Fox: "We feel good about our depth"

It's not training camp yet, but Carolina Panthers head coach John Fox already seems pleased with the depth of his team. With former starters like Kris Jenkins, Steve Smith and DeShaun Foster and possibly Stephen Davis returning from injuries their former replacements now head back to the bench with some much-needed experience. In other words, last year's injuries may be a blessing in disguise for this Carolina team.

Add into that Carolina's satisfaction over their draft picks and Fox likes what he sees so far.

"We feel good about our depth at this point," Fox said. "We're not in pads or anything but we're not wondering, 'Why did we draft this guy?'"

Among the players who should benefit from extending playing time last season are defensive tackle Kindal Moorehead, wide receiver Keary Colbert, running back Nick Goings and linebacker Vinny Ciurciu.

Moorehead started when Jenkins went down with an injury and played very well in his place. He finished the season with 50 tackles, six quarterback hurries, two sacks and one fumble recovery.

Colbert wasn't slated to start last season. In fact, he went from being inactive in Week 1 to starting in Week 2 after Steve Smith injured his leg. Colbert disappeared at times, but also showed some flashes and finished with 47 receptions for 754 yards with five TDs. He averaged an impressive 16 yards per catch, second in the NFC only behind Alge Crumpler. Colbert will start again this season with Muhsin Muhammad having departed to Chicago.

Goings ran for six 100-yard games in the final eight weeks of the season, but will now be relegated to backup duty once again. Still, the Panthers know if they get thin at running back again Goings can get the job done.

Ciurciu filled in for Dan Morgan in four games last season and had a combined 17 tackles in those outings.

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