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June 09, 2009

Summer school notes from Tuesday

Middle linebacker Jon Beason said he hasn't heard directly yet from close friend Dan Morgan about Morgan's decision this week to retire from the New Orleans Saints.

Morgan, a former Panthers' standout, couldn't shake the injury bug and decided it was time to move onto a post-football career. As good as Morgan was when healthy, Beason said he thinks Morgan's talents are underappreciated because of recurring injuries.

(x) Rookie defensive end Everette Brown is getting an education on facing bigger offensive tackles because he goes agaiinst Carolina right tackle Jeff Otah in practice. It's a classic matchup of a smaller speed end going against a huge, mauling tackle and should make for some great training camp matchups once full-contact drills in pads commence.

Brown (6-1, 256 pounds) is five inches shorter and weighs more than 70 pounds less than Otah (6-6, 330). It's a size mismatch he'll face frequently in the NFL, but he'll have a quickneess advantage. Also, Otah said Brown is much stronger than he looks.

-- Charles Chandler

Posted by Observer Sports on June 9, 2009 at 11:50 AM | Permalink


Good to hear about Brown's strength...if he's going to be playing LE, he'll need to be able to hold up against big tackles in the run game.

Posted by: Michael Procton | Jun 9, 2009 2:12:09 PM

whoa guys... three updates in three days... might want to take a break.

Posted by: Jim | Jun 9, 2009 2:57:35 PM

It's great that Brown gets to go against a prototypical mauler like Otah every day. That's exactly the kind of tackle he might have trouble with because of his smaller size, so he needs the practice.

Posted by: Nate | Jun 9, 2009 3:07:03 PM

Is it August yet? I'm DYING FOR SOME CONTACT!

Posted by: Scott | Jun 9, 2009 3:54:00 PM

Hey guys, how about an update on how Jake looks for those of us waiting for him to shut up all the haters this year?

Posted by: Get Em Jake | Jun 9, 2009 7:07:43 PM

Jake looks like a washed up turnover machine. that is why there is no update.

Posted by: James | Jun 9, 2009 9:14:25 PM

I can only hope your wrong about jake! I surely hope Hurney and Fox know what they are doing with Brown! At 6'1 256(LB size)! We don't need another LB. Charles Johnson needs to step up in a big way for the Panthers "6'3 270" he is a bit undersized for the position too but...

Jake will have an outstanding year! He knows how to hand the ball off! Teams know he will hand it off! The OC learned his lesson in the playoffs! Stick to the script! "RUN THE FOOTBALL EFFECTIVELY THEN USE PLAY ACTION PASSESS"! Jake will kill you on play action! We went away from that and it cost us!

Posted by: LouisDpanther | Jun 10, 2009 3:12:27 AM

I love how Jake plays when he has a chip on his shoulder.

Posted by: Daniel | Jun 10, 2009 3:37:18 AM

I am hoping will Brown develop for us. We need some options for our defense. It and our offensive line depth are the two biggest issues we have in my opinion.

Posted by: Otis | Jun 10, 2009 7:17:49 AM

What about trying to get Johnson to bulk up and move inside to the DT position?

Posted by: darealpanther | Jun 10, 2009 8:51:11 AM

Brown will be fine, he has speed and great leverage that will help him out. Charles Johnson should stay at DE, havn't ppl already figured out that switching guys position early in their careers messes with them ex: thomas davis, tyler brayton. So keep him there and put brown on the other side and were set, cuz who knows wat will happen with ol moody julius

Posted by: RedNeckBob | Jun 10, 2009 11:18:58 AM

Louis, there aren't 4-3 LBs who run 6'1", 250+. Maybe 3-4 MLBs, but that's about it. He'll bulk up as he gets into a pro weight program. Hell, the Panthers claimed Hilee Taylor gained like 40 pounds between the draft and training camp.

I doubt Johnson will move inside on a full-time basis, but with his added bulk, we may see him there more often than we did last year in passing situations. Versatility is NEVER a bad thing.

Posted by: Michael Procton | Jun 10, 2009 11:41:37 AM

Hard to blame the Panthers for Thomas Davis' slow development. Wasn't their fault he didn't play an NFL position in college.

