Extra Points: Panthers, Lions, Eagles, Saints

Panthers free safety Tre Boston wishes that Josh Norman was still with the team, but he also understands the nature of the NFL.

Of course, I miss my boy Josh,” Boston said, according to ESPN.com’s David Newton. “But it’s a business. You can’t miss guys too long, because the next thing you know, it lingers onto the team. That’s what we can’t have. We’ve got to move on.

As the Panthers adjust to life without one of the league’s top corners, let’s take a look around the NFC:

  • So far in OTAs, Eagles rookie Carson Wentz seems to have a better understanding of Doug Pederson’s offense than veteran Sam Bradford, Matt Lombardo of NJ.com opines. That’s a surprising take given that Bradford is entering seventh NFL season (or, his sixth NFL season, if you exclude his lost 2014). It is rare for rookies to fully grasp a new offense so quickly, but it sounds like Wentz may be an exception. The expectation – for now – is that veteran Sam Bradford will at least begin the 2016 season as the Eagles’ starter.
  • At the outset of the offseason, the Lions were concerned about their depth along the defensive line. Since then, however, they have addressed the issue by re-signing starters Haloti Ngata and Tyrunn Walker and drafting Alabama’s A’Shawn Robinson in the second round. Robinson could be the future of the position group, with Ngata now 32 years old and Walker playing on a one-year deal, Kyle Meinke of MLive.com writes.
  • The Saints made a surprising change during OTAs when they shifted second-year defensive tackle Kaleb Eulls to the other side of the ball, as ESPN.com’s Mike Triplett writes. Eulls is currently slotted in as the team’s backup left guard behind Senio Kelemete. “We think he’s got a lot of the attributes that you need,” Payton said of the UDFA out of Mississippi State. “He’s smart, he’s tough, he’s got the size that you’re looking for. … We spent some time in the offseason talking with him and going through that decision. Obviously it’s a big learning curve for him, but I think he’ll handle it.
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