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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.

Can you imagine the 3-5 WR set?

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talks about why they locked out the media.

gross said mainly it was just to piss everyone off. seriously, it was to give the team a lot of quality time together working on stuff without having to worry about being scrutinized for every little thing that happened. mentioned how people would be onto every little thing like completion percentages for warm ups and how a minor thing like someone rolling an ankle a little would have been blown out of proportion (said luckily everyone got out of there injury free).

asked about newton (of course) gross said he had him over to his house last week and told newton that he had a lot of preconceived notions about him...basically that he thought newton would probably have a sense of arrogance having won a nat'l championship, the heisman, and getting picked #1 overall. said he wasn't sure about the pick itself although he liked it for the potential but he didn't know what kind of guy they were getting but said newton has won him over.

gross said that the QB position the last couple years hasn't been all that great. he's a matt moore fan (TRD rejoices that he isn't the only one) and said that jimmy did alright last year (:lol:) but he knows that there was/is a lot of room for improvement there but he;s hopeful that cam can be what they have needed at QB.

talked about how in shape newton was (seems like that is something that all the players have been talking about) and was really impressed by the obvious amount of work that he had put into doing that. said that he was out there doing every little thing that he was asked to do, esp. flipping tires and hitting them with sledgehammers and their kettleball workout...and he said it was the things that a primadonna diva wouldn't be doing. fwiw, he the mentioned that all of the guys on the team were out there doing the same things. the things he said was that newton wasn't really acting above everyone, which i guess he assumed would be the case. that he was doing everything you would want him to do as a player. saying and doing all the right things and he was really stressing that it was a natural work ethic and attitude, nothing forced onto or coached into him. gross said that he had him out on lake wylie skiing and that he was doing a lot of stuff with the guys on the oline and having a lot of fun with them (smart move). newton's really working to fit in instead of stand out.

got back to talking about privacy in the workouts....they accomplished what they wanted to. said that people kept mentioning how other teams had things more opened, but he said that those teams didn't have as much to accomplish as this team with a new playbook on offense and defense. trying to get things down with the rhythm of it as well as getting to know each other. gross had set several goals that he wanted to accomplish, such as a handful of plays but ended up getting a lot more of the playbook done and implemented than he thought they would. everyone was very willing to learn and work hard and soaked it all up.

talked about shockey being there and worked all week and shockey said that the work they were putting in was more than he has had to do since playing in college. said that shockey was really working to fit in as well.

gross was asked who really stood out (other than newton and shockey) and said that the LB corps looked great. that TD and connor have really come back to full speed. the rookie he liked was pilares. really impressed by him and what he did there. running by everyone in sprints and asking lots of questions, running his routes and really eager to learn. also talked about fua being really impressive.

talked about how well the QBs work together and really helping each other out. really mature and professional.

asked about bringing plax in, esp. since shockey has played with him before and it appears that smith won't. said one thing that impressed him about this year was the interest in bringing big name guys in like shockey, in his words, not the typical panthers signing. said that shockey wants plax here and a bunch of other guys are talking about it as well. gross said he wants anyone here who can make their offense better. he doesn't know one way or the other what smith is going to do, but if they are interested in plax and he is saying and doing all the right things then bring him on.

asked about the lock out and said the only thing he has learned is that he doesn't know enough about what is going on to say anything. key is for everyone to be ready for when things start back up. parting words for everyone was to keep in shape. if the lockout is still going on when they usually get back together, then they will probably plan on doing something like this again.

said thanks to charlotte christian for helping with everything and taking the heat for the media being locked out.

he also talked about how they had a bunch of former panthers come out and help with drills, guys like moose, beuerlein, wesley walls, natrone means, michael dean perry, and kevin donnelly. said it was really cool to have all those guys together at the same time.

weezie closed out and said he's talked to a lot of people, including coaches, who said they were really impressed with what gross did putting this thing together.

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Can you imagine the 3-5 WR set?

Especially if we keep Smitty here. If Gettis and LaFell can continue to grow and Pilares can live up to his hype as a slot-type in the Wes Welker mold, with Shockey or Rosario (who may have the best hands on the team) we will have a group of receivers that defenses will have to respect.

And most importantly, this effort will be aided greatly by getting back to running the football hard with DeAngelo and Stewart

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Can you imagine the 3-5 WR set?

I certainly can.. another reason a proven youngster needs brought to Carolina.

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Loving Jordan Gross.

Think they handled this just the right way.

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Im impressed that the rookies (especially Cam) participating in the rigorous workouts without a contract

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This interview has me fired up. Let's end this damn lockout already and play some damn football.

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/Jordan Gross will coach for the Panthers when he retires.

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I just finished listening to the radio interview... very exciting.

Didnt know the guys would think of Plaxico Burress that way. If the Panthers sign Plaxico... I can definitely see Steve Smith resigning... thats a serious Receiver tandem... with young depth Gettis, Lafell, Pilares... And Shockey and Dante Rosario at TE. And CAM at the Helm ??? Thats the kind of balance that Carolina needs to make a playoff run.

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Loved hearing that Newton, Fua and Pilares did well and impressed. I wonder if Hogan, McClain and the other rookies made it.

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Loved hearing that Newton, Fua and Pilares did well and impressed. I wonder if Hogan, McClain and the other rookies made it.

I'm also curious about McClain, Ziemba, and Washington. IDK if Hogan can work out until August due to his knee injury.

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Jordan Gross On Cam Newton and the QB:

"you know I had him over the house last monday (or wednesday), and I told him that I had a lot of preconceived notions about you. I said, You just assume that if a guy is the #1 pick, wins the heisman, has advertisements and endorsement deals... that he's gonna have a sense of arrogance to him. I told him this to his face, because thats kinda what I thought. I wasnt sure about the draft pick. I liked it because of the potential, but I didnt know what kind of guy we were getting. He's really won me over. That qb position has been for the last few years ....stammers... (Jay: Less than desirable) Yeah, Im a Matt Moore fan. I thought he had talent there.... I think Jimmy did ok last year...(Jay Weezie: no you didnt) but definitely we have room to work. Im hopeful that Cam can come in here and do that. He's showed up in great shape... which says alot because you cant buy getting in shape. You can only do that by working. He's throwing balls... anything we asked him to do, he's done it. We had him out there flipping tires and hitting tires with sledge hammers... tough stuff that a primadonna wouldnt wanna do. He came in a kept his mouth quiet and had fun with the guys and worked hard with the guys. He just did everything you would want him to do... and I dont think thats something you can groom or act out. I even had him out on Lake Wiley on the boat, and pulled him behind the boat with the O-line guys, so he's really fitting in well."

I wish I could remember the guys who said something about Cam being the next Jamarcus Russell so I could slap them with the STUPID STICK!

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