Around the NFC South

Let's take a quick run through the morning headlines from around the division:


The Atlanta defensive coaching staff recently spent time with Clemson’s coaching staff to get some ideas on how to better deal with the read option. Good move by the Falcons who struggled with the read option at times last season and will continue to face it at least twice a year as long as Cam Newton is in the division.


The Charlotte chapter of the North Carolina Restaurant and Lodging Association has thrown its support behind a half-cent tax that would help fund renovations to Bank of America Stadium. But the state restaurant association is opposed to any increase in taxes.


Linebacker Victor Butler, who visited with the Saints last week, continues to make the free-agent rounds. His next stop is a visit with Philadelphia.


Was Tampa Bay’s decision not to keep free-agent defensive end Michael Bennett due to his torn rotator cuff? I doubt it. If the Bucs were totally sold on Bennett, they would have encouraged him to have the surgery and they would have re-signed him. I think the Bucs simply wanted to get Da’Quan Bowers into the starting lineup because they believe he has more upside as a pass-rusher than Bennett.