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Thursday, August 8, 2013
Around the NFC South

By Pat Yasinskas

Time for a run through some news and notes from around the division:

ATLANTA FALCONS

Jay Adams writes that Cliff Matthews, who spent last year at defensive end, also has been getting some work at defensive tackle so far in camp. That versatility should lead to increased playing time for Matthews because I think we’re going to see the Falcons rotate defensive linemen more than they have in the past.

CAROLINA PANTHERS

Kudos to the Panthers and the Make-A-Wish Foundation for making it possible for 8-year-old Jack Bolton to serve as honorary coach for a day.

Joseph Person writes that defensive end Charles Johnson has bulked up in an effort to play better against the run. Johnson already is a prolific pass-rusher. Making his game more well-rounded could help the unheralded Johnson get more national recognition.

NEW ORLEANS SAINTS

With Joe Morgan out for the season, Jeff Duncan writes that Steve Breaston, who joined the team this week, has a shot to become the No. 3 receiver. Breaston is a possibility, but I’d also keep an eye on second-year receiver Nick Toon as a candidate to fill that role.

TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS

Rick Stroud writes that the Bucs need to determine if rookie quarterback Mike Glennon will be merely a backup to Josh Freeman or if he can be an alternative as a starter if Freeman struggles. That’s why you’ll see a lot of Glennon in Thursday’s preseason opener.