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November 01, 2009

Gameday: Panthers-Cardinals observations

-- Dwayne Jarrett gets his shot today. With Muhsin Muhammad back in Charlotte with an injured knee, Jarrett will likely start. A disappointment in his three seasons -- he's got 19 career catches, including three this season -- Jarrett can show today he's a worthy option to Steve Smith in the Panthers' passing game.

-- Injuries to TE Dante Rosario and S Charles Godfrey could have a domino effect on the Panthers' special teams, already a problem area. Backups TE Gary Barnidge and S Sherrod Martin will likely get more snaps on offense and defense. Whether they remain on special teams, we'll see, but they won't be as fresh as they'd normally be if they do. Landon Johnson (shoulder) is questionable, so that's another depth-hit the special teams might take.

-- A key component of the Panthers' run game will probably return today: Fullback Brad Hoover, who missed last week with a sore back (he practiced Friday and is listed as questionable). His blocking is critical for DeAngelo Williams and Jonathan Stewart.

-- Without Godfrey, the Panthers' secondary could combat Kurt Warner, Larry Fitzgerald, Anquan Boldin et al with two rookies (Martin, Captain Munnerlyn) and a first-year starter (Richard Marshall) in the nickle package. -- David Scott


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Posted by Observer Sports on November 1, 2009 at 09:49 AM | Permalink

Comments

I hope Martin shows something. It would be nice to have an upgrade over Godfrey.

Posted by: jeff | Nov 1, 2009 10:07:31 AM

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