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Panthers Offense Moving Past the Defense?

AP has a story about how the Panthers offense now looks like they are beating the defense in drills and in camp:

“This is the first time I’ve experienced having all our starters back. And this is the first time I haven’t switched sides in consecutive seasons,” said Jordan Gross, now entrenched at left tackle. “We’re light years ahead from where we’ve been in the past.”

While new defensive coordinator Ron Meeks tries to get Peppers caught up after he skipped offseason workouts and replace Kemoeatu, Carolina’s run-stuffing defensive tackle, the offense is adding more exotic plays.

Offensive coordinator Jeff Davidson has that luxury because all 11 starters return from a unit that ranked third in the NFL in rushing, seventh in points scored and 10th in total offense in 2008.

With a running back tandem of DeAngelo Williams and Jonathan Stewart and the explosive Steve Smith at receiver, the Panthers are packed with options.

“I think Jeff’s putting more on our plate, which is a good thing to help us,” quarterback Jake Delhomme said. “It’s been a good start so far, very smooth. It’s also good for us that we’re not going against the same defense that we’ve been going against the past so many years. It gives you something really good to practice against.”

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