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May 27, 2008

Summer School starts Wesdnesday

A few news items as the Panthers prepare for "summer school" (also known as OTAs), beginning Wednesday on their practice fields next to Bank of America Stadium. No pads or hitting are allowed and the OTAs are closed to the public.

-- Just about everybody will be there, except for top draft pick Jonathan Stewart, who can't make it because school's still in session at Oregon (the Ducks are on the quarter system and NCAA rules prohibit Stewart from attending OTAs until classes are out). Stewart is also out of the protective boot he's been wearing since he had toe surgery earlier this season. He wouldn't have practiced anyway because of the injury.

-- General manager Marty Hurney said quarterback Jake Delhomme, who had offseason elbow surgery and threw a limited number of passes each day in minicamp, will throw again during summer school. "To what extent, we don’t know yet," said Hurney.

-- The Panthers are "standing pat," according to Hurney, on making any roster moves now. Hurney said the team isn’t interested in defensive end Erasmus James, who was recently cut by the Minnesota Vikings. James, 25, is a former first-round pick whose career has been marred by injuries. -- David Scott

Posted by Observer Sports on May 27, 2008 at 04:21 PM | Permalink

Comments

FINALLY!!!!! I hate the time gap between Mini-Camp to OTA's to Training Camp it really sucks. I can't wait to hear how Otah does at RT but I hate that Stewart can't be here to learn as much as he can before training camp. I wonder if Stewart not being here will effect his playing time in the begining of the season.....

Posted by: Bojangles1023 | May 27, 2008 5:00:42 PM

We will be 9-7 this year. It is a winning record that will "just" get us into the playoffs. I say this because we will lose a lot of games that we should win otherwise it would be 12-4. Agree or disagree?

Posted by: Chuck | May 27, 2008 5:44:49 PM

Who cares about Erasmus James!! How about Jason Taylor???

Posted by: Pantherfan789 | May 27, 2008 5:56:05 PM

Taylor would be a good fit with our defense, but can we afford him?

Posted by: greenstreet | May 27, 2008 6:26:11 PM

Hey Chuck are you aware of all of our roster changes? where do you get 9-7?

Posted by: Daniel | May 27, 2008 8:25:41 PM

It does suck J.Stew cant play till about mid-preseason but DeWill have a chance to start as a result and behind this mammoth of a line even John Kasey could avg. 4 yards a carry.

Posted by: tarpanthercats | May 27, 2008 8:51:58 PM

Daniel,

I am well aware of the roster changes, and all though we have upgraded the offense, we have downgraded the defense. A lot of people will disagree, but losing Kris Jenkins will mean a lot when the DT's do not command a double team like he did, putting more pressure on guys like Peppers and Beason when that free blocker comes to stop them from making plays. The Defense will be the problem. 9-7 at best, but we will make the playoffs. sorry to bust any bubbles, but i love em too!!

Posted by: Chuck | May 27, 2008 10:42:46 PM

Also, the pass rush was completely absent last year and we did nothing, i repeat, nothing to solve it!! We all agree that defense wins games, so i say again 9-7 at best!!!!!! But the new offense will put on a good show.

Posted by: Chuck | May 27, 2008 10:49:22 PM

I miss Jenkins already....

Posted by: Landon | May 28, 2008 10:53:20 AM

We will miss Jenkins. Our defense is suspect along the line and at LB. Our DB's better bring their lunchboxes, they will be in for some long sunday afternoons. Our offense got better, but I'm hearing Stewart may return kicks. Smart? We shall see. By the way, 10-6 and win our division.

Posted by: PJ | May 28, 2008 4:23:27 PM

I too think about the defensive line. Pep hasn't had a grat year since well his first. I thought for sure that they would get a DT that would command some ype of double team and free Pep on at least a few 1 on 1s. The linebackers I have confidence in, The defensive backs are only as good as the pass rush that they have.

Posted by: PantherFamilyFans | May 28, 2008 9:51:28 PM

Can't say I totally disagree with your comments, Chuck, we have huge questions on d-line...and pass rush, or lack thereof, will be key to our success. Let's also not forget a re-shuffled O-line, again - big question mark right now. We're hoping for a little luck, absent in the last two seasons...

Posted by: rayray | May 28, 2008 10:27:32 PM

Pantherfamilyfans i want to know how u can say pep hasnt had a great year since his first when in his first year he got 12 sacks and 30 tackles then in 2006 he had 13 sacks and 49 tackles and in 2007 his worst year he had that everyone has claimed he is gotten old even though the year before was his career high i guess im missing something but still in 2007 he had the same amount of tackles as he did in his rookie year so please next time you critize a beast like pep do a little research

Posted by: James | May 28, 2008 10:28:01 PM

Can't say I totally disagree with your comments, Chuck, we have huge questions on d-line...and pass rush, or lack thereof, will be key to our success. Let's also not forget a re-shuffled O-line, again - big question mark right now. We're hoping for a little luck, absent in the last two seasons...

Posted by: rayray | May 28, 2008 10:28:17 PM

15-1 at worst

Posted by: pbpbpb | May 29, 2008 11:13:46 AM

15-1 at worst

Posted by: pbpbpb | May 29, 2008 11:14:21 AM

best case
jake is 100%stewart is the real deal. off line gels enough to give panthers arunning game and to set up the play action to hackett and smith and to keep the def off the field. peppers wakes up and brayton ,walker ,scott reach their potential and johnson improves to provide a pass rush. the back 7 are steady.deep playoff run.
worst case
lots of injuries and the opposite of best case.4_12.

Posted by: ray | May 29, 2008 3:38:33 PM

Blame Smokey.

No. We do not want fan support in Charlotte! We want a family friendly event where we can take children and not have them offended by … it gives me the he-be-gee-be-s to even type it … A DRUNK WITHOUT A SHIRT! Lord have mercy! Take a look at the stadiums that have what we perceive as great fans. What do you see? You see a bunch of rowdy drunks. True? What do you think would happen to the cheese heads if Mr. Richardson bought the Packers and enforced BOA rules on them? I have been to other stadiums and although there were some children there, it was a party for adults. If you want a stadium half full of kids that will get tired in the second half and leave, fine. But don’t, at the same time, complain that the fans are not ruckus. It’s why Smokey The Bear had no children. When his wife started to get hot he would hit her with a shovel.

Posted by: TomK | Jun 6, 2008 8:42:30 AM

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