even if they beat us in week 1 all that optimism is on a collision course with the brick wall that is reality they still share a division with the colts and a conference with a bunch of better teams. they're an incredibly long shot for the playoffs let alone fuging super bowl contenders. what is in the water there i mean damn.
he's generated a few pressures lined up as a 3-tech too. he's not the freakish athlete hardy was but if he cleans up his gap discipline and becomes a better run defender he might be similarly versatile. either way i think he's progressing on schedule given his draft position
if he's doing that in year 2 it's not unreasonable to expect him to be a pro bowler in a few years time. even if low double digits is his ceiling it wouldn't hurt to have another mike rucker in carolina.
even then nobody here was even talking about taking britt that high before/during the draft. most outlets had him with a 3-5 round grade. he was another one of those picks where everybody looked back on the draft in like november and bullshitted about "see see that's the guy we should have taken just like i said". but i had heard that he presently looks like crap and has been moved to guard recently as you mentioned. interesting stuff. it's still quite early but 2014 seems to be shaping up as kind of a lame draft for OL.
also for all the talk about "weapons" andrew luck was still one of the most hit quarterbacks in the league in '12 and '13. in fact i think andre johnson is the first big name free agent wideout they've brought in if you don't count nicks or DHB who both flopped in indianapolis. moncrief and hilton were both draft picks. wanna know something funny though? the panthers have drafted one less wide receiver in the first three rounds than the colts have since 2012.
diddy just off the top of my head both maclin and torrey smith got $20+ million guaranteed. smith's cap number jumps up over $7 million next season and then over $9.5 million after. maclin's jumps up over $12.4 million. the point you're making is disingenuous and intellectually dishonest. are we just going to pull a hurney and convert their salaries to signing bonus and hose prorated money all over the back ends of their contracts like what got steve smith released? as for some of the others, brandon tate is a freaking punt returner with less than a thousand career receiving yards. we tried to sign jennings but he just jerked us and a few other teams around on twitter before signing with miami. he's also injured right now. nicks, DHB, miles austin, and stevie johnson are all coasting on name recognition right now. good wide receivers that are known producers are still expensive in the year 2015 in the NFL. if you want to watch a team that rotates a bunch of crap around the bottom of their receiver depth chart and trades first round picks for poo skill position players and gets blown by the media for it until they quietly release them months later then try the colts.
there was this guy who posted under the username kakow here last year issuing death threats to people who weren't drinking themselves into a coma over the loss of steve smith. he mysteriously quit posting after carolina started 2-0 anyway this gettlolman gentleman posts nearly exactly the same way as that guy did. so that's my guess.