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#1 NJPanthers12

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Posted 30 November 2010 - 10:36 PM

Looking at this roster right now, what players do you consider to be the core of this team. If we were to be in the Super Bowl a few years from now what players on the current roster would you expect to be there? Just have been taking an in depth look at our roster, and looking through stats and using personal opinion of what positions I think we are good at and who I want this team to keep. Wanted everyone elses opinion as well.

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Posted 30 November 2010 - 10:40 PM

Considering how long they have been with the team, the likelihood of remaining with the team for a long period of time, and they're in game presence: Beason, DeAngelo, CJ, & Thomas Davis are honestly the only ones that come to mind for me.

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Posted 30 November 2010 - 10:44 PM

Gamble and Gross are locked up, so they have to be in. Guys in the core that need to be re-signed:

Khalil, Williams, Beason (1 more year), CJ, James Anderson, Davis, Connor (depth, unless hes traded, he can't walk)

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Posted 30 November 2010 - 10:44 PM

Depends how many years from now, because some of the guys might be up there in age.

I would expect a large part of our offensive line to be in tact; Kalil, Gross(depends on how long we're talking again), Otah (hopefully!), Wharton... after that, kinda not sure. Depending on how many you mean by a few, I would expect Steve Smith to be here, and honestly, Gettis and Lafell the way they've managed despite our offense. I would expect Goodson to be here in 3+ years, but I'm not sure on the others, again, depends on how long (this is no knock on Stew or Dwill, just a comment on running back age).

Kasay will probably have retired. :(

On D, I would expect our linebacking core mostly intact as long as we stick with a 4-3; Anderson, Beason, Davis could be a beasting linebacker group. I also would expect Captain to remain in some capacity and Martin to take on a bigger role. Charles Johnson will likely be an old man on the line by then, and I would expect Hardy to be contributing majorly by then because I think it's clear he has the potential.

Many other big names we have today I wouldn't expect back because of 3+ years means a lot of contracts will come up by then and I would expect us to go in different directions for some of them.

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Posted 30 November 2010 - 10:50 PM

Considering how long they have been with the team, the likelihood of remaining with the team for a long period of time, and they're in game presence: Beason, DeAngelo, CJ, & Thomas Davis are honestly the only ones that come to mind for me.


Interesting, I would have never put CJ as part of our core. Maybe I am in the minority, but I have never been that impressed with him. Seems to just be a place holder to me.

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Posted 30 November 2010 - 10:51 PM

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Posted 30 November 2010 - 10:52 PM

ok i did word this thread wrong, over the next 5 years who do you expect to be our core starters year in and year out. who is going to be our Mike Minter, Mike Rucker, Julius Peppers, Chris Gamble, etc. Players you know will be our starters year in and year out no matter what.

the way i look at it our -line is pretty set for the next 5 years with Gross-Wharton-Kalil-Otah. We do need a RG, but see how the rest of the year plays out with Schwartz.

We are pretty set at RB and hopefully will be set at QB with Luck. After that we will get a better idea next year of how big of an impact Gettis, Edwards, and LaFell will have in the future. It is unfortunate but it doesnt look like Smith will be here when we can make a run. I also love Rosario and hope a new coach finds a spot for him next year.

On defense I see Johnson, Hardy, Beason, Davis, Anderson, Gamble, Martin, and Munnerlyn strictly at the Nickel.

Right now this team still needs 2 DT, offensive line depth, Safety, cornerback, and a WR.

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Posted 30 November 2010 - 10:54 PM

Interesting, I would have never put CJ as part of our core. Maybe I am in the minority, but I have never been that impressed with him. Seems to just be a place holder to me.

??? hes leading the team in sacks

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Posted 30 November 2010 - 10:54 PM

I can see him on our team for a long while.

Forgot about Khalil, but was hesitant to put Gamble in there...maybe Wharton but I dunno (he sometimes looks gfreat, sometimes meh)

I'm hoping Martin, Munnerlyn, Anderson, and Gettis can all emerge to become long term solid players here too. They could be real good assets down the road.

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Posted 30 November 2010 - 11:04 PM

??? hes leading the team in sacks


Leading this team in sacks holds the same weight as leading this team in TD receptions. I personally would not list CJ as a core player, but that is my opinion. If we had a better option at that position, I bet he would go back to a situational player like he was before. Just my two cents.