NFC South afternoon update

October, 3, 2012
10/03/12
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Let's take a look at the day's top headlines from around the NFC South:

ATLANTA FALCONS

Quarterback Matt Ryan says in this podcast that he’s more confident this season. Ryan said that’s due to the fact he’s more experienced. I also think it might have something to do with the fact that coordinator Dirk Koetter is running an offense that maximizes Ryan’s skills.

Former Atlanta cornerback DeAngelo Hall, now with Washington, says Ryan is playing at an MVP level.

CAROLINA PANTHERS

Fans in the Carolinas won’t be happy to hear this, but coach Ron Rivera says he’s sticking with Haruki Nakamura as the starting free safety, even after a disastrous outing Sunday in Atlanta. But I’ve got a hunch we could see Sherrod Martin if Russell Wilson lights up Nakamura a couple of times.

In this radio interview, Carolina receiver Brandon LaFell shares his opinion that the Panthers should have gone for it on fourth-and-1 in Atlanta on Sunday. As we know, the Panthers punted the ball away and the rest is history.

NEW ORLEANS SAINTS

In this radio interview, interim coach Aaron Kromer says the Saints are ready to bust out at any time. If that’s going to happen, it better happen immediately because the Saints have almost no margin for error if they’re going to dig themselves out of an 0-4 hole.

The injury report isn’t getting much lighter for the Saints. Receiver Lance Moore (hamstring) and safety Roman Harper (hip) were held out of Wednesday’s practice. Linebacker David Hawthorne, who missed Sunday’s game with a hamstring injury, also remained out of practice.

TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS

A bankruptcy court has ordered an auction of an Orlando-area house owned by former Tampa Bay defensive tackle Warren Sapp. The 15,000-square-foot house was built in 2005 for about $7 million.

Coach Greg Schiano hinted the Bucs may use the bye week to take a look at Jeremy Trueblood at right guard. Trueblood lost his starting job at right tackle to Demar Dotson. Ted Larsen has been starting at right guard since Davin Joseph went down with a season-ending injury in the preseason. It doesn’t hurt to give Trueblood a look at guard because it’s not like Larsen has been playing at a Pro Bowl level.

Pat Yasinskas | email

ESPN Tampa Bay Buccaneers reporter

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