Panther Update 8-9

Middle linebacker Dan Morgan did participate in some contact drills last week, but was held out of the intrasquad scrimmage. The Panthers goal is to get Morgan to the regular season without injury, which is why they are handling him so delicately.

Middle linebacker Dan Morgan did participate in some contact drills last week, but was held out of the intrasquad scrimmage. The Panthers goal is to get Morgan to the regular season without injury, which is why they are handling him so delicately.

"We're taking one practice at a time and trying to be very cautious with Dan, but let's not forget we're playing a very physical game," coach John Fox said.

--Rookie wide receiver Dwayne Jarrett remains behind Drew Carter on the depth chart, but Fox likes the progress of the team's second-round draft pick so far.

"He's made a couple of tough grabs in some tight spaces," Fox said. "He's coming along and learning the offense. He's a player that we will evaluate every day. He's got some talent and he's got some to develop some skills and he's going about things in a professional manner. I like what I've seen so far."

--It didn't take David Carr long to realize who could be his best friend if he becomes the starting quarterback.

When asked how he's picking up the offense, Carr said, "It's going good. You throw the ball to Smitty (Steve Smith) and you'll be all right most of the time."

Carr was quick to add that the rest of the receiving corps was doing a great job as well. "There is a lot of talent out there with Drew (Carter), and the young guys are making plays, too. It's nice to be a part of it."

--Carr seems to be enjoying a break from being the face of the franchise, which is exactly what he was in Houston.

"Don't get me wrong, that's fun," he said. "But at the same time when you're on a football team like this it is relaxing. You don't feel like you've got to do it all yourself. When you get in a situation where guys around you are making play after play it does give you a relaxing feel, whether you are running with the twos, the threes or the first-team guys. It's just a relaxing feeling overall."

Carr has certainly had some family support through his first week of practice as his parents, his wife and his children have watched every practice from the sidelines.

--If you get a chance, try running a search for an item with the words "Kalil" and "Ferrell" on YouTube. Panthers offensive lineman Ryan Kalil was featured in a short spoof with actor/comedian Will Ferrell in which Farrell plays a strength coach from USC who is getting Kalil ready for the NFL draft. Pretty funny stuff and definitely worth checking out.

--Jeremy Bridges, who will miss the first two games of the season while serving a suspension, is still working with the first team at right guard.

But judging by coach John Fox's comments on Friday, it looks like he will still have a job when he returns from the suspension. When asked why, Fox replied, "Well, you figure two and 14, all right, so there is 14 (games) after those two. But we have flexibility there and we need to adjust that as we need be as we get closer."

Although offensive coordinator Jeff Davidson insists he hasn't settled on a starting five on the offensive line, the team continues to trot out the same starting guys day after day -- Travelle Wharton at left tackle, Mike Wahle at left guard, Justin Hartwig at center, Bridges at right guard and Jordan Gross at right tackle.

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