NFC South: Tyrell Sutton

In a memo to all 32 NFL teams announcing the revised punishment from the alleged three-year bounty program run by the New Orleans Saints, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell revealed a significant detail about a 2010 game with Carolina.

In a previous memo, Goodell wrote that the Saints had a bounty on Carolina quarterback Cam Newton last season. In a section of this letter, Goodell details how the Saints rewarded defensive players for injuring opponents.

He referred to a 2010 game in which the New Orleans defense was commended for three “cart-offs’’ and one player placed on injured reserve.

“In that game,’’ Goodell wrote. “Three Carolina players were seriously injured: running backs Jonathan Stewart and Tyrell Sutton, who were literally carted off the field with a head/neck and ankle injury, respectively, and quarterback Matt Moore, who was later placed on injured reserve, unable to return for the remainder of the season, with a torn labrum. These all satisfied (defensive coordinator Gregg) Williams’ definition of cart-offs: ‘big hits that resulted in an opposing player leaving the game due to the hit."

The Panthers are on bye this week, so it’s a little difficult to track down people for reaction. But, when the bounty on Newton was first revealed, I can tell you that some high-ranking team officials were not very pleased with the Saints.
During my June 1 Soon to be stars post, I selected Jonathan Stewart as my star-in-the-making on Carolina’s roster. And as stated in that article, I am going to assume DeAngelo Williams will be playing somewhere other than Carolina this year.

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Chris Faytok/US PresswireAssuming DeAngelo Williams signs elsewhere, Jonathan Stewart could be in for a monster season.
I'm hopeful Stewart can stay healthy and show the world what he is capable of. The Panthers’ offensive line is quite strong and should be better this year than last as Jeff Otah returns from injury. And although every team that faces Carolina will key the run, having a running threat like Cam Newton behind center can help the running backs a ton. Stewart could be poised to blow up in 2011.

Mike Goodson adapted very quickly to the NFL last season and brings an awful lot to the table in his own right. With Stewart’s durability concerns, Goodson might get the chance to show off what he can do in a lead role for several games in a row -- as he did last season -- but the Panthers do want to use him as an excellent young complement to Stewart.

Over a three-game stretch last year from Week 10 to 12, Goodson carried the ball 59 times for 275 yards, a 4.7-yard average. And that was on an offense with no threats through the air. Goodson also caught 16 passes during that short stretch and can be a real factor in the passing game. Goodson is a dynamic runner who is extremely quick and elusive, but he also doesn’t lack power for a back his size. He is ascending very quickly. Many casual fans didn’t watch the Panthers a lot last season, but trust me on this: Goodson can play.

Also in the mix is Tyrell Sutton. And like Goodson and Stewart, but to a lesser degree, this is a guy who could really step up if given the opportunity. He isn’t real big, but Sutton is tough as nails and has actually played some fullback in his NFL career, which is rather remarkable considering his stature.

Sutton is short, but thickly built, and has power. He also can make the first tackler miss. And although he has carried the ball only 25 times in his very short career, the 24-year-old Sutton has averaged 5.6 yards per carry. He is also an accomplished contributor in the pass game. Sutton is a very good and underrated No. 3 back who can help his club in a lot of ways.

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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.

Lineup changes for Panthers, Buccaneers

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TAMPA, Fla. – The Panthers and Buccaneers just announced a few lineup changes for today’s game.

Center Jeff Faine, who is returning from injury, will start for the Bucs. There had been some thought that Jeremy Zuttah, who had played center in Faine’s absence, would move to left guard. But that’s not happening. Ted Larsen will start at left guard and James Lee will start at right tackle in place of Jeremy Trueblood, who had been injured, but is active today. Erik Lorig will start at fullback in place of the injured Earnest Graham.

On defense, Tim Crowder will start at end in place of the injured Kyle Moore. DeKoda Watson will start at strongside linebacker in place of Quincy Black.

For Carolina, Mike Goodson will get the start at running back because DeAngelo Williams, Jonathan Stewart and Tyrell Sutton all are out with injuries. Nick Hayden will start at defensive tackle in place of Ed Johnson.

