Hitting the NFC South links

James Varney takes a look at how the Saints 53-man roster could shape up. One of the bigger questions is if the Saints will keep both Chase Daniel and Patrick Ramsey as reserves behind Drew Brees.

Scott Fowler writes about how “awful’’ Carolina’s offense has been during the preseason. No argument about that. But it’s time for yet another reminder: It’s the preseason. Carolina’s defense has looked spectacular in three exhibitions. Carolina fans shouldn’t be freaking about the offense or celebrating the defense until we see both units in the regular season.

Bradley Handwerger writes about how Chip Vaughn is making a case for a roster spot at safety. The case could get a lot stronger if injured veteran Darren Sharper is placed on the physically-unable-to-perform list, is cut or retires.

D. Orlando Ledbetter’s got his breakdown on how Atlanta’s roster might shape up. It looks like the Falcons are going to have to cut a pretty decent defensive tackle with Thomas Johnson and Vance Walker on the bubble. Just a thought here, but if I’m a personnel guy in Carolina, I’m watching the waiver wire closely because either of these guys could be an upgrade over what the Panthers have.

All indications continue to be that Tampa Bay quarterback Josh Freeman should be good to go in time for the regular-season opener.