The 2010 Carolina Panthers start 6 white players, which is slightly above average by NFL standards. I remember the Panthers having quite a few white starters back in the 1990′s and early 2000s, but they have gone downhill since then.
The starting quarterback this year is Matt Moore. Moore went undrafted in 2007 out of Oregon State but did very well when he started the last few games of the ’09 season.
The starting left tackle is Jordan Gross. Gross is a former first round pick out of Utah who has made one Pro Bowl so far. His Pro Bowl appearance came in 2008 and he’s been very good his entire career. If the fans knew their stuff he would have made multiple Pro Bowl appearances by now.
The only other white starter on the offensive line is center Ryan Kalil. This will be Ryan’s fourth season in the league and he managed to make the Pro Bowl last year. He’s very good and is the leader of the offensive line.
Jeff King starts at tight end for Carolina. This will be his fourth season as a starter. He’s a good blocker but unfortunately he isn’t used much in the passing game. Hopefully the change in quarterback will get King some more looks this season.
The defense is pathetic as usual. Dan Connor out of Penn State is the starting middle linebacker. Connor was yet another tackling machine out of the Penn State linebacker factory, but in the NFL wasn’t a starter his first two seasons. He’s had very miminal playing time until now. In the first game of the season he showed what he is capable of with 13 total tackles and a sack. Look for him to be an All-Pro very soon and possibly even this season.
The only other white starter on defense is defensive end Tyler Brayton. Brayton has been a starter most of his career and played for the Raiders his first five years in the league. He’s a solid player but not spectacular.
Some white backups to look for are tight end Gary Barnridge, right guard Geoff Schwartz, defensive tackle Derek Landri, and backup quarterback Jimmy Clausen, who could possibly start some games this season if Matt Moore struggles. Also backup outside linebacker Jordan Senn may see some playing time this season
NUMBER OF WHITE STARTERS:6
TOTAL NUMBER OF WHITE PLAYERS ON 53 MAN ROSTER: 18