Around the NFC South

Time for a run through the morning headlines from around the division:


Coach Mike Smith said he believes the NFC South has the strongest quartet of starting quarterbacks of any division. He might be right. We know Drew Brees and Matt Ryan are elite. Cam Newton and Josh Freeman have shown all sorts of potential. If Newton and Freeman can be more consistent, it’s hard to imagine a division with better quarterbacks.


The team continued to work on its secondary, signing former Oakland safety Mike Mitchell and re-signing cornerback Captain Munnerlyn. Mitchell instantly becomes a candidate to start at strong safety. Munnerlyn gives Carolina more depth at cornerback, but the Panthers still don’t have a true No. 1 cornerback. I suspect that will be addressed in the draft.


Linebacker Victor Butler reportedly will visit the Saints on Thursday. This could be a good match. Butler played for New Orleans defensive coordinator Rob Ryan in Dallas.


Coach Greg Schiano said that, as last season went on, he and his coaching staff realized quarterback Josh Freeman was very accurate when throwing on the run. I’d look for the Bucs to move the pocket more next season to take advantage of that.