Around the NFC South

May, 18, 2010
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D. Orlando Ledbetter asks if the Atlanta Falcons should sign Terrell Owens and explores the pros and cons. Knowing how the current regime operates, I don’t see this one happening. Owens comes with baggage and the Falcons don’t need that. They have very good chemistry at the moment and they don’t need a guy who has been known to blow up team chemistry just about everywhere he’s been. Besides, the Falcons just don’t need him. They’ve got a No. 1 receiver in Roddy White. Say what you want about Michael Jenkins, but the Atlanta coaches view him as a very solid No. 2 in their system and are very excited about having Harry Douglas, coming back from an injury, as the No. 3 receiver.

New Orleans Saints offensive tackle Jon Stinchcomb reportedly expects to recover from sports hernia surgery in three to four weeks and plans to be ready for training camp. But there’s no need to push Stinchcomb early in camp. The Saints have some young tackles in Charles Brown, Zach Strief and Jermon Bushrod, and it wouldn’t hurt to get them some extra work.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers tight end Kellen Winslow reportedly had surgery on his right knee recently and that’s why he wasn’t working out with the team Monday. The surgery was supposedly a minor clean-up procedure. But it’s mildly concerning to hear Winslow has had at least five surgeries on the same knee in the past six years.

The Falcons are having a rookies-only camp this week and that’s giving undrafted quarterback Eric Ward some time to showcase his abilities. Sure, there were reasons Ward wasn’t drafted out of Richmond. But when I was at Atlanta’s full minicamp a couple of weeks ago, I liked what I saw out of this kid. Not saying he's ready to challenge Matt Ryan or Chris Redman for the top two jobs, but I think he can compete with John Parker Wilson and D.J. Shockley for the No. 3 job. At worst, Ward might be practice-squad material.

Carolina’s “other’’ rookie quarterback, Tony Pike, threw out the first pitch at the Cincinnati Reds game Monday.

Pat Yasinskas | email

ESPN Tampa Bay Buccaneers reporter

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