Depth at safety could become an issue for Panthers

Posted May 20, 2010 @ 3:24 p.m.
Posted By Dan Parr

The Panthers' youth movement left them without great depth at certain positions, and Carolina doesn't exactly have a strong Plan B if the new starting safety tandem of Charles Godfrey and Sherrod Martin doesn't stay healthy or performs poorly. The decision to trade Chris Harris to the Bears in April led Carolina to move Godfrey from free safety to strong safety, positioning Martin to fill the void left by Godfrey's shift. Martin made several big plays as a rookie and started five games when Godfrey, who had a disappointing follow-up to a strong rookie campaign, was out because of an injury. The Panthers' other safeties include veterans Aaron Francisco and Marcus Hudson and rookies Jordan Pugh, a sixth-round pick, and Matt O'Hanlon, who went undrafted. Francisco and Hudson are career special-teamers. Pugh and O'Hanlon are unknown commodities. It's not yet clear who the primary backups will be at each spot, and safety depth could become an issue if the rookies don't assert themselves.

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