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August 04, 2010

Wednesday morning: Goal line action

    It was only six plays, but it was a little more like football.

    The Panthers did a short goal-line drill, minus a few regulars, but it was their first taste of actual hitting.

    RB DeAngelo Williams was tucked safely away, but Josh Vaughan pushed through for a touchdown on his third attempt with the ones. The only other score was a QB Hunter Cantwell pass to TE Dante Rosario, who got lost in traffic and ended up wide open in the corner of the end zone.

    The defense was active, and fired up to hit somebody, and looked stout on the other four downs. You can tell LB Jon Beason lives for this stuff, as he was heard above all others after the stops.


    -- They wanted to do short yardage earlier in the week, but were unable because of the shortage of backs. They still only used two today, with Dantrell Savage running with the twos.

    -- Not much new on the injury front, though CB Richard Marshall was back after missing some time with back spasms.

    -- Not to create a firestorm, but QB Jimmy Clausen looks more and more comfortable with each passing day. He found WR Dwayne Jarrett running down a seam early, the kind of pass adult quarterbacks make.

    Still don't think he pushes Matt Moore for the starting job soon, but he's clearly impressing.

    -- Best scene of the morning: WR Kenny Moore staying engaged with his block on DT Tank Tyler about 15-20 yards downfield. It was the kind of aggressive play that earns Kenny some street cred. Tyler didn't think as much of it, however.

    -- RB Mike Goodson was wandering around in a walking boot. He's probably another week or more from returning to practice with an ankle sprain.

— Darin Gantt

Posted by Observer Sports on August 4, 2010 at 11:24 AM | Permalink


I am guessing Matt Moore is doing well in practice. We don't hear alot about him so i guess that is a good thing. I am glad Jimmy C. is progressing well. That gives us 2 legit QBs. Now we just need another receiver to step up. I was hoping it was going to be DJ but it doesn't sound like it.

Posted by: Panthers4Life | Aug 4, 2010 12:17:19 PM

Clausen is a snag and the panthers should have traded him. They need to trade him. No one gives Matt Moore any respect, just bc he went undrafted doesnt mean he won't be good. Everyone thinks that just bc clausen came from a pro style offense in collwge, he has pedigree and what it takes to be a great NFL qb. What the heck happened to Quinn and leinhart. Exactly, nothing.

Posted by: eric | Aug 4, 2010 1:21:52 PM

Clausen is a dbag, not a snag.

Posted by: eric | Aug 4, 2010 1:23:02 PM

Why would they trade Clausen? Moore is getting Moore respect. Even if Moore does do great what happens if he gets hurts? Wouldn't it be great to have a back-up who could come in and not be a huge drop-off from the starter? Quinn and Leinhart aren't the only QB's have who have failed in the NFL.

Posted by: Panthers4Life | Aug 4, 2010 1:30:34 PM

Why do so many people dislike Jimmy Clausen? I think that Darin has been very fair and has often noted that he is behind Moore. The fact that he has something positive to say is a good thing for JC and for the Panthers. If he indeed becomes the starter someday it will be because he earned it and not because he is entitled.

Posted by: Joey | Aug 4, 2010 1:50:32 PM

And Brady Quinn was not a charlie weis recruit, easy to forget. He played two years under Weis but always had accuracy issues. Leinart is a party animal - does not mean that he will be a bad starter for the Cardinals this year. Jimmy Clausen isn't a good comparison to either of those guys. A better comparison is an Aaron Rodgers or some of these other high profile college QBs that faded in the draft but hopefully prove themselves in the NFL.

Posted by: Joey | Aug 4, 2010 1:52:42 PM

You mean D. Jarrett made a catch? I thought he was a bust and left town already!!!

Posted by: Todd | Aug 4, 2010 1:57:32 PM

I was at TC this morning is still, by far, the best QB option on the field. Clauson does look good, but has a ways to go before seriously challenging Moore for the starting spot.

Posted by: John | Aug 4, 2010 1:59:21 PM

To clarify- Moore is, by far, the best QB option on the field.

Posted by: John | Aug 4, 2010 2:00:11 PM

ESPN did a spot on Delhomme and McCoy in Browns camp yesterday. Two observations from the segment.

1) Delhomme is very goofy, and for some reason had an arm around Colt while they were sitting in the interview trailer.
Mildly creepy...

2) While showing them make throws I saw Delhomme make the oh so familiar frown face coupled with the gosh darn it hand clap as he looked downfield. The results were off camera, but imagining a pick or badly missed throw is easy to do.

Needless to say I'm thrilled with Moore at QB! That said, a good back-up is important in the NFL with injury around the corner every week. Also keeps the starter on his toes to have to worry about who's behind him.

Posted by: Sportsdon | Aug 4, 2010 3:08:25 PM


Posted by: nasty 704 | Aug 4, 2010 9:15:02 PM

I like the development and I hope Moore makes it tough to part was with at the end f this season. I was not huge on Clauson, but if we develop him we will have some serious trade bait since quality QB's are SOOO hard to find.

That being said we don't exactly have the reputation in the QB development arena. I desperately hope that changes.

Posted by: Panther Homer | Aug 5, 2010 10:51:29 AM

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