General manager Dave Gettleman announced after the draft that Godfrey, a safety his first six NFL seasons, had been moved to cornerback. The move makes a lot of sense, both because of Godfrey's skill set and how the roster is built. Safety now features a pair of former Pro Bowlers in
Will Godfrey, who started at cornerback 25 times in college, start there for the Panthers? It's simply too early to say with all the options the Panthers have, but he definitely could be in the mix if he can return to full health following an Achilles injury suffered in Week 2 last year.
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I think you're right on target with your assessments, just like the Panthers hope Newton and Benjamin will be. Gettleman said Benjamin should be a red-zone threat from Day One, and I think he'll be deep threat almost immediately as well not because of his speed but because of his size. Benjamin is big enough that defenses might have to fade a safety to his side to help with jump balls.
Naturally, there are questions about how Newton's new group of receivers will perform, but I'm excited about the possibilities.
How do you think a burner like Carrington Byndom can help the Panthers secondary out? – Ariel in Coppell, Texas
Much like size, you can't teach speed, and Byndom has it. He reportedly ran a sub-4.4 at Texas' pro day, one of the reasons many expected the cornerback to be drafted. At 6-0, 180 pounds, he's considered undersized and isn't as known for his play against the run as he is as a pass defender, but he's certainly worth a look.
At first glance (we should find out more at this weekend's rookie minicamp), the undrafted free agent I'm most intrigued by is Denicos Allen. I wouldn't have been surprised if the Panthers had drafted a linebacker for depth reasons, but they got a draft-worthy one without investing a pick. Allen, who led Michigan State in tackles this past season, is a savvy football player with special teams ability.
Bryan, I'm loving the value we got in the draft and via the undrafted free agents, but I am still questioning our offensive tackle options. Do you see Gettleman bringing in a veteran after June 1 cuts or are we rolling with who we have? – Greg in Tega Cay, S.C.
First off, June 1 isn't the significant date it once was on the NFL calendar. Whereas teams used to release players after June 1 because it allowed them to spread out the hit to their salary cap, teams are now allowed to release two players prior to June 1 and designate them as June 1 cuts. DeCoud, for example, was released by the Atlanta Falcons on March 11 but given a June 1 designation.
As for the plan at tackle, I understand your apprehension but believe the position is in better shape than some realize. I posted my two cents on the situation earlier this week on Panthers.com.