--QB Jake Delhomme proved that the blow to his head that forced him out of the Detroit game on Oct. 16 has not affected him. What a tremendous game Delhomme had against the Vikings, throwing for 341 yards and three touchdowns while leading the Panthers to 38 points.
--QB Chris Weinke did not play on Sunday, but remains the team's No. 2
--QB Stefan LeFors is Carolina's third-string quarterback.
--RB Stephen Davis still has an extremely low yards per carry average,
but has nine rushing touchdowns. You would think at some point the Panthers
might consider using DeShaun Foster more between the 20s and Davis in
short-yardage and goal-line situations. Part of the reason for Davis' low
numbers is teams are stuffing an extra man in the box and making Jake
Delhomme beat them.
--RB DeShaun Foster show no ill effects from his injured knee on Sunday
and should be ready to go this week against Tampa Bay, barring any
--RB Nick Goings continues to be an afterthought in the offense with
Stephen Davis and DeShaun Foster healthy.
--FB Brad Hoover returned to the lineup on Sunday after missing one game
with a sore shoulder and did a nice job as a lead blocker.
--WR Steve Smith leads the league in receptions (50), receiving yards
(797) and touchdown catches (8). However, tougher defenses are ahead for the
Panthers in coming weeks.
--WR Keary Colbert finally caught his first touchdown pass of the season
--WR Ricky Proehl was not a big factor on Sunday, but he usually turns up
in big games for Carolina and this Sunday's matchup against Tampa Bay is a
--WR Rod Gardner saw his playing time decrease slightly against
--TE Kris Mangum caught a touchdown pass on Sunday for the Panthers.
--TE Michael Gaines continued to emerge as a threat in the passing game
with two catches for 67 yards against the Vikings on Sunday.
--TE Mike Seidman was inactive on Sunday.
--PK John Kasay ended his streak of four straight missed field goals -
all of them from beyond 50 yards - with a 44-yarder on Sunday.
--PR Steve Smith continues to split punt return duties for the Panthers
with Chris Gamble. That seems a dangerous proposition given Smith's success
this season as a receiver.
--PR Chris Gamble is splitting reps at punt returner with Steve Smith.
--KR Rod Smart was back on the field Sunday returning kickoffs for the
Panthers against the Vikings and will play against Tampa Bay.
--KR Jamal Robertson was inactive on Sunday.
--DE Julius Peppers played through a broken bone in his hand on Sunday.
He has not put up the sack numbers people expected of him, but his mere
presence is creating opportunities for others. Carolina has 10 sacks in the
past two games.
--DT Jordan Carstens has two sacks in his past two games for the
Panthers. Carstens is known primarily for his run-stopping ability.
--LB Dan Morgan played through a dislocated shoulder on Sunday against
Minnesota, but will face a much more physical game this week against Tampa
--LB Vinny Ciurciu will continue to spell starter Dan Morgan when his
shoulder gets sore.
--CB Chris Gamble played well after returning from an ankle injury.
Gamble hopes to dramatically improve his play in the second half of the
--CB Ricky Manning has been playing well as Carolina's nickel back this
--S Marlon McCree has brought an element of toughness to the Panthers.
Mid-Week Notes - 11-2-05
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