Agree Jeremy. Heard talk about his ankle being the issue ... but he was getting manhandled before the ankle got turned. Folkerts got no push at the line and often ended up in our backfield. He was too slow pulling to the outside and got in the way vs. providing a lead block. Not a good game for him. I was waiting for Remmers to get reps at center with Williams at RT but didn't see it happen.
Nobody is asking him to replace KB, just make routine catches. I've heard many speculate that he is putting too much pressure on himself .... OH PLEEEEASE. The real pressure is on the scrubs trying to make the team. I have never been a big fan. Yes, he is fast and gets separation at times. There are plenty of fast WRs that don't transition well into the NFL. He has poor body control and can't make a catch in traffic. Now, he can't catch without traffic. The honeymoon is over. Rivera likes fellow underdogs so I doubt they cut him. This isn't Calvin Johnson or Dez Bryant working through some issues. He hasn't earned anything yet. At the very least, drop him down the depth chart until he gets his head straight and then ... make him earn the spot back.
From profootballtalk, Sprained knee ... could have been much worse. Thankfully projected to be back for Jacksonville. http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2015/08/24/ryan-kalil-likely-to-miss-rest-of-preseason-with-knee-sprain/?ocid=Yahoo&partner=ya5nbcs
All good stuff. The following are my thoughts after another trip to BOA. Impressed Daryl Williams, Shaq, OL pass protection, Jarrett Boykin - for all the reasons already stated Josh Norman - this kid has his head on a swivel and is draping WRs. Sure, he whiffed a big tackle but is playing with confidence and looks great. Looking forward to seeing more of him and Peanut as our #1 and #2. Kurt Coleman - hard nosed, seems to always be around the ball. Haven't watched him much in prior games but last night, he reminded me of an ex-Panther safety that used to wear #30. Miami fans - seriously did not expect to see that many. Should have known given the team's history but they came out in numbers. Great tailgating with many of them. RBs - All of them look very good. Rivera will have some tough decisions with this group. Webb and Anderson - I know they play against the scrubs but both are accurate and seem to move the ball downfield. Webb is making plays when they count. Depressed Goal Line Offense - Literally, I hate it. Put all 11 inside the hashmarks and give to Tolbert. Flat out doesn't work. Given our weapons and QB, spread it out. I fear we will see the same crap (again) once the real bullets start flying. Corey Brown - I will get flamed for this but I don't agree with the hype, never have. Has speed and gets separation but his body control is not there. Hands are questionable too. Seems difficult for him to make catches when he has to adjust or is in traffic. Occasionally, he will make a great play downfield largely due to his speed. I'm sorry but we need WRs with hands like Olsen. Cam is going to make an occasional bad pass. WRs need to catch the balls that make it to them. Star - saw him on the sidelines. Still has a boot and a considerable limp. He doesn't look in 'game shape' either. With CJ, KK and Star out, you expect our DL to be somewhat porous. However, we need him back for regular season. OL run - kudos on pass protection but getting no push. Henry almost got launched to Graham Street on a couple plays. Consistently losing the battle at the line of scrimmage. Kalil - dropped to his knees on the sideline after the goal line stand. Didn't make it to the bench. Looked exhausted and red as a lobster. Was hoping he was just winded but later heard he injured his knee. Can't afford to lose him.
I would agree but preseason games are typically at night ... which changes the environment. Even though it is just preseason, plenty of fans have been starved for football and look to make a fun night of it. If you are highly sensitive to that, probably better to choose a day game.
Jeremy ... did you sell your pics to ESPN or another outlet? Their pictures look awfully good and you didn't include any in this thread. On another note, I recall reading where Cam was taunting Norman earlier in camp when he threw a TD pass to the guy he was covering. Sounds like a healthy competition and trash-talking got out of hand today. No big deal ...
Hope he gets a long, hard look during preseason. Looking forward to the Bills game. DG didn't have many options during FA or the draft to address the position. Hopefully, we got a steal with Williams and he can step in as an upgrade ...OR ... we get lucky with a vet that doesn't make a final roster.
'The Panthers offense struggled again overall today. Cam Newton was either sacked or forced to scramble on a good number of snaps. This is starting to be a concern and brings back memories of last season. The offense needs better play selection with quicker developing routes along with better protection if it hopes to improve this season. ' Wow ... sounds familiar. A porous OL and Shula's offense. SSDD. Please let there be hope.