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April 29, 2008

An updated defensive depth chart

   The signings of veteran defensive tackles Darwin Walker and Ian Scott today give a big boost to the look of the Panthers' defensive depth chart. There was a glaring weakness of depth at defensive tackle immediately after the draft, but now that's been addressed.
   So here's how the defensive depth chart looks today. As you'll see, the Panthers are especially deep at linebacker after the surprising selection of Penn State's Dan Connor in the third round.
   DT -- Maake Kemoeatu, Ian Scott, Nick Hayden
   DT -- Damione Lewis, Darwin Walker
   DE -- Julius Peppers, Stanley McClover
   DE -- Charles Johnson, Tyler Brayton, Hilee Taylor
   MLB -- Jon Beason, Dan Connor, Landon Johnson, Adam Seward
   SLB -- Thomas Davis, Adam Seward, James Anderson, Tim Shaw
   WLB -- Landon Johnson, Na'il Diggs, Dan Connor
   CB -- Ken Lucas, Richard Marshall
   CB -- Chris Gamble, Ricardo Colclough, Dante Wesley
   SS -- Chris Harris, Nate Salley
   FS -- Charles Godfrey, Terrence Holt
-- Charles Chandler

Posted by Observer Sports on April 29, 2008 at 03:20 PM | Permalink


There will definitely be some cuts at LB...Anderson, Seward and Shaw will have to be on their games in training camp because I'd guess that only one of them will make the team, if that. But man does this defense look rock solid on paper!!!

Posted by: Haywood Jablowmi | Apr 29, 2008 3:38:26 PM

I HEAR ya! But please...PUHLEEEEEZE somebody get us some help at DE.

Posted by: Scott | Apr 29, 2008 3:48:47 PM

If the Chucks step up we'll be alright; Charles Johnson and Charles Godfrey.

Posted by: CurtisK | Apr 29, 2008 3:51:18 PM

I suspect that Brayton is the starter week 1 over Charles Johnson.

Posted by: I. P. Freely | Apr 29, 2008 3:51:57 PM

We look good on Paper and of course some of those LB will have to be cut. But it looks good now.

Posted by: Panthers2003 | Apr 29, 2008 4:17:06 PM

No way that Salley makes the team over Quinton Teal! Fox has mentioned his name more than once. He has done more than Salley any way.

Posted by: Chris | Apr 29, 2008 4:52:55 PM

I think people might forget that part of our defense' problem last year was that the offense would go three and out so much that the defense would spend most of the game on the field.

I think that, assuming the 'new' offense works out, then it will make our defense look a lot better. Seems like I recall a number of games last year when we were competetive at he half and then just got blown out.

Posted by: John | Apr 29, 2008 4:59:48 PM

Yes def if our offence does more than one 3 and out which I know they will have almost TD's every possesion then our defence will look like 22 year old guys out there fresh and ready to go!

That looks like a serious ready to go demolish the QB defence

Posted by: paul | Apr 29, 2008 5:18:08 PM

This defense still lacks playmakers. We've got Beason and possibly Peppers (depending on which personality shows up this season). But thats it. One of our DB's is going to HAVE to take a giant step FOWARD this year, as well as getting back to a strong pass rush. The way this lineup looks right now, I don't see any major improvements over last season. I'm really hoping someone steps up. Otherwise, it could be another long trip on the mediocrity train.

Posted by: PMK | Apr 29, 2008 5:18:38 PM

PMK: Did your forget about our SS Harris and all of the forced fumbles? Or about the hard hitting Sam LB Thomas? Or how deep we are at CB? Or how good Peppers can be?

Posted by: CurtisK | Apr 29, 2008 5:33:46 PM

PMK, we have great DB's its just last season we didn't have a passrush and the QB sat back there and picked us apart. If they have all day to throw then yes we are going to look bad.

Posted by: Cameron | Apr 29, 2008 5:36:56 PM

PMK, yea did u forget all that, the talent is here they just want to show it if the offence wants to be more productive.

Playmakers: Julius Peppers, Jon Beason, Chris Harris, Richard Marshall, Landon Johnson was a serious playmaker for the Bengals. Davis shows some good plays sometime!???

Posted by: paul | Apr 29, 2008 5:40:17 PM

PMK, you are also forgetting about Richard Marshall who may start over Ken Lucas

Posted by: Abhi | Apr 29, 2008 5:43:57 PM

Charles Godfrey could be a playmaker for us too. So says Mel Kiper, anyway.

Posted by: Haywood Jablowmi | Apr 29, 2008 6:09:43 PM

Yea well we will have to see about Godfrey I like him and all but he is a rookie which means he'll make rookie mistakes. But I pray he's the answer back there with Harris cuz if he plays like Harris we got ourselves a nice set of Safeties!!!

Posted by: paul | Apr 29, 2008 6:16:46 PM

I'm thinking I. Scott and Maake will start on 1st and 2nd down, and D. Walker and D.Lewis will play 3rd and obvious passing downs. Also, Brayton will probally start with C. Johnson coming in on passing down. The whole D-fence looks solid on paper. I'm thinking at least 10-6 and run at the SB.

Posted by: Bmurph | Apr 29, 2008 6:32:40 PM

Is there anyway we could sign and trade Adam Seward to NE? They didn't really want to give up a fifth, maybe they would trade a sixth or seventh.

Posted by: Bob | Apr 29, 2008 6:34:22 PM

I agree with Abhi, i think Richard Marshall should definently be a starter at CB. He is a playmaker and, unlike Lucas and Gamble, is a very willing tackler.

Posted by: Christopher | Apr 29, 2008 6:36:51 PM

Richard Marshall is better than both of Ken and Chris but Chris is worst than ken ken is better

Posted by: paul | Apr 29, 2008 6:48:56 PM

i just hope we blitz a lot more. it might be because our defense was on the field so long tragvoc (sp) didnt want to use all of their energy. But man, sure did seem like teams had a lot of time to throw against us. Seems like we have the depth, so i'd love to see a lot more rushing the qb.

Posted by: Aaron | Apr 29, 2008 6:56:40 PM

yea i think blitz would be good but only one play a drive...that sounds decent @ best

Posted by: paul | Apr 29, 2008 6:58:02 PM

paul, chris gamble also played last year with a broken hand. had surgery half way through the season and missed one game. and made plays with a cast on his hand. ken lucas is the great cornerback from seattle that never got off the plane in charlotte. good on some plays but nowhere to be found on others. and dont count on quinton teal. special teams is not a laugh this year

Posted by: josh | Apr 29, 2008 7:07:53 PM

ok josh,

explain the year before? face it he just isnt that good, in nfl network their always showing him getting beat by a player yes some good plays but more horrible ones that good

Posted by: paul | Apr 29, 2008 7:18:51 PM

I count 30 players on this depth chart.
That leaves 23 for a 53 man roster.
What do you think the rest of the roster will look like ?


Posted by: Jim | Apr 29, 2008 7:24:40 PM

Did anyone see the "Projected Depth Chart" for both sides of the ball on the "Inside the Panthers" page. The have Jonathan Stewart starting ahead of Deangelo Williams. I think its time to see what Deangelo can do with 15+ carries per. I would love to see Stewart get about 10 a game, but I think Deangelo is ready to carry the bulk (not all) of the carries. He almost eclipsed Deshaun last year with significantly less touches, and every time he did get the touches he put up numbers, and he's more of a threat in the flats, or on screen passes. Anyone else agree or disagree?

Posted by: Ryan | Apr 29, 2008 7:59:49 PM

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