Panthers Getting Their Picks In

Turnovers are a big part of the game, and for the Carolina Panthers, they're starting to come at the right time. Panthers DB Chris Harris (pictured) has more to say on how those affect his team.

The takeaways are coming again for Chris Harris -- finally.

When Harris arrived in Carolina in 2006, his impact was swift and strong as he set a franchise record with eight forced fumbles (he recovered three) that season and had four interceptions.

Last year Harris again started off strong with two forced fumbles in the first two games. But in the final 14 games he was extremely quiet with just one interception and one fumble recovery while nursing a shoulder injury.

This year, Harris missed the first game of the season, but when he returned it was more of the same as he went seven games without a takeaway.

But in the last two games things are starting to change as Harris has come up with two touchdown-saving takeaways -- forcing a Dustin Keller fumble two weeks ago on the goal line and intercepting a Josh Freeman in the end zone on Sunday.

"It was very frustrating because that's one thing I pride myself on is turnovers," Harris said. "Having a dry spell of about a year, I mean I think it had been exactly a year since I had a turnover, so it felt good. And when they come, they come in bunches, so this is the second in a row. Hopefully we can continue that this week coming up."

Harris said causing turnovers is something defensive coordinator Ron Meeks harps on every week.

"That's one of our goals: three turnovers or more, whether it be fumbles or interceptions," Harris said. "We're starting to do that -- a little late -- but we're starting to get that done, which is a bright spot."

PLAYER NOTES:NOTES
--QB Jake Delhomme hasn't been ruled out yet as the starter against New England, but in all likelihood Matt Moore will start.
--QB Matt Moore completed 14 of 20 passes in his first start of the season with one interception. Moore is expected to start again this week against the Patriots.
--RB DeAngelo Williams did not play Sunday because of a sprained ankle and will be evaluated later this week.
--RB Jonathan Stewart ran for 120 yards and a touchdown in his first NFL start last week against the Bucs. Stewart was stopped for no gain or a loss a handful of times but also has some big runs.
--RB Tyrell Sutton could be the No. 2 back again this week if DeAngelo Williams doesn't play.
--TE Dante Rosario still appears to be underutilized in the Carolina offense.
--WR Steve Smith caught a 66-yard bomb on Sunday against Tampa Bay, the longest play from scrimmage this year for the Panthers.
--WR Muhsin Muhammad may have four more games left in his Panthers career. He's a free agent after the season.
--WR Dwayne Jarrett didn't play Sunday because of a sprained ankle.
--WR Charly Martin was the team's third receiver Sunday in place of Dwayne Jarrett (ankle).
--LB Jon Beason played his best game of the season against the Bucs with two red zone picks. That comes six days after he was arrested on an assault charge. Beason claims he's innocent and is looking forward to his day in court to clear his name.
--DE Julius Peppers is slowly winding back into shape after breaking his hand earlier in the year. Peppers had a sack on Sunday.
--FS Charles Godfrey is back to full strength and replaced Sherrod Martin in the starting lineup. He also came up with an interception of Josh Freeman.
--CB Chris Gamble picked off a pass Sunday and continues to quietly have a solid season. Gamble filled in for Captain Munnerlyn returning punts Sunday and had a fumble that gave the Bucs the ball at the Carolina 20. Look for Munnerlyn to return this week.
--K John Kasay moved into 10th place all time on the NFL scoring list and became only the seventh player in league history to kick 300 field goals.
--CB Captain Munnerlyn should be on the field this week after sitting out last week with a concussion.
--SLB Na'il Diggs reinjured his ribs Sunday and left in the first half. His status for this week is up in the air.
--DE Tyler Brayton took a shot to the head at the end of Sunday's game against Tampa Bay. His status for this week is up in the air. The team won't say if he has a concussion or not.

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