This weeks edition of Paw Prints starts with our least favorite topic: injuries and what is being done to deal with them. As you know the Panthers signed former Saints S Kevin Kaesviharn, who thinks he can still play at a high level at age 33. If anything he should proof a quick study given his knowledge of the division.
Minutes: Defensive injuries spur shuffle
"I like to think that I can still play," said Kaesviharn. "I want to come out here and prove that -- not just to myself, but to everyone else." "We think can step in and help us," Fox added. "He's got some catching up to do but he's proven he can play, and we'll take a good look at him here moving forward."
- LB Dan Conner may be young and inexperienced but the 'tackling machine' appears mentally ready to man the 'mike' LB position:
Connor the center of attention
"There's pressure to come in there and try to fill a huge void," Connor said. "Jon's not only a great player, but a great leader, so it's big shoes to fill. But I'm looking forward to it. "It's a chance to prove myself to this city and the NFL. It's a good opportunity for me."
- Okay now I'm getting a little worried about Jonathan Stewart's Achilles:
Panthers-Dolphins one-liners | ProFootballTalk.com
Panthers RB Jonathan Stewart went through pregame warmups in uniform, but his Achilles' tendon injury forced him to the sideline for the game.
- Hopefully we've seen the worst of the return game:
Panthers good, bad in loss to Dolphins
All three of Carolina's punt returners were part of at least one fumble or muff apiece during the game as Munnerlyn fumbled in the second quarter.
- RB DeAngelo Williams is ready for the season even if he doesn't see another snap in preseason:
Panthers: What we learned from training camp - Sports - The State
Best of the bunch Running back DeAngelo Williams, who had a breakout season in 2008, has not missed a beat. He has looked sharp since he took his first snap in the first practice.
- Still no word on signing a DT but a lot of speculation is tied to the Chiefs Glen Dorsey:
Darin Gantt's Panthers Blog | The Herald - Rock Hill, SC
The Vikings have perhaps the league's best line. Tonight's opponent, Kansas City, is shifting from a 4-3 to a 3-4 (like both the Packers and Browns) and some odd parts are bound to shake out.
Could we even afford Dorsey and isn't je just a 2nd year player? Hardly the 'seasoned vet' everyone thinks we need.