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J-STEW’s READY TO RUN /WR Core Breeds Competition/ Update on Benwikere


RB Jonathon Stewart was reported to have a foot issue that was giving him trouble during OTA’s.

The Panthers chose not to draft any other RB during this year’s draft to ensure the position. I thought the move to look for a RB would be a likely one but instead the Panthers decided to concentrate on strengthening the defense.

ESPN’s David Newton asked the RB a question that I have asked in the past and received a short response.

When asked about the injury J-Stew responded: “I’m good.”

A valuable lesson that I had learned from J-Stew and many of the players is that “injury issues are sensitive subjects” and many wish not to engage or discuss their immediate status.

Stewart goes on to praise LB Luke Kuechly for his initiative role in the community and for being an all-around “stand-up guy.”

J-Stew “doesn’t think his foot will be an issue even when training camp starts,” reports Newton.

He said, “He’s ready to go.”

WR Coach Ricky Proehl on “Depth at WR Position”

Proehl: “It breeds competition.” “It’s awesome.” “These guys are getting better because they know they’re competing for a job.”

WR Ted Ginn for the first time in several years is playing on the same team, same offense.
“He’s got confidence in the way he’s running routes. And catching the football.”

“He’s become a leader in our room.”

WR Damiere Byrd who was on the practice squad last year, worked hard to get to the point he’s at this year.

“He’s created a lot of noise in minicamp and OTA’s.”

“He’s turned it up.” “He runs good routes, has great speed, and good hands.”

“He’s got a great feel for what we’re trying to do.”

On the WR Core as a Whole:

“We have a special room.” “The guys are helping each other succeed.”

CB Bene Benwikere Update Status

“I think its more precautionary stuff now.” Benwikere is able to do individual training.

Benwikere told Rivera that he’s “gotten over the hump and the ankle feels good.”

Rivera: “He’s developing nicely.”

“We’re counting on him to become one of the leaders in the secondary.”

Benwikere still believes they have vocal leaders on the field to continue on the right track that ‘Thieves Ave.’ had arrived at and enough to continue to move forward.

“We just have to get the drafted corners up to speed on the communication line.”

“It’s very important that the CB’s understand and develop the communication with the rest of the defense,” said Rivera.

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