NFC South Notes: Buccaneers, Falcons, Saints



Buccaneers HC Bruce Arians praised third-year RB Dare Ogunbowale and said he could be a “third-down and every-down back” if needed. 

Every practice has been good. Really, really impressing to be the (third-down) back and every-down back if he’s needed to be,” said Arians, via Greg Auman.


The Falcons announced on Wednesday that first-round OT Kaleb McGary was undergoing a cardiac ablation procedure.

Falcons HC Dan Quinn said Thursday that all signs have been positive for McGary and they should have an update in the near future. 

Number one, the doctors were certainly happy about the procedure,” Quinn said, via the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “We’ll have some more updates as we go along. But for the first part of it, they were happy.”

As for a potential timetable for McGary’s return, Quinn said: “No, we’ll kind of go through the same markers to go back and see the docs about when his return to play can be. We’ll update as we go. There is nothing to report. I know they were pleased with the procedure.”

  • Ian Rapoport reports that Falcons’ backup QB Kurt Benkert sustained a “major” toe injury during their preseason game against the Broncos. 


  • Mike Triplett mentions that Saints second-round C Erik McCoy has “has been getting a large majority of the first-team snaps.
  • Triplett adds that it’s still a competition with Cameron Tom and Nick Easton, but it appears to be “very much McCoy’s job to lose.

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