NFC South Notes: Buccaneers, Panthers, Saints



Buccaneers QB Jameis Winston made it clear that they have to get WR Mike Evans more involved in their offense after he didn’t register a single catch last Sunday. 

“Bottom line, to win football games, we’ve got to get Mike Evans the ball,” Winston said, via the Tampa Bay Times. “I think [it’s on] everybody, me, the coaches. I think everybody can help get him more involved, get him the football. We’ve just got to get him the ball. There’s nothing much else to say to it.




Saints HC Sean Payton says they weren’t worried about money affecting WR Michael Thomas‘ performance when they gave him a then-record five-year, $96.25 million contract that includes $60,598,043 guaranteed.

He’s such a competitive player, he’s such a competitive practice player that,” Payton said, via Luke Johnson of the New Orleans Times-Picayune. “Look, you can never say the money’s not important. The money’s important, right? But I would say he’s one of those players that won’t be as affected by the money maybe as some others might be.

“He’s really a guy that wants to win, be successful, and he can be — to a fault sometimes. [He’s] his own worst critic.

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