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Wednesday, June 26, 2013
Links: Panthers mismanaging expectations

By ESPN.com staff

Atlanta Falcons

Before Matt Ryan arrived in Atlanta, the Falcons had never achieved back-to-back winning records, notes David Teel of the (Newport News, Va.) Daily Press. Ryan started from day one and has led the Falcons to five consecutive winning seasons and four playoff appearances. "I think consistency's probably the hardest thing to ... maintain throughout your professional career," Ryan told reporters Tuesday.

Daniel Cox of AtlantaFalcons.com writes that Ryan's start to his career compares favorably with some of the best quarterbacks ever.

Falcons linebacker Brian Banks, who was wrongly imprisoned for five years, said he was "eating [himself] alive with this negative energy" in jail, writes NFL.com's Dan Hanzus.

Carolina Panthers

Why have the Panthers done a poor job at managing public expectations? Cat Scratch Reader's James Dator explores.

Panthers linebackers coach Al Holcomb gave Max Henson of Panthers.com some early observations on his three starters -- Luke Kuechly, Jon Beason and Thomas Davis -- following minicamp practices.

New Orleans Saints

The Times-Picayune continues its series on the Saints' top 25 players, with No. 18: linebacker Jonathan Vilma.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Will the Buccaneers' defensive line be better in 2013 than it was last season? The Pewter Plank's Leo Howell takes on that question in his latest mailbag.

Vincent Jackson’s inaugural Youth Camp aimed not only to entertain the children of deployed soldiers, but to help them handle the absence of their military parents.