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Around the NFC South

Christopher Harris has a fantasy look at what to expect from Tampa Bay quarterback Josh Freeman and his young group of receivers. I’ll have much more on Freeman and his receivers when my Tampa Bay Camp Confidential profile goes up later this afternoon.

The Falcons will get plenty of work against the 3-4 defense as they go through combined practices with the Patriots. That’s a good thing because three of Atlanta’s first four regular-season opponents use the 3-4 scheme.

Carolina receiver Steve Smith returned to practice Monday and gave his thoughts on the battle for the starting receiver spot opposite him. Smith said he hasn’t seen a clear-cut leader emerge.

New Orleans defensive lineman Anthony Hargrove was a great story last year as he resurrected his career after a troubled past. But Mike Triplett’s latest story on Hargrove says last year was just a start in the turnaround.