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August 01, 2010

Sunday afternoon observations

    In many ways, the Panthers are living right. But they're also grinding away at a few spots on the roster at the same time.

    The Panthers just wrapped up one of the most utterly pleasant practices in franchise history -- cloudy, a little breeze, almost cool.

    But they're also running out of runners.

    RB Mike Goodson went down about midway through the session, and trainers and doctors went to work on his left ankle. Coach John Fox said it wasn't broken, but that was the extent of his knowledge.

    The Panthers were already short there, since Jonathan Stewart (Achilles) and Tyrell Sutton (calf) are on the shelf. That left DeAngelo Williams and Josh Vaughan as the only healthy backs for the last 45 minutes of practice.

    Goodson wasn't the only casualty Sunday, as DT Nick Hayden went down after taking a shot to his left side. Fox said he didn't have a rib injury, which for him, is fairly forthcoming.

    WR Brandon LaFell was also held out (bruised leg) after he and CB Chris Gamble collided the night before. CB Richard Marshall (back) was also held out, along with the pre-existing condition crowd.

    The Panthers started the work with just 68 healthy players, so tomorrow's practice could be interesting.


    -- The Panthers worked on kickoff returns, and they've got more fast options than in years. Brian Witherspoon, Dexter Jackson, Trent Guy and Armanti Edwards took the reps Sunday, and all have impressive burst. Put it this way, Edwards (who is no turtle) appears to be the slowest of the four.

    -- DE Charles Johnson was back on the field after being out since Day 1 with a hamstring, and showed them why they're glad he's back. He collapsed a run play and would have swallowed Williams in the backfield if it was live.

    Similarly, DT Corvey Irvin shot a gap and set up shop in the backfield with QB Jimmy Clausen, making the rookie glad to have a red jersey. 

    Line coach Brian Baker singled Irvin out recently, praising his quickness and size. That's why Baker's riding him fairly hard, because they know he has potential and they need him.

—- Darin Gantt

Posted by Observer Sports on August 1, 2010 at 05:37 PM | Permalink


I think i am going to have to stop reading these updates, too many injuries gets depressing.

Posted by: MrBernz | Aug 1, 2010 6:33:14 PM

So Fox was pretty forthcoming comparatively? Har, har! Here's another lame joke for you: "Keep the day job!" Har, har.

Posted by: SYRPIS | Aug 1, 2010 6:43:36 PM

It's pretty crazy how the two areas of stregnth (RB & LB) have been depleated by injuries and the team is still a couple of weeks away from its first preseason game. All that is left is the OL. They better stay healthy or "FOX SHOULD GET FIRED." LOL Schumucks.

Posted by: SYRPIS | Aug 1, 2010 6:47:10 PM

Here we go already..."FOX SHOULD GET FIRED". It is definitely his fault that these injuries happened. No doubt about it....? Come the heck on people.

Posted by: Ryan | Aug 1, 2010 7:26:19 PM

Darin, how is Tank Tyler looking?

Posted by: James Reed | Aug 1, 2010 7:38:53 PM

Darin, how is Tank Tyler looking?

Posted by: James Reed | Aug 1, 2010 7:38:54 PM

These seem mostly like minor nicks and simple strains that won't have long term affect. I think losing Tommy Davis to a stupid OTA injury when he should have been sitting out will make the Cats err on the side of caution during camp, which suits me just fine.
So Johnson and Irvin looked impressive! That's good, but what does it say about the O-Line, which is supposed to be our strength?

Posted by: SCPOAB | Aug 1, 2010 8:41:15 PM

Low on running backs? Time to phone Dacori Birmingham. Maybe we could get Desean Foster back. Just kidding.

Posted by: Ron | Aug 1, 2010 10:10:13 PM


It doesn't say anything poor about our O-line. The D's only job is to disrupt plays and that does not take nearly as much coordination to do as it does to run an offensive set. Before the offense gets jelled, an average D should beat an offense with tremendous potential.

Posted by: Drew | Aug 1, 2010 10:34:37 PM


It doesn't say anything because Irvin's success didn't come against the first team and Johnson is going to be a beast. The O-Line has already proven that it is a strength, for a few seasons now, so if our defenders can beat them then that's Kudos to them not a knock at the Offensive lineman.

Posted by: Simon Says | Aug 2, 2010 9:07:32 AM

so edwards is the slowest of the s.t return men(i didnt think he looked that fast on highlight tapes)and ive heard hes been dropping balls. great draft choice panthers.

Posted by: dazray | Aug 2, 2010 11:01:03 AM

What about D. Jarrett? A bust???

Posted by: Todd | Aug 2, 2010 2:39:08 PM

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