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Eli Apple: from black and gold to black and blue

NFL: New Orleans Saints at Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Former Saints cornerback Eli Apple
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Tampa Bay Buccaneers (via Bucs Nation)

Defense will win it or lose it for Tampa. Despite the flashy additions of Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski, Bucs Nation’s Evan Winter still believes that Devin White and is defensive gang hold the key to Tampa Bay’s 2020-21 season.

Devonta Freeman could be headed to Tampa. The NFC South’s dealings continue, as the former Falcons running back has been officially offered a contract by the Buccaneers. There’s one thing you can say about Tampa this year: they are willing to put their money where their mouth is. Will it be enough to win the division or even contend for a Super Bowl? That remains to be seen, but the Bucs are pulling all the stops.

The Best Receiving Corps in the entire NFL? As if the 2020 Buccaneers weren’t touted enough already, PFF graded their receiving corps as the best in the NFL.


Carolina Panthers (via Cat Scratch Reader)

Eli Apple is now a Panther. The NFC South seems to be littered with former Saints this offseason. Well it is, as they say, a copycat league, so when a team has gone 37-11 in three years, winning its division three times in a row, rival teams in said division are bound to try and sign a bunch of the champions’ former players to try and figure out what the magic recipe is. Apple played admirably as the second cornerback for New Orleans the past two seasons, however the Saints’ signing of Janoris Jenkins late last year made him expendable. Now, he’ll see his former team twice a year. Which means that Brees will have a chance to burn Apple twice a year.

Will Cam ever find a new home? Not so long ago in 2015, Cam Newton was the NFL regular season’s MVP. He was taking the Panthers to the Super Bowl and was the face of the franchise. Fast forward to 2020, and an oft-injured Newton is still unsigned following his offseason release from the Panthers. The NFL comes at you fast.

Panthers have found a good one in Tre Boston. When the Saints play the Panthers and New Orleans has the ball, one player Drew Brees should always be wary of is safety Tre Boston. Here’s a look at the very good secondary player.


Atlanta Falcons (via The Falcoholic)

Center Alex Mack offers a good reason why fan-less stadiums could be an issue. Amid the coronavirus fears, it is likely that NFL games in 2020-21 will be played in either empty or half-full stadiums. Veteran Falcons center Alex Mack brought up a very good reason why this won’t be ideal.

Bobby Hebert was a Falcon? Our friends at The Falcoholic have a series called “Forgotten Falcons.” In a recent entry, former New Orleans Saints and Atlanta Falcons quarterback - and notorious Saints homer - Bobby Hebert was featured.

Best offensive trio in the NFL? James Rael examines the idea that Atlanta now has one of the deadliest (on paper) offensive trios in the NFL entering the 2020-21 season.