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In Focus - the NFC SOUTH

The NFC South has been ruled by the Carolina Panthers for the past three seasons and that is unlikely to change this season although the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are trending in the right direction.

The Panthers off season was a case of if it ain't broke, don't fix it as they didn't add much to last year's NFC Championship roster. They did lose talented cornerback Josh Norman to the Redskins but added Brandon Boykin and three rookie defensive backs through the draft. They will be just fine at the position. The biggest change for the Panthers this season will be giant receiver Kelvin Benjamin added back to the starting unit this season after missing all season in 2015. He is easily the best receiver on this roster and will make the team even scarier in the passing attack. With Cam Newton in his prime at quarterback, expect another 12+ win season for this powerful squad. The only concern here is with the Panthers basically standing pat while all three other teams took steps to elevate their chances in 2016. If the Panthers slip up at all, they will be pushed by three teams expecting to improve this season.

The real question is which team will elevate their play and contend in the division as all three have some positives to address. I am going to pick the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to continue their upwards trend and win 9 to 10 games this season. The Buccaneers had a great offseason this year despite having a mediocre draft day. They picked up a potential five new starters through free agency and another few through the draft. They also have not lost a significant player yet and this team is trending upwards. Robert Ayers is a veteran defensive end that is good at getting after the quarterback. Brent Grimes brings plenty of experience and ability to the field and will make the secondary a strength alongside rookie Vernon Hargreaves III. At 34-years of age I don't know how much Daryl Smith has left in the tank but he has played in every game over the past three seasons with the Baltimore Ravens and had 71 tackles last year. Noah Spence dominated Senior Bowl and shot up the draft boards. He looks elite rushing the passer although not nearly as solid against the run. Trading up to get a kicker is stupid but I will admit that Robert Aguayo can play. If that is analytics telling you to trade up and take a kicker then better go back to gut drafting. Ryan Smith is an athletic corner that could surprise but he will have to prove he can go from NC Central to the NFL caliber first. I think Devante Bond could surprise in the NFL if he works hard and learns. He is raw but has good tenacity and instincts for the game.

The Falcons also have a real chance of improvement this season. The Falcons did a good job in free agency this offseason with the addition of seven proven veterans, many of whom may start for the team in 2016. Sean Weatherspoon was an excellent linebacker for the Falcons from 2010 to 2013 when he started 41 games and had an impact on defense. Then he ruptured his achilles, missed the entire 2014 season and was ineffective with the Cardinals last year. At worst, Weatherspoon will add depth to the Will Linebacker position but I believe he will start over Philip Wheeler. Alex Mack is an upgrade at center for the Falcons after spending seven productive years with the Browns. Derrick Shelby quietly had one of the better defensive end seasons last year with the Dolphins and will be in the defensive end rotation for sure. He has no weaknesses in his game. Mohamed Sanu was brought in to replace an old Roddy White and Sanu brings a nice skill set to the team. He should emerge as the WR2 across from Julio Jones. Matt Schaub began his career in Atlanta from 2004 to 2006 and returns home to end his career. He will be a nice veteran to have backing up Matt Ryan. The Falcons didn't lose too much off their 2015 roster. Roddy White, veteran receiver was released but he lost a few steps and is possibly heading towards retirement. Paul Soliai has had a long, productive career at nose tackle but at 34-years of age has his best days behind him. The draft will add a few capable players to the starting / rotational group this year. Keanu Neal of Florida should start at strong safety this season and he has all the tools to be a top safety in the league. Deion Jones is a fast, athletic linebacker with great instincts and he looks poised to win the middle linebacker position. Austin Hooper will be a good NFL tight end but may take some time to emerge in Atlanta. He is currently behind an equally talented Jacob Tamme. De'Vondre Campbell will likely provide depth off the bench as will guard Wes Schweitzer. All in all, I really like what the Falcons did this offseason. They improved in a number of areas including linebacker, defensive end and safety and will have a faster, more athletic defense in 2016. Expect some improvement from the Falcons this year as they push for a playoff spot in the competitive NFC South.

Last but perhaps not least come the New Orleans Saints whom always will have a shot with Drew Brees under center. The Saints only added four players via free agency but all four should contribute for the club. Nick Fairley is a former 13th overall pick from the Detroit Lions who is a capable interior linemen. He will certainly be in the rotation at tackle. Coby Fleener is a younger, more athletic tight end than the departed Ben Watson so this was a win for the Saints as well. He should emerge as the starter. Craig Robertson had 34 starts in the past three seasons for the Browns is an athletic, solid tackling linebacker. He will likely backup at the Will linebacker position but could earn the starting job as well. The Saints lost a number of players as well but all are replaceable parts. WR Marques Colston retired but his ability really dropped last year and will be easily replaced in the lineup.

The draft was not terrific but a couple of players were added that could have an impact in 2016. Sheldon Rankins is an athletic, productive defensive tackle that will certainly be in the rotation with Nick Fairley and John Jenkins. He has all the tools to be great. WR Michael Thomas from Ohio State is the nephew of former NFL WR Keyshawn Johnson, and at 6'3 and 212 pounds, he resembles the former first overall pick of the Jets. He runs with explosion and has deceptive speed but his route running needs a lot of work to get open at the next level. He battles hard and loves to compete. He could emerge as a starter with a great camp. Vonn Bell is a talented safety that could emerge in New Orleans. He doesn't have ideal size but his excellent vision and quickness make up for it. David Onyemata is a raw, athletic gifted defensive lineman with upside although likely some time before he contributes. Running back Daniel Lasco had some great moments in college and has a terrific burst. May find a role with the team.

Overall the Saints added several positive improvements to the roster without sacrificing much of note. They should emerge as a stronger team at the start of 2016 than they were at the end of last year.

All of a sudden, this is a competitive, possibly nasty division up for grabs. The Carolina Panthers are certainly still the front runners but thanks to minimal additions for their team this season while the others around them did, it could be a real barnburner of a season.

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