August 13, 2010 by staff
Carolina Panthers, (Catcrave) — In less than 12 hours, the Carolina Panthers take the field in Baltimore, who face the Ravens. Although pre-season counts for nothing in terms of wins and losses, no matter the reason to see how teams look at the different positions, and position battles being waged within the teams. A victory is just the icing on the cake.
When: Thursday August 12, 8 pm ET
Where: Stadium M & T Bank, Baltimore, MD
Listings: ESPN, Sirius: 122 (CAR) 124 (LAB)
To begin, there are 11 players in Carolina will not make the trip – not made the journey – to Baltimore: Receiver Steve Smith (arm), running back Jonathan Stewart (heel), cornerback Chris Gamble (knee), Right tackle Jeff Otah (knee), running back Mike Goodson (ankle), receiver Charly Martin (finger) and Trent Guy (hamstring), safety Aaron Francisco (hamstring), linebacker Jordan Senn (shoulder ), tackle Garry Williams (shoulder) and linebacker Thomas Davis (ACL).
From place Gamble is the second year corner Captain Munnerlyn.
We also expect to see some playing time for the four quarterbacks. Until last night, rookie quarterback Jimmy Clausen will be presented at tonight’s game with the second team. So much effort Hunter Cantwell leapfrog into the number two in the lineup.
So what areas and players are of his interest in the game tonight?
As a unit, I am very interested in seeing how the special teams – the second leg to be exact – to do after a few new faces were brought in to improve what was not even an effort last year.
Wallace Wright has all my attention on the game tonight. The game of the New York Jets back was very well last season with Wright, so I’m curious to see how it performs tonight, too.
Marcus Hudson will also be on hand, and I’m very interested in performance, too.
Reports also indicate that former Bucs receiver / returner Dexter Jackson has recovered his game a lot since training camp began, by what appears to be a lot of competition in the second leg.
In other positions, I am anticipating a large sample of rookie wide receiver Brandon LaFell, considering Dwayne Jarrett slide into oblivion since the beginning of training camp. Still going to wait and see how does this DJ night before putting the label for his career. At this point, is “waiting to bust.”
Since it seems Jarrett’s participation in the starting lineup may be limited, probably we will start working more with Clausen and second team players.
In the medium and weak-side linebacker, I’m very excited to see how third-year linebacker Dan Connor performs in the center. This is where Connor excelled through high school and college career. Anyone who cares about Jon Beason not be. Beason played the weak side during his time at “The U.” While it is obvious that skill set Beason has been better to Mike, I’m still curious to see what Connor can contribute to the defense in his newfound starting job.
Another area is to see how defensive end. Everette Brown, Greg Hardy, and possibly some sightings of Eric Norwood defensive line should be jumping.
Speaking of the defensive line, the defensive front – small and undersized what they are – is tasca brake to show some of what you have to enter the new season. Tank Tyler Young and Leonard U.S. dollars he is ready for the wheels in motion by Ron Meeks 4-3, Tampa-2 defensive hybrid.
Finally, I think the best for last … How does the quarterback Matt Moore to start the preseason? In recent years, has been something of a poor performance, what most of us scratching our heads wondering if they ever hold reliable when needed? Now it’s time this team needed. Moore did very well to close the 2009 campaign, but it will light up again in the preseason and we have to wait until the game at Giants road to confirm if Moore is real or a flash in the pan.
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