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March 20, 2008

Projected Panthers lineup, as of today

Here’s a look at the Panthers projected starting lineup as of today. It includes four of the eight free agent signees. Look for at least one or two new starters to come from the draft.

   

QB - Jake Delhomme ... Recovery from elbow surgery said to be going well.
   RB - DeAngelo Williams ... Ready for more carries, but sidekick could come from draft.
   FB - Brad Hoover ... Mr. Reliable back for another year.
   WR - Steve Smith ... Finally, he may get the help he needs.
   WR - D.J. Hackett--x ... If he's healthy, he could be a force. Muhsin Muhammad also a factor.
   TE - Jeff King ... Figures to split playing time with Dante Rosario.
   RG - Keydrick Vincent--x ... This could be Bridges if an OT comes via the draft.
   LG - Travelle Wharton ... Better suited to move inside than to play LT.
   RT - Jeremy Bridges-y ... First- or second-round draft pick could start here or at LT. Gross can play either.
   LT - Jordan Gross ... Franchise player waiting to hear which side he'll play.
   C - Ryan Kalil ... Is he ready to live up to potential after release of Hartwig?

 

DT - Damione Lewis ... His quickness will help, but Panthers need depth here.
   DT - Ma’ake Kemoeatu ... With Jenkins gone, he's the primary run stuffer on the line.
   DE - Julius Peppers ... Panthers need him to return to form after a subpar '07.
   DE - Charles Johnson-y ... Signee Tyler Brayton could start; so could a draftee like Derrick Harvey.
  MLB - Jon Beason ... In only one year, he's become the team's rock solid defensive leader.
   OLB - Thomas Davis ... Finally coming into his own and may be ready for breakout season.
   OLB - Landon Johnson-x ... Former Bengal will battle with Na'il Diggs for this spot.
   CB - Ken Lucas ... Richard Marshall is an excellent backup who could beat out Lucas or Gamble.
   CB - Chris Gamble ... Cornerback is probably the Panthers' most stable position in terms of recent turnover.
   SS - Chris Harris ... New contract reveals team's confidence in his long-term viability as a starter.
   FS - Terrence Holt-x ... This spot is still a question mark. Holt struggled last year with Cardinals.

   x - New signees who arrived via free agency.
   y - Draft could yield new starter.

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Posted by: Mike Persinger | Mar 23, 2008 10:48:26 AM

thank you! i hate that mess horrible laguage makes you seem un inteligent

Posted by: paul | Mar 23, 2008 6:32:39 PM

THANKS FOR TAKING OUT THE TRASH MIKE. THATS ABOUT WHAT TO EXPECT FROM A TAMPA BAY FAN.
I LIKE THE NEW CAROLINA PANTHERS A LOT. I DONT KNOW WHATS GOTTEN INTO HURNEY BUT I LIKE IT.HE GOT RID OF EVERY PLAYER THAT I WOULD HAVE.
I THINK WE HAVE A TOP 5 DEFENSE AGAIN IF WE CAN GET SOME HELP AT DEF. TACKLE.
I LIKE OUR BACK 7 A LOT. PRO FOOTBALL WEEKLY SAID HOLT WAS SMART, INSTINCTUAL, AND A LEADER. I THINK HE WILL SHINE WITH CAROLINA BECAUSE THEY PLAY ZONE, WHICH IS MUCH BETTER SUITED FOR HIM.
HURNEYS DONE A GREAT JOB WITH THE OFFENSE SO FAR. WE MIGHT ACTUALLY HAVE AN ELITE RECEIVING CORP.
HOPEFULLY FOX, TRGO AND CROSSMAN WONT SCREW IT UP.

Posted by: ray | Mar 24, 2008 10:45:02 AM

Even though the Panthers haven't signed any big stars in the free agency, they always do better when they sign role players than stars. I really think that our recivers, linebackers, and defensive backs will be solid, but we still need help on the o-line and d-line. I predict a winning season and NFC South Champs, hopefully another NFC title game and super bowl!!

Posted by: kevin | Mar 25, 2008 8:21:52 PM

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