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  1. I was a lot more NASCAR than football at that point. Never huge on DW. But, once I had my NASCAR license, there was a deal at Hickory where the big man was signing autographs, I was still young so I was kinda into it, and they stuffed him in the ticket box (I also met a younger, still playing John Settle there, which was somewhat interesting for the two years he was actually around), which was up on a hill on the front stretch. Well you still gotta get out of there, and people crowded him, and he started to fall but my dad caught him. Race day, DW invited me to his hauler, and I
  2. And yet they're really just doing the same things, for the most part. Power, two tight end football. I want to say I have read some unstated, but still residual, Lee Ward pining in this post.
  3. It's entirely possible that they will again, after preseason's done. He's on at least the PR unit, so he's gonna stand a good chance at the active roster as a WR. yeah. I'm not against the team being interested in the right waiver pickup or cheap vet. But there's not some requirement to flood this team with upgrades that aren't coming. Norwood not being satisfying enough for the screamers doesn't change a lot. Three or four receivers will play a meaningful role this season. If they really feel like one can be better than their 3 or 4, they might make a move. And that's a good point a
  4. all this hyperbole. "no one's looking for a #1 here!" "there are v8s out here and this team is just too stubborn to care!!1" Who are we complaining about that's just sitting there that's starting quality* or even high-level situational depth, that we haven't looked at? *the only relevant term - we can stop using code words for what you're saying you want
  5. exactly. I don't know. I think too many people buy into a "one player away" thing, are too willing to give up continual success for right now. You field the best football team you can every year. And the people dying for a big trade for this or that would be the first in line to criticize how bad it was if/when it didn't work.
  6. But that's not how things work, of course. They didn't trade for Norwood because they "missed" on Wayne. They saw an opportunity. This franchise isn't in business of doing the fans' bidding for name recognition at a position. I see a lot of discussion about drawing doubles, too, and sure, that'd be great. A player who demands attention, and then can overcome that extra attention, would be fantastic. But that's not at all realistic right now. You want players who fill roles, can win one on one matchups.
  7. it's easy to throw out analytics when they don't agree with them. That's why they're necessary - the same things that emotionally tell you Player X was really great, are the same reasons you can't rely on them to make business decisions.
  8. This has real value. It might not grade "your" player well, but on average, it's a set of skilled eyes grading things like blocking in a way no one here can. It doesn't mean, in 20 plays, for instance that a career is over. Game 1 of preseason isn't the end-all, be-all determinant (I saw a "cut Ealy" in the other thread and an all but "it's OK that Lee Ward had a -1" - turns out falling off your man in the hole isn't universally accepted) of a player's career. Right now, positive is a nice thing to have, but a few negatives aren't catastrophic.
  9. he does play a ton of special teams, and he would've been very helpful when they ended up having to keep Olsen in to block. Tolbert is a tremendous run, pass blocker and a weapon on both offense and special teams. I know it's easy to get hyped for Ward, and I root for everyone. He's talented. But let's let him stand out on a Panthers football field before we give him a roster spot.
  10. I don't believe that's unique to Bersin. Cotchery does his work in the middle of the field. Funchess could very conceivably start but shift inside for the speed guys. ​ Olsen's spread at least half the time and is tremendously reliable. Also, I clicked with the promise of quantification - snaps/targets - fair enough but I don't see any quantification of these items.
  11. Not really. The staff is somewhat conservative. Yes, Rivera tends to succeed most when he deviates from that, but know that's what this team is - conservative. This team is going to be able to do some things that you're gonna pretend you saw coming - on its way toward doing the necessary things like throw deep, run the ball, set up good 3rd downs. Shula isn't perfect, Ron's game management isn't perfect, but the end result is still better than most. This team isn't somehow magically held back from being this tremendously wide open offense by Shula, it's what Ron wants. With this defense
  12. ​fair point. They don't measure that, that I'm aware, in the NFL (or at least the media doesn't report it).
  13. valuable info, glad to see he wants to show others. You have to have knowledge to pass it on. For what it's worth, Kelvin (34.75) doesn't have a ton more wingspan than Devin (33.5), but d'amned if it isn't a game of inches.
  14. when this first came out as a BBR hypothesis, I didn't like it either. Yes, early 2014 Cam was a better passer than mid 2014 Cam, and there was a conspicuous lack of running there for obvious reasons in the early portion. But, Cam broke rookie records as a passer and rusher at the same time. Negating his first three years to suggest that injured Cam is better than healthy Cam, I don't agree with that. Mid-14 Cam had no running game around him, no protection, a defense that was suddenly starting to fail him, no special teams, and no receiving depth. That Cam pressed (all the despera
  15. I don't know why people had concern that DF and KB would've been similar, because I would take about all the Kelvin Benjamins they'd let me have. Good on Funchess for being versatile though.
  16. 40 time isn't crucial, and this won't be popular, but I care about a prospect a ton more than I care whether he went to a school you like.
  17. so that's a "no" to quantifying that. Do you at least have numbers on his drops then? Anybody have PFF handy?
  18. Still not happy with OT. Competition could bear that out, but that's a pair of positions where you're on the field every down and have to be good at every single thing, every single down. Right now this #2 receiver thing boils down to combining the players who do things well into one player, with realistic impact coming in fewer snaps. Definitely still plenty of room to upgrade WR, too. Could use a back.
  19. is there some sort of quantifiable way of saying "He wasn't getting open consistently enough to be considered anything but a 4th wr at best"? That seems like a fine argument, except there's nothing backing it whatsoever. What level of "getting open" has this mythical #2 on it, and what has a #4? I do agree Olsen shouldn't be blocking.
  20. CJ is 28. I know you're not saying he's 31, but to reiterate he's 28. He still has a lot of prime play left.
  21. we disagree and that's OK. It'd be great if a player showed up that can stretch it deep, but also be sure-handed, a great blocker, and be able to settle into underneath routes. For right now, they split that amount of roles across a few guys. I'm just stating that's a valid concept. As is ball control. Team's winning with both.
  22. They happened. Does that negate what I said? No. Of course, a WR's role isn't only to run the 9 route and speed isn't the only way to get open.
  23. this exactly. And, since that's the third WR it's worth noting the 4th guy rarely provides any real receiving value unless something catastrophic happens.
  24. Olsen was split out (wide or slot) 50% of the time in '13. I don't remember what he was for '14. He's not a WR, but he's quite possibly the best player catching the football Carolina has. A 1000 yard TE isn't some third or fourth option on a team like this. I don't think we're going to agree that the WR's role is always to work deep and Olsen's is to always work short (or even half the time). And yes, I'm saying the O isn't going to open up. Rivera said, 10 catches from WR (2014 provided 11, for what it's worth). He's going to play ball control, he's going to play defense. Has d
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