Carolina Panthers; An Offensive Look

The Carolina Panthers look to make some noise in the 2003 season. Equipped with a solid defense, the Panthers now look to get offensive.

The quarterback question should be answered within the next couple days in Carolina. With veteran Rodney Peete, Chris Weinke, and free agent acquisition battling for the number one spot running the Panthers offense, the play has been too close to call and the decision will be a difficult one.

 

Chris Weinke has arguably been the best quarterback throughout training camp. Healthy and grasping the offense, Weinke has shown the coaching staff that he is ready to assume the position. Peete and Delhomme have almost been equally as efficient in running the offense, thus the battle will continue through the team's third preseason game. A decision is expected from head coach John Fox that that time.

 

While Weinke has appeared to be the better quarterback at this time, some indications are that Fox will begin the season with the experienced Peete as the starter, while Delhomme and Weinke will compete for and eventually gain playing time. The team knows that Peete is not the long-term answer and must determine if the players on the roster are capable to lead this upstart team.

 

The rushing attack led by former Washington Redskin Stephen Davis will get a workout in the 2003 season. With the ball-control style the Panthers intend on utilizing, Davis will be depended upon to carry the load for the Panthers. 2002 second-round draft selection DeShaun Foster has been able to practice and is expected to see his initial action of the preseason this weekend for the Panthers. Coming off micro-fracture surgery, Foster has looked good in practice and will be sued to spell Davis throughout the season, if he remains healthy.

 

If Foster is unable to contribute, Dee Brown will be the backup and he has seen considerable action throughout the preseason.

 

At the present time, Shayne Graham and John Kasey are in quite a battle for the kicking job, with Graham holding a slight edge heading into week-three of the preseason.

Wide receiver Steve Smith is back in action following his hamstring injury. The Panthers wide receiver corps has been somewhat inconsistent throughout the preseason, but rookie Walter Jones and Eugene Baker have played well enough to garner further attention from the coaching staff. Muhsin Muhammad, Ricky Proehl, Terrence Wilkins, and Steve Smith are expected to make the final cut, if the Panthers keep five receivers, the last spot will go to either Jones or Baker, but the team has been considering keep six-receivers for depth purposes.


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