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Panthers LB Shaq Thompson Bulks Up


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14 hours ago, TheCasillas said:

For a linebacker it is. Remmeber most LBers are lined up against TEs and RBs. Those are easy routes. He grades above average in pass coverage compared to the rest of the league.

That's not good for a linebacker. Targeting mismatches against LBs is becoming the trend more and more - it's why Chinn was basically a LB for us last year because we already had two liabilities in Shaq and DEFINITELY in Whitehead -- and Shaq is Just Solid enough against the run and tackling that it's acceptable.

He's Eric Reid 2.0. He still tries to react to pass plays right when they happen instead of identifying the route concepts he's going against. 

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3 hours ago, LinvilleGorge said:

Every roster has strengths and weaknesses. Acknowledging that isn't being negative.

Keep in mind you are talking to the Huddle's dumbest poster.

Shaq has gotten grief in here since almost day one. He's a good player but he has never been a great player, yet somehow he is getting paid like a great player.

This is basically an annual thread at this point. I do think he gets more grief because of the Bradberry decision, however.

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2 hours ago, Rags said:

That's not good for a linebacker. Targeting mismatches against LBs is becoming the trend more and more - it's why Chinn was basically a LB for us last year because we already had two liabilities in Shaq and DEFINITELY in Whitehead -- and Shaq is Just Solid enough against the run and tackling that it's acceptable.

He's Eric Reid 2.0. He still tries to react to pass plays right when they happen instead of identifying the route concepts he's going against. 

Yeah and remember that was supposedly going to be his strength when we drafted him. He was supposed to be our next TD.

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1 hour ago, kungfoodude said:

Yeah and remember that was supposedly going to be his strength when we drafted him. He was supposed to be our next TD.

To be fair, the HBs and TEs and usage of Slot WRs, and the schemes used to expose these mismatches, in today's NFL is way different than what Shaq has to cover on a regular basis.

Like 8 years ago we'd love Shaq unanimously here.

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9 minutes ago, Rags said:

To be fair, the HBs and TEs and usage of Slot WRs, and the schemes used to expose these mismatches, in today's NFL is way different than what Shaq has to cover on a regular basis.

Like 8 years ago we'd love Shaq unanimously here.

That isn't a new thing, although thrbusgae may be increasing. He was drafted with the thought he could be that guy. He just hasn't been.

If we hadn't had TD and Luke, we'd live Shaq. He will always suffer from having two all time great LB's around him.

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Hard to criticize anyone last year. The defense was so passive we allowed receivers to catch the ball and then tried to.limit yards after the catch. Without pressure the secondary had to cover forever and they weren't good to begin with.  How many of those blitz attempts were off of stunts or disguised blitzes versus straight forward predictable bltzes coming from 10 yards back on a delayed blitz which was totally useless since the ball was already out to the 3 receivers wide open.

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7 hours ago, pantherclaw said:

It's very difficult to take you seriously when  you can even accurately describe a player. 

Please provide a statistical reason why you feel he’s a top level talent 

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27 minutes ago, pantherclaw said:

You can’t even prove he's average.  

It is kind of hard to call a player who gets a rating below 50 on PFF as even average. It takes those bright blue homer glasses to squint that in with the rest of your “the team never makes mistakes” takes. 

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Maybe the coaching staff told Thompson to bulk up during the off-season in anticipation of a specific role they had for him ?   

But in general it's better for older players to get more lean instead of adding weight.   The loss of weight helps improve quickness and speed, which counteracts the normal speed decline due to aging. 

 

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3 minutes ago, Toomers said:

It is kind of hard to call a player who gets a rating below 50 on PFF as even average. It takes those bright blue homer glasses to squint that in with the rest of your “the team never makes mistakes” takes. 

Way to quote PFF. 

You should have kept that to yourself. 

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1 minute ago, pantherclaw said:

Way to quote PFF. 

You should have kept that to yourself. 

Sure. Because they are much more Biased than someone who claims every move a team makes is great while that team continues to suck. You’re the biggest homer on here and know absolutely nothing about football. But we should all listen to you. What a joke. How many examples of our past “debates” you want to look at? 

    I can guarantee if PFF had a good review, it would have been your first post. Like any source, their credibility is based on how nice they say things about the Panthers. 

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