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Trai Turner pushing Eric Berry to join the Panthers

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https://pantherswire.usatoday.com/2019/03/14/panthers-free-agency-trai-turner-eric-berry-chiefs-eric-reid/

 

The Panthers were obviously interested in signing Eric Weddle, and apparently were one of the five teams that were on his final list before he signed with the Rams. That means they’re likely still looking for another safety.

Berry is a tenacious defender with excellent ball skills (14 career interceptions and 51 pass breakups). He’s also the right kind of character from a culture perspective and would no doubt quickly become one of coach Ron Rivera’s favorites.

On the downside, injuries have been a problem for Berry throughout his career and he’s only played three regular season games over the last two years. Berry is also more of a strong safety – and Carolina needs more of a cover safety to balance out Reid’s skill-set.

Then again, Berry’s history with injuries (and the number of names still out there) could drive down his price tag.

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I love EB as a person and admire his game. But does he really fit our need at FS? I'd like an infusion of youth and speed at the FS position. If we sign him I'll be cautiously optimistic.

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1 minute ago, Mr. Scot said:

Three games in two years?

If that's accurate, yikes!

Hard to help a team win cheering from the sidelines.

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1 minute ago, Dex said:

I love EB as a person and admire his game. But does he really fit our need at FS? I'd like an infusion of youth and speed at the FS position. If we sign him I'll be cautiously optimistic.

He's only 29, on a 1-2 year deal paired with Reid you can't ask for too much of a better back end duo. Given injury concerns and the market should come at a modest cost if we were to inquire I'd imagine. I would still like to see us draft another FS, as I'm not sold on Gaulden, but Reid, Berry, Gualden, Rookie / Jones I would not be mad about it. 

i also wouldn't be mad to see Boston return and FINALLY be the FS, a lot of his stint here was at the SS, and IMO a little out of his skill set. Can't deny he created INT's while he was here. Just wan't great at run support. 

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1 minute ago, SetfreexX said:

He's only 29, on a 1-2 year deal paired with Reid you can't ask for too much of a better back end duo. Given injury concerns and the market should come at a modest cost if we were to inquire I'd imagine. I would still like to see us draft another FS, as I'm not sold on Gaulden, but Reid, Berry, Gualden, Rookie / Jones I would not be mad about it. 

i also wouldn't be mad to see Boston return and FINALLY be the FS, a lot of his stint here was at the SS, and IMO a little out of his skill set. Can't deny he created INT's while he was here. Just wan't great at run support. 

I remember Boston taking some pretty horrific angles. I'd be a little concerned with him defending our backend. But anything is better than Jones or Gaulden right now.

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Hopefully we are looking at Ha Ha Dix and Boston in free agency. We definitely are going to need a cover safety from somewhere.

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2 minutes ago, Dex said:

I remember Boston taking some pretty horrific angles. I'd be a little concerned with him defending our backend. But anything is better than Jones or Gaulden right now.

my memory of boston was russell wilson carving him up in multiple games

but would be much better than jones or gaulden...i think

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are we going to sign someone that’s not coming off an injury?

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14 minutes ago, Mr. Scot said:

Three games in two years?

If that's accurate, yikes!

Well he did have cancer, so that is a large chunk of that.  I think the other is from him tearing his Achilles.

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While both Reid and Berry appear to be more SS than FS, they're able to play both positions which is highly desired by Rivera and co.

Would be a pass rusher, a nickelback, and a 3rd down rusher (unless Haynes can step in) away from a decent defense... nice.

Will be interesting to see if he is still there in a week or so. I think we address the nickel and/or edge first.

 

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