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  • Interests I certainly bleed my Panther blue, and have followed the team so long, that I'm beginning to feel like history as opposed to remembering history. That being said, I follow the Panthers very closely and am truly a Panthers fanatic in the best sense of the word.

    In addition to following the Panthers and the NFL, I also write poems and essays regarding different aspects of race relations in America, and sometimes the world. You can see some of my poetry at blackpoems.net, and perhaps more importantly read my essays on race at racerelations.net. Yes, I know that dealing with racial issues can seem somewhat taboo at times, but my goal is to provide forums where people can at least open up a dialogue and discuss racial issues forthrightly, but respectfully. It is my dream that people will get to a point where, like Dr. martin Luther King expressed, people will be judged by their character and not skin color. Moreover, I have been known to write reviews and opinions on different aspects of the wireless industry, and other issues that affect consumers.

    Lastly, I am a family man who works a penny ante job, enjoys sports and very few TV shows, and plays video games. I am in some ways the quintessential "starving artist", who somewhat revels in being a rebel and covets a Bohemian lifestyle.

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  1. Sure, but some thought he would at least be gone by the fourth round, so the compliment---whatever type it is---may just be closer to the truth than not.
  2. Bryan Strickland referred to the Panthers UDFAs as "undrafted gold" in his latest report. Just taking a guess, I would think that the use of such a grand metaphor is a direct result of the optimism of those within the organization, the least of which is the Director of College Scouting, Don Gregory: Many still may have questions regarding our new UDFAs, but Gregory answers one without a doubt. Cash is a linebacker, pure and simple. But not even Gregory can really answer the $20000 question as to why Keyarris Garrett wasn't drafted---anymore than anyone else that is, but he is still excited to have landed the big receiver. http://www.panthers.com/news/article-2/Panthers-unearth-undrafted-gold/9f65ab7b-6b4c-4155-bde5-40efe1c44445 Now I am here to tell you. I have been watching the Panthers for awhile now, and I just don't remember a time when people seem so excited about two UDFAs out the gate, much less Don Gregory. I knew the third day was going to be interesting, and that's why I alluded to that fact in the thread when Jeremy Igo said he had to do a photo shoot. I basically told him that he may be missing the best part. What I didn't expect was for us to be able to land two, highly productive players as UDFAs that more than a few people thought could go as early as the third round. After getting a legitimate ball hawk at CB and talented prospect at TE on day three, our cup still felt a little bit empty as the draft ended. But, boy, after landing Key and Cash, the top two rated UDFAs as judged by ESPN, our cup seemed like it had "runneth over." Sure, I'm just a fan prone to some homerism and optimism, but it's nice to know that Don Gregory, Bryan Strickland and others feel that such quality players were a fitting exclamation point on a draft that in my opinion didn't really summon a whole lot of excitement---not that that's a bad thing---until day three.
  3. Hedging your bets, a lesson in drafting success.

    I can see questioning the pick in terms of drafting yet another DT, but Getty's track record with first rounders has been a pretty good one, so of course there is really no reason to think that Butler won't be good.
  4. Rookie Camp - Need your input

    Garrett Bradberry Sandland Butler Worley Sanchez Cash McGee Johnson Shostak Bonnet Norris
  5. Garrett > Funchess?

    Funchess looks more athletic to me. He also appears to have more dawg in him. But of course that doesn't mean that he will ultimately be the better receiver. If Garrett wants to be better, he is going to have to put in the time and effort with the coaches, playbook, and show it on the field. For now, he is a limited route runner just trying to prove that he belongs in the pros.
  6. I believe more teams will follow that model because, at the end of the day, rookies will actually get decidedly more out of mental preparation than running around in shorts.
  7. Josh, you gave us your all as a Panther, and I appreciate that. Good luck (except when you play us, of course)!
  8. Panthers list Jeremy Cash as linebacker.

    He went undrafted and is very much a developmental guy given his size and experience in college. I would think that they would give him the time necessary to "catch on", especially considering that by all accounts he is a smart football player. Moreover, people suspect that Klein will want to start somewhere next year and that Mayo is next in line. Cash would presumably be in play as a backup.
  9. Good read on UDFA WR Keyarris Garrett

    Let's try again. Philly played a lot of snaps, and he should have been more productive given his arguably WR1 quantity of snaps. He just wasn't as efficient or productive as you'd like to see and PFF's Wide Receiver Efficiency Rating (WRER) bares this out. https://www.profootballfocus.com/blog/2016/02/02/fantasy-introducing-wide-receiver-efficiency-rating/ "Credit should be given to Ginn for getting open when he was asked to but I think the interesting takeaway here is that the Panthers’ receivers did much better than anticipated. Although none of them played more than 70 percent of the team’s snaps, the Panthers’ wide receivers were very efficient. One of the arguments that people have been using to vote Cam Newton for MVP is that he has had no weapons to work with on the outside. While none of these guys were established top weapons and probably would not have done as well if they played more often, they did quite well in limited time. Ginn finished fourth, Devin Funchess was 21st, Jerricho Cotchery was 55th, and Corey Brown was the only one who was underwhelming at 115th. Brown played the most but only a little bit more than Ginn, so this group averages out to a pretty good efficiency rating. " Sure, Brown has improved, but depending upon how you look at it, his ceiling is probably that of a depth player coming off the bench. This doesn't necessarily lend itself to roster security, especially with guys like Garrett who have measurables plus production coming out of college, whose main issue may just be the need for coaching and experience.
  10. A Funchess Reminder

    I don't believe that people want to completely get rid of Philly, as much as they want to put him back on the bench as a possible depth player. Philly left a lot of meat on the bone from sheer opportunity. As much as he was in, he should have produced more. https://www.profootballfocus.com/blog/2016/02/02/fantasy-introducing-wide-receiver-efficiency-rating/ "Credit should be given to Ginn for getting open when he was asked to but I think the interesting takeaway here is that the Panthers’ receivers did much better than anticipated. Although none of them played more than 70 percent of the team’s snaps, the Panthers’ wide receivers were very efficient... While none of these guys were established top weapons and probably would not have done as well if they played more often, they did quite well in limited time. Ginn finished fourth, Devin Funchess was 21st, Jerricho Cotchery was 55th, and Corey Brown was the only one who was underwhelming at 115th. Brown played the most but only a little bit more than Ginn, so this group averages out to a pretty good efficiency rating. " On an off note, I am hoping that our new UDFA can be the next Alshon.
  11. Video: Panthers rookies Garrett vs Sanchez

    Garrett is an enigma. I think that he got dinged a little too much because of a limited route tree and level of competition, but he has more than acceptable measurables. Throw in his production, and I don't know how he wasn't drafted at all. He has legit upside.
  12. It's going to take longer than an hour to change my opinion that our secondary will be better by the end of 2016 than it was in 2015. And even if isn't indisputably clear then, it is my belief that it will be by the end of 2017.
  13. My biggest concern is LT, with RT right behind it. You can say I am still suffering from post traumatic stress. I may never trust a Left Tackle again. At the very least it's going to take more than a season to earn my trust.
  14. Dude is hooked on pot. He is free to smoke up what is left of his desire to be in the NFL. I doubt he sticks on with any club if his past is any indication.
  15. Make sure that you're prepared to eat well-cooked crow by the holidays. The way you're talking, I'm sure you won't spoil your appetite.