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May 22, 2010

Panthers' Davis back? His 4.47 40 suggests so

    The Panthers got some huge news last week, when LB Thomas Davis ran a 4.47-second 40 yard dash.

    That's slightly off some of his previous times, but there is the small fact he's less than six months from surgery to repair a torn ACL.

    Davis surprised folks with the speed of his recovery, doing more in the post-draft minicamp than expected.

    But if he's out there laying down 4.47s now (as he reported, timed by a Panthers scout), it's a good indication he's nearly 100 percent back from last November's blown knee.

    That's huge for a defense that has to be solid in the back seven to make up for the transition in the front four. With only one starter back on the defensive line, the rest of the defense is going to have to step up. Given the pace of Davis' recovery, it sounds like he's taking that challenge seriously.

    Davis said he turned in the time last Monday, and that it isn't far off his previous record. The 240-pound linebacker said his personal best as a pro was a 4.42 he ran last year during offseason conditioning.

- Darin Gantt

Posted by Observer Sports on May 22, 2010 at 05:03 PM | Permalink

Comments

Wow, what a fast and successful recovery. Well done T.D.!

Posted by: James Reed | May 22, 2010 5:24:38 PM

TD is a beast just like Beastson. Cant wait to have them both back on the field. With Eric Norwood this could be a group you dont want no part of being tackled from. I love when our defense puts fear in the eyes of the oponents. Like they did against the Vikings and Patriots last year.

Posted by: c_boss | May 22, 2010 5:38:50 PM

Outstanding.

Posted by: jimd | May 22, 2010 6:13:34 PM

This isn't gonna turn out well. He is coming back far too quickly.

Posted by: ric flair | May 22, 2010 6:33:12 PM

If TD is back to his normal self, we should have the best linebacker corp in the NFL.

Posted by: MajorLeague | May 22, 2010 6:52:49 PM

Dannnnng! A 4.47 after any knee injury at ay pace of recovery is impressive. What a talented player.

I will say this about our defense, it's going to be very fast. Beason, Davis, Martin, gamble, brown and godfrey are all natural speedsters. Add some overall youth rounding out the rest of the starting defense and we've gotta be the fastest bunch in the league.

That normally means it's gonna be a fast starting late sizzling defense. I mean, historically the younger and faster the defense, the better they play earlier in the year then by week 12 they are exposed and struggle. (i.e. 2005 Broncos, 2007 Colts, 2008 Bucs ect. ) Maybe we'll be different.

Posted by: Gamble20 | May 22, 2010 7:00:37 PM

I take that back. A lot of times young defenses take until later in the year to be better. Either way be prepare for an inconsistent defense.

Posted by: Gamble20 | May 22, 2010 7:01:57 PM

Gamble20, stfu. ijit

Posted by: Roger | May 22, 2010 7:41:42 PM

I remember when people were saying he was a bust, haha. Good to see he's found a system he fits in with!

Consistency would be nice if it was good, but I'd rather have a mediocre defense early on that heats up for playofftime... if we can get into the playoffs. >.<

Posted by: Mav | May 22, 2010 10:52:18 PM

I'd feel better if he didn't run any 40 times "all out" and just came back a little more carefully. But, this is better than running it in 6 seconds I guess. Please be careful!!!!

Posted by: David | May 23, 2010 1:59:19 AM

I don't think the common fan realizes what a freak of nature/talent/1 in a million you are to be 240 lbs and run under a 4.5. Its almost unheard of for the human species.
Pads and TV cover up so much of these guys ability.

Posted by: Tim | May 23, 2010 8:47:53 AM

WOW - a new 'article' on the Panthers...okay, maybe it's just a chopped up paragraph, but it's ALMOST an article! Baby steps, baby steps..

Posted by: Panthernyut | May 23, 2010 10:32:39 AM

Running in a straight line is a lot different than cutting to the left and right, which he'll probably be doing a lot more of. It almost always takes a player a year of actual playing to get used to cutting an trusting his knee again.

Posted by: erer | May 23, 2010 11:05:11 AM

this back seven is going to be sick this year with a full year in meeks defense and all this speed.i think our defensive front is going to be fine.leonard and tyler were playing well before they got hurt and we have brayton and charles johnson.if brown,irvin,johnson ,hardy and norwood can add anything to the mix it will be gravy.i dont expect taylor,hayden to make the cut and im not too sure about ed johnson but we will probably add a veteran before the season starts.

Posted by: raydaz | May 23, 2010 2:27:46 PM

WOW. Go Davis!!

Posted by: hasbeen99 | May 24, 2010 1:09:46 PM

Panthernyut has it right...While that is an outstanding time and that would suggest that his recovery is going well. The true test of knee surgery recovery is lateral movement... Panthers will be fun to watch this year if the key pieces can get/stay healthy.

Posted by: neverwas10 | May 24, 2010 2:50:40 PM

***fills in comment about how it was jake's fault that davis broke his leg***

Posted by: charlottean | May 24, 2010 8:40:59 PM

Running a 40 is not really a concern for a guy this far out post acl surgery. There is a little more of a concern for cutting, pivoting, and jumping. TD should be just fine with all this.

Where we (anyone pulling for the Panthers or TD) should be concerned is with contact drills, scrimmages, and pre-season games. I expect the doc's to hold him out of a lot TC practices and probably some pre-season.

Posted by: Will Parker | May 28, 2010 11:38:13 PM

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