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Around the NFC South

TAMPA, Fla. -- The New England Patriots and Tampa Bay Buccaneers are on the practice field at One Buccaneer Place. The portion of practice that was open to the media just ended.

We’ll be going back out for interviews after practice and I’ll have an item later on the relationship between New England coach Bill Belichick and Tampa Bay coach Greg Schiano. In the meantime, let’s take a run through the headlines from around the NFC South.

  • Atlanta wide receiver Julio Jones brings up a good point when he rhetorically asks if defenses are going to double-cover him, Roddy White or Tony Gonzalez. That’s a tough call and I’m sure it’s one every defensive coordinator on the schedule is giving some thought to.

  • The New York Times describes the Carolina Panthers as a “classic sleeper team." I have no doubt the Panthers are a team on the rise, but when so many people view them that way, do they really qualify as a sleeper team? By now, I think most people are pretty aware of Cam Newton.

  • New Orleans receiver Joseph Morgan, who had a long touchdown catch in the preseason game against Jacksonville, said he’s not resting on his laurels. Morgan has some perspective on that. He was a camp sensation last year, but ended up missing the season with a knee injury.