NFC South Notes: Buccaneers, Falcons, Panthers



Buccaneers HC Bruce Arians said that he and GM Jason Licht “couldn’t wait to get that pick in” when they selected K Matt Gay in the fifth round. 

“I mean, you get criticized for taking a kicker in the fifth round until you line up with four seconds left and they make a 55-yarder to win a game,” Arians explained, via “‘Oh, what a great pick.‘”

Arians added that he expects a good competition this summer between Gay and veteran Cairo Santos

“Well, the distance, the strength of his leg, you know, from 58 [yards] in,” Arians said. “Cairo [Santos] has been very consistent 40 [yards] in. It’ll be a good battle. And I believe in competition breeds success. It’ll be a heck of a battle between those two guys.



The Carolina Panthers announced some changes to their football operations department on Thursday including:

  • Mark Carrier – executive director of football staff
  • Rob Rogers – executive director of player finance/football research
  • Jeff Morrow – director of player personnel
  • Erik Stokes – director of college scouting
  • Chris Herbert – director of video
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