Posted by: Michael Procton | Jun 10, 2009 11:42:18 AM

OK, well it's now Thursday morning. Is there any reason why the Charlotte Observer did not report on the Wednesday practice? Several other sites did. Please, be honest, when the Panthers are practicing and you guys just sit things out and report nothing, do you at least have the courtesy to go in the back and help the guys bundle the papers? Honestly, you should be ashamed of yourselves. Please, please respond.

Posted by: Mills51 | Jun 11, 2009 12:48:07 AM

Advertisements now? Lol

Posted by: Revshawn | Jun 12, 2009 4:24:34 PM

I got to watch a few practices while on the Cedar St. sidewalk this week,and the guy's looked pretty good. A lot of speed out there .

Posted by: nasty704 | Jun 13, 2009 11:05:30 AM

Michael Procton is an idiot. Why would you post moronic comments under your real name?

Posted by: Proctologist | Jun 13, 2009 2:47:56 PM

now it's sat and still reading tuesday news, if the observer is in need of a dedicated and knowledgeable reporter on the panthers i will offer my services. no prior training needed, i love this team and will hound them to get every bit of info i can, and report it on time.

Posted by: rjk | Jun 13, 2009 4:40:46 PM

Then again, you'd HOPE to see speed out of guys in their "underwear."

Posted by: Michael Procton | Jun 13, 2009 7:54:16 PM

Peppers announces arrival at camp. No surprise. We were going to be the Champs before this and will after this. Super Bowl Champs 2010 Miami FL. Go Panthers! Have the faith in the team and in the D and coaching and Peppers and most of all Jake. This is our team so cherish and appreciate that like real fans have for beloved team in hopes to win a Championship. Check the Fan base people. I love yall but some can be too critical of this team in a negative manner than it won’t change anything. Be positive for a change and maybe the change will come. The team would want interact more with the fans and we can all be a family. God has blessed North Carolina with a lot and we have to see that and take it for what it is worth. We arguably can say we have some of the best athletes. Those athletes be their best for us, we have to be our best for them. Back the Panthers this year like the Jets old fan base or Raiders mystique used to do and still. The Raiders have gone thru crazy stuff over these past years and their fans haven’t change a bit. Cowboys Patriots, Colts, Even Kansas City, and not to mention the Packers. They stick behind their team no matter what. It’s like a fraternity. The community, fans, coaches, staff, and owners are all together and when they win they celebrate all together. The nature of sports fanatic is being defined and the fans have to define those themselves. For instance look at the Lakers fan destroying property and injuring police officers. I definitely do not condone that but their energy stays high on the belief of their team and support. It takes attitude but constructed more in a positive manner. The Carolina Panther fans will be the fate of this season. How loyal are we? We can bring this championship home to Charlotte, NC?

Posted by: PantherFan | Jun 15, 2009 9:20:36 PM

OK, just in case real Panther fans are tuning in, this isn't really the Tuesday edition that you would expect. This is actually LAST Tuesday's news even though the team has been on the field in OTA's for several days. Even though the Charlotte Observer has at least 4 reporters assigned to Panthers coverage, they can't be bothered with actually covering the team with day by day coverage. You can find about 5 other sites that do, but don't waste your time here. But if you do want mind numbing news of the J Peppers situation, please come back to us as we will have complete coverage 2 days after the situation has occured. C.O.

Posted by: Mills51 | Jun 16, 2009 1:55:38 AM

Guys, you're getting pretty lax in your team coverage... What happened, did the Observer schedule all of the sports reporter's vacations for the same week?

Just no excuse fella's.

Posted by: Hillbilly | Jun 16, 2009 1:34:40 PM

layoffs. not enough Journalists to cover the news..

Posted by: ROB | Jun 16, 2009 4:52:29 PM

This coverage of the Panthers is seriously weak as hell. I get more news from Carolina Growl, which has just one columnist/reporter. The Charlotte Observer has at least four staff who are supposed to be covering the Panthers. It's really a pitiful effort. Also, I don't even click on Scott Fowler's articles. They are so busche league and whiney.

Editor, please read this and make some changes. Charles Chandler is your best guy. Sorensen, while extremely weird is pretty good. Light a fire under these bozo's asses. Unfortunately ESPN only covers the Cowboys and TO.

Posted by: Pissed | Jun 16, 2009 7:34:30 PM

Are you guys still alive? There has been no new Panthers coverage in a llooooooonnnnnngggggg time!

Posted by: Hello? | Jun 17, 2009 8:18:51 AM

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