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School me on Charles Godfrey and defense

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I need help on this one. 

 

So Godfrey comes back from injury, and the consensus right away is that the Panthers would like to keep him, but he'd need to transition to Nickel CB. Can someone tell me why?

 

Does it have to do with his injury? I realize that CB and Safety have different roles. Do safeties do too much pushing and run tackling for someone with an achilles injury? 

 

Does it have to do with depth? More room at corner? If that were the case, I would have expected to see him playing safety, at least a little, with all of Harper's missed time.

 

Someone please educate me. 

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Good question

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I don't know the real answer obviously but I would assume that it's because it is a position in need of veteran presence/competition. The other option is Bene and he is promising but unknown..

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http://www.newsobserver.com/2014/05/27/3891798/carolina-panthers-open-offseason.html



    “He had success as a corner in college, and when we first got him we felt he had some nickel ability,” Panthers fourth-year coach Ron Rivera said. “So looking at that and looking at what our needs were, we felt this was the best opportunity for him to get a chance to play for us.”

 


Translation: Godfrey wasn't great before the surgery, and now after surgery asking him to cover half of the football field as a safety is not realistic. He can cover a smaller amount at nickel, a spot he may be able to compete for.

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I'm interested to see if he's gonna be with the first team offense this Sunday like he was vs the bills. Or if he gets downgraded.

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Is Roman Harper really better than Godfrey and Lester? He may have the veteran leadership and knowledge that is definitely desirable, but is it really worth cutting Godfrey just so Roman Harper can play for one year?

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http://www.newsobserver.com/2014/05/27/3891798/carolina-panthers-open-offseason.html

    “He had success as a corner in college, and when we first got him we felt he had some nickel ability,” Panthers fourth-year coach Ron Rivera said. “So looking at that and looking at what our needs were, we felt this was the best opportunity for him to get a chance to play for us.”

 

Translation: Godfrey wasn't great before the surgery, and now after surgery asking him to cover half of the football field as a safety is not realistic. He can cover a smaller amount at nickel, a spot he may be able to compete for.

 

Interesting. Still find it weird that he didn't even get a shot. He was the ONLY bright spot in our secondary going into the season last year.

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Is Roman Harper really better than Godfrey and Lester? He may have the veteran leadership and knowledge that is definitely desirable, but is it really worth cutting Godfrey just so Roman Harper can play for one year?

 

I don't think it would be hard for Harper to be better than Godfrey. Godfrey at his best was borderline terrible.

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The nickel is an interesting position because the DC is saying "look we expect you to pass", but if they dont you have now sacrificed having AJ Klein on the field. How good is Klein at tackling running backs? A lot better than any DB on the team since he's roughly 30 to 50 lbs heavier. So the nickel sure as hell better to be able to pull his weight in the run game in case the O goes that way. Godfrey will need to be the kind of DB who can not only cover his small area but help in run support.

 

I think he can tackle well in the open field, I dont know what his cover skills look like right now though.

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