NFC Notes: Buccaneers, Falcons, Panthers


Buccaneers GM Jason Licht wrote in an official statement that undrafted CB Cameron Kinley has been granted permission by the U.S. Navy to compete in training camp this month after his commission deferral was initially denied.

Today we were informed by the office of Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III that Cameron Kinley has been granted permission to delay his commission to the United States Navy in order to pursue an opportunity to play in the National Football League,” Licht said, via the team’s official Twitter. “We are thrilled for Cameron and very much appreciate the Pentagon’s willingness to work with him so that he may compete at training camp for a chance to earn a spot on our roster.”


Falcons WR Russell Gage said he wants to be on the “same page” with QB Matt Ryan and new HC Arthur Smith.

“Being on the same page as Matt [Ryan] and understanding what Arthur wants is big,” said Gage, via the team’s official site. “Those things come hand in hand. When you get to playing faster, it’s all because you are more comfortable, and you know, this is what they want out of me.”

As for his increased role during the 2019 season, Gage said he focused on playing with a clear mind and making sure he was quick off the line of scrimmage. 

“I cleared my mind more and just ran,” said Gage. “I came off the ball as fast as I could and whatever happens, happens. I think that’s the best way to play. It’s the best way to play mistake free as well.”

Gage explained that feeling more confident in his potential is something that helped propel his career thus far. 

“Something that really boosts my confidence is understanding what I could become. Understanding the sky is the limit for me,” said Gage. “I know I have so much more to do, so much more I can do, and so much more to prove. I think that for me really motivates me, gives me confidence, and pushes me to keep raising the bar.”


  • Panthers OL Cameron Erving said that while nothing is guaranteed obviously, he was told he’d get the first crack at the starting left tackle job: “My whole career I’ve kind of been labeled as a jack-of-all-trades. Now, I’m getting the opportunity to go out there and play a position I feel like I can excel at.” (Joe Person)

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