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An Inside Look On Newly-Signed Players

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Some fans are questioning GM Dave Gettlemen’s moves, or lack thereof, so far in the Free Agency signings. However, the GM is doing exactly what he said he would do, and he also has the team to credit for the return of some players–players like WR Ted Ginn Jr. and TE Ed Dickson.

Both Ginn and Dickson attribute their return to the team’s ability to build and to create an atmosphere that players feel like they are valued and appreciated, an environment where they know their role and everyone feels like they belong–like a family. Both players were approached by several teams but they felt like the Panthers were where they belonged. ¬†Ginn will give the Special Teams unit the boost that it sorely missed last year and he will also be a welcome addition to the WR unit. Gettlemen addressed the return of Ginn as a positive for the team and also likes Ginn’s ability to blow the top off of coverages, stating that it was nice to see Philly Brown help out in that area last season “but there’s nothing wrong with having two guys who can give you that as well.”

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Dickson will help in the TE group as he has familiarity working with that unit and with Cam as well. He recently signed a contract for 3 years ¬†worth 6.8 million with a 2 million signing bonus. Gettlemen talks about valuing “substance over splash” and this move makes a lot of sense moving forward for the Panthers. The other TE receivers are also leading the way. Via Jonathon Jones, “Dickson said he was walking through the building..and saw Olsen and Brandon Williams working out.” The team is on the right track.

Not only is the TE unit getting to work, so is the new exciting addition to the up-and-coming Offensive line, that so many are concerned about. The “Blindside”, Micheal Oher, has been getting to work re-developing his techniques. Oher signed with the Panthers for a two-year deal worth 7 million and a 2.5 signing bonus, another “value” signing by GM Gettlemen. Oher stated that he is completely healthy and is expected to compete for the left tackle spot. If Oher can return to his Super Bowl caliber performance, which could be possible with his former Offensive line coach, John Matsko, the Panthers have a lot of potential moving forward and looking ahead into the draft.

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Gettlemen on Oher: “We did our homework…we feel very strongly that he can be an answer for us. He’ll be inserted at left tackle, and we’ll go from there… Michael gives us a chance to solidify (the Offensive line) group.”

The Panthers also liked what they saw out of DT’s Dwan Edwards and Colin Cole, who add their veteran presence to an impressive defensive line front. The Panthers also made the move to keep the versatile QB Joe Webb.

The Panthers also retained four of their five exclusive rights free agents: LB Ben Jacobs, OL Brian Folkerts, RB Fozzy Whittaker, WR Brenton “Sunshine” Bersin.

Some of these moves might not make the huge headlines, or the “splash” that talks up SportsCenter, but the Panthers are getting it done. The sentiment is, like Gettlemen stated, its “one way to show the rest of the locker room, if you get it done, we’re going to come to you.”

Gettlemen: “..the number one thing..in evaluating is this:..know your team.”

Gettlemen will continue to build the roster. Which is what they brought him in to do. To build depth, which in turn builds future, which builds dynasty. Can it be done? Can it be brought to Carolina? Time will tell. But it appears the Panthers are on the right track.

 


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