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A look around the NFC South on SB Nation

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The NFC South continues to be the most entertaining NFL division in a crazy offseason

New Orleans Saints v Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Hey bro, can I come play with you next year? I ain’t learning nothing here in Tampa.
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Here is a look at the top stories on the other three NFC South blogs on SB Nation.


Tampa Bay Buccaneers (via Bucs Nation)

Bucs Nation reacts to Jameis Winston signing with the Saints. It is always informative to see the reaction of your new partner’s ex. :-)

On second thought! According to reports, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers now plan to pick up O.J. Howard’s fifth-year option. Before the draft, it was widely expected that Tampa would release the former first round pick selection, further fueled by the signing of Rob Gronkowski. Now Tom Brady can count on having one more weapon in his offensive arsenal.

Who are the 2020 Bucs? An insightful examination of the “new-look” Buccaneers following both free agency and the draft. From the look of their roster, this iteration of the Buccaneers will not be a pushover.


Atlanta Falcons (via The Falcoholic)

Falcons decline fifth-year option on DE Takk McKinley: While the Bucs picked up the option of an offensive weapon in O.J. Howard, the Falcons are declining the fifth-year option of their once-promising 2017 draft pick. McKinley is the second Falcon pass rusher in recent times - after Vic Beasley Jr. who was released this offseason - who has not lived up to his draft status.

Meet A.J. Terrell, Drew Brees’ next target. After releasing Desmond Trufant, the Falcons drafted former Clemson cornerback A. J. Terrell in the first round of the 2020 NFL draft. For many, Atlanta reached. Terrell’s last appearance on a football field was in the national championship game, when LSU’s Ja’Marr Chase torched him to the tune of 9 receptions for 221 yards and two touchdowns. While Terrell may still work out for the Falcons, the odds are not in his favor.

Falcons trade for Dolphins DE Charles Harris. In their quest for a more efficient pass rush, the Atlanta Falcons have traded a 7th round pick to the Miami Dolphins for defensive end Charles Harris. Like Takk McKinley, whose option Atlanta just declined, Harris was a first round pick in 2017 and has underachieved up to this point in his career.


Carolina Panthers (via Cat Scratch Reader)

Our friends at Cat Scratch Reader evaluate the 2020 Panthers post-draft roster. Carolina is widely considered to be the de facto last place team in the NFC South, but they are building a roster that could make noise a few years from now.

Panthers earn praise from the national media for their 2020 draft class. In his first ever draft class as an NFL head coach, Matt Rhule seems to have made a lot of good moves.

So, what’s missing in Carolina? Despite improving their team through free agency and the draft, the Panthers still have a slew of needs to address. Here’s a detailed look.