C'mon Pat...it's 3 o'clock somewhere!
It's 2:42 here, but I'm here and we're going to kick it off now. Let's roll.
In terms of the falcons, what position battle is going to be the most competitive and who will come out on top. In my opinion, its going to be the 2nd cornerback spot which i think chris owens will win.
I'll go with you on that. There are about four guys that have a shot. I think Owens probably is the favorite, unless one of the others really steps up.
If Freeman and the new DTs play well do you think the Bucs could possibly contend for a wild card?
History's shown anything is possible in NFC South. Remember 2008 when virtually everyone had Falcons as No. 32 in the league? They made the playoffs. Bucs certainly have some work to do, but they've added some good parts.
Hey Pat, long time reader of your articles, and was trying to get posted since its my birthday. Just wondering your thoughts on if there will be a significant drop off from Mike Bell to Lynell Hamilton. That three headed running attack in New Orleans was magnificent. Would be a shame, if Hamilton screwed it up.
Happy B-Day. I don't think there's much drop off. Saints wouldn't have let Bell go if they weren't pretty confident in Hamilton.
Hey pat,love he chat i've noticed everyone is counting the panthers out of the regular season before the first snapp, other than Peppers and davis what did the panthers really lose, even if you can count losing peppers, I personally feel like the panthers have a better team than the one last year. Hey lets not forget 2003 nobody gave the panthers a shot and Fox does his best coaching job when his backs against the wall, so dont sleep on the panthers.
Hey, I'm not ruling Panthers out. Still have some very good core players -- Smith, Gross, Stewart, Williams, Kalil, Beason and Gamble. A team with that much talent can't be too bad.
What will make or break our season this year?
The New Orleans Saints.
Who will win the starting job between William Moore and Erik Coleman? Also which player will suprise us this year in Atlanta? Thanks
My bet is on Moore.
Is there any chance that the panthers will sign T.O.?
Absolutely NO chance.
Just saw the money that Colt Mccoy got, how much money and how many years do you think the panthers will give Jimmy Clausen? Will he be able to demand a lot more then most second rounders because of his position and the fact that he was projected to go so high?
Think it will be a creative contract with lots of incentives that he can reach if he becomes the starter. It'll be somewhat like the deal Panthers gave Chris Weinke when they drafted him.
When do the Saints sign Patrick Ramsey as advertised? He's the automatic number 2 QB when he does get signed right?
Think it's only a matter of time. Yep, he'll be No. 2.
Welcome Back Pat!!! Let's start this thing off in typical Yasinskas fashion...EARLY!!
We've already been going for 10 minutes!!
PY!! Do you see any holdouts in the NFC South among rookies. Is it early to start getting nervous?
I wouldn't worry too much yet. Especially wouldn't worry about Weatherspoon. That one will kind of be slotted by guys around him signing. McCoy's the big question because guys around him might not be signed. But, in terms of rookie contracts, we've still got a lot of time to go.
Will Todd Carter be half as successful as LLoyd?
I've heard good things about him. Panthers wouldn't have let Lloyd walk if they thought they couldn't replace him.
I keep reading positive things about WR Mike Williams. Based on pure ceiling potential, who would you take between him and Benn?
Both have high ceilings. Really liked what I saw out of Williams in offseason workouts. Seems like he can be a big play guy. But I'll give you a better answer after I see them in pads. I've seen a lot of WRs look great in offseason workouts and disappear when it really matters.
What exactly was Peria Jerry's injury? ACL? MCL? bone ailment? how can this be such a mystery?
I can tell you I have had two Falcons officials swear to me that it was not an ACL. Some sort of ligament tear, but not an ACL. They say he'll be ready for camp -- may not go every session because they'll bring him along cautiously, but it sounds like they expect him to be ready for the season.
Hey Pat - Love your work. Will Sean Weatherspoon be signed before camp opens?
My guess is yes. There's really no reason a guy drafted in his spot shouldn't be signed as long as both sides are reasonable.
Pat, first of all, I hope you enjoy your visits to training camps. Just graduated from Wofford, and hope you can avoid the heat there! I've seen a lot of power rankings, etc. that put the Saints in the top 10, but not 1. Do you think that's more people worried about repeat championships or the same kind of doubts they faced going into the Super Bowl (predictions of a double-digit Colts win, etc.)? If they're looking at numbers, are they ignoring the turnovers? Even with a drop-off there, the Saints last year had a habit of picking the exact right moment to simply crush a team's hopes with an INT.
Ah, looking forward to Spartanburg, where the breeze doesn't blow in August. But Wofford has great facilities. On the Saints, I think a lot of media members just look to mix predictions up. Our Power Rankings are coming out Monday. I'm not allowed to reveal where the Saints are located.
When is Michael Clayton gonna get cut?
