Friday marked our final NFC South chat before the start of training camps. Let’s take a look at some team-by-team highlights.
Chris (Atlanta): How's the battle for MLB playing out with the Falcons? Have you personally seen who's taking snaps with the 1st unit?
Pat Yasinskas: I'll let you know when I get to Atlanta's camp. I'll be arriving there a week from Saturday. My guess is they'll open with Tatupu with the first team, but I think they really are hoping Dent can step up and win the job.
Scott (maine): If everyone knows the falcons have a line issue why havent the falcons fixed it already i dont see the complication could u please explain?
Pat Yasinskas: Not saying this is how I feel, but I think the Falcons feel they have enough talent on the offensive line already. If they didn't, they would have done more already.
Pat Yasinskas: Think Edwards will be better than he was last year. Not saying he'll get 10 or 12 sacks, but thing he could deliver something like eight. He wasn't ever completely healthy last year.
Andy (NC): will Jeremy Shockey be in the league this year?
Pat Yasinskas: Wouldn’t be surprised if he signs somewhere right before camps start.
Pat Yasinskas: Think Pilares will be there. Doubt it on Edwards.
Patrick (Charlotte): Why is the media making a story out of Cam signing autographs for money but we hear nothing about when other QBs like Brees do it? Seems like there is some double standard there.
Pat Yasinskas: Can't speak for others. I personally don't have a problem with it. I think Cam has a right to do what he wants. If people don't want to pay for his autograph, they don't have to.
NEW ORLEANS SAINTS
Ryan (CHARLOTTE): The Saints might have a tough going at first, but they should have the pieces putt together at some point, maybe by Oct. is my guess. Do you see them being a formiddable opponent from the start or do you mostly agree with me?
Pat Yasinskas: Actually, I think they may get off to a fast start because I expect them to come out highly motivated after what they've gone through in the offseason. The challenge might be keeping that emotion going all season.
TKS (Princeton, NJ): Ok, Pat, here's a chopped down version:Nicks over Evans by you=fine. But the players and many general managers/scouts still have Evans #1. So why is Nicks treated by you as the undisputable #1 player at his postion?How is Colston behind the overrated Vincent Jackson who he has outshined and Julio Jones who is there on potential? If the list is about potential, why no Patrick Robinson (4 ints and held QBs to a pass rating of 65, which ranked him #9 in the league)?
Pat Yasinskas: Thanks. Nicks and Evans are both excellent. But the scouts I talk to say Nicks is a notch above Evans. True on Julio being there on potential, but the list is my projected top 25 players for 2012. Think Jackson will fit in well with Bucs and that's why I put him a little higher. I'm not trying to sell Colston short. He's very good, but they spread the ball around so much that sometimes it's easy to sell him short. On Robinson, your point is taken. I think he has a chance to be very good.
Pat Yasinskas: Hmm, I'll go with Harper's INT total since I don't think Jenkins will be blitzing very often in this system.
TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS
Ben (parkland,fl) [via mobile]: o you think the bucs should draft a better franchise qb next year?
Pat Yasinskas: No, let's see what Freeman does this year.
Chris (Winter Park): The other day I read an article on NFL.com about Michael Bennett having a breakout season stepping in for Bowers. What's your take on the subject?
Pat Yasinskas: Possible. I don't think Bennett's a bad player at all. If he and Clayborn get some help from the inside guys, that could be a pretty good defensive line.
Pat Yasinskas: Not ready to declare that just yet. But I think he'll have an impact right from the start of his career.
Here’s the complete transcript of Friday’s NFC South chat.