Around the NFC South

Tampa Bay coach Raheem Morris compared rookie running back to LeGarrette Blount to Mike Alstott. It would be nice if it turns out that way. But let’s see a little bit more of Blount before we get too carried away with the comparisons.

The Panthers signed Chris Morris on Wednesday. That will help give a struggling offensive line a little more depth. But it’s not going to solve everything. Morris was a seventh-round pick by Oakland in 2006 and started 10 games for the Raiders last season.

The Bucs gave rookie Arrelious Benn some first-team work at wide receiver. If they’re doing that in a bye week, it’s a pretty good strong Benn will be starting opposite fellow rookie Mike Williams when the Bucs return to play and Sammie Stroughter will be allowed to focus on being a slot receiver. That’s the plan the Bucs had all along, but Benn took a little longer than Williams to catch on to things in the preseason.

Outstanding columnist Peter Finney checked in with a couple of legendary New Orleans kickers, Tom Dempsey and Morten Andersen, to get a view of what Garrett Hartley is going through as he tries to find his accuracy.