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October 31, 2007

Panthers seem to be exploring return options

For what it’s worth, the Panthers did put in a waiver claim on former Pittsburgh defensive back Ricardo Colclough, but didn’t get him. The Browns did.

But it’s a pretty safe bet the Panthers weren’t looking at Colclough as a defensive back because he’s not a very good one. It’s more likely they were looking at him as a return man, although he’s not all that good in that area, either.

But the way things have been going on both punt returns and kickoff returns, the Panthers, who previously worked out return man Jeremy Bloom, have to keep exploring all options.

For the time being, it looks like they’ll stick with struggling rookie Ryne Robinson (who probably should watch film of Devin Hester instead of talking to the media) as the punt returner and DeAngelo Williams (along with an occasional appearance by offensive lineman Geoff Hangartner) on kickoffs.


Posted by Observer Sports on October 31, 2007 at 11:36 PM | Permalink


How about instead of chasing and working out "specialist" kick returners, we try and find a solid number 2 wide-out? Steve Smith on kick and punt returns anyone? He could show Devin Hester how it's done...

Posted by: Mozz-bomb | Nov 1, 2007 4:55:39 AM

How about not returning the ball at all and just take it at the twenty. With this bunch, that seems to be the safest and most productive bet.
patrick rules!

Posted by: hillbilly | Nov 1, 2007 5:48:46 AM

hey hillbilly,

Even with how ridiculous that idea is, after I read it, I realized that the sad part is that it would probably be the most productive for our return game.

Posted by: Ryan | Nov 1, 2007 8:18:54 AM

Wow, how about the Panthers 2007 draft? Take Beason out of the mix and what did we get?

Somebody, tell me again why this team is better off, this year, without Keyshawn?

Posted by: Larry Barleen | Nov 1, 2007 8:22:28 AM

Hey Larry, I heard your loud mouth on the radio this morning and now I read your negative comments about the best player on the team. Why dont you root for a different team, you are what give Panther fans a bad name. Your are probably a Cowboy fan in disguise as a Panther hater.
Samboo is WE are one not I am one. Your ignorance is prevalent.
Shut your hole, dick head!

Posted by: rude dog | Nov 1, 2007 9:02:30 AM

When ridiculous begins to sound as good as, if not better than, the current reality of the situation, then it's time for those in power to reflect on why.
Sometimes you have to step back and ask yourself, "what would Knoll do?"

Posted by: hillbilly | Nov 1, 2007 9:35:02 AM

Cheven, it's spelled Ryne.

Posted by: hillbilly | Nov 1, 2007 9:36:33 AM

The thing is this: It doesn't matter who we put back on returns, if the rest of the special teams unit won't block for him. Our special teams AS A WHOLE really stink. They stunk last year!!! Why wasn't a change made in that area??? THe only thing they do well is punting and that is becasue Jason Baker is so good.

Make no mistake about it...the inept special teams are killing the Panthers. We NEVER get a kickoff returned past the twenty, thus our starting field position is probably the worst in the NFL.

Posted by: tc | Nov 1, 2007 9:57:22 AM

If Steve Smith is not going to get the ball from the quarterbacks, put him back there returning kicks and punts. I'm not joking or being sarcastic, they need to explore this option since they (Carr) has made him irrelevant in the passing game.

Posted by: Mattdaddy | Nov 1, 2007 10:46:35 AM

I have to agree, Matt. It's a good idea all around. Special teams benefit, offense benefits, and I think it gets Smitty into the game early and often. With every big return, he gives the team a much needed jolt of energy and enthusiasm, and swings the momentum in the whole teams favor.
Utilize each player to the max.

Posted by: hillbilly | Nov 1, 2007 11:02:08 AM

I see a lot of good comments with special teams and the WR core. What about the Defense. Isn't Lucas the "veteran" without Morgan. He has been burnt every game. Give Marshall the start and put Lucas in the nickle. I think he is better suited for that position anyway, Gamble and Marshall go it. Then move Davis back to safety and put one of those acquisitions at outside. Peppers move his but around he has the speed to come from anywhere stand him up all fours on three. If they can get the D right AND STOP FUMBLING THE BALL back to special teams I like the idea of fair catches and touchbacks as long as they don't drop it. Offense START Williams or utilize him like reggie last year throw him the ball or show a 2 back look. He has the speed and the hands, Foster still has some in the tank but but why show 1 back when you have 2 that can kill you! (takes the pressure of the number 1 weopon! Smitty!! He is a PROVEN leader he can tell a Rookie to go wipe his a$$ if needs to.


