<
>

Links: Criticism of Cam Newton unjustified

Atlanta Falcons

Julio Jones came in at No. 26 on the NFL Network's list of the top 100 players of 2013. How does Jones compare to the five wide receivers ranked ahead of him? Daniel Cox of the team's official website takes a look.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution's D. Orlando Ledbetter continues his ranking of the Falcons' top 25 players. Coming in at No. 23 is Garrett Reynolds.

The Falcons like their top four cornerbacks and Mark Bradley of the AJC, with an assist from Rivers McCown of Football Outsiders, presents the analytics that show why.

Carolina Panthers

Ron Rivera is one of six NFL coaches on the hot seat this season, according to NFL.com's Elliott Harrison.

Robert Lester had one idea about who Cam Newton was after the two squared off in college -- Lester for Alabama and Newton for rival Auburn -- but now that the two are teammates, Lester has a different view of Newton, writes Don Kausler Jr. of AL.com. “[Newton] mingles with everybody in the locker room,” Lester said. “He’s just overall a great guy. He’s funny. He’s a guy that messes with me every day. Whenever I see him, he says, ‘War Eagle!’”

Newton’s greatness is being overshadowed by a lot of needless criticism, writes Frank Schwab of Yahoo! Sports.

New Orleans Saints

The Times-Picayune continues its series on the Saints’ top 25 players, with No. 13: Thomas Morstead.

The team's website is showcasing 25 reasons to get excited about training camp, and coming in at No. 24 is John Jenkins.

After studying some film of Patrick Robinson, Canal Street Chronicles concludes that the cornerback is in for a breakout season.

The Saints made more scouting department moves Tuesday, promoting Terry Fontenot to director of pro scouting and naming Jason Mitchell as an area scout and Paul Zimmer as college scouting coordinator.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Recently retired cornerback Ronde Barber will be in the broadcast booth for Bucs preseason games this summer, reports the Tampa Tribune.

Wide receiver Vincent Jackson and guard Davin Joseph are back from their USO tours overseas. In a video interview with Rachel Ramirez of the team's official website, the players talk about their first experience in a war zone.

Coach Greg Schiano said that Dekoda Watson could be in the mix for the starting strongside linebacker job.