Mike Mitchell DB CAR 3 Months
Mike Mitchell has won the Panthers' starting strong safety job.
Mitchell didn't have much competition for the spot. He had been running ahead of D.J. Campbell, Haruki Nakamura, and UDFA Robert Lester for much of the summer. Campbell and Lester were part of the Panthers' final cuts, while Nakamura will back up both Mitchell and FS Charles Godfrey. Mitchell is fearless and plays with reckless abandon. He'll likely rack up plenty of 15-yard penalties.
Mike Mitchell DB CAR 4 Months
Mike Mitchell has gotten the majority of first-team strong safety reps at Panthers camp.
Mitchell is running ahead of Haruki Nakamura and D.J. Campbell, as expected. The battle at corner back is taking shape as well, with Drayton Florence and Captain Munnerlyn settling in with the 1s. These competitions are far from over, but the Panthers are trying to plug gaping holes with small fingers. Their secondary will be one to attack from a fantasy perspective.
Mike Mitchell DB CAR 7 Months
Panthers coach Ron Rivera expects Mike Mitchell and D.J. Campbell to compete at strong safety.
Haruki Nakamura isn't in the mix after his disastrous 2012. Charles Godfrey will start at free safety. Mitchell is a run-stopping specialist. He started just eight games in four years with the Raiders. A 2012 seventh-rounder, Campbell played 252 snaps on defense as a rookie. On paper - and likely in practice - the Panthers have one of the league's worst secondaries.
Mike Mitchell DB CAR 8 Months
The Charlotte Observer believes S Michael Mitchell would start over Haruki Nakamura and D.J. Campbell if the season started today.
Luckily, the season doesn't start for another five months. Veteran Charles Godfrey has one of the safety spots locked up, but the other is up for competition. Nakamura started 13 games in 2012, but he was routinely burned in coverage. Look for Carolina to target a safety with one of its five picks in the draft.
Mike Mitchell DB CAR 9 Months
Panthers agreed to terms with free agent S Michael Mitchell, formerly of the Raiders.
Mitchell joins an underwhelming safety group that includes Haruki Nakamura and D.J. Campbell, but is still unlikely to push for a starting job. Primarily a run stopper, Mitchell should also contribute on special teams.
Mike Mitchell DB CAR Aug 05 '12
New Raiders coach Dennis Allen has singled out fourth-year SS Mike Mitchell "more than once" for his training camp play.
"He's got some speed, he's got some talent," Allen observed. Mitchell is a bit behind after missing offseason practices due to a knee scope, but he's healthy now and picking up Allen's defense. Mitchell would still need a Tyvon Branch injury for consistent playing time. He'll open the year on special teams.