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Filling the Gaps

At this point in the season it will be hard for the Panthers to find any big-name players that haven’t already been scooped up. So far we have seen significant problems on the defensive and offensive lines. Maybe it’s a strategy adjustment? Maybe it’s not? One thing is for sure, as teams continue to cut more players, the Panthers need to have an eagle eye out for players that can help bring some experience to the lines.


One option for OT might be Oniel Cousins who was released today from the Baltimore Ravens. He is 6-4, 320 lbs, and spent four years on a competitive team. If the Panthers need some depth in the offensive line, he might not be a bad pick-up while they are figuring things out. At the very least he can help ease some of the anxiety of not having Jeff Otah on the field.


Last week DT Tank Johnson was released from the Cincinnati Bengals after his contract was terminated. Not sure if there are injury concerns there or just lack of productivity, but it would be nice to throw him into the mix and see what happens. At 6-3, 320 lbs, if you’re looking for a guy to take up space, he might be able to handle it.


The biggest hole for the Panthers is probably the secondary. So far there is only a struggling Chris Gamble and a determined, but small Captain Munnerlyn. There needs to be at least one other guy that can compete against Munnerlyn and Gamble for starting jobs and so far C.J. Wilson, R.J. Stanford, and Kendric Burney are close but no cigar. If they don’t beef up this area, it will be a huge weak spot all year long


Joselio Hanson is up for trade due to the extensive depth at the CB position for the Eagles. With ties to both Coach Rivera and Sean McDermott, it is possible that he could come in and dominate where the others are still lacking. With only 31 tackles and 1 INT last season, he is about even with Gamble at 35 tackle 0 INT. Munnerlyn should be considered the front runner at 45 tackles and 3 INTs from last year. It may take a fifth round pick to get Hanson here, but something has to be done.

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