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News » Carolina Panthers Notes, Quotes 2008-10-28

Carolina Panthers Notes, Quotes 2008-10-28

Carolina Panthers Notes, Quotes 2008-10-28
--If the Panthers continue to stick with four active receivers on game day, Fox will have a decision to make as to who'll be his No. 3 receiver once D.J. Hackett is completely healthy, which could be next week.

Dwayne Jarrett has filled in nicely for Hackett the past three games, coming up with two big first down catches on Sunday.

Fox said that is a decision he'll make next week.

"I just don't want to commit to anything yet because I don't know the answer yet," Fox said. "We will play the best 46 guys on game day."

When asked if Jarrett has closed the gap on Hackett, who started the season as the No. 3 receiver, Fox said, "He's definitely gotten better. I don't know about gaps, but Dwayne Jarrett needs to be concerned with Dwayne Jarrett and that's all.

"That is what is going to be the best for him. That is the way I like it. He has definitely improved. We have seen it in practice and you saw some signs of that yesterday with two very big plays and good catches."

--The Panthers ran four direct snaps to running back DeAngelo Williams on the same drive in the second quarter, splitting quarterback Jake Delhomme out wide as a receiver. Williams picked up 23 yards on the three carries, including one first down.

Williams said the Panthers only intended to run the play once in the game.

"It was great (play) calling by our offensive coordinator, coach (Jeff) Davidson," Williams said. "Going into (Sunday's game), he was going to run it one time, and it was so effective that we ran it a couple of times, and it throws the defense off tilt a little bit.... We had an extra blocker in there in Hoov (fullback Brad Hoover)," Williams said. "Any time the quarterback is not under center, defenses have to play honest with the quarterback."

--Williams admitted to missing a block that led to a Karlos Dansby sack on Jake Delhomme and fumble. The Cardinals recovered at the 5-yard line and scored on the next play.

"That was a missed assignment by me," Williams said. "I should have picked up the linebacker."

--On a day when it was nearly impossible to get to Arizona quarterback Kurt Warner, second-year defensive end Charles Johnson did it twice, accounting for both Carolina sacks in a 27-23 victory.

"He did well today," said Julius Peppers. "He got pressure and was disruptive, got two sacks for us and held it down for the D-Line today."

Johnson now has 31/2 sacks this season, just one-half sack behind Peppers for the team lead.

--Trailing 17-10, Maake Kemoeatu forced an Edgerrin James fumble and Thomas Davis jumped on the loose ball at the Arizona 18. On the next play, Delhomme lobbed one up for Steve Smith, who came down with an 18-yard touchdown pass to tie the game at 17, erasing Carolina's 14-point deficit. Smith appeared to get away with a push-off on Arizona cornerback Roderick Hood on the play.

"I can neither confirm nor deny that," Smith said with a laugh.

--Dwayne Jarrett made the catch of the day when he hauled in a 17-yard grab on a third-and-10 with 2:53 left in the game to help the Panthers move the chains and run out the clock.

"I warned him in the huddle and he had a pretty good idea that I might be going to him," said quarterback Jake Delhomme. "I figured they might try to take Steve (Smith) out of the equation and Dwayne's route was going to give him a chance to make a play.

"That is what he can do, that big body going to snatch the football and he took a really good hit. He's big and as a quarterback when you see that and he has to run inside somebody, that's a big body they have to go around. He can go up and snatch it. He's got very long arms and big hands. I'm sure Kurt (Warner) feels the same about Larry Fitzgerald."

--Dropped touchdown passes are getting contagious for the Panthers.

Muhsin Muhammad dropped an easy 5-yard touchdown pass from Jake Delhomme in the second quarter that would have cut Arizona's lead to 10-7. However, the Panthers failed to punch it in on the next two plays and eventually settled for a short field goal by John Kasay.

"In his defense, right when he turned, the ball hits him," Delhomme said of Muhammad. "He'll catch it nine out of 10 times. I wanted to get rid of it because they were coming with pressure. We had two other downs to get in, and we didn't get it done. That was disappointing that we couldn't capitalize."

--WR Steve Smith was asked who had better open-field moves, him or linebacker Jon Beason, who eluded Warner on a 44-yard interception return before running out of gas.

"I'm not even going to respond to that question," Smith laughed before adding sarcastically, "Beason, how about that?"

"You know what, I told Steve, the first dude's going to get it," Beason said. "I wish I could get one early in a series so I'm not gassed. You tell Steve, let him play some defense and I'll give him the one-two step real quick."

Author:Fox Sports
Author's Website:http://www.foxsports.com
Added: October 28, 2008

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