Depends, if young WRs step up in camp and Clayton doesn't, he could be gone. If they're not comfortable with the young guys, they may hang onto him.
Do you think Reggie Bush is worth the 8 million he'll get this year?
I actually do. Reggie's a different kind of player. Does a lot of different things. Saints wouldn't have won Super Bowl without him. He'll never be a 300-carry back or anything like that, but he has value.
Okay, I'm about tired of hearing folks saying or wanting TO in Carolina. There is no way it's gonna happen for a million different reasons. If they were gonna sign a 35+ year old receiver, they would have just kept Moose. They came in the league the same year, same physical condition, and Moose isn't the distraction TO is (plus he knows the offense).
I couldn't have said it better. Thank you!
Is there any NFC South team that might consider TO?
Nope. We already ruled out Panthers. Bucs also are going with youth. Falcons are set at WR and they wouldn't touch him anyway. Saints are loaded at WR and you don't mess with locker room chemistry when it's great.
Will Michael Jenkins be a starting WR for Falcons at the end of the 2010 season?
Yep, he'll play his role. But you're going to see a lot of Harry D in the slot.
Who wins Sean Jones or Sabby?
My guess is Jones.
Although I am the BIGGEST FALCON FAN, for whatever reason, I'm a huge fan of Head Coach John Fox and think Panthers would be crazy to go after him and hire Cowher (1 SB win in how many years?). How do you think Fox feels about his situation? Would love to stay in CAR or is ready to get out, even if he is offered an extension?
I wouldn't be surprised if Fox walked even if Panthers have a good season. Especially if the right job came open. I'd keep an eye on Tom Coughlin and the Giants this year and see what happens.
If after training camps Atlanta sees a huge hole at the DE position do you think they may try to convince Patrick Kerney to come out of retirement? Is that even possible? Could it be a good fit? It seems they have had trouble at the position since he left and he was still putting up solid numbers last season.
I think Kerney is serious about being done.
Yas, any inside news on Donald Penn?
No, all quiet right now.
Hey Pat, this may sound like a stupid question, but why did the Saints cut Bobby McCray in the first place only to resign him a month later?
$$$. They avoided having to pay him a big bonus and brought him back at a reduced rate.
Hey Pat, as of right now, what would your predicted order of finish in the NFC South be?
Let me see them all in training camp before I make any predictions.
Thanks Pat. I appreciate the response - that is why you are the best blogger :)
I'll get your check in the mail as soon as we finish the chat!!!
Who should be the starting for the panthers.Mat moore or jimmy clausen
Moore has earned right to open the season unless he completely blows up in camp.
Pat, I'm planning on heading up to Spartanburg to watch the Panthers training camp. Any suggestions as this will be my first time attending their camp?
Bring lots of water. Get there early and stand under one of the three or so trees that are out there because that's the only shade. Also, if you're an autograph guy, get to the hill going to the locker room before the end of practice. Panthers are really good about autographs.
Is it safe to assume that Hurney is still the Panthers GM?
Umm, I think so. I talked to someone with Panthers who delivered a quick message from Marty yesterday and he was definitely in the office. Why did you ask that question? Just curious.
What are your thoughts on Peria Jerry and William Moore.
Think they both start this year.
How does Jimmy Wilkerson fit into the Saints D LINE rotation? 3rd down pass rusher? what is he?
Solid all-around player. But I'm not sure he's healthy yet. Might be a little while before he gets on field. That might be why McCray was brought back.
Who do you think has the best shot at replacing Fujita for the Saints?
Dunbar, from what I heard out of the offseason program. But that could change in camp. They like some of their other young guys too.
Is Armanti Edwards as electrifying as most local media is suggesting he is?
He definitely looked explosive in minicamp. But, like I always say, let's see what happens when the pads go on. Potential is definitely there for something special.
Hey Pat, With Ramsey sounding like a done deal, what is the Saints opinion of Daniel? He was listed in an ESPN piece on the top 25 young prospects in the NFL. Does NO see him as a replacement for Brees down the road or just a warm body to fill out the QB reps?
Not to rain on any parades, but Daniel is a project, at best.
which falcons rookie should we be the most excited about (besides spoon)?
I think Kerry Meier can be a factor in a lot of different ways -- WR and special teams. He's almost like a young Finneran -- a guy who can do a lot of different things.
If you had to name 1 player to breakout in the NFC South this season.. who would it be and why?
Let me see camps first. We'll have a breakout player post right before the season and I want to see everybody first. Not to brag, but Robert Meachem was my breakout player last year and that thought came when I saw him in camp.
what do you see in Jimmy Graham's future? the local media in New Orleans LOVES this guy
Like him, too. But I wouldn't get carried away and expect huge things immediately. The guy was a basketball player a couple years ago. He needs a little polish, but he's got huge potential.
