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#1 SOJA

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Posted 23 August 2014 - 11:23 AM

This is not 'the sky is falling thread', this is just an honest look at our team. 

 

Nationally, the only thing you hear about the Panthers is that they have zero wide receivers yadda yadda. This is a very superficial look at this squad, as you well know we are returning our number one receiving option from last year: Greg Olsen. Couple that with KB's incredible rookie performance thus far, the addition of savvy vets: Crotchery and Avant, and the elevated level of play from Bersin- we can all agree WR will be as good as last year if not better. 

 

The O-line has gotten a lot of grief and attention this offseason, and rightly so. I have no doubt Gettleman is watching the waiver wire looking for decent players for depth right now. But we might just luck out with a serviceable starting line, provided we can stay healthy. We lucked out nabbing Trai Turner in the third, who by all accounts is going to be a stud. Amini was playing great last year prior to injury. Tackle is weak, but Bell has shown that he can play with the big boys- consistency will come with more reps. Chandler has proven just about everyone wrong and in a little over a year has switched from DT to OG to RT. Counting him out would seem foolish. 

 

O-line isn't the worst unit on our team: safety is. Now before your jimmies get too rustled, the offensive line is MORE important than the safety unit, but good god does it look pitiful. I had high hopes for Lester this season, as he played pretty well sparingly last year, but man he looks to have regressed and is now injured. Anderson Russell has gotten beat consistently in the preseason. Harper has turf toe and with his age that sounds like an IR season. Collin Jones is a fantastic special teams player, but isn't an NFL safety. TBH haven't seen anything positive or negative from Decoud. So that gives us exactly one unknown at safety (Decoud) and a whole lot of nothing to straight up bad. You know it's rough when your best safety might be one that was never very good to begin with, is coming off an Achilles tear, and is trying to make the team as a nickel back. 

 

I think Rivera really values a good player at the safety position. We were rumored to be a contender to sign Eric Weddle when Rivera first got here. Had he been on the board, we might have taken Mark Barron OVER Kuechly, and would have definitely taken him had Kuech gone to Tampa. We overdrafted Tre Boston, a decent prospect, but not a 4th round pick. Speaking of 4th round- is that the coaches round. Kugbila was apparently a coaches pick. So if Rivera values a good safety, does that mean his schemes depend on having a leader/playmaker there?

 

Last year, Mike Mitchell really stepped up for us at the safety position and our defense was all the better for it. Obviously we weren't going to be able to keep Mitchell, but if someone doesn't step up back there soon it's going to put a ton of pressure on our d-line and CBs. 



#2 Kuech the Sneak

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Posted 23 August 2014 - 11:29 AM

I think we took our safety play last year for granted, both Mitchell and mikell were really solid

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Posted 23 August 2014 - 11:33 AM

The loss of Mike Mitchell is stinging now, for real. While I always thought he was a marginal safety, I would take him back in a millisecond.

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Posted 23 August 2014 - 11:40 AM

What about Naka though?

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Posted 23 August 2014 - 11:43 AM

The loss of Mike Mitchell is stinging now, for real. While I always thought he was a marginal safety, I would take him back in a millisecond.

I hated he left.

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Posted 23 August 2014 - 11:44 AM

I hated he left.

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Me too

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Posted 23 August 2014 - 11:46 AM

I hated he left.

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Ditto but we couldn't afford him I guess


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Posted 23 August 2014 - 11:47 AM

 Mike Mitchell? Was a scrub in Oakland. And I watch the game Thursday where he was overaggressive and misspursued. Safety is bad. But O-Line is far worse.


Edited by SuperJTheGreat, 23 August 2014 - 11:48 AM.


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Posted 23 August 2014 - 11:48 AM

Seriously though I saw Mitchell hit celek like he stole something, not as big as the Timmons hit but wow am I gonna miss that raw attitude from Mitchell

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Posted 23 August 2014 - 11:49 AM

 Mike Mitchell? Was a scrub in Oakland. And I watch the game Thursday where he was overaggressive and misspursued. Safety is bad. But O-Line is far worse.

 

honestly curious how o-line is worse- our safeties aren't making any plays and are giving up huge passing yards

 

 

o-line is inconsistent but there are times when they look serviceable



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Posted 23 August 2014 - 11:50 AM

honestly curious how o-line is worse- our safeties aren't making any plays and are giving up huge passing yards

 

 

o-line is inconsistent but there are times when they look serviceable

Same can be said for our Safeties. They looked pretty good to me the 1st quarter. O line? No push at anything



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Posted 23 August 2014 - 11:51 AM

We need depth 


Edited by SuperJTheGreat, 23 August 2014 - 12:02 PM.


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Posted 23 August 2014 - 12:00 PM

please somebody ban superj



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Posted 23 August 2014 - 12:01 PM

Ill withhold judgement on the Safety position until Roman gets back or he is put on IR



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Posted 23 August 2014 - 12:01 PM

please somebody ban superj

for? Discussing our flaws. Ban you for saying Cam has the ball too long




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