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Panthers bringing along first round pick Beason slowly

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CHARLOTTE (AP) -- Linebacker Jon Beason captured the eye of the Carolina Panthers because of his versatility. And the team is putting that versatility to an early test.

The speedy Beason was primarily an outside linebacker at Miami, but played middle linebacker on passing downs. The Panthers hoped the former Miami star could start right away on the outside, and provide important insurance with oft-injured Dan Morgan playing the middle.

But for now, Beason has been working behind incumbent starter Na'il Diggs at outside linebacker during this month's optional workouts.

Beason says he's focusing in the outside position and trying to prove that he can learn it so that when the time comes, he can make the transition.

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