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Game Preview – Panthers @ Giants

The time has finally come!!! The official start of the 2009-2010 NFL season (for the Panthers) takes place tonight when the Panthers take on the New York Giants in the first preseason game for both squads.

With this game being the first for both teams, there probably won’t be a lot of action from the starters, but there should be at least 1 quarter of action for the 1st teams with the other 3 quarters being played by the 2nd and 3rd units and the guys desperately trying to make the roster.

The Panthers will most likely be without the services of WR Steve Smith tonight, who has missed a week of practice with an injured shoulder (although everyone thought he would miss the entire preseason), and RB Jonathan Stewart, who has been bothered by a sore achilles tendon and has missed several days of practice.

The potential absence of Smith gives WR Dwayne Jarrett plenty of opportunity to prove himself useful as he will be penciled in the offense in the first half. Jarrett needs to take this opportunity and have a good showing, because he has been a major disappointment in his first two seasons with the Panthers when everyone had such high hopes for him after his two All-American seasons at USC.

Mike Goodson will also have an opportunity to shine tonight to with the absence of Stewart. Goodson, the rookie running back from Texas A&M, who has been highly praised by teammates, coaches, and fans during camp. (I look for him to get a lot of playing time at kick returner, something the Panthers could definitely use.)

Matt Moore will get another chance to prove himself as the quarterback of the future in the preseason this year, something he has yet to do since he was claimed off waivers from the Cowboys in 2007.

Moore played well in his 3 starts at the end of 2007 when Jake Delhomme underwent season-ending elbow surgery, but he hasn’t been able to show the ability to be “the guy” to replace Delhomme since that time. This is his chance to step up and show he is the QB of the future, and I am interested to see what he does with the opportunity.

It will also be interesting to see how the defense responds to the new scheme introduced to them by new Defensive Coordinator Ron Meeks. Meeks, the former coordinator of the Indianapolis Colts, has introduced the infamous “Tampa 2” scheme to the Panthers defensive unit in hopes to improve the teams defense, which ranked 18th in the league last season (and 9th out of 12 playoff teams).

The Giants will be preparing for another run at the NFC East title and should provide a great contest for the Panthers, who will be looking to repeat as champions of the NFC South and post the first back-to-back winning seasons in franchise history.

The game will be televised nationally on ESPN at 8:00 PM EST.

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