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NFC South Morning Jog: Several Panthers Kicked out of Training Facility

Ron Rivera told several players to go home last week.
Ron Rivera told several players to go home last week.J. Meric/Getty Images
Knox BardeenNFC South Lead WriterMay 30, 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.

Carolina Panthers

Ron Rivera had to kick players out of the team's training facility last week. No, they weren't breaking rules or wreaking havoc, they were working too long. The new collective bargaining agreement allows just six hours of time each day for players to be at the facility. Rivera's guys were trying to work overtime.

Cam Newton admitted to being a "bad teammate" last year and said he needs to mature in 2012.


Atlanta Falcons

Asante Samuel was upbeat and had tons of confidence Tuesday as OTA's began.
Asante Samuel was upbeat and had tons of confidence Tuesday as OTA's began.Rich Schultz/Getty Images

Asante Samuel picked off two passes in Atlanta's first organized team activity Tuesday and is bringing a swagger to the secondary that hasn't been there in some time.

Mike Smith thinks the offseason training program this year will help Julio Jones "immensely." This will be the first such offseason tutoring Jones has received because of the lockout last year.


New Orleans Saints

A Saints fans has started a Web site to help pay Drew Brees.

The four suspended players will have their second grievance heard Wednesday. They will argue that Roger Goodell didn't have the right to suspend them.


Tampa Bay Buccaneers

The Buccaneers have assembled this backfield in an effort to produce more big running plays in 2012.

Myron Lewis needs to stay healthy long enough to show Tampa Bay that he's worthy of keeping around to develop.

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