Panthers have limited RB options

November, 14, 2010
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TAMPA, Fla. – As expected, Carolina will be without injured running backs DeAngelo Williams, Jonathan Stewart and Tyrell Sutton.

All three have been declared inactive for today’s game with Tampa Bay. That leaves Carolina with Mike Goodson, Josh Vaughn and Andre Brown as backfield options.

Also inactive for the Panthers are defensive back C.J. Wilson, linebacker Abdul Hodge, defensive end Greg Hardy and wide receiver Devin Thomas. Armanti Edwards is the third quarterback.

Carolina inactives and lineup changes

October, 10, 2010
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CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- As expected, the Panthers will be without injured receiver Steve Smith, safety Sherrod Martin and offensive tackle Jeff Otah.

Those three highlight Carolina’s list of inactives, which also includes running back Tyrell Sutton, linebacker Jamar Williams, center Chris Morris and defensive tackle Andre Neblett.

David Gettis will start in Smith’s place and Geoff Schwartz will start for Otah. The Panthers have not announced who will start in Martin’s spot at free safety, but it’s likely to be rookie Jordan Pugh.

Dwayne Jarrett active for Panthers

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NEW ORLEANS – Looks like the Carolina Panthers are pulling out their secret weapon against the New Orleans Saints.

At least technically, wide receiver Dwayne Jarrett is listed as active today. We’ll see how active Jarrett is, but I wouldn’t expect his career to suddenly take off or for him to get significant playing time. Jarrett, a second-round pick in 2007, was inactive last week and hasn’t been much of a factor throughout his career.

Speaking of highly-drafted receivers that haven’t done much, rookie Armanti Edwards is inactive for the fourth straight week.

Also inactive for the Panthers are running back Tyrell Sutton, linebacker Jamar Williams, offensive lineman Chris Morris, defensive tackle Andre Neblett and offensive tackle Jeff Otah.

Looking back on Carolina's victory

August, 29, 2010
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Let’s hit the links to review Carolina’s preseason 15-7 victory against Tennessee on Saturday night.

Tom Sorensen writes that the continued lack of offensive production now is a legitimate concern. With the starters getting extensive playing time in the third preseason game, that’s when you get the best glimpse of what the regular season will look like. If this is what Carolina’s offense is going to look like in the regular season, the Panthers could be in big trouble. But, keep in mind, they’ve been playing without receiver Steve Smith and running back Jonathan Stewart, who are expected back for the start of the season.

Carolina’s defense continues to play exceptionally well. That’s a little surprising, because the Panthers have a bunch of no-names up front, they’ll probably be without injured linebacker Thomas Davis for the entire season, and the secondary, aside from Chris Gamble, doesn’t appear to be anything special on paper. But always remember that John Fox can coach, especially on the defensive side of the ball.

Three guys that likely are on the roster bubble suffered injuries against the Titans. Receiver Wallace Wright (shoulder), running back Tyrell Sutton (shoulder) and receiver Trent Guy (hamstring) were the players Fox said were injured in the game. We probably won’t know the severity of any of the injuries for another day or two.

Steve Reed points out that the Panthers have spent most of their preseason working on the passing game. They’ve virtually ignored the run. While there’s no doubt they need improvement in the passing game, and Smith’s return should help, do you really think Fox is going to continue to abandon the running game in the regular season?
Jimmy Clausen looked very good at times in his NFL debut. Matt Moore looked mediocre at times.

Does that add up to a sudden quarterback controversy for the Carolina Panthers? Not just yet. I’ll explain why as we run through seven observations from Thursday night’s preseason game between the Panthers and Baltimore Ravens. By the way, for those who actually track preseason results, the final was Baltimore 17, Carolina 12.

1. Clausen looked very NFL ready, at least until the rain started. He made some nice throws and seemed to have a good sense of awareness. But let’s remember a few things. Clausen was playing against Baltimore’s backups and the Panthers pretty much decided Moore’s performance at the end of last season earned him the right to open this regular season as the starter. Clausen landed some jabs, but nothing close to a knockout punch.

2. Moore was far from horrible. He wasn’t spectacular, but he did some nice things. Something else to keep this in perspective -- Moore was playing against a very good Baltimore first-team defense. He also was doing it without receiver Steve Smith, right tackle Jeff Otah and running back Jonathan Stewart. All three are expected to be ready for the start of the regular season and they will make Moore a much better quarterback. Moore would have to absolutely bomb to lose the job now and he didn't do that.

