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August 17, 2006

Things to watch against Jacksonville

Some things to watch in Saturday night’s preseason game at Jacksonville:

The return game. Efrem Hill struggled on punt returns last week. But the coaches would like Hill to win the job so Steve Smith and Chris Gamble can concentrate on their regular duties. Hill has had a good camp and could bounce back. If he doesn’t, the Panthers always can fall back on Gamble or Smith. Kickoff returns also could be interesting. Incumbent Jamal Robertson handled them last week. But let’s face it: Robertson probably won’t make the team. It’s time to take a look at rookie DeAngelo Williams.

The short-yardage rushing game. This area is a growing concern because second-year pro Eric Shelton hasn’t taken a big step forward. That still could happen, but the coaches will continue to take a look at former practice squad player Alex Haynes. He doesn’t have Shelton’s size, but is a power runner with a low center of gravity and could be tough to tackle.

Kris Jenkins. The big man looked decent against Buffalo last week. But he’s still working his way into shape, and getting the chance to play an entire half is his next test.

The offensive line. The first unit looked very good last week, but that was against Buffalo. Jacksonville’s got a much better defensive line.

Posted by Observer Sports on August 17, 2006 at 05:54 PM | Permalink


I think an additional "thing to watch" is the play of Thomas Davis. We did not see too much of him in the Buffalo game, so this might be our first chance to see how he's adapting to LB.

Posted by: CAR2SEA | Aug 18, 2006 3:17:46 PM

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