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Around the NFC South

It’s time for our morning run through some news and notes from around the division:

ATLANTA FALCONS

Daniel Cox writes about how Atlanta’s Mike Johnson has cross trained at several spots along the offensive line. That could come in handy this year. Although a lot of people are assuming that second-year pro Lamar Holmes will be the starter at right tackle, Johnson is getting a chance to compete with him and could emerge as the starter.

CAROLINA PANTHERS

Joseph Person has a breakdown of the key members of Carolina’s secondary. This will come in handy as the Panthers begin minicamp later today because their secondary isn’t loaded with big names.

NEW ORLEANS SAINTS

Quarterback Drew Brees reportedly is suing former teammate Kevin Houser. Brees claims Houser advised him to invest $160,000 in non-existent tax credits.

New defensive coordinator Rob Ryan pledged to fix a run defense that he said was fundamentally unsound in 2012.

TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS

New quarterbacks coach John McNulty had a lot of nice things to say about Josh Freeman. But keep in mind McNulty was part of a Rutgers staff that tried to recruit Mike Glennon, who the Bucs drafted in the third round.