Now that the first round of preseason games are over, let’s take a look at whose stock is rising and falling around the NFC South:
Luke McCown. The New Orleans backup quarterback had a productive outing. He’s competing with Seneca Wallace for the backup job behind Drew Brees. Wallace has been slowed by injury. McCown has used his opportunity to put some distance between himself and Wallace.
Josh Norman. The Carolina cornerback had two interceptions in the preseason opener and returned one of them for a touchdown. Norman has spent most of camp working with the second team, but his performance could put him in contention for a starting job.
Paul Worrilow. The Atlanta rookie linebacker opened some eyes by making 11 tackles. Worrilow’s not a candidate to start, but it’s looking like he has a shot to make the roster as a backup and special teams player.
Dominique Davis. Atlanta’s backup quarterback didn’t have a good outing against Cincinnati. The Falcons still have high hopes for Davis, but if he doesn’t show a little more in what’s left of the preseason they may be forced to bring in a veteran backup.
Da'Quan Bowers. Tampa Bay coach Greg Schiano already has made it clear he expects more out of Bowers. The Bucs want the third-year player to be an every-down player at defensive end. The Bucs obviously believe Bowers has that kind of ability or else they wouldn’t have let Michael Bennett depart through free agency. But it’s time for Bowers to start living up to his potential.
Tampa Bay's special teams. Three bad special teams plays by the Bucs handed Baltimore 17 points. Special teams coach Dave Wannstedt has to get things cleaned up before the start of the regular season.