NFC Notes: Buccaneers, Eagles, Falcons



Buccaneers HC Bruce Arians said first-round LB Devin White is “running the defense” naturally and “guys are following him” in practice. 

Within a week, he’s running the defense. Guys are following him. He’s a natural,” said Arians, via Field Yates.  

Arians said the Buccaneers’ secondary is “totally fixed” and believes they are “really, really good” at the cornerback position. 

Yeah, probably secondary, we’re really, really good,” Arians said, via “With Carlton [Davis] and Vernon [Hargreaves], we knew we had two solid corners. Now we got five solid corners. Ryan [Smith] came along. So yeah, earmarked as a problem set back in January, it’s totally fixed. Just knock on wood they stay healthy.”


Eagles S Rodney McLeod mentioned in an interview with Sirius XM NFL Radio that he’s “right on pace” in his return from a torn MCL.

“I’m right on pace — running, cutting, changing direction, getting from sideline to sideline,” McLeod said. “So things are looking good. Like I said, my whole goal, since I came down with the injury, was focused on training camp — getting back for camp and then making sure I start preparing myself to get ready to be out there with my guys come Week One.”


Falcons DE Vic Beasley said he “definitely” plans to attend the team’s mandatory minicamp but declined to comment on why he skipped voluntary OTAs. 

Yeah, I’ll definitely be there,” said Beasley, via Vaughn McClure of ESPN. “I’m just working as hard as I can. I’m training hard. I’m excited about this season.” 

Falcons HC Dan Quinn said he was disappointed that Beasley did not attend OTAs: “There’s nothing like on-the-field stuff.”

McClure mentions that Beasley has been training near his hometown of Adairsville, Georgia and has been working out with Steelers DE Bud Dupree throughout the offseason. 

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