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May 02, 2011

Projected depth chart for Panthers

Sayonara Steve Smith.

Good-bye Richard Marshall, Matt Moore and Jeff King.

We took a stab at what the Panthers' depth chart might look like, whenever the NFL gets out of the courtroom and back on to the practice fields. Potential free agents DeAngelo Williams, Charles Johnson and James Anderson are on the two-deep; Derek Landri, Ed Johnson and the four players mentioned above are not.

The Panthers addressed their biggest needs -- quarterback and defensive tackle -- with their first three draft picks last weekend. But look for GM Marty Hurney to add a veteran at both of those positions via trade or free agency if/when the league re-opens for business.

Hurney and Ron Rivera drafted Newton in the hopes he will be a franchise quarterback for years to come. But the Panthers do not want to subject Newton to what Jimmy Clausen endured last year, when John Fox threw the rookie from Notre Dame to the wolves after pulling the trigger on Moore after two games.

Adding a veteran QB -- Marc Bulger, Matt Hasselbeck and Chad Pennington are among the more interesting free agent names -- would give Newton a chance to break in slowly (a la Josh Freeman two years ago). A smart, older player with a steadying presence like Pennington (who says he wants to play after offseason knee surgery) would be especially helpful if the lockout drags into the summer and training camps are abbreviated.

And while defensive tackles Terrell McClain and Sione Fua look like good third-round pick-ups, the Panthers need an established interior player while they develop. The free agent pool for defensive tackles -- which includes ex-Panther Kris Jenkins -- is a little shallow.

At any rate, this is a working depth chart and undoubtedly will look different this summer (Jeff Otah sighting, anyone?).

Fire away with your additions/deletions.

--Joseph Person

Posted by Observer Sports on May 2, 2011 at 11:53 PM | Permalink


I bet that Landri is resigned.

I don't see AE getting "starter's" play in the slot. Don't kid yourself. He isn't ready to see an NFL field.

Also, while we would all like to see Everette Brown leapfrog Brayton, don't count on it.

Captain as a starter at CB? Only because of necessity. He is much better in the nickel situations than he is as a starter.

Posted by: steve | May 3, 2011 7:02:36 AM

89 is gone and we draft a gimpy WR from Hawaii ,A thin DL and a cue card QB ,and
a CB that's on probation?..And we can still pick up UDFA's that are better than our draft picks?

Mark Herzlich is a MUCH better LB than we drafted? Imo we whiffed on players every rnd except 4 for Hogan.

Couple that with a beast of a schedule and i see 3-5 wins at most with 5 out of the last 8 games away with 3 in a row on the road. Yep there's good chance Carolina picks #1 again in 2012!

Posted by: John Fox | May 3, 2011 10:59:50 AM

With Ricky Proehl being carolina dont be surprised how much better all our receivers improve, especialy Edwards! Remember it took Josh Cribbs some time to adjust too!

Posted by: Allen Cooper | May 3, 2011 11:10:22 AM

With Ricky Proehl being carolina dont be surprised how much better all our receivers improve, especialy Edwards! Remember it took Josh Cribbs some time to adjust too!

Posted by: Allen Cooper | May 3, 2011 11:10:23 AM

I think every would agree we weren't the team with the least amount of talent in the league last year. A new staff and a few new pieces and I could see the Panthers winning 6-7 games.

Posted by: Non-Hunter | May 3, 2011 11:12:56 AM

It was a a nightmare draft for the Panthers (except for Newton).

1. Just when the NFC South is going to bigger WR's like the Bucs Arrelious Benn (6-2, 220) and Mike Williams (6-2, 212), Falcons Roddy White (6-0, 208) and Julio Jones (6-3, 220), and Saints Marcus Colston (6-4, 225) and Devery Henderson (5-11, 200), the Panthers are switching to all 5-10 and under CB's (unless Gamble stays).

2. RR said he was staying with a 4-3 defense, but wanted to throw in some 3-4 as well, but the draft was entirely a 4-3 draft.

3. The DT depth chart is frighteningly worse than the 2010 group. A 2010 undrafted free agent, 2 3rd round rookies, and hope for a free agent signing. LOL

Posted by: DaMan | May 3, 2011 12:04:45 PM

Edwards was just a novelty pick to draw in local fans. Don't expect too much from him. Newton might surprise everyone and bring some wins back to carolina.

Hopefuly Steve Smith stays cause that's a veteran that we need to keep araound. I don't care what anyone says, he is the best WR in the league!

Posted by: pantherFan | May 3, 2011 12:25:10 PM

"Adding a veteran QB -- Marc Bulger, Matt Hasselbeck and Chad Pennington are among the more interesting free agent names -- would give Newton a chance to break in slowly (a la Josh Freeman two years ago)."

When was the last time the #1 overall pick had sat and learn? Might as well let him learn by starting. Josh F wasn't the #1 overall pick, thats a major difference in him having to sit and learn for a while until Josh Johnson was hurt or there season was done byt week 7 when he started behind that horrible OLine. Thats why you have a Qb coach for, to prepare throughout the week. Knowing this fanbase, they will not give Newton the time to develop.

