May 25, 2010
Fox: First three for passing game only
It's almost as if the Panthers realized they needed to work on their passing game.
After running OTAs the same way for eight years, coach John Fox has mixed things up this week, using the first three days of their organized team activity to concentrate on throwing and catching the ball.
The Panthers ranked 27th in passing offense last year, and have completely remodeled that side of the house. Gone are QB Jake Delhomme and WR Muhsin Muhammad, and in came a fleet of new passers and receivers.
Thus, Fox tweaked his practice schedule, allowing his linemen to do extra position drills but no team work, so they didn't have to spend any time working on the run (which they're OK at already)
Tuesday was the only day of the first three which will be open to the media, but there were a few other things evident from the new-look practices:
-- RB DeAngelo Williams and LT Jordan Gross were back after missing the minicamp work following offseason surgeries.
There aren't that many guys missing at all anymore, to be honest. RB Jonathan Stewart and DT Tank Tyler are still sidelined, and some others including LB Thomas Davis are still doing limited work, but for the most part, they're rested and approaching well.
-- As we reported last night, CB Richard Marshall was back on the field. He talked at length about wanting to be here, but staying away because of the business realities. He said he'll sign his $1.759 million restricted free agent tender before training camp, but he'll need to before June 15 because the Panthers could reduce their offer to 110 percent of his 2009 base salary, which would be $583,000.
Marshall's always been one of the poster children for offseason participation, and he admitted the absence was odd for him. But he appeared to be in his normal (i.e. good) shape, and was back running with the starters through the 7-of-7 drills that made up the bulk of the day.
— Darin Gantt
Posted by Observer Sports on May 25, 2010 at 11:56 AM | Permalink
Good info, please keep it coming.
Posted by: Steven | May 25, 2010 12:41:18 PM
give us the goods on armanti's progress........
Posted by: Appstate#1 | May 25, 2010 12:46:40 PM
We have already had enough of the third round pick
Posted by: Steven | May 25, 2010 12:53:26 PM
how did brandon lafelle look?
Posted by: tr | May 25, 2010 2:41:47 PM
I like Armanti. Ohhhhh....Billy
Posted by: Steven | May 25, 2010 3:11:48 PM
These guys are right, report on how the other guys looked. How did the QBs throw?
Posted by: mark | May 25, 2010 7:13:20 PM
tis the season to abandon the sports page! hurry fall!!!!
Posted by: ben | May 25, 2010 8:41:17 PM
"It's almost as if the Panthers realized they needed to work on their passing game."
Condendscending much?? Maybe you should... "as if almost realiz you need to work on" your tone as a journalist.
Also, good that Marshall had his reality check ackowledged...
Okay, speaking of reality check, that may have been a bit over the top Gnatt, but I am waiting for the hardcore morale dessimation of this franchise by some of you hacks to begin any day now. Hopefully that is all in the past (now that it is apparent Fox has one leg out the door---for whatever reason) and we can move on and go back to pulling for the success of this franchise and all those individuals who make it.
Posted by: SYRPIS | May 25, 2010 9:17:28 PM
Keep on keepin' us up to date guys....we need football fixes....we're junkies for it. Go Panthers.
Posted by: MajorLeague | May 25, 2010 9:17:38 PM
i just went the ota today and everybody you guys are asking about look real good. but i was very impressed with brandon lafelle, he looked great making big time catches. matt moore looked great once again, and the defense is coming along, just hope we can continue to progress. and hunter cantwell might be throwing one of best balls out there right now. our offense is looking real good. just cant wait to get the season started. i will be out there again tomorrow.
Posted by: rickey | May 25, 2010 9:45:24 PM
I still say fire Marshall. He is also now a liar. He siad he was "staying away because of the business realities", the business is between his agent & the Panthers not him staying away from team activities. He was pouting like a baby about making 1.7 million dollars for a year of playing a game the rest of us would play for 50,000 a year. I cant stand a player that cries about not getting paid enough when they are making more than any of the fans that pay to see them play. They already got a free ride through college for playing & thats a lot of money too.
Posted by: MrBernz | May 25, 2010 10:00:50 PM
Thank you Darren for not reporting what Jake was wearing today in cleveland.
Posted by: JAY | May 26, 2010 9:26:45 AM
Wow, 8 years later he figures out that run, run, pass isn't a system?
Posted by: Seriously? | May 26, 2010 11:29:39 AM
Why so down on Fox? I like run, run, pass almost as much as run, run, run.
Posted by: Steven | May 26, 2010 11:32:55 AM
Bernz I'm pretty sure if the guy beside you doing the same job your doing is getting paid 1.5 million, you would be bitching just like anyone else would, and if you wasn't then you must not take much value in yourself to begin with.
Posted by: Delvo | May 26, 2010 12:11:42 PM
This all started with teams locking up first contract players way to early. They are five year contracts, because the team is going get some good players for cheap. If teams would quit handing out contracts to early, all this would go away.
Posted by: Steven | May 26, 2010 1:12:18 PM
Pat Y wrote this morning in his NFC South blog about a tabulation of broken tackles and missed tackles. Carolina was top in terms of broken tackles, probably due to the elusiveness and power of our runners. We didn't fare so well in terms of missed tackles, i.e., when the other team has broken our attempted tackle.
Here's the team by team breakdown:
Posted by: Scott | May 26, 2010 1:19:15 PM
Seriously?, we don't do run, run, pass......Fox's playbook is run, run, draw. Lastyear it was run, incomplete pass, draw, punt. Or the now famous run, pick 6. ;)
Posted by: David | May 26, 2010 1:30:53 PM
Delvo if the guy beside me is getting 1.5 mil for doing what I am doing & I was tendered at 1.7 mil why exactly would I be complaining? If I was tendered at 1.7 mil & no other team wanted to offer that plus a second round draft pick why would I cry about the offer i had? Explain your reasoning please. If he felt he was worth more why didnt his agent get offers from other teams? He wasnt franchised so he could have gone to any team willing to pay him and give up a draft pick.
Posted by: MrBernz | May 26, 2010 1:53:09 PM
in the tampa 2 you dont have to have premiere corners.i hope marshall realizes that and signs a reasonable contract.youre not that great richard.
Posted by: raydaz | May 26, 2010 5:03:22 PM
Tommy: "shut up, Richard"
Posted by: Steven | May 26, 2010 7:54:04 PM
This is the NFL...when Richard Marshall proves himself to be an elite player, he will be paid as such. That is a fact. Until then, Mr. Marshall, get on the field and PROVE you deserve the big payday you so deeply want. And stop posturing, it doesn't help your cause at all.
Posted by: Panther Dan | May 27, 2010 8:14:10 AM
@David: Marshall isn't complaining about the 1.7 mil offer. the Panthers could offer him as little as 110% of his 2009 contract which would be about 600k for him. If he participates in the OTAs and gets injured, the Panthers don't have to offer him anything or may have offered him the 600k minimum just to keep him on the roster. Now that the 1.7 mil has been offered, the agent and the team will iron out details of the contract... once the detail s(the "business realities", he'll be in camp. Until then, he does not have a contract and there is no reason for him to show up.
Posted by: nap0leon | May 28, 2010 9:36:02 AM
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