Curious to see how it goes. Really hope to see some WRs step up and make some plays. Like has been said, we're not going to replace KB by having just one guy step up, the entire unit is going to have to step up collectively.
Unfortunately, I didn't look into either of the Oklahoma OTs. I just focused on the guys who were considered to be at the top of the class a few guys who were being talked about quite about on the Huddle at the time.
If they have any decent alternative candidate, I can't see AP winning it due to the whole PR thing around his child abuse case. The NFL really doesn't want to rehash that while they hand him a coveted award.
I hope you're right. Though, I will say that in '13, even though Smitty was no longer a legit #1 WR, he was still getting legit #1 WR attention from the defense and that's the main reason he didn't go for over 1000 yards. There's no WR on our roster that will get anywhere close to that type of attention.
I wouldn't cut Philly. I think he showed enough last year to make the roster and get another shot. Especially considering what we currently have at WR. It's not like we'd be cutting proven NFL performers to keep him. Right now, my WR squad would be: Funchess, Ginn, Cotchery, Philly, Boykin, and Bersin. If that lineup doesn't chill you to your very soul, I'm not certain what would. That's very nearly the WR corps equivalent of Bell/Chandler. Like I said, we need Funchess to be legit just to not go backwards from last year and last year's WR corps was hot trash outside of KB.
I can understand them predicting us to go 7-9, but for god's sake at least get the reasoning right. If I was to make a Panthers 7-9 prediction, my reasoning would be lacking any starting caliber NFL WRs and an 0-4 stretch during murderer's row in weeks 6-9 just crushing the team's morale and confidence. Unless we really have someone step up at WR, I'd honestly go with a 9-7 prediction right now. On paper, there's not a worse WR corps in the league.
If Oher works out for us, he could easily hold down the spot for the next 3-5 years. It'd be awesome if that happened, but like davos said, I don't want to rush to that conclusion. I'll also say that if it looks like Williams is going to beat out Remmers for RT, it'd be nice to get Remmers some work over at LT during the preseason. Our top backup OT probably needs to be a swing tackle because none of us want any part of Foucault or Chandler getting any snaps at OT in a game that actually counts.
He's just not that good. He surprised last year simply by making the team and making a contribution, but our WR corps was trash overall and he had 21 catches for less than 300 yards. Not sure why everyone wanted to rush to crown his ass after that. Anytime you get anything out of a UDFA, you have to count yourself as fortunate, but it seemed like everyone wanted to pencil him in as our starting slot WR for the next decade. Easy now...
Hmmm... I know we're only two weeks into preseason, but I'm liking my analysis. Peat looks like trash, Humphries looks like trash, Scherff looks like trash, we're going to find out quick about Clemmings since he's going to be forced into starting duty at RT after Phil Loadholt's torn Achilles, Flowers has shown some promise and is going to be rushed into starting LT duties after Will Beatty's torn pectoral, Gibson is making a push to make the roster on the best OL in the NFL down in Dallas as a 7th round pick. I said flat out I didn't like Scherff and Clemmings. I thought Peat had a chance to be a good RT in the right system, but N.O. isn't it. He needs to be in a power running scheme. I saw Clemmings, Flowers, and Clemmings as being talented but very raw. Fisher and Flowers were the only two I was really interested in at #25. My top two in Ogbuehi (would've been very leery of him at #25 coming off of a torn ACL) and Fisher have been sidelined with injuries.