Panthers Paw Prints: Sophomores Getting Their Chance.

Good Friday morning, Carolina Panther fans. I've got a smaller round of links today. They are mostly about the FB and LB positions. The sophomores are getting a lot of make or break opportunities this year after the Panthers have dispensed a lot of their >30 year old veterans. Here are your links for Friday June 4, 2010:

The Panthers are really counting on these guys to come up big:

Sophomores stepping up. (Panthers.com)
Last year, defensive end Everette Brown and fullback Tony Fiammetta were understudies, playing in the shadows of Julius Peppers and Brad Hoover. This season, they will be counted on to take on bigger roles for the Panthers after Peppers signed with Chicago as an unrestricted free agent and Hoover was released during the offseason.

Related video:

Video: Insider: Super Sophomores. (Panthers.com)

More after the jump.

LaFell and Clausen get some love. I guess they're a little down on Armanti:

Madden 2011 rookie ratings released. (Madden.EASportsFans.com)

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A 27 year old coming back that quick to still run a 4.4 40 - amazing:

Panthers LB Davis heals as fast as he runs, hopes for big 2010. (NFL.com)
"He's worked really hard. I think he's probably ahead of schedule," Panthers coach John Fox said. "We'll definitely take it slow with him, though, to make sure he's ready to go. But he's out there working with the guys. He's in great shape." Davis, the 14th pick in the 2005 draft, was in the middle of a solid, if unspectacular, career with Carolina when Ron Meeks took over as defensive coordinator last year.

Fiammetta's getting caught up with the mental aspect of the game:

New starting FB Fiammetta 'a mile ahead' of where he was last year at this time. (CarolinaGrowl.com)
Said Fiammetta: “I’m a mile ahead of where I was last year at this time. Just the mental part of the game, everything is slowing down and I’m more comfortable with the playbook so now I can think a little outside the box.” What surprised Fiammetta the most is how much thinking is involved at the pro level. “It’s really more of a mental game than a physical game,” he said. “Everybody is on the same playing field and what makes the difference is the mental side of the game.”

I guess he might feel like he got dumped here in the trade, but either way, Williams needs to bring it:

LB Williams comes with Harris' seal of approval. (CharlotteObserver.com)
From the time Jamar Williams was a rookie, Chris Harris has been helping him learn the ways of the NFL. But now, even as he's trying to get Williams up to speed with his new city, Harris refused to offer one of life's basic necessities.

And the position battle for right outside linebacker begins:

Training camp clashes: ROLB. (RealBitsofPanthers.com)
The next in our training camp clashes series focuses on the ROLB position vacated by Na’il Diggs after he was cut by the team. This battle is between James Anderson who did a fine job filling in for Diggs and Thomas Davis last season when he was injured and Dan Connor, the highly touted 3rd year player out of Penn State.

Fantasy football link of the day:

A look at IDP (Individual Defensive Player) rankings:

2010 IDP Rankings - Linebackers (Dynasty). (IDPGuru.com)
2. MLB Jon Beason (CAR) – For some reason, some IDP owners have lost a little faith in Beason. I haven't at all. He played most of the season injured and he still registered career highs in total tackles, sacks, and INTs with 142 total tackles, 3 sacks, and 3 INTs. He's the best fantasy linebacker not named "Patrick Willis."

22. WLB Thomas Davis (CAR) – Davis was on his way to a monster season in 2009 before he suffered a season ending injury in week 9 against the Saints. Some people are worried about Davis’ early hot streak being a fluke. I’m not. He produced 92 solo tackles from his WLB position in Carolina in the 2008 season and with Carolina using more Cover 2 defensive schemes, his numbers were naturally going to rise. As long as he recovers well, I'm confident Davis can continue where he left off before his injury last season. RFA, S, R

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