Panther Insider had a chance to sit down with Jake Delhomme for a one on one with the Panthers new quarterback who is will be fighting for the starting job come training camp.
Panther Insider: What was your main reason for coming to the Panthers
Jake Delhomme: Well the Carolina Panthers gave me the ability to start and play and that is what I want.
Panther Insider: What did you want to get accomplished in your first mini-camp with the Panthers and how did you think that went?
Jake Delhomme: The biggest thing I wanted to do was kind of get out here and see how things are run. I'm learning a new offense, so it's a little foreign to me, but overall it went pretty good. I'm still thinking a little bit coming out of the huddle about which play it is and where guys need to be lined up. I can't play my best until I say the play in the huddle and it pops up in my head, instead of when we're at the line getting ready to run it. It's the first step in a long journey. But it went well. It was fun.
Panther Insider: What has impressed you the most with the Carolina Panthers so far?
Jake Delhomme: You've got a bunch of good guys on this team, and that's what I'm most impressed with. It's a bunch of high character guys. I'm not saying they didn't have that where I came from, but there is a difference here, and you can see it in the off-season workouts and you can see it carrying over onto the field.
Panther Insider: With Rodney Peete re-signing and being the starter last year how does that affect you?
Jake Delhomme: Rodney started 14 games last year. He really came in and did a good job. I was glad to sign here, though. We'll see what happens. He's going to go into camp as the incumbent starter. Certainly as a competitor, I'd love to come out of camp as the starter, but it's all about competition, and competition is what makes you better. Both of us can make the team better. I'd love to be the one pulling the trigger, but if not, then hopefully he can bring us some wins. I am going to come in and want to compete for a job and I know he is going to want to do the same thing.
Panther Insider: What do you need to do before training camp starts to be in the best shape to win the starting job?
Jake Delhomme: I just have to learn the playbook and make sure when I come to training camp that I'm in the best shape that I possible can be. If I do both those things I think I will have a good chance at winning the starting job.