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September 24, 2008

Beason showing his star potential

663528panthers0902art_gln4p8fq1beas Three games into his second season, Panthers LB Jon Beason shows no signs of slowing down in his race to become a star.

Beason is easily the team leader in tackles with 34, 21 of them solo, according to team statistics. He's also recovered a fumble and defensed a pass.

Behind him is Thomas Davis, who is having an impact after shifting from strongside to weakside LB. He has 28 tackles. Safety Chris Harris is third (19 tackles), followed by LB Na'il Diggs (17). CB Chris Gamble and S Charles Godfrey have 16 each.

DE Julius Peppers leads Carolina with five quarterback pressures so far, but no Panther has more than one sack. Four (Peppers, Damione Lewis, Godfrey and Diggs)are tied with one apiece. --STAN OLSON

Posted by Charlotte Observer on September 24, 2008 at 12:21 PM | Permalink


He has way to much to prove, stop pumping him up. He missed way to many tackles last sunday to warrant this.

Posted by: jeff | Sep 24, 2008 12:34:30 PM

Beason is one of the best young linebackers in the NFL. Because of him the Carolina defense has returned to being one of the better defenses in the league.

Posted by: zz | Sep 24, 2008 12:46:49 PM

Beason was our best defensive player last season. I'm hoping that he and Chris Harris have naturally become defensive leaders. Maybe Peppers won't feel as much pressure to be the leader and he'll be able to just do his thing like he did the first few years of his career.

Posted by: James | Sep 24, 2008 1:18:41 PM

Jon Beason is a beast this year. Another first round pick nailed by John Fox.

Posted by: Revshawn | Sep 24, 2008 1:34:56 PM

Being a huge Bears fan, it was amazing to see that Beason was the best linebacker on the field when the two teams played at BofA.

Posted by: Joaquin | Sep 24, 2008 1:45:34 PM

James is right, hopefully guys like Beason and Harris can step it up with their words and their game and take some pressure off of Pep and just let him get back to doing his thing.

Posted by: The Dude | Sep 24, 2008 1:46:52 PM

Beason allowed what could have been the game winning touchdown with less than 3 min left in the San Diego game. Beason wasn't even close to the guy. Missed assignments don't show up on the stat sheet, but they sure count toward the outcome of the game. Either learn a little football or actually watch the game before annointing exaltment.

Posted by: Ben | Sep 24, 2008 2:14:35 PM

Man Dont we miss Chris Jenkins now, peppers wouldn't have at least 4 sacks by now! But im not really worried because pepp is playing great and those sacks will come.....i hope

Posted by: Naija boi | Sep 24, 2008 2:14:40 PM

Man Dont we miss Chris Jenkins now, peppers wouldn't have at least 4 sacks by now! But im not really worried because pepp is playing great and those sacks will come.....i hope

Posted by: Naija boi | Sep 24, 2008 2:15:03 PM

I think its safe to say that most around the organization and the fan base DO NOT miss Kris Jenkins

Posted by: matt | Sep 24, 2008 2:34:42 PM

Jenkins was much like the Sean Gilbert of the Redskins. The only problem is the the Panthers didn't get 2 first round picks out of the deal... then again, is there any NFL team that has lately??

Posted by: Keeping it Real | Sep 24, 2008 3:53:04 PM

It's hard to believe that there are actually fools coming up with negative comments about Jon Beason. As a rookie last year, he became the LEADER of the defense and even corrected other older players when they were out of position. That is rare in such a young player. Last year he finished 2nd in the league with 106 solo tackles. This year he is tied for 5th with 20 solo tackles. Anyone who has anything negative to say about this young beast must be just negative in general ..... or just another Panther hater.

Posted by: zz | Sep 24, 2008 3:57:06 PM

Beason is a beast and the undeniable leader of the Panthers defense. It would be a huge mistake to overspend signing Peppers and not have the cap room left the next year to sign Beason to a long term deal. He produces week in and week out and deserves the big money.

Posted by: reality check | Sep 24, 2008 4:29:29 PM

Beast-on is the best D player on the team. ATTN: STAN, get your stats straight, according to NFL.COM and ESPN Beast-on has 25 tackles, not 34.

Posted by: Ricky | Sep 24, 2008 5:44:07 PM

Most overused word in the Panther fan lexicon is "beast". Come on. Don't you know any other adjectives?

Posted by: dardjohn | Sep 24, 2008 7:13:51 PM

Actually, Jenkins has been playing at a Pro Bowl level up 'till his back injury Monday night. He has done a great job as a 3-4 NT and caused no disturbances while getting his weight down in the 360 range. Would his reworked salary have worked under our cap? Probably not, but it's hard to say that: a. we got enough for him, or b. he's not better than Damione Lewis.

Ricky, the number you quote is the NFL number, which is an immediately-reviewed judgment by the official scorer. The 34 comes from the coaches' review of game film, which is a more comprehensive and accurate number.

Jesse, you're right, but with the skill of our back seven, it would be tough for any DL to rank up near the top of the team in tackles. The old Peppers, inconsistent as he was, might have had a shot, but with him looking less motivated each week, it's pretty clear those days have passed.

