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April 09, 2013

Beason again predicts he'll be better than pre-injury form

Panthers linebacker Jon Beason held the launch of his charitable foundation Tuesday afternoon at the Palm in Southpark. The turnout included reporters from three Charlotte TV stations, the Associated Press and the Observer.

All asked earnest questions about Beason's celebrity waiter event – May 13 at the Palm to benefit his education-minded foundation – and nibbled on the butterflied shrimp and crabcakes.

But everyone eventually got around to different versions of the same question: How is Beason's health and how confident is he that he'll return to the Pro Bowl form he displayed before three surgeries over a 17-month span?

“I'll be better,” Beason said. “I can't even fathom not being better than I previously was. Especially, when you get to this stage of your career, mentally you know how to prepare and those are the things that you're focusing on more.”

It should be noted that Beason made the same statement last offseason when he was coming off Achilles' surgery.

Beason made it through four games in 2012 before shutting it down with knee and shoulder injuries. He underwent microfracture surgery on his right knee last October, and had his left labrum repaired in January.

He will be limited in OTAs if he participates at all. His goal is July and the start of training camp.

He'll be playing a new position. While he was out, Luke Kuechly led the league in tackles and was named the AP Defensive Rookie of the Year.

Unlike his comments after the Panthers drafted Kuechly ninth overall last year, Beason said Tuesday that Kuechly “absolutely” deserves to be the starter in the middle. Interestingly, Beason said he would likely play the weak side, where Thomas Davis started the final 12 games last season.

Beason said Davis would shift to the strong side, which requires more drops into coverage in the Panthers' 4-3 scheme than the weak side, according to Beason.

(Tickets for the celebrity waiter event at the Palm on May 13 are $250 for general seating and $350 for VIP status and can be purchased at www.jonbeason.org.)

--Joseph Person

Posted by Observer Sports on April 9, 2013 at 03:21 PM | Permalink


Great cause and I wish him the best. We are better with a healthy Jon Beason.

Posted by: PantherHead | Apr 9, 2013 3:35:59 PM

Although I think the strongest part of next year's team will be the linebacker corps, I think it was a huge error to get rid of Anderson.

Posted by: Scott Bryan | Apr 9, 2013 3:43:35 PM

The Beast healthy, TD on the prowl and Kuechly learning from these 2, The Best! It won't matter who starts where cause they'll all be around the ball at tackle time!! Wouldn't want to have the ball when all three get there!

Posted by: yonse2 | Apr 9, 2013 4:05:36 PM

What do they call it?
Ah...Deja Vu!

Sad thing is Beason was a heck of a player at MLB. But he is average at the Sam LB spot, and below Thomas Davis at the Will LB spot, Luke is much better at the MLB.

So we get rid of Anderson who was great at the Sam, and now we play "Time to make your clear strength your exposed weakness"?

Thanks Panthers for cutting the wrong guy.

Posted by: Jaimme Davies | Apr 9, 2013 4:07:05 PM

Don't believe it til I see it Beason! Prove it on another team not the Panthers! Cut him now!!!

Posted by: DL | Apr 9, 2013 4:07:32 PM

Huge error... try monumental. If Davis has to back peddle into coverage to cover tight ends and receivers, he'll most likely pop both his knees right out. Do the coaches understand that him back peddling is exactly why he injured, reinjured, and reinjured the same knee? Should've kept Anderson, said it a million times when we cut him, and I'll say it a million more times. Should've kept Anderson.

Posted by: El | Apr 9, 2013 4:14:13 PM

he's very damaged, should've traded him off like i do when my car starts to fall apart.

Posted by: big gulps | Apr 9, 2013 4:25:37 PM

In case you all forgot, it was precisely the same procedure that failed to help Stephen Davis (yes, THAT Davis) and Deshaun Foster return to form. Micro fracture surgery is risky in terms of being prone to less than full recoveries in way too many cases.

Posted by: Concerned about the Knee Procedure | Apr 9, 2013 6:00:30 PM

He better be. Love him as a player but he spends waaaay to much time on the sidelines.

Posted by: handyman | Apr 9, 2013 6:23:59 PM

EI and DL get back to NOLA.com. We don't want you at Charlotte Observer. We like football IQ people here.

Posted by: Big Bad John | Apr 9, 2013 7:06:50 PM

He is playing his old position! He only moved to the middle when Morgan was hurt! Drafted as an OLB!

Posted by: joe cool | Apr 9, 2013 7:24:38 PM

Panthers would be foolish not to pick up .LB in the late rounds or via Free Agency. Beason is injury prone. Bet you he won't make the whole season!!

Posted by: Deon | Apr 9, 2013 10:51:56 PM

I wish him all the best but I am skeptical that he can become the player he once was. I also do not believe that cutting James Anderson was a good move. Depth will be an issue and there are only five pics this draft and there are more pressing needs than the LB core. They will look for cheap free agents and hope for the best.

Posted by: Whitecomet77 | Apr 10, 2013 1:21:48 AM

Um, no.

