Time for a cruise through the headlines from around the division:
TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS
As expected, Warren Sapp confirmed he will be inducted into the team’s Ring of Honor at some point during the season. Sapp is the logical choice this year since he’ll be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame this summer.
NEW ORLEANS SAINTS
Jeff Duncan writes that Terron Armstead is the most intriguing player among the Saints’ draft picks. He could end up as the starting left tackle. The Saints haven’t been afraid to immediately start mid-round picks on the offensive line in the past (see Jahri Evans). Armstead will get a chance to compete for the starting job with Jason Smith and Charles Brown.
In this Insider piece, Todd McShay writes that defensive tackle Kawann Short was Carolina’s most questionable pick. McShay says that Short plays well only in flashes. That may be true, but Short’s strength is his ability to generate a pass rush from the interior. If he can flash that ability from time to time, the Panthers will be happy.
The Falcons aren’t odds-on favorites to go to the Super Bowl. Las Vegas has two NFC teams ahead of them. That might be a good thing because it will help temper expectations and pressure for a team that’s looking to take the next step.