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  1. Well, Kelvin Benjamin may actually be proving all of us wrong. This week, his impact may have been subtle, but I can guarantee you it definitely changed my perception on him moreso than last week's performance. One thing I still had doubts on was whether Kelvin could actually beat someone in press or at the line of scrimmage. While looking at ways CMC transforms this offense (article on that coming soon) I found this: While what CMC does before the snap was intriguing all in it of itself (you'll find out why in my article) I was pleasantly surprised to see Kelvin Benjamin actually win his matchup at the line. Kelvin Benjamin beats his matchup in the slot 1v1 at the line of scrimmage, allowing him to get downfield for the ball. This isn't something he really has done in the past. This is what I wanted to see this week, and KB delivered. If Kelvin Benjamin can consistently keep doing this, I'll take back every negative take I had on him. I really hope this becomes the norm rather than the rare anomaly.
  2. Well, according to a certain someone, Christian McCaffrey can't block a fly. He's too weak and has no upperbody strength. He's just a scatback and will never be an every down back. Well, explain this: Christian McCaffrey seems to be just fine. Now, to further show and prove my case to @KaseKlosed that CMC has proven to be an every down back, here's a few segments from the following: About CMC's between the tackle skillset & ability to handle a large workload (i.e. NOT a scatback) McCaffrey was one of the nation's most productive players. Even when faced with odds against him, he still was one of the nation's best backs. He is one of just 12 running backs since 2000 to run for at least 3,500 yards and have over 1,000 receiving yards in a career. Among players on that list, McCaffrey leads everyone in both yards per carry (6.2) and yards per reception (12.1) for their respective careers. When you look at McCaffrey's collegiate career, he faced every defensive front imaginable. McCaffrey posted 5.86 Yards Created per attempt when facing eight or more defenders on 64% of his carries. That's about 0.4 more yards than Fournette (67% of carries) and nearly 1.7 more yards than McNichols (57% of carries). McCaffrey has been one of the most productive backs against defenses that have their game plans focused against him. McCaffrey had a large workload being the focal point of a Stanford offensive attack. McCaffrey accounted for 59.9% of Stanford's offensive touches and is considered one of the most used players in college football. Many argue he won't be able to handle the rigors of the NFL. Stanford disagrees. Christian McCaffrey's body is built to withstand the rigors of a large workload. So, yeah, if anyone can handle the physical toll that comes with touching the football 39 times a game, it's McCaffrey. He should be able to handle any amount of touches given in the NFL. A patient runner with an elusive style, McCaffrey makes mature decisions. He gets strong depth to the line of scrimmage to press creases on zone runs and he can string together stutter steps, dips, jump cuts, and jukes to reach the hole. He reads penetration well and reacts appropriately to earn what he can when the defense foils the scheme. Some critics say McCaffrey isn't a between the tackles runner. The origin of this claim is unknown, but it simply isn't true. McCaffrey excels at reading between the tackles and exploding for a good gain. Saying otherwise is fake news. In the play above, watch as McCaffrey paces, cuts, and explodes right through the tackles for a huge gain. Reading his o-line, McCaffrey finds the perfect opportunity to burst through and navigate himself through defenders for a big gain. To further expand on this topic, check out how his inside running compares with others from his class: Carolina Panther GM Dave Gettleman compares McCaffrey to a HoF runningback when talking of his between the tackle running ability. Gettleman is a top-tier scout at identifying talent, as noted by plenty of his "diamond-in-the-rough" FA pickups and late draft fliers, so he knows what he's talking about. That's high praise for any runningback to be compared with the Hall of Famer. In the play above, McCaffrey displays his patience and inside running ability. Stuttering and pacing himself, he waits for a lane to develop and explodes right between the tackles. Then, he eludes defenders using a variety of cuts, power, and quick moves to achieve first down. About CMC's Strength Sure, CMC only completed 10 reps on the bench press at the combine. When these facts are taken at face-value, McCaffrey appears to be a rather weak guy. With NFL defenders breaking 300lbs and moving around like monsters, it seems like a hopeless case for McCaffrey. However, context brings about a logical answer to these issues. Particularly about Stanford's weight program. Christian McCaffrey didn't do well on the bench press because their strength coach rarely utilized it. Tailoring to each of his player's physical needs, Stanford felt the bench press was a useless exercise that does not provide any benefits to the game of football. Bench pressing is not the end all be all of strength. Strength comes in many forms and ways of use. Christian McCaffrey is very strong and muscular where it counts. Pass protecting should not be a problem for him based on what he's shown. McCaffrey has shown enough enough refined technique as a blocker that he should develop into a solid pass protector within the course of his rookie year. He gets proper depth into the line of scrimmage to meet with blitzing defenders and shoots his arms for a quick punch. I apologize for the low quality GIF, but the point remains. McCaffrey displays picture perfect technique when drawing an assignment against a Washington defensive tackle. Putting himself in that sitting position, McCaffrey awaits for the defender's arrival. He rolls his hips and pushes the defender upwards and upright, nullifying any impact he has on the field.
  3. Luke Kuechly is a monster. He's an other-worldly being. He is the best middle linebacker in the NFL. On the second play against the Texans on their first drive, Kuechly comes in like a heat seeking missile, eradicating the poor Texan in the way of his path. Welcome back Luke.
