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Making Moves Part 2

Everyone who has been watching the Panthers in the preseason knows that there are several big holes to fill in our defense. That is why Hurney has been on the prowl for waived/released players to see who has sneaked under the radar. With every new face comes a few falls from grace.

 

Unfortunately, Everette Brown will not be in a Panthers uniform this year. His work at DE was questionable as it seems he has done little to impress the coaching staff in the preseason. David Clowney has done a few things to get noticed including a 41 yard TD catch in Thursdays game against Pittsburgh. Apparently it takes more than a few good plays to catch a spot on this year’s roster.

 

The question is, how are they doing with their selections? The Panthers made a move to get DT Kentwan Balmer from Seattle only to waive him after one week. I guess practice didn’t go so well. The defense is getting heavily scrutinized as they feverishly prepare for next week’s regular season opener. Will the new additions answer the questions on defense for the Panthers?

 

1. DT Marcus Harrison- From Chicago Bears, 4th season, 6-3, 316 lbs (Career stats: 55 tackles, 3 sacks). Last year he only accumulated 3 tackles. Perhaps the coaches see something in this guy nobody else can?

2. DE George Selvie- From St. Louis Rams, 2nd season, 6-4, 251 lbs (Career stats: 21 tackles, 1.5 sacks). Not great stats, but good for a young guy trying to make some noise. Definitely here as a back up.

3. S Stevie Brown- From Oakland, 2nd season, 5-11, 215 lbs (Career stats: 30 tackles). Here they have a young guy who got a lot of experience his rookie year with the Raiders. He may be looking to fill a nickel slot since it seems the Panthers have not made any advances toward CB Joselio Hanson.

4. CB Josh Thomas- From Dallas, 5-10, 191 lbs (Rookie). He was waived from Dallas, but he may be a steal for the Panthers. Although he has not proven himself, with his build and speed, he looks like a project for next year. Chris Gamble is showing signs of slowing. Thomas is here to make sure he picks it back up or moves out.

5. WR Seyi Ajirotutu- From San Diego, 2nd season, 6-3, 211 lbs (Career stats: 13 rec, 262 yards, 2 TDs). Averaging 20 yards per reception, Seyi seems like he will be either a reflection of Lafell or his replacement. Both have the same build and comparable statistics, but speed will be a factor with these two.

 

The Panthers are clearly looking for specific things. On defense it is obvious that they need a good CB, a line of strong DTs, and backups at DE and S. Offense, a WR to run opposite of Steve Smith. On the list of receivers so far there is Naanee, LaFell, Pilares (PUP), Edwards, Ajirotutu. There is no knowing if all of them will stay or if there are a few more moves to make, but the competition at #2 WR is still fierce and ongoing.


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