NFC Notes: Buccaneers, Falcons, Saints



  • Jenna Laine of ESPN reports that WR Jaydon Mickens has made the Buccaneers roster as their kick returner. The team liked his experience and speed, which drew praise from HC Bruce Arians who said that Mickens got better each week.
  • Laine hears that CB Mazzi Wilkins will likely be back on the Buccaneers’ practice squad.
  • Laine reports that UDFA CB Parnell Motley has been informed that he made the 53-man roster.
  • Buccaneers G Zack Bailey has a good chance to join the practice squad if he clears waivers. (Greg Auman)
  • The Buccaneers have told DL Jeremiah Ledbetter that he’s being waived but could return to the practice squad if he clears waivers. (Auman)
  • Buccaneers’ rookie DT Khalil Davis, a sixth-round pick, has also been told he’s made the 53-man roster. (Auman)


Falcons’ DL John Cominsky admitted he felt “scatterbrained” as his lack of experience and confidence slowed him down, followed by suffering a significant ankle injury which caused him to miss five games.

“I overthought things last year,” Cominsky said, via Kelsey Conway of “So, I played with a millisecond of hesitation.”

Cominsky plays defensive end in the Falcons’ base defense but has also been learning to play defensive tackle in their nickel package, which as been an adjustment for him at the NFL level. Cominsky is still ready to take on the challenge.

“I’m glad they had that vision [in how they wanted to feature me] because I was kind of unsure of myself,” Cominsky said. “I’m glad that they saw that in me early because I had a whole year to experience playing inside. I do like it because now I’m flourishing on the inside and outside. They didn’t limit me to just the inside or the outside. I have versatility as a player and I can fill in whenever and wherever.”

  • Falcons’ G James Carpenter will likely be the Week 1 starter at left guard if G Matt Hennessy is not back running full speed due to a minor injury. (Vaughn McClure)
  • Falcons’ LT Jake Matthews says Hennessy can bring a lot to the offensive line: “He’s got a ton of talent.” (McClure)
  • Matthews also had positive things to say about playing with new addition, RB Todd Gurley: “I think he’s going to do a lot of really special things this year.” (Jason Butt)
  • Falcons’ FB Keith Smith is happy to be playing with Gurley: “Todd’s energy is infectious. I’m excited about what he’s bringing to the table.” (Butt)
  • Falcons DL John Cominsky is targeting a weight between 285 and 290 pounds to be able to play both defensive end and tackle this year. (Kelsey Conway)


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