NFC South Morning Jog: Tampa Bay Bucs Hit the Field Tuesday

Knox BardeenNFC South Lead WriterApril 17, 2012

The Buccaneers get to hit the field with new coach Greg Schiano for the first time on Tuesday.
The Buccaneers get to hit the field with new coach Greg Schiano for the first time on Tuesday.Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images

Each morning, I like to start the day off with a workout—usually a morning jog. I can clear my head, plan my day and think about what's going on around the NFC South.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

The Bucs will need to address their free safety void in the upcoming draft, according to Stephen Holder of the Tampa Bay Times. Very thin after releasing Tanard Jackson, Tampa Bay's options on the free-agent market are "uninspiring."

Tampa Bay will begin a three-day voluntary minicamp on Tuesday, according to Rick Stroud. This will be the first time players will be on the field with new head coach Greg Schiano.

Mississippi State DT Fletcher Cox reported that he made a visit to Carolina.
Mississippi State DT Fletcher Cox reported that he made a visit to Carolina.Butch Dill/Getty Images

Atlanta Falcons

Franchise cornerback Brent Grimes was not present at voluntary conditioning and meetings at the Falcons facility Monday, according to NFL.com's Jason La Canfora. This isn't huge news as the Falcons don't begin their offseason program until next Monday, April 23.

Carolina Panthers

NFL.com Analyst Charley Casserly took Mississippi State's Fletcher Cox and Cal's Mychal Kendricks in his latest mock draft for the Panthers' first two picks.

Speaking of Cox, the defensive tackle told CBS that he spoke with the Panthers at the combine and has visited the team in Charlotte.

 

New Orleans

The Saints announced on Monday that they had re-signed special teams standout Courtney Roby. The wide receiver signed a one-year contract.

The NFL could come down hard on LB Jonathan Vilma for his role in the Saints bounty program.
The NFL could come down hard on LB Jonathan Vilma for his role in the Saints bounty program.Stacy Revere/Getty Images

NFL Network Insider Jason La Canfora reported Monday that linebacker Jonathan Vilma is expecting a heavy suspension because of his role in the Saints bounty program.

NFC South

The NFL will release the 2012 regular season schedule at 7 p.m. ET on Tuesday.