Around the NFC South

Let's take a quick trip through some news and notes around the NFC South.

  • There is some debate over how much New Orleans defensive tackle Sedrick Ellis is weighing these days. But it doesn’t really matter. After two inconsistent seasons, driven mainly by injuries, Ellis is showing signs he might be the dominant force the Saints envisioned when they drafted him in the first round in 2008.

  • Brian Allee-Walsh has a very interesting story about New Orleans kicker John Carney and his wife, Holly, and how their return to the Saints might be part of a “divine plan."

  • My good friends Mike Triplett, Jeff Duncan and James Varney have a video preview of the matchup between the Saints and Cardinals.

  • It looks like Carolina rookie wide receiver Armanti Edwards will be making his first appearance Sunday. Receivers coach Tyke Tolbert said Edwards has been flashing his potential in recent practices.

  • The Falcons are getting ready to face yet another 3-4 defense. This time it’s the Browns, which means a steady dose of blitzes.

  • Scott Reynolds has a good note that arose out of the earlier flap about Cincinnati coach Marvin Lewis saying the Bucs overpaid to get practice-squad receiver Dezmon Briscoe. The Bucs are now taking their practice-squad players with them on road trips. That’s rare in the NFL. I know there are a lot of people who like to say the Bucs are cheap. But extra hotel rooms and meals cost money.