Posted by: Michael Procton | Sep 24, 2008 7:59:07 PM


I couldn't agree more.. these idiot Beason haters really need to stop... the "Beast" and that is his nickname, so whoever said look for different adjectives is another friggin moron, is STILL learning the "mike" with just about a full 16 games under his belt and he is ALL over the field making plays every game.. Even the best LB's in the league miss 1 or 2 coverage/tackling assignments every now and then.. trust me, this kid MORE than makes up for a couple of missed assignments with his superior tackling skills/intelligence/game speed/leadership.. he more than showed as a rookie, and brief glimpses this year that he can cover the pass very well, ESPECIALLY near the red zone . he is highly reminiscent of Morgan's initial impact, and Beason is going to be a candidate for the Pro Bowl this year so the haters really really need to shut up, especially the "if" guy.

Posted by: Shaun | Sep 24, 2008 8:02:31 PM

What is it about some people that drives them to bash the very athletes they claim to be rooting for? No matter the situation, there are always a few people that will post on here just hammering away at the local team. I don't expect my favorite teams to win them all, but I do hope they win most of the time. I always hope the GM and Head Coach can put together a winner to root for, but that seldom really happens. I just don't feel the need to bash them when they fail and leave me feeling disappointed but waiting for the next season.

The worst thing to happen to the Panthers this season is they lost 1 of 3 games they were expected to lose. After snatching victory from 2 games they were losing, they lost one they were winning. 2 out of 3 ain't bad. What's the big deal?

The Panthers drafted Jon Beason when they already had a good MLB because they determined he was the best college player available when their time to pick arrived, even after trading their original pick to the Jets. After Dan Morgan went down for the very last time, Beason took his place and became The Man. He finished 2nd in the league in solo tackles (according to zz)! That means that of the 352 starting defensive players in the league only 1 had more solo tackles than the Panther rookie. Only 1 in the whole league. How can you find fault with a player like that?

As for Kris Jenkins: I'm certain the defense would be better if he was still in the middle of the line. Kemo and Lewis are big bodies in the line but I never heard anyone confuse them with a 3-time Pro Bowler. I'm glad they are here, but I wish Jenkins was here, too. See? I can say that without having to bash anyone.

Posted by: FrankieB2 | Sep 24, 2008 8:03:10 PM

First, adressing the ENGLISH MAJOR JESSE, to avoid making an idiot of yourself, posting on blogs, please (note to self)that Beast is a Noun.
An example of an adj. would be something such as....Jesse is ignorant and has no business posting on sports blogs; ignorant is the adj. used in this sentence.
Beast is defind as - a cruel, coarse, filthy, or otherwise beastlike person. Included with the defintion in the webster is a great big picture of number 52.
panthers.com has him listed as 25 as well. league numbers are the official numbers for the books, not team numbers.

Posted by: Ricky | Sep 24, 2008 9:17:28 PM

chris harris and jon beason are my favorite on defense. i like peppers but i think he drops back into pass coverage too much. he hasnt been doing bad like all the idiots are saying. you dont have to have 40 sacks to be stars. however, he needs to help apply maybe atleast a little more pressure. atlanta seems like a cake walk. but carolina needs to show up to play either way. Go Big Blue! and Black!

Posted by: Tyler | Sep 24, 2008 10:13:50 PM

Speaking of missed assignments: Don't teams spend about a week planning ways to disguise their intent and confuse the defense? All the game-planning is based in large part on hiding their intentions and the plays themselves are designed to make defenders start one way while the ball goes another. Isn't a fake hand-off to a running back designed to disguise a pass play and freeze the defense for a moment? Isn't a draw play made to look like a pass before the running play develops? Doesn't a screen pass look like the QB is about to be sacked while the line forms the screen for a running back or WR to run behind? It's all about fooling the defense.

The better defensive players attract the most attention from the offense. So it comes as no surprise that the Chargers would run a play designed to make Jon Beason, the Panthers best defensive player, wind up out of position to make the stop.

So why criticize Beason for one play when the Chargers had moved into position to score against the Panthers defense, not just against him?

Panthers fans are lucky to have a player like Jon Beason to watch. The team made a good pick when they chose him.

Posted by: FrankieB2 | Sep 24, 2008 10:49:54 PM

Jon Beason is turning into on of the best middle linebackers in the league. Harris is getting to be one of the hardest hitting safeties in the league with 2 Forced fumbles this year and led the NFL last year with about 8 ffumbles. Beason is the vocal leader who can receive orders and micro-manage the defense on the field.

Posted by: bb | Sep 24, 2008 11:11:59 PM

Reality Check People, until Jon Beason can lead the Panthers to Playoffs, we need to careful pumping him up. I agree, he is very good, but many players in the NFL are very good; to be great, he has to show more. He missed tackles in Minnesota, which lead to touchdowns.

Posted by: jeff | Sep 25, 2008 1:26:16 AM

I'm your biggest fan, Mr. Julius Pepper!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: Ms.Jaguar | Sep 25, 2008 5:22:00 AM

Star potential? That's a laugh. This guy is already a star. He just hasn't been in the NFL long enough for his stats to back it up. This is a kid we're going to keep.

I hereby dub him Wonderboy.

Posted by: Revshawn | Sep 25, 2008 5:10:36 PM

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