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Monday, April 5, 2010
NFC South mailbag

By Pat Yasinskas
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Al in Washington, D.C. writes: Some news outlets are already "reporting" that Carolina is one of five teams interested in Jason Campbell. Can you nip this one in the bud for us? Or provide some confirmation?

Pat Yasinskas: Al sums up nicely what’s been a very popular question in the mailbag since the news of the Donovan McNabb trade broke last night. A lot of people want to know if the Panthers are interested in Campbell. Teams aren’t going to play their hands publicly on possible personnel moves. But, as I wrote earlier today, I think the Panthers probably are at least looking into Campbell. In fact, I think they’d be foolish not to. At worst, Campbell’s a viable alternative to Matt Moore. At best, Campbell might be better. The real key in all of this would be what the Panthers or any team would have to give up to get Campbell. Right now, he’s a restricted free agent and signing him to an offer sheet that way would require giving up a first-round pick and a third-round pick in this year’s draft. The Panthers don’t even have a first-round pick to work with. But I don’t think any team would give away two picks that early for Campbell because it’s clear the Redskins no longer want him as the starter. Campbell can probably be had for a mid-round pick. It’s even possible the Redskins could release him. Just my opinion, but I think Carolina should go after him with some sort of mid-round pick.


Joe in Powhatan, Va., writes: I am wondering when will the NFL fans know the 2010 NFL schedule?

Pat Yasinskas: Still waiting to hear an exact date, but it will be very soon. Pretty sure I’m safe in saying it will come out this week or next week.


Jeff in Atlanta writes: Hopefully Michael Turner can stay healthy this year but if for some reason he gets hurt (Please don’t get hurt!) would they use Jason Snelling as the primary backup or Jerious Norwood? I like Norwood but he is so fragile and you can arm tackle him. Snelling is good, but why would we not want a 1-2 punch like in Carolina, Dallas or some of the other teams in the league?

Pat Yasinskas: At the moment, I’d say Snelling would have to be the primary backup, just because he’s much more durable than Norwood. But I wouldn’t be surprised if the Falcons add another running back to the mix in the draft. They found out last year when Turner was injured just how important he is to the running game. Even before that injury, the Falcons were saying they didn’t want Turner carrying as much as he did in 2008 and I’m sure that also is the plan for this year. Snelling and Norwood each do some things well. But I think last year showed neither one is on Turner’s level. I think the Falcons will look to upgrade at this position and have a quality backup to share some of Turner’s carries.


Carlos in Panama City writes: Do you think it's a possibility for the Bucs to take a receiver like Golden Tate in the second round and then perhaps Jordan Shipley or Eric Decker in the third?

Pat Yasinskas: I’d say that’s entirely possible. Seriously, look at Tampa Bay’s receiving corps right now. I like Sammie Stroughter as a slot receiver. But is there a true No. 1 on the roster? No, nothing even close. A true No. 2? Maybe Reggie Brown and maybe Michael Clayton. But I don’t think the Bucs can afford to count on either of those two guys to be big contributors. I definitely could see them taking two receivers fairly early in the draft.