Around the NFC South

Posted by ESPN.com’s Pat Yasinskas

  • Atlanta’s John Abraham says it’s time for the defensive line to “man up.’’ He’s got a point. This unit hasn’t recorded a sack in the past two games.

  • Bob Berghaus reports that when former Atlanta quarterback Randy Johnson died a few weeks ago, he was penniless and was found on the floor of a mountain cabin.

  • New Orleans fans weren’t too happy back in April when the team traded up and drafted punter Thomas Morstead. But the rookie is off to a nice start.

  • Through the first three games, Steve Smith and Muhsin Muhammad don’t have any touchdown catches. Coming out of the bye, the Panthers know that has to change.

  • Ed Hardin writes that the Panthers are done if they lose Sunday and he wonders if this team has anything left.

  • New Orleans running back Pierre Thomas spent much of the offseason working to add 10 pounds. But that weight was lost as he dealt with a knee injury and a virus. Thomas isn’t looking to put all the weight back on right away.

  • Tampa Bay safety Tanard Jackson said he let his team down by being suspended for the first four games. Jackson is expected to be activated in the coming days and play in Sunday’s game against Philadelphia.