In Part Three of his 2006 NFL Preview, Bullseye-Sports.com’s Dwayne Bryant gives his considerations and forecasts to the NFC South. Groups are recorded in their anticipated request of finish.
1. CAROLINA PANTHERS
Offense: WR Steve Smith came back from a 2004 physical issue and lit up the group last season, counting 103 gets, 1,563 yards and 12 TDs. With recently obtained Keyshawn Johnson on the opposite side, Smith should confront less twofold and triple-groups. Keyshawn won’t just assistance the offense in that viewpoint, yet his great run-blocking capacity will help open running paths for RB DeShaun Foster. Encourage has been tormented by wounds all through his profession, so expect to see first-adjust draft pick DeAngelo Williams get a lot of conveys too. Lead trainer John Fox inclines toward a run-first assault, yet with Smith and Johnson at WR and QB Jake Delhomme under focus, Fox would be better off utilizing a progressively adjusted offense. This offense was running on all chambers late last season and I search for business as usual in 2006.
Protection: This is one intense barrier that can do everything. Everything fires in advance with pass-hurrying phenoms Julius Peppers and Mike Rucker. They consolidated for 18 sacks and three bumble recuperations – in an off-year. Carolina added DT Maake Kemoeatu to the group with Kris Jenkins in the center. They likewise included Damione Lewis from St. Louis to add truly necessary profundity to the line. Dan Morgan drives the LB team, yet has a past filled with injury issues. CBs Ken Lucas and Chris Gamble give strong inclusion and amazing playmaking capacity in the optional. In 2005, Carolina’s barrier positioned third in yards permitted per game and fifth in focuses permitted. They additionally counted 45 sacks and 42 takeaways. Search for this resistance to keep on being among the association’s ideal.
Exceptional Teams: There’s consistently the chance of an arrival TD when Steve Smith is dealing with the punt-bring obligations back. Kicker John Kasay associated on 26 of 34 FG attempts with 5 of the 8 misses originating from past 50 yards.
Expectation: They can run. They can pass. They can shield the run and pass. There’s nothing this group can’t do. Search for Carolina to win the extreme NFC South and conceivably catch a first-round bye in the end of the season games.
2. TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS
Offense: As the Cadillac goes, so goes this offense. Lead trainer Jon Gruden leans towards a moderate methodology, which means loads of contacts for Williams. He’ll hope to remain sound and set up a season much more great than last season’s new kid on the block crusade in which he totaled 1,178 yards and 6 TDs in spite of a lower leg injury. Joey Galloway was Chris Simms’ primary objective in 2005. In any case, with Michael Clayton solid once more, I expect Clayton to be the go-to fellow in the passing game this season. The hostile line nearly got Simms murdered last season. The Bucs marked a few OL through the draft and free office to improve this unit. Be that as it may, cohesiveness will require significant investment. So I consider this to be as a work-in-progress.
Guard: The Bucs protection was #1 in yards permitted last season. DE Simeon Rice enrolled 14 sacks – useful for third-best in the alliance. Tampa Bay has a strong LB corps with Derrick Brooks, Shelton Quarles, and Ryan Nece. They can run, spread, and surge the passer. The optional highlights playmakers at CB in Ronde Barber (5 INTs in 2005) and Brian Kelly. Wellbeing Dexter Jackson’s takeoff to Cincinnati may leave this unit defenseless over the center. This is a maturing gathering, yet enough ability stays for this safeguard to be entirely considerable indeed in 2006.
Exceptional Teams: The opening shot return group was for all intents and purposes imperceptible in 2005. Imprint Jones managed to average 9.6 yards on punt returns. Kicker Matt Bryant made 21 of 25 FG endeavors, including 18 of 19 from 30-49 yards.
Forecast: The Bucs will battle for a Wildcard spot and ought to get one gave Cadillac Williams can remain solid. Tampa Bay could challenge for the division title if the hostile line gels in the near future, however, I see it is later.
3. ATLANTA FALCONS
Offense: Atlanta has driven the class in surging every one of the last two seasons because of RBs Warrick Dunn and T.J. Duckett and QB Michael Vick. Dunn is the rapid, slippery back. Duckett is enormous, wounding back used viably around the objective line. This offense shows flashes of splendor, as does Vick. In any case, this offense will keep on battling sporadically until Vick can enhance his precision and dynamic. Atlanta utilized their last two first-round draft singles out WRs (Michael Jenkins in 2004 and Roddy White in 2005), however, TE Alge Crumpler remains Vick’s preferred objective. Crumpler is enormous, gets division, makes gets in rush hour gridlock and once in a while ever drops a pass. This offense goes as Vick goes. On the off chance that he battles, the offense falters. Search for increasingly conflicting play this season.