The Panthers got a bit of good news Wednesday -- kick returner Mark Jones was named the NFC's Special Teams Player of the Week for his performance against Green Bay.
Jones averaged 38.8 yards on four kickoff returns against the Packers, repeatedly setting the Panthers up with great field position in their 35-31 win. The most important return was the 45-yarder with 1:57 to go, which set up Carolina's game-winning TD drive. Coach John Fox told the team in the huddle at the conclusion of Wednesday's practice, resulting in applause and shouts for Jones.
That Wednesday Panther practice was an abbreviated, low-impact affair, as the team has an extra practice day to get ready for Monday night's home game against Tampa Bay. I think it's the most significant regular-season home game in Panther history, as I've written in this column.
After practice, Fox was asked what Carolina needed to do differently this time around after losing 27-3 to Tampa on Oct.12. "Oh, just about everything," the coach said.
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