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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, and perhaps more importantly read my essays on race at 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. Tre Boston obviously wasn't ready last year, but you couldn't tell him that. Just the fact that he came into last year's OTAs believing that the free safety spot was his was indicative of a mindset that lacked maturity and professional refinement. You hear great pros---so many times---expressing how hey don't take their position for granted. There is always someone gunning for your spot on the totem pole, and even outstanding players go about their business very cognizant of that fact, and it's reflected in their play on the field. If David Newton's article is any indication, Boston says that he is ready to take his play to the next level. Whether he can do it remains to be seen, but at least we know that he won't be taking anything for granted. And that's a good foundation.
  2. Carolina Panthers OTA Notes and Photos

    Both Ginn and Funchess were very productive considering the amount of time they were on the field. PFF's wide receiver efficiency rating will tell you the same thing. Not so much for Philly. It's just too early to say who will make the cut with any surety. We have two absolute locks, and everyone knows who they are.
  3. Carolina Panthers OTA Notes and Photos

    Yeah, I thought about that. Cam is going all Ninja and sh¡t. Camurai!
  4. Comfortable with running backs?

    I screwed up with the 4.3 thing (Iowa State's Jarvis West's), but he ran a 4.40 at his pro day showing according to David Newton. My bad. He's still not slow though (even at 4.5). 4.6 is getting kinda slow there. I haven't seen that one.
  5. OTAs start Tuesday

    A little bit of everything @Jeremy Igo, sprinkled with a generous bit of the draftees, and even more on Keyarris Garrett, Damiere Byrd and the WRs. For an after dinner appetizer, make sure to throw in how and what Cap and Wegher are doing out there. For the nightcap, give us impressions on Sandlandvs Deaver vs Dickson.
  6. Comfortable with running backs?

    @Nick_81 is right. Here is an article on Wegher from last year where Rivera says as much. Rivera also tells you that the young back wasn't put on the practice squad because they thought he'd be poached. “He can become an every down back," coach Ron Rivera said. ‘He did all those things you’re looking for in a running back. He was dynamic with the football. He blocked. “Even when he wasn’t supposed to block he blocked, which was good. That’s a whole other story." “Being a young, dynamic football player, it was hard to risk putting him out there and bringing him back to make the practice squad," Rivera said." Now unless things have changed, which I kinda doubt, you can probably tell from that that Rivera and company may just be putting more stock in Wegher than many Huddlers even realize. Wegher has to wait for his turn. He had a few problems in college and did ultimately take a more unconventional route to the league. Ultimately coming from a small college, he probably had more things to clean up and polish than Cap. Even though that's just speculation on my part, you have to figure that this being his second year, he has had time to learn the system and improve upon his skill set. As such there is reason to believe that we may be seeing a little more of him this season (and a lot of him in August). I am not going to presume that he jumps Cap on the depth chart, but anything is possible. With Stew getting up there in years and slowing down (and, no, I am not throwing dirt on him yet) just a little bit, Wegher seems to be primed to be in the Panthers' equation for the future. We will see.
  7. Comfortable with running backs?

    @raleigh-panther you keep mentioning speed, but I already mentioned that Wegher is extremely fast. You must not put a lot of stock in Whether. I can't say that I am surprised, but you have to let things play out. He could be a flop, or he might be the most complete young back on the roster if he has developed some blocking skills.
  8. Comfortable with running backs?

    People need to stop with the fumbling issues thing. Sure he fumbled once as a pro (yes, only once, and he was lucky enough to recover it), but he never had any issue in college.
  9. Bonnet and McGee gone

    They put those guys through the paces in all respects. The Panthers were probably going to keep only two TEs max anyway (which probably includes cutting Dickson if they actually roster two), so why fake it? They probably figure that Sandland may be the real deal, got a pleasant surprise by Deaver, and thought that Mucas (not to mention Rockhead) had better upside than either McGee or Bonnet. Getty is just handling his business.
  10. Bonnet and McGee gone

    Ha ha! Big Byrd.
  11. Comfortable with running backs?

    First of all, the Super Bowl got out of hand because of some old bugaboos that turned out to be real. I don't believe running was one of them. I just don't. Secondly, I just don't see how you've come to the conclusion that Cap is slow to hit the hole. We haven't seen enough of him to draw that type of picture. I thought that he looked very energetic on limited snaps. I was pleasantly surprised how quick that he was filling in for Stew during the Atlanta game. Sure he isn't as fast as some, but he isn't slow, and it's not like a whiff of wind will bring him down. If you are concerned with speed, you should know that our other "unknown" is a legit speedster who appears to hit the hole hard. Brandon Wegher has 4.4 speed. Like Cap, we haven't seen nearly enough of him to say whether or not he is sufficient depth, or even starting material. But you know who has seen enough to analyze and determine whether Wegher and Cap fit the bill behind Stew? Gettleman, Rivera and company. Gettleman has had the opportunity to bring in a vet or two this offseason, though the pickings have been a little sparse, but so far he hasn't. If it were as big of a concern as some may believe, he probably would have addressed that already via FA and the draft. Of course, it's only May. Lastly, I feel a whole helluva lot more comfortable with the stable of RBs this year than I did with the WR corps when KB went down last year. I think that Cap and Wegher have a little more juice than you think. At the very least, I believe that either one of them would be able to play the role of Nick Goings 2.0. And, like I alluded to earlier, there will probably undoubtedly be some old junker that we could pull off the scrap heap later in the year who will be serviceable in the event that Stew goes down. I don't think it will get to that point, however, because our two sophomore guys have each flashed a little potential in their own way.
  12. I am just miffed that we cut Boykin as opposed to McClain (but he is likely on borrowed time also). I guess we saved a few bucks...enough to buy a Happy Meal.
  13. Believe it or not, l thought about before writing the OP, and then again when responding to the post. Sure, I believe that Gettleman could have been heading things off at the pass, but I also believe that Boykin was hit out of left field, and would have appreciated and at least had the opportunity to address that and any other related before being cut. I truly believe that he just didn't fit the physical profile---literally and style wise---that we were looking for, and that's the "simple" reason why he was let go.
  14. I knew that. But he's still one of the best in the business, and that's why I mentioned him. If Aguayo is in that league, a few years from now no one will care what round he was drafted in.