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Monday, April 29, 2013
Around the NFC South

By Pat Yasinskas

Time for a stroll through some odds and ends from around the NFC South:

ATLANTA FALCONS

Jeff Schultz rolls out Atlanta’s depth chart after the draft and still sees reason for concern on the offensive and defensive lines. I think the offensive line will be fine. The Falcons have invested a lot of draft picks in the offensive line in recent years and it’s time for those players to step up. The defensive line is a bit of a concern. There isn’t a great deal of depth and the Falcons, who don’t have much cap room, might have to bring in a veteran free agent or two.

CAROLINA PANTHERS

After surprising many by not using any early-round picks on defensive backs, coach Ron Rivera and general manager Dave Gettleman said the Panthers are just fine in the secondary. They better be right or Carolina’s defense still will have a big weak spot.

NEW ORLEANS SAINTS

Jeff Duncan writes that there is no way the Saints should bring in Tim Tebow, who was released by the New York Jets on Monday morning. Bringing in Tebow would be ridiculous for New Orleans. The only thing Tebow does well as a quarterback is running the read option. The Saints haven’t used that in the past and I don’t see that changing. There’s no way the Saints want to take the ball out of Drew Brees’ hands.

TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS

Gary Shelton writes that, after the draft and a series of offseason moves, the Bucs have the look of a playoff team. I agree. This team now has plenty of talent. But it still is going to come down to whether or not quarterback Josh Freeman can go out and play well consistently.