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Tuesday, May 24, 2011
Around the NFC South

By Pat Yasinskas
ESPN.com

Let's take a quick run through the NFC South headlines.

Atlanta coach Mike Smith told NFL Network the Falcons will not be appearing on HBO’s “Hard Knocks’’ this summer. Let’s clarify something here. The Falcons never were offered the choice to be featured on “Hard Knocks’’ this year, so they didn’t decline anything. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers previously declined an actual offer to appear on the show. The speculation about Atlanta grew out of control quickly after general manager Thomas Dimitroff suggested in a radio interview last week that the Falcons, who did decline the show’s offer two years ago, had reached a point in their development where they would consider things like “Hard Knocks."

New Orleans linebacker Jonathan Casillas, who was on the verge of claiming a starting job before an injury last preseason, talks about his comeback.

Atlanta’s Coy Wire, Curtis Lofton and Kroy Biermann went swimming with whales on Monday.

New Orleans safety Malcolm Jenkins, who had a breakthrough year last season, is also taking big strides off the field. Jenkins was the commencement speaker at a local high school.

The Bucs are looking to get their first player in double-digit sacks since Simeon Rice did it in 2005.