NFC South Notes: Buccaneers, Falcons, Panthers



  • According to Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times, Buccaneers QB Jameis Winston‘s broken thumb won’t sideline him this week against the Lions. 
  • The Buccaneers tried out RB Bruce Anderson, RB Marcus Marshall, WR Spencer Schnell, WR Trevion Thompson and WR Alex Wesley on Tuesday. (Howard Balzer)
  • Tampa Bay also hosted RB Tony Brooks-James for a visit. 
  • Buccaneers placed RB T.J. Logan on injured reserve. (NFLTR)
  • Buccaneers promoted WR Ishmael Hyman to their active roster. 


  • ESPN’s Vaughn McClure highlights pass rusher as the top need for the Falcons in the draft this offseason. 
  • Falcons placed W Calvin Ridley and CB Desmond Trufant on injured reserve. (NFLTR)
  • Falcons signed CB Jamar Taylor. (NFLTR)
  • Falcons promoted LB Ahmad Thomas to their active roster. 
  • Falcons signed TE Carson Meier and LB Quentin Polin to their practice squad.


  • According to Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio, the Panthers are considering making an “outside the box” coaching hire and that came in response to a question about if the team would pursue a candidate who is currently the head coach of another team. 
  • If that’s the case, Florio says the most obvious candidate would be Steelers HC Mike Tomlin, who Panthers owner David Tepper is familiar with from his time as a minority owner in Pittsburgh. 
  • Carolina would likely have to surrender cash and draft picks, assuming Tomlin and the Steelers were even open to considering the move. 
  • Panthers QB Cam Newton underwent Lisfranc surgery Monday in New York. (Joseph Person)
  • The Panthers are mentioned as a possible destination for Patriots executive Nick Caserio. (Ben Volin)
  • Quarterback and the interior of both the offensive and defensive lines rank among the Panthers’ top needs in the draft this coming offseason. (David Newton)
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