NFC Notes: Buccaneers, Falcons, Packers, Vikings



  • The Athletic’s Greg Auman said the Buccaneers aren’t planning any splashy moves with the $9.5 million in space they created by restructuring WR Mike Evans‘ deal and the move was just to give them some spending money for injuries during the season. 



2019 was supposed to be the breakout year for Packers WR Marquez Valdes-Scantling, who offered a tantalizing mix of size and speed that set him apart from the other receivers on the roster. But while there were flashes, including a two-catch, 133-yard performance against the Raiders, Valdes-Scantling largely disappointed after being hurt. However, Packers QB Aaron Rodgers says he’s been impressed with the third-year receiver so far during camp. 

“I would say the receiver I’ve been most impressed with, especially the last week or 10 days of camp, is Marquez,” Rodgers said via Packers News. “I think he has had some really good practices in a row and started to lay down some good practice fundamentals that he can lean on. But at the same time, I know (coach) Matt (LaFleur) said this at one point, this is the new standard for MVS. I’m proud of the way that he’s gone about his business. I thought he had a fantastic Sunday and made a bunch of plays. Some heady plays and just some plays he’s supposed to make. Now he’s making the catches he’s expected to make, and he’s adding some extra plays in there where he’s doing some smart things and showing the growth, so I’m really proud of MVS.”

  • Packers’ DC Mike Pettine mentioned that DB Josh Jackson will have a sizable role on the defense: “He’s gonna play some significant minutes for us.” (Matt Schneidman)


  • ESPN’s Courtney Cronin confirms Vikings OT Riley Reiff cut his base salary to $5.9 million in 2020, which is now fully guaranteed. 
  • Reiff was scheduled to make an $11.65 million base salary in 2021 but he turned $5 million of that into a roster bonus. 
  • He also has a $300,000 Pro Bowl escalator each year. 

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