Somehow I've missed this thread in it's entirety. What started out as a horrible thread was saved by the huddle coming together and being a single collective unit of douchebags. I wish I would have taken a part of it.
I'm really excited to see the Defense more than the Offense. I would suppose that it's because we all know what to expect from the Offense-High Octane insane scoring. The Defense, even with all the question marks, has me very excited to see them. The competition in the secondary with all the new parts being infused via the draft and free agency. Haruki Nakamura being one of the prime suspects, Josh Norman and his confidence. Of course he needs to be on the field and work hard. He's not arrived yet, but with guidance and dedication I believe he can become that #2 that's been badly needed in that secondary.
Then there's the Line backing corp that is amazing with the addition of Stud LB Luke Kuechly. Which to me, will more than likely be the kryptonite to Jimmy Graham and any other TE that faces him. He's big enough, strong enough, Fast enough to keep up with any of these TE's in this division. What's the icing on the cake is that his football IQ is out of this world. Jon Beason ascension from the very depths of hell to be reborn. Every Panther fan should know what he's capable of, everyone in the league knows who Jon Beason is and what he's capable of. Thomas Davis is another feel good story even if he doesn't come back full force. Anything you can get from this man is a plus in my opinion. Some say that he's the same as Otah. "He never plays", non sense. Davis determination and drive are more than enough. He will be on that field and if we see a fraction of the TD we all know and love. This defense is going to be dominating. James Anderson, the unsung hero. The guy that does his job every year and some seem to think he's just another guy. I have more respect for this man. He's taken the reigns so to speak and driven this carcass of what we call a defense. To his credit, his services have been short of phenomenal. Your corp is only as good as it's back ups. I have peace of mind knowing that Anderson can come in and take over if needed.
..now the defensive line. Probably the most perplexing part of the defense. Other than Charles Johnson, everyone else is unknown. Hardy has been consistently average, but is primed to make some noise. Frank Alexander is the prototypical DE. I realize he's a rookie, yet there is plenty to be excited about. I've heard good things about him at camp. Getting preseason snaps will only make him better. Thomas Kieser is a dark horse in this. His numbers were Hardy-esque, he has a great motor which could very well make him stand out this season. Antwan Applewhite also had multiple sacks last season. He's another rotational guy. This will more than likely be a pass rush by committee, unless one of the previous mentioned players emerges to become the bookend of CJ.
Lets take a look at the inside of the line. Probably the most scrutinized and critiqued of places in this whole line. I share the concern most of us have. It seems Rivera is relying a lot on the return of Ron Edwards. By the video I've seen of him and the chats people have about him on radio and video, he's a force in that line. He commands double teams and opens up opportunities for other players to come in and produce a sack, force a fumble or tackle for yard loss. I'm sincerely hoping his recent injury isn't serious. We as fans don't know what to expect from him. Not with this unit. He was average with KC from what I've seen and read but he did his job which was generate double teams. Even if Edwards goes down again, god forbid of course. I have confidence in the other DT's that ready to take over. The pair of 3rd rounders that have been polarizing are now two years in to the system and have had a full off season. Frank Kearse, Terrel McClain, Sione Fua have much to prove and yet this is the only area that I'm concerned about.
The rest of the team, all the other facets of it. I'm not concerned with. The offense with Cam under center will just be potent. The Special Teams has been revamped and every position is being competed for.
Ladies and gentlemen. The time to Temper your enthusiasm has come and gone. It's time to back this team with everything. Buckle up for this ride that will be a memorable one. It's in the air, electric, infectious. I'm ready for it and I will be damned if I don't make noise each and every Sunday (Thursday too) where I live for everyone to hear my support for this team.
I think Rivera's frustration is more because he sees that they are progressing like he would like and by not being on the field they are taking away valuable reps. At the same time it's good to see the other CB's on this team get reps and make plays. Competition man, it's there and it's making everyone better.
