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October 27, 2014

DeAngelo Williams 'ready to roll'

The Panthers look like they'll have two parts of their three-headed backfield together for Thursday's NFC South game against New Orleans.

Panthers coach Ron Rivera says franchise rushing leader DeAngelo Williams has indicated he's "ready to roll," and will practice this week for the first time since sustaining a high ankle sprain in a Week 4 loss at Baltimore.

Williams has played in only two games this season, gaining 106 yards on 25 carries. He was bothered early in the season by a hamstring injury.

Jonathan Stewart has played well the past two weeks in Williams' absence. He rushed for 79 yards in Sunday's loss to Seattle, his highest rushing total since the final game of the 2011 season.

Fullback Mike Tolbert remains on injured reserve, with the designation to return, with a leg injury.

--Joseph Person

Posted by Observer Sports on October 27, 2014 at 01:03 PM | Permalink


guys, we just need to hang tough and claw out a win or two. we could have both rbs, Tolbert and/or alexander/hardy for the final four game stretch.

Posted by: dada | Oct 27, 2014 2:07:06 PM

Rivera and Shula have no idea what they're doing out there.

Posted by: Tripp | Oct 27, 2014 2:38:06 PM

That's good news, Stew and Williams should do some damage against the Saints. I just hope Roman Harper can help the coaches develop a good game plan, because up to this point there has been a lot of suspect play calling, coach decisions, gameplanning, etc. Yesterday versus Seattle especially. "They were who we thought they were, and we let um off the hook"

Posted by: T-Mac | Oct 27, 2014 3:09:25 PM

Debate on who should have been on thr field at the end of the game......rookie boston (who could have been on practice squad or ir'd)


Charles godfrey? aaaaaand go...

Posted by: charlottean | Oct 27, 2014 4:30:12 PM

Godfrey would have been so slow he would not have even been close to the play. He had 7 quality years in the league but Hurney overpaid for his value shocker.

Posted by: paul | Oct 27, 2014 4:56:30 PM

I'll sprinkle a little bit of crack on him.

Posted by: The Cracken | Oct 27, 2014 4:56:39 PM

Is Cam starting at QB? If so it matters not. We have no shot. If we start D.A., we have a 50/50 chance.

Posted by: CAMmolestsCOLLIES | Oct 27, 2014 4:58:56 PM

hurney overpaid for his value? his contract (like all nfl contracts) wasn't fully guaranteed. he only made what he deserved in that contract. he was making 750k this year with a 3+ million cap figure from his signing bonus.

mind you.....he's now getting paid that to stay home. when we could have just cut boston, resigned him to the practice squad.....and then brought him back up once the o-line gets healthy.

godfrey was getting beat by receivers in the slot. boston got beat by a slow tight end to lose the game. not an elite athlete of a tight end. as many times as godfrey made that kind of clutch pass breakup, i have a reeeeeeeeeally hard time thinking he can't do a better job than boston in that spot. or decoud. or roman harper (who was over the top on that play).

the guy keeps making idiotic management decisions that don't save the team money or improve the talent and it's turned a young, stacked 12-4 team (where 2 of the 4 losses were squarely on bad coaching decisions in critical moments) into a mediocre at best older group.

run back the tape of the first 7 games. godfrey was far from the problem. when he played safety, he played well. when he played nickel, not so much. special teams? well. compared to harper and decoud and really ANYBODY in the secondary......he wasn't the guy that should have been cut.

there's no argument for tre boston over charles godfrey other than........one guy was drafted by gettleman and one guy was drafted by hurney. every other argument goes godfrey's way. size, experience, talent, versatility, even health (boston is just getting on the field now after missing almost all the offseason and pre season and first several games)

there is no good defense for what gettleman is doing. he tried to fix 12-4. he gave hardy ALL the money.

Posted by: charlottean | Oct 27, 2014 8:26:36 PM

Good to have him back in action! And the Newall(?) OL might be a great pick up. Big W coming up against the aints!

Posted by: AbeFurlman | Oct 27, 2014 9:10:51 PM

Good to have him back in action! And the Newall(?) OL might be a great pick up. Big W coming up against the aints!

Posted by: AbeFurlman | Oct 27, 2014 9:10:56 PM

There is a reason Godfrey will not get picked up. He lost a step and is done. Yes the GM made some mistakes but he also stated it was going to take 3 years to clean up the POO. I believe the 2 RB'S are going to make 15 million next year he had nothing to do with that.Rome was not built overnight Richardson should have let the former GM go with the former coach team still lacks consistency and oversight

Posted by: sam | Oct 27, 2014 9:26:39 PM


I am a PSL holder since year 2. The main problems of the team has been the way they have spread the monies around. Getts has made mistakes most defintely, but paying the 2 RB'S that money was insane. Beason was hurt when he got the contract, Godfrey was average not worth 7 million. The good teams know how to spread the money around which we have not done consistently hence the lack of quality depth which was also due to poor drafting. Cam is the only draft pick left of his class you cannot miss like that and Getts has missed also

Posted by: ray | Oct 27, 2014 9:40:26 PM

Release the Kraken!!!

