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Wednesday, August 19, 2009

v/s Giants 8/17

Carolina's first unit took a hit, came out clean, and had a lot to work on.
  • Jake Delhomme started shaky, missing on a few out routes. He finished stronger, and was 5/9 on the night for 38 yards. Missing out on Steve Smith, Delhomme hit Gary Barnidge twice and Kenny Moore for 17 yards on his longest play. Most of Delhomme's successful routes were facing the quarterback or crossing, and were the safe route option.
  • Dwayne Jarrett only caught one ball for 3 yards; Muhsin Muhammad was shut out. Moore, playing the slot, impressed on his two catches.
  • The first line helped the ball upfield on the run, but Jordan Gross gave up a sack against Osi Umenyiora. It's just a practice game, but Gross needs to earn his money.
  • Barnidge, starting at TE, looked like an able player, but caught 2 passes for only 8 yards. Neither ball did he get upfield, he just fell. He also looks too tall to be in a 3-point stance comfortably, and didn't do well blocking. This is still likely Jeff King's job.
  • Deangelo Williams showed tons of speed and some great moves, fantastic to see given the lack of Jonathan Stewart.
  • Nick Hayden got tossed around by the 2nd string guards starting for NY. He didn't keep contact and didn't hold his gap.
  • James Anderson made two big plays, starting at WLB and recording a sack while also blocking a punt that went in for a safety. However, he wasn't blocked on either play, and didn't do much else.
  • Jon Beason showed why the Panthers need a better option at DT when he got blocked outside by Tutan Reyes. Beason can take on blocks somewhat well inside the tackle box, but shouldn't be asked to take on guards in space unless he can slip behind them.
  • The entire first defense showed signs of poor tackling, including veterans Chris Harris and Chris Gamble. While many plays the D swarmed to the ball, a tactic that will work for them, it didn't happen often enough.
  • Charles Godfrey reacted slowly at times, and had more mental mistakes.

The nickel defense showed up as:

Peppers at left end, Everette Brown to the right; Damione Lewis and Tyler Brayton at tackle. Beason and Anderson at LB. The DBs stayed the same, though Marshall came inside and CJ Wilson was in on the outside.

Backups:

  • Wilson looked solid, but reacted slowly to a few passes.
  • Quentin Teal was fast to react, got up in run support quickly, picked a pass off, and picked up a half sack. He looks to have the backup FS spot well in hand again this year.
  • Dan Connor again performed very well. He may not have the elite speed of Beason or Thomas Davis, but he could ably play in this league. In this scheme, speed is critical however. It's hard to say whether he'll be able to start at SLB in the future, but Na'il Diggs is entrenched for the time being.
  • Jeremy Leman led the team in tackles and was very aggressive hitting. He filled the run very well. Can he play the pass? That's the thing to develop. He looks like a keeper, however, and a cheap keeper.
  • Marlin Favorite played the run well with the second team.
  • Everette Brown used the spin move far too much, and was handled much of the night, but showed the telltale signs of the potential he was drafted for. While many pundits pick on Brown's size - and he's not going to get any taller - he did show a lot of ability against the run, power against tackles laterally, a somewhat solid bullrush, and a speed move that earned him a sack.
  • Charles Johnson, who was expected to vie for a starting role in Brayton's spot, was thoroughly unimpressive as a 2nd string left end.
  • Captain Munnerlyn was underwhelming returning the ball but played solid cornerback.
  • Dante Wesley, as always, has the ability to play with most players, but has no sense for the ball.

  • Mike Goodson made a quick impression starting what will most likely be a tumultuous career with Carolina - he quickly busted two big plays, ran well inside, caught two balls for first downs, fumbled twice, scored once, and was penalized for taunting on a rule that went into play when Goodson was still in high school. He has tons of burst, good hands, but runs high and obviously needs to protect the football.
  • Josh McCown started well, including a solid rollout to hit Moore for 10 yards, and looked sharp on his passes. He finished 3/6 for 28 yards, however, and threw an interception trying to force a ball into Dante Rosario while covered and fumbled away another ball.
  • Geoff Schwartz gave up an easy sack, and while he dominated at times against the run, failed to show quick lateral movement.
  • Matt Moore was daring in his throws, going downfield and finishing 4/7 for 43 yards, but fumbled away a ball. He has an arm, and can be efficient, looking more able than McCown.
  • Jason Chery dropped an early ball that would've given him a leg up on Moore, who had received the slot role with everyone rotating around for Smith's absence.
  • Larry Beavers showed tons of speed on his one catch for 25 yards.
  • Hunter Cantwell has a lot of zip on his passes. He threw the passing game's only score, and followed it with a 2-point conversion to Andrew Davie. He missed his first four passes, however and only succeeded when he went into 2-minute drilling - where he was 4-4, 67 yards. He also had a 21 yard scramble directly after the two minute warning, giving him three different plays over 20 yards on his 5 play, 88 yard, 1:24 drive. Of course, he finished the night coming back down with the rest of the Panther quarterbacks, fumbling the final play of the game, this one for a touchdown.

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