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August 18, 2010

Panthers who have helped, hurt status so far

     SPARTANBURG, S.C. — The Carolina Panthers’ 16th training camp at Wofford College is in the books. Here’s a look at the guys who are rising and falling after three weeks on holed up on campus:  



            Quarterback Matt Moore: Simply put, it has been his best camp. There were elements of the staff unsure if he was an NFL player last year at this time, but Moore has made a huge leap in terms of earning the confidence of his peers. If you had taken the names and numbers off the jerseys of the quarterbacks and graded them each day, you’d have picked Moore every day.


           Defensive end Greg Hardy: Looks like an excellent pass-rusher who’s stout enough to play the run too. Keep him healthy, and he’s a sixth-round steal who gives them a legitimate second-wave rusher.


         Tight end Jeff King: They keep trying to replace him and it keeps not working. King has evolved into the wise man of the locker room, but also into a trustworthy target in the passing game. He’s in better shape than ever, and since he’s still the best blocker of the three they’ll keep, he figures to retain most of the snaps.


          Defensive tackle Derek Landri: A late-season line-filler last December, he’s impressed coaches with his motor, and his ability to get to the right place at the right time. He may not be a guy you want to start, but he’s certainly a guy you trust as a backup since he knows his assignments cold.

            Cornerback C.J. Wilson: Was passed by a rookie last year when he was supposed to ascend, but has consistently made plays throughout camp. A long defender with good ball skills, he’s making it impossible to overlook him.


     Five players who may have hurt themselves with uneven camp performances:0817louisleonard

            Defensive tackle Louis Leonard: Can be a powerful force inside, but he also can’t stay on the field. They really need him to show up, but he hasn’t so far. It’s a little surprising, because he was one of the mainstays of offseason conditioning, but a June knee injury set him back.


           Wide receiver Kenny Moore: Came to camp on even footing for the second starting job, but has disappeared after a good first week to the point there may not be a roster spot for him. Roster math is not in his favor, as he’ll be fighting for a sixth-wideout job that may not exist.

           Linebacker Jamar Williams: It’s hard to blame him for getting hurt, but if he was on the field, he could have pushed for a starting job. Now with camp gone, it’s hard to see him making a late push for such a role.


      Right guard Duke Robinson: You can tell they’d love him to earn the starting job, as his power next to right tackle Jeff Otah would truly make it the strong side of the line. But coming in overweight and getting trucked in pass protection makes it hard to trust him at the moment.           


          Quarterback Tony Pike: It’s not his fault he missed two and a half weeks of OTAs, but the time off dropped him to fourth in line in the eyes of the coaches. He has something about him they like, but it’s hard to tell if it will be enough to keep him on the 53-man roster.

-- Darin Gantt

Posted by Observer Sports on August 18, 2010 at 03:58 PM | Permalink


I agree on Leonard and Robinson having disappointing camps, but deep down I believe Kenny Moore and Tony Pike have the intangibles to contribute to this team. Moore as a return man, receiver and even as a sixth or seventh running back in a pinch. Pike somehow comes out ahead of Cantwell given time. I hope these guys get the opportunity to show their worth.

Posted by: scken | Aug 18, 2010 4:17:22 PM

Tony Pike Huh!What about Hunter cant move my feet Cantwell...Derick Landri havnt seen him..Armanti Edwards doesnt look nothing like a punt returner..Why he dont get a chance to play qb..Tony Fiammeta looks like a beast!We need Jamar Williams and Duke Robinson but not as much as a backup center and Louis Leonard to be ready..Also kenny moore always starts fast then fade.But Clausin I hate to say looks like a veteran.

Posted by: pantherfan42 | Aug 18, 2010 4:28:33 PM

You have to figure Moore's going to be cut. If they keep five WRs, it'll be these:

Steve Smith
Dwayne Jarrett
Brandon LaFell
Armanti Edwards
Wallace Wright

The sixth is up for grabs, but Trent Guy has been very impressive of late.

Posted by: Authority | Aug 18, 2010 4:33:04 PM

So in other words Marty shipped Pep and Chris Harris to Chi-town in exchange for air and crickets?

Both Martin and Godfrey have speed but seem to get dinged up regularly. Might miss Harris there sooner or later, particularly if Williams is long since gone.

And sing Hardy all you want, if he is taking snaps from de facto #1 E. Brown, how good can that be in terms of efficient drafting?

Posted by: JAT | Aug 18, 2010 4:33:04 PM

Eric Norwood and Captain are gonna be beasts

Posted by: Holla26 | Aug 18, 2010 4:56:00 PM

Hunter CantThrowWell should have been on this list.

