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Panthers LB Shaq Thompson Bulks Up


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https://www.yahoo.com/sports/panthers-lb-shaq-thompson-put-150020640.html

Panthers LB Shaq Thompson put on 10 pounds this offseason

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Panthers linebacker Shaq Thompson is entering his seventh year in the NFL.

Every year brings unique challenges, so to stay on stop professional athletes have to evolve their game and their bodies as-needed. One change for Thompson this coming season will be carrying a bit more weight. Defensive coordinator Phil Snow told reporters today that Thompson added about 10 pounds this offseason, bringing him up to the 235-237 range.

It’s a safe bet that extra weight is more muscle than Bojangles.

Either way, in the absence of future Hall of Famer Luke Kuechly Thompson has become Carolina’s most consistent defender.

While Jeremy Chinn led the team in tackles last season, Thompson was close behind and only missed eight attempts (6.6%). His coverage is still solid as well, as he allowed one touchdown and a 90.7 passer rating. Thompson didn’t record any sacks and only posted two QB hits all year though, despite 55 blitz attempts.

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Allowing a 90.7 passer rating is not exactly solid coverage. 55 blitz attempts, no sacks and only 2 qb hits. He tackles well, that is about it.

How they get consistent out of this is weird. I guess he consistently underperformed. 

 

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Just now, PootieNunu said:

Allowing a 90.7 passer rating is not exactly solid coverage. 55 blitz attempts, no sacks and only 2 qb hits. He tackles well, that is about it.

How they get consistent out of this is weird. I guess he consistently underperformed. 

 

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.

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4 minutes 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.

He is paid like he is elite, so I expect that, not consistently average or just slightly above average. 

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1 minute ago, TheCasillas said:

he is the 20th highest paid LB in the league. He is paid like he is an above average LBer. him on a contract for 8million this year is an extremely fair deal for what he does on the field.

Oh the restructure, I forgot.  He has a cap hit of 8mil this year, but 18m next season, 19m the following season. 

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23 minutes ago, TheCasillas said:

he is the 20th highest paid LB in the league*. He is paid like he is an above average LBer. him on a contract for 8million this year is an extremely fair deal for what he does on the field.

*Technically yes, but that list of LBers also includes Pass Rushing OLBs in 3-4 schemes (Vonn Miller, Kalil Mack, etc.)

4-3 Inside LBer rankings he's near the top.

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Never been a huge fan of shaq. I want him to do well as a panther, but he has always struck me as average at best, disappointing for a first rounder, even a late one.

I know it is hurneys fault, but we gave him way too much money and we should have signed bradbury instead.

I dont think 4/3 linebackers should be drafted in the first round unless they are exceptional.

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Hopefully that doesn't equate to a loss of speed. Shaq is a likeable guy but one big change we need with Fitterer is how we invest in linebackers. An 18 million dollar cap hit for a 28 year old linebacker will only go one of two ways.

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