NFC South: Brian de la Peunte

Around the NFC South

March, 1, 2013
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Let's take a quick trip through the headlines from all four NFC South precincts:

ATLANTA FALCONS

Jeff Schultz writes that University of Georgia products Jarvis Jones and Alec Ogletree both seem to have their stock falling after the combine. Both could be available at No. 30 when the Falcons draft. Would Atlanta take either one of those guys? I’d say it’s a long shot. Ogletree has had some off-field problems and Jones comes with health issues.

CAROLINA PANTHERS

Joseph Person writes that defensive tackle Dwan Edwards, a potential free agent, wants to return to the Panthers. I’m pretty sure the Panthers want to re-sign Edwards, who was a pleasant surprise last season. Carolina has cap issues, but the Panthers should be able to clear enough room to keep Edwards. If they can re-sign Edwards and draft a defensive tackle fairly early they should be able to stabilize the middle of their defensive front.

NEW ORLEANS SAINTS

Bradley Handwerger has a summary of how the Saints have put themselves within striking distance of getting under the salary cap. But he brings up a good point when he mentions that the Saints also are likely to need room to make tenders to restricted free agents -- center Brian De La Puente, long-snapper Justin Drescher, defensive end Junior Galette and running back Chris Ivory. The Saints aren’t done with their cap moves yet and we’re still waiting to see if they restructure or release veterans Jonathan Vilma and Will Smith.

TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS

In his latest mock draft, Scott Reynolds has the Bucs taking Oklahoma offensive tackle Lane Johnson in the first round. That runs counter to the popular belief that the Bucs will go with defense. But this scenario makes some sense. The Bucs might not be able to get a defensive player they really want in the middle of the first round. Johnson could come in and provide an instant upgrade over Demar Dotson at right tackle and could be the eventual successor to Donald Penn at left tackle.

Around the NFC South

November, 10, 2011
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A look at the morning's top headlines from around the NFC South.

Tennessee running back Chris Johnson is off to a slow start and the Panthers don’t want to be the team that helps him get hot. That’s a legitimate concern, because Carolina’s run defense has struggled all season.

The Falcons have 20 players who are in the last year of their contract. The list includes veterans like Tony Gonzalez, Todd McClure and John Abraham. Retirement is an option for any of those three. But the Falcons might try to lock up some of their younger players with extensions before the season ends. Linebacker Curtis Lofton, cornerback Brent Grimes and safety Thomas DeCoud lead the list of young players that the Falcons likely want to keep around.

Tampa Bay general manager Mark Dominik said the Bucs would not have claimed Albert Haynesworth off waivers if the team hadn’t lost defensive tackle Gerald McCoy to a season-ending injury.

Brian de la Peunte was thrown into the starting center job for the Saints. But quarterback Drew Brees said de la Peunte has been “Mr. Steady’’.

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