This edition of Paw Prints focuses on the Panthers designed starting QB Matt Moore and his new web page:
It was definitely sad to see some of the veterans go. That’s just the nature of the business. There are friendships I made with some of those guys like Jake that will last a long time. I learned a ton from Jake. He’s been in the league a lot longer than I have. If there was ever a questionable situation, he was always there to bounce things off. As a young player it’s good to be able to talk to your coaches, but to have another player to talk to is even better and Jake was that guy for me for three years. I appreciate so much how he helped me.
I think we are going to see this kid step up and take control of the offense as he becomes Jake Delhomme's legacy to this franchise. Watching Delhomme operate and lead for three has to rub off to some degree and I think we will see that from Moore.
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This link doesn't break much new ground but I found it interesting they think CB Sherrod Martin will compete at FS:
Panthers needs: Fox, GM risk jobs on unproven QB Moore - NFL - CBSSports.com Football
DB: Chris Gamble and Richard Marshall form a decent tandem at corner. Gamble is the better of the two players. Marshall isn't taking part in offseason workouts because he's an unsigned restricted free agent. He'll be back. Captain Munnerlyn is the nickel corner, who might push Marshall for time. Charles Godfrey and Chris Harris are the safeties, but the team has high hopes for Sherrod Martin, who could push for a starting job.
We gave RB Jonathan Stewart a tiny bit of crap on this site. for missing so much practice time but hey...440 yards in 3 games, 3 TD's? 'Nuff said. The guy is a beast. Miss all the practice you want J-Stew. You are the man!
New extended draft great for fans, but ... - CharlotteObserver.com
"He's one tough cookie," Fox said. "He did have some issues last year, even to the point where we claimed Tyrell Sutton in the last cut (of the preseason from Green Bay) and kind of had him in the wings because of what Jonathan was going through. "But there at the end, we leaned on him and he came through big-time for us."
I don't comment on many free agents but I think it would be ironic if Alex Brown came to Carolina and rocked:
Chicago Bears shopping defensive end Alex Brown - chicagotribune.com
Brown has started 107 games since being a fourth-round draft pick in 2002, one of the real mid-round finds by general manager Jerry Angelo. But the addition of defensive end Julius Peppers has made Brown, who has a base salary of $5 million this season, expendable. Defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli raved about Mark Anderson in postseason meetings, and the Bears always have used a three-man rotation at end. That leaves Brown as the odd man out. The timing might make it difficult for the Bears to swing a deal as teams could wait them out to see if he's released. His contract calls for a base salary of $5.5 million in 2011.
Here's another guy who might be a veteran fit:
When will Panthers make their moves? - CharlotteObserver.com
While the name players at receiver might be gone, a receiver such as Buffalo’s Josh Reed (given his link with new Panthers receivers coach Tyke Tolbert) could provide insurance if the Dwayne Jarrett experiment fails.
Fox states the obvious:
Carolina Panthers' wide receivers: Steve Smith and doubt - CharlotteObserver.com
"We've been in somewhat of a search over about eight years for that spot," said Fox, who's entering his ninth season with the Panthers. "We've had some guys roll through that role, and we're still in search."
Smitty gives his new QB a shot of confidence:
Smith: Panthers 'unfinished product' - Panthers - NewsObserver.com
"The way Matt played the last four games [of last season], he deserves all the accolades," he said. "He's a young guy. Everybody at some point was where Matt is, a young guy waiting for an opportunity. If Matt does what he's worked on, he'll be as good as he wants to be."
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