Any thoughts on Tampa's signing of Keydrick Vincent? Is he an upgrade at LG?
Thought that was a strong move by Bucs. Vincent is very solid and an upgrade over Zuttah. This allows them to use Zuttah as backup at both guard spots and center and I think that makes them a better line.
Pat, people seem to be ruling the Panthers defense out as being much of anything this year, but Meeks defense is based on speed and pursuit to the football, something the Panthers have. Just because they have few big names does not mean a thing, players can make a name for themselves this year. Can you name anyone other then Freeney, Mathis, and Sanders on the 06 Colts D, a Meeks led defense? They seemed to go pretty far.
All true. But the Colts at Peyton Manning and Marvin Harrison on the other side of the ball and I think that helped the defense a little bit.
I thought his contract was set to expire on June 30th and I haven't heard anything otherwise about an extention. I assume he still is with the team because it seems like it would be big news if he wasn't, but you yourself have said he keeps his business out of the media most of the time.
I don't know who was feeding the rumor about his contract being up, but they didn't have all the facts. Hurney is a guy that doesn't like to talk about himself, which I really respect. He wouldn't announce that he got an extension. But the fact is, something got done. He's still there and will be there this season. If they were making a move at GM, it would have been back in February. Also, Hurney is probably a lot safer than Fox in the long term.
You forgot Jeff Otah as a core player for the Panthers.
Yep, you're right.
I believe the Bucs are on the right track, I believe they will be a hard team to beat this year, not just a W on a schedule. What are your thoughts
No doubt they'll be improved. Not saying they'll be great, but a good bit better than last year.
hey pat great blog very informative but in your opinion how long before the bucs get gerald mccoy under contract seeing as though training camp is only 8 days away
My guess is it will go right down to the wire. That's usually how it goes at the top of the draft. But I think they'll have him there by start of camp.
Will Babineaux face suspension?
Believe that still is up in the air.
Does Foxy have reason to be a little POed at Jerry Richardson?
Maybe a bit. John's a guy with pride and he's done a good job keeping that team respectable the whole time he's been there. But I believe JR was very up front with him about this and warned him it was coming because of the labor uncertainty with the players.
Steve Wyche said there is some buzz around Lawrence Sidbury this offseason... What are your thoughts on Sidbury ?
Coaches and front office have had nice things to say about his potential.
Who returns kicks and punts for the Falcons this season? Norwood can't hold up, Weems wasn't special, Douglas is coming off an ACL. Does Franks have a legit shot to win the job and make the team because of his return skills?
Don't be surprised if Franks does it. Think that was big part of the reason he was drafted.
Pat, assuming Darren Sharper stays healthy, what will Malcolm Jenkins' role be? will we still see him as a nickel and dime corner?
Think a lot of people are just assuming Sharper is completely healthy. We don't know that for sure yet. Don't even know if he'll be on field for start of camp. I respect the heck out of Sharper for what he did last year and for what he's done throughout his career. But they've got Jenkins sitting there and he's talented and healthy. They want to get him on the field.
Pat, no one is talking about this, but a reason Matt Moore has to play well is he will be a free agent next year, if he plays well he could get a pretty goo contract, from the Panthers, or another team.
Should i get direct TV so i can see my Bucs games this year!(saddly i believe i do)
Might not be a bad idea.
How strong can we really expect Harry Douglas to be after that knee injury? We still have Roddy and hopefully I'm right and K. Meier comes out of no where and is great, but besides Roddy what WR threat do we have. Jenkins is a great role player but drop off in skill.
Believe me, Falcons are expecting big things from Douglas. Plus, he's had almost a full year since the injury.
Hey Pat, on your blog article about how NFC-South fan bases are fragmented due to Southern Migration--you're correct about the Saints being part of the city's fabric with the locals, but they are also a rite of passage for becoming a citizen of the area (along with surviving a hurricane & a Mardi Gras--though I hope we never have another oil bath test again). New residents and out-of-state students quickly learn that da Saints are a MAJOR social gathering, just like any other party or festival.
Yep, all true. Saints and New Orleans are a different situation than the other three NFC South cities.
Do you think the lack of a CBA helped keep the defending champ Saints from getting their roster pilfered?
Yep, very much so.
Could this be Ruud's last season as a Buc?
Could be, but I'm gonna make a prediction: With the two rookies and Roy Miller at DT, Ruud will be free to roam and make more plays. He makes a few big plays early in the season and I think they'll lock him up.
With another 3-13 year does Raheem get a pink slip?
Yep, Bucs have to show some improvement.
The Panthers season will be a success if....?
Matt Moore gives them a steady presence at QB, they continue to run the ball like they did last year and some of the young defensive linemen step up.
