basically a lot of people, myself included, have been a tad concerned about Ealy's impact THIS season. i personally think he is going to be fine but would like a pick this high to contribute to the team in some sort of fashion this upcoming year. Some posters have already alluded to him possibly being inactive for game days because our d-line is sooo stacked.
this is just speculation of course but today in practice Ealy got an earful from Cam and the day before from Luke for not sprinting off the field.
here are some really good quotes from Ealy and the Panthers article and what he's trying to do this year...
"Cam was challenging me, and I went out there and showed him," said Ealy, the Panthers' second-round draft choice. "Then after practice, Cam was like, 'That's what I'm talking about. Do that every day.'
"Basically he was telling me, 'We're counting on you this season. This is what we need you to do in order to be more successful.' That's the type of support I'm getting."
notice Cam said THIS season. It's hard to find your place on a #2 ranked Defense that is already stacked in the position group that you are in.
"Saturday, when Johnson went out after tweaking his hamstring, there was no rest for the weary. Then came an earful from Newton, peppering the rookie between plays with well-placed verbal jabs."
"That does nothing but energize me. It feeds my fire," Ealy said. "I like it. I like to talk, too.
"At the same time, we all have one common goal, and that's to be victorious."
this is what you like to hear not only from Ealy but Cam.
"I'm very thankful for it, especially at this level where we're all men," Ealy said. "It could be every man for himself, but this team is different. There are a lot of guys on the defensive side of the ball – not just my position group – and on the offensive side of the ball helping out.
"I'm learning a lot from Chuck (Charles Johnson) and G. Hardy and really all the vets on the D-line. I'm basically like a little brother to everybody. They're making sure I know everything I need to know before going into this first game. Everybody wants so much for me."
"The list of Panthers pushing Ealy is headed by Ealy himself."
"Nobody has a higher expectation than God or me," Ealy said. "I expect to do so many great things, but I want to just be there and do my part for my teammates."
There are a lot of things to take away from this article imo. This is officially Cam's team. You can argue about Luke but imo Cam is the ultimate leader and face of the franchise. The organization is in good hands with Cam who has no qualms with stepping over to the other side and telling a defensive player what it takes to be apart of and successful on this team. And today's practice maybe a big stepping stone for Ealy. Nothing better than a high draft pick coming in and making an impact on our team.