First of all, Beason should have learned already that he no longer dictates where he plays. You aren't playing middle, and you aren't shifting Davis to the strong side. Beason will be lucky if he's even starting this season, that's how washed up he is.

Why wait until just a little over 2 months ago to have your shoulder repaired? So you can miss all the OTA's and i'm sure most of training camp? No excuse for that other than he just has really messed up priorities.

This guy has no motivation outside of money and only plays for contracts. Easily one of Hurney's worst moves was not being able to see this.

i said all this last offseason and got blasted for not being a "real fan" then beason went out and did nothing as expected. i'm sure i'll get it again, but promise yet again i won't say i told you so.

Posted by: Fast Freddie | Apr 10, 2013 10:39:50 AM

It is what it is.

Posted by: Whitecomet77 | Apr 10, 2013 11:45:03 AM

funny how quick these pricks forget©BIG

beason was a pro bowl OUTSIDE linebacker when davis went down the first time and conner was playing middle. Beason was every bit the player luke is prior to the injuries. so was dan morgan. injuries are part of the game, doesn't dictate talent level of a guy's legacy.

if beason is healthy, he's better than anderson. that was the decision they had to make. plus, while he's been out.....he hasn't been getting concussed and beaten up all the time. anderson has. that mileage adds up.

how someone can blame the guy for getting hurt in 2 fluke plays is beyond me. a pro bowl guy? a first round pick guy? his motivation or effort hasn't been questioned ever by his teammates or coaches at any point. doesn't make much sense for a "fan" to do so.

Posted by: charlottean | Apr 10, 2013 11:58:06 AM

you are dealing with a lot of "if's" and discussing ancient history with "prior to injuries".

fan or not, that's no way to run a competitive franchise. it's time for us all to move on and stop living in the past.

Posted by: Fast Freddie | Apr 10, 2013 1:08:01 PM

Hey Handyman you have NO football IQ if you think Beason is ready! He is done!

Posted by: DL | Apr 10, 2013 2:15:28 PM

It's because overall, the Panthers have the most unloyal fan base in the NFL.

Posted by: Jonny5 | Apr 10, 2013 2:30:48 PM

Skepticism AFTER davis had the season he just had is mind blowing.

I'm not saying it's highly probable that all 3 of our linebackers stay healthy and ball out all year (but that's not probable for any team at that position or running back aka the 2 most volatile positions).

But at least have some optimism based on what we've seen. The guy was all-pro prior so what you think he's going to be a bum now? no. picking between he and anderson (who like I said was getting beat around for the last 2 years) I'm going beason every time. His ceiling is higher, he's younger and less beat up regardless of the injuries/surgeries.

Posted by: charlottean | Apr 10, 2013 8:54:13 PM

Beason has to go. If the Panthers can get something for him, all the better. He has just missed too many games. Maybe his leaving will help their horrible salary cap woes. Will another team even take a chance this wounded warrior???

Posted by: rflnfl | Apr 10, 2013 8:58:18 PM

Beason, pre-injury was "The Beast"and it is unfortunate, that is not the case to date. I was optimistic last year when he was back on the field, but proved he was not prepared for the task. It is not personal, but it is past time for the Panthers to get to the play-off. We can't continue to pay if you don't play. Best wishes Beason, but I think it time to say bye bye.

Posted by: kick | Apr 10, 2013 11:21:25 PM

At this point, we gotta hope for all this talk to start producing. I'm thinking this will be LAST SHOT. 1 more injury and its time to throw in the towel, save some money and move on. When healthy, he really is a beast but the reality is he's been a bench warmer for consecutive years.

**Fingers crossed on a healthy D and Cam continues what he was doing the 2nd half of the season**

Panther Pride! Ottawa, Ontario. Canada

Posted by: Toykykid | Apr 11, 2013 7:51:54 AM

This is off subject, but I'm putting together a mock draft and have the Panthers trading the 14th pick for the Vikings 25th & 52 pick. The Vikings move up to get Tavon Austin in front of the Rams. I then have the Panthers trading the 25th pick for the Niners 31 & 93 pick. The Niners pick Cyprien. Now the Panthers have acquired and extra 2nd and a 3rd. I have them picking (31)Trufant(doubt he'll be there), (44)K. Short, (52)Swearinger, (93)Wheaton(doubt he'll be there either. Then picking Brennan Williams with our 4th pick. What do you all think?

Posted by: Matt Mitchell | Apr 11, 2013 10:20:41 AM

Lots of rhetoric here but the bottom line is the Panthers have done little lately to improve the team and a number two tight end and a reliable kicker are needed going into minicamps and OTA's These two positions need to be addressed and this is not being done. No tight ends or kickers will be drafted. All the Panthers can afford are one year contracts at the veteran minimum thanks to Hurney. Gettleman has done a good job so far but he can do better. All they are doing now is bringing in a slew of college players whom they are not going to be able to sign because of only five draft picks unless they are planning on trading DeAngelo Williams or trading up or down for more picks. More can be done in this area but all we continue to hear is about political wrangling and money for stadium improvements. The team needs to be improved too and a winner is needed.

Posted by: Whitecomet77 | Apr 11, 2013 10:58:25 AM

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