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Monday, August 22, 2011
Hitting the NFC South links

By Pat Yasinskas
ESPN.com

Let's take a look at some of the top stories from across the NFC South.

Larry Holder writes how New Orleans rookie running back Mark Ingram is the exact opposite of Reggie Bush in many ways.

Tampa Bay rookie linebacker Mason Foster is waiting to hear from the NFL on if he’ll be fined for his hit on New England’s Chad Ochocinco in Thursday night’s game. Foster drew an unnecessary roughness call at the tie. Ochocinco tweeted that he had no problem with the hit and offered to pay any fine. But, if the league does fine Foster, it’s not going to let Ochocinco pick up the tab.

With the Falcons finished with training camp, D. Orlando Ledbetter has list of things we know and don’t know. Among the things we don’t know is who will be the nickel back (Dominique Franks and Christopher Owens are still competing) and if Ray Edwards and John Abraham can form a strong pass-rushing duo. Edwards has yet to appear in a preseason game as he recovers from knee surgery.

Scott Fowler has a nice summation on how close Cam Newton is to be being Carolina’s starting quarterback for the regular season “If this were a 100-yard race to opening day, Newton has opened a 15-yard lead with 30 to go.’’ That’s very accurate. Ron Rivera paused a little bit Sunday in not naming a starter for the regular season. But he said Newton will play three quarters of this week’s preseason game with Cincinnati. As long as Newton doesn’t have a disastrous game, the job will be his.