Opening the mailbag: Don't expect Favre in N.C.

Posted by ESPN.com's Pat Yasinskas

We just started the mailbag last week and you guys have filled it up in a hurry. Some of the questions, especially on Jeremy Shockey, were similar so I tried to pick questions that were representative of others. I leave on my NFC South training camp tour tomorrow, so please hit me with more questions and let me know what you'd like to hear about at each stop. Here's the first installment of answers to your mailbag questions.

C.R. in Charlotte writes: Everyone is talking about the number 2 starting WR but just as big a problem or bigger problem is who will be starting at the opposite DE spot of J. peppers. McGlover/Johnson/Brayton..none of these guys sound like they can help the pathetic panther pass rush.

Pat Yasinskas: Yes, this sure looks like a weak spot right now as I pointed out in a post last week. Stanley McClover, Charles Johnson and Tyler Brayton don't have proven track records, but John Fox is betting that at least one of them can step up.

Ben in Hartford writes: Charlotte native here (now in CT the last 5 years) - just wanted to say it'll be nice to have some Panthers perspective for the 08-09 season. I really used to enjoy reading your work while you were at the Observer. Quick question - why does the media think that Carolina is a potential home for Farve if the Pack releases him? I recognize that Carolina hasn't been at the forefront of these stories like Minnesota or Chicago, but it seems ridiculous to me that Carolina would even consider investing in Favre when they've already got a gunslinger type QB in Delhomme. I can't see either of these guys willing to back the other one up. Your thoughts?

Pat Yasinskas: There's been speculation about Favre and the Panthers, but I don't think it's anything more than speculation. I've talked to some people with the Panthers and they're confident Jake Delhomme will make a full recovery. They're sticking with their guy.

Arte Bo in Biloxi, Miss., writes: With the Saints adding Jeremy Shockey to the team, will the Saints be a Super Bowl contender?

Pat Yasinskas: I already thought the Saints were nearly a Super Bowl contender and the best team in the NFC South. Shockey only makes them better. He'll bring a lot more balance to their offense and make Drew Brees and Marques Colston better.

Jonathan in New Orleans writes: A local writer by the name of Peter Finney recently wrote an article saying the Saints gave up too much for Jeremy Shockey considering the state of "the defense." What do you think? How will the defense fair in 08?

Pat Yasinskas: Peter's a great writer, but I've got a different point of view. I think the Saints took their shot because they think Shockey can be the one ingredient that makes their offense truly great. They did get some help for the defense with Jonathan Vilma and Sedrick Ellis. That's going to help. I don't know if the defense will be great. But a great offense and a decent defense could be good enough.