Time for a run through the top headlines from around the NFC South:
Backup quarterback Dominique Davis called his performance in the preseason opener “horrible’’. Davis might be being a little hard on himself, but he didn’t have a good outing. He needs to pick it up in the remaining preseason games or else the Falcons might have to bring in a veteran backup.
Scott Fowler writes that the Panthers will wear black jerseys and black pants for this week’s preseason game with Philadelphia. That combination won a contest for greatest uniform ever recently, even though the Panthers have worn it only once.
Joseph Person writes that Josh Norman has re-emerged as a candidate to start at cornerback after producing two interceptions in the preseason opener. Veterans Drayton Florence and Captain Munnerlyn have been getting the first-team work. But the Panthers wouldn’t mind moving Munnerlyn to nickel back if Norman continues to play well.
NEW ORLEANS SAINTS
Coach Sean Payton said wide receiver Preston Parker had an exceptional game in the preseason opener. Parker caught four passes and scored two touchdowns. That kind of performance could be enough to earn Parker a roster spot.
TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS
Coach Greg Schiano said there’s a sense of urgency for the Bucs to develop a better pass rush. Defensive ends Da’Quan Bowers and Adrian Clayborn have to step up because no one from the outside is coming to the rescue.