I too will be forced to make the trip to BWW. My biggest qualm about their wings is that their hottest sauces aren't really hot. I've had much hotter (and better) elsewhere. I'll be drinking Yeungling, which I also have at home anyway.
We sneak into the playoffs as a wild card, get hot, make it to the Super Bowl, and defeat the Patriots both earning our first Lombardi as a franchise and avenging our loss in Super Bowl 38. Instead of a kicking blunder to lose, Gano kicks the game winner from 50 plus yards. Cam has a completion percentage over 70 and wins MVP, narrowly edging Kelvin who has over 100 yards receiving and 2 touchdowns.
Everyone outside of Charlotte proceeds to eat crow and Cam's arrival as an elite QB is the talk of all sports outlets during the summer.
The Panthers bandwagon is born
The demise of the Patriots as a consistent winner begins
The Falcons remain the only team in the NFCS without a Super Bowl victory
The Eagles pull a Falcons and give up a ton to get Sammy Watkins. Niners move up for Evans in similar fashion. The Jets take Cooks, the Browns pick Benjamin, and KC somehow doesn't take a WR. We get OBJ at 28. #miracle
-Draft means use our first round pick
-Sign means free agency
-Keep means the answer is on the roster
The positions are: CB, OL, WR
Say who you would draft/sign and explain your reasoning.
Draft: WR Mike Evans, Texas A&M
I love Mike Evans. He is big, faster than you think, and catches everything thrown his way. Not only is he solid as a pass catcher, he is a great blocker. Also love his attitude. Wins are what matters to him, not stats. Listen to his press conferences after the two losses the Aggies suffered this year. He had great performances in those games- yet they didn't matter because the team lost.
Free Agency: RG Jon Asamoah, KC Chiefs
One of the more underrated Guards in the league right now. Would shore up the right side of the line.
Keep: CB Melvin White
Playing solid football right now. He is still a rookie and has potential, especially with Wilks coaching him up. As an UDFA he'll be cheap too.
Might be a little early to be doing this, but the Beason trade has me thinking about the future a bit. I'm not going to touch the coaching situation at this point.
PLAYERS TO CUT:
DeAngelo Williams: Yes, he's playing well, but he's 30+ and Stewart, when healthy, is better at this stage of their careers. Not to mention Kenjon Barner has shown potential. Besides, RB's are a dime a dozen these days.
Charles Godfrey: We've seen with Beason that an achilles injury can be very hard to come back from. Godfrey has never been more than an average safety at his best. He's overpaid and with our front 7 it's not like we can't find a cheaper alternative.
FREE AGENTS TO RETAIN:
Greg Hardy: The big one, obviously. Some have said we should let him walk, but I disagree. Unless he legitimately wants C.J. money we need to keep him. I think Gettleman will be able to get a long-term deal done or if nothing else franchise him and trade him for a 1st round pick the way the Chiefs did with Jared Allen a few years back.
Jordan Gross: He's said he'll either be a Panther or retire. I say bring him back on a 1-year deal to shore up the LT position in the short-term - or if we land a LT early in the draft Gross can play RT - or the rookie can. Either way, it's an upgrade.
Ted Ginn: If for no other reason than his return ability he needs to stay. However, he's shown flashes that he can be a viable weapon on offense. Unless he starts demanding too much money we need to keep him in the fold.
Domenik Hixon: Our WR corp is going to be decimated after this season with only Smitty remaining under contract. We need to fill out the position anyway, and Hixon is solid depth and should come cheap if we bring him back. Plus, he already knows the offense.
Colin Cole: Should come cheap and is solid depth along the DL. Considering we'll be losing Dwan Edwards, this would be a good move.
Captain Munnerlyn: I have a feeling Gettleman just doesn't put a lot of resources into the secondary and for that reason he'll probably look to bring in someone more or less around Captain's skill level. That being the case, why not just bring back Captain himself? This obviously changes if Melvin White can develop into a starter and Josh Thomas continues to develop, but even then Captain is a solid nickel corner.
