NFC South Morning Jog: LaFell Feels Panthers WR Corps as Good as Anyone's

Knox Bardeen@knoxbardeenNFC South Lead WriterAugust 23, 2012

CHICAGO, IL - OCTOBER 2:   Brandon LaFell #11 of the Carolina Panthers reaches for an over thrown pass in the end zone during a game against the Chicago Bears at the Soldier Field on October 2, 2011 in Chicago, Illinois.  The Bears defeated the Panthers 34 to 29.  (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)
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Each morning, I like to start the day off with a workout—usually a morning jog. I can clear my head, plan my day and think about what’s going on around the NFC South.


Carolina Panthers

Brandon LaFell became the second NFC South receiver in a week's time to say that there wasn't an opposing secondary that could slow down said offense. LaFell told the Charlotte Observer "we’ve got as many guys as anyone else has that can get open and make plays.”

Ron Rivera said that the starters could play into the second half Sunday night against the New York Jets on national TV. [Charlotte Observer]


Atlanta Falcons

Want to talk improvement? According to the team's official website, Atlanta's defensive line has accounted for two sacks, six tackles for loss and three quarterback hits its two preseason games. This is partially the effect of new defensive coordinator Mike Nolan and partially the fact that the unit is gelling after being together for some time.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported Thursday morning that rookie offensive tackle Lamar Holmes, who missed the entire offseason workout program and both preseason games while being limited in training camp with a broken toe, will get his first live action on Friday when the Falcons play Miami.

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New Orleans Saints

The Saints named offensive line and running game coach Aaron Kromer as the interim head coach for the first six games of the season when Joe Vitt will be suspended. [Times-Picayune]

The Saints defense had a tough time tackling against the Jaguars last week. After their abysmal showing last Friday against Jacksonville, New Orleans spent two days this week working on fundamentals, including wrapping up against teammates and hitting practice dummies. [Times-Picayune]


Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Dekoda Watson hasn't developed into the three-down linebacker the Buccaneers expected, as he's had trouble in coverage and with maturity, according to Pewter Report. But this season Watson may be ready to turn that around, if he can get onto the field.

With LeGarrette Blount and Doug Martin fighting for the starting job at running back and rookie Michael Smith in the mix, not many people are watching the fallout of the rest of the depth chart. Second-year running back Mossis Madu thinks he can still make a mark on this team, but it might have to be on special teams. [Tampa Bay Times]