A weekly look at the top stories being discussed on the other three NFC South blogs on SB Nation.
- Wait a minute, what? Veteran running back Marshawn Lynch had discussed joining forces with Tom Brady and the Buccaneers. I mean is that actually fully surprising? I hear Jerry Rice is contemplating coming out of retirement to play for the Bucs too. What do you mean I still sound bitter?
- Some things are bigger than football. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers released a short statement after the Derek Chauvin verdict. Many sports fans want their sports to be “hand-sanitized” and free of anything other than a dribble or a touchdown. Sports are part of life and life is bigger than sports. Kudos to the Bucs for not being afraid to say something that matters even if it is not directly related to on-field action.
- Antonio Brown settles lawsuit, could re-sign soon. The veteran wide receiver is no stranger to controversy and to be fully honest, disturbing behavior. However he has now settled his latest court dispute, which some believe opens the door for a reunion with the defending Super Bowl champs.
- Owner Arthur Blank talks about the Atlanta Falcons new regime. An interesting piece onn Blank’s view of his new front office that now includes former Saints assistant GM Terry Fontenot as the new general manager. Fontenot, a Tulane alum and native of Lake Charles, LA, will be trying to get Atlanta back to their winning ways of 2016, when they went all the way to the Super Bowl. We wish Terry a ton of success, but also to always lose to the Saints and finish behind the Saints in the division every season. Fair?
- The Falcons’ franchise will change next week. Will it be for the best or the worse? That remains to be seen. However, in the NFL draft next Thursday, the new front office will have a crucial choice to make: to move on from Matt Ryan or build around the now 35-year old quarterback. The Terry Fontenot era in Atlanta begins with a huge decision!
- Evaluating the Falcons’ options with the 4th overall pick. Trey Lance? Kyle Pitts? Or trading down? Atlanta has an enviable position as it sits 4th overall in next Thursday’s draft: the Falcons can get a very good player by keeping their selection, but they could also trade down and garner a king’s ransom for their pick.
- The Panthers all-time best draft picks by round. An excellent piece examining Carolina’s best draft selections by round over the existence of the franchise. You know who is number one, right? He used to wear that number.
- Who do the Panthers pick at number 8? Like the Falcons, the Panthers have a top-10 draft selection. With a new quarterback in town in Sam Darnold, do they opt to protect him, or give him help in the receiving department? Decisions, decisions.
- Todd McShay’s 3-round mock draft goes on the offensive for Carolina. ESPN draft analyst has Carolina picking offensive players in the first three rounds of the upcoming NFL draft, despite the Panthers having a defense that was ranked 24th out of 32 teams by Football Outsiders last season. However, you can bet that McShay is not plucking things out of thin air when making his mock drafts, so it looks like offensive head coach Matt Rhule is going all “Early Sean Payton” in this draft. Will it work? Time will tell.
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