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Tuesday, April 16, 2013
NFC South afternoon update

By Pat Yasinskas

It's been a pretty quiet day in the NFC South. That's understandable because the Atlanta Falcons don't start their offseason program until next week. Of the three teams that already have started their offseason programs, only the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have had media access. But there still are some odds and ends worth checking on from around the division:

ATLANTA FALCONS

Team executives and representatives from the Georgia World Congress Center have wrapped up interviews with five architecture firms that are competing to win the rights to design a new retractable-roof stadium in downtown Atlanta.

CAROLINA PANTHERS

The team announced Tuesday it has released linebacker Kenny Onatolu, who appeared in four games last season before suffering an injury. Onatolu was expendable thanks to the signing of Chase Blackburn and the return of Jon Beason from injury.

NEW ORLEANS SAINTS

In a division where the starting jobs all are secure, the most intriguing quarterback battle come August could be for the backup job with the Saints. They have Seneca Wallace and Luke McCown in what shapes up as a competition between two veterans. Of course, the Saints hope Drew Brees never has to leave the field, unless the team has a huge lead.

TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS

Although he made the Pro Bowl last season, defensive tackle Gerald McCoy said he’s not a Pro Bowler. McCoy’s logic is that this is a new year and he’s not resting on last season’s laurels. That’s the attitude you want from every veteran on any team.