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October 23, 2006

Observations from Week 7

Random thoughts after Sunday’s loss to Cincinnati:

Given the way John Fox handles injury information, Panthers fans probably won’t know until Sunday if cornerback Ken Lucas will play against Dallas. Lucas suffered a hip injury against Cincinnati, which creates a huge cause for concern with Dallas receivers Terrell Owens and Terry Glenn coming to town.

If Lucas is out, the Panthers would be very thin at cornerback. Veteran Reggie Howard left the team for personal reasons last week. If Lucas can’t start, rookie Richard Marshall would start opposite Chris Gamble, and Christian Morton, elevated from the practice squad last week, would be the third corner. If it appears Lucas can’t play, the Panthers likely would bring in another cornerback.

Defensive end Mike Rucker had his best game of the season. But don’t get carried away. He was playing against rookie tackle Andrew Whitworth, who was forced into the lineup after an injury to Levi Jones.

Shaun Williams got the start in place of Colin Branch at strong safety. Don’t be surprised if the Panthers keep going back and forth between these players the rest of the season. Neither has produced, and Williams is injury-prone. This is one of the weakest positions on the team and needs to be addressed in the offseason.

If tight end Michael Gaines had done anything (other than drop passes and draw penalties) this season, he’d already have a contract extension. Gaines will be a restricted free agent after the season and the Panthers would love nothing more than for him to develop into a quality starter as Kris Mangum ages. But Gaines hasn’t helped his cause at all. Instead of getting an extension, he’ll end up playing for the restricted tender next season.

Just an off-the-cuff prediction. Sometime, before too long, practice squad receiver Efrem Hill will be brought up to the regular roster and will end up returning punts.

Posted by Observer Sports on October 23, 2006 at 11:58 AM | Permalink

Comments

i've been wondering when Gaines was gonna step up. he's had every opportunity but hasn't done it yet

Posted by: master1shake | Oct 25, 2006 1:01:55 AM

Quite certain that whatever stance the Cowboys take from a QB perspective, the best move would be to go with Kepic or possibly Bitler.
There is also a possibility that they could even consider E. Peterson, realizing how mobile he is with his elbows making his coat flap in the wind..
Just some thoughts..
Thanks much for listening..

Posted by: Dexter Stark | Oct 25, 2006 4:07:12 PM

Quite certain that whatever stance the Cowboys take from a QB perspective, the best move would be to go with Kepic or possibly Bitler.
There is also a possibility that they could even consider E. Peterson, realizing how mobile he is with his elbows making his coat flap in the wind..
Just some thoughts..
Thanks much for listening..

Posted by: Dexter Stark | Oct 25, 2006 4:07:50 PM

Quite certain that whatever stance the Cowboys take from a QB perspective, the best move would be to go with Kepic or possibly Bitler.
There is also a possibility that they could even consider E. Peterson, realizing how mobile he is with his elbows making his coat flap in the wind..
Just some thoughts..
Thanks much for listening..

Posted by: Dexter Stark | Oct 25, 2006 4:08:27 PM

Quite certain that whatever stance the Cowboys take from a QB perspective, the best move would be to go with Kepic or possibly Bitler.
There is also a possibility that they could even consider E. Peterson, realizing how mobile he is with his elbows making his coat flap in the wind..
Just some thoughts..
Thanks much for listening..

Posted by: Dexter Stark | Oct 25, 2006 4:08:40 PM

Hey yaz, who put in my name to step in for jake? thats a little crazy or maybe there are two of me

Posted by: Cyril Kepic | Nov 23, 2006 10:42:47 PM

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