NFC South afternoon update

We’re still a few hours away from the Atlanta Falcons’ preseason game with the Cincinnati Bengals, so let’s take a run through some headlines from around the rest of the division:

  • Carolina quarterback Cam Newton, who attempted just six passes in the exhibition opener, will get extended playing time in Friday night’s preseason game with Miami. Coach Ron Rivera said Newton and the other starters are expected to play the first half.

  • Rookie hazing has kind of eased up in the NFL in recent years. But veterans can still have some fun with rookies. A good example of that came when some veteran Panthers had a little fun with a Jeep owned by rookie receiver Brenton Bersin.

  • Veteran tight end Daniel Graham said he only wanted to play this season if it was with a championship contender. When the New Orleans Saints called, he pounced on the offer. You can’t question that one. Even with all the adversity the Saints have faced this offseason, they still have enough roster on their talent to be one of the league’s top teams.

  • Three of Tampa Bay’s rookies reflect on their first training camp. That stretch is over, but they still know there’s a lot of work to be done between now and the start of the regular season and the routine isn’t going to change all that much.