Around the NFC South

Let's take a morning jog through the headlines from around the NFC South:


The team signed cornerback Saeed Lee, who made a good impression in the recent rookie camp. The Falcons also signed former Alabama kicker Jeremy Shelley.


Linebacker Jon Beason, who had three surgeries in a 17-month span, isn’t expected to be cleared to take part in next month’s minicamp. But Beason said his recovery plan remains on target and indicated he expects to be ready for training camp. Beason will be switching to outside linebacker because Luke Kuechly has taken over in the middle.

The Panthers have signed eight players that tried out during the rookie minicamp.


Mike Triplett has an in-depth look at how the Saints scouted first-round draft pick Kenny Vaccaro. They had at least seven detailed scouting reports on Vaccaro and spent hundreds of hours scouting and discussing him. But that’s exactly what you should do when you’re investing a first-round pick and millions of dollars in someone.


Although the Bucs have made a lot of moves that look like clear improvements, Gary Shelton writes about how the team isn’t viewed as a playoff contender on a national level. That’s not all that surprising because the Bucs haven’t been to the playoffs in a long time and it’s only natural that people overlook them. And being overlooked in May isn’t necessarily a bad thing. It might allow the Bucs to surprise some people.