Panthers Counting On Beason To Master the Weakside LB Spot

Jon Beason is still learning the ropes at the weakside LB spot, but seems to feel like he is getting better at the spot almost on a daily basis.

“I’m making strides every day,” Beason said following Tuesday’s practice. “The beauty of it is we’re still installing, so every day I get a new challenge. It allows me to be a rookie again. I have to be on my toes, have to be in my (play)book. This camp has been eventful.”

Beason set a franchise mark of 169 tackles in 2009, but that didn’t stop head coach John Fox from changing his spot on the field. Fox feels that in the long run it will be a good move for a Panthers defense that is going to at times have to carry this team in 2010.

“I feel comfortable with him at any linebacker spot,” Fox said of Beason. “He’s a guy we know the most about. He’s got the most history with us. He’s got the ability to play at any of those spots.”

Beason has played some at the weakside spot in the past, but not in a long time. He played some in college and early in his rookie season with Carolina, but had reached a comfort level in the middle. Now he knows that the pressure is on to get better and learn the weakside spot – fast.

“I didn’t think there would be that much of a (learning) curve,” Beason said. “Not so much as it’s new, just trying to get that comfort level where I can play free and not think as much, be more instinctive.”

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