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Thursday, June 6, 2013
NFC South afternoon update

By Pat Yasinskas

Let’s take an afternoon look at some news and notes from around the division:

ATLANTA FALCONS

With tight ends Tony Gonzalez and Levine Toilolo away from offseason workouts, the Falcons are using the time to take a long look at Chase Coffman, Tommy Gallarda and Andrew Szczerba. The Falcons also signed tight end Anthony Miller on Thursday. Gonzalez is set as the starter and Toilolo almost certainly will make the roster. That means the other four tight ends are competing for one roster spot.

CAROLINA PANTHERS

Defensive end Greg Hardy has missed multiple organized team activities sessions, according to coach Ron Rivera. These practices are voluntary. But Hardy is entering the final year of his contract and you have to at least wonder if he’s making a statement that he wants a new deal. The answer to that should come next week when we see if Hardy shows up for the mandatory minicamp.

NEW ORLEANS SAINTS

Receiver Joe Morgan spoke publicly Thursday for the first time since his arrest for driving under the influence two weeks ago. Morgan said he made a mistake and has learned from it. Morgan has a shot at winning the third receiver spot, so it’s critical that he avoids any more trouble.

TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS

General manager Mark Dominik won’t be the only member of the organization getting his head shaved to help raise money for the Pediatric Cancer Foundation. Quarterback Josh Freeman and 12 other players also will participate.

The Buccaneers signed guard Jeremy Lewis on Thursday and waived guard Desmond Wynn.