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In a few minutes on the Drive 610 am the fan

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Recap?

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replay at 6, I only caught the end. Podcast will be up prolly pretty soon.

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Thanks RayRay, you need your own channel n poo bra

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Recap from podcast:

Gross on media lockout: The organization has been through so much change in the last 6 months with drafting of Cam and other rookies, new coaching staff from top to bottom. Felt important to have private setting where they could get back together, get to know eachother. Spend some time together going over the new playbook, QBs taking snaps from center and throwing to WRs all without being scrutinized. Just trying to take care of guys who don't necessarily want to answer to media on day 1. Good thing though, everyone got out 100% healthy and there there no injuries. Gross feels like "mission accomplished."

On Newton during the workouts: Had Cam over to his house, and told Cam he had some preconceived notions about him, but Cam has won him over. QB position has been less than desirable. Gross is a Matt Moore fan, though. Says "I thought Jimmy did OK last year." Knows Cam is in shape and he's doing tough work that a prima donna wouldn't want to do. But not just Cam, the whole team was out there doing that stuff. They were out on Lake Wylie on the boat and said Cam was fitting in with the O-line and having a good time.

More on privacy: Saints having open workouts is different than the Panthers because they haven't had the changes that the Panthers' organization has. Thought the Panthers needed time just to get Xs and Os figured out. Goal was "if everyone on offense can know the cadence, personnel, formation and 5 or 6 basic plays, then I'll be happy." But he says they blew by that. He was up at night studying the playbook so he could give guys new information the next day because they went so far beyond what they expected.

On Shockey: Gross never knew him, says everyone had spoken highly of him. Couldn't go week 1 because of a trip out of the country. But came to all the workouts this week, went white water rafting and Jordan said Shockey was "shaking his head" because the Panthers were doing more than he had done since College.

On things that impressed him: LB Corps. Been working out with TD since March, and he's back to his old form. Connor is doing every drill full speed. Beason speaks for himself. The team can hang their hat on the LBs. Pilares was also impressive. Blowing by everyone, hitting his routes, eager to learn. Sione Fua missed week 1 because of graduation, Gross says he looks solid, is very fit. Said the QB group worked "so well" together. Leading the offense, Jimmy helping Cam, Matt helping Jimmy, just being mature and professionals.

On Plaxico: Said he was happy to see big names come into Carolina when they signed Shockey. Guys that weren't the "typical" Carolina signing. Shockey told Gross he wants Plax in Carolina, and Gross says he'd love to have anyone here that can help improve the team. But mentions he would "never say never" on anything about Steve, whether he's staying or going.

More ramblings: Lockout has proven him wrong a lot of times over the last couple months. Could be tomorrow, could be October when it is over. Just wants to have a normal season. If they get to training camp on time, he thinks they'll be fine. When they broke the huddle today, just told everyone to stay in shape and be ready. Said he had a bunch of former players out there including Moose, Buerlein, etc helping coach the drills.

This makes me very excited for the future. I hope there is a full season. Thank you for the thorough recap. I sincerely appreciate it.

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Gross continues the feeling of optimism coming out of various interviews and actions. Great to hear about Pilares and Fua, and obviously Cam.

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Nice to hear good things about some other rookies besides Newton, Fua and Pilares are off to a good start. Thanks for the write up! Getting more and more pumped for this franchise with every passing day.

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Gross continues the feeling of optimism coming out of various interviews and actions. Great to hear about Pilares and Fua, and obviously Cam.

definitely like what I'm hearing about Pilares.. if we can get our 4 youngsters to step up as solid draft picks, dangerous.

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definitely like what I'm hearing about Pilares.. if we can get our 4 youngsters to step up as solid draft picks, dangerous.

As excited as I am to hear about Cam, I'm just as excited to hear about Pilares, especially with Smith's future with the team in question. I think this guy has the potential to be a real weapon as a slot WR. I think we're going to be pleasantly suprised with Chud's offense.

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we'll see.. doesn't mean anything unless players step up and execute. I hope for the best.

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