I'm willing to see how he pans out, and it's always nice to have some attitude on your defense, but this is certainly something I'm going to keep an eye on this season. We Panthers fans are well aware of Mitchell's history of being sort of a cheap player, as we saw in the Oakland game last season. His reputation preceded him here to Carolina, and we heard numerous times throughout camp of a Back or Receiver getting up and getting in his face after a dirty shot or some such. This led into the preseason games, where I've seen him make multiple questionable hits, including a flag last night for roughing the passer that pulled Philly out of their own endzone, along with extracurricular pushes and shoves after the whistle.
As I said, it's always nice to have some attitude, but if Mitchell brings nothing but a cheap Raider attitude this season and proves good for not much more than flags while living up to his reputation of being average in the most crucial part of a Safety's skillset (his pass coverage) then I wouldn't mind his leash being a short one. I like DJ Campbell and wouldn't mind tossing him out there to let him grow and not give the enemy free yards with boneheaded cheap shots.
I will no doubt give him a chance, I'm not calling for his head yet, and, to emphasize it again, I'd love some aggressiveness in the defensive backfield (or the opponents backfield for that matter, as he has shown himself capable as an effective blitzer, a useful quality in our brand of 4-3), but I will be watching.