- Pat Yasinskas, ESPN Staff Writer
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Time for an evening run through some news and notes from around the division:
Atlanta coach Mike Smith had some praise for third-year defensive end Cliff Matthews, who worked to bulk up during the offseason. Matthews has put on about 10 pounds and also has been getting some work at defensive tackle.
Carolina coach Ron Rivera reportedly didn’t meet new general manager Dave Gettleman until after he was hired. That’s further proof that owner Jerry Richardson still is very much running this franchise.