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Seems like Silatolu is gonna have a big year.

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This is Bell's third year. He has gotten positive feedback so far this year. If he can keep improving, he can get the job done. I don't think he will ever be a Pro Bowler. But solid is within his reach.

Amini taking a step forward, Bell improving, Kalil back healthy, steady as always Gross, and then we have RG. Welp, 4 out of 5 ain't bad.

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Unfortunately Kugbilla can't get on the field because of a fuging sore leg. That just blows my mind. I hate hearing that after our Otah experience.

 

i'm not worried. totally different types of players. it's not like we gave up a first for him. it's not like he's taking a huge chunk of the salary cap. it's not like we are depending on him to start right away. AND he doesn't have the poor work ethic and even durability concerns that otah had coming into the league. also remember...it's still incredibly early in the offseason. it's not THAT big a deal that he's missed a little time. if he misses most of mini camp or even time into TC, then i'd be worried...but even at that, it's not like we are counting on him to start the season, just contribute and get the hang of things.

i think he will too, but i don't want to sacrifice our offensive prowess this year for the sake of throwing a guy into the fire when he doesn't necessarily need to be thrown into it yet. there are plenty of quality free agent options at guard out there that could start for us and do a nice job.

 

i fully expect gettleman to be watching cuts closely and sign a couple of dwan edwards type guys for one-year contracts. we have the cap space to do it

this is why i didn't want to draft any OL. i don't want to wait for OL to develop. we've had a rookie starting on the OL each of the past two years and it's only compounded already existing issues on the OL with learning a new system (and one that they really weren't suited for or experienced in (thanks chud)) and the usual injury bug infestation.

 

we need a break from rookies on the OL. we need experience there. each year we put a rookie on the OL starting it's always, at best, two steps forward and one step back.

 

we need more experience on the OL soon.

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Gross and Piggy were praising him in the latest podcast.

Yeah I heard that too.  Also saw him do a few drill in the final Panthers.com OTA video, and he looked like one of the more athletic guards I've ever seen.

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i'm not worried. totally different types of players. it's not like we gave up a first for him. it's not like he's taking a huge chunk of the salary cap. it's not like we are depending on him to start right away. AND he doesn't have the poor work ethic and even durability concerns that otah had coming into the league. also remember...it's still incredibly early in the offseason. it's not THAT big a deal that he's missed a little time. if he misses most of mini camp or even time into TC, then i'd be worried...but even at that, it's not like we are counting on him to start the season, just contribute and get the hang of things.

Look at you with that positive, we can do, attitude. Does that mean you are coming around to the bright side? Outside of that whole RG situation I mean. It looks good. Right?

 

this is why i didn't want to draft any OL. i don't want to wait for OL to develop. we've had a rookie starting on the OL each of the past two years and it's only compounded already existing issues on the OL with learning a new system (and one that they really weren't suited for or experienced in (thanks chud)) and the usual injury bug infestation.

 

we need a break from rookies on the OL. we need experience there. each year we put a rookie on the OL starting it's always, at best, two steps forward and one step back.

 

we need more experience on the OL soon.

 

I kinda have to disagree in that KugZilla would be the only rookie. IF, we take the praise of Bell so far as even remotely true, and add in Kalil, This kid would be pretty well protected. That, and he is a natural guard.

 

I agree that I hope he doesn't have to start. But, if he wins the job. Why does that thought scare me just a little bit? He isn't alone out there. If he struggles, let the 4th rounder, as you said, contribute and get the hang of things.

SCP. Keep fighting the good fight. I love you man. (Is this where you say, no homo?)

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No way Amini pans out... Hurney was gm when he was picked...LOL

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No way Amini pans out... Hurney was gm when he was picked...LOL

By that logic, Cam and Kuechly are busts.

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By that logic, Cam and Kuechly are busts.

They were 1st rounders though...

Just stiring up poo.

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We get hyped every off season with our hopes and dreams. Proceed.

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They were 1st rounders though...

Just stiring up poo.

Hardy wasn't. Charles Johnon wasn't.

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I believe our O-Line is going to one of our stronger units.  I think the hate on Hangman isn't justified.  Many blame him for the O-Line woos but he was between a second yr. Tackle and a new center.  He may not be the player he was when he was drafted him but I also believe he isn't as bad as everyone says.

 

If Silatolu really does have it.  We are going to have a solid line for running and passing.  I can't wait to see how other teams react when we start shoving our running game down their throats.  Then turn on the passing game.

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