I continue to be amazed and deeply appreciative of the enthusiasm of NFC South fans. We’re approaching Day 100 of the lockout and we’re nearing late June. But you still showed up in force and that made for a great NFC South chat on Friday.
Let’s take a look at some of the highlights.
Ricky (North Carolina): Do you think Carolina is shopping Steve Smith, if so what do you think they are looking for in return?
Pat Yasinskas: I don't think they're "shopping" him. It's more up to Steve and what he wants to do. If he tells them he wants out, they'll try to make it happen. But they're not going to just give him away.
Bill (Orlando): Do you agree two Bucs will have 1,000 receiving yards. 1. Williams 2. Winslow/Benn I have a feeling K.Winslow will get to 1,000 now that he’s finally fully healthy
Pat Yasinskas: I think Winslow's in for a huge year. He looked great at the workouts I attended. Said his knee was feeling better than it has in years and it looks like he and Freeman are developing a real strong chemistry.
Brandt (Florida): Not sure why, but I've seen the Bucs loosely connected to the list of teams being considered to relocate to L.A. It would be a shock to see the Glazers move the team, but not a shock to see them sell and I guess it's possible the L.A. group could buy. I hate to even ask as a Bucs fan, but is there even a small chance that the Bucs would be a relocation candidate?
Pat Yasinskas: To the best of my knowledge the Bucs aren't a candidate to go anywhere or to be sold. There are a lot of other teams that are much more available. Besides, I'm still skeptical LA can ever get its act together and get a stadium built.
sam (Dville): Is Matt Ryan going to be good this year?
Pat Yasinskas: I think so. I think there's a realization by the coaching staff that it's time to put more on his shoulders. Also, having Julio Jones should give them another guy besides Roddy White who can make big plays. That should help a lot.
Tim (Athens): Pat, do you think these player workouts are more for show rather than preparation for the season?
Pat Yasinskas: Not really for show. Players are making an honest effort to stay in shape and be as ready as they can be for when the lockout ends. But I will say these workouts are no substitute for the normal minicamps and OTAs. The players workouts are very informal and I don't know that they help all that much beyond conditioning and team bonding.
FormerlyStShockey (Jackson): JIMMY GRAHAM IS GOING TO BE THE BEST TE IN THE LEAGUE
Pat Yasinskas: You might be right in a few years.
Pat Yasinskas: I could see them adding an RB. But I think Williams stays in Carolina and Bush stays in New Orleans.
Here’s the complete transcript of Friday’s NFC South chat.