SPARTANBURG, S.C. – Sunday was travel and transition day on the NFC South Blog tour of training camps. The day started in New Orleans and I’m now starting to focus in on the Carolina Panthers for the next couple of days.
But let’s take a look at what else is going on around the division.
Tampa Bay running back Cadillac Williams reportedly suffered what appeared to be a minor ankle injury. If that indeed is the case, it might not be a bad thing for Williams to take a few days off. He’s going to be the main running back in the regular season. The Bucs would be wise to keep him as fresh as possible. It also might be a positive to get Derrick Ward some work with the first team. He was a disappointment last season and this might be an opportunity for him to start working his way back into the good graces of the coaching staff.
Keydrick Vincent, who used to play for Carolina, says he’s happy to be with the Buccaneers. I’m telling you, don’t be a bit surprised if he ends up beating out Jeremy Zuttah for a starting guard spot.
Bradley Handwerger asks the question,“can Drew Brees possibly get better?’’ The story has some interesting quotes from Brees and coach Sean Payton. My take: Believe it or not, I think you can improve on perfection. Brees’ season last year was as good as I’ve ever seen a quarterback have, and that came with guys like Reggie Bush, Lance Moore, Marques Colston and Jeremy Shockey banged up at times. Let’s see what Brees can do with a healthy supporting cast.
D. Orlando Ledbetter’s got a story about how defensive end John Abraham spent much of the offseason in Florida, working with a personal trainer. The goal is to improve on a season in which Abraham had only 5.5 sacks. My take: It’s worth a shot.
Jay Adams has a story about NFC South veteran Matt Bryant, who is trying to earn the permanent kicking job with the Falcons. My take: Bryant was a very good kicker in Tampa Bay before he went through some personal tragedy and some injury problems. Bryant’s had some time to heal and I expect him to win this job.