Posted by: confused cat fan | Nov 1, 2007 12:49:34 PM

How about the Panthers look into finding some people to block on Special Teams first instead of another return man or a better scheme?

Posted by: STFU | Nov 1, 2007 3:34:09 PM

Colbert and Carter do returns - they have speed, and can't catch passes so make em work.
Jarret in at WR, knowing playbook or not.
Get Beason off of special teams before he gets hurt.
Saying we should be happy at 4-3 is like saying we should have been comfortable with a 7-0 lead over Indy....oh..wait.
Play Moore. Carr wants to be the backup.
Tell Carr that Justin Timberlake called and wants his clothes back.

Posted by: Willy | Nov 1, 2007 4:14:54 PM

I'd say let Robinson return kickoffs/punts for the rest of the season and if he makes more mistakes and still isn't good by season end then get rid of him. There's a reason the panthers picked him-His specialty is punts and kickoffs. Thats why the panthers drafted him.

Posted by: joe | Nov 1, 2007 5:11:23 PM

I refuse to play special teams.

Posted by: steve smith | Nov 1, 2007 5:13:30 PM

Hey Rude Dog...I appreciate you trying to take the high road in replying to Cheven's comments...what Cheven meant to say is that he's a racist and actually meant Sambo (as in The Story of Little Sambo) which has become outdated due to the racially insensitive undertones. His comments about Steve putting on black face and red lipstick is in reference to the early days of drama when black individuals were not allowed to act so whites had to put on black face and red lipstick to emulate what a black person may look like. It's unreal that we are in 2007 and we still have people that not only think in such a way but have the impudence to put it in writing. Oh, and I guess hiding behind your little online name helps as well...please do mankind a favor, the next time you have a thought about anything...let it go and don't speak. Steve is anything but selfish; he is a team player, he pours his heart into this game and on that field and for you to attack him at all is foolish, but for you to attack his race...get out of the gene pool, read a book, find some type of intelligence...PLEASE!!

Posted by: Gary Cooper | Nov 1, 2007 5:52:47 PM

You are dead on. Cheven is obviously the by-product of someone that picked up girls at the family reunion. I would pay to watch him say that stuff to Steve Smith's face. The character of Sambo, however, is Hindu, as the story takes place in India (there are no tigers in Africa) but it got morphed into the current slur at some point in time. The implication was that Steve Smith is being a Uncle Tom, if I can decipher Cheven's babble. If we had a team of Steve Smiths we would rule the NFL. I do think we should play Jarret anyway, something needs a desperate shake up as we are the same old one-dimensional offense - again. Other teams double and zone Smith and then risk the rest of the team beating them. Steve isn't playing his stuff out in the media, ala Jenkins with his stunt early in the year, and has turned into the consumate professional. He still has a temper, which he has learned to channel and drive him - usually - but it will flare up from time to time.

Posted by: Willy | Nov 1, 2007 6:23:29 PM

Willy - you are spot on with the translation of "The story of Little Sambo"...geographic relevance and historical context does put that story in India and not Africa...however it speaks volumes to what people will do with little education and a ton of ignorance...the use of literature to support your cause only works if you actually study the context and not simply use the parts that work best for you. My comment was already long enough and I thank you for also pointing that out. Ignorance breeds fear, fear breeds hatred, hatred results into bigotry and racism...it all starts with education. As for Steve, he's done quite well being an ambassador of our team, sure he's made mistakes, but we all have, myself included. It's how you move forward from those that determine what type of person you are...he's as good as they come.

Posted by: Gary Cooper | Nov 1, 2007 6:58:58 PM

I think it is time to try some unconventional things like they did last year in Atlanta with Delango having the ball hiked to him.

Colbert can not catch on a consisent basis. Could he not play in the secondary.

Drew is very fast. Could he not return kick offs and punts?

Jarrett can't be as stupid and lazy as he is being displayed as. Let him start beside Steve one week and let's just see where he stands.

If Moore is someone that we can bring along and groom to be our starter, then do that. All the really good teams, Colts, NE, Cowboys, Packers have one thing in common. They have a solid quarterback. Jake is not going to be here forever. We must start the process. If Moore doesn't have the potential then draft one next year.

We have not had much luck with Huntley's drafts. Maybe we should do some building thru free agency. Get rid of the dead weight, Morgan to start with. Take the cap hit and let the process start. We are getting no production from him.

Just a few thoughts.

Posted by: pslholder | Nov 1, 2007 7:44:24 PM

So if he doesn't talk to the media he's bad for not doing so, and if he does, you say he should be watching tape. You reporters are awesome!! Keep up the good work.

Posted by: RedRocket | Nov 1, 2007 7:48:35 PM

Who is Huntley?

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