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« : 11 Октябрь 2019, 09:26:02 »
CHARLOTTE Daniel Jones Jersey , N.C. (AP) — Panthers linebacker Thomas Davis arrived at work bright and early Monday morning to some unexpected fanfare after serving a four-game suspension for testing positive for PEDs.He was greeted by smiling teammates Luke Kuechly and Mike Adams, who stood at the front door to the team’s stadium holding it open for him. Coach Ron Rivera wore a new black t-shirt with a blue silhouette of Davis celebrating a big play that read “I’M BACK” during his news conference. Several other coaches and players strolled through the locker room wearing the t-shirt as well in support of Davis.Davis’ return, combined with the possible return of tight end Greg Olsen from a broken foot this week and the team’s dramatic 33-31 win Sunday over the New York Giants — Graham Gano booted a 63-yard field goal through the uprights with 1 second remaining allowing the Panthers to improve to 3-1 — had the locker room abuzz on Monday.“We got our leader back,” Panthers linebacker Shaq Thompson said of Davis, Carolina’s all-time leading tackler.Rivera said as long as the 35-year-old Davis is in good football condition, he will start his 147th career regular season game this Sunday against the Washington Redskins.Davis told teammates he’s been channeling his energy the past month into working out and getting in the best shape of his life — which naturally led to some good-natured banter in the locker room.“Yeah, he swore he had a six-pack, (but) he has about a two-pack,” joked cornerback Captain Munnerlyn.Munnerlyn said that Davis, who he views as his older brother, greeted him Monday by grabbing him tightly around the shoulders. He had to remind Davis he’d just played a football game on Sunday and was still sore.“I know he has a lot of built-up aggression in him right now Quincy Williams II Jersey ,” Munnerlyn said with a laugh. “The Washington Redskins can get ready because I know that first week back when somebody touches the ball he’s going to want to go full throttle.”Rivera said he thought about giving the players a day off on what is known as “victory Monday,” but decided against it because he didn’t want Davis to have to wait until Wednesday to reunite with his teammates.“If he could have, he would have been here at the stadium at 12:01 a.m. (when his suspension was lifted), but unfortunately he would have been here by himself,” Rivera said.Along with welcoming him back, it was clear the Panthers were also trying to cheer Davis up. He announced on Twitter last week that his father had died.“I think being around the guys will be a good getaway for him,” Munnerlyn said.Davis posted a video on his Twitter in April acknowledging he tested positive for an estrogen blocker but said it was completely unintentional and “in no way would I ever do anything to cheat this game.” The 2015 Walter Payton Man of the Year award winner said he has been taking the same supplements for the last seven or eight years and never had any issues before.Davis didn’t talk to reporters Monday, saying he’d prefer to wait until later in the week as is normally his routine.The Panthers have clearly missed Davis’ energy and knack for making big plays. The Carolina defense squandered an 11-point fourth quarter lead on Sunday to Eli Manning and the Giants, only to get bailed out by Gano’s field goal.“We missed Thomas everywhere, on the practice field, in the locker room Ryquell Armstead Jersey ,” Panthers defensive coordinator Eric Washington said. “When he’s removed from the building you feel the impact, you feel the void. You don’t replace Thomas Davis.”Rivera called Davis a “special locker room guy.”Olsen’s potential return is good news for Carolina’s offense.He led the team in yards receiving for three straight seasons from 2014-16, but has been plagued by a broken bone in his foot the past two seasons causing him to miss a combined 12 games. He re-broke his foot in the team’s Sept. 9 season opener, but is expected to practice fully on Wednesday and could play against the Redskins.“As long as (the doctors) are happy with how it is healing, a lot of it will be based on how I feel,” Olsen said. “That’s where we are right now. … How I feel will guide what I can and can’t do.” CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The Carolina Panthers have stability at the quarterback position. