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Time for a look at the Friday morning headlines from around the NFC South.
The Times-Picayune continues its series of the top 25 Saints with cornerback Jabari Greer at No. 6. Sounds about right. Like I keep saying, Greer is the best cornerback in the NFC South and one of the NFL’s more underrated players.
D. Orlando Ledbetter has an overview of Atlanta’s situation on the offensive line. Too bad newspapers have space limitations because you easily could write a book on this one. The Falcons have all sorts of questions on the offensive line. Can Sam Baker handle left tackle? Will rookie Peter Konz start right away? What kind of impact will new offensive line coach Pat Hill have? We’ll start finding out the answers to all those questions when the Falcons get to training camp next week.
The wide-spread assumption is that rookie Doug Martin and LeGarrette Blount will battle for the starting running back job in Tampa Bay. But seventh-round draft pick Michael Smith views himself as also being in the mix. Smith said he’s more than just a third-down back and wants to have an immediate impact. Martin obviously is the favorite because the Bucs invested a first-round pick in him. But, if Smith can do what he says he can, he’ll get a shot at playing time.
Here’s an overview of Carolina’s situation at safety. Charles Godfrey and Sherrod Martin had ups and downs as the Panthers dealt with a series of injuries at linebacker last season. The Panthers believe Godfrey and Martin can bounce back, but Haruki Nakamura, a former backup in Baltimore, will provide some competition in the preseason.