Thursday, May 26, 2005

OLB Thomas Davis

- excerpt from ESPN.com

Davis redshirted in 2001 and started four games at safety as a redshirt freshman in 2002 before taking over as a fulltime starting OLB for the Bulldogs as a sophomore in 2003. He had a breakout season in 2003 with 138 total tackles, eight tackles for loss, 4.5 sacks and one interception. As a senior in 2004, Davis was moved back to the DS position and earned 1st team All-American and 1st team All-SEC. He missed one game (Kentucky) due to injury in 2004 but still led the Bulldogs with 81 total tackles and finished with five TFL, three sacks and one INT. Davis is a 'tweener DS/OLB prospect that could play either position in the NFL. The way it looks now, after showing up at the combine at 230 pounds and running the 40-yard dash in the high 4.6's, Davis is headed the OLB route.

Thursday, May 19, 2005

Panthers trade P Sauerbrun

- excerpt taken from the official site of the Carolina Panthers

Carolina has traded punter Todd Sauerbrun to Denver in exchange for punter Jason Baker and the Broncos 2006 seventh-round draft choice. Sauerbrun spent four years with the Panthers and ranks as the team's career leader in gross average and punts inside the 20. Baker, a four-year NFL veteran, compiled a 38.8 gross average and 31.6 net average in 2004 while playing for Kansas City, Indianapolis and Denver.

Tuesday, May 17, 2005

Trade gone, maybe

Carolina Panthers Todd Sauerbrun has been one of the hot topics on possible trade negotiations recently. The current trade is set to the Denver Broncos for a seventh round draft choice in 2006. Apparently a few issues, among them money issues as always, are keeping the deal from going through. The Panthers have a few salary cap issues to look out for and Sauerbrun and his agent David Canter are trying to figure out the best way at restructuring Sauerbrun’s next few years contract.

Thursday, May 12, 2005

MINICAMP MAYHEM:

- from FOXSports.com

The coaching staff was very pleased with the performance of WR Drew Carter, who missed last season with a knee injury. Carter has good size and speed and could improve the depth at that position. The team may still be in the market for a receiver with experience, but Carter looks like a strong candidate to be a fourth or fifth receiver. . . .

Rookie Evan Mathis is going to get a chance to compete with Tutan Reyes for the starting RG job. Mathis worked behind Reyes at minicamp. But he seemed to pick up the offense quickly and could be a legitimate challenger by training camp because he has more athleticism than Reyes. . . .

Tom Rouen has the edge over Steve Cheek in the battle for the punter job. Cheek missed the minicamp with a leg injury. Rouen has average leg strength, but the coaching staff likes his consistency and ability to punt directionally.

Tuesday, May 03, 2005

Drew Carter

Being the fifth round draft choice from 2004, many people overlooked Drew Carter due to a knee injury that kept him out for the complete 2004 season. Now with minicamps starting around all franchises, Drew Carter has been re-instated and joined practice with full force. Many of the veteran players in the squad were unaware of his quickness.

Carter originates from Ohio State. He tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee during a summer session and was not able to come off of the IL until recently.

"The thing about it that people forget is that torn ACLs don't really take your speed away. Speed doesn't come from your knees. It comes from your hamstrings. It comes from your quads, your hips. So basically, my speed never went away. It was just a matter of getting my knee strong."
- Drew Carter