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August 12, 2006

Observations from exhibition opener

Random thoughts and observations from the Panthers 14-13 preseason victory against Buffalo:

Kris Jenkins said after the game he’s still not where he needs to be. But he was in for a couple of plays. His mere presence makes you wonder how good the defense can be if Jenkins can make a full recovery after missing almost all of the past two seasons.

Top draft pick DeAngelo Williams didn’t look very impressive. But don’t blame it on Williams. He was running behind the second-team offensive line. Makes you want to see what Williams can do behind the starting offensive line.

You know it’s August when Karl Hankton and Mike Seidman are catching passes.

Efrem Hill, who has looked so good in training camp, struggled on punt returns. That’s not good, because Hill needs to win the return job to secure a roster spot. As much as the Panthers don’t want to expose a starter to injury, they might have to let Chris Gamble handle returns. Even Hill’s impressive camp play as a receiver was dampened when he fumbled after catching a pass in the third quarter.

Cornerback Jarrett Bush hadn’t done much in training camp. But he was in on a bunch of plays Saturday night.

Linebacker Adam Seward had a strong performance. Seward was calling the defensive plays as the second-team middle linebacker. The Panthers were very high on Seward last year before his rookie season ended prematurely with an injury. But it’s obvious Seward still is in good standing with the coaching staff and could become an important player given Dan Morgan’s history of durability problems. Also, look for Seward to be a regular on special teams.

Don’t be surprised if receiver Steve Smith is back at practice Monday. Watching Smith run on the sidelines last week, there was little question he was pretty much recovered from his hamstring injury and could have played if this had been a regular-season game.

Stefon LeFors hasn’t been having a good training camp. But I kind of thought he might be one of those guys who isn’t a practice player. I was wrong.

Running back Eric Shelton looked good in limited action. But you can take the fact that he was running with the fourth team as a sign that he hasn’t been lighting it up in training camp.

Posted by Observer Sports on August 12, 2006 at 11:46 PM | Permalink

Comments

Good Observations Pat I pretty much felt and saw the same things you did. However, I'd ease up on Leflors simply because he was throwing to WR's whom don't have a chance of making the team or ever! being on the field in a actual game. (see Efrim Hill, and Karl Hankton, Mike Siedman) I mean Marino couldn't complete passes to those guys. As for Efrim Hill, He was playing so bad I almost felt sorry for him.

Posted by: Cheven | Aug 13, 2006 12:38:42 AM

Oh I almost forgot I was really impressed by Rookie LB James Anderson and his coverage skills He really does look like Witherspoon out there. I was also impressed by the motor and moves and atheletic ability of our 7th round draft choice the Defensive end from Auburn. I truly Believe he and Wallace can provide some quality Depth at the end position. Any chance he makes the cut? Will we get to see R. Marshall or Deangelo Williams get a crack at Returning kicks/punts? I don't know what they got but it can't be worst than Efrim Hill, it wasn't just the fumbles he lacks lateral movement and "Awareness" of when to field a punt and when to let it go. or how many yards before you cut the route off on a timing pass.Thoughts?
oh by the way I noticed Thomas Davis (on the field anyway) not making any plays. If Anderson/Adams out plays Davis in the pre-season is there any chance panthers give them the starting role they deserve? Or will they give the spot to Davis simply because of what we've invested in him?

Posted by: Cheven | Aug 13, 2006 12:52:34 AM

What do you think about Tony Brown? Do you think he has a chance to make the roster? He looked really good tonight and I hope there will be a spot for him.

Posted by: Lee | Aug 13, 2006 3:06:00 AM

Good:
1 - D-LINE!!!!!
2 - Key!!!!
3 - Ken
4 - Jake
Bad:
1 - Efram
2 - Stefon
3 - Efram
4 - Efram
5 - Stefon
6 - Efram
.....and Stefon

Posted by: Ritchie | Aug 13, 2006 9:19:46 AM

TWO MORE THINGS:
1 - It was even more impressive given Steve and Mike werent even on the field.
2 - THE PANTHERS DEPTH IS IS IS IS IS IS OVERRATED, LET ME REPEAT WAY WAY WAY OVERRATED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Posted by: Ritchie | Aug 13, 2006 9:25:36 AM

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