Panthers Defense: DT Maake Kemoeatu is Down for the Count
Today the Panthers got a very painful blow to their defense as their big run stuffing defensive tackle Maake Kemoeatu tore his Achilles’ tendon in practice. While Carolina has yet to confirm the injury as being season ending, it is highly expected that Maake will be done for the season.
Any time you lose a 6’5, 345 pound interior lineman it is always going to be hard to replace such a massive man in the middle. But for the Panthers it will be even harder as DT is one of the weakest depth positions on this teams roster.
With this big blow to the front line it will be very interesting to see if the Panthers can find anyone in free agency to help this defense continue to apply pressure on the quarterback.
How will this effect the Panthers in 2009
The Panthers defense is still a very talented bunch and I do believe they will still be good enough for the team to make the playoffs. With that said this team will probably suffer this season when they face winning teams with strong running games.
This situation may not be as bad as the Titans right now without Albert Hynesworth but it is close. Just like Tennessee the Panthers will probably have to compensate for not having a strong interior line for this season.
If your in an IDP league that gives strong awards for sacks you may want to drop Julius Peppers down a couple pegs on your fantasy draft board. It will be easier for offensive lines to focus on Peppers as they won’t have to pay attention to Kemoeatu.
Fantasy Football Information for the Panthers Defense
At this point in time fantasy football owners need to consider only taking this defense as a backup at best for the 2009 season. Even if Maake would have been on the team for this season the Panthers are known for not being a great fantasy defense as it is.
The Panthers at this time would be best used on your fantasy team as a bye week fill in and when they have a very bad offense on the schedule. Look for Carolina as late round pick in the final rounds of your fantasy football draft this season.
Fantasy Football Information Writer Sean E. Douglas: fantasy-info.com