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Thursday, July 18, 2013
Around the NFC South

By Pat Yasinskas

Let's take a run through some headlines from around the division:

ATLANTA FALCONS

In his ranking of the top 25 Falcons, D. Orlando Ledbetter has William Moore and Thomas DeCoud tied at No. 8. That’s appropriate because the two starting safeties are very much on the same level and both were selected to the Pro Bowl last season.

Tight end Tony Gonzalez said there’s no doubt he’ll retire after this season. I’ll take him at his word for now, but let’s see if he changes his mind as the season goes on.

CAROLINA PANTHERS

Linebacker Thomas Davis says he’s feeling better than he has at any point since 2009, when he suffered the first of three torn ACLs. Davis had a productive year last season and could be even better since he spent the offseason on the practice field instead of in the training room.

NEW ORLEANS SAINTS

Larry Holder ranks the Nov. 21 game at Atlanta as the third most compelling game on the Saints’ schedule. The Saints will have only four days to recover from a game against San Francisco before playing this Thursday night game. The rivalry between the Saints and Falcons has become one of the best in the league in recent years and it’s pretty obvious the season opener between the two teams in New Orleans will be either No. 1 or No. 2 on Holder’s list.

TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS

Stephen Holder reports that team officials were encouraged by what they saw on the first day of ticket sales for individual games. But the Bucs haven’t sold out any games yet.