A collection of news and stories from the other SB Nation NFC South blogs
Atlanta Falcons (via The Falcoholic)
Dante Fowler Jr. is now a Falcon. In case you had forgotten! This offseason has been so unusual with the pandemic that it feels as though it has been ages since last season ended. This new series on The Falcoholic takes a look at current Falcons players, so here’s your chance to get familiar with your enemy.
Safety Keanu Neal eager to return to the field. One of the best player in the NFC South when healthy, Neal has suffered season-ending injuries the past two seasons. The former Florida Gator has been a force in Atlanta’s secondary when he has been able to suit up.
Five Most Important Falcons Offensive Players for 2020. #3: Jake Matthews. Atlanta’s left tackle is the key to keeping Matt Ryan upright and giving the Falcons a chance in 2020. At 28, Matthews is in his prime and one of the better left tackles in the entire NFL.
Carolina Panthers (via Cat Scratch Reader)
Cam Newton signs with the Pats. The former Panthers quarterback will try to revive his career under the tutelage of Wild Bill Belichick. You bet it made our friends at CSR talk. MAny of them still view Cam’s departure from Charlotte as a blatant injustice.
So, did Bill Belichick plan it all? Are you fan of conspiracy theories? Well, some of the folks at CSR believe he intended to sign Cam Newton all along.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers (via Bucs Nation)
NFL players raise concerns about playing in 2020. Like Saints’ safety Malcolm Jenkins, several NFL players are not too keen on playing football in 2020 with the uncertainty associated with COVID-19.
Shaquil Barrett still hoping for multiyear deal in Tampa. While all eyes have been on Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski, The Bucs have franchised the man who was the NFL sack-leader in 2019. Barrett is integral to a Bucs defense that will need to be improved to support its newfound offensive power. Should Barrett hold out or play unhappy, the Bucs’ promising year could be hampered before it even begins.
Tom Brady trying to get an edge. The NFLPA complains. With coronavirus cases spiking around the country and quite notably in Florida, the NFL and the NFLPA have urged players not to organize private workouts. Among the violators, Bucs quarterback Tom Brady, who has been leading workouts with his teammates.