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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. 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. http://espn.go.com/blog/carolina-panthers/post/_/id/13646/panthers-rb-brandon-wegher-has-a-great-story 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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." http://espn.go.com/blog/carolina-panthers/post/_/id/15587/panthers-rb-brandon-wegher-has-found-a-more-permanent-home 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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. http://mweb.cbssports.com/nfl/draft/nfl-draft-scout/25092869/nfl-draft-fumble-rate-among-rb-prospects
  6. 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.
  7. Bonnet and McGee gone

    Ha ha! Big Byrd.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. On its face, I really don't believe it was that simple. You don't have to release a guy to get other guys reps. It's not like Boykin is a league legend that demands playing time. We would have appeared well within our intellectual and ethical rights to play him behind one or more of these guys (with the 2s and 3s). At worst he would have provided valuable veteran depth---which has been his story as a pro so far---and that's not something you just drop because some largely unproven vet's toes are stepped on.
  13. Darren Sproles??

    If we keep throwing crap against the wall, eventually it will stick.
  14. Bonnet and McGee gone

    I hate the term, but...camp bodies.
  15. Why did the Bucs draft kicker Roberto Aguayo in the second round and trade up to do so? It appears that it was a lessoned learned, of sorts, from Bill Belichick. At least that's what their GM, Jason Licht, took away from a Billy B exercise as a scout for the Pats. It seems Billy B had his scouts rank the entire roster based on value. He then apparently took issue with his scouts' ranking of Stephen Gostkowski. "None of us had the kicker, Stephen Gostkowski, in our top 10 -- even though he was an excellent kicker," Licht explained, via PewterReport.com. "After we were done, Bill said, 'Nobody wants to put Gostkowski in our top 10? Why, just because he's a kicker?' Bill made us 'rethink that' and he got his point across. He said, 'You tell me 10 other players that are more important than him'" http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap3000000664087/article/belichick-gostkowski-inspired-roberto-aguayo-pick Hmmm. That's food for thought. Why undervalue a position that can be extremely vital to a team's success? I mean, I can actually almost see it if you believe that the kicker is a generational, dual threat talent. The only problem is, like Chris Wesseling alluded to, may be the value part of the equation. With hard work, faith, patience, and maybe even a little luck, a great kicker can be found among UDFAs. I guess that Licht didn't care for bargain hunting for the position. It will be interesting to see how Aguayo stacks up once it's all said and done. If he becomes the new Stephen Gostkowski or Adam Vinatieri for the next 18 years, then today's scoffing at the pick will similarly be scoffed at. Not trying to disrespect Graham Gano, but if there was a guy that I believed would be as reliable for the Panthers as John Kasey was over the years (but for one choke on a kickoff), I wouldn't mind Getty pulling the trigger on him early. Would you? Tell the truth. Sometimes the risk may be worth the reward, even for a kicker. Even if that's arguable, you certainly can't argue that it's better to secure a great kicker than not.