Changes on Par in Carolina

For most teams in the NFL changes have been rather slow in the making this offseason. Most teams are reluctant to spend too much, with the uncertainty of a lockout in 2011.

Most teams are signing free-agents to one-year contracts, and retaining restricted free agents to one-year tenders.

The Panthers are about par for the course with the rest of the league, as they’ve cast away most of the dead weight, giving the younger guys on the roster the opportunity to step up and make a difference.

Going into 2010, there’s already a semblance of the starting lineup taking form.

Position                        2009 Starter                           2010 Starter

QB                                      Jake Delhomme                         Matt Moore

HB                                     DeAngelo Williams                    Same

FB                                      Brad Hoover                                Tony Fiammetta

WR1                                  Steve Smith                                  Same

WR2                                 Muhsin Muhammad                  Dwayne Jarrett

TE                                     Jeff King                                          Same

LT                                     Jordan Gross                                Same

LG                                     Travelle Wharton                       Same

C                                        Ryan Kalil                                      Same

RG                                     Keydrick Vincent                       Mackenzy Bernadeau

RT                                     Jeff Otah                                         Same

DE                                     Julius Peppers                             Everette Brown

DE                                     Tyler Brayton                              Charles Johnson

DT                                     Damione Lewis                            Tank Tyler

DT                                     Hollis Thomas                              Louis Leonard

MLB                                 Jon Beason                                     Same

OLB                                  Thomas Davis                            Same

OLB                                  Na’il Diggs                                      Dan Connor or

James Anderson

CB                                     Chris Gamble                                Same

CB                                     Richard Marshall                       Same

SS                                      Chris Harris                                   Same

FS                                      Charles Godfrey                      Same

KO                                     Rhys Lloyd                                   Jason Baker

FG/PAT                          John Kasay                                 Same

P                                        Jason Baker                                  Same

KR                                     Captain Munnerlyn                   Same

Thanks to the Charlotte Observer for Depth Chart information.

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  • Mike

    I truly hope James Anderson gets to start over Dan Connor. Anderson played well down the stretch last season, and Connor is no more than a special teamer

    • Eric Quackenbush

      I’m sure the better man will show up in training camp and preseason. I have no qualm over either.

      Being a Penn State student I’d love to see Connor start, but if Anderson proves to be the better of the two, I know he’ll do just as good a job. In the end, I’m all for what’s best for the team.

  • Bboggs

    Personally when Conner was coming out I heard a lot about him being better then Paul Pluslusni was in college. Knowing how well he did i figured he would be a beast and we would have him and Beason. So to answer your question I want him to get a shot to show that he hopefully has that skill level.

    • Eric Quackenbush

      I’d like to see that too, B. It depends on what he shows during TC and preseason, though.

  • Mike

    Eric, I understand you completely. I cheer for my alum every chance I get. But, Anderson has proved that he should be the starter going into training camp. If he loses the job, it’s his fault.

    • Eric Quackenbush

      I cheer for my fellow alum, too (as I’ve stated already). While I agree with you, it is a whole new season and there’s no telling what could transpire between the beginning of training camp and regular season. If all goes well, I could see Anderson being the starting LB over Connor.

      Connor does well on special teams, and he’ll get his shot at starting; if not this year, soon. If not in Carolina, somewhere.

      That of course, is stating the obvious.

  • Lauryn Gavagan

    As I was reading then skimming through the myriad of comments above, another reason came to mind. On a blog with many comments I often do not comment even though I may have something to say. I may be repeating something already said and often do not have the time to read all comments that have already been made.

    • Eric Quackenbush

      Wow. Thanks for that compelling addition, Lauryn.

  • Ron

    A true example of why a mind is a terrible thing…

    • Eric Quackenbush

      Dain-brammage perhaps?

  • Big G

    I hope the Panthers just goes with the Flow. My meaning is do not trade away a first round draft pick next year (or “lockout” next starting season) just to move up in the Draft this year. I would love to see how these players play this coming season. It is a great opportunity to see a diamond in the rough and after the lockout. The Panthers will have a first rounder to pick from. Win Win situation.


    • Eric Quackenbush

      I am in complete agreement with you, Big G; especially in favor of not trading away 2011′s first-round pick to move up…Run what ya brung, and let’s see what we got under the hood right now.

  • M C

    I’m sure the better man will show up in training camp and pre-season. I have no qualm over either.