SPARTANBURG, S.C. (AP) - Brandon LaFell is eager to play a bigger role this year in the Carolina Panthers' offense. And he's going to get that opportunity. LaFell, now in his third season with the Panthers, comes in as the team's No. 2 receiver and is expected to start alongside five-time Pro Bowler Steve Smith, according to coach Ron Rivera. That's not altogether a new role for LaFell. He started six games at the end of last season after Legedu Naanee broke his foot. LaFell played well once he got a grasp of offensive coordinator Rob Chudzinski's offense and he knows this season represents a golden opportunity to establish himself as an NFL starter for years to come. "I think last year when Legedu broke his foot Brandon stepped up," Rivera said. "But now he has to step up a little more because he has to take that pressure off of Steve Smith." In last year's season finale against New Orleans, tight end Greg Olsen left with an injury and Carolina's offense almost immediately went in the tank. The Saints* were able to key on Smith and shut down the high-flying Panthers, limiting them to 301 net yards and 17 points. "They were able to roll their coverage to Steve," Rivera said. "At that point you'd like to see Brandon take over. I think as a young player he's still learning how to do things. So this year is a good opportunity. I think he's stepped up so far in camp. Now we'll see as we get the pads on." LaFell knows nothing is given to him. The Panthers (No. 20 in the AP Pro 32) have several receivers ready to push him for playing time. Among those are newcomer Louis Murphy from the Oakland Raiders and David Gettis, who started ahead of LaFell two years ago before a knee injury sidelined him in 2011. Gettis is still on the physically unable to perform list and hasn't practiced at training camp, but Murphy is beginning to make his presence known. "When you got a guy like him come in, and he doesn't even know the offense yet but is making plays the first day out there, that's going to make you step your game up," LaFell said. "So I feel like I have to stay in my playbook and keep making plays and catch a lot of balls." LaFell had 613 yards receiving on 36 receptions and three touchdowns last year, with most his success coming later in the season. He struggled early on to pick up Chudzinski's complicated offense after a lockout-shortened offseason. "To be honest, it probably took until Week 8 or Week 9 to grasp the whole offense and really go out there and be comfortable," LaFell said. Once he did, he started looking like a force. He caught 18 passes for 319 yards over the final seven games, including a 91-yard touchdown reception against Tampa Bay in Week 16 - the longest in franchise history. That's something he'd like to build on. Along with becoming a better downfield blocker LaFell said he wants to catch more deep balls. "I feel like I really need to work on creating more separation" between the defensive back, LaFell said. With an increased comfort level on offense, LaFell feels as though the sky is the limit. "It's totally different, this camp is just about fine-tuning things," LaFell said. "It's not like last year or my first camp where we had a new coaching staffs and we had to learn the playbook and it took a lot of time to learn things. This year's about going over those mental reps and getting better at it." Rivera said LaFell wasn't alone in taking a while to pick things up. "There were several guys that took a while to get comfortable," Rivera said. "DeAngelo Williams was another guy we were concerned with, and you guys (in the media) were killing me with early last season. But then he started to come along. This is not a simple offense. That's the truth to the matter. It took some guys longer, but when you bring in a new staff there's a learning curve to it."
The Panthers (No. 20 in the AP Pro 32) have several receivers ready to push him for playing time. Among those are newcomer Louis Murphy from the Oakland Raiders and David Gettis, who started ahead of LaFell two years ago before a knee injury sidelined him in 2011. Gettis is still on the physically unable to perform list and hasn't practiced at training camp, but Murphy is beginning to make his presence known. "When you got a guy like him come in, and he doesn't even know the offense yet but is making plays the first day out there, that's going to make you step your game up," LaFell said. "So I feel like I have to stay in my playbook and keep making plays and catch a lot of balls." LaFell had 613 yards receiving on 36 receptions and three touchdowns last year, with most his success coming later in the season. He struggled early on to pick up Chudzinski's complicated offense after a lockout-shortened offseason. "To be honest, it probably took until Week 8 or Week 9 to grasp the whole offense and really go out there and be comfortable," LaFell said. Once he did, he started looking like a force.
Don't get me started on 'the hitman' he sounds like a total douche bag. There's some fans that shouldn't call in that are annoying as hell but they let them talk anyway. Like that guy, Tony from Shelby... *cough*
Other than the fact that he's a Panther and we have to/should support him....
WHEN IS THE LAST TIME HE DID ANYTHING GOOD???????
He had that one really good year , followed by a decent year (by good RB standards mediocre ) , got his chunk of $$$ and now what? All he does is put up 20-50 yards a game while cockblocking someone who's 4385348 times the back he is (Stewart) from getting carries. With Tolbert here , I hope he get's moved out of their way.
Seriously the 1st thing I do when I start a franchise on Madden is cut Williams.
I don't hate the guy (except the year I drafted him for fantasy) I WANT him to do well.... he just doesn't
I don't understand the nut hugging he gets from coaches and fellow Panther fans. The dude isn't any good
WHY IS HE STARTING OVER STEWART SKGJNEROIPQHETOIHTH