Hide the women and children. Based on NFL.com analyst Bucky Brooks’ training camp report on the Raiders in our most recent Cover Two Podcast, the fans of the Silver & Black might get a little worked up.
Carolina Panthers LB Thomas Davis kicked off the show by invoking the “worst-to-first” refrain about his team’s chances in the rugged NFC South. It’s happened nearly every season in the division, so don’t think he’s crazy. Davis said the defense will hold things down while the offense gets up to speed. He also said that rookie QB Cam Newton is a prototype well ahead of his time. Someone call George McFly.
I also had the skinny on recent training camp stops with the Eagles, Panthers and Jets and drop the names of a few players no one is talking about who could emerge as surprises. All are receivers, and two are rookies.
We also get the inside scoop on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers from beat writer Stephen Holder of the St. Petersburg Times. Holder really breaks down the decision to let MLB Barrett Ruud walk in free agency and the risk the team took by doing so. He also brings up the catch phrase coined by Raheem Morris — “Youngry” — that the Bucs hope catches on.
Then again, when Morris hears my take on the term he might be “Yangry.”