The Falcons tried out OT Ka’John Armstrong and G Willie Beavers on Thursday. (Albert Breer)
Per the Athletic’s Joe Person, Panthers HC Matt Rhule says LB Shaq Thompson is day-to-day with some tightness in his groin.
Rhule told reporters the team is happy with UDFA P Joe Charlton right now but “always will look to see if there’s someone better.” Charlton has a big leg but has shanked a few punts in practice recently. (Person)
Rhule said the opportunity to claim DE Jalen Jelks off waivers and getting TE Temarrick Hemingway out of the concussion protocol factored into their decision to release TE Andrew Vollert: “He’s a great young man. No issues with him at all. Just had a chance to get a pass-rusher in Jelks.” (Person)
Rhule noted Panthers UDFA DB Myles Hartsfield can also play running back and will play both ways after scoring a touchdown in practice this week. (Person)
Rhule coached Panthers QB P.J. Walker at Temple but pushed back on the idea that gives Walker any kind of edge in the competition for backup quarterback: “A player’s previous relationship has no impact on the future. I love P.J. Walker to death, but everything he gets here he earns.” (David Newton)
Per the New Orleans Advocate’s Luke Johnson, Saints RB coach Joel Thomas says RB Alvin Kamara is healthy: “Clearly he’s back to 100 percent.”
Saints OL coach Dan Roushar says first-round OL Cesar Ruiz has gotten some work at center in team periods not open to the media and is still being considered for that position. (Nick Underhill)