NFC Notes: Buccaneers, Falcons, Saints

     

Buccaneers

  • Jenna Laine of ESPN says that the Buccaneers’ defensive backs were competing to be the first to intercept QB Tom Brady and S Mike Edwards was the first to do so.
  • The team’s secondary has also vowed to improve their ball skills, in order to turn pass breakups into interceptions. Buccaneers CB Sean Murphy-Bunting said: “What we need to make our secondary known for is creating turnovers and getting interceptions.

Falcons

Falcons LB Foyesade Oluokun is one of the team’s most versatile weapons on defense heading into the 2020 season and is ready to take over and showcase the work that he put in during the offseason.

“I’m definitely coming with a new confidence because I know I put the work in,” Oluokun said, via Jason Butt of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “That’s why you work so hard in the offseason. To know that you put that work in if things go wrong, you know that you can make the next play. Once you have that confidence, really that you’re able to make plays, it’s just being an athlete in general. If you played sports growing up and you’re thinking about not messing up, you’re not going to play as good. If you’re thinking about balling, you’re going to play better.”

Saints

  • Saints RT Ryan Ramczyk told reporters on Sunday that he had his knee scoped after the season, but he was able to work out at the team’s facility. (Nick Underhill)
  • According to Ramczyk, he had some loose cartilage that needed to get cleaned out, but he’s all good now. (Underhill)
  • Ramczyk also mentioned that first-round pick Cesar Ruiz has been working at guard and center this week. Ramczyk believes it’s potentially realistic for Ruiz to play center this year despite the lack of offseason practices: “He’s put himself in a good position.” (Underhill)
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