He reminds me of white. (peters) He has a shot. Fits the Panther CB profile. I think, for this defensive secondary to be good, we need to play Bene inside. Of course, expect some wrinkles with Thompson in the mix at LB.
Our LB corps is now the best in the NFL. I mentioned earlier, watch Blechen from Utah. Backup LBs had better be special teams studs, and the 3 late additions (Blechen, Glanton, and Mayo) look to be special teams terrors. I think Klein makes the roster, but I wonder where he will play. Funny, but the LBs selected in the draft probably drew the most criticism. Let's not forget how everyone sighed (I didn't--my claim to fame) when we drafted Luke. He was not a real need at the time, but there were signs Beason was beaten up. Then AJ Klein, then Thompson, then Mayo. We find Glanton in the dumpster. Aside from Davis, our entire LB corps has been overhauled since Ron arrived.
a player I really like is Brian Blechen from Utah. He has all the tools for a special teams ace. I see him as a backup to Thompson and the possible "heir apparent" to one of the OLB spots in 2-3 years. He is raw, developing, and learning the position, and the LB competition is fierce, but I see him finding a spot on the PS in the worst case scenario. I love Marlowe too, by the way. I would not be surprised to see him on the roster. Byrd has a decent chance due to his skill set and his last name begins with "B" something that seems to be a requirement, with the exception of Funchess. All your WRs can't be tall and lanky (Benjamin, Funchess, Bersin). Brown and Byrd could be awesome in the slot. Notice I did not mention Ginn. I am not sure he sees much time as a WR. Where/when do you play him? I think there are 3 right now better (Benji, Fuch, Brown). With Bersin and Brown coming on strong, do you block their development by giving snaps to a 30-year old poor man's Devin Hester?
I think we have upgraded at every position-especially OL, if that tells you how bad we were last year. We have 4 NEW faces starting this year over last season. We have a much improved WR corps. I think we will run the ball better. Cam is healthy. They see a 1-game improvement? On defense, Bene and Boston will no longer be rookies who were injured early on. Ealy will be a year better, and we improved, if you can imagine, at LB. Star will not be injured and KK is becoming a star. Norman too. We seem to have improved dramatically on special teams, the unit that cost us about 2 games last year. Give me the over. Panthers win 10.
Short was overused in college, where he had to play many more snaps than he should. He was also the biggest stud on the DL, rarely seeing anything other than double teams. So much of his film is of a tired player getting double teamed. If he were in a rotation of any sort, he would have been a first round talent. Spoke to him briefly at OTAs--what a nice, humble person.
To be honest, Hornets would have been a good name had the NBA team not already taken it. It has been a nickname of Charlotte for a while in all 3 sports--Baseball (double-a farm team), football (World Football League--I think Gary Danielson was the QB) and the NBA. However, when the observer asked for potential nicknames for teams back in the day, I sent them "Sharks" "Bloodhounds" and "Copperheads" because all had regional ties.
3. Aaron Rodgers 2. Calvin Johnson 1. JJ Watt (I didn't read the other posts, and I did not watch the stupid countdown because it is a meaningless competition designed to keep fans watching when there is nothing to watch--but I am aware Watt won and I agree with it.
Somebody in Cleveland is selling the fan base. I have family in the Cleveland area, and they have always loved the Browns, hated the color scheme. That didn't change much--I think they made the brown darker and the orange redder, but I am with you--what is going on?
What a stupid reaction to a post that should not need explaining. There is no link between drug use and lack of professional motivation? Wow. Your first post was both dumbass and smartass, all in one swoop. I have found that people who are smoking marijauna or other drugs tend to get defensive about it when someone questions their ability to function in other aspects of life. Stereotyping by me or denial by you?
I am not sure that I understand your point, except to say that you surrounded yourself in the culture I described in my post. I bet your friends talked the same, developed the same senses of humor, and talked about weed a lot. In a sense, it is more than "just weed," it is the common denominator for all of your relationships and interests. Where were the people who didn't smoke weed when you and everyone you knew were high? Go ask your boss. I guess my next question would be, "Why did you all quit if it is 'just weed?'" How was your life going when you smoked it morning, noon, and night? What could you be doing that was significant? I think this proves my point about Alexander. Now that he is clean, he will focus on his job and not his escape. (not getting personal, but just offering an extension of my point. Thanks for playing).