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By PFW staff

Following are several of the whispers that we've been hearing about the NFC South teams:

• Left guard continues to be a weak spot on the Buccaneers' offensive line. Keydrick Vincent is the starter at the position, but we hear the Buccaneers may have to make a change. Jeremy Zuttah, who is now a swing backup, started at left guard last season.

• Falcons WR Roddy White racked up 20 catches in his first two games, but we hear he expects defenses to start focusing more on taking him out of games, which should leave other Atlanta receivers in better situations to get open. Word is White has told his fellow receivers that they need to be ready to step up.

• Cutting longtime FB Brad Hoover this offseason wasn't a very popular move with some Panthers fans, but we hear his replacement, Tony Fiammetta, has not been a liability in the early part of the season. Fiammetta, a fourth-round pick in 2009, is more gifted physically than Hoover, although getting down some of the nuances of the position will take time.

• The Buccaneers' decision to make seventh-round pick Cody Grimm, who had been listed as the suspended Tanard Jackson's top backup, the new starter at free safety, instead of choosing to slide SS Sabby Piscitelli over to take Jackson's place, was another sign that Piscitelli hasn't worked his way back into the coaching staff's good graces, we hear.

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