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Friday, April 16, 2010

Witherspoon, CB/Return Man, Added

Carolina added former Jaguars and Lions cornerback Brian Witherspoon (5'10, 175, from tiny Stillman college) this week, giving the two year veteran another chance at the NFL.

Witherspoon was a three-sport star at Stillman (Alabama), also playing baseball and running track. Witherspoon came into the draft as an underdeveloped but extremely fast corner, and so far hasn't added the bulk expected to aid in his development. He's a fantastic athlete, but hasn't translated it onto the field. With speed legitimately under 4.4 in the 40, and timed as light as 4.16 in videos available on youtube, he certainly has that part covered.

Witherspoon was picked up as an undrafted free agent in Jacksonville, where he played out 2008 and most of 2009. He brought in a very solid 11.8 yards per punt in 2008, while adding an unspectacular 24 yards per kick return. Those numbers dropped in 2009, to 9.8 per punt and 22.9 per kick before getting cut eight games in.

Witherspoon will likely fight for the return spots, but will have to either really impress or show some improvement at playing defense to make a roster.
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