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So much for re-signing Shirley...

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I never understood why we released Shirley...

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Oh no this can't be happening. WHAT WILL WE DO!?

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But the players I listed this coming draft will probably be BPA when we pick in the round. Maybe deep isn't the best word but overall the talent in next years class is much better than last years.

not trying to go in circles, but outside of marcell dareus, all of the DTs from last years draft were picked bpa.

imo, the talent is about the same.

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I never understood why we released Shirley...

I guess the Panthers felt that they really had no need for him or they wanted to find an upgrade in the draft or during cut time during TC. Their is no telling why. Maybe they are hoping Edwards will show up this year and be a very solid DT this year for us. Who knows right now.

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I'm still trying to figure out why this is a concern.

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http://youtu.be/A4VbOHvaPRc

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Shouldn't have let Shirley go in the first place. He was one of the most productive DT's last year, still scratching my head on his release over some wide out that's not even on the team anymore.

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In 2001, the defensive line wasn't really considered a strength of the Panthers, and the Panthers were 31st in the league on defense (out of 31 teams). Between 2001 and 2002, the main addition on defense was Julius Peppers. Kris Jenkins wasn't looked at as anything special at the time (maturity and desire questions), but in the words of a former teammate, the light came on for him in training camp his second year. Working beside Buckner helped him get his head straight. The line was a big reason why we went from 31st on D to 2nd in 2002--they improved that much.

I'm not saying that McLain or Fua or anyone is going to do what Jenks did, and we didn't exactly draft another Julius Peppers, but there's a lot to be optimistic about. For one, even if he's old Edwards is going to bring a steadying veteran presence to the interior of the line (similar to Buckner). Whoever plays next to him won't be trying to adjust to the NFL, they'll have a year under their belt. There will be a vocal and strong linebacking corps behind them, so there shouldn't be any question on where they should be or what they should be doing on a given play. And, of course, the improved linebacker play will help cover for their mistakes.

I doubt we're going to be a top ten defense this year, but we should improve a ton. And we're going to be a lot better whether or not we have a guy who was signed to be a backup on the Colts interior. How much is anyone's guess. No use crying about it in July.

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I'm sure Rivera and company are going to give other DT's a chance in the preseason. Who knows this might help Van Bergen out. I'm kind of high on that guy.

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not trying to go in circles, but outside of marcell dareus, all of the DTs from last years draft were picked bpa.

imo, the talent is about the same.

Dareus?

That is your opinion but I believe the DT talent in 2013 is much better than 2012. That's the thing about the draft you see blue but I could see green.

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Time to bring in the big guns... Nick Hayden come on down!

LMAO

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