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Foxhole: No place like home


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

On injuries: Did not practice - Tyler Brayton (ankle), Quinton Culberson (thigh), Thomas Davis (PUP - knee), Aaron Francisco (hamstring), Trent Guy (hamstring), Sherrod Martin (groin), Jeff Otah (PUP - knee), and Jamar Williams (shoulder). Limited - Charly Martin (finger), Steve Smith (arm) and Jonathan Stewart (foot).

On being back in Charlotte: Typically at this time of year there is a little bit of lack of focus because they are getting to come back. But they came back here and we put them in full pads, and I thought we had a good day's work. There's no place like home, whether you're playing or sleeping. So I'm sure they were excited to be in their own beds and be with their families, those of them that have families. So that part is definitely more comfortable.

On quarterback Matt Moore playing with consistency: We stress that with all our players. But Matt being the quarterback and quarterback probably being one of the more difficult positions to play, because you've got to know what everybody is doing - not just on offense but even on defense - and make the proper read and then execute his responsibilities. He's grown. I think he's had a tremendous offseason, and there's no question he's got more of a comfort level now than he did say maybe a year ago. So I think he'll just continue to improve.

On if defensive end Charles Johnson is poised to have a break-out season now that he is a starter: It's an opportunity. With Julius (Peppers) leaving, he's got that opportunity to be a starter. I think he'll do a good job. He's worked very hard, and time will tell.

On if the Panthers will game plan more for this game or if they will continue to work on putting in their systems: We don't start game planning until that final (preseason) game, and the unfortunate part about that is we don't play many of our starters. We are still in that training camp type of mode as far as we're still installing offense, defense and kicking game schemes. We won't get more than just tomorrow to look at what the Jets do, but our starters will play a more extended period of time, and, hopefully, there is some growth from week one to week two.

On if the starters will play about a half against the Jets: Yep.

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