NFC South Notes: Buccaneers, Falcons, Panthers




Falcons LB Deion Jones says his new contract won’t affect his motivation this year. 

“I feel like if you have a vision that’s bigger than the stage you’re in now, you have no choice but to keep going and stay motivated,” Jones said. “I’m not done, still have a lot more I want to accomplish so definitely not done.”

  • ESPN’s Vaughn McClure writes he wouldn’t be surprised if Falcons WR Julio Jones doesn’t practice until he has a new contract. 
  • According to Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio, a league source says Jones can’t finalize a new deal until July 26, which is a year from the date his contract was adjusted in 2018. Florio says it’s possible the two sides already have a deal structured and are just waiting to make it official.
  • Per Kelsey Conway of the team website, Jones and LB Deion Jones worked on a side field with the training staff as the Falcons started camp. 
  • HC Dan Quinn said the two are still rehabbing foot injuries. (D. Orlando Ledbetter)
  • First-round G Chris Lindstrom worked with the first-team offensive line to start camp. Ty Sambrailo started at right tackle, while first-round OT Kaleb McGary worked with the second team. (McClure)
  • Falcons S J.J. Wilcox had to be helped off the field after a  right knee injury in the first training camp practice Monday. He couldn’t put any pressure on the leg and received immediate attention from the training staff. (Ledbetter)
  • Former Maryland HC D.J. Durkin is on the Falcons staff as a guest coach. Durkin was fired after one of his players died during conditioning drills. (Ledbetter)


  • NFL Media’s Gregg Rosenthal says the signing of veteran WR Chris Hogan could push out WR Torrey Smith, who would save the Panthers $2 million if released. 
  • Rosenthal adds QB Taylor Heinicke, who started one game as the primary backup last season in Carolina, could be on the roster bubble. 
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