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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. Philly Brown had shoulder surgery

    What we need right now is to get the passing offense running at an optimal level as opposed to being in the bottom third of the league. Most are hopeful that the return of Benjamin and the continuing evolution of Funchess will go a long way towards that end. Brown had more snaps than any receiver last year, arguably markedly, and his production was not in line with the opportunities that he had on the field. I am on my phone right now, so I am too lazy to pull the links, but if you look up PFF's Wide Receiver Efficiency Rating (WRER), Brown ranked 115th out of 134 receivers. By the same token, Ginn was 4th and Funchess was like 21st or something. So regardless of people trying to trumpet Brown getting separation, he is still not as efficient as his counterparts. Not only do the eyes see that he doesn't give you as much bang for your buck (so to speak) as many receivers in the league, the stats bare that out as well. He should be on the bench, and would be for most teams. As for the Huddle, I find your characterization somewhat funny. I don't find anything disturbing about fans wanting the team and/or the personnel on the team to improve. Improvement is what leads to championships and sustained success. One major way to improve your team is by upgrading the quality of every position on the team, much less the skilled positions like wide receiver. If being hopeful that new blood that is infused into the franchise will give the team a boost as a whole is a crime, notwithstanding so-called proven veterans, then most of us are guilty as charged. I know that I am. Thankfully Gettleman doesn't believe in resting on his laurels, continues to try and upgrade the team, and has the proclivity to take the emotion out of the equation that determines what is best for the franchise.
  2. Philly Brown had shoulder surgery

    You would think that Huddlers would have raised their standards from one offseason to the next. The myth that Brown is this WR with the upside of a one---err two, was basically disproved by his meh performance last year. I want better, and I hope that we get it.
  3. SF 49'er safety Jaquiski Tartt

    We have some guys in Bradford and Sandland who believed in themselves enough to gamble at smaller schools when the bigger ones weren't giving them a chance. That's great.
  4. SF 49'er safety Jaquiski Tartt

    Sam Shade, ex-NFLer and his coach/mentor, believes that Bradford can play at this level. http://www.panthers.com/news/article-2/Coachs-Take-CB-James-Bradberry/d872a67d-46ea-4ba0-8fdd-2254f2474509 Consequently, he switched to Samford because Arkansas St. wanted to force him to be a safety.
  5. Zach Sanchez on the radio

    The Zach Sanchez wouldn't play for me (possibly Android), but I will try it on my laptop. Thanks. Boy, Cash sounds like one smart cookie. Anyone that isn't rooting for this kid has some secret issues. I can't wait to see what he brings.
  6. Let's play pick two running backs

    I still say Todman should have beaten out Fozzy for the job, but Rivera is loyal to a tee.
  7. Let's play pick two running backs

    Fozzy is not an every-down back. He is put into situations to succeed by being a change of pace scatback. That is why his YPC average has increased modestly as a Panther. Before Charlotte, when teams were actually trying to force a square peg into a round hole, his production was pedestrian at best. I want backs that can do more than fake it when they have to carry the load.
  8. Would a Tennessee Titans RB > Fozzy/CAP/Wegher

    People can fool themselves all they want, but the acquisition of Murray and the drafting of Henry is an indictment of last year's group. Mularkey doesn't believe he had an every down type of back apparently (and he is no stranger to the run), but I suppose any one of the group could surprise. I just wouldn't count on them being better than what we already have.
  9. Would a Tennessee Titans RB > Fozzy/CAP/Wegher

    I would allow any one of them to compete, but honestly they are probably good depth. The Titans have given Sankey and Andrews the opportunity to take the starting job. They obviously weren't too impressed, getting not one but two players that are higher on the totem pole. Cobb is the only real wildcard (though there is now at least some degree of questions of durability), and I don't think that they'll just let him go. At this point, for me, CAP and Wehger have more upside.
  10. Let's play pick two running backs

    One legit fumble and a screw-up---lack of chemistry--between him and Cam due to not having enough time to work together hardly means there is some ongoing problem, or even a foreboding of a problem. He needs more reps as a pro to really come to any conclusions. That's just the bottom line.
  11. Hitner to the Rams?

    But he disappeared on the biggest stage.
  12. Let's play pick two running backs

    I really don't believe Artis-Payne has a fumbling problem per se, as much as I believe it may have been rookie jitters. And I know that Wehger can provide special teams play, and is a dark horse to actually be the heir apparent with speed and power. If he masters blocking, he will arguably be the most complete back of the group. The fact is, we need to see more of CAP and Wehger so that we can get an adequate assessment of what each fully brings to the table. We already know what we have in Fozzy, a journeyman who is easily replaceable as he probably should have been by Jordan Todman last year. Much like we need to add more Mayo this year, we need to give CAP and Wehger more quality reps and let the upside evolve on the field. I see Fozzy as kinda like the Ben Jacobs of RBs. He has had a good run, but allow nature to take its course.
  13. I think that people are realistic about Garrett's chances. To be brutally honest there is not really a huge amount of hype surrounding him. I mean he was a UDFA after all, albeit a 3-4 round projection by many, but a UDFA nevertheless. And it's not like Rivera has the proclivity to give rookies an equal playing field vs vets in anything more than rhetoric, so Garrett will really have to force his hand by really standing out. That's just an uphill battle in my estimation that I wouldn't put any money on. The main thing that gives people hope is probably him being the nation's leading receiver in yards last year (even against some higher level of talent). You don't lead the nation in yards by a mistake, so along with his meaurables the upside is almost palpable. The comparison to Dwayne Jarrett is not totally on point. Jarrett was by all accounts a polished route runner whose physicality was somewhat in question, particularly when he was jammed at the line. He was also slow. But probably the most meaningful difference is that Jarrett was somewhat of a head case coming out of school with a less than stellar attitude. Garrett reportedly has a good attitude and takes nothing for granted, as he has had to overcome a few obstacles to even make it to this point. That motivation makes people want to believe that he an continue to climb even higher. And lastly, Getty called all these guys really smart. Jarrett had the mental acuity of a box of rocks. Believe me, I understand what you're saying overall, though I don't quite get the Jarrett comparison, but I just don't see Garrett's tape as any less compelling than Worley's or Sandland's (who excites me greatly). The thing is, due to their respective positions, their road to being on the 53 roster is much greater simply because there is much more legitimate competition at the WR spot. That's just the way I see it.
  14. I am not saying that Garrett is an excellent route runner, because his routes were limited, but to say that he never gets separation just isn't true. I looked at the vid on Panthers.com and saw him get good separation on a couple of highlights, so much so that he was basically wide open. Several of his highlights are in the red zone, if not the end zone, so of course it's more difficult to get what is the appearance of separation, but he still adequately made enough separation to get the catch. I just don't know what you're seeing (or not seeing) @Bronn. I think it may be more of a case of preconceived notions about an undrafted free agent. And honestly, notice some of the double and near triple coverage. That has to stand for something. I can envision him doing a lot of damage alongside KB and Funch.