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Thursday, August 1, 2013
Around the NFC South

By Pat Yasinskas

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

ATLANTA FALCONS

D. Orlando Ledbetter writes that defensive end Kroy Biermann has been spending a lot of time with the linebackers, and defensive end Osi Umenyiora has said he’s learning to play standing up. Are the Falcons switching to a 3-4 defense? I don’t know that they’re ready to give up on the 4-3 as their base, but I think we could see a fair amount of 3-4 fronts.

CAROLINA PANTHERS

Although the Panthers drafted Edmund Kugbila and have looked at some veterans, Geoff Hangartner still appears to be the front-runner for the starting job at right guard. Kugbila has been dealing with injuries and it seems unlikely he’ll be able to beat out Hangartner anytime soon.

NEW ORLEANS SAINTS

Mike Triplett writes that undrafted rookie cornerback Rod Sweeting has been making a positive impression so far in camp. With Patrick Robinson dealing with an injury, Sweeting has gotten increased reps. He’s been making the most of them and could have a chance at a roster spot.

TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS

Wide receiver Vincent Jackson is known as a deep threat after averaging 19.2 yards per catch last season. But Jackson wants to be known as more. He wants to be known as a complete receiver, who also can go over the middle and catch balls in traffic. Jackson also did some of that last year and has shown he’s versatile. But Jackson still is one of the best deep threats in the league and the Bucs aren’t going to stop trying to take advantage of that.