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NFC South Morning Jog: Tampa Bay Buccaneers Busy with Post-Camp Transactions

Tiquan Underwood is the latest former Rutgers player to sign with Greg Schiano and the Buccaneers.
Tiquan Underwood is the latest former Rutgers player to sign with Greg Schiano and the Buccaneers.Patrick Smith/Getty Images
Knox BardeenNFC South Lead WriterMay 8, 2012

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

Not only did the Bucs sign seventh-round picks Michael Smith and Drake Dunsmore to four-year contracts Monday, the team signed 13 players it invited to rookie minicamp on a tryout basis and cut 12 undrafted free agents.

New head coach Greg Schiano is reuniting with another former Rutgers player. Wide receiver Tiquan Underwood agreed to terms with the Bucs Monday, and could sign by Tuesday.


Atlanta Falcons

Sean Weatherspoon will be calling the plays in the defensive huddle in 2012.
Sean Weatherspoon will be calling the plays in the defensive huddle in 2012.Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images

Without middle linebacker Curtis Lofton, the Atlanta defense will need a new leader. D. Orlando Ledbetter says it's going to be Sean Weatherspoon.

Here's a look at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution's post-draft depth chart.

TMZ usually picks up on athlete debacles well before most other news outlets. That's what they do well. However, it's not always bad news. Early Tuesday morning they pushed out a story about Ray Edwards shelling out $12,000 to take a fan on a trip to Las Vegas.


Carolina Panthers

San Jose State wide receiver Michael Avila has been invited to try out for the team and the Panthers rookie minicamp next weekend.


New Orleans Saints

Remi Ayodele rejoined the Saints Monday.
Remi Ayodele rejoined the Saints Monday.Hannah Foslien/Getty Images

The Saints agreed to terms with defensive tackle Remi Ayodele Monday. Ayodele played for Minnesota last season and started 13 games with 22 tackles. He was with New Orleans from 2008 to 2010.

Mike Detillier looks at linebackers Curtis Lofton and David Hawthorne as more than just replacement players for Jonathan Vilma. Detillier thinks both are better than Vilma.


NFC South

Talking about the 2012 NFL draft has been all the rage, but some—like Dane Brugler—are going back and examining past drafts. Brugler looked at the 2009 draft and gave Atlanta a "C-," Carolina a "C," New Orleans a "B-" and Tampa Bay a "B-."

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