The quarterback question should be
answered within the next couple days in
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,
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.