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Dt - It Isn't Quite As Bad As You Think.

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Once the dancing bear and soda can (mcclain and fua) were hurt I thought the interior of the line looked much improved. we had some big hogs in there for once and they rolled their sleeves up and got down and dirty and did some work in there. we finally had some big fat strong dudes in there dropping bombs on the opponents OLine.

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The play of of our DTs and lbers were a combo of embarassmen last season. While ai do not think Edwards will be at any elite level I do think he will bring some run stuffing double team presence that was lacking for most the season. Shirley or one of the other DTs will be solid as well and I think we should see a jump in production with McClain.

McClain got so many snaps last season and in a rotation he shouldl flash his pass rush skills and hopefully develop some consistancy.

Also an offseason helps..

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Once the dancing bear and soda can (mcclain and fua) were hurt I thought the interior of the line looked much improved.

totally agree with this post.

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Shirley and Kearse were just huge in the middle at the end of the year...they only really had a hard time against nicks and Evans which was understandable

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The play of of our DTs and lbers were a combo of embarassmen last season. While ai do not think Edwards will be at any elite level I do think he will bring some run stuffing double team presence that was lacking for most the season. Shirley or one of the other DTs will be solid as well and I think we should see a jump in production with McClain.

McClain got so many snaps last season and in a rotation he shouldl flash his pass rush skills and hopefully develop some consistancy.

Also an offseason helps..

Having a real off season will certainly help. As will Jon Beason.

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Yes i also thought the backups played well after mcclain and fua went down. Which begs the questions. How many defensive tackles will the Panthers carry and who makes the team?

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Im a fan of Shirley and Kearse. They are way bigger...way stronger than the 2 rookies from last year.

I mean these two guys combine for like 660 lbs of just pure beef. Add big Ron in there...pretty much at 1000 lbs of just nastiness on the DLine. Just three big hogs at DT. Im good with that.

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Rivera does well with UDFA and late rd picks..........look at GARAY!

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The key word everyone is missing. 'Rookies'. No OTA's, no mini camp. Kinda hit the ground running type of deal. They'll improve.

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Are Shirley or Kearse on the team presently?

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If you look at the Panthers D our Super Bowl year we had several no names playing key roles for us. You don't need a stud in every position. Just solid talent and a few unexpected surprises. Think about it, Reggi Howard? Greg Favors? We loves Will Witherspoon but he hasn't done much since he left. Ricky Manning played great that season but his career fell apart in a few years.

All we need is our stars to stay healthy and a couple scrubs to play above expectations.

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Kearse was a rookie as well,and other rookies started just as many games as Fua and Mcclain without the offseason and ota.i hope they have progressed as well,but damn if they didnt get abused last year.

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