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    I certainly bleed my Panther blue, and have followed the team so long, that I'm beginning to feel like history as opposed to remembering history. That being said, I follow the Panthers very closely and am truly a Panthers fanatic in the best sense of the word.

    In addition to following the Panthers and the NFL, I also write poems and essays regarding different aspects of race relations in America, and sometimes the world. You can see some of my poetry at blackpoems.net, and perhaps more importantly read my essays on race at racerelations.net. Yes, I know that dealing with racial issues can seem somewhat taboo at times, but my goal is to provide forums where people can at least open up a dialogue and discuss racial issues forthrightly, but respectfully. It is my dream that people will get to a point where, like Dr. martin Luther King expressed, people will be judged by their character and not skin color. Moreover, I have been known to write reviews and opinions on different aspects of the wireless industry, and other issues that affect consumers.

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  1. Fluff is not based upon stats and grades, so this is not your traditional, off-season fluff piece. There is reason to believe that Samuel will be a legit weapon the coming season based upon limited work last season. We all saw it. The PFF piece just lends credence to what we already suspect.
  2. Pro Football Focus has pretty much affirmed the belief that Samuel can be a legit starter and play maker going forward, largely based upon his marked leap from year one to year two. Samuel's grade as an outside receiver ballooned 20 points. Samuel's play in 2018 bodes well for even more development the coming season. PFF has confirmed what many saw from the beginning of preseason last year, and that is Samuel's ability to separate (seemingly almost immediately at times) and excel at route running. "He is sudden at the line of scrimmage and can create immediate separation with his releases as a result. Also, leaning on his elite natural ability, Samuel honed an expanded route tree in 2018. "After catching passes on just four different route concepts in 2017, Samuel split out his receiving production to 10 different route concepts in 2018. Most notably, his receiving production ballooned while running hitches, post routes and crossing routes. "Samuel specifically thrived on passes of 10-plus air yards when running routes from an outside receiver alignment. He earned an impressive 88.2 receiving grade when targeted at such depths and ranked fifth in passer rating when targeted (134.1), as well." The expanded route tree is something that many may have missed, but Samuel became much more versatile in his second year, and his third season will hopefully be an expansion upon his first two. Norv and Rivera surely can't find any more excuses to hold Samuel back now, he's turning into a pro's pro right before our very eyes, and that's something that hasn't been so easily seen from a few of the guys that preceded him relatively recently. https://www.profootballfocus.com/news/pro-panthers-curtis-samuel-developing-into-a-quality-option-at-outside-wide-receiver
  3. Cam and Williams have already leapt. Here is the Riot Reports': D.J. Moore Curtis Samuel Shaq Thompson James Bradberry Bryan Cox Jr. https://theriotreport.com/five-panthers-who-need-to-make-the-leap-in-2019/
  4. I think that if they wanted him, they would have signed him already on the cheap (as well as any other team). He ain't coming here.
  5. Neither was Philly or Shep. If he sticks this season, it will be his last.
  6. Nah, man, that statement makes me cringe. He made some key plays at times, but he was never ever the best receiver on the field, and if he was, it's because Moore and Samuel were being brought along slowly for different reasons. Panthers fans are still suffering from PTSD of having below average receivers for so many years that they don't know a bench warmer versus a legitimate play maker at the position. Jarius Wright is the fourth or fifth option in most receiving corps, and that's what he should be on ours. He is no one's legit starter. He has proven what he is, and last year played to script. He had opportunities to increase his stature in Minny when the injury bug hit them hard, and much like a Philly Brown or Russell Shepard, he just really couldn't raise his level of play consistently (which happens if you're a true bench guy going against starting corners week in and week out). I believe that Panthers fans should resist blowing JAG receivers out of proportion, and to suggest that a bench guy's release is a "fireable" offense is beyond funny to me.
  7. Wright is JAG, and that's why the Vikings simply let him go, and it's also why he was not really a coveted or even talked-about receiver when he became a free agent. What he does, any slot receiver worth his weight in gold should do, IMO. Godwin is an ex five star recruit who went to a run-first school, was in an offense that spread the ball to several mouths to feed, ended up in one coach's dawghouse for perceived lack of effort in blocking, had a better season under a regime change, and then was basically derailed by injury during his senior season. But, he still showed enough promise---telltale traits that indicated why he was a five star recruit in the first place---to attract the pros. He is an excellent route runner with insane hands (one drop in 2018, as well as a career with few drops) and high football IQ. The thing that could land him on the PS is only his lack of functional strength. That's it. That as well as Wright's experience is the only real reason I can see Wright making the roster over him. If things go to the normal script, then Rivera (Norv and Hurney) will exclaim the virtues of competition, which will be fully rhetorical in nature, but keep the aging vet per his default position...unless the pressure of Tepper changes things. Godwin making the 53 will be indicative of true change, because he has youth on his side and skills to surpass Wright this year. https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.dawgnation.com/football/3-things-to-know-about-wr-terry-godwin-one-of-georgias-all-time-playmakers/amp https://ugawire.usatoday.com/2018/01/17/terry-godwin-had-highest-wr-rating-of-any-draft-eligible-receiver-still-came-back/ https://mobile.twitter.com/pff_college/status/895759423766921216
  8. Smith and Wright are aging stopgaps. Moore and especially Samuel provide speed! Godwin is a younger, better version of Wright (mark my words). Godwin is probably also more versatile than Wright as he could believably play on the outside. As Godwin and Samuel can play the slot, I just see Wright's skill set as more redundant than Smith's. But honestly, I wouldn't cry if we ultimately unload one or the other, or both.
  9. Moore, Samuel, Hogan, Smith and Godwin. No way that Godwin doesn't make this team. He is kind of under the radar, but he's an exceptional route runner with elite hands. Injury stunted his college emergence. Once he gets a little stronger and heavier, he's good to go.
  10. Rookie Fumbe-itis, I hope. At least the ones I saw were completely unnecessary. He just needs to gain better recognition and awareness---keep that head on a swivel...Get them eyes in the back of his head online at all times. As for conditioning, yeah, he looked like Armanti Edwards out there on a play or two, but perhaps he should get up with 22 to see what he's doing---match that training regimen. I'm excited by him. Moore, Samuel and Wri---wrong! Moore, Samuel and Godwin (IF Rivera doesn't get in the way) should be a helluva trio once the season is going full steam. Throw in the RBs and TEs and Hogan, and that's an offense built to kill with a healthy Cam at the helm.
  11. Exactly! I don't even think that the Huddle is really hyping the picks, much less over-hyping them. Just my opinion, the wise Panthers fan just waits to see what unfolds. Historically, we won't know what we really have until probably early October at the very earliest. Generally, It takes time for rookies to transition and flash with consistency. There is a difference between what looks solid on paper---based upon college film---and what transpires on the pro field, and sometimes the growth continues as planned (or better than planned), and sometimes it stutters, hits a brick wall, or simply just peters out. Deciding to have an initial positive perspective based upon drafting what seem to be quality players, based upon tape, traits and talent, who look to fill areas of need is not over-hyping players. Starting a relatively random thread with a deceptive thread title is trying too hard to discredit the players before they've even gotten their feet wet, and it bespeaks more to an agenda than analysis.
  12. poo, NC needs to do that. The Carolinas suck regarding teacher salaries, TA's salaries and Bus Driver salaries. They proclaim all that first class rhetoric, but give fourth class pay.
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