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Defensive Back Breakdown for the Panthers

Yahoo has a breakdown of the Panthers DB breakdown as camp gets underway:

Starters—LCB Chris Gamble, RCB Richard Marshall, FS Charles Godfrey, SS Sherrod Martin. Backups – CB Captain Munnerlyn, CB C.J. Wilson, CB Marcus Hudson, S Aaron Francisco, S Jordan Pugh, CB R.J. Stanford, CB Robert McClain, CB Brian Witherspoon.

Marshall isn’t happy with his contract situation, but he had little leverage and was forced to sign his restricted free agent tender. He’ll again be paired with Gamble while Munnerlyn, coming off an impressive rookie season, will be the nickel back. Gamble is paid like a shutdown corner and does a nice job even though he doesn’t garner much national attention. He’s never been to a Pro Bowl. The fourth and fifth cornerback spots remain up in the air. The Panthers signed Hudson and Witherspoon in free agency and drafted Stanford and McClain in the seventh round to go with Wilson. At safety, Martin replaces Chris Harris, who was dealt back to Chicago in a salary cap move. He played well in five starts last season as a rookie, and the Panthers like his ball-hawking style. Godfrey returns as the free safety after missing time last year with a high ankle sprain. Francisco and Pugh look to be the backups. Carolina’s pass defense improved as the season went on last year and players got comfortable with Ron Meeks’ new defensive scheme.

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