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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SetfreexX added a topic in Carolina PanthersCorey Brown, I May Be on the Hype Train...I’ll be one of the 1st to say, I was not necessarily on the Corey Brown ‘Hype Train’, I saw some nice things from him last season, and maybe it was the #16 (Weinke) jersey number, or the UDFA status that threw me off, I’m not sure but I may have to purchase a ticket soon. BTW hope at some point he goes back to his OSU #10.
Normally I try to find as much information on our new rookie crop as I can, youtube, combine, and other various sites, so I’m not sure why I didn’t dig as deep…perhaps it was because we had just released my FAVORITE ALL TIME PLAYER IN STEVE SMITH, and cut a favorite in GInn. Either way I missed out on looking up on Mr. Brown.
After looking at some highlights, draft combine info, and what I’ve retained after watching him play all last season he definitely seems more quick than fast in regards to being a burner (think DeSean Jackson, Ted Ginn). But he does remind me of Antonio Brown on a level from Pittsburgh.
Both compare favorably in measurable, and size, Brown had one season over 1K, but didn’t really break out until his 4th (1,499 yds) & 5th (1,698) years.
While I don’t think Corey Brown will ever see those numbers considering he has KB, Olsen, and Funchess all to split targets with; I think the same attributes that make Antonio Brown successful bare a chance to bode well for our own Mr. Brown to continue to succeed.
Those attributes would consist of the following:
Single Coverage Due to Other Threats
With Brown likely primarily working vs the number two corner, nickel back, and the occasional safety, or linebacker his quickness in and out of breaks should allow for him to create separation vs that one on one coverage as Benjamin, and Olsen will be the players defensive coordinators are worried about first. I look for Brown to provide similar plays like the deep receiving touchdown vs Atlanta, but I think where we’ll see the most impact from him is working those short to intermediate routes. Hopefully this year we’ll also see the YAC increase as a lot of his receptions last season saw him hit the turf securing the pass (however some of that may be on Cam and throwing where only Corey can make the play.)
Also when veteran play-makers have this to say about players you get the feeling we’ll see a bit more from him in the near future….
Greg Olsen quote on Corey Brown-
"Last year at this time, Corey was a guy where we said, 'Wow, he's fast.' This year he is a receiver," tight end Greg Olsen said, via thePanthers' official website. "The guy can play. He's not just a one-trick pony, a guy who is just going to run deep. He has a lot of natural instinct to him. He has a good feel."
So while some of us may not have been on the train initially, after reports from camp, and favorable teammate praise it may just be time to pay Mr. Brown a little more attention, so come on and ride that train, just ride it!
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