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Thursday, May 16, 2013
Around the NFC South

By Pat Yasinskas

Time for our morning run through the top headlines from around the division:

ATLANTA FALCONS

National Football Post lists running back Steven Jackson as one of its top comeback fantasy players for the upcoming season. Jackson should be an excellent fantasy pick. He’s bound to put up numbers because opposing defenses will be devoting so much attention to Roddy White, Julio Jones and Tony Gonzalez.

CAROLINA PANTHERS

Scott Fowler writes that the Panthers should use their salary-cap savings from the restructuring of DeAngelo Williams’ contract to upgrade the offensive line and in the defensive backfield. But I’m not sure any big spending spree is coming. The Panthers are $8.46 million under the cap. They still have to sign their rookies and I think general manager Dave Gettleman wants to carry over some of this year’s cap space to help with the 2014 cap.

Speaking of potential depth for the defensive backfield, coach Ron Rivera downplayed the team’s reported interest in veteran Charles Woodson.

NEW ORLEANS SAINTS

Speaking publicly for the first time this offseason, linebacker Jonathan Vilma addressed the team’s switch to the 3-4 defense and said he is comfortable with it. A lot of people remember that Vilma was unhappy in the 3-4 when he played for the New York Jets and that led to his trade to New Orleans. But Vilma said his problem wasn’t the scheme. He said he didn’t think the Jets had the personnel to run the 3-4 properly.

TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS

Stephen Holder takes a look at five players with something to prove this offseason. He starts the list with Luke Stocker. The starting tight end job appears to be wide open and Stocker probably will get the first crack at it.