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Torrey Smith shows leadership

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I'm sorry if this was posted before, but I don't remember seeing it.

Panthers WR Torrey Smith has inspiring impromptu meeting with youth group as camp ends

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“My message to them was about not letting your past define you,” he said. “We’ve all made mistakes. None of us are perfect. (They all) are lucky that (they) have the opportunity to go out there and change it, especially while (they are) young.

“I told them the example of my mother. When you make a mistake when you’re young, it doesn’t forgive you. It’s going to hang with you when you want to get a job, when you need a loan, whatever it may be. And sometimes people don’t get it removed. So I just talked to them about not letting that hold them back. Not letting society put pressure on them or hold them back. And figuring out what success looks like for them.

“(I told them) what they have to do work-wise, discipline-wise and how to stay around the right circle and not let peer pressure get to you, which is always hard, even for adults.”

 

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15 minutes ago, bull123 said:

Hope he comes thru for us on the field

He will but if not he is so valuable to us as a leader and mentor to our young wide receiver group. Many of whom are similar style players to him

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Torrey has not played a real down for us yet, but most things point to Torrey being a Panther for life. He may be the best Hurney acquisition since Olsen. I just have a strange feeling he will be a long term panther. I see Torrey playing the Slot, and Z positions. I do see him having a really good year for us offensively. Bringing leadership to the WR core is essential for our success, much like Cotchery did for us on our 2015 Super Bowl run.

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is it just me or is Torrey Smith pretty much done as a player??

I figured when we traded Worley for him - it was more of us trying to get rid of Worley than really wanting Smith.. 

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his numbers have drastically gone down since his time in B-more.. with DJ, Samuel and Byrd (all burners) waiting in the wings - i'd figure we need another possession receiver.. his contract is up after next year and i think that's when his time will be over with us.. could be wrong thou

 

Sorry to turn this into a Torrey bashing but I love what he did with the kids.. amazing

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on the field he sucks. might make 1 or 2 plays a year that make people think "does he still have it." well, he doesnt. but, there are worse guys to have on your team and I do think in the NFL you need leaders and not a bunch of divas. 

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12 minutes ago, ericr0319 said:

on the field he sucks. might make 1 or 2 plays a year that make people think "does he still have it." well, he doesnt. but, there are worse guys to have on your team and I do think in the NFL you need leaders and not a bunch of divas. 

Problem is with a coach like Rivera, he's likely to block a more talented rookie's playing time.

That happens a LOT under Rivera.

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I don't get all the bashing. For example what did Ginn do in San Francisco? Nothing until he came here. Why? You need a QB with a good deep ball to feed fast receivers running deep downfield. Smith didn't put up bug yards in a WCO featuring short passes and counting on YAC. That isn't his game. But the Coryell system is a much better fit and he will prosper in this system. It isn't who they played for as much as fitting their skills into the right scheme.

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3 minutes ago, tiger7_88 said:

Problem is with a coach like Rivera, he's likely to block a more talented rookie's playing time.

That happens a LOT under Rivera.

No it doesn't. They play when they are ready. Rivera has been more willing to.play rookies than many coaches. If I remember correctly we started more rookies in the Superbowl than any team to that point.

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Panthers essentially gave up nothing to get Smith and are paying him peanuts by WR standards.  People here act like we need Smith to have a 1,000 yard season.  We just need him to get 400-500 yards and help move the chain on 3rd down and mentor our young WR talent.  Between CMC, Funchess, Samuel, Olsen, and Moore . . . how many looks do you really think Smith will get?

He's essentially an experienced role player and the hate here is unreal.  Also, it appears that he is okay in this role and isn't going to be a diva for targets like many of the free agent targets many here wanted (ie. Crabtree).  Don't minimize the importance of someone willing to allow our young WR talent be the focus.  

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19 minutes ago, panthers55 said:

I don't get all the bashing.

Because Byrd is the GOAT duh

We'd be fools to cut him.

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21 minutes ago, panthers55 said:

No it doesn't. They play when they are ready. Rivera has been more willing to.play rookies than many coaches. If I remember correctly we started more rookies in the Superbowl than any team to that point.

Huge difference in your hand being forced for whatever reason, lack of FAs, injuries or even a lack of coaching ability for certain players. In that regard Rivera does not. He is known to prefer the vet, ‘it’s his job to lose’ vs. taking a gamble. Rivera is convservative when it comes to personnel, plenty of examples of that and it’s well know to be his style.

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