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Vince Hilaire's Afro 27-09-2013 09:12 PM

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Originally Posted by Absolution (Post 11308199)
The Rams are like the Vikings, they go & draft some exciting young receivers then set out with the such a boring vanilla offense that doesn't make the most of the players.

It's the other end of the spectrum to Carolina who try a lot of things on offensive, but since taking Newton haven't gone after any wide receivers, running backs or tight ends high in the draft to help him out.

The Panthers have a number of decent WRs, just no big names. Looks like Ted Ginn Jr has finally turned the corner, which is good news. The trouble is, the Panthers have had so many big needs for a number of years now that a 1st Round WR has not been a priority. When you look at the last 3 1st Round picks of Newton, Keuchly and Lolotelei (sp) you can't really grumble. They're already calling our new big man 'The Death Star'! He's been great so far, look out for him.

As for TE's, we did a fairly expensive trade for Olsen from the Bears. We have a back up guy, new recruit with great athleticism and lots of upside (forget his name). But with our high investment on runners, the second TE tends to be kept mainly for blocking prowess.

I think it's fair to say that the Panthers have never had much trouble grabbing big chunks of yards in the air since Cam arrived. The problems have been a mediocre at best secondary, spluttering and expensive running game, and until this season, a front defensive line that couldn't bring any pressure. Excited about Star though - he's going to free up some monster stats for Greg Hardy and Charles Johnson.

Vince Hilaire's Afro 27-09-2013 09:16 PM

Forgot to add - the Panthers drafted Kenjon Barner at RB this year. Fairly low down, but he wasn't expected to fall that far. Thus bearing in mind we already have D Williams, Stewart, Tolbert, and of course Cam. I think this led to having to release Tauren Poole and Armond Smith, both of whom could do a decent job for any NFL team IMO.

Absolution 27-09-2013 09:22 PM

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Originally Posted by Vince Hilaire's Afro (Post 11308580)
The Panthers have a number of decent WRs, just no big names. Looks like Ted Ginn Jr has finally turned the corner, which is good news. The trouble is, the Panthers have had so many big needs for a number of years now that a 1st Round WR has not been a priority. When you look at the last 3 1st Round picks of Newton, Keuchly and Lolotelei (sp) you can't really grumble. They're already calling our new big man 'The Death Star'! He's been great so far, look out for him.

As for TE's, we did a fairly expensive trade for Olsen from the Bears. We have a back up guy, new recruit with great athleticism and lots of upside (forget his name). But with our high investment on runners, the second TE tends to be kept mainly for blocking prowess.

I think it's fair to say that the Panthers have never had much trouble grabbing big chunks of yards in the air since Cam arrived. The problems have been a mediocre at best secondary, spluttering and expensive running game, and until this season, a front defensive line that couldn't bring any pressure. Excited about Star though - he's going to free up some monster stats for Greg Hardy and Charles Johnson.

It wasn't meant so much as a dig at the Panthers, more the plug-and-play approach of teams like St Louis & Minnesota. They play more expansively even without the high profile picks in skill positions.

If Newton had Patterson or Austin I think we'd see far more interesting plays.

Vince Hilaire's Afro 27-09-2013 09:28 PM

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Originally Posted by Absolution (Post 11308598)
It wasn't meant so much as a dig at the Panthers, more the plug-and-play approach of teams like St Louis & Minnesota. They play more expansively even without the high profile picks in skill positions.

If Newton had Patterson or Austin I think we'd see far more interesting plays.

I didn't take it as a dig, I just think it's one of those things that's become a bit of a lazy assumption. Of course the Panthers would love another bona fide big name receiver to complement Steve Smith, but I actually really like the way NFL teams can't handpick loads of big names all at once. You have to address your needs, and try to build effectively through the draft. We have a lot of players who can catch a pass, but not so many who can stop one!

Funk Butter 27-09-2013 10:17 PM

Star L should have never fallen to the Panthers, that heart ailment diagnosis is the modern version of the Dan Marino cocaine rumours.

Vince Hilaire's Afro 27-09-2013 10:27 PM

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Originally Posted by Funk Butter (Post 11308652)
Star L should have never fallen to the Panthers, that heart ailment diagnosis is the modern version of the Dan Marino cocaine rumours.

Yes, very lucky indeed.

Funk Butter 27-09-2013 11:54 PM

Wow.
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Dan Murphy ‏@DMurph_BrownsPR 24 Sep

Joe Thomas will be appearing in his 100th career game on Sunday.He has played in all 6,054 offensive snaps since joining the @Browns in 2007

Jaserob 29-09-2013 05:46 PM

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Originally Posted by Funk Butter (Post 11308778)
Wow.

That's a crazy, amazing acheivement

jazman 29-09-2013 06:51 PM

Love the Channel 4 coverage

LLCOOLSTEVE 29-09-2013 06:53 PM

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Originally Posted by Jaserob (Post 11312047)
That's a crazy, amazing acheivement


it is indeed

LLCOOLSTEVE 29-09-2013 07:00 PM

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Originally Posted by jazman (Post 11312142)
Love the Channel 4 coverage

Not sure they have shown any of the pitchside build up like Sky

Funk Butter 29-09-2013 07:06 PM

Third week in a row that I won the satellite over at Fanduel to get to the satellite to the Million Dollar Vegas tournament. Not been close yet, but this weekend I am rooting for:

QB -Drew Brees (What the hell is wrong with me)
RB - Bilal Powell
RB - LeSean McCoy
WR - Josh Gordon
WR - Demaryius Thomas
WR - Eddie Royal
TE - Julius Thomas
K - Nick Novak
D - Indianapolis Colts

Funk Butter 29-09-2013 10:13 PM

If Schiano isn't fired by the end of the day, I'll be amazed. He pissed this game away against the Cards. To top it off, for some reason he decided to use his last timeout to ice the kicker on a 25 yard FG with a minute and a half to go. (Expect to see that on the "Thank You For Not Coaching" article on Grantland)

AddiscombeEagle 30-09-2013 12:19 AM

Really enjoyed that at Wembley tonight.

AP was a beast.

Might try and get tickets for the next one as well despite the inevitable blow out.

Strathclyde Eagle 30-09-2013 01:13 AM

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Originally Posted by Funk Butter (Post 11312368)
If Schiano isn't fired by the end of the day, I'll be amazed. He pissed this game away against the Cards. To top it off, for some reason he decided to use his last timeout to ice the kicker on a 25 yard FG with a minute and a half to go. (Expect to see that on the "Thank You For Not Coaching" article on Grantland)

Love that article, it's great every week.

Latvian Eagle 30-09-2013 02:34 AM

Amazing come back by Seattle. Almost makes me feel guilty for selling my Seahawks jerseys... :o

oz_da II 30-09-2013 05:47 AM

The Browns' players and coaches aren't following management's script.

Looks like they knocked out a few in the Survival League. :eek:

pauldrulez 30-09-2013 11:10 AM

Aqib Talib is an all-pro.

The man is a monster.

4-0 :lux:

Gronk and Amendola back soon :lux:

pauldrulez 30-09-2013 11:16 AM

Gutted for Wilfork though, LB's have to step up.

saxoneagle 30-09-2013 11:26 AM

4-0 Paul? Isn't that what you're NOT going to be in TWO fantasy leagues? ;)


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