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are desperately in search of the same.The teams appear headed in different directions entering an NFC South showdown Sunday in Charlotte — and quarterback play is a big reason why.Ryan Fitzpatrick replaces Jameis Winston, who was benched after committing 11 turnovers in his last 3 ½ games for the Buccaneers (3-4). With the former Harvard standout back at the helm, the Bucs are trying to rekindle some of the “Fitzmagic” that helped them to a 2-0 start that included a win over the New Orleans Saints.They’ve since lost four of their last five.“I think Jameis is one of the best quarterbacks in the world and I think he will be back,” Bucs coach Dirk Koetter said. “A lot of teams don’t switch because they have an untested backup or they’re afraid to put their backup in there — and we don’t have either of those. Right now, we just have to stop turning the ball over and so we’re going to go with Fitz.”Panthers coach Ron Rivera has never benched his franchise quarterback Cam Newton because of his performance.And he’s not about to this year.The Panthers (5-2) enter the game looking for their 10th straight home win behind Newton Gardner Minshew II Jersey , who is playing his best football since earning league MVP honors in 2015 and leading Carolina to the Super Bowl. Newton has 17 combined touchdowns. He’s thrown only four interceptions all season — the same amount Winston threw in last week’s loss to the Cincinnati Bengals.Rivera said he realizes how lucky he is to have Newton at the helm.“It shows you how important it is to have a franchise quarterback and have the position stabilized,” Rivera said.PROLIFIC OFFENSEDespite the quarterback change, the Bucs are still first in the NFL in passing and total offense. They’ve thrown for 2,634 yards — the second-highest total through the first seven games of a season in NFL history behind the 2000 St. Louis Rams (2,637). They have 19 touchdown passes, third-most in the league behind Kansas City (26) and Indianapolis (23).Koetter concedes the Bucs, who are 28th in rushing at 91.3 yards per game, have evolved into a pass-first team.Panthers safety Eric Reid said Carolina is preparing the same way regardless of who is under center, noting that both QBs like to throw the ball deep.“Their offense runs the same with both guys,” Reid said.NEWTON’S SHOULDERRivera didn’t appear concerned about Newton’s right shoulder, even though the eighth-year QB has been limited in practice the last two weeks. In fact Christian Wilkins Jersey , Newton declined last week to throw a Hail Mary pass just before halftime, telling the coaches he didn’t feel comfortable doing that. That might explain, in part, why Newton hasn’t attempted many passes down the field this season.However, Koetter said he doesn’t see anything wrong with Newton’s arm strength.“Man if he’s got a sore arm, I’d hate to see the real deal,” Koetter said. “Cam has always had a cannon. He can stand flat-footed and put that thing on a line. I’ve been in this division a long time, and arm strength is probably about the 159th thing on the list that you’d be worried about with Cam.”PROTECTING CAMThe Bucs will make it a priority pressure Newton, but that hasn’t proven easy to do this season.Newton has been sacked a league-low 10 times because he’s getting the ball out quicker playing in new coordinator Norv Turner’s scheme and the patchwork offensive line is “protecting Cam better than he ever has been before,” Rivera said.Newton said while a lot of people think Carolina’s offensive line is made up of “misfits and undesirables,” he added “those guys have been playing lights out.”FAST STARTDefensive end Jason Pierre-Paul has a sack in a Bucs franchise-record six consecutive games. With eight of the team’s 16 sacks through seven games Michael Deiter Jersey , he’s nearly halfway to the career-best 16 ½ he had for the New York Giants when he was an All-Pro in 2011. Tampa Bay, which acquired Pierre-Paul in an offseason trade, hasn’t had a player finish with 10 or more sacks since Simeon Rice in 2005.“I am so excited about what Jason’s brought to us,” defensive coordinator Mark Duffner said. “He practices hard, he prepares hard. This guy is on a mission and it’s been beautiful to see and be around.”MORE OF MOOREThe Buccaneers can expect to see a heavy dose of speedy rookie wide receiver D.J. Moore. With Torrey Smith out with a knee injury last week against Baltimore, Moore took advantage of his increased playing time and led the Panthers with 90 yards receiving and added 39 yards rushing on two carries. Smith is out this Sunday, too.