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#1 OnlyPantherFaninMaine

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Posted 11 July 2013 - 04:18 PM

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.

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vs.

 

Defense Tackle; Star Lotulelei 6'2" 315lbs.

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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?

 



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Posted 11 July 2013 - 04:30 PM

i just hope Hardy doesn't hurt anybody.



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Posted 11 July 2013 - 04:42 PM

I think Amini vs Star will be an awesome match up. I expect Hardy to beat Gross more often than not if they are facing each other.

 

Whoever is at RG will probably get destroyed. Kugbila should have some nice blocks here and there though.



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Posted 11 July 2013 - 04:48 PM

Luke vs Cam

I love the friendly rivalry that's brewing between them. This match up has the potential to bring out the very best in both of them, and we need it since these two are our leaders and future.

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Posted 11 July 2013 - 04:50 PM

All the CBs vs. all WRs.

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Posted 11 July 2013 - 04:52 PM

Steve Smith vs. Whoever emerges as the #1 corner.

 

Can they hang with an aging 89? 



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Posted 11 July 2013 - 05:59 PM

Luke vs Cam

I love the friendly rivalry that's brewing between them. This match up has the potential to bring out the very best in both of them, and we need it since these two are our leaders and future.

 

Doesn't Cam face the defensive backs?

 

Isn't it RB vs MLB?



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Posted 11 July 2013 - 06:50 PM

Doesn't Cam face the defensive backs?

Isn't it RB vs MLB?


Cam faces everybody. I don't see the confusion.

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Posted 11 July 2013 - 07:31 PM

Hardy vs the Jimmy.  I have my money on Hardy.



#10 Monday Night Shyamalan

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Posted 11 July 2013 - 08:03 PM

Lester (or Mikell hopefully)

 

Smitty vs. the many corners fighting for #1 spot

 

Would like to see how Beason moves around in his new position



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Posted 11 July 2013 - 08:10 PM

I'm most excited about seeing Jon Beason/Thomas Davis when they're matched up with Olsen. Moreso Beason just to see if he's back or lost a little step. Either way looking forward seeing how he does in coverage considering he'll be matched up against TE's Jimmy Graham, Vernon Davis, Tony Gonzalez, Rob Gronkowski ect. Could be a glimpse of things to come if he does well covering Olsen or gets abused.

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Posted 11 July 2013 - 08:26 PM

Hardy vs the Jimmy.  I have my money on Hardy.

 

 

"Someone call Greg Hardy's momma, 'cuz he just killed a man"



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Posted 12 July 2013 - 12:53 PM

I'm most excited about seeing Jon Beason/Thomas Davis when they're matched up with Olsen. Moreso Beason just to see if he's back or lost a little step. Either way looking forward seeing how he does in coverage considering he'll be matched up against TE's Jimmy Graham, Vernon Davis, Tony Gonzalez, Rob Gronkowski ect. Could be a glimpse of things to come if he does well covering Olsen or gets abused.

I really think that it will do us well having Davis on the strongside covering the TE. He is so athletic, the change from Anderson to him there will really change the success that the TE has had against us.  I think Beason will do well covering a back in the flat from the weakside. 



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Posted 12 July 2013 - 01:00 PM

I think Amini vs Star will be an awesome match up. I expect Hardy to beat Gross more often than not if they are facing each other.

 

Whoever is at RG will probably get destroyed. Kugbila should have some nice blocks here and there though.

Hardy is a LDE and Gross is a LT. They don't line up against each other.



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Posted 12 July 2013 - 01:42 PM

Hardy is a LDE and Gross is a LT. They don't line up against each other.

 

yes they do




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