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Hitting the NFC South links

Time for a look at some headlines from around the NFC South.

In this Insider post, Scouts Inc. has projections for every team in the NFC. Their NFC South predictions look somewhat like what my season-preview predictions on Thursday will look like.

The Bucs have invested a lot of early draft picks in defensive linemen recently. But it looks like they might get big contributions from a couple of guys they once plucked off waivers. Frank Okam is showing signs he can be a run-stuffing defensive tackle. Defensive end Michael Bennett has moved to a starting job on the depth chart.

The Falcons have signed veteran safety James Sanders to a one-year contract. Good move because the team had almost no depth behind starters Thomas DeCoud and William Moore.

Jeff Schultz writes that Michael Vick’s new contract with Philadelphia could clear the way for him to pay back $7.5 million in signing bonus money to the Falcons.

Carolina rookie quarterback Cam Newton says it’s no longer about mechanics. He said he just needs to go out and trust the system.