NFC South links: Hope believes in Falcons

Atlanta Falcons

Chris Hope, a 10-year veteran safety who is new to the Falcons this season, tells D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that Atlanta has "all the tools and the keys to be a Super Bowl contender."

It is time to finally buy into the hype that the Falcons' offense will take off in 2012? Receiver Roddy White is nodding his head yes.

For your offseason reading pleasure, check out a breakdown of the 2012 Week 9 game between the Falcons and Cowboys.

Carolina Panthers

The Panthers will host a 5K run in August.

Wide receiver Brandon LaFell is poised to have a breakout year, but what makes this upcoming season any different than the past two?

New Orleans Saints

John DeShazier of The Times-Picayune ponders what could have been had the accused bounty-involved players put up more of a fight: "It sure sounds like (Roger) Goodell might've considered reducing the penalties he issued and upheld (one season for Vilma, eight games for Hargrove, four for Smith and three for Fujita) if all or any would've presented a case during the appeals process as to why Goodell's initial ruling was bogus."

The Saints agreed to terms on a four-year contract with their sixth-round pick, guard Andrew Tiller.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Cornerback Eric Wright's arrest could have a ripple effect on the Buccaneers' secondary, according to NFL.com's Gregg Rosenthal.