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CB Munnerlyn says he can be Panthers No. 2 corner

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SPARTANBURG, S.C. (AP)

Captain Munnerlyn knows NFL cornerbacks need to have a short memory - and thick skin.

So when the undersized Munnerlyn hears the criticism suggesting someone else should be starting for the Carolina Panthers at the No. 2 cornerback spot, he doesn't get angry.

He just works that much harder.

He says ''there's a lot of people out there who're like, `We need another corner,''' but ''it doesn't bother me at all.''

The 5-foot-8 Munnerlyn started 14 games for Carolina last season but had no interceptions. He was targeted 60 times according to STATS and allowed a completed pass 65 percent of the time - by far the most on the team.

Coach Ron Rivera believes Munnerlyn is capable of starting, but made it clear the No. 2 cornerback spot is open to competition.

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