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Carolina Panthers: A New Dawn on the Horizon

Eric QuackenbushSenior Analyst IMay 4, 2009

The wait is almost over.

What once seemed like an eternity, is now just around the bend.

Of course, I'm talking about the 2009 NFL season!

The Panthers held their three day mandatory minicamp last weekend and head coach John Fox saw a lot of promising talent on this year's team of Panthers.

Fox is very happy with the hiring of Ron Meeks as the defensive coordinator—filling the position that was once occupied by Mike Trgovac—suggesting that sometimes change is good. Meeks is putting the emphasis on basic techniques and fundamentals.

There's the possibility that second round draft choice Sherrod Martin may start at the nickel back position, depending upon who performs the best during training camp and the preseason.

Fox also liked what he saw from Everette Brown, the first of two second round picks made by the Panthers last Saturday.

Concerning Julius Peppers, coach Fox did not expect to see him during the minicamp practices as he has yet to sign his tender, but he's confident that when training camp starts Peppers will be there and in top physical shape as always.

This is the first of many weeks of practice before preseason and being that it's truly the tip of the iceberg of what looks to be a very promising 2009 season, I expect there will be a lot of good news coming from Charlotte, NC.

I just can't wait until training camp begins because then we know the season is merely weeks away!

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