Plugging the holes: NFC South

Most pressing offseason needs for the Falcons, Panthers, Saints and Bucs

Updated: February 20, 2014, 10:48 AM ET
By Vince Verhei | Football Outsiders

Cam NewtonDerick E. Hingle/USA TODAY SportsCam Newton and the Panthers' passing game would benefit from an upgraded receiving corps.

AFC East | AFC North | AFC South | AFC West
NFC East | NFC North | NFC South | NFC West

Welcome to the 2014 version of Plugging the Holes, an eight-part examination from Football Outsiders of the biggest needs for every NFL team, division by division, going into the offseason.

In this edition, we look at the four NFC South teams.


Atlanta Falcons: Defensive line


As you might expect from a team that won only four games last season, Atlanta has holes all over its roster. Question marks abound along the offensive line, at running back and in the secondary. The defensive line, however, may have been the NFL's worst in 2013, and things look to be getting worse before they get better.