NFC South Daily Jog: Buccaneers Emphasize Run Game in First Padded Practice

Knox BardeenNFC South Lead WriterJuly 30, 2012

Doug Martin looking ahead to contact (photo courtesy of the Tampa Tribune).
Doug Martin looking ahead to contact (photo courtesy of the Tampa Tribune).

Each day, I like to get the blood flowing with a workout—usually a daily jog. I can clear my head, reflect on my day and think about what’s going on around the NFC South.


Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Corner Eric Wright was unable to finish practice Monday because of an undisclosed injury, according to the Tampa Bay Times. The team may take extra precautions with Wright considering just how thin the Bucs are in the secondary right now.

Video of head coach Greg Schiano's Monday press conference. (via

The Buccaneers placed heavy emphasis on the run game and blocking when the team put pads on for the first time Sunday, according to the Pewter Report.


Atlanta Falcons

Undrafted rookie linebacker from Alabama Jerrell Harris is turning heads at Falcons camp, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Not only did the Falcons find out that Tony Gonzalez is 95 percent sure he's going to retire after the 2012 season on Friday, but the team also released offensive guard Vince Manuwai on Saturday in between practice sessions.


Carolina Panthers

Jon Beason said his Achilles tired on him towards the end of his first full practice, but said it'll get easier as he becomes more instinctive of what moves to make to counter the offense. (via the Charlotte Observer)

Louis Murphy said he'll play with a chip on his shoulder this season after being traded to Carolina from Oakland, per the Charlotte Observer.


New Orleans Saints

In a Sports Illustrated article by Peter King, Drew Brees said that nobody trusts NFL commissioner Roger Goodell.

Cornerback Patrick Robinson injured his shoulder in practice on Sunday and left the field. He did not return from inside the Saints' facility, according to the Times-Picayune, and he's being held for further evaluation.

Linebacker Scott Shanle told that the Saints are still going to pressure a lot in 2012, but they'll use zone pressure instead of man pressure.