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David Newton – ESPN.com
"James Dockery is happy to be back with the Carolina Panthers and will be the starting nickel corner this Sunday. He was asked about the release of Charles Godfrey and made a very accurate statement.I didn’t want Godfrey on the field anymore than most other fans, but I do feel like he was put in a very difficult position to succeed. That injury just doesn’t sit well with playing the demanding position of cornerback. I do however feel that Dockery is at worst, at a lateral move and that the secondary will perform better without Godfrey."
Max Henson – Panthers.com
"UDFA Andrew Norwell had a great first-ever game in the NFL last Sunday, and is looking like the replacement for LG Amini Silatolu this week.His first NFL start will come in a very important NFC game against the Seahawks, but Norwell is confident in himself. He has gotten a lot of praise from the coaching staff and has an intense work ethic that will keep his motor going. GM Dave Gettleman may have swung and missed with Edmund Kugbila, but he might have also found a gem in Norwell."
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Staff Writers – The Charlotte Observer via Winston-Salem Journal
"The Panthers are a .500 team and are knee-deep in the most difficult part of their schedule. Yet, they are still 1 1/2 games up in the NFC South and are not complicating things as some might think they would.They have definitely underachieved in the running game and overall defense, but injuries all over the Carolina roster has made life difficult. It’s a marathon, not a sprint, and the Panthers still have nine-games to go to improve."
AP Writers – USAToday Sports
"Cam Newton has hardly had the season that he envisioned prior to September 7th, but he is staying positive.He has improved tremendously in the pocket and reading defenses better. Now that he has his legs back and has a good chemistry with Kelvin Benjamin, it’s just a matter of time for the offense to get rolling. Honestly, the running backs and offensive line have failed Newton more than anything this year."
Brent Sobleski – Bleacher Report
"When the year started, the defense was the steady force guiding this Panthers’ team. Seven games into the 2014 season, and it’s just as much to blame for their woes, as the offense.The secondary has been exposed, but it all starts up front. Minimal pass rush and pressure have given opposing quarterbacks too much freedom to dictate, and the DBs are paying the price. The run defense is one of the league’s worst and overall, it looks nothing like the 2013 unit."