Have seen many panthers fans crying how bad the OL is and don't realize that some sacks (that many are complaining is the reasoning the OL needs some fixing) where the WR/TE's etc just fail to get open. Its the NFL you could have a pro bowl OL back their and they could hold the NFL's worse front 7 off forever. Cam has actually ben hit sacked etc less than many QB's in the NFL. Take away some of them that came from coverage sack where our guys couldn't get open and our OL would look like one of the best n the league (which is really good considering this OL group has been hit harder by injuries than any group in the NFL)
I'm not going to call the Matthews kid at A&M a bust yet, but the top OT coming this year gets the benefit from mobile "Johnny Football" and Real good WR who gets open catch's crazy passes bailing out Johnny. We've already seen the last OT who just came out and went #2 from there and started at LT over Matthews become a bust.
Point being Good Mobile QB with Solid to Good Weapons mask bad OL real well!
i want to add veteran depth at OL via free agency if we have the cap space. I wouldnt be mad at this pick at all.
Dang good for a TE. He loves to hit, many felt he should play DE at UNC but he was to good a weapon at O to move him (Though he has played some snaps on D)
Everyone is Freaking out about the OL, Yes that is something that needs to be looked at.
But it doesn't matter how good you OL and QB is. If you don't have the weapons its moot
We have had Tons of injuries this year on OL (have a guy who was a DT for us last year on the OL now)
There is a Good possibility that Gross will be back for at least another year or 2 (especially with us having a team to make a deep playoff run).
Cam is big and Mobile so he can get out of some of the pressure situations unlike 85% of the rest of the QB's in the league.
I counted at-least twice this past week where Cam got out of the pressure and Cam waited around and NO ONE not One person could get open so the 3rd down play ended up with a incomplete or they eventually got to Cam for the Sack. Cam had plenty of time on quite a few pass attempts but no one could get open and eventually they would get a coverage sack. Over half of Cams sacks this year haven't come on 3-4 seconds, they have come where he drops back cant find anybody then5-6 plus seconds in they finally get to him.
Many people Begged and Begged to get Cowher as coach. Look at him for example in Pittsburgh. They had a top D like us, pounded the rock like us, had a big physical mobile QB who was one of the toughest to get down in the NFL....like us
Also like us the OL didn't do their QB any favors. "Big Ben" had probably one of the bottom 2-3 OL in the whole NFL. He did have the weapons though which helped him (that their is what we Don't have).
Right now OL is probably 3rd on list of needs right now with this team. WR/TE, DB, OL
This OL is not any worse than the one when Cam broke the rookie records and we had a top 5 O in the league (just had bottom 5 at the time prior to Luke Star etc)
We have glaring needs on the o-line and whether you like to admit it or not, the WR position. A second TE for two sets is nice and all, but it's a commodity that isn't needed.
True but, we have to remember that our OL has had Major injuries this year. We had 2 young OG's who the staff was high on and thought to be the starters down the road, go down for the year.
Another receiving weapon is more important than LT considering it is a much much much more possible that Gross will return atleast 1 more year than getting a stud #2 WR.
A stud 2 TE set is more than just a commodity especially with a star stud TE. Just ask Rivers, Brees, Kaepernik, Brady (big part was the gronk Hernandez duo), and even Cam (Blew up setting records and having his best year with the shockey/olson duo, D just sucked that year)