Hakeem Nicks, WR, Giants: This seems like a no-brainer to me. Nicks is a hometown guy and looks to be unhappy in N.Y. Plus, Gettleman has connections there as well. Assuming the Giants continue to struggle it seems likely he'll be allowed to hit the market and quite possibly coming off a down year on a bad Giants team with no OL. That said, he could come relatively cheap, particularly if he gives us a hometown discount. We can't afford to give him big money, but for the right price he'd be a great addition.
Scott Chandler, TE, Bills: We saw how much a viable 2nd receiving threat at TE could help with Shockey 2 years ago. Chandler is the perfect #2 to Greg Olsen and would give us a legitimate dual TE threat to go along with Nicks and Smith at WR.
Wade Smith, OG, Texans: We have to address the RG position. I'm not sure what Smith will fetch on the open market, but if it's a reasonable deal he'd be a good get to plug in until Kugbila is ready - assuming he ever is.
1st: Antonio Richardson, OT, Tennessee: I'm assuming here that we'll be picking anywhere from 17-25 range. I LOVE Mike Evans at WR, but odds are he'll go top-10. I think it's also doubtful either Lee or Watkins will fall to us and IIRC Lee has been injured anyway. That being the case, I opted for our LT of the future in Richardson. He's one of the most well-rounded OT's in this draft and the gap between him and the 'top' tackles isn't nearly what many seem to think. We can either play him at RT as a rookie with Gross at LT or switch them around. Whichever works best.
2nd: Brandon Coleman, WR, Rutgers:We signed Nicks, but Smitty is still getting old and LaFell left for FA in this scenario so we need to address WR early on. Brandon Coleman has had success at Rutgers producing in a run-first offense, which very much fits what we do on offense. If we can't land one of the top WR's in round 1, Coleman is a solid option in the 2nd.
3rd: Ty Zimmerman, S, Kansas State: Obviously safety is a need since we don't retain Mikell here. Zimmerman may not be there in round 3 - it's way too early to say - but he'd be a guy we could plug in day 1 and start as a rookie, IMO.
4th: Devin Street, WR, Pittsburgh: Boston can play both safety and corner and we have needs at both positions. The thinking here would be to try him at CB first, but also allow him to compete with Mitchell at safety.
5th: Prince Shembo, OLB, Notre Dame: Blackburn is gone in this scenario so we will need a new starter at strongside linebacker. A.J. Klein could be that guy, but it never hurts to bring in competition/depth.
6th: Bruce Gaston, DT, Purdue:With Dwan Edwards gone we'll need another DT to fill that spot in the rotation. Kawann Short will be starting here; why not draft his former teammate from Purdue to play alongside him in the rotation?
6th/7th (f/NYG): Aundrey Walker, OT/OG, USC: Late in the draft it never hurts to add some depth along either line. Walker has experience playing tackle and guard and could develop into a starter, but should be at least decent depth.
7th: Cody Riggs, CB/S, Florida: We'll still need depth at CB and we might as well take a flyer on one in the 7th since in this scenario I haven't taken one yet. Riggs can also play safety, which could theoretically save us a roster spot if he shows he can play both well enough.
Italics = Rookie
Underlined = FA Signing
QB: Cam Newton, Derek Anderson
RB: Jonathan Stewart, Kenjon Barner, Mike Tolbert
FB: Mike Tolbert, Richie Brockel
WR2: Steve Smith
WR3: Brandon Coleman/Ted Ginn
WR:Devin Street, Domenik Hixon
TE: Greg Olsen, Scott Chandler, Ben Hartsock, Brandon Williams
LT:Antonio Richardson, Nate Chandler
LG: Amini Silatolu, Aundrey Walker
C: Ryan Kalil, Jeff Byers
RG:Wade Smith, Edmund Kugbila
RT: Jordan Gross, Byron Bell
LE: Charles Johnson, Frank Alexander
NT: Star Lotulelei, Colin Cole
DT: Kawann Short, Bruce Gaston
RE: Greg Hardy, Wes Horton, Mario Addison
SLB: A.J. Klein, Prince Shembo
MLB: Luke Kuechly, Jason Williams
WLB: Thomas Davis, Jordan Senn
CB1: Josh Thomas
CB2: Melvin White
CBN: Captain Munnerlyn
CB: James Dockery, Ciante Evans
FS: Robert Lester
SS: Ty Zimmerman, Colin Jones
K: Graham Gano
P: Brad Nortman
LS: J.J. Jansen
You say we should cut D-will. I would rather have D-will at this point because J-stew has seen about as much of the field as Beason has. I know D-will is 30, but I would rather have him starting than J-stew injured all the time. We will see what J-stew does coming off his surgery and how Barner develops, as well as how Gettleman addresses the RB situation in the off-season/pre-draft.
