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Should the Panthers trade Kawann Short? The NFL seasons pass, but Kawann Short is still a Carolina Panther! Drafted by Carolina in the second round of the 2013 NFL draft, Short has been a mainstay in Charlotte. But with his age (31) and younger players vying for playing times, the defensive tackle’s days in Carolina may be numbered.
Who is Stephen Weatherly? The Carolina Panthers signed a little-known defensive end during free agency. Weatherly was with the Vikings before and stuck behind a certain Pro-Bowler named Danielle Hunter. The Panthers are hoping that increased playing time turns Weatherly into the bona fide pass rusher they think he can become in their young defense.
Sporting News doesn’t favor the Bucs in Week One. Despite being the darlings on the entire offseason, and not without reasons, Sporting News sees the Saints take the Bucs in the season-opener for both Tampa and New Orleans in the Superdome.
NFL.com sees the Bucs go from the floor to the ceiling. One outfit that is all-in on the Bucs is NFL.com. The website sees Tampa surging from the cellar in 2019 to the playoffs this upcoming season.
Tom Brady looking impressive in camp. Peter King details how good Tom Brady has looked so far in training camp. Last season, Brady posted pedestrian numbers in a Pats offense devoid of weapons. He seems to reinvigorated in Tampa Bay.
Can the Falcons get better between now and the start of the season? Atlanta is picked by many of the pundits to finish third in the NFC South, behind the Saints and the Bucs. However, the Falcons can still get better before the season start, and surprise some of the prognosticators.
Remember Keanu Neal? The Falcons’ safety has finished the last two years on IR, each time after having outstanding starts to the season. Falcons head coach Dan Quinn might rest Neal and a few other key starters coming back from injury during training camp. The move makes sense, in an already unusual training camp, when all that matters are the games that count.
Luke Stocker joins the Falcons. Remember Austin Hooper? The 25-year old tight end that terrorized defenses in an Atlanta Falcons uniform? Well he is now in Cleveland, having left Atlanta during free agency. The Falcons have brought back veteran tight end Luke Stocker to add depth to a unit that will feel the void left behind by Hooper.