NFC Notes: Buccaneers, Panthers, Saints


The Tampa Bay Buccaneers announced that they have officially promoted the following members of their front office staff:

  • Pro Scout Sean Conley
  • Vice President of Football Administration Mike Greenberg        
  • Vice President of Player Engagement Duke Preston      
  • Assistant Director of Pro Scouting Shane Scannell       
  • Assistant Director of Pro Scouting Alex Smith                 
  • Vice President of Player Personnel John Spytek       
  • Assistant Tight Ends Coach John Van Dam   


Panthers QB Sam Darnold commented on the difference in pressure between his time on the Jets to now. In the end, he expects to provide a consistent presence on offense. 

“It depends on how you see it,” Darnold said, via Darin Gantt of the team’s official site. “I’ve always had high expectations for myself, first and foremost. Expectations outside of that, to be honest, besides my teammates and my coaches, it doesn’t mean a whole lot. I think for me, it’s about what we expect as a team, what we expect to win, and for me, it’s about completing the ball and getting the team down the field, and scoring touchdowns. That’s all I care about. As long as we do that and I do my job, we’re all good.”

Darnold mentioned that he is committed to playing his style of football for the Panthers. 

“For me, it’s continue to play my game,” Darnold said. “When you get out on the field, you’ve got to have a flow. You can’t be thinking about doing something a different way. I’ve got to play my style of ball. That’s why they brought me here, play my style of ball and make plays the way I do.”

Panthers HC Matt Rhule said that Darnold is proving to be very easy to develop this offseason. 

“He’s so young in what we ask him to do,” Rhule said. “But he’s so young and has a great work ethic. He might have experience, but you don’t have experience in what we do. Every bit of experience Sam has, he can draw from it, but he’s done a great job with us saying ‘Hey what’s the cadence, how do you want me to drop,’ and those things. That’s good. That allows us to develop him really from the ground up.”


  • Jeff Duncan of The Athletic thinks that WR Marquez Callaway has a chance to be the No. 2 receiver in New Orleans if the team heads into the season with their current group.
  • Duncan adds that WR Tre’Quan Smith‘s injury history has been a concern and that the team may not have a true No. 2 receiver on the team.
  • Duncan says that Titans’ CB Janoris Jenkins would have been able to make an impact had the team not moved on from him due to potential cap concerns.
  • When it comes to the contracts of RT Ryan Ramczyk, LT Terron Armstead, and CB Marshon Lattimore, Duncan doesn’t see the team having any problems re-signing Ramczyk prior to the start of the season.
  • According to Duncan, Armstead and Lattimore may end up seeing their contracts addressed during the 2022 season, with Armstead potentially becoming the odd man out due to future salary concerns.
  • At this point, Duncan proposes that Ramczyk would move to left tackle if the team were to move on from Armstead. Duncan adds that Armstead is currently playing the best football of his career but Ramczyk will be owed “elite tackle money.”
  • Bengals’ LB Joe Bachie was also drawing interest from the Broncos and Saints, yet Cincinnati had the highest priority on waivers. (Field Yates)

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