As the new and younger regime takes over in Carolina, there is one guy that many are looking for to help replace Julius Peppers. Everette Brown is that guy. The Panthers traded away a first round pick to move up and select Brown, a speed-demon pass rusher out of Florida State.
In his first season, he was knocked for his size. In the first preseason game against the Ravens, he was bashed by many because he had no sacks. Of course, they didn’t see that he was often just a second late in getting to the quarterback. Then someone asked me, “What do you think about Brown now?” I told him that Brown was just out to lunch.
In his playing time against yet another top offensive line, Brown proved he is better than advertised. He had TWO sacks and five tackles. He even tackled the running back a few times which I know shocked people as they figured a lineman at less than 260 pounds couldn't be good against the run.
Brown has the quickness and moves to be a factor against the run and the pass. He will go all-out 100% of the time. Saturday, the Panthers play the Titans in their dress rehearsal. The Titans have a very underrated line and will be another good test for the defensive line and for Brown. If he can show the same motor and nose for the ball that he did against the Jets, I believe he will be ready to possibly single-handedly make up for Peppers’ absence statistically.
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