As usual, we covered lots of ground in Friday’s NFC South chat. Let’s take a look at the highlights.
Ryan (Hammond, La.): Hey Pat, What do you think of the Falcons now?
Pat Yasinskas: Other than the Eagles, they're probably the most disappointing team so far.
Andy (Hickory, NC): will Tanard Jackson play on sunday?
Pat Yasinskas: Don't know for sure yet. But my guess is Bucs will activate him and play him. Even if he's at 60 percent, he's better than their other safeties.
Luis (Albuquerque): Hey pat. Love the blogs and chats. Diehard Falcons fan here. Is it safe to say that if Atlanta loses this Sunday that they are done for the year? I am tired of hearing them say its early in the season.
Pat Yasinskas: If they go to 2-4, they'd be pretty close to being done for the year. They'd have to win almost the rest of their games. And there haven't been any real strong indications they're capable of doing that.
Jason (PA): With Legarrette out a couple weeks, and the Bucs waiving Bradford last night that leaves only Graham and Lumpkin as the healthy backs on the roster. Will the Bucs look to find a free agent on the streets with some mileage (Portis, Tiki, LJ) that might be able to return to their glory days for a couple games till Blount is back?
Pat Yasinskas: They might add an RB. But guys like Portis, Tiki and LJ don't fit the model of what they're doing these days. If they bring in someone, it will be a young guy.
Rick (San Diego): More disappointing season so far. Falcons or Bucs? Y?
Pat Yasinskas: Falcons. Even though Bucs haven't been pretty, they are 3-2.
Nick (Va. Beach): You recently wrote an article about how it may be for the best to bench Jones.. how sad is that a guy they spent 2 first rounders + a 2nd is holding the team back?
Pat Yasinskas: I didn't write that they should bench him and he's not holding the team back. I wrote that he's injured and out this week. I said that could be a blessing in disguise in the short term because it could force them to get back to basics and re-evaluate what they do offensively. That may allow them to do a better job incorporating him when he comes back.
John (Salisbury, NC): YTD NFC South Rookie of years.Offense: Julio Jones Atl ? Defense: Mason Foster Bucs?
Pat Yasinskas: I'll go with you on Foster. But I think you're forgetting about a rookie QB just down the road from you.
Here’s the complete transcript of Friday’s NFC South chat.