METAIRIE, La. -- Before I head over to the New Orleans Saints’ practice facility for the second day of minicamp, let’s take a look at the headlines from around the NFC South.
Atlanta secondary coach Tim Lewis admitted he was surprised by how well cornerback Robert McClain played last season. McClain essentially was the fifth player the Falcons tried at nickel back. Once McClain got his chance, he thrived. But McClain is going to have to earn playing time all over again this season after the team used its first two draft picks to add cornerbacks Desmond Trufant and Robert Alford.
New Orleans cornerback Keenan Lewis, who reportedly missed Tuesday’s minicamp sessions after being hospitalized briefly because of stomach pains, tweeted that he expects to make an appearance at minicamp Wednesday.
New Orleans tight end Jimmy Graham said he’s hungry to right the wrongs of last season. As I’ve said before, I think Graham is poised for a big year. He played with a wrist injury last season that undoubtedly led to him leading the league in drops. The wrist is healthy now, and Graham looked great in Tuesday’s minicamp.
Tampa Bay defensive end Da'Quan Bowers, who was limited by injuries in his first two seasons, said anything less than a double-digit-sack season will be a failure. I think that’s the way the Bucs look at it, too. They clearly are counting on big things from Bowers after letting Michael Bennett depart as a free agent. If Bowers can stay healthy, I think double-digit sacks are a possibility.