This thread is not about positional battles in training camp. It isn't about who starts over who or the depth chart at any given position. This thread is about match-ups. Offense vs. Defense. The BIG uglies against Monsters Inc. Superman (Cam) vs. Clark Kent (Luke).
Which match-ups are you most excited for? I'll get it started.
"Clash of the Tongans"
Left Guard; Amini Silatolu 6'4" 315lbs.
Defense Tackle; Star Lotulelei 6'2" 315lbs.
Two large, strong, and young players each with something to prove this season. Similar in stature, Silatolu and Star possess unique athleticism and both were highly touted prospects coming out of college. Amini is looking to elevate his game after a decent rookie season while Star is anxious to make his mark in this league and show why he was the best defensive player in this draft. I think both of these young players have a chip on their shoulder: Amini struggled early on had to overcome a large learning curve coming into the NFL while Star, once a top three talent in this draft class, was passed over by thirteen teams before landing with the Panthers because of a misdiagnosed heart condition. Look for these two to beat up on one another for a couple weeks and make one another better. I really believe this Tongan duo will be a great asset in our trenches for years to come.
What other match-ups are worth noting? Who gets the best of who? Does one offensive unit dominate or vic-versa? What say you?