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How many picks will Matt Ryan throw next season? We hope for a gazillion

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A collection of news and stories from the other SB Nation NFC South blogs

Carolina Panthers (via Cat Scratch Reader)

Carolina will be be good on offense. Although the Carolina Panthers are expected to struggle defensively in the 2020-2021 NFL season, they have plenty surrounded new quarterback Teddy Bridgewater with plenty of offensive weapons.

Second Panther opts out of upcoming season. Christian Miller, a second-year edge rusher for Carolina became the second player to opt out of the upcoming NFL season because of COVID-19.

Russell Okung considering retirement. Amid the uncertainty surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, the veteran left tackle is now mulling retirement, versus playing next season. Okung’s potential departure could be a blow to newly-acquired QB Teddy Bridgewater, as the blindside protector was still one of the best in the NFL.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers (via Bucs Nation)

Bucs cutting cornerback M.J. Stewart. You may wonder who M.J. Stewart is, ubt the Bucs invested a second-round pick in him just in 2018. Although a bit of an under the radar move, draft busts are what undoes a lot of NFL teams. Remember those 7-9 Saints teams of the 2013-2017 seasons? There were a lot of M.J. Stewarts on those teams.

Matt Ryan reacts to the Bucs signing of Tom Brady. There will be a lot of 28-3 signs in the stands when the Bucs play the Falcons next season. As most of you remember, it was Brady’s Patriots who rallied from 25 points down against Ryan’s Falcons to win the Super Bowl back in January 2017. Ryan for his part, will be eager to exact some form of revenge.

First Bucs player opts out. The defections continue in the NFL, as an increasing number of players have opted out of playing in the upcoming season due to the coronavirus pandemic. Brad Seaton, a backup tackle is the first for Tampa Bay. And although the deadline to opt out with all benefits expired this past Thursday, Seaton may not be the last to do so.

Atlanta Falcons (via The Falcoholic)

How many picks will Matt Ryan throw next season? We have all heard the saying: Father Time is undefeated. Last season, he seemed to knock firmly at Matt Ryan’s door, as the Falcons’ quarterback had an underwhelming season, adorned with 14 shiny interceptions. Will Ryan turn it around next year or are we in for some of the same gift passes? You know what I’m hoping for.

Can Atlanta improve its blitzing? The Falcons had a pretty putrid defense last season, highlighted by very poor results in the blitzing department. Atlanta will be looking to shore up that aspect of its defense both via scheme and new players additions.

Falcons bring back safety J.J. Wilcox. In a secondary in flux, Atlanta brings back a veteran player that will have a role in their defensive backfield.