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February 27, 2009

Bills eyeing Hangartner to block Jenkins

One of the interesting aspects of Buffalo's interest in Panthers' unrestricted free agent offensive lineman Geoff Hangartner is that the Bills need a center and, specifically, need to find someone who can block Jets nose tackle Kris Jenkins.

Jenkins, of course, is the former Panthers Pro Bowler whom Hangartner used to face in practice.

Jenkins and the Jets face Buffalo twice a year in the AFC East. Last season, Jenkins literally manhandled the Bills' interior linemen. He had five tackles and 1 1/2 sacks (almost half his season sack total of 3 1/2) in the Jets' 26-17 win at Orchard Park on Nov. 2.

Hangartner, 303 pounds, isn't nearly as big or as strong as Jenkins (listed at 349, but somtimes more), but Hangartner is plenty crafty.

Hangartner is scheduled to visit the Bills today to scout out the opportunity to become a full-time starter.

It's difficult to know what the Panthers would have done without him last year, but it's for sure he played a key role in their 12-4 season. He started eight games when other linemen were injured, making starts at center and both guard positions.

-- Charles Chandler

Posted by Observer Sports on February 27, 2009 at 11:46 AM | Permalink


Go Panthers!!! Fly under the scene and get the players you feel you need and draft well. Thats where its at, the draft! Go Panthers! God Loves The Carolina Panthers!!!

Posted by: Panther Fan D | Feb 27, 2009 12:18:48 PM

whatever, man, the panthers are gonna have a bad season without hangartner. they drafted this guy, they should do what they can to keep him. he started HALF of the games last year!! if we have any nagging injuries on the O line we're toast. without our running game we are a 6-10 team. with a sucky defense we're going to have to score 30 points to win a game.

Posted by: DoubleTroublin | Feb 27, 2009 4:10:22 PM

Panthers will suck next year

Posted by: Clem | Feb 27, 2009 4:46:29 PM

If "god" really loved the panthers we wouldnt have been embarrassed in the playoffs.

Posted by: gengizk | Feb 27, 2009 9:31:21 PM

I think letting him go is a mistake. We don't have ANY depth now and if we do sign someone to replace him, it likely won't be anyone as skilled. He will start for the Bills, so it works out well for him, but the Panthers will regret this move (or lack of one) for sure.

Posted by: Wayne | Feb 28, 2009 10:22:43 AM

This was a killer loss. Good for Jenkins and Hangartner! Maybe when we get a new head coach after next year we can get them back like Moose!

Posted by: Panthster | Mar 1, 2009 7:57:18 PM

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