Around the NFC South

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- I’m spending another day with the Atlanta Falcons. But let’s take this time to run through some news and notes from around the rest of the division:


Running back Jonathan Stewart will begin training camp on the physically unable to perform list as he continues to recover from surgery on both ankles. Fantasy football players might want to go ahead and draft DeAngelo Williams, because it’s unclear how quickly the Panthers expect Stewart to be healthy. But my gut feeling is that Williams’ work load could be significant this season.


Tight end Jimmy Graham is entering the last season of his rookie contract, and the Saints don’t have a lot of salary-cap room now or in the future. But general manager Mickey Loomis said the organization has talked about Graham’s situation. Loomis is very good at managing the cap, and there are plenty of ways he can create enough space to keep Graham. That’s something the Saints have to do, because Graham soon could become the league’s top tight end.


Rookie cornerback Johnthan Banks said he’s trying to learn from Darrelle Revis. That’s a wise move, because Revis is the best cornerback in the league. Banks is still very much in the learning process, and he’s opening camp behind Leonard Johnson on the depth chart. If Banks is going to end up starting, he needs to grasp the defense quickly.