I don't really know if it's fair to say Hardy disappeared in some games. I think even when he wasn't dumping QBs on the ground he was drawing attention that opened things up for the other guys on D - whether that be CJ coming in from the other side, Keek shooting the gap to rack up a sack or tackle for loss, or Mitchell, TD, or Cap rushing from the end to make the play. Take Hardy away fro the play, and I think it immediately becomes more difficult to accomplish those shutdowns. As for Mario, Alexander, and the other guys in the DE rotation, they have shown flashes - and maybe they'll also develop into major talents - but based on what I saw this year I just don't think they're there yet. In the final analysis, I trust DG to do what's best for the team. And maybe Kraken walks, but I would not be surprised if he and the front office manage to reach some accommodation that keeps him in Panther blue for the coming year (and hopefully beyond).
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