Print and Go Back NFL Nation [Print without images]

Thursday, August 21, 2008
Around the NFC South: Time for youth movement

Posted by's Pat Yasinskas

There's one common theme to this morning's roundup. A lot of rookies and young players will get a chance to step into bigger roles in this week's preseason games.


It looks like rookie running back Jonathan Stewart will work with the first team in Saturday's preseason game against Washington. DeAngelo Williams started the first two games as Stewart dealt with a toe injury. But the Panthers didn't use their top pick on Stewart to have him sit on the bench.


The Falcons may give rookie linebacker Curtis Lofton a start when they play their third preseason game. That makes sense because the Falcons also are starting quarterback Matt Ryan. They can put their offense and defense into the hands of rookies at the same time.


Rookie Jeremy Zuttah is expected to start at right guard with Davin Joseph out with a broken foot. Veteran Dan Buenning also can play this spot, but the Bucs prefer to keep him as the top backup for all the interior positions. Zuttah, who also can play center, had an outstanding training camp.


With Hollis Thomas out with an injury, Orien Harris looks like he'll factor into the team's plans at defensive tackle.