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This can be a playoff team next year if we bring Cam back......


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As a gadget player getting 15-20 snaps a game (think Taysom Hill)... honestly at this point, that's where he can do the most damage in the league, how do you stop someone with his size and athleticism who could always pull up and pass it at any moment?

Draft a LT with the 6th pick, spend money in FA on some guards and/or a center, and bring back Gilmore to be a mentor for Horn.

Use CMC in a Deebo type of role, give him maybe 10 carries a game, but have him mostly lined up in the slot.

Just imagine rolling out there with DJ out wide to the left, Robby out wide to the right, CMC lined up in the slot to the left, with Cam and Hubbard in the backfield with Cam on the side of the field as CMC.

You motion Hubbard out of the backfield and line him up behind CMC and pitch the ball out wide to Cam to now have the ball in space.  You have two of the better route runners in the league in DJ and CMC out there running two routes, CMC short and DJ mid range and you have Robby running a go route on the far side of the field, with Hubbard now acting as a lead blocker in front of Cam (or maybe this should be Tommy).

How do you defend that situation?

Cam could run the ball with 3 blockers out in front of him and in space, but you also have to respect DJ and CMC out there as he could easily throw to one of them for an easy 10-15 yard gain, and if Robby beats his man, Cam has the arm to get it to him deep.  It really is a lose-lose situation for the defense there, you have to pick your poison, but if Cam makes smart decisions, I don't see how that can be beat over the course of a full game if designed and executed properly.

The NFL is starting to act like the NBA where there are position-less players, you put Cam, CMC, and DJ out there on the field at once with Cam as a utility player and not a straight QB, I think defenses will struggle immensely to defend that.

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6 minutes ago, PandaMan said:

Cam said he wouldn’t mind being a backup on a potential contender, but he didn’t want to play for a 5-12 team. Well… we’ll probably be worse than that, so I doubt he’s coming back 

I think that's why you sell him on this idea, pitch it as a 1 year deal to be our backup QB if Darnold gets hurt, but when healthy, Cam still gets 20 snaps a game.  Worst case scenario for him, he proves his value as this do-everything player and a contender signs him to do that for them next year for a ton of money.

You pitch him on what this offense could be, particularly if CMC stays healthy and we draft an elite LT, as those two things change EVERYTHING.

I think we'll have a very good defense next year, we'll get Horn back, and I think a big reason for the fall off in the second half of the season was less about the defense as much as the offense just being terrible and putting the defense in bad situations and being on the field for too much time.

We've seen how effective that can be with Hill, except Cam is bigger, stronger, a better runner, and a better passer, I think it would be perfect.

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I appreciate what Cam has done for this franchise--a signed #1 jersey hangs proudly in my man cave, but Cam would be an expensive distraction.  Not his fault, but if he is on the roster, every time the QB throws a pick the huggers would start banging their drums.  When Sam Darnold replaced Cam and there were boos at home--even though Cam has not won a game for the panthers in his past 12 or so starts--that is what I mean as a distraction. I think it is best that we, as a franchise and fan base, turns the page.  So this idea has merit on one level, but in reality, I question its practical applicability. 

 

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Matt Rhule wouldn’t even run him on Sunday to beat Brady on the 1 lol

Don’t get it twisted.  Cam is done here.  All that nice talk by Rhule today is just him trying to end this as nice as possible.   He isn’t in the plans and Cam already spoke on who he would be willing to play for (we aren’t that). 

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Cam already said he wants to go to a contender and not a 5 win team. That would mean he is not coming back here. We get Darnold or another busted QB. At best we get a serial sexual predator...it's grim AF in Pantherland right now and at least Cam escaped with some nice pocket change for being underplayed. 

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5 minutes ago, MHS831 said:

I appreciate what Cam has done for this franchise--a signed #1 jersey hangs proudly in my man cave, but Cam would be an expensive distraction.  Not his fault, but if he is on the roster, every time the QB throws a pick the huggers would start banging their drums.  When Sam Darnold replaced Cam and there were boos at home--even though Cam has not won a game for the panthers in his past 12 or so starts--that is what I mean as a distraction. I think it is best that we, as a franchise and fan base, turns the page.  So this idea has merit on one level, but in reality, I question its practical applicability. 

 

See, I don't think that would be the case in this situation.

If he's here to be on the field for 20 snaps a game in a variety of positions, I don't think a Darnold INT will have people clamoring for Cam to be the starter again, particularly if it's working out with Cam in this role.

I think we all know Cam, at this point, just isn't an elite starting QB that can carry a team to the SB, I love the guy, but he's not that anymore.  Which is why I think he'd do really well in this position, give him 20 snaps a game, with probably 15 of them lined up at a position other than QB, 5 he's a decoy, 5 times he throws it, 10 times he runs it.  

He'll be very successful in that role, so much so that I don't think people would be yelling for him to become the QB if Darnold throws a pick.

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