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July 31, 2008

Thoughts on DTs, etc.

The Panthers are relieved that DT Ian Scott's knee injury isn't very serious. He's expected to be out a couple of weeks with an MCL sprain.

DT Damione Lewis spoke a few minutes ago and said he, Ma'ake Kemoeatu and Darwin Walker should be back in practice in the next few days, and that Walker may even go in today's 3:10 p.m. session.

With the DT ranks thin, defensive coordinator Mike Trgovac said ends Tyler Brayton and Charles Johnson will get more reps inside at tackle. Plans are to use them in third-down packages in the nickel defense anyway.

There's still a chance the Panthers could add a DT since Scott likely won't return until after training camp breaks on Aug. 13.

We'll update again following the afternoon practice.

EXTRA BONUS NOTE: Our good pal and former Observer Panthers beat writer Pat Yasinskas is back in Spartanburg for a couple of days working for his new gig at ESPN.com. It's good to have him here even for a short while. We're very thankful for all the great work he did for the Observer over the previous nine years and wish him all the best in his new job.

-- Charles Chandler

Posted by Observer Sports on July 31, 2008 at 12:48 PM | Permalink


Brayton is an intriguing option at tackle, but I'm afraid he may neither be stout enough nor quick enough to overcome the brutal physical nature of playing inside.
As is the same with Johnson, although he may be more apt to excel because of his quickness.

Just a quick thought: whatever has become of Jordan Carstens? Is he still rehabbing? Or has he completely stepped away from football altogether? His experience would be an asset to a thin corp at the moment.

Posted by: hillbilly | Jul 31, 2008 1:13:12 PM

Michael Marquardt, an undrafted rookie DT out of Arizona State who was cut by the Bengals earlier in the offseason, was signed by the Panthers. The NFL is a copycat league, so it isn't surprising to use DEs as nickel DTs after it worked for the Giants last year.

Posted by: Michael Procton | Jul 31, 2008 1:14:16 PM

hb, I don't think they're planning on using either of them there on any more than a situational basis, so the strain of the "brutal physical nature" will be lessened. And Carstens pretty much gave the game up. I think the docs didn't want him playing a full-contact sport on blood thinners.

Posted by: Michael Procton | Jul 31, 2008 1:16:23 PM

Exactly, this is what the Giants did a lot last season, espicially against teams like New England. At times on 3rd downs or evemn 2nd and long, they put 3-4 DEs on the line to try and get a max pass rush from their front 4.

Posted by: Mason | Jul 31, 2008 3:08:31 PM

Pat Ya(gonna)stinksas up the place again. Go back to where you came from you sell out hack!!!

Posted by: SYRPIS | Jul 31, 2008 5:07:10 PM

Im suprised the "Proctologist" didnt point out that Javon Haye is now a dt for Tampa Gay isnt he?

Wasnt he a de to begin with?

Your slipping Proctologist,your slipping,must be to worried about your lipstick.......

Posted by: Ghost of Sparta | Jul 31, 2008 8:07:33 PM

Lessened or not, the strain of playing extended minutes on the inside was not an intended part of the thought I was attempting to get across.

The bottom line of the argument is that Brayton seems to be a "tweener"--not a true threat to rush the passer or a dominant force against the run, but instead a high-motor guy who has gotten by on effort and intensity. And the Giants had a pronounced pass-rush in passing situations by inserting DE's at the tackle position who excelled at a certain area, be it lightning-quick or powerful enough to push a 300-lb guard into the backfield.

Which brings me to my point: Brayton is neither powerful enough nor quick enough to overcome the brutal physical nature of playing on the inside. So how would it benefit the defense as a whole to insert him into a position that he is ill suited to play, even if only for a handful of plays?

And I'm sorry to hear that Carstens has had to step away from football. He was a promising young player with a bright future ahead of him. Thanks for the info, MP.

Posted by: hillbilly | Jul 31, 2008 8:12:26 PM

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