FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. – I’ll soon be heading out to watch the Atlanta Falcons practice again. But, first, let’s check in on the headlines around the NFC South.
We told you in Thursday’s Camp Confidential segment that the Panthers were still trying to bring in a veteran wide receiver to go with Steve Smith. They did. They have added free-agent Legedu Naanee. He’s not as big a name and hasn’t been as productive as Santana Moss, who the Panthers pursued unsuccessfully at the start of free agency. But Naanee is coming from San Diego and has ties to offensive coordinator Rob Chudzinski. The Panthers are still high on second-year pros Brandon LaFell and David Gettis, but they wanted a little more experience at the position. As long as we're forecasting personnel moves by the Panthers, I'll go on record and say they're still going to bring in an experienced cornerback at some point.
Atlanta coach Mike Smith said that return man/receiver Eric Weems had minor knee surgery in the offseason. But the Falcons are proceeding slowly with Weems early in camp.
Second-year pro Matt Tennant said he’s trying to take advantage of an opportunity to be New Orleans’ starting center. But it’s unclear if the Saints are content with sticking with Tennant. There were multiple reports that veteran center Olin Kreutz visited with the team Thursday.
Tampa Bay receiver Arrelious Benn says he’ll be fully healthy by the regular season. Benn suffered a torn ACL late last season, but has been recovering rapidly.
Carolina linebacker Thomas Davis got on the field Thursday night for the first time this camp. As I mentioned Thursday, the linebacker, who is coming off two major knee injuries, was signed to a contract extension that gives the team some protection if he’s not the player he once was.