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NFC South Q&A: Best way to contain big receivers?

Today's question: The New Orleans Saints targeted cornerback Brandon Browner in free agency specifically because they intend to get more physical with the big receivers throughout the NFC South. Your teams all have loaded receiving corps -- what has been the most effective way to slow them down?

Vaughn McClure, Atlanta Falcons: I don't think anyone has been able to shut down Falcons star Julio Jones, who set a franchise record with 1,593 receiving yards last season. Jones is capable of running circles around defensive backs even when double-covered. He had seven games with 100-plus receiving yards a season ago, including a team-record 259-yard performance at Green Bay. Carolina cornerback Josh Norman might argue that he held Jones in check in Charlotte last season by limiting him to six catches for 59 yards, but the Falcons won that game. And Norman still referred to Jones as "The Manimal." The only thing that has slowed down Jones is injuries. Remember, he played in just five games in 2013 after fracturing his foot, and an oblique strain caused him to miss one game last season. Injuries also have kept Roddy White, who turns 34 in November, from performing at the top of his game.

David Newton, Carolina Panthers: The most effective way is with a good pass rush. Even the best cornerbacks eventually will lose coverage if the quarterback is allowed to stand in the pocket all day. I'll use the 2013 Panthers as an example. They had a relatively average secondary, basically a group of no-names, who made names for themselves because they played behind a front seven that had a league-best 60 sacks. They were able to take advantage of errant or rushed throws to collect 20 interceptions. Only four teams had more. It works the other way, too. Good corners give the defensive front more time to get to the quarterback. But the most consistent way to take away the big receivers, in my opinion, is with a consistent pass rush.

Pat Yasinskas, Tampa Bay Buccaneers: The rest of the division has super-sized receivers: Kelvin Benjamin, Devin Funchess, Julio Jones, Roddy White, Mike Evans and Vincent Jackson. Adding Browner might help New Orleans a little bit, but I point to Tampa Bay last season as evidence of the matchup problems big receivers create. Even with Josh McCown and Mike Glennon struggling at quarterback, Evans and Jackson each had more than 1,000 receiving yards. Any cornerback is going to be at a size disadvantage against 6-foot-5 receivers. The best way -- and maybe the only way -- to counter that is with a strong pass rush.