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Panthers | T. Davis gets Fields’ permission to use his number

Charles Chandler, of the Charlotte Observer, reports Carolina Panthers LB Thomas Davis has switched his number from No. 47 to No. 58 to signify his move from safety to linebacker. Davis didn't accept the new number before getting the blessing of the man who wore it last for the Carolina Panthers, LB Mark Fields. "We still consider Mark part of the team around here," said Davis, the Panthers' first-round pick in the 2005 draft. "So I had to go through him and ask him if it was OK for me to wear this jersey." Davis said he got much more comfortable by the end of last season and is excited about being a starter now. He has gotten bigger and stronger, increasing his weight from 227 to 235 pounds. Davis' role will be similar to what Fields use to do for the Panthers, said defensive coordinator Mike Trgovac.

2006-05-08 11:38:55 | Source:

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