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Around the NFC South

Time for our morning run through the top headlines from around the division:

ATLANTA FALCONS

Here’s some scary news for opposing defenses: Receiver Julio Jones said he has added nine pounds of muscle without losing any of his speed. Jones already was a tough matchup due to his combination of size and speed, and the added bulk could bring even more of a challenge for defensive backs.

CAROLINA PANTHERS

The Panthers signed tight end Zack Pinalto. He appears to have a shot at a roster spot behind Greg Olsen and Ben Hartsock.

Quarterback Cam Newton has taken more than his share of criticism from the national media. But here’s a story that may make you think a little differently of Newton.

NEW ORLEANS SAINTS

Mike Triplett writes that Charles Brown has been the steadiest of the three contenders for the left tackle job so far. Brown has been getting all of the first-team work so far and hasn’t faltered. If he continues playing the way he has been, Brown should be able to hold off Jason Smith and Terron Armstead for the starting job.

TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS

Although they’re competing against each other for a starting job, second-year pro Leonard Johnson has been mentoring rookie cornerback Johnthan Banks.