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By PFW staff

Following are a few of the whispers we've heard around the NFC South lately:

• The Panthers are playing rookie WRs Brandon LaFell and David Gettis ahead of fourth-year veteran Dwayne Jarrett, and some league observers are wondering why the team keeps Jarrett on the roster. It's unlikely that any club is going to show interest in dealing for him before the trade deadline, so he's not going anywhere unless the Panthers cut him.

• An observer in Charlotte said OLT Jordan Gross hasn't displayed his usual Pro Bowl form consistently this season, and Gross hasn't disagreed with that assessment. Gross has been critical of himself and the rest of the offensive line, which has struggled thus far.

• Falcons second-year S William Moore started the last two games while the usual starter, Erik Coleman, sat out with an MCL injury. While head coach Mike Smith has said Coleman is progressing well, it's possible that Moore will keep the starting job even when Coleman returns. The Falcons would like to get a long look at Moore, a second-round pick in 2009.

• Buccaneers DE Tim Crowder hasn't cracked the starting lineup this season, although defensive line coach Todd Wash has said he views Crowder as a "third" starter. The Bucs like what they've seen from the 2007 second-round pick, and it would be no surprise if he gets worked into the rotation even more frequently. The added playing time could come at the expense of DE Kyle Moore, who is coming off a rough performance vs. Pittsburgh.

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