Hitting the NFC South weekend links

Time for a trip through some NFC South weekend headlines.

WilliamsWilliamsAdd DeAngelo Williams to the list of people in Carolina who suddenly have realized this is a quarterback-driven game. In this radio interview, the running back sounded like he’s tired of seeing defenses that are geared toward stopping the run. Williams is in somewhat of a state of limbo. The Panthers have placed a tender on him, but it remains to be seen if that will hold up in a new labor agreement.

In this radio interview, New Orleans safety Malcolm Jenkins said he’d rather, at least temporarily miss out on his team-high $350,000 offseason workout bonus if players can get what they’re looking for in the long run in a new labor agreement.

UCLA linebacker Akeem Ayers is making his round of private visits to teams, and the Atlanta Falcons and Tampa Bay Buccaneers are on the list.

Speaking of linebackers visiting the Bucs, add Georgia’s Akeem Dent to the list.

The Falcons are having private workouts with tight ends Kyle Rudolph and Virgil Green this week. Again, I don’t like to read too much into what players visit which teams, but I think in this case it’s pretty obvious the Falcons are beginning to look to start grooming an heir apparent for veteran tight end Tony Gonzalez, who plans to play at least one more season.

Mike Triplett and James Varney, the fine beat writers for the New Orleans Times Picayune, have their mock drafts out. Both have the Saints taking Ohio State defensive end Cameron Heyward. They differ on their first-round picks for the rest of the NFC South. Here are Triplett’s picks and here are Varney’s.