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Monday, May 6, 2013
NFC South afternoon update

By Pat Yasinskas

Time for a run through some odds and ends from around the division:

ATLANTA FALCONS

The Tennessee Titans reportedly could sign defensive end John Abraham this week. As I keep saying, I don’t think Abraham is going to end up re-signing with the Falcons. Atlanta now has a bunch of young defensive ends and needs to start getting them on the field.

D. Orlando Ledbetter writes that rookie cornerbacks Desmond Trufant and Robert Alford looked good in the weekend minicamp. That’s a good thing because I don’t get the sense the Falcons used their first two draft picks on these guys to bring them along slowly. The hope is one of them can start opening day opposite Asante Samuel and the other can compete with Robert McClain for the job at nickel back.

CAROLINA PANTHERS

Max Henson writes that cornerbacks D.J. Moore and Captain Munnerlyn have a friendly rivalry that goes back to their college days. That’s a good thing because the Panthers need all the competitive spirit they can get at cornerback. They don’t have any blue-chip players at that position, but the competition may help some of the cornerbacks to step up.

Former Carolina and New Orleans kicker John Kasay will be the featured speaker at Wingate University’s graduation.

NEW ORLEANS SAINTS

Speaking of colleges and graduations, coach Sean Payton received an honorary doctorate degree from his alma mater, Eastern Illinois University.

TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS

Joe Smith has a nice feature on rookie running back Mike James and the relationship he shared with his late mother. The Bucs drafted James because he’s an all-purpose back and could end up being the top backup to Doug Martin.