How I See It: NFC South Stock Watch

November, 17, 2010
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FALLING

Jimmy Clausen
AP Photo/Margaret BowlesCarolina QB Jimmy Clausen has had a mostly disappointing rookie season in Carolina.
1. Jimmy Clausen, Panthers quarterback. He made some positive plays and looked almost competent against Tampa Bay. But the rookie suffered a concussion near the end of the game and it appears as if the Panthers are preparing to go without him and start fellow rookie Tony Pike against Baltimore on Sunday. Clausen’s having a rough first season and it just keeps getting rougher.

2. Harry Douglas, Falcons wide receiver. Atlanta coaches and officials thought this would be a breakout year for Douglas, but it hasn’t been anything close to that. He largely has been a nonfactor. Douglas has been playing the slot in recent weeks and that’s where the Falcons thought he would excel, but he’s remained very quiet.

3. Jerry Richardson, Panthers owner. If Richardson looked at all the empty seats in Raymond James Stadium, it should have made him think hard about the future of the Panthers. If things don’t change quickly, he could be staring at a lot of empty seats in Bank of America Stadium next year.

RISING

1. Tampa Bay general manager Mark Dominik and his scouting staff. The Bucs started seven rookies, including all three seventh-round picks, and also played five other rookies in Sunday’s victory against Carolina.

2. Michael Jenkins, Falcons wide receiver. He’s one of those underrated guys who doesn’t do a lot of flashy things. But Jenkins had a big catch late in the victory against Baltimore and, since his return from injury, his presence as a role player has made the entire Atlanta offense better.

3. Gerald McCoy, Buccaneers defensive tackle. He hasn’t dominated yet, but there are signs the first-round pick is catching onto things. He’s coming off his best game. He had five tackles, batted down a pass and forced a fumble against Carolina.

Pat Yasinskas | email

ESPN Tampa Bay Buccaneers reporter

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