SetfreexX added a topic in Carolina PanthersLet's Be Bold, Let's Be Brash, but Let's Not Be Stupid - 53 Man Roster Prediction**DISCLAIMER* My goal is to update this week by week, these are picks made strictly by gut instinct, I’m no scout or insider, just a fan who follows the news flow, articles, quotes, etc. (This is listed in depth chart order)
· Cam Newton –The Franchise
· Derek Anderson-The Franchise’s back-up
· Jonathan Stewart-Showed he can be a feature back when fully healthy, let’s hope he stays that way, anyone got some wood?
· Cameron Artis-Payne-I think he will eventually be the 2nd option as he’s more stout than Whittaker.
· Fozzy Whittaker-I think he will reprise his role as a 3rd down, change of pace option for the team.
· Mike Tolbert-Is our starter but I think he will also serve as an emergency runner in the event of an injury (see time in San Diego)
· Lee Ward-We all witnessed the drop off when Tolbert went down, having a true back up allows us to keep our game-plan intact.
· Kelvin Benjamin-Our number one, expecting more consistency, talent added to the position may take away some targets but that’s a good thing.
· Devin Funchess-Could elevate us to another level if he can have a similar impact in his rookie season.
· Ted Ginn Jr.-I think it’s only a matter of time before he takes the number three spot, been hearing he’s made more plays over the top.
· Corey Brown-Showed enough last year to keep a spot, but still somewhat of a question mark to me given the lack of talent from last season.
· Jerricho Cotchery-I’m not a fan of him taking up a spot, but I think he sticks as veteran presence, and possession receiver skill set.
· Damiere Byrd-I think his flashing this early is a sign of what can be, and no other young receiver who’d fit here offers the upside.
· Greg Olsen-No comment really needed, our most consistent offensive skill player.
· Ed Dickson-Showed what he’s capable of in the tail in of the season after Tolbert was healthy.
· Brandon Williams-I just can’t see us going into the regular season without a 3rd TE, make or break year. But how much can you show behind Olsen??
· Michael Oher-The only ??? on the line heading into the season.
· Andrew Norwell-Young promising player.
· Ryan Kalil-Veteran leader of the line.
· Trai Turner-Could become a dominant NFL lineman.
· Mike Remmers-has an opportunity to lock this position down if he can hold of the rookie.
· Amini Silatolu
· Darryl Williams
· Brian Folkerts
· Nate Chandler
25 Total Offensive Players
· Charles Johnson-The only proven consistent rusher we have.
· Star Lotulelei-The injury is a concern, but he’s expected back during the pre-season, not gonna pencil another DT just for that.
· Kawaan Short-Has the potential to be a premiere interior rusher.
· Frank Alexander-We know he has the talent, but can he get out of his own way?
· Mario Addison
· Colin Cole
· Dawan Edwards
· Kony Ealy
· Thomas Davis-Emotional Leader of the defense.
· Luke Kuechly-All world, perhaps even all time talent at the position.
· Shaq Thompson-Our 1st rounder, I think we’re all waiting to see.
· AJ Klein
· David Mayo
· Adarius Glanton
· Josh Norman-Becoming a premier defensive back if he already isn’t.
· Charles Tillman-Brings size, and turnover ability to a secondary that could use more playmaking.
· Bene Benwikere-Showed he could play outside, but was/is our best nickel option.
· Melvin White
· Lou Young
· Teddy Williams
· Tre’ Boston-We need a play maker at center field, Tre has shown he can be that player.
· Kurt Coelman-I think he’ll split pass and run downs with Harper, but the tone from camp is he’s in line to be the starter.
· Roman Harper-I think we’ll see a three safety rotation with Harper and Coleman on run downs, and Boston and Coleman on passing downs.
· Colin Jones
24-Total Defensive Players
· Graham Gano
· Brad Nortman
· J.J. Jansen
Roster total with this count is 52, I left that one spot open as I’m not sure if Bersin or Boykin will stick if Byrd continues to show he can play, he may not add size but if defenders can’t keep up whether the route is short or deep does it really matter? Aside from that all of our tight ends are over 6’4, as well as our top two receivers I don’t see additional size as a need over additional speed, and the potential he may have as a special teams asset.
