“You want the best 53 on the roster,” Gettleman said. “If you turn yourself into numbers, the danger is you’ll cut a better player at a position of depth and keep a (lesser) player at a position of weakness.” (via Joe Person, Charlotte Observer)
Read more here: http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2013/08/17/4244226/guessing-at-gettlemans-best-53.html#storylink=cpy
I compare 53 Man Roster Predictions – Agreement and slight Disagreement (in italics) with The Charlotte Observer:
Agree: 3 QB’s- Cam, D.A., Clausen
Agree: 4 RB’s – Williams, Stewart, Barner, Smith
1 FB – Tolbert
Agree: 6 WR’s – Smitty, Lafell, Ginn, Edwards, Gettis, Hixon
Agree: 4 TE’s – Olsen, Hartsock, Williams, Brockel
Agree (somewhat): 8 Offensive linemen – Gross, Bell, Williams, Kugbila, Silatolu, Kalil, Byers, Free Agent TBD
I only differ with Person’s in the free agent market – In an earlier article I gave reasons to why, I believe, Gettleman will go with a former Giant – Sean Locklear (see http://www.panthersgab.com/2013/08/15/which-panthers-players-will-have-a-big-opportunity-to-make-an-impact/).
Disagree: 9 Defensive Linemen – Johnson, Hardy, Edwards, Lotulelei, Short, Alexander, Addison, Cole, Nzegwu
Frank Kearse is hurt, I expect Nzegwu, who has been playing well in preseason to beat Kearse out of a roster spot. Nzegwu put up 2 sacks against the Bears and had 1 sack and 1 forced fumble against the Eagles.
Agree: 7 Linebackers: Beason, Davis, Kuechly, Klein, Blackburn, Senn, Williams
Disagree: 9 Defensive backs: Florence, Munnerlyn, Thomas, Norman, Godfrey, Mitchell, Nakamura, Moore, Campbell
I think D.J. Campbell’s performance will get better as preseason progresses, earning a roster spot on the team.
Agree: 3 Specialists : Gano, Nortman, Jansen
Written by: Phillip Boyce