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Around the NFC South

Let’s take a run through the top headlines from the weekend:

ATLANTA FALCONS

Daniel Cox writes the Falcons have been working a lot on their no-huddle offense in the offseason program. That’s a great idea. Anyone that has watched quarterback Matt Ryan knows he’s been impressive in the no-huddle system. If I were offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter, I’d go without a huddle about 75 percent of the time.

CAROLINA PANTHERS

Secondary coach Steve Wilks said he is not upset about the Panthers failing to bring in any big-name defensive backs in free agency or the draft. The Panthers used their first two draft picks on defensive tackles Star Lotulelei and Kawann Short. Wilks said the prospect of an improved interior pass rush should only make life easier for the secondary.

NEW ORLEANS SAINTS

Bradley Handwerger has a nice feature on how rookie outside linebacker Rufus Johnson is drawing inspiration from his father, who has been fighting a serious illness. Johnson had some really bright moments in the recent minicamp and should make the team as a backup linebacker and special-teams player.

TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS

Roy Cummings writes that newcomers Dashon Goldson and Darrelle Revis are helping to mentor the younger members of the defensive backfield. That’s something that is much needed. Ronde Barber’s retirement left a leadership void. Barber was the kind of player that led by example. Goldson and Revis are taking a more-hands on approach and both styles can work equally well.