Good Wednesday morning, Carolina Panthers fans. Yes, Thomas Davis went down with a knee injury during practice yesterday. Yes, it's his surgically repaired knee. No, I don't know what the prognosis is. Tony Pike is back to practice after school let out (I wonder if the university should switch to semesters if they want to be national contenders and produce NFL-ready players). Here are your links for Wednesday June 9, 2010:
Interview of John Fox and his thoughts on Tony Pike:
Foxhole: Pike in summer school. (Panthers.com)
On Pike's physical abilities: He's a big, tall guy, so he's got good vision down the field. He's got a strong arm. He can make all the throws. He's got good feet for a big guy. Now it's just getting comfortable in the playbook. The hard part about quarterback is knowing what everybody is doing, and that takes some time. He's a bright guy that's worked hard at it and he'll just get better as we go.
Video footage of Davis's injury and brief Tony Pike interview:
More after the jump.
I haven't had a chance to listen to this clip yet, but Wyche's opportunity to defend his 30th ranking of the Panthers:
Mac Attack Hour 3 6/8. (WFNZ.com)
In hour 3 we spoke with Steve Wyche of the NFL Network about his power rankings.
Video interview of Tony Pike back at OTA's:
Video Gallery: Tony Pike: One on One. (Panthers.com)
Rookie QB reports to summer school.
A pretty good article about what Pike did to stay in playing shape and how he's getting acclimated:
For Pike, there's room to grow. (CharlotteObserver.com)
Pike went through drills to stay in shape. He played catch with college teammate Mardy Gilyard, a St. Louis Rams rookie receiver, to keep his arm fresh. And most beneficial, Pike said, he received meeting notes and a playbook from Panthers quarterbacks coach Rip Scherer. Coach John Fox said he was impressed with how Pike practiced Tuesday.
A low-risk guy with some pretty high potential upside:
Carolina Panthers lineman Johnson tries to make most of another chance. (CharlotteObserver.com)
There are a number of reasons the Panthers hope it works out. Thin inside anyway, the Panthers jettisoned most of their veteran defensive linemen during the offseason. That makes this an enormous opportunity for Johnson, who earned all-rookie honors in 2007 as a 16-game starter but hasn't played much since. The Panthers did their diligence on Johnson before signing him in February, though the move comes with little risk. If he continues a pattern of behavior that's kept him unemployed, they're out nothing. If he's prepared to play, he's a potential impact player for a defensive line in need of them.
Very versatile, he can play all three positions. At a minimum, that makes him a first-rate backup.
Anderson playing strong and confident. (Panthers.com)
Entering his fifth NFL season, Anderson has finally settled in to a spot in the linebacking corps. During Carolina's post-draft minicamp and summer school sessions, he has lined up as the starting strongside linebacker. He said the time spent playing all three positions has been good preparation and that this defense fits him well. "It feels good to know that you go out there with the first group and have a spot. But in our defense, we've got to have versatile backers, so I still play pretty much all three spots," Anderson said.
Video Gallery: James Anderson Interview. (Panthers.com)
LB ready for bigger role.
I guess they read the writing on the wall and saw this is all theyr'e getting this offseason:
Panthers RFAs sign tenders; Davis update. (HeraldOnline.com)
Panthers LB Thomas Davis and CB Richard Marshall each signed their one-year restricted free agent tenders Tuesday, the team announced... Davis will make $3.268 million this year and Marshall $1.759 million. Both would have been unrestricted free agents under the old labor rules, but were stuck thanks to changes that came along with the uncapped year... Speaking of Davis, it sounds like we'll know more about his condition tomorrow. He tweaked his right knee during an individual drill Tuesday morning, the same knee in which he tore the ACL last November. Davis walked off the field under his own power.
Retired Panthers player coaching high school football in Charlotte:
Former Carolina Panther Deveron Harper is new football coach at Waddell High. (CharlotteObserver.com)
Harper, 32, who is from Orangeburg, S.C., played four seasons for the NFL's Carolina Panthers and New Orleans Saints. Harper played in college for Lou Holtz at Notre Dame.
Fantasy football link of the day:
Not Panthers related, but this is SO true for fantasy football fans. Remember when he Made Kitna and Mike Furrey into fantasy starters? I'll be jumping all over some Bears this year in fantasy football:
Pancake Blocks: Martz Math. (Rotoworld.com)
The idea that Mike Martz is going to have an immediate and monstrous impact on the Bears’ passing game isn’t just some random theory. It’s virtual fact. Martz has previously taken over the offense of three NFL teams. Here are the results in the year before Martz vs. his first year with each franchise.