Around the NFC South: Ball security in Tampa

Posted by ESPN.com staff

Atlanta Falcons

  • Tony Gonzalez gives the Falcons' offense a new dimension, writes J. Michael Moore.

  • SI.com's Ross Tucker counts the Falcons among the teams he lists as having one of the best offseasons.

Carolina Panthers

  • Scott Fowler of The Charlotte Observer looks back on how the Panthers could have (should have?) drafted Steve McNair with the No. 1 overall pick in the 1995 draft.

  • NFL.com continues its pre-camp series with a preview of the Panthers.

New Orleans Saints

  • For the third consecutive season, the Saints will take a few training camp practices on the road and work against the Houston Texans prior to their Aug. 22 preseason game in Houston.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

  • Ball security will be Clifton Smith's focus this season, and he got some advice from Tiki Barber. Smith: "The basic thing he told me was to carry the ball like your life depended on it. He told me to keep it high and tight and don't ever let it go."

  • David Jones of examiner.com says the Bucs can defy the odds in 2009.