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p id=”phMYzT”>The time to make big-name
additions to each team has come and passed as the 2018 NFL
has concluded and all that remains on the free
agency market are players that no one wants. So after teams have
improved all they could thus far, there are still weaknesses that
could have been further improved. For the New
Orleans Saints
, thinks
that biggest
remains the group of linebackers:

Give Saints general
manager Mickey Loomis credit for throwing as many darts as possible
at this annual problem. Between Demario Davis,
Alex Anzalone,
A.J. Klein,
Manti Te’o and
, the Saints should
be able to field a workable trio to play between a sneaky-good
defensive line and a talented

They’re not wrong.

But for once, the Saints not only have a group of
warm bodies, but a fair amount of quality and not just quantity.
and AJ Klein are likely to serve as the primary
pair of linebackers with the returning Alex Anzalone hoping to
build on the promise he was starting to show before he went down
with injury. Manti Te’o had a career year in New Orleans last year
and Craig Robertson is a player that won’t embarrass you when
pressed into action.

Across the NFC
South, named
the secondary as the biggest weakness for both the Carolina
and the Tampa
Bay Buccaneers
. It was a little more complicated of an
analysis for the Atlanta
, as their weakness was the hangover from losing
former Offensive Coordinator Kyle Shanahan:

I love the Falcons
roster, aside from an offensive line that might top out as
good, not great. There are no apparent huge
weaknesses, and the defense as a whole is ready to fly. The biggest
obstacle could be the memory of who’s no longer in the building.
Every slow offensive half by the Falcons is
likely to inspire more unfavorable comparisons between offensive
coordinator Steve Sarkisian and his predecessor. The 2016 Falcons
offense isn’t coming back, but the team’s playoff push last season
showed this squad has other avenues to win games. Atlanta doesn’t
have to be record-breaking on offense to be right back in the title

The Saints
and Falcons are likely to have explosive offenses in 2018 – the NFC
South is going to be fun.


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