3. What was the deal with Jordan Gross? The left tackle got called for three penalties in the first 12 minutes and that didn’t help Moore. I wouldn’t be too concerned with this and I doubt the Panthers are. Gross is one of the best left tackles in the league. He’s not going to have games like that in the regular season.

4. The pass rush is very much a work in progress. When it mattered with the first and second teams, the Panthers had stretches when they didn’t generate any pressure on Joe Flacco and Marc Bulger. But they also had a few flash plays where they did. The good news is veteran Tyler Brayton had two sacks on Flacco. The bad news is Brayton suffered some sort of ankle injury on his second sack. We don’t know the extent of that injury yet. The most encouraging news is rookies Greg Hardy and Eric Norwood showed some real flashes. If I’m John Fox, I let Brayton sit for most (or all) of the rest of the preseason. The Panthers know what they can get out of Brayton. They need to find out more about what they can get from Hardy, Norwood, Charles Johnson and Everette Brown.

5. Whoov? Like a lot of Carolina fans, I was more than a little concerned when the Panthers let fullback Brad Hoover go after last season. It was hard to find a fullback more dependable than Hoover. But I liked what I saw of replacement Anthony Fiammetta. He blocked well and looked good as a receiver out of the backfield.

6. Backup running back Tyrell Sutton had a few nice plays. But I wouldn’t go drafting him for your fantasy team. As long as DeAngelo Williams and Stewart are healthy, they’re going to get almost all of the carries. Besides, Sutton fumbled at the goal line and Fox isn’t big on giving the ball to guys who fumble.

7. Rookie Armanti Edwards will be a factor on offense, but not immediately. Jon Gruden and Ron Jaworski both talked about how the former college quarterback is adjusting to playing wide receiver and implied it might take until about midseason for him to have much of a role in the offense. That’s the exact word I got from the Carolina brass when I visited training camp. But don’t be surprised if Edwards is handling punt returns sooner than that. That’s a new task for Edwards, too. But he showed he can catch punts, even in the rain, and the guy has the dynamics to make things happen in the open field.

SPARTANBURG, S.C. -- With running backs Jonathan Stewart, Mike Goodson and Tyrell Sutton all banged up, the Carolina Panthers have made a roster move that’s designed just to help them get through practices.

They have signed Dantrell Savage, who has played briefly as a running back and return man for the Kansas City Chiefs. Don’t get too excited about this one. The only way Savage has any real shot at making the opening-day roster is if Goodson’s injury puts him out for an extended period.

The Panthers are expecting Stewart and Sutton to start practicing soon and they’ll join DeAngelo Williams as the main guys. Goodson also figures to earn a roster spot if he’s healthy.

But the Panthers had only two healthy running backs at this morning’s practice and fullback Anthony Fiammetta even filled in at tailback on some plays. Savage at least gives the Panthers another true tailback to use in practice.

The Panthers waived defensive back Marcus Walker to create the roster spot for Savage. I’m about to head out to Carolina’s evening practice and will check in with more later.
SPARTANBURG, S.C. -- Kind of a scary stretch for the Carolina Panthers in the middle of Sunday afternoon’s practice.

Within the course of about two minutes, defensive lineman Nick Hayden and running back Mike Goodson went down with injuries that, at first, looked pretty serious.

Hayden went down first and trainers still were working on him when Goodson went down. Goodson’s injury was to his ankle and he was quickly carted to the locker room for X-rays.

Coach John Fox had a bit of good news after practice. He said Goodson’s ankle was not broken, but he didn’t know any details beyond that. If Goodson’s going to miss much time, and that looks like a possibility, the Panthers might have to add a running back or two just to get through camp and the preseason because Jonathan Stewart and Tyrell Sutton haven’t been practicing because of injuries.

Hayden’s injury did sound as if it was as serious as it first looked when he was crumpled on the grass. He eventually got up and was moving around. Fox said the injury was to Hayden’s side, but not his ribs. Hayden was wearing an ice pack that appeared to be lodged between his hip and ribs.

