Time for a look at the top Friday morning headlines from around the NFC South.
The NFL isn’t commenting publicly on if it will act on the NFL Players Association’s request asking the NFL to “compel’’ suspended New Orleans coach Sean Payton, general manager Mickey Loomis, assistant head coach Joe Vitt and former defensive coordinator Gregg Williams to attend Monday when commissioner Roger Goodell hears appeals for the four players facing suspension. I’m not sure how the league will act on this one, but I will say it probably is not a good idea to have Payton and Williams together in the same room.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution projects the split on the carries by Michael Turner and Jacquizz Rodgers to be 40 to 35, with Jason Snelling picking up the other 25 percent. I’m expecting something a little different. I think Turner will get about 50 percent of the carries and Rodgers about 30. Snelling, and perhaps a fourth running back, can pick up the rest.
Some good news for Carolina fans -- defensive end Greg Hardy has given up riding motorcycles. Hardy had a crash last offseason and many fans felt that was the reason he wasn’t very productive in 2011. Hardy said he’s spent extra time in the weight room and is in the best shape of his life. With Charles Johnson on the other side, a healthy and focused Hardy could become a double-digit-sacks guy.
Although their minicamp has ended, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers still face one huge question. Cornerback Aqib Talib faces trial on an assault charge in Texas later in June. He could face prison time or an NFL suspension. Coach Greg Schiano admitted the team is concerned, but Schiano said Talib has been a model player throughout the offseason. I think that’s a pretty good sign that if Talib isn’t in prison or suspended, the Bucs will be happy to have him.