Posted by: The Kraken | Oct 28, 2014 9:02:09 AM

paying the 2 running backs is only considered a bad move NOW after the chudzinski era where he didn't give them the ball and then stewart being hurt the last 2 years and williams missing games lately too. but that's why you paid to have 2 elite backs.....

did you not see stewart on sunday? dude had zero blocking. he broke about 80 tackles on 16 carries. with blocking, that's a 200+ yard day. the 2 guys are absolute studs. coaching hasn't gotten them enough touches when healthy and injuries are part of the game.

that's not at all why we couldn't afford to keep the roster together from last year. because we absolutely could have by only letting hardy go and bringing in peppers or allen or any number of veteran DEs that are better than hardy anyways.

gettleman sold you all on "cap hell" and you all bought it. hurney built the 12-4 team of last year and gettleman broke it up. that's just factual.

he didn't even get a draft pick in exchange for the guy we're paying 5 million to be 7th in the league thus far in receiving.

the only excuse gettleman has is that we've had a ton of injuries. but nobody ever gave fox or hurney any of that benefit of the doubt. look at their track record, they were only mediocre when ravaged by injuries. and they NEVER made the kind of idiotic moves on known talents that gettleman has. hurney's mistakes were entirely draft related which is a crap shoot anyways. sometimes he hit, sometimes he missed. that's everybody.

but this gettleman guy is just clearly incompetent. only "cap hell" we're in is with all the dead money we're giving up to guys playing on other teams or sitting at home (who are all starting caliber players). that's cap hell.

there's no reason why tre boston deserved the roster spot (AT SAFETY) over godfrey. if we were saving a ton of money by doing so, sure. we didn't. we never save money on his moves. nor do we get better. but our opponents do.

i know this is a helluvarant but it's extremely frustrating watching such idiotic moves over and over and over again. it's like watching the rod higgins' led bobcats front office all over again.

Posted by: charlottean | Oct 28, 2014 10:30:12 AM

anyone want to bet how long both of our overpaid rb's stay healthy????

will Rivera wear his shades for a thurs night game??

Posted by: tony clifton | Oct 28, 2014 11:18:35 AM

My daddy said thanks for the free money suckers.

Posted by: Steve Smith Jr | Oct 28, 2014 12:07:25 PM

You cannot evaluate a GM on a year and a halfs work. Yes he has made mistakes the left tackle Roman Harper to name a few. He also stated that he did not want to go by the old ways of having to gut 10 to 12 million a year to start free agency which never got us fiscally under control. Beason is hurt Godfrey is hurt it happens. A large portion of the dead money is off the books this year. It takes time the old way did not work we had a losing record during the previous Gm's tenure. Let's evaluate in 2 years then we can admit the GM has done poorly.

Posted by: jefft | Oct 28, 2014 3:19:31 PM

Guy I really don`t know where to start, I want to see Rivera succeed and the team become a winning franchise like NE,DEN. But no I said I would comment I ranted last week . Let me just ask a few ?s
1. Can we win a prime time game WHile THE WORLD IS WATCHING, And MAKE this our STATEMENT GAME
3. Why arent we studying and practicing the same plays that Denver and NE and G bay run as far as passing plays. Quick release plays,short route plays.
4. Why design 5 to 6 second pass plays when you have a O-line that can barely give you 3 seconds.
5. On every pass play there should be 1 receiver that runs a short wes welker style play as a drop of for cam after 3 to 4 seconds and cam should quickly release it to that receiver.
6. Cam stop celebrating a first down do that when you make a TD,reminds me so much when Steve smith after a catch just a catch not even a first down. I think the opposing team feeds off you doing that it makes them play more aggressive.
7.I saw Harper make a hit on the receiver that caught the TD in the Seattle game and Harper almost knocked himself out, I don`t get it,Why is this guy playing a position that he cant even deliver a hit without hurting himself,I would say most teams will throw at and run at his side out of no respect.
8. Coaches are you guys witnessing any of this,I mean your reputations are on the line here, Seems ya`ll would lower the boom and diagnose and fix these problems,REMEMBER FOR EVERY PROBLEM THERE`S A SOLUTION,BUT YOU MUST STUDY FILM TO FIND IT ,OH BELIEVE ME ITS THERE,AND HAVE THE CAHOONAS TO CORRECT IT,GOOD LUCK GO PANTHERS.
9.IF WE GET BEHIND 10 TO 14 POINTS I`M TURNING THE CHANNEL I mean I can read about a terrible loss the next morning I don`t need to see blown coverage after mistake and so on, NUFF SAID

Posted by: JOE | Oct 28, 2014 11:39:24 PM

And why has no NFL team contacted Marty Hurney his track record speaks for itself.

Posted by: Dan | Oct 29, 2014 9:59:51 AM

Where is Number 2? Who does Number 2 work for?

Posted by: Austin Powers | Oct 29, 2014 1:52:12 PM

A good O-line can pass block for about 3 seconds. Cam or the plays called take about 4+ sec. Count the seconds before Bree's releases the ball, or Payton, or Brady. It's rare you will get past 3sec. If the run game is working play action will allow another second....when it doesn't work it wastes a second. Seeing a low percentage long pass on 3rd and short has been the bane of this offense for the last two years. Having to keep the RBs in to pass block gives us no short outlet to dump to. If we can run the ball we will beat the Saints.

Posted by: Sportsdon | Oct 29, 2014 3:16:52 PM

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