"...people just want to see a guy that has a lot of potential work out.. if he stays a 6th string WR after next year, then f**k it, release him.. but not everyone feels this uncontrollable desire to label a player before he's even had a sufficient amount of time to develop.."
"He will either get his chance and show up and make people eat crow, or he won't and it's a horrible pick. I support him because I'm personally a fan of his, but I'm tired of going around in circles with the same fuging argument every week. So I refrain from posting in them anymore for the most part."
And I agree with everything both of you are saying. But facts is facts:
1. There is/are a reason(s) the coaching staff has not put him on the field. 2. Legedu Naane was a free agent acquisition with a questionable work ethic who walked into camp and is starting ahead of Edwards. 3. Gettis went down and Edwards still doesn't see playing time.
He can't get the job even by sheer attrition numbers. He can't get picked last on the playground when he's the only one still standing there waiting to be picked...
naane is starting ahead of everyone but steve smith. does that mean everyone else is not fit to play in the NFL too?
"Q. At the NFL Combine, you were recovering from a strained hamstring but still decided to participate, only doing the passing drills. How did it go at your Pro Day?
A. I was told that I had another strong workout at quarterback, showing them that I could play quarterback in the NFL. I also ran plays at other positions, showing them I could do that, too. I did all the drills this time and heard a lot of good things about it.
Q. After your Pro Day, your college head coach, Appalachian State's Jerry Moore, was insistent that you are an NFL quarterback. Moore told the Charlotte Observer, "I think he's a quarterback ... I don't think there's any question about it." How do you feel about that statement?
A. (Moore) has always felt that way, and I don't see it changing now.
Q. After another endorsement from Moore and another stellar performance in front of 10 NFL teams at your Pro Day, have you decided that you only want to play quarterback in the NFL?
A. I'm not stupid. Yes, I want to play quarterback in the NFL. But if it doesn't work out, I'll play another position. I'll play wherever they need me in the NFL.
Q. Unlike the NFL Combine, you got to run at your Pro Day. You were clocked by stopwatches as low as 4.43 seconds in the 40-yard dash. How's the hamstring?
A. It's 100 percent. It may be stronger than it was before I injured it. It felt great out there, running around.
Q. It's no secret that your hometown team, the Carolina Panthers, are very interested in you. They flew you in for a private workout. How did that go?
A. Coach (John Fox) wasn't there because he had to be somewhere else. I talked to him at the NFL Combine though. At the workout, it was the offensive coordinator, a few assistants, and the GM. I caught punts and kickoffs, and did more work at wide receiver. They wanted to study me at other positions, and they said I had a good workout.
Q. How did you feel about the fact that the Panthers didn't work you out at quarterback?
A. Well, they had one of their scouts at my Pro Day, and they saw me throw at the NFL Combine. I guess they have seen enough of me at quarterback. After my (private workout), they didn't really say where they liked me the most. They said they are still 50-50 on quarterback or wide receiver.
Q. I bet a lot of your friends are excited that the Panthers are giving you some love?
A. Yes, sir. There are a lot of Panther fans at Appalachian State (in Boone, N.C.), and in my hometown (Greenwood, S.C.). They would love to see me play for Carolina. I didn't really follow them much growing up, but I wouldn't mind playing for them. They are close to home."
first paragraph: "The Panthers have downloaded a new app, signing third-round draft choice (89th overall) Armanti Edwards from Appalachian State"
second paragraph: "Edwards, 5-foot-11 and 182 pounds, played in 51 games with 49 starts at Appalachian State and compiled a 42-7 record as the team's starting quarterback"
fifth paragraph: "While making many plays with his arm, Edwards also made many plays with his legs. He twice led Appalachian State in rushing – ranking first on the team with 1,588 yards as a sophomore and 941 yards as a junior"