Carolina Panthers

Carolina Panthers swap roles for Roman Harper, Charles Godfrey in Week 2

A week after Charles Godfrey got the majority of snaps at strong safety for the Carolina Panthers, his role with Roman Harper reversed on Sunday.

Harper took 65 of the 72 snaps at strong safety during Sunday’s 24-7 victory over the Detroit Lions, playing the position in Carolina’s base and nickel defenses. Godfrey only saw the field for seven snaps a week after he took 71 percent of the snaps at safety in nickel.

The Panthers eased Harper back into the fold against the Bucs in Week 1 after he battled turf toe for most of the preseason. But with another week of practice and conditioning, he was better suited to fit Detroit’s running game, which had 70 yards on 18 carries Sunday.

“They ran the ball very well last week against the Giants and that was one of the concerns that we had,” Panthers coach Ron Rivera said. “Knowing that Roman fits the run very well as a big safety as compared to Charles is one of the attitudes we carried into the game.”