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December 21, 2007

Panthers working younger guys in

    Gradually, the Panthers are slipping younger guys into the mix, trying to decide who can play and who can't before the end of the season. Everyone, of course, noticed when rookie quarterback Matt Moore got the start and victory in last week's game. And now, with the strong possibility that defensive end Julius Peppers will miss Saturday's game with Dallas, rookie DE Charles Johnson is expected to get a lot of snaps in his place.

    Johnson was active for the first time last week, and in the rotation. While he didn't make a dent on the stat sheet, several players commented that handled the position well and showed considerable promise.

          There are others. Given an opening by guard Jeremy Bridges' impacted wisdom teeth, Geoff Hangartner, who started 15 games at center last year,  took over at right guard at Jacksonville and hasn't given the position back. With Colbert placed on IR with a knee sprain today, rookie wide receivers Dwayne Jarrett and Ryne Robinson will get more work, and that's a necessity as Carolina tries to get that position  straightened out. They might even take a look at wideout Jason Carter,  promoted from the practice squad today to replace Colbert.

          Also, safety Quinton Teal and linebacker Tim Shaw have turned in solid performances on special teams. Shaw is hidden behind too many LBs to get much defensive work, but Teal, a rookie free agent signee, may get a chance to show what he can do as a DB.

-- Stan Olson

Posted by Observer Sports on December 21, 2007 at 02:59 PM | Permalink


Fox must have gotten the okay from Procton.

Posted by: wayne | Dec 21, 2007 5:31:51 PM

Its about time!,Other teams seem to have success doin that as well.

Posted by: #1 Fan | Dec 21, 2007 9:07:16 PM

What is the status of Ryan Kalil? We all heard so much after the draft about how he was going to be an immediate impact center in the NFL and one that could play at a high level for 10+ years. We have seen very little of him and he seems to be buried deep in the depth chart. Any insight into his development would be appreciated. Thanks!

Posted by: Shannon | Dec 21, 2007 10:01:50 PM

Shaw has good speed (4.5), maybe he could play DB.

Posted by: tony | Dec 21, 2007 10:37:09 PM

The panthers Viewed Kalil as a guy that could play Guard as well as center. However through the pre-season and regular season the time he's gotten has been Bismal! He gave up 3 sacks in one game!! and when they started him at Center he was "decent" at best but Justin Hartwhig wasn't Decent at RG. So This looks to be another BUST! pick as well. THis is the main Reason Fox/hurney should get fired! in my opinion The personal Decisions in carolina have been HORRIFIC! over the past 3 years from Free agents to the Draft..the panthers have done a Terrible job and it's depleted the team of Talent! in every area. Like Tom Soreson said in a article a while ago show me one position that panthers have better than Average talent?? and remember Beason/Smith are players not positions. Meaning you need multiple above avg players at position for that position to be called "talented" And the panthers have none! and that's as big a problem as any and it won't CHANGE! as long as Fox/Hurney are calling the shots as theyd don't believe in signing big name free agents...like the REST! of the NFL! whom destroy! the panthers simply because they spend $$ to put the most talent on the field they can afford and the panthers don't and this shows up

Posted by: Cheven | Dec 21, 2007 11:36:05 PM

CHEVEN--- I HOPE YO00U GET FIRED!!! Merry Christmas!

Posted by: SYRPIS | Dec 22, 2007 3:09:15 AM

Finally we get a chance to watch some players who act like they want to win. Win or lose, I guarantee this will be a more entertaining game to watch than the crap we've endured at home this season (excluding last week's game which also had younger players in it.)

Posted by: UncleJim | Dec 22, 2007 7:28:30 AM

Jessica Simpson is just another lost child of a bankrupt society, a victim of being raised too soon by MTV and parents who saw a paycheck. Oh...sorry...Dallas sucks, go Panthers. I don't like the Cowboys, but deep down, I wish our owner had a bit more Jerry Jones in him.

Agree with the comment at least the players on the field will be playing with heart and energy. Losing is bad enough, but losing and boring me at the same time is much, much worse. I don't care how the game comes out, I know that Matt Moore and the new kids on the block will give it their all, and then everyone can talk about what a great base we have to build on next year.

The coaching decisions on who to play came from the executive suite, don't kid yourself. As does the stadium atmosphere which is Jerry's desire to make us all politely clap as if at a tennis match while we obediently hold up our VIC cards so they can get paid, which is what matters more than anything now. The passion, the pride of building something for the people is replaced by this thinking it is ok to be a recluse who doesn't answer to anyone. Well, you do big boy, you answer to the fans who pay for all your stuff. So, come out from behind the curtain, oh great and powerful Oz, and tell us why we should pay for this again next year.

Posted by: Perfect Killing Machine | Dec 22, 2007 11:22:35 AM

Does anyone think DeAngelo Williams will get a shot at more carries tonight? Why not give him the load and see what he can do.

Posted by: TT | Dec 22, 2007 3:57:56 PM

Damn, it is hot here in hell!

Posted by: ronald reagan | Dec 22, 2007 8:04:04 PM

One guy who's been getting more playing time, and has hardly gotten mention at all, is Dante Rosario. I don't see any reason why he shouldn't already be our starting TE, or at least the only go-to guy on passing downs. He's looked infinitely better than Jeff King at catching passes and picking up yards after.

Posted by: ian. | Dec 23, 2007 7:59:09 PM

Yes...Rosario has looked FANTASTIC on the THREE balls he's been able to catch! There are only four TEs in the NFC that I see who have been better than Jeff King, which is pretty damned good for a second-year player in his first year of actual PT that matters. I agree that Rosario is a player, but if he should start, he'll have his shot in camp next year.

Posted by: Michael Procton | Dec 23, 2007 10:26:12 PM

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