  4. If our o-line unit is healthy, it'll be pretty good this year. Andrew Norwell, being the white buffalo monster he is, stone-walls JJ Watt and renders him useless on a passing play while Matt Kalil holds up Clowney long enough to let Anderson throw. Keeps both defenders well away from Anderson as he threw the ball, then let up once the ball was thrown. Good stuff from the both of them, especially Norwell. Hope to see a lot more of this.
  5. Looks like we found our Ted Ginn replacement/Curtis Samuel stop-gap. Some good stuff: Fly like a Byrd.
  6. The best Linebacker in the NFL rarely lets any RB try and juke him out, or even get past him for that matter. If someone were to tell me a rookie was able to juke out Luke Kuechly twice to the point he looked like a camp body, I'd probably laugh right at them. However, McCaffrey does the impossible and schools the best MLB in the NFL: A zig and a zag and McCaffrey's gone. His quickness and ability to change direction effortlessly beats out Luke Kuechly's instincts and speed. Not many runningbacks in the NFL can do Luke dirty like this, especially a rookie. Christian McCaffrey has a very bright future ahead of him. EDIT: Much better quality here:
  7. So, remember that time Marty Hurney was talking about switching some players' position? Perhaps Amini might've been a part of that recommendation. At first, many Panther fans groaned at the idea. I mean seriously, Amini as our 2nd string backup LT? What kind of messed up idea is that? It only worsened when reports came out of Amini being dominated in training camp surfaced. In the first few days without pads, it appeared as if Amini was the definition of a turnstile as everyone took advantage of him. However, looks like today told a different story. On one rep against Horton, Amini showed a lot of promise as good depth. Take a look below: Now, I understand Horton's primarily a run stuffer, but I want everyone to watch Amini. His technique is picture perfect, holding off Horton and standing him up. Amini utilizes clean and fast footwork to further limit Horton on the rush and keeping up with him. Beautiful footwork and play. Maybe Hurney does have a bit of magic in him after all.
  8. Christian McCaffrey is on another world. At first, I merely assumed Luke or TD could've lit him up had this been a contact drill. However, the closer I look at this footage, the more it reminds me of the way he juked LBs in college like they were nothing. Those little quick cuts, how fast he drops his weight and just bursts through holes and cuts right through traffic. I can't wait to see him go hard this year.
  9. One lazy argument people like to say is the statement that "Cam Newton doesn't have touch." They assume all he does is rocket every single pass he ever throws over receivers heads on every throw. Well, this throw right here pretty much eradicates that argument: On the play above, watch as Cam Newton steps up with feet facing the receiver. After the step up, Cam launches the ball into the air on one of the most beautiful passes I've seen. It lands right where only Benjamin could catch it, and turns into a pretty good play. Whether you assume this is a supposed new development or not, understand Cam Newton can and has thrown with touch. Discuss.
  10. I've been a Matt Kalil skeptic for quite some time. His tape from the past showed lack of explosiveness and finding himself smashed on more than one occasion. However, looks like he's finally turning it around in training camp. Watch him handle Addison nicely and keep him from doing anything on this rep. A good sign that maybe that hip surgery is fixing in and allowing him to finally get the hang of some things. Hope this will continue to be a trend and the norm. Meanwhile, Mike Remmers is doing what he does best in Minnesota: being a turnstile. Nothing new. We get Matt Kalil who just needed a little hip surgery to get back to form. They get Remmers and realize he's a scrub no matter what they do. Works out quite well.
  11. A superhuman vs. a cyborg. Who wins? In the battle of the supernatural, McCaffrey and TD work against each other in a 1v1 matchup. Cam Newton throws the dumpoff to CMC, and the match vs. these supernatural beings commences. Not an easy matchup for anyone, unless you're superhuman like McCaffrey. Let's watch that again in slow motion: McCaffrey calls upon his superhuman ability to distort time and space to his advantage, freezing Thomas Davis in his space. To do that to a cyborg of TD's caliber is no easy feat, but CMC makes it look like clockwork. Man, week 1 can't come fast enough.
  12. I think Russell Shepard has a good chance of making it as our WR3. Take a look at the following play from today's edition of training camp: Going man to man against Worley, watch Shepard drop his weight at the top of the route, and stagger fluidly to the catch point and continue on. Textbook example of dropping your weight at the top of the route. Any CB going against what Shepard just did would have trouble keeping up. Shepard's been someone I've been harping on since March. His performance at training camp just gives evidence of what I've been preaching on this past off-season. He has a chance to get some decent time this year. No doubt I'm rooting for the kid.
  13. Man, the growth one season has on a player. James Bradberry. Probably one of my favorite Panthers right now. Just take a look at what he does below in Training Camp: This was a well executed play by the offense, and really the timing couldn't be any better. However, none of that matters for Bradberry. He was already two steps behind the receiver when he broke back and wound up timing it perfectly. Nice vision and play. The experience he gained shows. Beautiful. The GOAT. Bradberry > Ramsey. He's breaking out this year, bank on that.
  14. One guy people sleep on is Russell Shepard. I already said his film shows a very good route-runner with a lot of potential. He's at minimum a decent upgrade over Philly Brown. Here he is on the deep pass. Cam Newton throws a beauty: He has a legitimate shot of making an impact this season. Keep your eyes peeled on this guy.
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