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  1. Carolina Panthers OTA Notes and Photos

    If Hill, Byrd, Garrett, or someone else wants to make the team over Brown, they are going to have to beat him out. But it is abundantly clear from everything Rivera has said that KB, Funch, and Ginn are locks, and thus, our #1-3 receivers. So, that means barring an injury, that Brown is no better than #4 on the depth chart. And I don't care how much you like Brown, a #4 is not untouchable...but he's also not in danger of losing his spot without someone giving him a good hard push. And you can't simply dismiss Hill based on his past drop problem. Jeremy has said that the team really likes him, so if he does come out showing an improved ability to catch the ball, he'll likely push Brown to #5 since he has physical skills Brown can only dream about. If that were to happen, Brown, Garrett, Bersin, and Byrd would be competing for 1-2 spots, depending on whether they keep 5 or 6 receivers. So, the chances are that Brown does make the team, but it is far from a certainty. Since the 5th and 6th receivers usually do not dress, the end of the WR core would likely come down to who the team feels has the brighter future.
  2. I think the problem is fans hear a name that they know and tend to build him up or tear him down depending on their team's interest. IMO, Boykin is a solid player, but not likely a difference maker either way. He's a guy that's not going to hurt a team, so can fill a role until you can find someone that can have more impact. I don't know if any of these rookies are ready to make an impact this year, but I think the team feels they can be solid as they develop into impact players. That's why Boykin was released, not because he wouldn't have been a good player for us.
  3. Boykin was brought in as a short-term stopgap to fill a hole the team had at the time. But once the team found a player they want to develop into a long-term fixture in that position, the plan and Boykin's role changed. No player is guaranteed anything, and they all know this going in...especially one signing for the minimum on a one year deal. I'm sure he wasn't happy about it, but it cannot have come as a major surprise to him. He wasn't brought in as a priority FA, just a bargain basement addition to fill a gap. I think many fans wrongly assumed he was brought in for a much bigger role than he was. If the team thought so highly of him, they would have targeted him sooner, and would have likely offered more than the vet minimum. He was just a capable warm body. And he has said several times that he wants to play outside. In fact, I believe that was a bone of contention between him and the Eagles. The concerns about such a young defensive backfield are valid, but I think our coaches feel that our system can protect them and our front seven can cause enough pressure that their exposure will be limited.
  4. -Game of Thrones-HBO-

    My question is now that the show is surpassing the books, will Martin alter his plans for the book in order to still surprise his reading audience? After all, now that he's behind the show, he can't just follow that same path (the show has had some deviation from the books, but they were ultimately heading in the same general direction), otherwise what would be the point of reading any new books.
  5. Yep, and he signed here on a prove-it deal hoping to earn a big check next FA period. How would he have felt and reacted if he wasn't given a chance to prove anything because we wanted to develop our rookies? Probably not very well. My guess is that the part of the reason Boykin was released that Gettleman won't and can't say is that they wanted to prevent a potential locker room distraction.
  6. Well, I'm a damn unicorn, and I poo colorful rainbow ice cream!!!
  7. Fear the Walking Dead, Season 2

    I could have sworn I heard an interview with Robert Kirkman and he said it wasn't as far along as most think, only about 2 weeks. But I looked it up and you're right. The first day of season 1 starts on day 60 of the outbreak. I must be remembering him talking about a different event and got the two mixed up. Thanks for the correction.
  8. Gettleman on PFT w/Mike Florio today

    It's not hate, it's fear.
  9. Fear the Walking Dead, Season 2

    The original picked up about two weeks after the outbreak, and in FTWD we're now about one week into it. But I think it is more than the character's chemistry, it doesn't feel like the actors themselves are totally comfortable yet. Of course, that is subjective, and others may not feel the same, it's just the sense I get. Also, to be fair, Andrew Lincoln is supposed to be an amazing person to work with and has really brought that group together. I've heard several of the actors talk about how he made everyone very relaxed from day one. I'm not sure if there is anyone in this cast that is the glue like that, so it may take a bit more time to build that level of chemistry
  10. Fear the Walking Dead, Season 2

    I like this show. It's not must watch tv like TWD, though (at least not yet). But of course we've had several seasons to grow and care about TWD world and characters. I don't mind the slow burn...in fact, I think it is necessary to show a different perspective and to demonstrate how this is a different existence these characters are living. One issue I do have in comparing the two shows is that TWD characters have so much chemistry and feels almost like a family, while FTWD has a little stiffness between the characters. And it's not because these characters just met, even at the beginning of TWD, the characters still had a natural chemistry you don't see here...hopefully that will change the longer the actors work together and build rapport. As for the characters themselves: Travis is the protagonist. He's FTWD's version of Rick. Like Rick, he's trying to stay civilized and keep things as normal as possible. However, also like Rick, I think once gets this new world, he'll become harder and adapt to it's harshness. Madison is this show's annoying Lori. Hopefully she'll settle down and not be so whiney, otherwise, she'll be on my personal chopping block. I hated Nick last season, and wanted him dead, but sober Nick is in the early stages of turning into a badass. Strand is interesting, and I'm still trying to figure out where they're going to take his character. I can see him being who he appears to be...a bit of an unscrupulous guy just trying to get where he wants to go, but I can also see him turning into a Governor-type villain/leader. I think Ophelia will turn into this show's Carol. A seemingly superfluous character that eventually does a 180 and turns badass and becomes central to the show. Now Daniel I see as the anti-Hershel. Where Hershel was full of sage advise, and was a solid moral compass, I see Daniel all about doing what needs to be done...without conscience. He simply doesn't give a poo about anyone or anything other than his family (and I see him eventually accepting the group as part of his family).
  11. I think the fear with Fuller was the microfracture surgery. After Gettleman made the reference last night about not being surprised Jack fell after he made the comment about possibly needing microfracture at some point, I knew Fuller wouldn't be a Panther. Players can come back from many different injuries/surgeries and be as good as before, but microfracture still has a stigma, and there is less certainty about a player's ability to come back from it.
  12. The DE Position

    But that has nothing to do with what I'm saying. I'm trying to make the point (and obviously doing a poor job of it) of saying that Gettleman may really like the young guys already on our roster. And that despite what many fans and media think, DE may not be a big need. It's more about how Gettleman sees the potential of Delaire, Cox, Miley, etc., than anything else.
  13. The DE Position

    True, but many felt DE was a bigger need than DT in the 1st, and my point was that while that may seem to be the case, Gettleman may not see it as big of a need as some fans. It's not about us being able to fill a need, but is there really a major need to fill.
  14. 2015 Panthers DT Snap Counts

    Well, to be fair, Star's snaps were skewed because of his foot injury. Nevertheless, If Butler shows he is ready to play, they will find snaps for him. I just wonder about giving all three guys enough snaps next year and beyond if we don't get rid of any of them. If Butler develops like the team obviously expects, he'll need to be on the field, and we can't limit KK's snaps because he's just too dominant. That leaves Star as the odd man out. Perhaps if Butler shows out this year they will pull Star's 5th year option and take a 3rd for him rather than pay him 9 million or so along with KK's 16.