Saints hoping Bryant can bolster WR production
Atlanta Falcons: Linebacker Bruce Irvin signed Wednesday and he's already highly familiar with the defense. Irvin played in the same defense in Seattle, including two seasons under Falcons coach Dan Quinn, who was the Seahawks' defensive coordinator in 2013-14. "He will add to our rotation along the defensive line, while adding to our pass rush," Quinn told reporters. "He is familiar with our scheme and we are familiar with his strengths, so we are looking forward to getting him on the field as soon as possible." Another positive development for the Atlanta defense is linebacker Deion Jones' return to practice. The Pro Bowler suffered a foot injury in the season-opening game against the Philadelphia Eagles and is eligible to be activated from injured reserve for the Week 11 game against the Dallas Cowboys.
Carolina Panthers: Center Ryan Kalil is bothered by a sore ankle and will be a "game-day decision" for Thursday night's game with the Pittsburgh Steelers, coach Ron Rivera said. Not having Kalil, who is listed as questionable, would represent a big blow for an offense that will be missing receiver Torrey Smith (knee) for the third straight game. Tyler Larsen will start at center if Kalil is ruled out. Three defensive players are also listed as questionable -- defensive end Mario Addison (shoulder), linebacker David Mayo (groin) and safety Eric Reid (shoulder) -- but Rivera feels good about each of their chances of playing.
New Orleans Saints: The club has reached a deal with free agent Dez Bryant to bolster a group of wideouts that suffered a blow when Ted Ginn Jr. (knee) was placed on injured reserve last month. Bryant, a three-time Pro Bowler, didn't reach a deal in the offseason after parting ways with the Dallas Cowboys. Saints quarterback Drew Brees is enjoying a big season but star Michael Thomas (70 receptions) is the only New Orleans wide receiver with more than 12 catches at the midway point. The hope is that the 30-year-old Bryant (69 catches last season) is in good shape and can be a strong contributor over the second half of the campaign.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Wide receiver DeSean Jackson won't disclose whether he requested a trade but he had no qualms about revealing how disgusted he is over the team's 3-5 record at the midway point of the season. "I can't say I'm as happy. I'm not winning. I'm not being as productive," Jackson said. "For me to sit here and say I'm happy with that, I'd be lying to you. It's a competitive sport, a competitive nature, we're all professionals. Everyone gets paid to do a job and do it at our best. I don't feel we've been doing that the past couple of games, at our best, with what we're capable of doing with the talent in this locker room." Buccaneers coach Dirk Koetter initially expressed annoyance at the trade topic but later reluctantly admitted he and general manager Jason Licht did discuss dealing Jackson prior to the trading deadline.
--Field Level Media
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