Charlie Campbell writes that Tampa Bay safety Sabby Piscitelli isn’t happy about losing his starting position to Sean Jones. Piscitelli went so far as to suggest that he didn’t think there was even a competition. Sad part is, he’s right. The Bucs brought in Jones because Piscitelli was so bad in 2009. Once Jones was signed, the only real chance Piscitelli had to keep the starting job was to go out and light it up in the preseason and training camp. Piscitelli went on to imply he didn’t see this move coming and you can make your own jokes about how that might relate to his field vision. Oh, and somebody go check to see if Jeremy Zuttah was blind sided by losing his starting guard job to Keydrick Vincent because that move was telegraphed even more visibly.
Matt Williamson has his list of the most indispensable players for every team in the league. We’ll have my NFC South list up Thursday afternoon, so I’m not allowed to even hint about where Williamson and I may agree or disagree.
Tristan H. Cockroft has some thoughts on Robert Meachem’s value as a fantasy player. Remember, fantasy football is a little different than real football, so don’t take it as a knock when the Saints’ incredible depth in the receiving core is viewed as a negative.
Former NFL scout Dave Razzano has a very harsh view of Tampa Bay quarterback Josh Freeman. We’re not allowed to criticize other media, so let’s just say I respectfully disagree with Razzano. I’m not saying Freeman’s ready to take the Bucs to the Super Bowl. But I think the kid has a lot of upside and will be markedly better in his second season.
Speaking of Freeman, former Tampa Bay quarterback Jeff Carlson writes he doesn’t think his injured thumb will prevent Freeman from playing in the regular-season opener. Carlson goes into detail about some hand and finger injuries he and other quarterbacks have dealt with.
The Saints signed linebacker K.C. Asiodu. Don’t get your hopes up that he’ll play much at linebacker. But Asiodu could get a chance to contribute on special teams because the coverage units have been struggling.
D. Orlando Ledbetter writes that Atlanta defensive end Lawrence Sidbury is progressing. That’s a good thing because the Falcons have invested a lot of time and effort in the offseason in coaching up Sidbury. The Falcons want Sidbury to be part of their defensive line rotation.
Carolina backup quarterback Jimmy Clausen said he expects to deal with toe pain most of this season. That’s not really a surprise. The Panthers knew Clausen had toe surgery in January and that issues could linger.