NFC South: Marcus Hudson

Scouts Inc.'s Matt Williamson breaks down the safeties of each NFC South team. Today: Carolina Panthers.


Charles Godfrey has the physical makeup and skill set to be more of a coverage safety than a big factor against the run. Although Godfrey was just average against the run, he made too many mistakes with his recognition in the passing game and was often not in great position to play the ball properly. He does get his hands on the ball, though.

Since being selected in the second round of the 2009 draft, Sherrod Martin has established himself as an adequate coverage safety. But he isn’t very physical in the run game or a forceful tackler.

Jordan Pugh is one of the best special teams players on Carolina’s roster. He is tough, smart and will throw his body around. Pugh can also hold his own in coverage and with the regular defense. His role could expand this season. He is the type of player that a new coaching staff with quickly fall in love with. Every team needs this type of player on the roster.

Marcus Hudson should be up for free agency. He did very little last season, and his past few years have been unproductive. He did have some playing experience when he was with San Francisco and could do spot duty in a pinch, although that would be a less-than-ideal situation.

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Armanti Edwards third QB for Panthers

November, 21, 2010
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For all those thinking Sunday might be the day the Carolina Panthers turn rookie Armanti Edwards loose in the Wildcat offense, forget about it.

The Panthers just listed today’s inactives and Edwards is listed as the emergency third quarterback. That means, if he enters the game before the fourth quarter, starter Brian St. Pierre and backup Tony Pike can’t return. So I wouldn’t plan on seeing Edwards, unless the other two guys get hurt.

The rest of Carolina’s inactives are not surprising, with many of them tied to injuries. Quarterback Jimmy Clausen, running backs Jonathan Stewart and Tyrell Sutton, guard Travelle Wharton, receiver Brandon LaFell, cornerback Marcus Hudson and defensive tackle Ed Johnson are all on the inactive list.

Around the NFC South

March, 15, 2010
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Free agent safety Sean Jones is expected to make a decision between the Buccaneers and Titans soon.

The Panthers have re-signed offensive tackle Rob Petitti to a one-year deal.

Former Tampa Bay offensive lineman Jerry Wunsch ponders the possibility of the Bucs taking an offensive lineman early in the draft.

Daniel Cox has his latest mock draft and he’s got the Falcons taking outside linebacker Sean Weatherspoon, which would make a lot of sense.

The Bucs signed a backup linebacker you’ve probably never heard of over the weekend. In other words, if Jon Alston even makes the roster, it will probably be as a special-teams player.

Speaking of special-teams guys, Adam Schefter now is reporting the Panthers have signed former San Francisco defensive back Marcus Hudson to a one-year deal.

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