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Bucs have three of the top-25 NFL players under 25, and one of them really hurts.

Divisional Round - Tampa Bay Buccaneers v New Orleans Saints
Devin White has already tormented the Saints in his burgeoning career with the Bucs
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A weekly look at the top stories being discussed on the other three NFC South blogs on SB Nation.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers (via Bucs Nation)

  • PFF regrades the Bucs’ 2018 draft as elite. We all know how the Saints managed to win four NFC South titles in a row: they had that insane 2017 draft, which included players like ‘Shon Lattimore, Alvin Kamara, Marcus Williams and Ryan Ramczyk. Well, the Buccaneers didn’t do too badly in 2018, and that is one of the reasons why they’re the defending Super Bowl champions. Adding Brady was essential, but without all these pieces around him, the Saints would have likely been the team playing in the NFC Championship Game in Green Bay this past January.

  • Predictions for the Bucs’ 2022 free agent class. Teams are built in the draft, but championships are also won by adding or retaining key players in free agency. Here’s an interesting look at Bucs players who will be entering free agency following this upcoming NFL season, and whether they will be staying in Tampa or playing elsewhere in 2022.

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Atlanta Falcons (via The Falcoholic)

  • Falcons head coach Arthur Smith talks about mandatory minicamp, says little about Julio Jones. There’s a big red elephant (All you Bama fans know what I’m talking about) in the Falcons’ locker room right now and that’s Julio “I’m outta here” Jones. With the Falcons less than a week away from mandatory minicamp, rookie head coach Arthur Smith is probably now realizing that all anyone wants to talk to him about is whether or not Jones will be in attendance.

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Carolina Panthers (via Cat Scratch Reader)

  • Panthers waive Tommy Stevens, whom the Saints wasted a 7th round draft pick on in 2020. Stevens, who was thought to be a Taysom Hill-like player, did not make it in Carolina after being released by the Saints in November last year.


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