NFC South Morning Jog: LaFell Feels Panthers WR Corps as Good as Anyone's
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.
Brandon LaFell became the second NFC South receiver in a week's time to say that there wasn't an opposing secondary that could slow down said offense. LaFell told the Charlotte Observer "we’ve got as many guys as anyone else has that can get open and make plays.”
Want to talk improvement? According to the team's official website, Atlanta's defensive line has accounted for two sacks, six tackles for loss and three quarterback hits its two preseason games. This is partially the effect of new defensive coordinator Mike Nolan and partially the fact that the unit is gelling after being together for some time.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported Thursday morning that rookie offensive tackle Lamar Holmes, who missed the entire offseason workout program and both preseason games while being limited in training camp with a broken toe, will get his first live action on Friday when the Falcons play Miami.
Will tackling be a problem for the Saints all season or was this just a one-time deal?
The Saints defense had a tough time tackling against the Jaguars last week. After their abysmal showing last Friday against Jacksonville, New Orleans spent two days this week working on fundamentals, including wrapping up against teammates and hitting practice dummies. [Times-Picayune]
Dekoda Watson hasn't developed into the three-down linebacker the Buccaneers expected, as he's had trouble in coverage and with maturity, according to Pewter Report. But this season Watson may be ready to turn that around, if he can get onto the field.
With LeGarrette Blount and Doug Martin fighting for the starting job at running back and rookie Michael Smith in the mix, not many people are watching the fallout of the rest of the depth chart. Second-year running back Mossis Madu thinks he can still make a mark on this team, but it might have to be on special teams. [Tampa Bay Times]
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