The Panthers are letting Beason walk through installation periods during their organized team activities. But they don’t plan on letting him do any real drills until training camp. That makes lots of sense because Beason suffered a torn Achilles tendon early last season. Beason said he feels fine.
“I think they're just protecting me from myself,” Beason said. “Practice is practice. But to me you come out and compete. You try to win every down and you play the game a certain way. I think that had a lot to do with it, too.”
I respect Beason as much as any player in the NFC South and that is in large part due to his competitive nature. I understand that he wants to be out there practicing at full speed. But the Panthers are doing the smart thing by holding him out until training camp. They also are proceeding cautiously with outside linebacker Thomas Davis, who is coming off his torn ACL.
“I'd like to believe when we get to training camp, we can put Jon in full-go at that point, and Thomas, we'll ease him back in,” coach Ron Rivera said.
Beason and Davis are both veterans and smart guys. They already know the defense and can pick up any new tweaks simply by watching practice. I’d rather see Beason and Davis fully healthy on opening day than see them exposing themselves to setbacks in May.
Apparently, Rivera and the Panthers feel the same way.