Odds and ends from around the NFC South

Posted by ESPN.com’s Pat Yasinskas

Throughout the day, my e-mail fills up with a lot of things that don’t quite qualify to stand alone as items on this blog. But I’ve got a lot of them today, so I’m going to throw them all together and give you some quick odds and ends.

Just a few days after claiming him off waivers from Atlanta, the Bucs have cut defensive back William Middleton. They filled his roster spot by activating Kyle Arrington off the practice squad.

Officially, the Saints listed Pierre Thomas, Darnell Dinkins and Jammal Brown as guys who did not participate in Thursday’s practice.

It’s been suggest many places before that Tampa Bay tight end Kellen Winslow marches to a different drummer. We got a new example of that Thursday when Winslow came out to practice in full pads while the rest of the Bucs didn’t. “Kellen is a full-pad guy,’’ coach Raheem Morris said.” He wants to be as ready as he can be for Sunday. Sometimes, we've got some players, they feel things and they've got a natural progression of things. He wants to get used to Florida and he wants to embrace the heat. He may be buying into what I say a little too much.’’

Yeah, Winslow did go to college at Miami and has only been working out in 95-degree weather in Tampa every day since July.

Officially, the Bucs listed E.J. Biggers, John Gilmore, Adam Heyward and Kyle Moore as the guys who did not practice. More significantly, starting receivers Michael Clayton and Antonio Bryant were listed as being limited in practice.

Safety William Moore was the only Atlanta player who did not practice Thursday. Yes, that means John Abraham was back at practice.

In a radio interview, Atlanta general manager Thomas Dimitroff admitted he’s tired of hearing about the Falcons never having back-to-back winning seasons. Here’s a thought: Go out and do it.

Current New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees talked with former New Orleans quarterback Bobby Hebert on WWL Radio in New Orleans and said last year’s easy victory against Detroit doesn’t mean much.