Let’s take a look at some team-by-team highlights from Friday’s NFC South chat:
Thomas (ATL): I'm not so sure why you want a veteran QB with Davis and Renfree in the mix. Traditionally, they've had a veteran to help Ryan grow and read defenses but now, he's mature and at the point of teaching others. With all the talk of not letting young players step up, why not let them play it out in camp, especially given the high quality of play from last preseason. If they both (play badly), then think about bring in someone. No point in drafting and developing someone to hold a clip board, in my opinion.
Pat Yasinskas: I just think a team like the Falcons -- a team that appears to be on the cusp of a Super Bowl -- needs to have a veteran backup in case Ryan goes down for a game or two. I like [Dominique] Davis a lot, but I think it would be a lot to ask him to go in and start at this point in his career.
Chris P (ATL): A big concern from most people is the Defense for ATL. However, last year I saw one of the best if not teh best Defensive effort against the Broncos. They had P. Manning lost most of that game. More movement from ATL than I've ever seen. Do you think we see a ot more of that style of D from ATL given they will give mixed looks between the 4-3 and 3-4 packages?
PY: That's a good point. They did a great job of disguising things in that game. Yes, I think you'll see Nolan do more of that this season.
Cory (Johnson City): Welcome Pat... What do you think the Panther's plan on doing with their remaining cap space? Sign a free agent or two? or roll over for upcoming extensions?
PY: You might see a signing or two, but what's really out there? I think their main plan is to carryover as much cap room as they can to help with next year's cap.
michael (hickory nc): Pat, I've noticed that a lot of people in the Carolinas and yourself seem to be low on Armanti Edwards, it seems that people forget that he went through a position change and had to adjust to a faster game than the FCS subdivision.
PY: The reports out of Carolina yesterday were glowing about Edwards. Maybe he finally is catching onto the WR position. Still might have a shot.
NEW ORLEANS SAINTS
Marc (Metairie, LA.): Pat, which four linebackers do you see for the Saints will be in the starting lineup come the season opener against the Falcons?
PY: My early take on that is [Victor] Butler, [Will] Smith, [Jonathan] Vilma and [Curtis] Lofton.
Matt (Pensacola): What are your thoughts on the Saints after seeing them this week?
PY: Was amazed at how many different looks they were using on defense. Defensive attitude seemed much more aggressive. If they can just be decent on defense, they should be able to get back to where they were a couple years ago.
TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS
Matt (Sarasota, Florida): Pat, I've read reports that say that Demar Dotson has tremendous upside. He believes he can be one of the best RT's in the game. How do you feel about him?
PY: Still a work in progress, but I do think there's a good amount of upside there.
Nathan (Orange County): Hi pat. Happy Friday. Any word on Mike Williams' contract situation? It seems to be dragging it's feet a little. Tampa needs to lock him up asap.
PY: Seems quiet, but that could change at any time. I would think they'd want to get something done before the start of training camp.
Here’s the complete transcript of Friday’s NFC South chat.