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NFC South roundup: Redman not ready to surrender QB job

Posted by ESPN.com's Pat Yasinskas

Atlanta Falcons

Chris Redman said he's not ready to yield Atlanta's starting quarterback job to rookie Matt Ryan without a fight. My take on this is Redman might be in better shape than people think. If he has a solid preseason, he might open the season as a starter because the Falcons might be hesitant to throw Ryan into the lineup too quickly. Unless they want Ryan to be the next David Carr, it might be best to let Redman take the lumps with a team that's probably going to struggle.

Carolina Panthers

Steve Smith apologized to his teammates Sunday night for his role in a fight with cornerback Ken Lucas. Smith should be back on the practice field right now. But he'll be suspended for the first two regular-season games and won't be able to practice during that time.

New Orleans Saints

Reggie Bush says he's ready to prove he's an elite running back. That's what Saints fans have been waiting to see since he entered the league three seasons ago. There's no question Bush has some outstanding physical skills, but lots of questions remain and this year will be critical to his career. Bush needs some help from a coaching staff that's got to get better at finding ways to maximize his skills.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Defensive tackle Ryan Sims is trying to revive his career as a backup with Tampa Bay.