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Around the NFC South

Again, thanks for your patience Tuesday as technical difficulties forced us to wait to post items on all the blogs. Those issues appear to be fixed and we’re hoping for a more normal day. Let’s start with a look at the headlines from around the NFC South.

News that NFL commissioner Roger Goodell and NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith will meet with draft picks Wednesday is another encouraging sign on the labor talks. No deal is done yet, but Smith and the NFLPA must feel very optimistic if they’re letting Goodell talk to the rookies.

Former Falcons linebacker Jessie Tuggle was inducted into the Atlanta Sports Hall of Fame on Saturday.

Maybe the picture that runs with this story is a sign of things to come for the Falcons. Atlanta offensive coordinator Mike Mularkey was doing some daring stunts off the field. Maybe he’ll be a little more daring with the offense now that he’s got receiver Julio Jones to go with Roddy White and Matt Ryan.

New Orleans has two of the top four guards in the league, according to these rankings. Jahri Evans is No. 1 and Carl Nicks is No. 4. I don’t think that’s far off, but there are some scouts that will tell you Nicks moved ahead of Evans last season.

Tampa Bay guard Davin Joseph said what the Bucs do as far as keeping some of their other free agents could influence his decision on if he re-signs or goes elsewhere.

Tampa Bay quarterback Josh Freeman said the Carolina Panthers have enough leaders in the locker room to provide strong support for rookie quarterback Cam Newton.