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On the Roster (Notable Players):
CB No. 26, Kendric Burney, Rookie
CB No. 20, Chris Gamble, Eighth NFL Season
CB No. 36, Robert McClain, Second NFL Season
CB No. 41, Captain Munnerlyn, Third NFL Season
CB No. 27, C.J. Wilson, Fifth NFL Season
S No. 37, Sean Considine, Seventh NFL Season
S No. 30, Charles Godfrey, Fourth NFL Season
S No. 23, Sherrod Martin, Third NFL Season
S No. 29, Jordan Pugh, Second NFL Season
Cornerback is clearly one of the team's weaknesses. They are very young and don't have a tall, physical player that can match up against the Larry Fitzgerald's and Andre Johnson's of the NFL. The roster is not set though. It remains to be seen whether they will seek out a talented corner through trade or after teams begin to cut players during the preseason.
Gamble had a bad season in 2010, but I'm confident he'll return to the play that earned him the huge contract that he's under right now. Gamble is athletic, quick, and consistently involved in run support—at least, until last season. He can shutdown many of the league's No. 1 receivers, but most teams have multiple talented receivers.
Captain Munnerlyn is a physical cornerback, but he can be overpowered by taller receivers due to his lack of height. He is a great nickel back because of his quickness, but is a weakness when matched up on wideouts that can out-physical him.
Draftee Brandon Hogan looked like he could have been a huge steal for the Panthers, but injury will prevent him from competing for the starting job this season. However, UDFA Kendric Burney has been a pleasant surprise and could become the team's nickel or starting cornerback this season.
At safety, the Panthers are deep. They have four starting caliber players, but all have their flaws. Charles Godfrey is fantastic in run support. He pursuits very well and can fly around to deliver explosive hits.
Next to Godfrey is Sherrod Martin, a sprouting ball-hawk and converted cornerback. Martin can change games with his ability to read a quarterback and break on the ball. Nevertheless, he can be a liability in run support at times.
Jordan Pugh will push them for playing time though. Pugh is a well rounded player who has potential to be a very good safety. Pugh is also a converted cornerback who has surpassed expectations early on.
Cornerback: Chris Gamble
Strong Safety: Charles Godfrey
Free Safety: Sherrod Martin
Cornerback: Captain Munnerlyn / Veteran Acquisition
Nickelback: Kendric Burney
Final Grade: 79 (C+)