CHARLOTTE - Carolina Panthers linebacker Jon Beason said Thursday afternoon during his weekly appearance on Charlotte sports radio station WFNZ that he plans to talk to defensive end Julius Peppers about Peppers' slow start.
Peppers, who is making more than $1 million per game, has one sack and 10 tackles during Carolina's 0-3 start.
Beason said on the "Primetime with the Packman" show that he watched the closing minutes of Minnesota's win Monday against Green Bay, during which Vikings defensive end Jared Allen had 4 1/2 sacks. It was the type of performance Panthers fans, and apparently some teammates, want from Peppers.
Beason said he received a call after the game from a teammate, whom he knew wanted to discuss Peppers. Beason said he told the player, "I'm going to have a conversation with that guy," meaning Peppers.
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Beason said he'd like to see the kind of pressure and intensity from Peppers that Allen displayed Monday, saying he planned to tell Peppers that Allen was "getting it done."
Beason also said of Peppers: "If you have that much potential, that much talent to be whatever you want to be ... If you want to be pretty good, or if you have the ability to be the greatest ever, to really have that ability to do it, let's go do it."
Beason said he planned to have the conversation Friday night since he and Peppers sometimes spend time together on Fridays.
Beason said he wouldn't be looking to criticize, but rather to say, "I need you to be there with me. I need everything you've got. That's it in a nutshell."
Beason declined to elaborate when the Observer asked about his comments.
Earlier, when a caller asked Beason why he thought Peppers would listen to him, Beason said they have a good relationship.
"Pep is a guy of high character, a guy (who's) disciplined. He respects it when it's for real," said Beason. "... Whatever I say to him, just like whatever he says to me, (we) take to heart."
Panthers RB Stewart questionable; Goodson out. Carolina running back Jonathan Stewart is questionable for Sunday's game against Washington, while kickoff returner Mike Goodson won't play.
Goodson was ruled out Friday as he recovers from a concussion. Stewart practiced, but was limited this week because of pain in his left Achilles' tendon.
Safety Chris Harris (knee), linebacker Na'il Diggs (ribs) and defensive end Everette Brown (ankle) are probable.