DeAngelo Williams Out for Season; Is He Done in Carolina?
Was it his last game with the Panthers? Williams is a free agent after the season and there has been no word of a contract extension. Williams, who was in his fifth season, was a first-round pick in 2006.
It figures that Williams was injured in Carolina's only win this season, a victory over San Francisco. That one win came at a steep price robbing the franchise of its career leader in touchdowns and a back with 15 career 100-yard games.
Williams gained 361 yards on 87 carries in six games as the Panthers' run game never got any traction. The Panthers had two 1,000-yard rushers in 2009 -- Williams and Jonathan Stewart -- but there were issues with the passing game not loosening up the defense, which could devote extra defenders to the run.
Carolina is 24th in run offense in the NFL (93 yards a game). It is last in scoring offense (11.6).
Not all is lost. Mike Goodson, who was the fourth-string back, has moved into a starting position and gave the offense a lift with 100 yards against Tampa Bay last Sunday. Goodson had some burst to the hole against the Bucs and ran hard. Most plays he got downhill and he showed some moves in the second level of the defense.
There was no other good news for the beleaguered offense. Quarterback Jimmy Clausen (concussion) did not practice Wednesday. The Panthers were also missing running backs Jonathan Stewart (head) and Tyrell Sutton (ankle), offensive hard Travelle Wharton (toe), and wide receiver Brandon LaFell (concussion).
The Panthers signed former Oregon running back Jeremiah Johnson.