Bowl week and the players that stand out. Take for example http://www.carolinapanthersteamonline.com/daryl-williams-jersey , cornerback James Bradberry and defensive tackle Vernon Butler. Both players caught the Panthers eye in 2016 with a good week of practice and then a couple nice plays in the game itself. So far I’d call that a 50% hit rate. Bradberry has become a solid starter while Butler has been a disappointment. This after NFL analyst Mike Mayock compared Butler to Linval Joseph, Michael Brockers and Muhammed Wilkerson. [ah hem] How does Mayock keep his job? Oh wait, I forgot the Raiders hired another TV personality in Mayock, this time as general manager. Jon Gruden and Mayock or now running the Raiders. What could go wrong? But I digress...I’m here to simply say don’t overlook this value of this game. The Panthers have in the past drafted a player in the first round basically because that player played well during this week long evaluation event. Hey, Butler could surprise us with a break season in his fourthseason, his first contract year.Getting back to 2019 here are five players that played well throughout the week that should interest the Panthers. I already mentioned potential first round pick defensive end Montez Sweat earlier but here is a little more on Sweat and his NFL comparison.Montez Sweat, DE, Mississippi StateHere’s a local kid that is getting second round pick buzz. Deebo Samuel , WR, South CarolinaWhile we are talking about local kids I really thought Clemson wide receiver Hunter Renfro played well in the actual game. Renfro lead the South team with five catches for 63 yards, a couple which were clutch third down catches. Renfro has great hands, runs good routes and could be a very good possession type receiver in the NFL. Charles Omenihu, DE, TexasOmenihu looks like a mid round pick in the 3rd to 5th round range. Another mid round prospect is this offensive tackle from Kansas State.Dalton Risner Youth Ian Thomas Jersey , OT, Kansas StateSo keep an eye on these guys going forward. They all play positions of need for the Panthers. I wouldn’t be surprised to see the Panthers draft a player or two from this game.Carolina Panthers preseason week one report In case you missed me live on Wednesday night, here is the video replay of everything we discussed on the show. Everything from actual football to quips about David Tepper’s chest hair. Have a watch:If you dont have time to watch the whole video, here is a brief and less entertaining outline of what we discussed.Injury ReportDaryl Williams – Torn MCL, dislocated kneecap. Our for preseason, probably PUP, expect to return after week 6 if all goes well.Ross Cockrell – Broken Tibia and Fibula, out for season.Rashaun Gaulden – sat out Wednesday practice with bruised quad (you get days off for that?)Bryan Cox and Curtis Samuel passed physicals, practiced WednesdayOffensive Position ReportQuarterbackNothing of note. Cam Newton is still the starter, Taylor Heinecke and Garret Gilbert will battle to back him up, neither one has separated themselves yet, expect Gilbert to be primary backup preseason week 1.Running BackRivera: Christian McCaffrey to get around 25 touches per gameNo news is good news on C.J. Anderson, Kenjon BarnerCameron Artis-Payne working at third back and on special teams, could make team that wayWide ReceiverAll eyes on D.J. Moore and Donte Jackson battle Authentic Ryan Kalil Jersey , Moore looks very good. I expect Moore to be very involved in the offense, but not be the starter.Torrey Smith looks good, Damiere Byrd looks great, if healthy, could be in for a big yearRoster battle at the bottom will be fun to watch (Byrd, Jarius Wright, Curtis Samuel)Tight EndAlex Armah has been seeing reps at this spotIan Thomas a mixed bag, but impressive athleticallyGreg Olsen is still the manOffensive LineTaylor Moton looking good at right tackle along side the always solid Trai TurnerNot much news at center other than Ryan Kalil getting spared amount of repsLeft guard battle rages on, right now everyone is getting a shot. Silatolu is still the starter for now, name to watch is Brendan Mahon, undrafted rookie out of Penn State. Coaches like him, are trying him all over the place. Still anyone’s battle.Matt Kalil having good and bad reps鈥?not seeing this “highly improved, finally healthy” versionDefensive Position ReportDefensive TackleMostly set, no one is taking away Kawann Short or Dontari Poe’s spot Authentic Luke Kuechly Jersey , Vernon Butler news has been quiet since the alleged incident in Dallas. Have not heard much about rookie Kendrick Norton to this point.Defensive EndPeppers still off, Mario Addison is impressive so far.Daeshon Hall is 100% healthy and having his good and bad reps, same could be said for rookie Marquis Haynes.Wes Horton still steadily improving.LinebackersLuke Kuechly is still awesome.Thomas Davis and Shaq Thompson rotating starter reps. Davis will miss first four weeks for a PED suspension. Is Shaq a good ready replacement? I think he is. Will he be better than Davis? Let’s hope so, but probably not. Youre talking about the Panthers GOAT here.Depth is solid and will mostly make up special teams, Andre Smith seeing most reps there.CornerbacksProbably the most heated competition on the team alongside left guard. Cockrell injury complicates things, but all eyes are currently on rookie Donte Jackson, especially his duels with fellow rookie D.J. Moore, PhD.Kevon Seymour still has the experience, expect him to be penciled as the starter for nowLorenzo Doss has been getting a lot of notoriety, he’s probably the early favorite for camp unsung hero amongst fansCaptain Munnerlyn still starter at nickel, but watch out for Corn ElderSafetiesGlut of different combinations constantly happening, Da’Norris Searcy is probably the early favorite. Rashaan Gaulden very much in the mix there, will need to learn a lot on the job.
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