Pat, if you were a Panther fan how would if make you feel that Jerry Richardson is putting the good of the league ahead of his own team?
I don't think it's that simple. There's a lot more to it than that.
Will Spoon win a starting job by the opener? If so, who does he replace?
Lot of people think he was drafted to take Peterson's place. But I'm thinking he might take Nicholas' spot.
Hi Pat I'm now a member of the ESPN Family .I got a Job at ESPNU logging games on Saturday during the college football season
Congrats! Think a buddy of mine, Shon Burns, still does that, too. If you meet him, tell him I said hello.
are all the panthers training camp practices open to public??
Believe so. They have been throughout the Fox era. Double check the team website, but I'm pretty sure that's the case.
Have you read Brees' and Payton's books? If so, what did you think?
Haven't had a chance to get Brees' book yet. I read Payton's. I wrote something about it back in late June on the blog. Basic summary, I thought he was surprisingly open and honest for an NFL head coach. It was a good read.
I sure will Pat. During college football season please watch espnU
I'm usually traveling on Saturdays.
Freeman the rookie going to Freeman the 2nd year vet...only marginal improvement or does he appear likely to step up further into long-term franchise QB?
I think he's got a lot of the qualities of a franchise QB. Do we see it all click in this year? Maybe not all of it. But just having him in there with a little experience and a full offseason under his belt is going to make entire offense a lot better than it was at start of last season when they went through the Leftwich/McCown charade and the Jagodzinski disaster.
Pat tell the truth..... Your a bucs fan aren't you?
Let's not even start. Anybody that's been here before knows I'm not a fan. I really don't care who wins or loses. My job is to write. Your job is to be fans.
Besides, Pat only watches PSU college games. ;)
Please tell me Piscatelli(or however you spell it) doesnt get the start at safety this year, we'd might aswell just have another linebacker!
Think you'll see Sean Jones in that job.
Is Hunter Cantwell really that impressive or is Foxy and crew trying to bring Clausen along slowly?
You really think Cantwell's going into the season as the No. 2? Clausen's going to be No. 2. Cantwell and Pike will battle for No. 3.
No, Pat is an NFC South fan!
There you go, that's a great answer. I'm gonna borrow that from you from now on.
Better future at QB.. Josh Freeman or Matt Ryan?
Ryan. Already pretty good and has a good team around him. No knock on Freeman. I like his potential, but Bucs still have to surround him with more talent.
pat's from pa, probably grew up a steelers fan.
Nah, other side of the state. Actually closer to New York than Philly.
Steve Reed seems to think that Pike ends up on IR with an injury *wink wink*. Any thoughts on that?
Steve's a friend and has been for a long time. He might be right and that's a reasonable possibility. But I think it's a little early to say that. Lots of things can happen in camp.
Hey Pat, how you like this new time for the chat?
Good question. What do you guys think of the 3 p.m. slot??? I believe this was just a one-time thing because of some heavy traffic on other chats. But, if there's a strong feeling that 3 p.m. is better than 1 p.m., I can talk to the folks in Bristol about this. We've only got a few minutes left, so send your thoughts on that to my mailbag. Thanks.
Tell me about Jared Odrick, gonna be a good pro
Of course, he'll be great. He is from PSU!!!
didn't mean the question as a knock on Mr. Reed. I think it makes a lot of sense. Pike is the least NFL ready and what better way to keep four guys than place him on IR and allow him to learn.
No, and I didn't take it as a knock on Steve. He's a solid pro and a good guy. Like I said, he might have a point.
What percent of people in here right now are "working"?
Good question. I've often wondered about that. Let's hear it.
Pat, you underestimate how much the Panthers like Cantwell, I bet he gets a roster spot.
You might be right. We'll see.
im working!! if you call this work its a weekly ritual. My guess 82%
From the early results, 82 percent looks about right!!!
I say you do a chat twice a week when season starts. One on Mondays to talk/complain about the games before and one on Friday to talk smack about the game coming up on Sunday.
Mondays would be tough because I'm usually traveling back from a game. I try to give you guys more than the allotted hour every Friday, though.
The only person working here is Pat!
Yeah, but it's all fun. You guys are a good audience.
i say screw penn, put clayton in at LT, all he can do is block anyway.
There's an idea. He wouldn't have to worry about his diet then.
Pat (at work here), Any word on the Bucs bringing in a Free Agent for LT for the Bucs?
Nah, there ain't much out there right now. I still think they'll get something worked out with Penn at some point.
we may all be at work, but I doubt anybody's really working
All right, back to "work" everybody. Thanks for stopping by. It was a blast, as usual. Stay tuned to the blog next week and I'll let you know if we'll be doing a chat Friday. I'll be in New Orleans for Saints' camp, but we'll see if we can work a chat into the schedule.