Carolina Panthers open up secondary spots in training camp

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Charles Godfrey will be the Carolina Panthers starting free safety this season. That much coach Ron Rivera knows.

As for the rest of the secondary, Rivera said that’s up in the air.

New general manager Dave Gettleman addressed the cornerback situation in the offseason by adding free agents Drayton Florence and D.J. Moore.

The Panthers were able to re-sign free agent Captain Munnerlyn and also return youngsters Josh Thomas, Josh Norman and James Dockery.

Which two starters emerge from that group remains to be seen.

REDSKINS: Quarterback Robert Griffin III said Thursday “without a doubt” that he expects to be fully recovered from knee surgery and in uniform when training camp opens July 25 in Richmond, Va.

“One, it’s a mindset and then two, it’s how it’s progressed,” Griffin said of his surgically repaired right knee. “I feel confident in my body and the way it’s been responding. Training camp’s a month and a half away. That’s why I say without a doubt. I think it’s the right target if I’m healthy.”

GIANTS: The temporary loss of Jason Pierre-Paul to back surgery earlier this week came as a bit of a “surprise,” Giants coach Tom Coughlin admitted on Thursday.

But fixing a defensive line whose performance declined last season is a top offseason priority, especially since the departure of free agent Osi Umenyiora to Atlanta.

Now, Mathias Kiwanuka assumes a starting role, and Pierre-Paul’s uncertain status simply heightens the urgency. Pierre-Paul might be able to return for the season opener, but there’s no certainty with a back.


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