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Charles Godfrey still adjusting to Carolina Panthers’ nickel back duties

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Jeff Siner - jsiner@charlotteobserver.com
Carolina Panthers cornerback Charles Godfrey is still adjusting to his switch from safety to nickel corner.

SPARTANBURG Carolina Panthers defensive back Charles Godfrey continues to hold on to his first-team nickel corner position, but he still has some adjustments to make.

Godfrey is still figuring out when to release a receiver to the safety and when to stay on him, and that soft spot of the defensive backfield has been exposed several times in the past few days.

Panthers coach Ron Rivera said Monday that Godfrey is battling “dirty eyes,” where he watches what’s happening the offensive backfield too closely. On Saturday, Godfrey bit hard on a double play-action and trailed Kealoha Pilares on a deep touchdown throw from Newton.

Still, Rivera likes the progress Godfrey has made in his conversion from safety to corner.

“He’s going to continue to train himself to be disciplined, but you see the quickness there that we were hoping for,” Rivera said. “We’ve seen a couple of one-on-ones and he looked pretty good at that. As he developed his rhythm and flow into this defense, I’m excited for who he can be.”

Breathing down Godfrey’s neck at nickel is rookie Bene’ Benwikere. He rebounded from a tough Sunday practice to put together some good coverages on Monday.

He said Godfrey has been instrumental in helping him grasp the defense.

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