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May 02, 2009

Saturday Morning Minicamp Notes


Cornerback Chris Gamble sat out the practice with a hamstring tweak. Defensive end Charles Johnson was excused to attend a funeral. Rookie running back Mike Goodson, a fourth round pick, returned to practice after having a mild illness Friday afternoon. Goodson had a nifty touchdown run in goal-line drills, taking a pitch to the right and sprinting past defenders into the end zone. Veterans not participating in the minicamp because they're recovering from offseason shoulder surgery: linebacker Jon Beason, safety Chris Harris, and linebacker Na'il Diggs. Defensive tackle Damione Lewis is participating on a limited basis.

-- Charles Chandler 

Posted by Observer Sports on May 2, 2009 at 12:37 PM | Permalink


The "Flash" Goodson is a gem. He is gonna be really good for us this season and seasons to follow.

Posted by: Cameron | May 2, 2009 1:03:20 PM


Posted by: Danny | May 2, 2009 1:06:38 PM

Too early to tell about things completely. We will see when the pads are on. It is good to see some plays happening things change when pads are on.

Posted by: JusticeZero | May 2, 2009 2:35:23 PM

Good post!

It'll be interesting to see how things pan out for our new draft class. If both DL rookies can start and be effective, it will put all of the whiny draft experts who gave us C's and D's in our draft for trading next year's first in their place.

Lewis makes me worried. I hope he's not wearing out.

Posted by: Revshawn | May 2, 2009 3:59:24 PM

While Everette Brown will probably be a starter(more than likely at right defensive end so he can be more of a pass rusher and peppers is tougher against the run), Corvey Irvin wasn't drafted to be a starter. At least right away. He was brought in to be a solid rotation guy for us immediately. Goodson is gonna be a good playmaker for the panthers next year in the slot, multiple back formations and returning kicks.

Posted by: Reid | May 2, 2009 4:48:53 PM

I agree with Revshawn. Everette Brown will start. I suspect he and Peppers will both be rushing from the ends. Kemo and Lewis will still be taking up the middle, but we've got some half-decent backups at DT now.

Personally, I'm a little worried about what the secondary will be like. Marshall looked like a starter early in his career, but made a lot of mistakes last year from the nickel back position and while filling in at times as a CB. But Lucas is gone and he's got the experience to start over Sherrod Martin. That means it's Martin learning the nickel back and Marshall better make the most of his opportunity to start. Hopefully, they all benefit from a stronger pass-rush this season. But I suspect training camp is going to be just that...a lot of training.

Meanwhile, I think Goodson (or "Flash" as the Observer seems to desperately want to tag him)...is simply benefitting right now from the absence of Deangelo and Stewart. That's okay, because it gives him reps...but he's 3rd string at best right now.

What I'd really like to know from these minicamps, is how are the special teams units shaping up? Are they practicing that aside from seeing how the long-snappers perform? We lost our three leading special teams tacklers. So who's going to fill that role? And with our return guy gone, how's Goodson or Martin or any of the veterans returning from injury looking right now?


Posted by: NSpicer | May 2, 2009 6:46:19 PM

Also, how's Robinson and Cadogan look on the O-line? Seems like those guys could make the team...and see playing time.

Posted by: NSpicer | May 2, 2009 6:48:13 PM

new defensive coach new aggressive style. peppers get on the man's bandwagon this is going to be interesting.

Posted by: meeks fan club | May 2, 2009 7:51:43 PM

i think that's the first time they mentioned what happened on the field during minicamp.....usually they mention who's out then talk about peppers for 3 paragraphs.......the reporting for this team really is a joke.....i'm also a bills fan so when i read the bills news compared to the panthers news it is not even close.......

Posted by: rjk | May 2, 2009 7:55:53 PM

goodson looked great on that u-tube video. fox has got bto let him touch the ball 5-10 times per game.hes explosive. i would love to see him in the slot.
im very up on meeks. we needed a fire under this d.
i like the draft and the core of the team but we still need a veteran at cornerback in case martin and marshall arent getting it done.we also need a veteran def tackle in case lewis shoulder is shot and irvin is not ready for prime time.brown should start at def end but he wont because fox is so conservative.

Posted by: ray | May 2, 2009 8:35:29 PM

Ray, your an idiot. First off, Goodsons only touches in the regular season will be on kick offs, maybe, that is if he gets the special teams job. No way he touches the ball on hand offs 5-10 times per game. We have veteran cornerbacks in Wesley and a few others. Everette Brown WILL START, incase you were a dumbass and missed the draft and the post draft interview, Fox says he wanted him because he likes guys who make an INSTANT IMPACT. It will be Peppers and Brown at the DE positions. Learn the game of football before posting on this blog.

