Around the NFC South

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


With the retirement of center Todd McClure and the release of right tackle Tyson Clabo, the Falcons have to revamp their offensive line. D. Orlando Ledbetter writes that it looks like Peter Konz will move from right guard to center. That’s an obvious move since Konz was a center in college. But the other two moves aren’t quite as clear and Mike Johnson could end up being the deciding factor. He could end up challenging Lamar Holmes at right tackle or Garrett Reynolds at right guard.

Quarterback Matt Ryan, who went to Boston College, threw out the first pitch at Tuesday night’s Gwinnett Braves’ game as part of the team’s Boston Strong night.


David Monroe, one of the few people to be employed by the Panthers longer than John Kasay, has a fine tribute to the retiring kicker. Monroe had an inside view of Kasay’s career and he knows that it was about a lot more than what the kicker did on the field. During Kasay’s time in Carolina, he might have had more of an impact on the locker room than any kicker ever has.

Quarterback Cam Newton had been bouncing back and forth between the team’s offseason program and classes at Auburn in recent weeks. But Newton recently took his final exams and is now focused solely on football.


Nakia Hogan has an in-depth profile of rookie offensive tackle Terron Armstead. The thing that stood out to me most was Armstead’s performance at the college scouting combine. His numbers were off the charts and he ran the 40-yard dash faster than any offensive lineman in the history of the event (4.71 seconds). I think Armstead is going to get a long look in training camp and could have a shot to beat out Charles Brown and Jason Smith at left tackle.


Defensive end Da’Quan Bowers said he’s focused on becoming a dominant player. He hasn’t been that in his first two seasons, but Bowers refused to blame that on injuries. He said it’s time to step up in his third season. That’s what the Bucs are counting on. They let Michael Bennett, who led the team in sacks last year, leave via free agency because they believe Bowers is ready to take the next step.