As the dust starts to settle, Dave Gettleman is putting on his overall yes they are high above the belly button and higher from the ground and looking to get to work. The big names are off the board. Teams have overpaid, and Carolina will have to sift through the heap like a someone who shows up late to a church yard sale.Read More
“You use free agency to set up the draft,” Panthers General Manager has repeated. It’s not sexy, but neither are the teams that usually spend big in February either. The real nookie is made in the draft because rarely do hired guns turn out to be franchise anchors. And if they do, it’s usually them just re-signing with their current team to a long-term deal. Quarterbacks, left tackles, defensive ends, and even wide receivers are simply too expensive to buy in their prime. Maybe if a team is a piece away from a Super Bowl run, they can go after a high profile free agent. Gettleman, however, has reiterated that long-term success is built in the draft, leaving free agency as mainly a means to maximizing draft value.Read More
One of the best offensive weapons that the Panthers could get in the offseason is Randall Cobb. Cobb is the 2nd string wide receiver for the Green Bay Packers, and is heading for unrestricted free agency. Randall Cobb had a great 2014 season with 91 receptions for 1,287 yards, and 12 touchdowns.Read More
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Dave Gettleman said no more dollar store. The Panthers have a little money to spend, and it's time to get some new shiny toys. Should it be something for Cam, something for McDermott and the defense, or should it just be something practical for Rivera to use?
Which free agent do you think would be finest in Carolina?
Here's a free agent list to choose from:
our squad, well at least one part of our squad. When it comes to knowing your own team there are different pieces to that puzzle as well. Some of those pieces are how your players perform in 2014, injuries, aging, locker room fit (see Steve Smith) and contract status.
“Backyard Baller” and NC State college standout shined alongside Phillip Rivers between 2000 and 2003. Amassing 200 catches for a whopping 3,119 yds, Cotchery ranks 2nd all-time in Wolfpack history only to Tory Holt.
|1||2003-08-30||North Carolina State||Western Carolina||W||5||62||12.4||1|
|2||2003-09-06||North Carolina State||Wake Forest||L||9||173||19.2||1|
|3||2003-09-13||North Carolina State||Ohio State||L||4||44||11.0||2|
|4||2003-09-20||North Carolina State||Texas Tech||W||3||56||18.7||0|
|5||2003-09-27||North Carolina State||North Carolina||W||9||217||24.1||1|
|6||2003-10-04||North Carolina State||Georgia Tech||L||5||71||14.2||1|
|7||2003-10-11||North Carolina State||Connecticut||W||4||55||13.8||0|
|8||2003-10-16||North Carolina State||Clemson||W||2||55||27.5||0|
|9||2003-10-25||North Carolina State||Duke||W||9||117||13.0||0|
|10||2003-11-01||North Carolina State||Virginia||W||7||111||15.9||1|
|11||2003-11-15||North Carolina State||Florida State||L||10||135||13.5||2|
|12||2003-11-22||North Carolina State||Maryland||L||6||102||17.0||0|
|13||2003-12-22||North Carolina State||Kansas||W||13||171||13.2||1|
The Pittsburgh Renaissance:
What we got:
Cotchery has been a quiet presence in the NFL. He was the quiet, productive guy that wasn't ever a star, but never fully appreciated either. Cotchery's best opportunity to impose himself as a #1 receiver came in a time when the Jets' offense struggled to find an identity. When the Jets did finally found success under Rex Ryan, the offense was never the primary reason driver. It was a tough nailed defense that backed a ground and pound offense. What should have been his best years were undermined by inconsistent quarterback play and playing for teams that never manufactured consistent offensive production. In some ways, there are a lot of similarities to former Panther Steve Smith's years in Carolina between 2008 and 20011. The teams they played hampered their on field production more than their ability. I mean if Smith had been a Colt in between '08 and '11, he'd be a first ballot Hall of Famer for sure.
There are two things that make me happy about this pick-up: 1) my man Cotchery has hands. He catches everything in the same zip code. 2) the luckiest person I have ever known (who will remain anonymous), always picked Cotchery as a third receiving option on his fantasy football team. The quiet producer helped him win a fantasy football championship or two!!!
Cotchery never really had the best opportunity to assert himself as a #1 receiver. He looks to have found his shot in Carolina, however, where there aren't any established receivers ahead of him in the depth chart. Even if the Panthers grab a receiver in the first round, it's unlikely this player would assert himself as a leader among the receiving core. The addition would need to transition from a #2 option to a #1 option throughout the year. Cotchery will have a chance during this time to step into that leadership role. Let' just hope he can continue the renaissance that he started in Pittsburgh last year in the Queen city.
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It all comes back to the Wonderlic I guess in the end. Did Claiborne get caught up in the hype and glamor of 2012 draft and simply blow off the Wonderlic test entirely, or is he functionally illiterate? I’m not sure if it should qualify as a smart trade for the Panthers, but you would think it would have to be a least a 15 out of 50 type move.