Found November 15, 2011 on Inside The Panthers:
The Panthers made a change at kick returner last month in part because they wanted to see what rookie Kealoha Pilares could do. But the new kickoff rules have made it difficult to do much of an evaluation. Pilares, the diminutive receiver from Hawaii, lined up deep seven times Sunday against the Titans. And seven times he either caught the ball too deep in the end zone to bring it out, or watched it sail out of the end zone for touchbacks. Pilares is averaging just 20 yards per return, with a long of 27. But thanks to the rule that moved the kickoff spot up 5 yards, Pilares has had a small sample size with only 10 returns in five games. "Almost every one's getting kicked out of the end zone," Pilares said Monday. "You've just got to focus more (because) you never know when you're going to return a kick." Mike Goodson had 11 returns and a 22.7-yard average in the first four games before getting benched. He was beginning to get back into Ron Rivera'...

James Anderson is racking up the tackles for the Carolina Panthers

28-year old LB James Anderson didn’t play much in his first three years in the NFL.  But, he has been a starter for the last three years and he is making up for lost time.  Anderson has played in 9 games for the Panthers so far this year and he has 76 tackles, 1 sack, 1 fumble recovery, 3 passes defensed and 5 tackles for a loss.  He has now played in 75 games in his first six...

Rivera defends coach of struggling special teams

The Carolina Panthers have no return game to speak of, their high-priced kicker is struggling with accuracy issues and their coverage teams have allowed three punt returns for touchdowns - one shy of tying an NFL record. Coach Ron Rivera said he isn't putting the blame on first-year special teams coordinator Brian Murphy. The coordinator has come under fire from a frustrated...

Ron Rivera: Injuries have hurt special teams

The Panthers have been at or near the bottom of the league in several major special teams categories all season. In a 30-3 loss to Tennessee on Sunday, the Panthers allowed Marc Mariani's 79-yard return for a touchdown. It was the third punt return for a score Carolina has yielded this season, a franchise high. But first-year coach Ron Rivera today defended special teams coordinator...

Cam Newton eyes Detroit pass rush

A week after he was sacked a season-high five times in a 30-3 loss to Tennessee, rookie QB Cam Newton said things could get worse this week if the Panthers don't come to play against Detroit and its formidable front four. The Titans blitzed Newton a lot on first down, then dropped as many as eight men in coverage when they had the Panthers in second- and third-and-long situations...

RB Goodson becomes 12th Panther on IR (AP)

Running back Mike Goodson has become the 12th member of the Carolina Panthers to be placed on injured reserve. Carolina made the announcement on Wednesday. Goodson injured his hamstring in practice last week. Goodson had three 100-yard rushing games last season for the Panthers, but was stuck behind a healthy DeAngelo Williams and Jonathan Stewart this year at running back and did not get any...

Player Game Analysis: DT Karl Klug against the Panthers

Back in the saddle again. Player Game Analysis was something I tried a couple years ago, but haven't kept up with where I take an in-depth look at one player's play in a single game.The one player I wanted to take a detailed look at was rookie defensive tackle Karl Klug. I was skeptical of him when the Titans drafted him, especially because it seemed to be a repudiation of...

Panthers place RB Goodson on injured reserve

Running back Mike Goodson has become the 12th member of the Carolina Panthers to be placed on injured reserve.

Rivera, Panthers look to future

(By Joseph Person, After losing two of three games on their recent homestand, the Panthers hit the road for a three-game stretch talking about what really has been the focus throughout Ron Rivera's first season - the future.Coming off an embarrassing 30-3 loss to Tennessee, Rivera says he'll use the last seven games to evaluate the team'...

Panthers place RB/KR Goodson on injured reserve

Running back Mike Goodson has become the 12th member of the Carolina Panthers to be placed on season-ending injured reserve.

RB Goodson becomes 12th Panther to land on IR

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- Running back Mike Goodson has become the 12th member of the Carolina Panthers to be placed on injured reserve.

Carolina Panthers team report: Cam Newton ready for rumble

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