Posted 07 August 2012 - 08:56 AM
I could see them keeping both Brockel and Hartsock. Brockel has versatility in playing both FB and TE, and Hartsock is a good blocking TE. I think the Panthers are going to run a lot of sets with 2 TE's or a TE/FB combo.
I really want to see what Barnidge can do in the preseason. He was underutilized with Fox and was suppossedly having a good camp last year before he got hurt. He has some speed and has made some good catches this year from what I have read, but we need another receiving threat at TE besides Olsen.
I am excited about seeing how the WR battle shakes out. Hurney mentioned the possibility several times during his interview of keeping 7 guys. I think Smitty, LaFell, Murphy, Pilares, and Adams are locks, and think the idea of keeping 7 includes keeping Gettis and Tutu. I do believe them when they say Armanti has had a good camp, but I think he would be 8 on the list and there's no way he's making it over guys like Pilares and Tutu who are gunners on ST and he doesn't have the receiving ability of Gettis or Murphy.
I also hope Norman and Hogan can both contribute on CB beyond just one of them winning the starting job so that Munnerlyn can return to being the backup PR. I hope Adams can be above average, but Munnerlyn wasn't bad and certainly better than Armanti.
Last thing, I'm really hoping to see some flashes out of Frank Alexander in the preseason. For the people dogging Hardy (and he certainly hasn't made the best decisions off-the-field though nothing majorly wrong), but Hardy to me is a very good option at #3 DE, and he could be a decent #2 DE. It's just been a while since the Panthers had a DE rotation of 3 guys that could consistently get to the QB. Really since 2008 when we had Peppers/ Brayton starting and CJ as the 3rd guy. It would be awesome to see Hardy take a step to be a solid #2 and Alexander (or Applewhite/ Keiser who both showed some flashes) to be that 3rd guy