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Panthers secondary now a primary concern

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If you live in the greater Charlotte area, and have ever played safety or cornerback, it might be worth buying a ticket to Sunday’s game against the Giants.

You might get pulled out of the stands and asked to play.

The Panthers were without cornerbacks Josh Thomas (concussion), Josh Norman (thigh) and D.J. Moore (knee) in practice Wednesday, along with safety Quintin Mikell (ankle). Another cornerback, James Dockery, was limited in practice coming off thumb surgery.

That left five defensive backs on their 53-man roster to practice with. Cornerbacks Captain Munnerlyn and undrafted rookie Melvin White are the last men standing on the outside. Mike Mitchell will start at one safety spot, with just-promoted-practice squader Robert Lester or special teamer Colin Jones at the other . They did sign a pair of corners to the practice squad this morning, Greg Gatson and De’Andre Presley.

The hardest part for the Giants Sunday might be deciding which of their open receivers to throw the ball to.

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16 Responses to “Panthers secondary now a primary concern”
  1. gatorarms says: Sep 18, 2013 4:02 PM

    Going 0-3 into the Bye should be the final nail in Rivera’s coffin.

  2. thegreatgabbert says: Sep 18, 2013 4:02 PM

    They’ve renamed the secondary the tertiary, now that it’s populated by third stringers.

  3. naderktait says: Sep 18, 2013 4:04 PM

    If you have Eli, Nicks, and Cruz on your fantasy team, you might as well start all three of them.

    What a bummer for the Panthers, man. Another disappointing season.

  4. delhommed says: Sep 18, 2013 4:09 PM

    Meanwhile, free agent safety Kerry Rhodes is still available but the Panthers organization isists on winning as few games as possible and tormenting their paying customers with heartbreaking losses. It hurts!

  5. jayrast says: Sep 18, 2013 4:10 PM

    Don’t cry Cam… Don’t cry…

  6. ttommytom says: Sep 18, 2013 4:15 PM

    When things look to be at their easiest, most often times they are not…

  7. scaredhitless says: Sep 18, 2013 4:15 PM

    Blowing 4th quarter leads now a secondary concern.

  8. blacknole08 says: Sep 18, 2013 4:16 PM

    I don’t even know what to say. This was our BIGGEST area of need going into this season and we still have yet to address it.

    But for some reason I still think we can beat the Giants. We just can’t go into our bye week 0-3.

  9. jbl429 says: Sep 18, 2013 4:23 PM

    The hardest part for the Giants Sunday might be deciding which of their open receivers to throw the ball to.

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    That is if the Giants O line can block a pass rusher for more than 1 second before opening the turnstyle and letting them loose on Eli.

    You seem to forget the Giants and Steelers are fighting to decide which is the worst O line in the league.

  10. rjkilla says: Sep 18, 2013 4:26 PM

    Should have drafted the honey badger…BUT HE SMOKES WEED!!!! Should sign Kerry Rhodes….BUT HE MIGHT BE GAY!!! Ok mr Richardson. Enjoy your team of choir boys and another losing season

  11. EJ says: Sep 18, 2013 5:22 PM

    I have a strong feeling that the Panthers will beat the Giants this week. Between the Giants terrible Offensive line and Cam Newton/Steve Smith pretty bent from losing to Buffalo last week, I think they will put up a hell of a fight at least trying. Look for Newton to run the ball like he did when he was a rookie, his passing game was abysmal against the Bills. Don’t get me wrong, he will drop a few into his favorite receivers hands on Sunday, especially when Smith will be calling for the ball all day. Speaking of Steve Smith, I have always enjoyed watching his play, he’s an awesome receiver. I got a kick out of watching him and Leodis McKelvin going at it all day. Smith would get one on McKelvin, then McKelvin would get the best of Smith. Overall, SS won the Match-up, but McKelvin was able to leave the field with the win. It was a fun match-up to watch. I hope the Panthers take out the Giants, they need the win more.

  12. slammincamnewton says: Sep 18, 2013 5:54 PM

    “But for some reason I still think we can beat the Giants. We just can’t go into our bye week 0-3.”

    You know what’s less likely? The Giants going 0-3.

  13. trollhammer20 says: Sep 18, 2013 7:13 PM

    Biggest disparity in talent level between the front seven and back four in the NFL.

  14. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Sep 18, 2013 7:19 PM

    Just want to know how much good did those top 2 DT draft picks do panthers when that Bills receiver was standing all alone in the endzone at the end of the game.

  15. nflcommissioner says: Sep 19, 2013 12:48 PM

    I have two club PSL’s for sale. Thanks Jerry for that Ponzi scheme.

  16. jgedgar70 says: Sep 19, 2013 1:56 PM

    EJ says:
    Sep 18, 2013 5:22 PM
    Look for Newton to run the ball like he did when he was a rookie
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    There is one major flaw in your theory. That would require intelligent play-calling, and our OC is a blithering idiot with the IQ of a speed bump. Here’s a more likely prediction: Look for Shula & Rivera to continue to call plays as if Shaun King, Andre Ware or Spurgeon Wynn is the QB.

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