Hitting the NFC South links

Carolina linebacker Jon Beason writes that he doesn’t know if he’ll be playing in the middle or on the weak side. He says he’s fine with either. We’ll find out soon enough what the Panthers are thinking because they’ve got their first practice today.

Atlanta defensive end Kroy Beirmann reportedly is dating Kim Zolciak, a cast member of "The Real Housewives of Atlanta."

The Buccaneers say tight end Kellen Winslow’s knee is fine, but they probably will place some limits on his practice time in training camp. Not a bad idea. Winslow’s probably the one guy with the least to prove on this roster and having him healthy for the regular season is all that really matters.

The Panthers are opening camp with six players on the physically unable to perform list. As expected, linebacker Thomas Davis and flag football player Steve Smith are on the list. But tackle Jeff Otah and running back Jonathan Stewart were added to the list, which came as a bit of a surprise.

D. Orlando Ledbetter reports that progress was made late Wednesday in contract talks with first-round draft pick Sean Weatherspoon. The Falcons report to camp today, so a holdout could be avoided if Weatherspoon is signed before Friday’s first practice.