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Wednesday, May 25, 2011
Around the NFC South

By Pat Yasinskas
ESPN.com

Time for a quick run through some NFC South headlines.

Carolina rookie quarterback Cam Newton will join some of his teammates for group workouts in Charlotte. That’s exactly what he should do because he needs to get off on a good foot with the guys around him. His agents are expressing a little concern about the possibility of an injury. Yeah, anything can happen, but I’ve seen some of the workouts the Bucs are doing and these are non-contact events where all the quarterbacks do is throw the ball and do some running for conditioning.

Atlanta rookie receiver Julio Jones hit the field with his teammates Monday. It was the first time Jones has caught passes from quarterback Matt Ryan. Jones is somewhat limited as he recovers from foot surgery, but he was able to do some light running and get a look at the playbook in action.

Atlanta defensive linemen Jonathan Babineaux and Chauncey Davis will be leading a one-day, free football clinic for teenagers.

Tampa Bay coach Raheem Morris visited a local school Tuesday. Morris said the uncertainty of the labor situation has him and his staff preparing for every possible scenario to get players back to work whenever the lockout ends.