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December 08, 2005

Time to start Foster

It’s December and all that, but the Panthers need to stop being so generous.

The whole charade of starting Stephen Davis no longer is necessary and it certainly isn’t productive. It’s been clear for three weeks now that DeShaun Foster is the feature running back.

Still, though, the Panthers list Davis first on the depth chart. Yea, Davis is a great guy and deserves every bit of respect possible because he’s been such a big contributor and locker room leader in the past.

But Davis is aware he’s no longer the feature back. He also has been around long enough to know the NFL is a cold, hard business. Heck, you could even make a case the Panthers are embarrassing Davis by starting him and promptly yanking him.

Starting him last week against Atlanta didn’t do any good. He gained five yards while carrying four times on the first two drives. Foster took over late in the game and gained 131 yards on 24 carries. Davis carried only one time the rest of the game.

Davis still should get a few carries scattered throughout the game, and he should get the carries near the goal line. But it’s time to start Foster and let him run with the opportunity.

DEFENSIVE DIVISION: All four teams in the NFC South rank in the top 14 in the NFL in total defense. The Bucs are second and the Panthers are fourth. The Saints are 11th and Atlanta ranks 14th.

Posted by Observer Sports on December 8, 2005 at 04:17 PM | Permalink

Comments

I hear the cries for Foster to start and as you say "run with the opportunity" but hasn't Foster BEEN running with the opportunity? Honestly, what does it matter if Davis takes the first snap and Foster takes the rest? I mean, haven't we heard Fox say "it's not how you start but how you finish?"

Posted by: Bruce | Dec 9, 2005 7:17:30 AM

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