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Panthers and Jenkins Find Themselves in a Tough Situation

The Panthers were none too happy when DT Kris Jenkins decided to skip the team’s offseason program. Jenkins already was on the trading block before the draft, but the team did not make a deal because it wanted a first-round draft pick in return and the best offer it got from anyone was a second-rounder. There were hard feelings on both sides, and now the Panthers may have to consider dealing Jenkins for a much lower price.

The often injured, 2nd round pick from Maryland has been a big disappointment since his standout year in 03 under John Fox. He was a key ingredient that season, helping Carolina finish at the top of the NFC, as they made it to the Super Bowl. Since then, he has only recorded a total of four sacks in three, shortened seasons (21 games). If Carolina wants to win the division, they need his huge, 335-pound body to get moving. When he is on top of his game, he is one of the best defensive tackles in all of football. The question is: When will he get back to the level of being that disruptive lineman he once was? The answer is: He will continue to fade away, sinking as a stagnant player just earning his paycheck.

Carolina fans can now write him off as a “has been.” The only question now left is: Where will he go next? The answer will have to be soon, while the Panthers will try their best to surely unload this unwelcomed, mammoth of a football player. At best,
Carolina might receive a third round draft choice, when at one time they would have acquired a second round selection.

Carolina’s now in a desperate situation with a shaky quarterback, fragile defense, and non-existent running game, with the outlook on this squad looking bleak. I see them playing out to be just another 7 or 8 win team without a true identity on either side of the pigskin. With extraordinary performances from stars like DE Julius Peppers, WR Steve Smith, SS Mike Minter, and CB Chris Gamble, the Panthers would still lack in terms of production compared to an all-around balanced, division winning team from Louisiana.

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4 Responses to “Panthers and Jenkins Find Themselves in a Tough Situation”

  1. Jaxon says:

    What are you talking about? Jenkins just made the Pro Bowl and we were offered a 2nd rd pick for him. That qualifies as “has been”? The defense is fragile? Any team can be hurt by injuries. Regardless, this is still a top ten defense. I think you are in for a surprise with the Panthers and I will revel in rubbing it in your nose.

  2. Kris Jenkins made the Pro Bowl in 2004. “Just” made it… its 2007, what have you done for me lately? NFL – Stands for “Not For Long” (former Coach Jerry Glanville’s quote.) Jenkins is so often out because of a series of injuries – and with a big, 340-pound body like his – he might not be capable of putting up #s like in the ’03 Super Bowl run and ’04 Pro-Bowl year- when he was younger and Healthier. This defense is fragile – LB Dan Morgan has been as fragile as “Mom’s China Table” – and is always injured (you know that) and CB Ken Lucas was hurt last year also. Mike Minter is getting old like Mike Brown, so to count on him is not your best decision at Strong Safety ~ they should go after Donovin Darius to team up with him. I know injuries can catch with any team at any given time of the season ( BEARS fan Here ), so I completely agree with you on that one and understand your reasoning. Top ten D? Maybe 15-18 range, Julius Peppers, Gamble, Thomas Davis, and new rookie Beason might have something to say about it. Their secondary and DT tackle position is not as good like it used to be…

  3. Jaxon says:

    I agree with getting Darius if he’s recovered from the broken leg. I think we will be fine up the middle with Jenkins, Damiene Lewis and Kemo. Sure, Morgan will probably go down, but Beason should step in. What you are over-looking is the offense. I think the zone-blocking scheme Jeff Davidson is installing, the return of three injured starters to the offensive line and 2nd year back D. Williams will take the pressure off Jake and Steve Smith. I expect the Panthers to win 11 games this year.

  4. Beason is solid ‘backer from the ‘U’
    Wanted BEARS to get him but TE Greg Olsen, also from the ‘U’ dropped to us @ 31! BEARS had to draft him, filling a need ~ for a pass catching TE, RedZone Weapon. Is Dam. Lewis that good? He was a castoff/disappointment from Stl…
    If people still underrated or overlook DeAngelo Williams ~ he will definitely make opponents pay!!! I agree with D.Williams having himself a monster year ~ breaking out for 1300 yds. rushing. Get Foster out and have D.Williams run the show – John Fox… On the Gab Report ~ one of our Main Writers said he would become one of the best backs after this yr. – in all of the NFL. I say maybe a “Frank Gore” type-year for him … ?!? He was one of my favorites to watch @ the Univ. of Memphis. Carolina will improve and turnaround their record from last yr… resulting in a 9-7 season. I would not be surprised seeing them win 10 though (Defense is loaded @ DE with Julius “don’t call him the Doctor” Peppers, T.Davis from Ga., and Gamble from my OSU Buckeyes.) Peppers is the best DE in the league – I can also see ’em just getting 8 because everyone will continue to key on Steve Smith and pressure Delhomme… that being said ~ D.Williams is the Big KEY this year for Carolina Panthers Football! THANKS for the Post/Comment ~ like to see the Interest in Feedback !!!
    BEARS IN ’07

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