Time for a morning look at some news and notes from around the NFC South:
You can click here to see some renderings of what the Falcons’ new stadium could look like. It’s pretty impressive, even when they get to the part where the field is configured for soccer.
Mark Bradley doesn’t think the Falcons will slip far in 2013. I’m with him on that. Some people aren’t buying into the Falcons because they haven’t been able to get to the Super Bowl in recent years. But this is a team with a loaded roster, good chemistry and solid coaching. I’ll make my predictions in September, but I can tell you right now I see the Falcons getting double-digit wins.
Joseph Person writes that the move of the NFL draft to May next year is about money. Of course it is. The NFL has done a very nice job of keeping itself in the year-round news cycle, and this is another step in that direction.
Speaking of year-round business, the Panthers are putting their 2013 single-game tickets on sale Saturday.
NEW ORLEANS SAINTS
Sean Payton became the third NFL coach to establish a Twitter account. But I doubt he’ll be sharing many details about his game plans on there.
It is common knowledge that cornerback Patrick Robinson didn’t have a good 2012 season. But teammate Jabari Greer says he believes Robinson can develop into a Pro Bowler. We’ll see on that, but I do think Robinson has more talent than he showed last season. Better coaching for the defense and an improved pass rush would help him.
TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS
Safety Mark Barron said he wished that Ronde Barber had come back for another season instead of retiring. The irony here is that Dashon Goldson is more of a natural center fielder than Barber, which should allow Barron to play in the box more, which is what he does best.
Speaking of Tampa Bay safeties, Cody Grimm reportedly was arrested for public intoxication. This is Grimm’s second time in off-field trouble this offseason. Grimm, who already took a cut in pay, was a long shot to make the roster. The off-field issues could hasten his departure.