CHARLOTTE – When the Panthers drafted
Seven years and a season-ending Achilles injury later, the team has decided to move him back, with the nickel corner spot in mind.
"I can play any position in the secondary, and they know that. I know that. That's why they came to me with the move," Godfrey said after the second day of organized team activities. "They did it how they were supposed to do it – they brought me in and asked if that was something I would consider."
Godfrey's reaction to a position switch was the same this time as it was seven years ago. "No problem."
"I don't mind because I know that I can play corner and I know I can help the team at the position," Godfrey said. "Captain (Munnerlyn) is gone now, and we need someone to fill that (nickel) role. I can do that and I can also compete at outside corner.
"I understand their point as far as me coming back from injury. I'm still here. I want to put our defense in the best position."
Godfrey and the coaching staff have confidence in the transition based on the veteran's athletic ability and experience at the position. Of the 28 games Godfrey started at Iowa, 25 of them were at cornerback.
It's an unusual switch, but Godfrey is fully confident in his ability to adjust.
"I'm just blessed – I'm able to play more than one position," Godfrey said. "Usually it goes from corner to safety, but I'm blessed enough to have the ability to go from safety to corner. I'm embracing it. I have a lot to learn but I will be able to do it."
Godfrey, who tore his Achilles in Week 2 last season, is still limited and won't partake in team periods during OTAs, but head coach Ron Rivera is already encouraged by Godfrey's progress at his new position.
"Charles is coming along very well," Rivera said. "He is still in the rehab process, but when he is out there doing the drills and doing the things that we need, I really like what we are getting.
"We have a luxury in terms of moving him to corner, and if it works out it could be a very good thing for him. We're pulling for him, we really are."