Posted by: jerome | May 3, 2011 12:31:43 PM

Bulger has told Baltimore media that he wants an opportunity to start somewhere close to where his wife works in St. Louis. I don't think he'd come here.

Posted by: Caleb | May 3, 2011 12:53:54 PM

The draft board Hurney uses for draft day is avaiable on ebay. Oh excuse please, this paper likes to remind us that Richardson, Hurney and management are just swell fellows, just swell. See you chaps at lunch, and we can work out the ticket increase for 2011 season

Posted by: Mr. Vanderbuilt | May 3, 2011 1:03:40 PM

I think Jimmy starts and if (or when) he screws up the first 2 games, Newton takes control for the year. He might suck, but he has to start asap. Which #1 pick has waited a year to start?

Posted by: byteAbit | May 3, 2011 4:58:27 PM

WR Steve Smith
LT Jordan Gross
LG Travelle Wharton
C Ryan Kalil
RG Geoff Schwartz
RT Jeff Otah
TE Jeremy Shockey
WR Brandon LaFell/David Gettis
QB Chad Pennington (f/Miami Dolphins)
RB DeAngelo Williams/Jonathan Stewart
FB Tony Fiametta

LDE Charles Johnson
LDT Derek Landri
RDT Tommie Harris (f/Chicago Bears)
RDE Greg Hardy/ Tyler Brayton
SLB Thomas Davis
MLB Jon Beason
WLB James Anderson
LCB Chris Gamble
SS Charles Godfrey
FS Sherrod Martin
RCB Brandon Hogan

K John Kasay
P Jason Baker
KR Mike Goodson
PR Captain Munnerlyn

Posted by: JohnsonCrayneSmithUniversity | May 3, 2011 6:01:49 PM

Hasselbeck would be killer to get here.

Anybody but Pennington, he will be lucky to start 3 more games before he gets hurt and retires.

I truly doubt any desire this team.

Posted by: 10-4! | May 3, 2011 6:53:26 PM

For those who are panicking after the draft, consider this:


Yes, it can be used to fix more than just our QB problem. How about we sign Tommie Harris or another DT, a vet CB, and one more vet WR to fill out the ranks?

Might not give us a .500 team but will put some more wins on the board and keep the rookies off the field more than they would be right now/

Just a thought so not everyone panics here.

Posted by: manu4t | May 3, 2011 7:50:14 PM


Posted by: pantherspro | May 3, 2011 8:46:03 PM

Hasselbeck isn't leaving Seattle. The only experience QB I see having a chance to sign is Chad Pennington, like the signing or not. DB Hogan is 2x better than Captain Munnerlyn at the Cornerback position. Do you remember how many times Captain got beat by faster WR. Hogan reminds me of a taller Ricky Manning.

Posted by: JohnsonCrayneSmithUniversity | May 3, 2011 10:58:09 PM

Why not try to keep Marshall and Smith and go after Jamal Williams or Aubrayu Franklin?

Posted by: bega | May 3, 2011 11:54:48 PM

Richard Marshall isn't staying he's already admitted about the fact that he does not won't to play here anymore. Plus, with the money freed up wouldn't you hope Carolina signs Tommie Harris over Jamal Williams and Aubrayu Franklin. Also, Hasselbeck isn't going anywhere, by the fact that Seattle did not pick up a quarterback.

Posted by: JohnsonCrayneSmithUniversity | May 4, 2011 9:05:55 AM

As I said not many probably desire to be here. You try and get peninngton and it will be a waste, so anyone(Bulger!) other than he unless you just want to have a mentor on the sideline. He will get hurt like he always has.

If you want to be competitive this season focus on a QB and receiver if smitty bails.
Outside of QB we are solid. If nothing else was addressed from here out other than QB and got a decent FA we would win more than 6 or 7 games. If the "D" played as well as they did last year and with the "core" of guys we still have on Offense and Shockey added. We would be very competitive.

It depends on what your looking to accomplish this season.

Posted by: 10-4! | May 4, 2011 10:08:37 AM

We need to throw most of our free agent money at Raiders cornerback Nnamida Asomugha!No quarterback dares to throw at him, so this will give our DLine time to get to the opposing qb's!!

Posted by: jah p | May 4, 2011 12:02:41 PM

Asomugah? already signed an extension with Raiders.

Posted by: Fred Flintstone | May 4, 2011 12:55:12 PM

Senile Jerry isn't going to spend any real money in free agency. He is running his team on the cheap and making money. He's Hugh Culverhouse 2.0, which is a disgrace.

Posted by: Phil | May 4, 2011 2:46:21 PM

Nnamdi is a UFA, he can sign with anyone and has no extension with the Raiders

Posted by: Panthers4life | May 4, 2011 7:02:57 PM

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