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Around the NFC South

Let's take a quick look at the Wednesday morning headlines from around the NFC South:

ATLANTA FALCONS

At the quarter point of the season, Matt Ryan’s name is coming up in a lot of MVP conversations. Here’s another one. I don’t see how you can leave Ryan out. I don’t see anyone who's playing better than him.

Offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter said that receiver Julio Jones wasn’t completely healed after suffering a laceration on his hand against San Diego. Koetter wouldn’t use that as an excuse for Jones having only one catch against Carolina, but said the receiver’s hand is getting close to full health.

The Falcons reportedly are looking into the possibility of selling personal seat licenses (PSLs) to finance their proposed new stadium.

CAROLINA PANTHERS

The Charlotte Observer took on a cool project. The newspaper collected, via Twitter, what members of the Panthers had to say about the ESPN documentary “Broke’’ that aired Tuesday night. The film focused on athletes who have gone through millions and ended up broke.

Although he’s taking a lot of heat for punting, instead of going for it on fourth-and-1 against Atlanta on Sunday, coach Ron Rivera said he doesn’t regret his decision. Although fans and numbers say otherwise, I still think Rivera made the right decision. The punt pinned the Falcons at their own 1-yard line. One good play by the defense and the game could have been over.

NEW ORLEANS SAINTS

Although he still isn’t happy about his suspension, coach Sean Payton said he’s been spending “invaluable time’’ with his son and daughter.

Hall of Fame running back Barry Sanders said it’s too early to write off the Saints. He might be right. But all it’s going to take is another loss or two and then you can write off the Saints.

TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS

Quarterback Josh Freeman has had a lot of critics during Tampa Bay’s 1-3 start. Coordinator Mike Sullivan raved about Freeman’s work ethic, but did admit the Bucs will use the bye week to assess if there are areas where they aren’t capitalizing on Freeman’s talents.

At the bye, kicker Connor Barth has been Tampa Bay’s brightest spot. He made a 57-yard field goal Sunday and has been successful on 25 straight kicks.

After losing his starting job, Jeremy Trueblood said it appears the Bucs plan to stick with Demar Dotson at right tackle. But Trubeblood said he’ll continue to work hard in case an injury allows him back onto the field.