NFC South Watch

July 25 – The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will begin play in the NFC South Division this season along with their new division rivals—the Atlanta Falcons, Carolina Panthers and New Orleans Saints. Pewter Report will continue to keep Club Insiders updated on Tampa Bay's new division opponents throughout the offseason. The Falcons report to training camp today while the Panthers and Saints report on Friday.

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Atlanta Falcons

Home Georgia Dome in Atlanta Georgia

Training Camp Report to Furman University in Greenville, S.C. on July 25.

Host Tampa Bay Sunday, October 6, 2002 1:00 PM

Visit Tampa Bay Sunday, December 8, 2002 1:00 PM

Last Season 7-9 record. Finished tied for third place in the NFC West Division.

Head Coach Dan Reeves (also calls offensive plays)

Defensive Coordinator Wade Phillips

Special Teams Coach Joe DeCamillis

How They Ranked Last Season

Offense 15th overall 16th rushing 17th passing

Defense 30th overall 21st rushing 30th passing

The Latest

Atlanta defensive end Shane Dronett is expected to miss the season after undergoing shoulder surgery. Dronett would have started at left end in the Falcons' 3-4 defense, but that all changed last week when Dronett underwent shoulder surgery. He reinjured the shoulder while lifting weights during the offseason.

Atlanta likely will enter training camp without first-round draft choice T.J. Duckett. Duckett and Atlanta are not in agreement on a contract for the rookie running back.

Atlanta signed third-round draft pick LB Will Overstreet on July 22. The Falcons signed fifth-round pick QB Kurt Kittner on July 25. Atlanta has seven of its eight 2002 draft picks under contract. Duckett remains unsigned.


Carolina Panthers

Home Ericsson Stadium in Charlotte, North Carolina

Training Camp Report to Wofford College in Spartanburg, S.C. on July 26.

Host Tampa Bay Sunday, October 27, 2002 1:00 PM

Visit Tampa Bay Sunday, November 17, 2002 4:05 PM

Last Season 1-15. Carolina finished with the worst record in the NFL last season and in last place of the NFC West Division.

Head Coach John Fox (Hired after Panthers 1-15 season. Former Giants defensive coordinator).

Offensive Coordinator Dan Henning (Former Jets Offensive Coordinator. Worked under Bill Parcells).

Defensive Coordinator Jack Del Rio

How They Ranked Last Season

Offense 30th overall 29th rushing 26th passing

Defense 31st overall 28th rushing 28th passing

The Latest

Carolina agreed to terms with first-round pick defensive end Julius Peppers on July 22. Peppers was the second overall pick in April's draft. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

The Panthers agreed to terms with offensive tackle Pete Campion, one of the team's two seventh-round 2002 draft picks.

Carolina agreed to a four-year deal with draft pick Randy Fasani. Rookie running back DeShaun Foster is the team's only unsigned draft pick that is unsigned.

On July 19, the Panthers traded DE Jay Williams to the Dolphins for Miami's fourth-round draft pick next year (2003) and DE Al Wallace.


New Orleans Saints

Home Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana

Training Camp Report to Nicholls University in Thibodaux, LA on July 26.

Host Tampa Bay Sunday, December 1, 2002 8:30 PM

Visit Tampa Bay Sunday, September 8, 2002 4:15 PM

Last Season 7-9 record. Finished tied for third place in the NFC West Division.

Head Coach Jim Haslett (also serves as team's defensive coordinator).

Offensive Coordinator Mike McCarthy

Special Teams Coach Joe Baker

Offense 19th overall 18th(T) rushing 10th passing

Defense 16th(T) overall 14th rushing 10th passing

The Latest New Orleans agree to terms on a three-year contract with cornerback Keyuo Craver, the team's fourth-round draft choice in April.

The Saints signed 14-year veteran running back Terry Allen to a one-year contract. He helped New Orleans win the NFC West division title in 2000. Allen spent last season with Baltimore. Allen will add depth behind starting RB Deuce McAllister.

Saints cornerback Dale Carter was suspended indefinitely by the NFL for violating the League's Substance Abuse Policy.

New Orleans released Saints CB Kevin Mathis on July 24. Mathis, who suffered a neck injury late in the 2001 season, was unable to pass a team physical exam.

New Orleans agreed to terms with 2002 third-round pick LB James Allen. The Saints also agreed to terms with tight end John Gilmore, who was the team's second selection in the sixth round in April's draft.

The Saints also signed CB Fakhir Brown to a two-year contract and DT/DE DaMonte McKenzie to a one-year deal.


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