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Sorry if this has been asked, but are referees at TC a new thing?  I'm not sure if I've heard of it, but I think it's a great idea; especially for those players without the playing experience.

They do it every year. Typically they go down and explain new rules and how they will be enforced etc

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KB, Ginn, Brown and Funchess are locks. I'll venture to say Cotch is a lock because of our team wanting a vet. That leaves 1 or 2 spots open for Boykin, Bersin, Byrd to compete for. I'd say Bersin has a leg up on the other two and Byrd over Boykin based on potential, but there's still the rest of camp and preseason to decide. I'd love a WR group of KB, Funch, Brown, Ginn, Bersin, Cotch and Byrd. Not sure I want to keep 7 that seems pretty high but that group would be really solid. Or Byrd to the PS would be great but we'd have to hope no other team would s)natch him up.

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Really feels like an 8-man race at this point: Benjamin, Funchess, Brown, Cotchery, Ginn, Bersin, Byrd, Boykin (I guess Presley could be a dark horse, but we may again stash him on the PUP). Think those top 6 make it, though in playing with lineups I could see scenarios where we keep 7. Byrd is most likely a Practice Squad player, I don't think anyone is gonna be plucking an undersized UDFA off our squad. 

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Rivera. Loves. Vets.

how many rookies were starting on defense last year ??

He loves vets until the rooks catch on and start out playing vets..........just like any other coach.

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KB, Ginn, Brown and Funchess are locks. I'll venture to say Cotch is a lock because of our team wanting a vet. That leaves 1 or 2 spots open for Boykin, Bersin, Byrd to compete for. I'd say Bersin has a leg up on the other two and Byrd over Boykin based on potential, but there's still the rest of camp and preseason to decide. I'd love a WR group of KB, Funch, Brown, Ginn, Bersin, Cotch and Byrd. Not sure I want to keep 7 that seems pretty high but that group would be really solid. Or Byrd to the PS would be great but we'd have to hope no other team would s)natch him up.

I understand everyone's rush to judgement on the possible roster spots at WR. I don't think or believe that the Panthers brought in the UDFA Paul Browning to fill a jersey. For what I understand and heard about the talent at the small DII Football Champions CSU-Pueblo in particular Paul Browning is not a rec to sleep on. He is a monster of a match up. oes not look like much at practice but is one of those game time guys and has a big chip on his shoulder underneath all that niceness that I am not buying.

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When I read that he said "6 or 7" Byrd was the first person (and only person) who came to mind.

Byrd is explosive.

Instead of thinking, "Who is #1 WR, who is the #2, who is the slot..." start thinking "Who will be the most effective WR group vs. this particular group of DBs, who will be the best vs. the next team...etc." 

Byrd gives this team a group of smallish speedsters (Byrd, Ginn, Brown) and a group of taller targets (KB, Funchess, Bersin) and a veteran possession guy (Cotchery).   Man, there are a lot of combinations possible.

Byrd may be groomed to return kicks/punts too.  Wonder how he would be as a gunner?  Etc etc etc.

Rivera's comment tells us everything about his mindset.  Good stuff, Jeremy.

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How would you compare his performance to Boykin's thus far, @Jeremy Igo?

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When I read that he said "6 or 7" Byrd was the first person (and only person) who came to mind.

Byrd is explosive.

Instead of thinking, "Who is #1 WR, who is the #2, who is the slot..." start thinking "Who will be the most effective WR group vs. this particular group of DBs, who will be the best vs. the next team...etc." 

Byrd gives this team a group of smallish speedsters (Byrd, Ginn, Brown) and a group of taller targets (KB, Funchess, Bersin) and a veteran possession guy (Cotchery).   Man, there are a lot of combinations possible.

Byrd may be groomed to return kicks/punts too.  Wonder how he would be as a gunner?  Etc etc etc.

Rivera's comment tells us everything about his mindset.  Good stuff, Jeremy.

That's exactly my line of thought right now, and I think it depends on whether or not they think it's possible for them to move him to the practice squad without a team snagging him, and that will depend largely on how he plays in the preseason games (when other teams really get a chance to see him).  I think the 6 right now are KB, Funch, Brown, Ginn, Cotch (unfortunately), and Bersin, and the 7th spot would be the "theres no way Byrd would make it through waivers" spot.

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how many rookies were starting on defense last year ??

He loves vets until the rooks catch on and start out playing vets..........just like any other coach.

Stay tuned...!  I'll have the analysis of the defense, including the number of rookies who started last year, posted soon. 

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Great news. His speed is in a class of his own even at his unexperienced age in the NFL.. has pretty good hands too.

 

I feel like he has more to give the team in real season games with huge open plays than Boykin, Cotch, Bersin.. plus seeing Cotch in the backfield is a really odd thing. Pulling for Byrd

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