NFC South afternoon update

May, 31, 2013
5/31/13
3:43
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Let’s take a Friday afternoon trip through some odds and ends from around the division:

ATLANTA FALCONS

Defensive tackle Jonathan Babineaux said the Falcons are adjusting well to a bunch of new faces on the defensive line. That’s what the offseason program is for.

CAROLINA PANTHERS

Pro Football Focus writes that Charles Johnson and Greg Hardy might be the best tandem of 4-3 defensive ends in the league. If I’m the agent for Hardy, who is headed into the final year of his contract, I’m printing out the line that says “Hardy: No obvious weakness’’ and sending it to general manager Dave Gettleman.

NEW ORLEANS SAINTS

Although mid-round picks from small schools usually aren’t immediate starters, Mike Triplett points out the Saints have some history as an exception to that rule when it comes to offensive linemen. They immediately inserted Jahri Evans into the lineup in 2006. That could bode well for Terron Armstead, who got some first-team work this week.

TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS

As expected, retired defensive back Ronde Barber’s next career will be as a broadcaster. He should be a great fit, because Barber always has been a natural in front of the camera.

Pat Yasinskas | email

ESPN Tampa Bay Buccaneers reporter

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