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August 15, 2009

Saturday Observations

SPARTANBURG -- The Panthers spent much of Saturday's practice working on specific situations – such as late field goals, final-play passes into the end zone and prevent defenses.

They were very specific. One play, for instance, was set up at about the 40, with no timeouts left, five seconds remaining and the defense leading by two points. Quarterback Hunter Cantwell threw a pass to Ryne Robinson – inbounds – who fell down after he caught it. The clock would have run out without the offense getting a field-goal attempt.

"Ball game!" yelled coach John Fox.

-- One "situational" play called for the kicker John Kasay to run on the field and take the ball under center before spiking it. The Panthers then lined up and Kasay kicked a field goal.

"That's a situation where you think it's third and long, no timeouts and (about) 24 seconds left and you're not sure if you have a first down or not," said Fox. "You've already sent your field goal team out there, you're getting low on time and it turns out you have that first down. So you kill it (spike the ball) versus rushing to kick it."

It's not a play that happens very often. But Fox wants to be prepared for that eventuality.

"I've seen it happen and I've seen people mess it up. Half the field-goal team goes out and half the offense stays out. It's never pretty."

-- Receiver Dwayne Jarrett made two nice catches on the sidelines, keeping his feet in bounds before turning upfield.

-- Receiver Steve Smith practiced again, but again stayed out of contact drills to protect his bruised shoulder.

-- Kasay was perfect on his field-goal attempts in the late-game situations, although one banged through off the left upright.

-- Running back Jonathan Stewart missed his fourth straight day – and sixth consecutive practice – because of a sore Achilles. Linebacker Thomas Davis (knee), safety Nate Salley (knee), guard C.J. Davis (ankle) and linebacker Landon Johnson (groin) also sat out Saturday.

-- David Scott

Posted by Observer Sports on August 15, 2009 at 05:52 PM | Permalink


Hunter Cantwell is the next big thing

Posted by: willi | Aug 15, 2009 6:11:08 PM

Stewart's situtation is really beginning to frustate me. Could it be the way he is training responsible for these nagging injuries. If he's not careful, Goodson could take his spot. Just saying.

Posted by: Kevin | Aug 15, 2009 6:14:30 PM

i wouldn't worry about stewart too much. as for goodson taking his spot...not yet, not by a long shot as long as stewart can play!

Posted by: Brian | Aug 15, 2009 6:44:07 PM

Yeah i agree, Stewart getting hurt all the time isn't good. He's getting hurt even when there's minimal contact. When we drafted him he was hurt. He's good when he's on the field but I think down the line it's going to be a big concern.

Posted by: Mike G | Aug 15, 2009 8:13:52 PM

I hope Dwayne Jarrett continues to step it up and becomes #2 leaving Moose to play #3. At this point in his career Moose could probably be more effective at a slot receiver in clutch situations.

Posted by: FortuneFavorsTheBrave | Aug 15, 2009 8:20:58 PM

i agree with Fortune. basically, if jarrett can take over the number 2 spot, we'll have a moose clone who's younger and maybe a step quicker. i love moose, but we need to start thinking about the future at wr, and i think jarrett can do it (he didn't set records in college for being no good). however, i imagine the panthers lining up smith in the slot, where he'll have pretty much the whole field to do what he does, with moose and jarrett on the outside.

Posted by: Brian | Aug 15, 2009 8:50:53 PM

Yea no worry about Stewart,but Goodson. That guy is going to be a steal. He is really good I think and He should be the punt and kick off returner. If we didnt have Stewart He would team up really well with D-Will. Injuries this guy can def fill in big time. but We see him Monday!

Posted by: paulmack | Aug 15, 2009 11:29:00 PM

don't get me wrong, i think goodson has great upside and could contribute if something were to happen to williams or stewart (knock on wood). i just hope that he isn't the new jason carter.

Posted by: Brian | Aug 16, 2009 2:04:00 AM

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