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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. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. PFF tags the 16 Worst picks in 2016 Draft

    Our draft was solid. You really can't argue with Butler as a project, and Bradberry's SPARQ score as well as his general measurables are great for his position. Not only Bradberry's, but Worley's and Sanchez's skills and style of play fit our zone coverage scheme perfectly. Moreover, Sandland may turn out to be the best value of all long term. If nothing else, I will call it right now, Sandland will be the best 7th round pick out of that draft. So, no, it's not surprising that we don't have a pick up there. We got some relatively productive players with good ball skills and measurables. Plus, they fit what we do, and largely fill needs.
  4. Pure Speculation Thread

    I don't think we got fleeced, or did the fleecing. That fourth round pick was nothing to sneeze at. The trade was arguably fair on both parts. You probably have some Clevelanders saying how they got over, but I believe it was an imaginative and fair trade. The move of our draft, which was not technically a draft move, was immediately after the draft when we acquired Garrett and Cash. In my mind, they were both fourth round material, so it's like we got two additional forth rounders which made the sting of losing that fourth round pick kinda disappear.
  5. Irrespective of the Saints, I am more interested in the market for LTs. Cordy Glenn just signed a five year, $65 mil contract with $36 mil guaranteed. If we can ever get Cam some top shelf blindside protection, then we're gonna have to pay, and to me that's not necessarily a bad thing. Will there be a day when Oher is demanding that type of bank? Good thing that we have Cam who is more mobile than most. We should have made a play for Jared Veldheer when we had a chance.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. Rookie Camp - Need your input

    Garrett Bradberry Sandland Butler Worley Sanchez Cash McGee Johnson Shostak Bonnet Norris
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. Josh, you gave us your all as a Panther, and I appreciate that. Good luck (except when you play us, of course)!
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.