You want to cut Godfrey and start a rookie at SS- Zimmerman at that? The only reason you have Zimmerman in the third is because WalterFootball has him going that high. Both nfldraftscout.com and CBSsports have him going no earlier than the fourth, and more as a fifth rounder. One free agent no one is talking about but would fulfill a need for us is Bears SS Major Wright- him I do want.
The only player of those you said we should keep I don't agree with is Hixon- all he is doing is filling a roster spot at this point.
I don't agree with any of the Free Agency pickups either. Everyone on this board is clamoring for Nicks but I would rather us draft someone than sign an injury prone diva. I am on the Mike Evans bandwagon and I don't care how high he is projected, we must land him if he falls to us. Scott Chandler is a no. 1 tight end and I don't think he would take duties as a no. 2 to Olsen. Yes the double tight end set was lethal with Olsen and Shockey, but I say we go after receivers, and stick with Olsen. I see Chandler resigning with Buffalo or going somewhere where he will be no. 1. I can't really knock Wade Smith because I've never really heard of him. I agree that we need a RG, and I say we pick up Jon Asamoah from the Chiefs, if there is anyway we can lure him away, because I know Reid will want to keep him. Smith plays LG anyway, and Asamoah is a RG. Him and Wright are the only free agents I really want. Either way I have us taking Spencer Long from Nebraska in the third.
As far as the draft, I don't like Richardson in the first. The only OTs I want early are Erving from FSU in the first, or Ogbeuhi from TAMU in the second- and that depends on whether either of them declare- I have them as my top choices for 2015.
You also don't have us taking a corner until the seventh- we really need one. Whether or not Riggs declares is a question mark.
Beason agreed to a $4.25 million pay cut this year while also chopping off the last three years, but the deal allows him to reclaim $1.75 million if he's active for all 16 games. He'll earn up to $6.1 million this season.
Through three games, all of which he started at right defensive tackle, Lotulelei has nine tackles, including seven solo, in addition to his sack. The tackle total is second-best among the Panthers' defensive linemen.
Nearly half of his tackles, four, came in the Panthers' season opener against Seattle on Sept. 8. That day, Carolina held the Seahawks, viewed by many as a favorite to make the Super Bowl, to 70 rushing yards and a 2.7 yards-per-carry average.
His influence on the Panthers' defense is already impressing his more experienced teammates.
“He’s not a star,” Carolina defensive end Greg Hardy told the Observer. “He’s a superstar. And this superstar is a beast. I see some crazy things for his future. When and if he does keep developing, he’s going to be unstoppable.”
The Panthers are currently 10th in the NFL in rushing yards allowed per game, giving up 93.0 yards per contest on the game, and sacking Giants quarterback Eli Manning seven times on Sunday.
In assessing Lotulelei's early season efforts, ESPN's Kevin Weidl said, "The Panthers have received a strong early return for Lotulelei. He … has made his presence felt on the interior. Lotulelei has been stout defending the run and has created disruption in the backfield while also showing impressive range."
With an emphasis on stuffing the run from his tackle position, Lotulelei has helped clog the middle and freed others like Panthers linebacker Luke Kuechly to make plays all across the field. Kuechly, considered a top-flight inside linebacker, leads the team in tackles with 29.
“I’ve been happy,” Lotulelei told the Observer, “but I definitely feel like there’s a lot of room to improve. If I can clean a few things up, I’m going to make a lot more plays.”
How he fell to 14, I'll never know; but we are the benefactors for years to come.