Around the NFC South

Let's take our morning run through some news and notes from around the division:


Jay Adams writes that wide receiver Darius Johnson is looking forward to extended playing time in the preseason finale. Johnson had a big second half against the Titans, and a strong showing in the preseason finale could earn him a roster spot.


Joesph Person writes that the Panthers have been talking to the agent for defensive end Greg Hardy about a new contract. Hardy is headed into the final year of his deal, and it would make sense to lock him up before he has a chance to drive up his price tag even more.


Bradley Handwerger projects the 53-man roster and doesn’t have linebacker Jonathan Vilma on it. Instead, Handwerger speculates that Vilma will end up on injured reserve. Vilma is coming off knee surgery, so that remains a possibility. Even if Vilma can get healthy, I’m not sure his role will be all that significant.


Gil Arcia writes that the Bucs face a tough decision on who will be the backup for running back Doug Martin. But that’s a good problem to have. Brian Leonard, Mike James and Peyton Hillis all have looked good in the preseason.