Some other observations from Carolina’s practice:
  • First off, it wasn’t an especially tough practice because the Panthers were coming off a Saturday night session. There wasn’t a great deal of hitting going on, so you’ll have to wait for me to give any realistic observations on linemen after I see them in practice Monday and Tuesday.
  • With Steve Smith sidelined for the moment, it looked like Kenneth Moore and Dwayne Jarrett were getting most of the work as the first-team receivers. The early word I’m hearing from people who’ve observed all the practices is that Moore has performed well. They’re not saying the same thing about Jarrett, who may be down to his last opportunity.
  • Speaking of receivers – and again this was a tough practice to judge much – I did see rookie Armanti Edwards make one very nice catch.
  • I remember chuckling at one point during the draft because our television side was running “key additions’’ for each team. All that was listed for Carolina was safety Aaron Francisco, who came from Indianapolis and hasn’t exactly had a storied career. Well, I’m not laughing now. I’m not saying Francisco’s going to start or do anything outstanding. But I did notice him making some plays out there. Looks like a guy who can help this team as a safety and on special teams.
  • The most exciting play I caught involved two rookies, who don’t figure to be in prominent roles anytime soon. But quarterback Tony Pike threw a nice deep path that was caught by a leaping Trent Guy in the end zone.
  • Like I said, I’ll have much more on the Panthers on Monday and Tuesday and I’ll be working on their Camp Confidential segment for later in the week and their overall preview as we get closer to the start of the regular seasons.

Williams out for Panthers

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Carolina running back DeAngelo Williams will not play today due to an ankle injury.

Also inactive for the Panthers are running back Tyrell Sutton, cornerback C.J. Wilson, linebacker Mortty Ivy, defensive tackle Derek Landri, offensive tackle Rob Petitti and defensive end Hilee Taylor. Hunter Cantwell has been designated as the third quarterback.
New Orleans coach Sean Payton told the local media he’d like to get cornerback Jabari Greer some work in Sunday’s regular-season finale at Carolina. Sounds like a wise plan since Greer has been out for seven weeks with a sports hernia. The important thing is to have him at full strength for the playoffs, but it wouldn’t hurt to get him some game action just to get his timing back.

Tampa Bay center Jeff Faine sat out practice because of a back injury. Coach Raheem Morris indicated that Faine was just sore from a long season.

I wouldn’t look for Atlanta running back Michael Turner to play Sunday. He sat out another practice Thursday and there’s really no need to risk making his ankle injury worse. Tight end Tony Gonzalez also sat out with a calf injury.

Carolina running backs Jonathan Stewart, DeAngelo Williams and Tyrell Sutton each sat out a second straight day of practice. Stewart generally gets the day off on Wednesdays and getting an extra day may just be a way to keep him fresh because he likely will be getting a lot of carries if Williams can’t play.
Posted by ESPN.com’s Pat Yasinskas

NEW ORLEANS -- Well, so much for a miracle, last-minute drive. The Saints already have come back once, after trailing 17-3.

They just tied the game (20-20), and the fourth quarter is about to start. You can definitely see the momentum here has swung in favor of the Saints. They held the Panthers to a field goal on their last drive (note to Carolina coach John Fox: Don’t EVER use that fullback dive with Tyrell Sutton again). And the touchdown really has the Superdome hopping.

Moore is Carolina's No. 2 QB

September, 20, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com’s Pat Yasinskas


ATLANTA – Just got the inactive lists for the Panthers and Falcons and there are a couple of items that are worthy of noting -- pretty much all on the Carolina side.

Matt Moore is listed as the backup quarterback, and newly signed A.J. Feeley is the inactive third quarterback, presumably because he hasn’t had enough time to learn the playbook. Carolina also is going to be without two injured defensive starters.

Defensive tackle Nick Hayden and safety Chris Harris are inactive. The other inactives for Carolina are: Tyrell Sutton, C.J. Wilson, Garry Williams, Duke Robinson and Hilee Taylor.

Atlanta’s inactives are: Tye Hill, Verron Haynes, Spencer Adkins, Garrett Reynolds, Quinn Ojinnaka and Trey Lewis. John Parker Wilson is the third quarterback.

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