You're gonna have a hard time convincing people who only watch the Panthers that other players in the NFL got game...even tho we had a losing record clearly our guys are the best.
I think its about trying to give these stats more context than saying our guys our the best. People slam Shula for being conservative but look who we have as down field threats. The year we draft Benji we cut Smitty. Our big downfield threat to stretch the field is Ginn, a guy who apparently can't catch on as a starting WR with any other team except us it seems. We simply don't have the talent at T or WR to be chucking it 40-50 times a game. Not to mention the money we've invested to RUN the ball.
VT does have a fast track though. Just remember that Hurney recently confessed they dropped Anquan Boldin out of the second round because of his 40 at the combine and selected Bruce Nelson instead. We all know how that worked out. 40 time isn't everything.
I think there's a youtube of this guy in a dunk contest at VT. He has skills for sure looking at his 2013 highlights.
Depends on how you look at it. McCoy is big money. They turned him into kiko and maxwell. Kiko could be as good for them as Luke is to us. And they desperately needed help on the back end D. I'd value MLB and CB over RB personally.
Foles verses a healthy Bradford is no contest. While its a huge gamble because of the injury history but a QB with prospects like Bradford aren't just available. Foles was solid for them but how much of that was Kelly? I'll give Kelly the benefit of the doubt when it comes to who he wants playing QB.
I'm not saying he's buying low to save, but if a player like Alonzo was healthy and for some reason a UFA he'd command a top salary. Kelly is gambling, but I think these moves could work out for them.
That was a nice way Kelly put it, Kiko and Maxwell for McCoy. But what if he said Bradford for McCoy instead? They are paying Bradford more than McCoy.
I'm also not buying Bradford is better than Foles either. Forget the fact he has missed like 31 games in 5 years and has an 18-30 record as a starter and has one of the lowest career YPA's ever, so yeah, he's going to look more accurate throwing shorter passes. I had to chuckle when Chip called him big and strong. He has to be the frailest 240 pounder I've ever seen.
The colts don't have to do anything big in FA because they spend the rest of their resources in every way to surround their QB with talent/ a level of comfort.
After Luck was drafted, they got him his college roommate who is a TE in the very next pick, his college OC, and made sure they kept Wayne.
Those moves ALONE is more than the Panthers have done for Newton in 4 years.
Of course, It doesn't help when you have the #1 pick in each round in 2011 and screw the pooch on every pick after Cam.
Plus we traded away our 2nd rounder that year too.
This team has had massive holes to fill, all while being cap challenged. We've put 3 of our top 4 picks on the Dline the last 2 years. Hopefully the FO admission that we need more speed is a sign of them looking at playmakers in the draft to help the O.
Maybe we should trade Stewart to the Philly Ducks and use the $$ to sign Spiller.
I know this is in jest but Spiller is getting some serious hype of late. I'm all for adding him here as depth but he is not a bell cow. What was he, the #3 RB in Buffalo last year. LOL at Eagles fans thinking he is the answer to losing McCoy. If he really declined 5mil to stay in Buffalo he's nuts.
I think Buffalo fans are overrating Kiko a bunch. He started off really hot as a rookie (All 4 Ints by week 4) but he tailed off towards the end of the year and didn't even play at all last year. Not to mention the DL he played behind.
I get the cap implications favor Philly but the Bills clearly got the better talent IMO.
O'Leary has great hands but his 40 at the combine might drop him out of the 3rd/4th/5th rounds. That was shockingly low, not to mention his lack of height. A 3rd's a tad high for a Richie Brockel type guy. We could do better than that.