight end has spent his years with the team as the front man, but the rise of Cameron Brate means coaches will have a tough decision to make on who will be more consistent throughout the grind of the season. Seferian-Jenkins has a strong case to make after his return to first team level, coming from this catch.

But everyone knows Tampa Bay – really all of Florida – is a haven for rain and the elements. The heavy rainfall on Monday prompted the team to move practice, this time to the Tropicana dome. While the Rays are in season they are on a road trip, but it’s questionable if the field will be torn up from the jets on Mike Evans’ feet.


NFL Training Camp Reports, NFC South – Aug 9: Hakeem Nicks Released

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