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March 18, 2009

KR Jones to Titans

Panthers unrestricted free agent Mark Jones has agreed to terms with the Tennessee Titans, according to the Nashville City Paper. The Titans moved to secure him quickly after their free agent kick returner, Chris Carr, signed with Baltimore. The Panthers have several candidates to be their kickoff and punt returner next year, led by Ryne Robinson, who was injured last season. Others include Kenny Moore.

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Posted by Observer Sports on March 18, 2009 at 02:43 PM | Permalink


Both robinson and Moore have alot of heart and a hunger to play. Lets hope this turns out for the best

Posted by: Panthernation | Mar 18, 2009 3:14:06 PM

Kenny Moore? Your are kidding right? Thank you Julius Peppers.

Posted by: Rick | Mar 18, 2009 3:19:49 PM

This just makes me nervous. Jones was huge down the stretch when the defense would do thier usual and give up a touchdown near the end of the game. As soon as we needed a quick strike back, he did an excellent job. I played against Kenny in high school, he has great speed.....but in the NFL even the lineman have great speed!

Posted by: Jed74 | Mar 18, 2009 3:24:20 PM

Forgive my ignorance, but who is Kenny Moore? Was he already on the team? His name doesn't ring a bell at all.

Posted by: Newsinz | Mar 18, 2009 3:30:09 PM

What about Decori Birmingham from Arkansas? He's got incredible speed and was a huge kickoff returner for the Razorbacks. That's a name to keep an eye on.

Posted by: JPanther | Mar 18, 2009 3:39:33 PM

Jones definitely was no speedster himself. He did an very good job of returning punts and kicks (knowing how to be patient and setup blocks), but he would always get caught from behind. He wasn't very allusive neither. I do hope he helped the young guys learn how to create openings.

Posted by: jp1906 | Mar 18, 2009 3:43:05 PM

Moore is a local product that went to Wake and was signed on to the practice squad midseason last year. Never was active for a game. Even though Robinson has more upside as a WR than Jones. Jones is the far better return man. It will hurt to lose that field position that is so valuable to the Panthers in their system.

Posted by: J Thomas | Mar 18, 2009 3:45:29 PM

Kenny Moore played for Wake Forest, He was drafted to the Lions and we got him off their practice squad.

Posted by: rawjem | Mar 18, 2009 3:50:14 PM

Decori Birmingham and Rhyne Robinson are better options. Jones is a track man that was scared to be hit on the football field. How many times did he slow down near the point of tackle.

Posted by: par404 | Mar 18, 2009 4:03:22 PM

Thank you JPANTHER.You saved me from typing.

Posted by: john_doe | Mar 18, 2009 4:22:21 PM

Ryne Robinson started slow in '07 but, showed promise towards the end of the season. Hopefully, he's completely healed from his injury and ready to go. Plus, Birmingham was a very good returner in college. Jones did well last year but was by no means a fast returner. He was smart and waited on his blocks...that's why he did so well.

Posted by: h-bomb | Mar 18, 2009 4:23:34 PM

Once again, our sports department with the Observer is all over some Panther update! NOT! This was showing up on NFL.com and ESPN.com this morning! You guys are worthless. Do you just read other people's stories and post and copy/paste them here. Insightful!

Posted by: stickyd8 | Mar 18, 2009 4:25:13 PM

I am slower than molasses. Enjoy starting inside the 20, guys!

Posted by: Ryne Robinson | Mar 18, 2009 4:30:43 PM

can we please just get RID of J pep?????????

Posted by: scott in little rock | Mar 18, 2009 4:42:18 PM

ryne was really coming on before he got hurt.i really like him as a slot receiver too.

Posted by: ray | Mar 18, 2009 4:42:21 PM

I love people who "played" against NFL, MLB, NBA players in high school. Losers!

Posted by: Steven | Mar 18, 2009 4:50:44 PM

Mark Jones was OK but he is not a big loss either - all he did was catch the ball run it up the gut for 15 yds. Robinson has more upside and better speed. Jones was adequate and I am glad he got an opportunity to go elsewhere BUT we didnt need him with a healthy Robinson coming back.

Posted by: Ben | Mar 18, 2009 4:51:30 PM

And another player we should keep because of productivity ,Robinson can't cut it ,Moore maybe ,Carter probably. The Panthers need to resolve this Pep crap quick they could have resigned or went after key players. now i guess we will wait and see before the draft...I hope we can deal him to Denver for Cutler please please franchise QB.

Posted by: hellfish | Mar 18, 2009 5:14:11 PM

Jason Carter needs to have his chance !

Posted by: nasty704 | Mar 18, 2009 6:06:46 PM

Easy on the fellas. Everyone is on tenderhooks down on Tryon after 78 staffers got axed by the N&0 with the rumor that the number could be 100 or so at TCO.

Posted by: JAT | Mar 18, 2009 6:35:29 PM

C'mon we have a lot of potential
Ryne Robeinson (aslo he's nice WR), Decori Birmingham (also he's nice RB), Jason Carter (also he's nice WR).
I know that Mark Jones is a very nice PR and KR but he isn't better WR than Robinson or Carter.
So, Carter, robinson and Decori needs to have his chance.

Posted by: Rock6996 | Mar 18, 2009 6:40:01 PM

I went to Butler High with Kenny Moore and he was freakin increadible on returns, so why not give him a chance here. Id love to see how he does.

Posted by: Pantherfan22 | Mar 18, 2009 6:43:31 PM

Acc. to Julius Peppers.
I think that we need to change for other DE or DT maybe Aaron Kapmann and some picks and also trade Jake Delhomme for DL player(s) and give the chance to Matt Moore, he si our future Franchise QB!!
With more salary cap available because of Pappers trade we have a lot of options to improve our team with free agents and round picks in order to have a competitive team and provide the best protection to our Young QB, I mean, we need a agressive Defense, a power running game (we have it) and strong OL (we need to add depth) and in order to obtain this things we need to release some salary cap!!! and also make a good trades with Peppers and Jake.
Maybe Moore needs one year for learning the ofense and acquire experience and our 2009 schedule are brutal!!! so I think that 2009 will be not the Panthers Year but 2010 is our Year, trust me!!
this is only my opinion.

Posted by: Rock6996 | Mar 18, 2009 6:52:37 PM

This upsets me, for the simple reason that we have not had a real PR in nearly a decade, except when we were stupid enough to hand it to Smith for the run back. Jones was no speedster, as most agree...but dang, we better start look at the fact that our ST's are another weakness in the PR category!

Posted by: GMONET | Mar 18, 2009 6:52:38 PM

Jones was a fine returner, but Robinson, Carter, or Birmingham should be just fine in that role if the improved blocking from last year is back. Plus, they actually contribute at another position. Jones wasn't worth more than the minimum-salary offer we gave him, particularly given our cap situation.

Posted by: MAProcton | Mar 18, 2009 10:38:13 PM

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