Carolina Panthers 2010 Roster Rundown
Quick-hitting analysis on every significant contributor to the 2010 Carolina Panthers.
Head Coach: John Fox (9th year)
Coordinator: Jeff Davidson
QB: Matt Moore
Posted good numbers in his five starts last season, but once defenses get enough film on him, they’ll exploit is erratic accuracy and choppy mechanics. Jimmy Clausen is the future.
RB: DeAngelo Williams
Fast, slippery runner who, at times, flashes surprising power. Easily a top 10 running back.
RB: Jonathan Stewart
A slightly more complete runner than Williams. Can change tempo and shift direction remarkably well.
FB: Tony Fiammetta
Replacing a quasi-team-legend in Brad Hoover. Coaches are impressed with the progress he showed late last season.
WR: Steve Smith
Don’t believe for a second that he really wants to relinquish his No. 1 status. He’s in his early 30s – any talk about him being less than a superstar is at least three years premature.
WR: Dwayne Jarrett
Has caught more second chances than actual passes so far.
WR: Brandon LaFell**
Possession receiver drafted in Round Two to replace Muhsin Muhammad. Panthers like his blocking.
TE: Jeff King
Craftiness and long arms make him a decent blocker.
TE: Dante Rosario
Output doesn’t match his athletic acumen. Must be more consistent.
LT: Jordan Gross
Was struggling before a broken ankle prematurely ended his ’09 season. Still, few players in the game are this natural.
LG: Travelle Wharton
Much better at guard than tackle. Uses his hands well and can get to the second level.
C: Ryan Kalil
Strong hands and sound technique allow him to handle opponents that are more powerful than him.
RG: Mackenzy Bernadeau
Doesn’t have the athleticism to always sustain blocks, but can deliver some force on contact. Panthers hope he’s ready for a fulltime starting gig.
RT: Jeff Otah
Did not stand out on film his sophomore season. Is too often battling injuries.
6 OL: Duke Robinson
Fifth-round pick a year ago who figures to get a serious look at some point.
Coordinator: Ron Meeks
LDE: Charles Johnson
Did little to merit a starting job through his first three years, but hey, he comes cheap.
NT: Tank Tyler
Because Nick Hayden can’t hold his ground, this former Chief/Lion will get an opportunity to turn his disappointing career around.
UT: Louis Leonard
Must use his 325-pound size to keep blockers off the linebackers. The entire Panthers front struggled in this area in 2009.
RDE: Everette Brown
If you’re this small (256 pounds), you’d better have Robert Mathis-type speed. He has nowhere near Mathis-type speed.
5 DL: Tyler Brayton
High-energy veteran who loves playing for this team. At his best when he’s able to rely on energy and agility.
SLB: James Anderson
Kind of like Brown in that he’s small but doesn’t make up for it with additional speed. At his best in space; why not play him on the weak side?
MLB: Dan Connor
Figured to be a starting NFL linebacker coming out of Penn State in ’08. Panthers wish it didn’t take a Thomas Davis blown knee to get him in the first string lineup.
WLB: Jon Beason
Hard to believe we’re seeing the best Mike linebacker in football move outside. At least WLB is his natural position.
CB: Chris Gamble
Good all-around corner who must focus on maintaining his commitment to physical coverage.
SS: Charles Godfrey
Hard hitter, but if the Panthers really liked the recent third-round pick, they wouldn’t have traded for Chris Harris last season.
FS: Sherrod Martin
Second-round pick in ’09 who has excellent range.
CB: Richard Marshall
Feisty corner playing for a new contract. Can be a stopper or create turnovers.
NB: Captain Munnerlyn
The confident second-year player shows intriguing man-cover acumen outside.
6 DB: Aaron Francisco
Best known for his special teams, though can give you quality defensive snaps if need be.
K: John Kasay
Maybe dinosaurs aren’t extinct….
P: Jason Baker
Reliable veteran. Could stand to slightly improve his 44.1 average from a year ago.
RS: Captain Munnerlyn
Hasn’t proved to be much of a playmaker in the return game thus far.
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