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Foxhole: Goodson having success

Comments from Carolina Panthers head coach John Fox following the team's practice.

On injuries: Did not participate - Greg Hardy (concussion), Richard Marshall (team decision), Jonathan Stewart (concussion), Tyrell Sutton (ankle) and DeAngelo Williams (foot). Full participation - Nic Harris (knee).

On if cornerback Richard Marshall will practice on Friday: More than likely.

On the development of rookie quarterback Tony Pike: Tony got his first limited action last week, and he did that with really little to no reps in preparation, because typically your third quarterback doesn't get those opportunities. I thought he did a good job when he got in there. He's still got a lot of room for growth, and I think he'll continue to do that.

On how Pike handled missing the beginning of summer school and having to catch up to learn the offense: There's no question that is a disadvantage, but it's the landscape of what the rules are. I think he made the most of the short time he had and then of course all the time in training camp helped his development.

On if running back Mike Goodson's running style has changed since gaining weight after his rookie season: One thing I have found in this league and I've mentioned it before about developing a pro body, from what they're used to this is two seasons in one. The other difference is they've got a full offseason that all their commitment is to being a pro football player, not history class or biology class. Not that I'm banging that at all; that's part of being a student-athlete. When you get here you're a professional football player, and that's what you do in the offseason. So it wasn't a surprise. I think he did a lot to help himself in that area and I think that's' why he's seeing some success.

On if Goodson has gotten better at picking up blitzes: It's like all young players. That first year is a struggle. You're learning a new system, a new language. The game is bigger, stronger, faster. It's quite the adjustment. This game is about playing fast, and the more you understand your job description - the faster you play. That's true with most young players at any position.


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