Jeffers Close, Turf Too?

There is a chance that Panthers receiver Patrick Jeffers could see his first action since the 2000 pre-season Sunday when the Panthers face the Saints.

"I've definately gotten better each week," Jeffers says, "and I've had defensive guys tell me that I'm startig to get back to where I was."

Jeffers grabbed the spotlight in the 1999 season with 1,082 yards receiving and 12 touchdowns. His speed allowed him to get open downfield. During the 2000 pre-season, Jeffers blew out his right knee, and, then at the opening of training camp this year, had surgery on the left.

Now, he could be ready to return to action, and the coach is acknowledging that Jeffers could play this week.

"He's still working his way into being ready...he's starting to capture my imagination."

Turf Wars

Panther player rep, kicker John Kasay, has had a chance to look over the new turf the Panthers have put down at Ericsson Stadium, and says everything is fine. The field was a national embarassment in their home opener against Green Bay two weeks ago, as the sod which had been put in over the dead patches, came up in huge clumps.

Kasay is confident the new field will be find, "I'm telling you, it's not going to be a big deal. Trust me. Everything is going to be fine. As kickers, we all think we're pseudo-groundskeepers."

The organization has put down a heavier turf that they did the first time. Then, they put down one with more of a sand base, hoping it would take root. It didn't.

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