woo boy I classed it up last night
This assumes two things:
1. Matt Moore is going to be the starter
2. AKPantherFan dies in a completely acceptable snow mobile mishap
Let's be honest with ourselves here. Jake's progression in 2009 was Steve Smith-Jeff King-Corner back-Steve Smith. Gary Barnidge is an athletic white guy and if the NBA has taught me anything it's that an athletic white guy is nigh unstoppable if you can just get him involved.
The end of last year showed that Matt Moore was better able to spread the ball around than Jake "cans of corn" Delhomme. This makes a lot of sense. Obviously running the second team, Moore didn't get a lot of opportunities to throw to first teamer Jeff King, and it'd make sense that in the ridiculous scramble play against Minnesota he'd be looking for Barnidge.
Gary has the height, speed, and whiteness to be a productive tight end in this league as long as we have a guy that can get him the ball.
"Pax" Armanti Edwards
I don't give a poo if you think I'm drinking the kool-aid. Armanti was a big recruit out of high school at wide receiver and had a full ride on the table from Georgia. As bad as Georgia has been recently, they've recruited AJ Green, Mohommad Massoquoi, and almost got Calvin Johnson, so at least they know talent when they see it.
Armanti is a mother f**ker on the football field, and has the speed and athletic ability to make defenders blush. All reports indicate that he remembered just fine how to play wide receiver, and "wide open" doesn't begin to describe the number 2 wide receiver role for the Panthers.
I expect him to beat out Lefell and Dwayne Jarrett's corpse.
Motherf**ker it is time for you to step the f**k up. We drafted your ass in the third, and it's time for you to show you were worth it.
Seriously, Johnson came into a situation where he was expected to bulk up and play the position that Brayton/Rucker have played for this team. Well, guess what? Now you get to slim back down and do what you did at Georgia: murder quarterbacks.
the Panthers are going to need someone to step up in a big way on the defensive line, preferably at least two. We obviously know what Brayton is going to bring to the team, but the Panthers will be a thousand times better off if he is supplanted in training camp.
Mackenzie Schwartz Robinson
Yeah obviously this isn't a player but the Panthers have three capable bodies on the offensive line and one spot for them. Mackenzie and Schwartz performed admirably at tackle after Gross and Otah got hurt last year, but now one of them needs to step up and play RG.
It'll be very interesting to see who comes out of that battle, reminiscent of when the Panthers found Keydrick Vincent. The position is wide open, and the spot belongs to whoever wants it more.
I understand that the RG position is arguably the easiest to fill on offense, but when you're going to lean so hard on your running game, you need as good of players as possible at every spot. One of these guys is going to step up. It'll be fun to see which one it is.
Sherrod "The Jackal" Martin
I was foaming at the mouth when the Panthers drafted this asshole last year. Though I completely understand the Panthers draft strategy (BPA regardless of everything) I still get pissed off when they take someone I've never heard of from a school I thought was just a greek city.
However, the early returns this year on Martin have been promising, and in limited action last year he was like that ukrainian dude who worked for the greeks in season 2 of the wire.
With the Panthers jettisoning chris harris, he's slotted to start, and if he can at least be average, the Panthers will be just fine. The spot is there for him to make plays. Hopefully he can do it.
I'm drunk as f**k and it's like 715. here's a gif and a youtube
Edited by Fiz, 18 May 2010 - 05:31 AM.