Behind Enemy Strains is a weekly have a look at Tampa Bay’s NFC South foes each Wednesday. Let’s spy on the Bucs’ division rival Falcons, Panthers and Saints, we could?
• Atlanta’s new normal supervisor and new head coach are having a little bit of a battle in keeping with some. Experiences have surfaced that GM Terry Fontenot want to take a quarterback with the No. 4 general decide on this month’s NFL Draft however coach Arthur Smith believes he can get a pair extra years out of veteran Matt Ryan.
So who would be the tiebreaker in what the Falcons do? Technically Smith was employed previous to Fontenot, nevertheless it’s not recognized precisely how the chain of command works in Atlanta. Proprietor Arthur Clean possible shall be consulted and could possibly be the one to make the ultimate name on draft night time.
• Whereas the talk to take a quarterback will proceed till draft night time, it could not even be an possibility when the Falcons are on the clock as one other studies surfaced that the Falcons have had exploratory talks about buying and selling their first-round decide and shifting again. SI.com’s Albert Breer wrote this week that Atlanta has begun talks with groups who wish to transfer as much as take a quarterback. Carolina and Denver are rumored to be involved in shifting up on this 12 months’s draft, presumably to take a QB.
• No reality to the rumor that within the foyer of the Falcons facility they’ve begun serving tea and crumpets. However there may be reality to the rumor that Atlanta shall be taking part in a house sport in England this fall.
The NFL confirmed final week the Falcons would be the house group in an October sport at Tottenham-Hotspur Stadium in London. The Buccaneers performed the Panthers on the similar venue in 2019. The sport is scheduled to be performed there – as of now – however could possibly be modified if the COVID-19 pandemic that prevented any Worldwide sequence video games from being performed in 2020 had been to turn out to be a problem between every now and then. The NFL has performed 4 common season video games in Mexico Metropolis, six in Toronto and 28 in London since 2005.
• The Panthers have discovered their substitute for Teddy Bridgewater and their future long-term starter at QB – perhaps.
The group traded for former No. 3 general decide Sam Darnold however in keeping with studies that gained’t essentially stop them from drafting a quarterback at No. 8, and even shifting as much as take one. The Panthers reportedly traded a sixth-round decide in 2021, a second-round decide and fourth-round decide in 2022 to get Darold, however didn’t need to half with this 12 months’s first-round choice.
• It seems whereas drafting a quarterback remains to be an possibility, the Panthers are dedicated to Darold for the subsequent two years.
Darnold’s fifth-year possibility wage is projected to be $18.9 million.
The previous Jet has thrown for 8,097 yards with 45 touchdowns and 39 interceptions in 38 begins since getting into the league in 2018, and he accomplished 59.6 % of his passes for two,208 yards with 9 touchdowns and 11 interceptions final season.
• So what’s subsequent for Bridgewater? The Panthers have reportedly allowed Bridgwater and his agent to speak to groups a few commerce out of Carolina in keeping with Ian Rapoport.
• The Panthers hope to search out some diamonds within the tough alongside the O-line and added former Gator Martez Ivey. Undrafted out of Florida in 2019, he signed with New England, however was reduce at first of the season. Ivey performed within the XFL with the Tampa Bay Vipers in early 2020 earlier than the league folded. He didn’t signal with one other membership final season.
New Orleans Saints
• Taysom Hill and Jameis Winston are set to battle for the beginning QB in New Orleans in 2021. However that doesn’t imply the Saints gained’t essentially keep away from the place on this 12 months’s draft in keeping with studies. A type of gamers that possible shall be accessible is former Gator standout quarterback Kyle Trask.
The Saints at present maintain the No. 28 decide and most mock drafts anticipate Trask to be on the board when the Saints are on the clock.
• Some Vegas websites have been tossing out their win totals for NFL groups during the last week and one had the Bucs O/U set at 11.5. The defending NFC South champion Saints aren’t faring so effectively with the early projections. Regardless of 4 straight seasons with 11 wins or extra PointsBet have New Orleans’ win complete at simply 9 video games in 2021. The identical web site has the Panthers at 7.5 wins, and the Falcons at 7.
• The Saints and their followers know that Drew Brees gained’t be underneath middle when the season kicks off in September, however head coach Sean Payton mentioned that realization could not totally hit everybody till the group gathers again collectively minus their captain and future Corridor of Famer.
“We’re not there but as a result of we haven’t any practices, we haven’t rotated with one thing developing the place we’re like, That’s one thing Drew would’ve dealt with. We haven’t had that second but,” Payton mentioned. “I’m certain there’ll be a number of of them. But it surely’s a younger group, that’s what’s thrilling. . . . I believe it’ll be totally different the primary time we’ve an OTA, the primary time we’ve a mini-camp or the primary time we get into coaching camp,” Payton mentioned. “It hasn’t hit you fairly but since you haven’t completed something football-related. You’re concerned in draft work, free-agent work. I’m certain there’ll be a pair levels to it the place it’s the primary assembly, first observe and so forth.”