Posted by: CardiacPat | Aug 18, 2010 5:03:16 PM

Wallace Wright is supposed to be a guy needed for special teams also, but haven't heard his name really mentioned that much other than a day or two. To me, he has not impressed that much to be a lock for a spot. I would keep Kenny Moore over Wright.

Posted by: Jeff | Aug 18, 2010 5:15:19 PM

Keep fighting it all you want Clausen is a Ticket seller........... And a Future star.

Posted by: Robert | Aug 18, 2010 5:17:51 PM

Marty let Pep go to save a boat load of money and Chris Harris (whom they were going to cut otherwise) to increase the speed of the secondary as well as save a little money. Martin played all 16 last year and Godfrey only missed 4 games last year and none the year before. And for Hardy, you can never have too many effective pass rushers, we should be so lucky.

Posted by: JC | Aug 18, 2010 5:23:23 PM

Forget about the panters. Poor coaches and poor organzation. Lets go COWBOYS!

Posted by: BIG RED | Aug 18, 2010 5:24:59 PM

D. Jarrett will be in the Pro Bowl this year with 893 yrds. 9 TD's

Posted by: Todd | Aug 18, 2010 5:32:44 PM

Who is hot - no one
Who is not - everyone

Another long painful Fall headed our way.

Posted by: Bumble | Aug 18, 2010 5:34:11 PM

I have seen the same players you have and I agree with some of the breakdown. Hands down I knew Moore was the number one qb following last season's explosion of solid play.

With that said I think by far, Greg Hardy was the player SI.com rated as the future number one overall pick from 2 years ago. He has been nothing less than awesome and HE SHOULD START OVER BROWN!!!

The biggest problem is the linebacker situation the Panthers find themselves in. Jon Beason is great but he is LOST! Jamar Williams should be given the shot at the starter's will position.



Posted by: Dr. Thomas L. Payne III | Aug 18, 2010 5:35:09 PM


I didn't know you were a magician. Only time will tell how good Clausen can be.

Im not going to by into the hype they are giving Clausen. He was hype up since high school, well this is the pros.

He will have to prove his worth or name title of being the face of the franchise.

Not wishing him to do bad, but i think the media will make Clausen ego even more bigger. That he thinks he is bigger than the team. just a thought.

Posted by: adamcarter16 | Aug 18, 2010 5:40:39 PM

All I know is Moore looked like a player against the Ravens. I will be interested in how he plays the rest of the preseason. I think he is better than Wright & I have a feeling he will make the team.

Posted by: Smiley | Aug 18, 2010 6:18:01 PM

CJ Wilson!?! Did anyone else see him get burnt play after play against Baltimore?

Posted by: stickyd | Aug 18, 2010 6:18:56 PM

clausen is the new david carr. i give it until next year before he starts wearing the white gloves.

Posted by: charlottean | Aug 18, 2010 6:20:24 PM

Why does everybody hate Clausen??? Did he take your sisters to prom or something?

Posted by: Deadpool | Aug 18, 2010 6:25:02 PM

Agreed with Deadpool. It's like if Tom Brady wound up here, you guys would be like "WWWAAAAHHHHHHHHH! I don't want Tom Brady cause people know who he is."

Posted by: Shane Jack | Aug 18, 2010 6:28:05 PM

These fans would rather have Delhomme than Clausen...fail.

Posted by: J-Rah | Aug 18, 2010 6:36:18 PM

Maybe Jimmy Clausen can have 4 good seasons and then throw like 4 or 5 picks per game, get a big contract after throwing 5 picks in a crucial playoff game, stink worse the next season, get released with $12 million still owed to, then he would be loved by the Panther fans :)

Posted by: Keith | Aug 18, 2010 6:40:49 PM

Good to see football on the tv. Love it.

Posted by: Jarrod | Aug 18, 2010 6:41:24 PM

You win Keith haha

Posted by: Charlie | Aug 18, 2010 6:48:32 PM

I find it amazing how much hate there is against Clausen. The kid's done everything possible to stay away from the limelight since arriving here. The only articles about him until the preseason game were about him keeping his nose down and working hard. I read a story where a rental company didn't have any cars for him and sent a limo and he refused to ride in the limo (prob because of the ND signing fiasco). He's trying to fit in with the team and has given you no reason to hate him. Yall just hate him cuz he went to ND

Posted by: panthers1 | Aug 18, 2010 6:58:50 PM

Big Red....you left off the other half of your name....NECK!

Posted by: MajorLeague | Aug 18, 2010 7:09:41 PM

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