Hitting the NFC South links

August, 15, 2011
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Time for a run through the headlines from across the NFC South.

Atlanta defensive tackle Corey Peters will miss this week’s exhibition game after suffering a knee injury in Sunday’s practice. But the good news is Peters will not require surgery. With Peters sidelined, 2009 first-round pick Peria Jerry likely will get the first-team work.

Tight end Greg Olsen had a strong debut with the Panthers. It’s pretty obvious new coach Ron Rivera and offensive coordinator Rob Chudzinski want the tight ends to be a bigger part of the passing game. Jeremy Shockey also will play a role in that, but the early signs are that Olsen will be the main tight end.

New Orleans cornerback Tracy Porter on Sunday practiced for the first time since camp opened. Porter had been sidelined after offseason knee surgery. His absence has given Patrick Robinson, last year’s first-round pick, some work with the first-team defense. Once Porter is fully back, Robinson is expected to take over the role as the nickelback.

Kyle Moore, who did not record a sack in his first two seasons with Tampa Bay, had two in the preseason opener. Still, with the arrival of rookies Da’Quan Bowers and Adrian Clayborn, he’s fighting to earn a roster spot.

It sounds like the Bucs plan to continue letting outside linebacker Quincy Black wear the radio helmet and call the defensive plays. There are two reasons for that: The Bucs don’t want to overload rookie middle linebacker Mason Foster. Plus, they plan to use Black as an every-down linebacker, while Foster will come off the field in some situations.

Pat Yasinskas | email

ESPN Tampa Bay Buccaneers reporter

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