Posted by: Cameron | May 2, 2009 10:03:33 PM

Darn.....Peppers looked great out there.......so quick you couldn't see him.......like a stealth fighter!

Posted by: MajorLeague | May 3, 2009 1:00:12 AM

Any word on the Canadian kid, Jamall Lee? He at camp? If so, is he doing anything?

Posted by: Henry | May 3, 2009 1:22:59 AM

cameron, u are the only idiot here, buddy.

Posted by: b.utesky | May 3, 2009 11:29:16 AM

How about you try to help these people understand a little more than they know instead of belittling them like a total corksoaker. U suck Cameron.

Posted by: b.utesky | May 3, 2009 11:31:55 AM

panthers huddle 'special edition" on channel 11 wccb 12:30pm Sunday right now. talking draft picks, rookie training.

Posted by: JT | May 3, 2009 12:38:08 PM

Cameron I have to agree with Utesky you sound like a moron. I'll tell you what, go google Mike Goodson and watch "thunderstruck" and I don't give a rats ass if he was taken in the 4th round or the 1st the kid has some NASTY skills. Sounds to me like you're basing all your sorry assumptions off it being a later round pick. If I remember correctly we got Godfrey in the 3rd round and he started immediately!!!! Mike Goodson is fast as hell and if he can get to the corner and go I guarantee Foxy will let him. So don't act like your "coach banana in my ass cameron"

Posted by: wowo | May 3, 2009 12:41:28 PM

What an A**hole, Everybody here is entitled to there opinion. I would like to see Goodson get some touches on offense also. If he is as good as we all think he's going to be why wouldn't he. Williams in the backfield Smith on the right side and Goodson in the slot. Sounds like a great line up to me.

Posted by: Cameron Hater | May 3, 2009 3:34:46 PM

I have a great idea. How about D.Williams, J. Stewart, and Goodson in a wildcat formation. With Delhomme on the bench???

Posted by: wowo | May 3, 2009 3:52:54 PM

dear cameron, you feel safe with dante wesley and others out there at corner.wow!
how much do you want to bet it will be peppers and brayton as the starters. brown may be the next deacon jones but he weighs 250 lbs .he will be situational on pass downs till he can prove he wont be a liability on runs.go take your beatdown like a man and study football before you run your mouth. go study for your finals and let the men alone to talk football in peace.

Posted by: ray | May 3, 2009 7:55:14 PM

There is not way goodson gets any time at RB unless its a blowout or there are injuries to williams or stewart. Anyone thinking otherwise needs to put the kool aid down. A 4th round pick who regressed in college is not going to be taking touches away from two very productive running backs

Posted by: pete | May 3, 2009 9:48:57 PM

I would also like to hear more about Jamall Lee. With a 6' 1" 225 pound frame with the 40 speed he may be one to watch.

Posted by: Tbeck | May 4, 2009 7:33:52 AM

I agree Goodson won't be getting touches at RB all that often (and even then, probably only as a 3rd or 4th string backup). If he makes the team, he's on special teams as a gunner and return man...and would be a backup WR in the slot. Having said that, though, it might be really interesting to see the Panthers do some end-around handoffs or reverses between Steve Smith and Goodson. Talk about blazing speed! That would be awesome to see on a trick play.

On the defensive side of the ball, I think they'll probably start Everette Brown over Tyler Brayton opposite Julius Peppers. Why? It's a change in scheme, really. If Ron Meeks implements the same type of defensive scheme they used at Indianapolis, he won't mind going with undersized (but quick!) DEs. Then, he'll rely on the LBs and safeties to come up for run support while turning loose Peppers and Brown to cause havoc on the edges.

I'm not sure Meeks will get exactly the same thing as Dwight Freeney and Robert Mathis with the Colts, but that's what the coaches get paid to do -- i.e., evaluate their players and put them in the best possible position so athletes can use their skills to excel. It's kind of too bad Peppers doesn't want to play in Carolina anymore, because in some ways I think Meeks' defensive scheme might be just the thing to help him further develop.

But that's just my two-cents,

P.S. Where's the Sunday report from the Panthers' minicamp?

Posted by: NSpicer | May 4, 2009 7:39:58 AM


Posted by: ray | May 4, 2009 11:47:22 AM

I'm laughing so much with your comment "Wild Cat" with Delhomme on the bench LOL!!! but you're right.
I think that Goodson will be touch the ball on our offense 3-7 plays per game because he is very fast, explosive and a future play maker.

Imagine a 3-4 defense with Brayton-Maake-Lewis and Brown-Connor or Davis-Beason-Peppers, for me looks very nice!!

Posted by: rock6996 | May 4, 2009 2:47:36 PM

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