Around the NFC South

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

— Atlanta receiver Roddy White tried to sound like the elder statesman when he said rookie Julio Jones will have days like he did Sunday. Jones had some key drops and some key penalties. But White also had a couple of drops in the loss to Houston.

— Although Atlanta safety William Moore has returned to practice after missing time with injuries, James Sanders has remained in the starting lineup.

— The ball Carolina quarterback Cam Newton was carrying when he broke the season record for rushing touchdowns by a quarterback is going to the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

— New Orleans coach Sean Payton said his team is a work in progress when asked if the Saints are better than they were last year. Coaches aren’t supposed to say their team is better than last year, so I’ll do it for him. The Saints are better than last year. They’ve got a better defense and a stable of healthy running backs to go with Drew Brees and the passing game.

— Tampa Bay coach Raheem Morris said he’ll simplify the defense to make it easier on the young players. At this point, anything is worth a shot.