Around the NFC South

Time for a look at the Friday morning headlines from around the NFC South.

D. Orlando Ledbetter has an updated post-draft depth chart for the Atlanta Falcons. He takes a fairly conservative approach, which isn’t out of character for the Falcons, and doesn’t project any rookies as starters. But I think rookie Peter Konz has a decent chance to start somewhere in the middle of the offensive line.

New Orleans Saints fans have floated a lot of conspiracy theories since news of the Saints’ bounty program broke. Most of them imply the Saints did nothing wrong and point the blame at other people. But Jeff Duncan asks a couple of very good questions: What if what the NFL says is all true? What if the Saints really did run a three-year bounty program and repeatedly covered it up? As unpleasant as it might be to accept, that certainly seems plausible and it might be time to accept reality. The organization, coaches and front office already filed appeals and didn’t get any relief. The players can still appeal, but that might not make any difference. It might be time to start moving forward from this.

San Jose State receiver Michael Avila has been invited for a tryout with the Carolina Panthers during their upcoming rookie camp. Avila is a product of Seaside High School in California. Carolina coach Ron Rivera also is a Seaside graduate.

The Atlanta Falcons, led by owner Arthur Blank, went to work to try to help a troubled inner-city neighborhood.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers, already pretty deep at defensive tackle, have added another one. They’ve signed Gary Gibson, who previously was a backup with St. Louis and Carolina. More importantly, Gibson played for Tampa Bay coach Greg Schiano at Rutgers.