NFC South Notes: Buccaneers, Panthers, Saints

     

Buccaneers

Despite missing voluntary OTAs, Buccaneers HC Dirk Koetter isn’t worried about new DE Jason Pierre-Paul being behind in terms of picking up the team’s system.

When JPP first told me he wasn’t going to be at the first part of OTAs, he said, ‘Coach, I’ve been doing this a long time; there’s only so many things a defensive end has to do,'” Koetter said, via Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times. “I think he’s done a good job. You can tell — we all know who he is from afar but when he gets here, he’s a big man and he’s long, 280 pounds. He plays the run a lot better than people think he does so, he’s going to be fine.”

Panthers

Joe Person of the Charlotte Observer takes a look at four position battles worth watching this summer for the Panthers including:

Saints

Saints OL Andrus Peat, who is working his way back from a broken fibula, says he expects to be ready for the start of training camp next month.

“My goal is to be back for training camp,” Peat said, via The Advocate.

“This is my first major injury, so it was kind of tough at first, just not being able to do anything,” Peat added. “Once I was able to walk and get back out here and work, it was fine.

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