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April 28, 2008

Walker can fill role Jenkins once did

If defensive tackle Darwin Walker, who agreed to terms today with the Panthers, can play at close to the ability he showed during his days in Philadelphia, Carolina's defensive front will be far more formidable. 

Walker has 28.5 sacks, a large number for an inside guy, where sacks  are tougher to come by. That statistic shows that at his best, he can be a disruptive force inside.

The now traded Kris Jenkins was once that kind of player, and  Carolina desperately needs someone to not only be strong against the run but to explode the pocket from time to time. Maybe Walker can be  that guy. -- Stan Olson

Posted by Observer Sports on April 28, 2008 at 06:10 PM | Permalink


Darwin Walker just gave us reall good hope on the DL! At that maybe between Walker, Lewis and Kemouateo can be a good force for us, so Peppers will be able to get to the QB. I predict Peppers will have 10.5 sacks.

P.S. Now that Matt Ryan is the QB for the Falcons lets hurt him and make him think twice about joining them in our division.

Posted by: paul | Apr 28, 2008 6:23:03 PM

I agree Paul.

Posted by: Cameron | Apr 28, 2008 6:25:42 PM

this is just what the panthers needed. 6 sacks per year is a big number for a tackle.that also tells me he can push the pocket back. this is a big reason why our ends have stunk. weve had nobody to keep the q.b from stepping up in the pocket,thus eluding the ends as they fly by.great pickup! good riddance jenkins.

Posted by: ray | Apr 28, 2008 6:28:46 PM

but whose gunna start @ RE?

Posted by: paul | Apr 28, 2008 6:41:36 PM

Isn't Lewis supposed to provide a push for the pass rush? He sure as heck can't stop the run.

Posted by: Michael Procton | Apr 28, 2008 6:47:03 PM


Lewis can, but but we need a elite pass rusher. Lewis is good but Walker provides something Jenkins did but in a better form.

without the bad attitude

Posted by: paul | Apr 28, 2008 7:38:53 PM

Procton are you always negative? Give it a rest all you do is try to find the worse in any situation posible. Let me tell you I bet your one hell of a motivator,not to mention leader. Bottom line is you have no idea how Walker or anyone else will play next year!!!So take your negative mentality somewhere else. I am excited about the pick. Walker is a South Carolina boy,played for the Walterboro Bulldogs which is about 35 min. away from Charleston,S.C. I love the pick who should be an upgrade from Kindel Morehead!! D. Lewis was the BEST DT we had last year. SHOW SOME RESPECT FOR ONCE!

Posted by: wowo | Apr 28, 2008 7:44:12 PM

*****Breaking News*******
Procton does NOT know everything!!!

Posted by: wowo | Apr 28, 2008 7:45:29 PM

Darwin Walker does not do ANYTHING better than Kris Jenkins.

Oh, and every team I've ever coached has been better when I left than when I came.

Furthermore, Lewis was not anywhere near the best DT we got. He wasn't even on the field if the other team even threatened to run. Jon Beason's 150+ tackles and our #4 rank in the NFL for YPC allowed was about Jenkins and Kemoeatu, not Lewis.

Posted by: Michael Procton | Apr 28, 2008 7:54:55 PM

Procton breaking news Jenkins is no longer here. I guess you haven't figured that out yet. Also do they teach spellcheck at GTI

Posted by: David | Apr 28, 2008 8:12:23 PM

ok ok guys quit arguing...the thing is Darwin Walker is here now, and he's a great player he should be a big help on the DL! I think they might sign Rod Coleman as well.

If Walker is healthy our defence just got 20-30% better, great player!

Posted by: paul | Apr 28, 2008 8:24:54 PM

I agree with paul here. Bickering is dumb, we all support the same team and want them to win. Why argue with the obvious. Walker is not Kris Jenkins, but Stan is trying to point out that he can be as good as him at times. Walker said that he signed a one year deal with us so that he can prove that he still has something to offer the NFL. I believe that he will deliver and boost our D-line every down. GO PANTHERS!!!!!!!

Posted by: Ivan | Apr 28, 2008 8:51:58 PM

I agree with Ivan,

For one thing atleast Walker wont call out the entire defence about not trying hard and then not try hard himself. Walker tries on every down and maybe that will motivate Julius to not take a break sometimes.

Posted by: paul | Apr 28, 2008 9:05:45 PM

Defense XX Defense XX

Posted by: cheerman23 | Apr 28, 2008 9:27:09 PM

For the money this is a decent signing for the one position we didnt address in the draft. It is a short term deal that wont kill our cap. If the guy sucks he wont be here long. If not we can sign him again once he proves he is worth more money.

Posted by: Ben | Apr 28, 2008 10:14:40 PM

Don't really know too much about the guy but it seems like he was playing hurt for most of last season from what I've read. One thing is for sure, guys w/ a year left that are talented and have something to prove usually show out in the NFL...hopefully that will be the case w/ Walker. Don't know about you all but I'm more excited about Jonathan Stewart than I am anyone else. The guy ran a 4.4 w/ a turf toe and is 235lbs! The knock on him (at least from Mayock on the NFL Network) is that he doesn't have any burst. Well according to him and his coaches, the guy basically took a shot and played w/ the pain all season. He's a football player without a doubt. Hopefully that burst will be there now that his injury is gone. I'm ready to see these guys knock some dudes in the mouth this year!!! All these people in the league that have been bad mouthing us..it's time to line up and start smacking some heads now...make them respect us.

Posted by: JT | Apr 28, 2008 10:16:39 PM

Stewart and Williams running behind Gross and Otah should be very exciting

Posted by: m | Apr 28, 2008 10:27:23 PM

Procton this is not the california peinal league. What teams have you ever coached? Mr. Motivator???? Did you even play football?

Posted by: wowo | Apr 28, 2008 11:30:53 PM

So i was struck by the fact that this preseason is going to have some of the most exciting position battles we've had in a while. Some of the position battles that should be exciting during the preseason:

RE, 2nd QB, RB (although there may not be one designated starter), RG, FS, weakside LB, and TE

Posted by: Christian | Apr 29, 2008 12:51:21 AM

For 1 mil for 1 year, it sounds like a stop-gap until somebody steps up.
Is he really going to be much better than Hayden ?

Posted by: Jim | Apr 29, 2008 10:35:38 AM

Christian, I can tell you that at least one of those positoins (TE) is pretty set. If we're really shifting back to a power run game, Jeff King is the only one we've got with even CLOSE to good enough blocking to fit that role.

Jim, he's a totally different player. Hayden is a gap-stuffing run-stopper. Walker is a pass rusher who's weak against the run. Doubt they'll see a whole lot of time together.

Posted by: Michael Procton | Apr 29, 2008 11:12:25 AM

Yeah I was a bit hesitant putting TE out there. What do you think about Rosario possibly being moved to FB to eventually take Hoover's spot. He's not as good of a blocker but he'd be a great receiving/rushing FB.

Posted by: Christian | Apr 29, 2008 12:27:18 PM

I think that move makes sense long term, Christian. He's got experience as a lead blocker from college, and you can't get enough PT for three solid TEs (which we now have with the addition of Barnidge.)

Posted by: Michael Procton | Apr 29, 2008 1:50:06 PM

i agree that lewis is a 3rd down tackle and he will quickly be supplanted by scott.

Posted by: ray | May 1, 2008 11:17:31 AM

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