Hitting the NFC South links

August, 16, 2011
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Time for a quick run through some headlines from around the NFC South.

Atlanta defensive tackle Peria Jerry will get the start against Jacksonville this week due to an injury to Corey Peters. But this could be a sign of things to come. The Falcons say Jerry’s healthy for the first time since suffering a major knee injury in 2009. Peters did a decent job as a starter last season. But a healthy Jerry is far more explosive than Peters. A solid performance in this game could keep Jerry in the starting lineup.

Tom Sorensen takes a look at Kealoha Pilares, the rookie wide receiver who has Carolina fans all excited after he showed sprinter's speed in the preseason debut.

New Orleans’ Zach Strief is happy he’s getting a shot to start at right tackle. But he says in this video that he’s very sad about the release of teammate Jon Stinchcomb, who previously held that job.

Matt Bowen writes about how well Tampa Bay backup quarterback Josh Johnson played in the preseason opener. No argument here. Johnson looked better than I’ve ever seen him look in practice. With his contract up after this season, Johnson needs to get all the positive film he can, and his only chance to do that might come in the remaining preseason games because Josh Freeman's going to get all the playing time in the regular season.

Stephania Bell, our resident injury expert, takes a look at the health of the Saints. She especially delves into Mark Ingram's knee and Pierre Thomas' ankle.

Pat Yasinskas | email

ESPN Tampa Bay Buccaneers reporter

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