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November 22, 2011

Kealoha Pilares earns NFC special teams nod

Panthers rookie Kealoha Pilares was named the NFC's Special Teams Player of the Week after his team-record, 101-yard kickoff return in a 49-35 loss to Detroit, the Panthers announced Tuesday.

Pilares, a fifth-round pick from Hawaii, notched the Panthers' first kickoff return for a score since Rod "He Hate Me" Smart went 100 yards against New Orleans in 2003. Pilares' previous long was 27 yards in his first four games after taking over the return duties from Mike Goodson.

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Posted by Observer Sports on November 22, 2011 at 09:10 PM | Permalink


Do you care about Cam being a winner?

Posted by: Cam Newton | Nov 23, 2011 12:36:43 AM

Good for Pilares. Maybe we can get him back there on punts as well and finally kick Armanti "Happy Feet" Edwards to the curb where he belongs, because he isn't a NFL-caliber player for sure.

Posted by: Curry | Nov 23, 2011 10:02:59 AM

the thing about edwards is that he's misjudging the flight of the punt. everytime he catches the ball stationary or moving forward it leads to a solid return but 9 times out of 10 he's moving backwards when catching the ball. and not just a few steps but RUNNING backwards to catch the ball.

the guy can make plays with the ball but he's never gonna stand a chance if he isn't involved in the offense also. it reminds me of when larry brown would bring adam morrison in cold off the bench for a last second shot. the guy doesn't stand a chance.

Posted by: charlottean | Nov 23, 2011 10:19:27 AM

Kealoha returning that kick for a TD, in just his fifth game, justifies the future release of Armanti Edwards. Some players just don't make the switch to WR.

Posted by: Al Asher | Nov 23, 2011 11:58:29 AM

1. Pilares deserves a lot of credit for the kickoff return, but his blockers deserve kudos also. They created a perfect freeway for Kealoha to put the hammer down. If they keep it together, there will be more big gainers from kick-offs.

2. Blocking like that is much harder to establish on punts where the blockers first have to take care of business defending the line of scrimmage before they can try to fall back to guard the returner. Pilares's jump off the ball and flat out speed may make him good on punt returns also, but there won't be as many four-lane highways to run down.

3. Edwards has never been used correctly. His gifts--his combination of quick, elusive running and strong, accurate downfield passing--are an unusual combination in one player, but he has never been allowed to compete out of the backfield where he is a natural play-maker. My suggestion would be to try him as a change of pace RB to Williams and Stewart, while having him also as Wildcat passer/runner; slot receiver; and back-up QB.

4. Is he "too small"? Would he get broken in half by DLs and LBs? He has yet to be hurt running back punts; in any case, that is his worry and he doesn't seem very worried so far.

Posted by: Caliban | Nov 23, 2011 2:59:22 PM

Who would rather have Armanti as a Wildcat passer or runner in the backfield than Cam? I get the "lets root for the guy from App State" but at some point those rose colored glasses need to come off. The guy is not an NFL caliber player. I keep hearing "he hasn't been used correctly"...he obviously hasn't shown anything in practice/pre season to warrant him getting any more playing time than he gets. Cut him, use a draft pick next year on a high quality returner.

Posted by: PantherBeeleever | Nov 23, 2011 10:26:55 PM

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