Around the NFC South

Time for a look at the top headlines from around the NFC South.

There have been published reports in Denver that the Carolina Panthers are interested in trading for Broncos receiver Brandon Lloyd. General manager Marty Hurney and coach Ron Rivera denied those reports and went on to say they’ve had no trade talks with any teams.

Although rookie running back Mark Ingram leads the Saints in carries, coach Sean Payton said he sometimes feels like he’s not using Ingram enough. But that’s not a bad problem to have. When Ingram’s not on the field, Darren Sproles and Pierre Thomas are. Both of them can do different things than Ingram and they do them well.

Atlanta coach Mike Smith said his defense spent part of this week preparing for the option offense. It’s not something the Falcons had worked on much in the past. But Carolina has been running the option with rookie quarterback Cam Newton and the Falcons expect to see some of it Sunday.

Tampa Bay safety Tanard Jackson, who is returning this week after being suspended for more than a year, said one of the things he did during his time off was to add muscle.

With Tampa Bay running back LeGarrette Blount (knee) likely out Sunday, Earnest Graham and Kregg Lumpkin are looking forward to picking up his workload.

Atlanta tight end Tony Gonzalez and receiver Roddy White said the Falcons are capable of running the no-huddle offense all the time. But Gonzalez points out there are times when it’s best to use the huddle.