Film from NFC South kickoff chat

September, 4, 2012
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I just finished my portion of the NFL kickoff chat. Let’s take a look at some of the team-by-team highlights:

ATLANTA FALONS

Randy (CT): Hey Pat...GREAT JOB ALWAYS..Going back to your Turner looks better when he's wearing D's down...Is this going to still be the case with the lighter workload??

Pat Yasinskas: Yep, can be. Running Turner 30 times a game isn't the only way to wear down a defense.

Thomas (Savannah): Think the Falcons are comfortable with Dent as starting LB or do they wish they spent a little extra to keep Lofton?

Pat Yasinskas: No, I think they're all set with Dent. Curtis got his feelings hurt, so there was no chance of return unless they paid him $8 or $9 million a year.

CAROLINA PANTHERS

Tyler (Greensboro, NC): Do you think the Panthers fixed their special teams, especiallty coverage, enough during this offseason? Seeing those kick/punt return tds in preseason was like last year all over again...

Pat Yasinskas: It was a little scary. Think that's why they went out and traded for Colin Jones.

Phillip (Gramling, SC): what do you think the Panthers will do if Stewart can't play Sunday, leaving Williams as the only RB on the roster?

Pat Yasinskas: Umm, I think you'll see some of Mike Tolbert at tailback.

NEW ORLEANS SAINTS

Lloyd (Baton Rouge, LA): I don't think the Saints D will be as bad as some people think. I'm excited about the D-line, even with Will Smith suspended. Akeem Hicks is going to turn out to be another Jimmy Graham type steal.

Pat Yasinskas: Agree on Hicks. Also think, if healthy, Lofton and Hawthorne will make them a lot better at LB.

Sean (Vegas): Do you think Saints are keeping 5 backs until a team sustains an injury at the position? If so, who do you think will be traded??

Pat Yasinskas: Certainly possible. They're not going to trade Sproles or Ingram. I think Thomas and Ivory are the two that could be candidates.

TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS

Me (Philly): How do you feel about Schiano as a coach, will he succeed or be another bad College to Pros coach a la Petrino?

Pat Yasinskas: Think he'll be all right in short term. But he's got to have some early success so that players keep buying in for the long term.

Hanson (DC): Josh Freeman one step forward or another step back?

Pat Yasinskas: I say forward with better coaching and supporting cast.

Here’s the transcript of the kickoff chat, which is still going on with some of our other NFL writers.

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