QB Rodney Peete is going into training camp as the Panthers number one quarterback, but he knows that the Panthers signed QB Jake Delhomme as a free agent. Peete is also coming off surgery on his finger so there are some challenges that Peete will have to face this season.
Panther Insider: First off how is your finger and your overall physical condition?
Rodney Peete: My body's healthy and healed up from last season. I had to get my finger all straightened out, they put a pin in it for about six weeks. After that it was good. It didn't bother me at all. I feel good about where I am right now.
Panther Insider: How has your off-season gone so far and what are you looking to accomplish before training camp opens up?
Rodney Peete: The off-season has gone well for me and the whole team, everybody moved around pretty good, especially the guys who were here last year. After being in the system for a year, I think it has been good for us offensively. We are getting a lot out of it. It was good to get to work with the new guys.
Panther Insider: How has it been working with the new guys?
Rodney Peete: It has been great. You just get familiar with guys, getting used to how Ricky Proehl runs routes. Getting Stephen Davis acclimated to the system. That's the most important part. Once we get to training camp, we'll be ready to go on all cylinders. It's important to get this session in and get another session in June before we actually tee it up and get it going.
Panther Insider: What is yours, and the teams feeling about the upcoming season?
Rodney Peete: We're excited about this upcoming season, we're coming off a 7-9 season and we added some free agents who are really going to help us. I had a chance to play with Stephen Davis in Washington. He's a tremendous running back and person. We've added a couple of wide receivers who will help. And I'd like to say, 'Thank you' to the Panthers organization for drafting offensive linemen in the first two rounds, because I am 37 years old and I'm going to need all the help I can get.
Panther Insider: The Panthers have add some players in the off-season as well as QB Jake Delhomme, what do you feel about the Panthers bring in a quarterback to compete with you for the starting job?
Rodney Peete: Competition is good for everyone I going to push Jake to be his best and he is going to do the same. My attitude is that the coaching staff will make the best decision for this team to be successful and give the team the best chance to win each Sunday.
Panther Insider: What is the attitude of this team going into training camp?
Rodney Peete: The attitude on our team right now is that anything is possible. We look at last year as a missed opportunity. We should have made it to the playoffs. That's our attitude. We came up short, and we're not going to let that happen this year."
Panther Insider: Thank you Rodney for your time and best of luck with this upcoming season.