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Some good roster analysis from Gantt


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Just looking at the offensive lineman on this roster, we have a lot of young guys to learn about and older guys with experience. Your probably looking at Paradis and Moton locked in at center and RT. After that anything could happen. 

I would gladly take Greg Little developing into a guard over nothing at all. Then you have guys like Elflein, Miller, and Erving that could keep the young guys on the bench.

The one thing we can say is the backups to our starters won't be untested or undrafted. If the LT missing a game means we get to see Brady Christensen develop...we will take that over watching Nate Chandler develop.

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People lost their minds when I said the Panthers have mortgaged their future on Sam Darnold, then Gantt of Panthers.com writes...

The Panthers did a lot of things over the weekend to make Darnold's life more secure. That's good news, but it also puts the bright light back on their quarterback.

By not drafting one, and picking up Darnold's fifth-year option, they've cast their lot with the former Jets first-rounder, and done their best to insulate him. Now it's on him to prove that he can grow into the job and earn that trust. It may not be New York, but there's still plenty of pressure.

That's NFL political talk for "mortgaging the future".

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Just now, joemac said:

Nobody mortgaged the future on Darnold.  Mortgaging the future would have been trading 4 first rounders for Watson or to move up in the draft to take a QB.

By forgoing the opportunity to draft a franchise QB we did mortgage the future on Darnold. Ultimately, this draft will be judged by A) whether Darnold pans out and B) whether Fields and/or Jones become legit franchise QBs. If Darnold continues to be bad while one or both of them prove legit then oh wee mayne. Not a good look and not good news for the future of the franchise.

 

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1 minute ago, LinvilleGorge said:

By forgoing the opportunity to draft a franchise QB we did mortgage the future on Darnold. Ultimately, this draft will be judged by A) whether Darnold pans out and B) whether Fields and/or Jones become legit franchise QBs. If Darnold continues to be bad while one or both of them prove legit then oh wee mayne. Not a good look and not good news for the future of the franchise.

 

If Darnold sucks, we will be right back in this same spot next year, looking to upgrade via trade or one of the top QBs in the draft...with plenty of cap space and all our draft picks.  IMO, this is hardly a mortgaging of the future, but I see what you are getting at.

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