-- We'll hear later this afternoon what they're going to do with the Thomas Davis roster spot. They need a linebacker, since they only have five at the moment.
While they can't replace Davis with what they have on hand, the can address at least one glaring need on this roster by finding a special teams player.
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They actually looked into and seriously considered re-acquiring Vinny Ciurciu earlier this year (he's now with the Lions), but there are other guys on the street who could help in that regard. For the short time he was here, I was impressed with the way Donte Curry made plays in the kicking game, if not the way he ran the field.
Whether it's him specifically or not, they need to find somebody of that ilk. And adding a special teamer who can help is easier than finding patches for the other holes.
Could I see them promoting either Kelvin Smith or Mortty Ivy from the practice squad? Maybe.
-- Re-watched some more of the game this morning, and a few things stood out, notably the second-quarter fit pitched by WR Steve Smith.
After getting drilled out of bounds by Darren Sharper, the object of Smith's rage was on his own sideline, wearing a headset. Decorum prevents typing what some basic lip-reading revealed, but suffice it to say 89 found the choice of play-call dubious.
-- Some receiving help for Smith might be nice, but the level of upgrade they need there isn't available in November. That's a March-April fix, and it's going to be a fairly aggressive renovation.
The way it looks now, Muhsin Muhammad's not going to be back for a few weeks (setting up his December farewell tour), and replacement Dwayne Jarrett didn't do himself any favors by letting a well-thrown deep ball go through his hands Sunday. Kenny Moore gets open, and made a nice catch, but it's unfair to judge the passing game in the context of the game plan as it was presented quarter 1 through 3.
But let's be honest with ourselves: Right now this team's second receiver is also the backup tight end, who's also the regular tight end because the starting tight end's the backup fullback, behind the fourth-string running back unless it's the sixth offensive lineman.
See the kind of mess they're in?
-- From the "No, really, he said this" file, here was SS Chris Harris on the impact of Sunday's loss:
"I mean, we had a chance to get back to .500, getting closer and closer to Atlanta, and now we’re 3-5, down two games.
"Technically, right now, we’re fighting for a wild card spot."
Well, technically, that's true.
-- It's a very small thing, but it's also meaningful.
The Panthers aren't a very good kickoff return team right now. In fact, they're quite bad at it. Their 19.7 yards per return average is 30th in the league.
But no matter who's returning, the off-back deep with him can make a huge difference. With Tyrell Sutton serving as Mike Goodson's first blocker in that spot Sunday, the Panthers have now used four different players in that role this season (along with Brad Hoover, Dante Rosario and Kenny Moore).
While it's easy to lay the problems at the feet of the guy with the ball in his hands, there's something to be said for knowing who's in front of you.