Panthers D Stepping Up So Far in Preseason

The Panthers D has been playing well this preseason, while the offense has been awful. Well, at least the defense is playing well, and SI did a story on them about the D stepping up:

“Everyone has gone out there and played well and done their jobs,” linebacker Jon Beason said Monday. “The key is we’re just playing fast and guys aren’t making mistakes.”

Despite being handicapped by two interceptions, two fumbled punts and another special teams turnover that had the New York Jets starting four drives in Carolina territory Saturday night, the defense allowed only three field goals and 112 yards in the Jets’ 9-3 win.

The Panthers gave up just 225 yards and had six sacks in a 17-12 loss to Baltimore a week earlier.

“You really don’t know how good you are until you put yourself against an opponent in a game,” said defensive end Everette Brown, who had two of Carolina’s five sacks against New York. “We know we have to prove ourselves. It’s not going to be one of those things where teams lay down just because we show up.”

While the defense added team speed, it lost experience and added guys only die-hard fans would know. When asked if he was surprised at how quickly it’s come together, the two-time Pro Bowl pick Beason quickly replied, “Absolutely.”

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