Let's take a run through some odds and ends from around the division:
The team is looking about as healthy as it can. Receiver Roddy White (ankle), linebacker Stephen Nicholas (quadriceps), cornerback Asante Samuel (quadriceps) and kicker Matt Bryant (back) all practiced on Wednesday.
Despite some spotty play in the preseason, general manager Dave Gettleman said he’s confident the offensive line can get the job done. He better be right because this is a unit that could make or break the Panthers’ season.
NEW ORLEANS SAINTS
Mike Triplett writes that linebacker David Hawthorne could end up being an upgrade over the injured Jonathan Vilma. Hawthorne didn’t do much last year, his first season with the Saints, due to injuries. But he has talent and could help solidify a linebacker corps that has been hit hard by injuries.
TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS
Despite a lackluster preseason performance, coordinator Mike Sullivan said he has confidence in quarterback Josh Freeman and the offense. The preseason play was unimpressive, but Sullivan said he’s happy with the progress he’s seen in practices.