NFC South Morning Jog: The Job of Backing Up Matt Ryan Is Officially Open

Knox Bardeen@knoxbardeenNFC South Lead WriterAugust 20, 2012

FLOWERY BRANCH, GA - MAY 12: Dominique Davis #14 of the Atlanta Falcons practices during the rookie minicamp at the Atlanta Falcons Training Facility on May 12, 2012 in Flowery Branch, Georgia. (Photo by Daniel Shirey/Getty Images)
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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.


Atlanta Falcons

It's been my opinion all summer that the backup quarterback position was safely in the hands of Chris Redman, and I still believe that.

However, head coach Mike Smith seemed to officially open up the battle for Matt Ryan's backup Saturday after practice. [Atlanta Journal-Constitution]

Not many NFL players can cause a stink about a team that wasn't an opponent, isn't on the schedule or that's not a rival. Roddy White can, however. In a tweet sent during Sunday night's Pittsburgh-Indianapolis game, White offered advice for Steelers offensive coordinator Todd Haley.

Carolina Panthers

The Panthers are feverishly trying to find out who's going to win the backup tight end battle in Carolina.

According to the Charlotte Observer head coach Ron Rivera feels the combination of starter Greg Olsen and the backup tight end and Mike Tolbert will out-produce the trio from last year which included Jeremy Shockey at tight end with Olsen.

The battle for the third wide receiver spot remains the hottest position battle in camp, according to the Charlotte Observer. Louis Murphy, Armanti Edwards, Seyi Ajirotutu, Kealoha PIlares and even Davis Gettis remain in the mix.


New Orleans Saints

The Saints signed veteran wide receiver Greg Camarilo Sunday to help with a slew of injuries at the position. [Times-Picayune]

Running back Travaris Cadet has shined though two preseason games and the Hall of Fame Game but said there is still work for him to do to make the Saints roster in 2012. [Times-Picayune]


Tampa Bay Buccaneers

There were a few positives that came out of Tampa Bay's 30-7 loss to Tennessee Friday. The Tampa Tribune found defensive end Michael Bennett, who said the unit was still learning the defense but thought it played well. Head coach Greg Schiano thought the overall play was sloppy but there was a lot of missed opportunities on defense.

Fox Sports Florida wrote that the Buccaneers should be happy preseason games don't count and the loss to Tennessee was blacked out. 


NFC South

Pat Yasinskas of ESPN listed an NFC South stock watch Monday and had a few interesting nuggets. The biggest one was his opinion that Steve Spagnuolo might not be the best choice for Joe Vitt's interim head coach during the Saints first six games because of the way his defense was abused by the Jaguars over the weekend.

I thought Spagunolo said earlier in the summer that he didn't want the job anyway. Pete Carmichael is the best choice, in my opinion.