Beason to Be Full Participant in Mini Camp Next Week

Jun 7, 2012; Charlotte, NC, USA Carolina Panthers player Luke Kuechly signs autographs prior to organized training activities at the team's practice facility at Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeremy Brevard-US PRESSWIRE

Up to this point Panthers LB Jon Beason has worked strictly at individual drills during the previous OTA's but has now been cleared to go full participation in the upcoming mini-camp:

Beason ready to return, regardless of position | JournalNow.com
He's been working solely in individual drills the past three weeks of organized team activities (OTAs) as a precautionary measure, but has been given medical clearance to participate in team drills next week at minicamp. "I feel ready to play four quarters of football if I had to," Beason said. "We have minicamp and I'm going to work in slowly. So it's baby steps right now." Beason said his Achilles feels great right now, but quickly adds: "I haven't really done anything yet."

Though this has been expected it is still very nice to hear. Now we just need to hear similar updates on Thomas Davis.

I'm surprised to hear Beason bring up the position thing again in spite of the fact Rivera has already stated Beason will remain in the middle. At the same time I noticed which LB position Beason said rookie LB Luke Kuechly needs to learn:

Beason ready to return, regardless of position | JournalNow.com
"I don't know how it's all going to unfold, but I understand the draft pick," Beason said. "I understand the kid was off the charts. So you draft him and it makes your football team better. But there will be pressure on his shoulders too. He has to learn all three positions and we'll see how it works out."

He has to learn all three? Well why not right. Rivera did say they are going to experiment. Can't wait to see Kuechly and Beason on the field at the same time.

Speaking of learning new postions Beason says he wants to try his hand carrying the rock, after the jump...

Beason ready to return, regardless of position | JournalNow.com
If that happens I approach it the way I always have when asked to move from safety to fullback or fullback to linebacker, outside to inside or vice versa," said Beason, who went to Pro Bowls in 2008, '09 and '10. "I've kind of dealt with this situation my whole life. I look at myself as a true football player. I think I can go play offense too." He joked that he could play running back alongside DeAngelo Williams and Jonathan Stewart but that "we probably don't need me over there."

I do think we are set at that position Jon but thanks for asking.

Don't forget Thursday's practice is now open to the public. It's free and it starts at 11:30am.

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