The Tampa Bay Buccaneers invited former Carolina Panther David Gettis to training camp tryouts this week. Gettis was a favorite of mine during his intermittent time in Carolina. The rookie standout, faced continual injury problems, ending his Panther career returning from a torn ACL and hampered by hamstring injuries. Gettis was quickly forgotten by most fans and written off entirely by the new Gettleman regime, even after a strong 2013 preseason.
I’ve always wondered why Carolina so quickly parted ways with Gettis prior to the season. Some have indicated that he wasn’t fully healthy by the end of the preseason and wasn’t worth occupying a roster spot because he wouldn’t have seen the field that much even if he was 100%. Others say Gettis didn’t practice all that well. This always surprised me given his production when he occasionally did see the field while healthy. There’s a difference between practicing poorly and never practicing. I’d be stunned if Gettis was lazy the few times he ever did practice.