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GREAT news:

Speaking of the defensive line, you can probably “pencil-in” rookie Sione Fua and feel-good story Corvey Irvin as the starters inside. Fua, who stepped in for injured NT Ron Edwards two weeks ago, has done a nice job of eating up space. Rivera told us last week that he wants to see his linebackers “flying downhill”, and a strong presence at NT is critical to this.

Irvin, a 3rd round pick by Carolina in 2009, was cut by the Panthers last year, then re-signed. Irvin, with the guidance of new defensive line coach Eric Washington, appears destined for a productive year in defensive coordinator Sean McDermott’s scheme.

WLB Thomas Davis did not suffer any new setbacks after returning to practice on Tuesday. He is also expected to see action on Friday. Davis has added some muscle in the offseason during his rehab, and looks like a carbon-copy of former Tampa Bay WLB Derrick Brooks.

Overall, the Carolina secondary did not allow a single passing touchdown, and only 2 passing plays of 20+ yards.

CB Captain Munnerlyn appears to have his legs back, plucking an athletic interception from Clausen on Tuesday. Munnerlyn projects to be the #2 corner opposite veteran Chris Gamble, who is expected to “shadow” the #1 WR from each opponent in 2011.

Speaking of athletic, WR Steve Smith is running with as much force and agility as he has in his 10-year NFL career. Smith is tentatively scheduled to be in the starting lineup for Carolina on Friday.

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I read it all... Very good read.

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Let's see, adding Smith to the offense with a QB battle brewing and adding Johnson, Davis, Gamble and Munnerlyn on D for game two....Nothing like the excitement leading up to this game. Looks like we will get a good look at the 3rd DE competition with Johnson back and Hardy still out. Even if it's not Friday it's gonna be interesting when we see the fully installed O with game one starters on the field. Closing in on that for sure.

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This will, as one assistant coach put it, have the feel of a "3rd preseason game", with the offseason schedule truncated. Will be a fun game to observe.

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I like this site a lot. Good read. Can't wait to see Cam start with Smith being on the first team this Friday.

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You guys are great for the support. Had 1020+ unique visitors yesterday. Already 300+ this early AM. Approaching 10K in just 15 days. Just added:

-RSS feed for NFL headlines, per NBC Sports (not just Panthers news)

-Video Link to prior game highlights, per NFL.com

Tomorrow, rolling out the podcast, which will be available streaming on the site, and for download.

Damn, it's football season....

Thx!

JE

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Really good read, plus a cool looking site. Are you a reporter? Is that how you get your info??

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Really good read, plus a cool looking site. Are you a reporter? Is that how you get your info??

Here are my qualifications:

1. Radio dude

2. Reporter since 2003

3. Know more about the nuance/schematics of the pro game than any writer/talking head in this region.

Not being cocky. Just honest.

Thanks for the continued support.

JE

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Here are my qualifications:

1. Radio dude

2. Reporter since 2003

3. Know more about the nuance/schematics of the pro game than any writer/talking head in this region.

Not being cocky. Just honest.

Thanks for the continued support.

JE

That makes you overqualified for the Huddle I'm afraid - but I appreciate the insight and journalism. Thanks.

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oh:

4. Humor is a bit dry. Have to get used to it.

Peace,

JE

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