NFC South afternoon update

Time for an afternoon trip through some odds and ends from around the division:


Jay Adams has an overview of the defensive line. The big question is who will provide a pass rush besides defensive end Osi Umenyiora. The Falcons hope some of it will come from Kroy Biermann, who appears likely to play a hybrid role that will have him lining up as a defensive end and a linebacker. But I think Jonathan Massaquoi is the guy to keep an eye on here. Atlanta’s coaching staff likes Massaquoi’s potential and there’s hope he can earn a lot of playing time.


Coach Ron Rivera confirmed a report that the Panthers are interested in veteran safety Quintin Mikell. The Panthers don’t have a clear-cut starter at strong safety and Mikell, who has some history with Rivera, could solve a big problem.


WWLTV.com continues its countdown of the most impressive wins in the Sean Payton era. Somewhat surprisingly, the only Super Bowl championship in franchise history came in at No. 2. What tops a Super Bowl victory? I think I’ve got a pretty good idea, but we’ll find out when the next installment comes out.


Stephen Holder has his projected starting lineup for the Bucs. He has Akeem Spence starting at nose tackle and Dekoda Watson starting at strongside linebacker. Spence and Watson seem to be the early favorites at those positions, but those jobs still will be open to competition during camp.