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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