We could also look to the OL where we could keep one of the new additions after the retirement of Martin, or what about running back can Todman’s return ability, and elusiveness warrant a spot for a fourth horse in the stable?
For the concerns over the Star injury do we really carry five defensive tackles into the regular season, when we are slated to still have Cole, Short, and Edwards available, not to mention Ealy’s ability to play inside…Then there’s a special teams blue chipper like Jason Trusnik who also brings position flexibility at linebacker in the event of an injury.
It can be an exciting and frustrating time as a Panther fan as for the first time in a few years we are going to be cutting players who CAN produce, and many who have proven to do so. I just think it’s important that having that problem allows us to field one of our best teams in a long time over all.
So huddler’s who’s that final spot go to the choice is yours…
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SetfreexX added a topic in Carolina PanthersThe Panthers, & Cameron Artis-Payne: Explaining the FitIt was the third day of the 2015 NFL Draft and the Panthers are on the clock…tic toc, tic toc, and with the 38th pick in the 5th round Carolina selects Cameron Artis-Payne running back from Auburn…(Don’t believe me just watch)
And just like that Carolina had drafted their third running back in three years in the latter rounds under GM Dave Gettleman, the previous two seasons saw Oregon stand-out Kenjon Barner (5th), and Stanford’s bell cow Tyler Gaffney (6th) be the teams choices, neither of whom are still with the team. But this time, maybe, just maybe the player will stick.
Name: Cameron Artis-Payne
College: Auburn Number: 44
Height: 5-10 Weight: 212
Position: RB Pos2:
Class/Draft Year: Sr/2015
40 Low: 4.33 40 Time: 4.43 40 High: 4.54
Projected Round: 4-5 Stock: High: 3rd Low: 5-6th
Rated number 13 out of 149 RB's 141 / 2303 TOTAL
When listening to early commentary on (CAP for short) we kept hearing him being referred to a bowling ball creating an image many may liken to Tolbert’s build. Upon further review CAP is more of a mix between the departed DeAngelo Williams (5’9, 215), and current lead Back Jonathan Stewart (5’10, 235), as CAP is listed at 5’10, 212 lbs.
Per his draft profile -- http://www.nfl.com/draft/2015/profiles/cameron-artis-payne?id=2552375 – CAP’s strengths fall in line with what Carolina looks for in their feature back, a north/south running style, patience in following blocks, burst through the hole, and finishing runs by playing through contact. His listed weakness bring to light a concern in pass protection, a weakness common among many of the non-first round running talents as many colleges utilize the spread and the backs find themselves often out in space, while being asked to pass protect on a fewer snaps.
Another concern was his top end speed (4.53 40 time - high end) and being able to turn the corner vs NFL caliber defenses, I say to that look no further than backs like Le’Veon Bell (4.6), Doug Martin (4.55), and Justin Forsett (4.62) who have all found fairly high levels of success behind power run, and zone blocking schemes similar to what the Panthers currently employ.
So now that the preliminary information is out of the way let’s talk about, ‘The Fit’ : Coming out of Auburn’s Pistol attack I think CAP has a niche he’s already accustomed to and well suited for as he pairs with the likes of Cam Newton, and Jonathan Stewart among others in the back-field to show-case one of the more college influenced offenses in the NFL.
If you take a look at his tape, you can see just how similar our Pistol run game is to the Auburn system he just left-
That right there is where I think we’ll see the most impact with CAP as he grows as a rookie, in the Pistol, and Shotgun option looks. Just watching that video I see some characteristics that remind me of the way Jonathan Stewart runs for us as he tends to bounce off of tackles, and fall forward through the contact.
So while I don’t think CAP will be our feature back this season or the next, he definitely should have more than enough opportunity excelling at what he excelled in at Auburn working from the Pistol, and Shotgun as he matures as an NFL runner. So if you don’t believe me just watch…
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