NFC South afternoon update

A few quick items worth noting from around the division:

  • The Tampa Bay Buccaneers announced this afternoon that wide receiver Steve Smith, who signed with the team in April, is retiring. Smith had some history with offensive coordinator Mike Sullivan from their days together with the New York Giants. But I don’t think Smith’s decision is catastrophic for the Bucs. At best, Smith might have been the third wide receiver. But the Bucs seem to think that Tiquan Underwood or Kevin Ogletree can be solid in that role.

  • Jeff Duncan writes that the arrest of Joe Morgan for allegedly driving under the influence is coming at a bad time. Morgan is one of several candidates the Saints view as their potential third receiver. This type of incident isn’t going to score points with any coaching staff. It could end up costing Morgan what could have been a great opportunity.

  • Atlanta defensive line coach Ray Hamilton said defensive end Jonathan Massaquoi seems more comfortable as he gets ready for his second season. The Falcons have a lot of young defensive ends, but I think Massaquoi is the one the coaching staff is hoping can step forward to give the pass rush a boost.

  • Let’s close this one out with a little levity. Carolina offensive tackle Jordan Gross, who is one of the most humorous players I’ve ever covered, had a little fun with quarterback Cam Newton after Wednesday’s workout. Check out this video.