Around the NFC South

The New Orleans Saints continue to be a positive centerpiece for a region that’s had more than its share of bad luck in recent years. The Saints visited the White House on Monday and drew praise for their on-field success and off-field work from President Barack Obama.

With Rickey Jackson now in the Professional Football Hall of Fame, Jimmy Smith takes a look at who might be the next former New Orleans player to join him. Willie Roaf and Morten Andersen are the two guys he talks about. I think both have a chance. But if you’re looking for the next automatic pick from the Saints, I think Drew Brees is the safest bet.

Charlotte Business Journal takes a look at how and why the Panthers have shown a more fan-friendly side in training camp this year. I see two reasons for this. One is the enthusiasm of new team president Danny Morrison. The other is the economy. In the present climate, it may be more important than ever to reach out to the fan base.

The Panthers are back in camp after having Sunday off, like the rest of the NFC South.

With a schedule that includes three teams (Pittsburgh, Cincinnati and Cleveland) that use the 3-4 defense, the Tampa Bay offense is putting in a lot more time working against and preparing for that scheme in the preseason.